Expand The Boundaries of Your Classroom

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  • 1000+ activities for learners at all levels of English
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    1. 1. Extend The Boundaries of Your Classroom Sue Lyon-Jones @esolcourses Image created with Wordle http://www.wordle.net/ 4 th Virtual Round Table Conference 27th March 2011
    2. 2. <ul><li>Online learning is active learning </li></ul><ul><li>Online learning promotes digital literacy </li></ul>Online Learning - What are the benefits?
    3. 3. <ul><li>Online learning empowers students </li></ul>Learners can choose from a range of different activities Students can skip any tasks they find too difficult, or too easy Learners have the option to progress to another task Learners have the option to repeat tasks if they wish
    4. 4. <ul><li>Online learning can provide instant feedback </li></ul>help to complete activities can be offered via hints and clues Constructive feedback can be given post-activity – praise for tasks successfully completed, and useful pointers for incorrect answers
    5. 5. <ul><li>Advantages From A Teacher Perspective: </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom management </li></ul>less “teacher talk time” Saves time spent photocopying/printing worksheets and handouts <ul><li>Cuts down on preparation time </li></ul>Frees up time in class for communicative activities Online activities can be personalised, re-used or adapted for subsequent courses <ul><li>Reduces time spent marking (a major bonus!) </li></ul><ul><li>Eco friendly (saves trees!) </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Online learning bridges the gap between lessons & home study </li></ul><ul><li>Students can access online activities 24/7 </li></ul><ul><li>Online learning helps students become self-directed learners </li></ul>Home-based study online Digital Classrooms
    7. 7. Ways of Keeping in Touch… <ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Devices </li></ul><ul><li>Instant Messaging </li></ul><ul><li>Skype </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Chat Rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging </li></ul>
    8. 9. take photos record audio make videos make notes students can use mobile phones to… search for information … in preparation for the next lesson
    9. 10. Where to begin?... Online Study Sites Image credit: Ludwig Gatzke
    10. 11. Criteria for recommending sites to students… <ul><li>Sound pedagogy </li></ul><ul><li>Up to date </li></ul><ul><li>Reliable </li></ul><ul><li>User friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging and Motivational </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Fits the Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Preferably free! </li></ul>
    11. 12. Esol Courses – Front Page Activities sorted by level and type Activities sorted by level Free English course for beginners and pre-beginners http://www.esolcourses.com/
    12. 13. Esol Courses – Front Page New and featured activities Esol Courses Blog – topical lesson activities
    13. 14. Free English Lessons Online - Esol Courses Blog Updated regularly – links to new and topical activities featured on the right hand side Free English course for beginners and pre-beginners http://esolcourses.blogspot.com/
    14. 15. Esol Courses – Free Beginners Course Can be used in the classroom, or for self-study between lessons Designed to help pre-beginners and low level beginners
    15. 16. Personalised Content - Error Correction Students can work on tests individually or in pairs/groups Personalised online activities Errors made in class are fed into online quizzes
    16. 17. Personalised Content - Progressing Student Work hints and clues follow-on activities
    17. 18. Personalised Study Links exam practice revision preparation for next session
    18. 19. Give Learners a Choice of Activities Flash Picture Quizzes Gap Fill Exercises Multiple Choice Quizzes Crosswords Word Search Puzzles Alphabetical Ordering Jumbled letters Matching Words 1000+ online quizzes, games and activities for English learners at all levels Reading Activities Listening Activities Free Online English Course for Beginners Song Quizzes
    19. 20. BBC Learning English http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/
    20. 21. The Flatmates – Online Soap Bite-sized lesson activities for pre-intermediate learners and upwards. Also on YouTube. http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/flatmates/
    21. 22. Free resources for E3 learners and upwards. Grammar, worksheets, online games & quizzes. BBC Skillswise http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/
    22. 23. Sean Banville’s Websites http://www.freeeslmaterials.com/sean_banville_lessons.html
    23. 24. Listen a Minute.com http://www.listenaminute.com/
    24. 25. ELLLO Listening quizzes for Intermediate level learners and above. Good mix of authentic listening resources on various topics, with native speakers from UK, Canada, Australia and the US. http://www.elllo.org/
    25. 26. Learner Created Content Image credit: Ludwig Gatzke Recommended Tools
    26. 27. Choose sites that are… <ul><li>Engaging </li></ul><ul><li>Simple to use </li></ul><ul><li>Intuitive and user friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Allow work to be edited </li></ul><ul><li>Allow work to be saved and/or exported </li></ul>
    27. 28. Online Notice Boards Virtual “post-it” notes – great for feedback & brainstorming ideas for future lessons
    28. 29. Glogster – Digital Scrapbooking credits: http://greetingsfromtheworld.wikispaces.com/ Greetings From The World
    29. 30. Vocaroo
    30. 32. Blogging
    31. 33. Sue Lyon-Jones Image created with Wordle http://www.wordle.net/ Thank You for Listening! Website: http://www.esolcourses.com Blogs: Free English Lessons Online http://esolcourses.blogspot.com/ The Edtech Hub http://edtech-hub.blogspot.com/ The PLN Staff Lounge http://the-pln-staff-lounge.blogspot.com/ Twitter @esolcourses (teachers) & @english247 (learners) Link to slides and sites mentioned in my talk: http://www.edtech-hub.com/talks/VRT11/vrt11.html

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