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  • IntroductionsHi everyone,We’re here to facilitate a workshop today on the use of iPads in ESL Education. We’re going to touch on how they can be used in the classroom, how they can serve as useful resources for language teachers and how they can be a repository with a wealth of resources for our learners.
  • Where to start? Perhaps for some, it can be overwhelming when contemplating the use of an iPad or tablet. Although they are generally very intuitive devices,there is a lot to learn, and it takes some time to determine just what to do with them and how to make the best use of them, for personal and professional reasons.Before we start talking about some of its uses and ways in which we can optimize its use, there is one thing we should clarify.We chose the iPad as the topic of this presentation because it’s the device we are using and have done some research on for this presentation.
  • We are not endorsing Apple products, nor are we prepared for an Apple vs. Android debate. 
  • On the contrary, although the number of applications, or apps, as we’ve all lovingly come to know them, is greater for the iPad, (October’s stats stated 550,000 apps were available for Android users, and 700,000 were available at the App store for ipads, iphones etc…, Apple products), this could change in the not so distant future with the rapid growth in the tablet market and in the Adroid app development market. The purpose of this presentation is to explore the possibilities of the tools and resources that are out there, and many of the tools we discuss today will be available not only for the iPad, but for other tablets as well. At the end of the presentation, we’ll give everyone a handy cheat sheet with all the details.
  • Now, let’s get back to where we were, shall we? (Silly, but just thinking out loud! Lol)So, why would our learners want or need to use an iPad or tablet? Let’s look at some of the stats.
  • We can pick out the ones we would like to highlight on this infographic.
  • Link to Interview: http://youtu.be/nTo8hi9kXjMSo, most importantly, what’s in it for ESL Learners? (We can put this question out to the audience, and they may get more than our list!)ConvenienceSize- no need to carry heavy books aroundMultiple usesDynamic in natureInteractiveAllows for collaborationInternet connection- connection to social media…Great! The list goes on, and it certainly will continue to go on as more apps are created on a daily basis.Now, let’s look at an example of a learner, a student from Niagara College, who uses his iPad daily in his EAP and OSLT classes, to hear his thoughts on this question. He kindly agreed to do an interview for us to discuss both how he uses his iPad, and how he feels it can be useful for other learners. (Play interview clip here.)
  • Ok, we know that iPads (tablets) are useful, and we’ll see more examples of how they can be put to use shortly, but it’s also important to look at the resources we have, literally at our fingertips, and be critical of them, so that we can make the best choices and select the most helpful resources for ourselves and our learners.
  • This being said, let’s jump into looking at how exactly the iPad can be useful for language learning. First we’re going to have a look at some of the basic applications and functions of the device that can be used “out-of-the-box”, and following this, we’ll look at more apps for use with the different language skills.
  • If you’ve just purchased the iPad, without buying or downloading any free applications, there are a number of useful tools at your fingertips that can serve both teachers and learners in many ways. Let’s have a look at a few of these. (Make handout, and look at these together with the group. Those with iPads may be encouraged to open some of the applications we discuss.)CameraNotes  Copy and Paste Screen capture Facetime (newer versions of iPad) Email InternetMapsiTunesiBooks Youtube App (no longer out-of-the-box- now it’s an app)
  • What makes the features of the out-of-the box functions of the iPad unique is that they are not only tools for individuals, but they allow for both collaborative and experiential learning in the classroom.
  • Now that we’ve looked at some of the basic functionalities, let’s get into the fun part. We’re going to take a look at some apps and work together to try them out, while at the same time keeping in mind the pedagogical applications and challenges of using these apps in the classroom. If you feel the app you are looking at may have other uses, you may also wish to consider how it may be useful as a resource for teachers and learners.Form groups and complete the following, based on the apps suggested by skill. (We’ll choose apps that can be used on phones as well, in case a large number of the people in the audience don’t have iPads.)Choose an app.Look at its features and download it, if you wish.Discuss some of the possibilities and challenges of using this app in a classroom with ESL learners.
  • Listening portfolios Students watch and listen to a clip Post a recording Presentation preparation and practiceStudents listen to and evaluate presentationsListening and shadowing
  • Listening portfolios Students watch and listen to a clip Post a recording Presentation preparation and practice- body language Making presentations and commenting on presentations of othersStudents listen to and evaluate presentationsListening and shadowing
  • Listening portfolios Students watch and listen to a clip Post a recording Presentation preparation and practice- body language Making presentations and commenting on presentations of othersStudents listen to and evaluate presentationsListening and shadowing
  • Listening portfolios Students watch and listen to a clip Post a recording Presentation preparation and practice- body language Making presentations and commenting on presentations of othersStudents listen to and evaluate presentationsListening and shadowing
  • Listening portfolios Students watch and listen to a clip Post a recording Presentation preparation and practice- body language Making presentations and commenting on presentations of othersStudents listen to and evaluate presentationsListening and shadowing
  • Listening portfolios Students watch and listen to a clip Post a recording Presentation preparation and practice- body language Making presentations and commenting on presentations of othersStudents listen to and evaluate presentationsListening and shadowing
  • Listening portfolios Students watch and listen to a clip Post a recording Presentation preparation and practice- body language Making presentations and commenting on presentations of othersStudents listen to and evaluate presentationsListening and shadowing
  • Listening portfolios Students watch and listen to a clip Post a recording Presentation preparation and practice- body language Making presentations and commenting on presentations of othersStudents listen to and evaluate presentationsListening and shadowing
  • Listening portfolios Students watch and listen to a clip Post a recording Presentation preparation and practice- body language Making presentations and commenting on presentations of othersStudents listen to and evaluate presentationsListening and shadowing
  • Listening portfolios Students watch and listen to a clip Post a recording Presentation preparation and practice- body language Making presentations and commenting on presentations of othersStudents listen to and evaluate presentationsListening and shadowing
  • Listening portfolios Students watch and listen to a clip Post a recording Presentation preparation and practice- body language Making presentations and commenting on presentations of othersStudents listen to and evaluate presentationsListening and shadowing
  • Are there any other applications you use or that you’ve come across, either on your iPad or on your Mobile phones that you think could be useful?

Using iPads for Language Learning Using iPads for Language Learning Presentation Transcript

  • Possibilities and Potential for iPads in ESL Education Prepared and Presented by: Faith Marcel, Donna Pearce & Angelica GalanteThis work is the intellectual property of the authors. Permission is granted for this material to be shared for non-commercial, educational purposes, provided that this copyright statementappears on thereproduced materials and notice is given that thecopying is by permission of the authors. To disseminate otherwise or to republishrequires written permission from the authors.
  • Unsure where to start?
  • Why the iPad?
  • What are some of the stats?
  • What’s in it for ESL Learners?Interview
  • Review and Critique
  • How can it be useful for Language Learning?
  • Basic Functionalities
  • Collaborative & Experiential Learning
  • Pedagogical APPlications
  • Speaking& Listening
  • Skype
  • TED
  • VoiceThread
  • SkypeDescriptionSay “hello” to friends and family with an instant message, voice or video call on Skype for free. There’s so much you cando, right from the palm of your hand.

What’s new?

✓ Photo Sharing
Send photos on your iPhone directly tofriends or family via Skype. Theres no limit on the size of the photo you can send, so you can share a moment withoutreaching email size limits or paying expensive MMS charges.

Features:

✓ Join over 250 million people every monthusing Skype
Get started with Skype on your iPhone and find your friends in an instant.

✓ Call friends on Skype
Enjoyfree voice and video calls to anyone else on Skype.

✓ Talk to friends in an instant
Instant message your friends in aflash plus send emoticons.

✓ Call mobiles and landlines
Add a little Skype Credit to send low-cost SMS messages orcall friends on their mobile or landline.

✓ No WiFi? No problem
Skype works on 3G* and WiFi – so you can stay intouch, even if you’re out and about.
  • Skype• Business Meeting Practice• Interviews- Formal or Informal• Project collaboration
  • TEDDescriptionRiveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world. 

TEDs official app presents talks from some ofthe worlds most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, businessgurus and music legends. Find more than 1,100 TEDTalk videos (with more added each week) on theofficial TED app -- now for both iPad and iPhone.

On iPad:
The entire library is at your fingertips.Watch TEDTalks in high or low res formats based on your network connectivity. Play it on your device orsend to your home entertainment system via AirPlay. Curate your own playlist. Watch them later, evenwhen you cant be online. Listen to an on-demand playlist of TEDTalks audio. Sort views by recency orpopularity. Find something by tags, themes, or related talks. Share favorites with your friends. Tell ushow much time you have and let us guide you to a delightful playlist.

On iPhone and iPod touch:
Theentire library is available for browsing and searching in both online and offline modes. Bookmark ordownload your favorite TEDTalk for playback anywhere, including AirPlay. Listen to an on-demandplaylist of TEDTalks audio. Share favorite talks and playlists with your friends, and much more.
  • TED• Listening portfolios• Presentation critique, preparation and practice• Listening and shadowing speakers
  • VoiceThreadDescriptionCreate and share dynamic conversations around documents, snapshots, diagrams and videos -- basicallyanything there is to talk about. You can talk, type, and draw right on the screen. VoiceThread takes yourconversations to the next level, capturing your presence, not just your comments. Anyone can join thediscussion from their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC -- anytime, anywhere.

Stunningly simple andaccessible, VoiceThread is already in use by architects, executives, kindergartners, professors, andengineers around the world. More than 25% of the top Universities in the U.S. use VoiceThread toconnect and communicate around digital media.

FEATURES
* Add images and videos from yourcamera or photo library.
* Flip through pages and annotate them while you narrate.
* Sharing is aseasy as sending an email.
* Use your VT account if you have one -- just sign in and all your threads willbe there.
* Access the extensive catalog of content created on voicethread.com.

PLEASE NOTE:
* Youwill need a network connection to use this app. WiFi is recommended.
* Contact us to set up singlesign-on for your school, university or business.
  • VoiceThread• Making presentations and commenting on presentations of others• Grammar- Focus on form practice• Self Introductions and questions• Elevator pitches
  • Kitchen Chair Reading & Vocabulary Table iPad
  • Vocabulary HD
  • English Idioms Illustrated
  • ESL Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary HDDescription★ Want to boost your vocabulary fast? ★

Get Vocabulary HD.

An amazing way to learn newwords.

This is the perfect tool to spice up your English vocabulary, study for exams or have a bit offun.

Features include:

❑ 500 words - Lots to learn
❑ 5 levels of difficulty. - Easy to not-so-easy
❑Pronunciation tool ➢ Perfect the pronunciation of each syllable
❑ Bookmarking ➢ Save off favoritewords
❑ Synonyms ➢ Other ways to express the same word
❑ Sentence Examples ➢ Using a wordin a sentence
❑ Accelerated learning ➢ Ensuring words are quickly remembered
❑ Quiz ➢ Testingtime

Have fun learning...
  • Vocabulary HD• Looking up unfamiliar vocabulary• Sentence building practice activities• Finding synonyms for different words
  • English Idioms IllustratedDescriptionWhat is the meaning behind English idioms, and where do they come from?

Join Professor Potts to discover the
  • English Idioms Illustrated• Assign idioms and have learners look up meaning and origin• Practice usage of idioms learned with app in class• Give the definition and have them try to guess it
  • ESL Reading ComprehensionDescriptionEnglish as Second Language - specialize in Reading Comprehensionskill.

Including
- Very Easy Level
- Easy Level
- IntermediateLevel

with full of:
★ Vocabulary with audio and meaning
★ Storylistening with audio
★ Build sentences quiz with audio
★ Cloze quizwith audio

Hope this makes your listening, reading, vocabulary skillimprove fast and nature.
  • ESL Reading Comprehension (ESL English Reading)• Timed reading comprehension exercises• Reading practice exercises• Reading comprehension classes
  • Writing and Grammar
  • Google Drive
  • Grammar Express: Tenses
  • How to write a paragraph
  • Google DriveDescriptionGoogle Drive lets you keep all your stuff in one place. Upload allyour files from your computer - even the big ones - and you canaccess them anywhere, including your iPhone or iPad. We getyou started with 5 GB free.

Quickly share a photo with a friend1000 miles away. Read the most up to date version of yourdocument whether you’re at home, at the office, or on the go.Make items available offline so you view them while you’re on aplane. No matter what happens to your devices, even if youriPhone goes for a swim, your files are safely stored in GoogleDrive.
  • Google Drive• Practice writing exercises• Collaborative writing assignments• Peer revision exercises
  • Grammar Express: TensesDescription✭ Over 100 Pages of Grammar Lessons.
✭ Over 1000 examples with Grammar Rules.
✭ Over 1000Test Questions with Explanation.

Macworld: Grammar Express promises easy-to-follow examples overa 1000 in all.

Grammar Express : Tenses is the complete course in mastering English grammaticaltenses.
It contains over over 100 pages of lessons explaining each grammar tense with severalexamples.
You can learn the grammar rules, study the examples and then test their understanding bytaking quiz.
At the end of each quiz the user is presented with test summary and explanation for eachtest question.
Grammar Express can help you to improve your understanding of tenses and make use ofcorrect form of verb.
Custom timer setting can assist you to improve response times under exam timeconstraints.
Research suggests that kids and adults learn most quickly when playing learning gameswith real-time error-feedback.
Grammar Express provides learners with an opportunity to improvestrategies for grammar success.
  • Grammar Express Series Tenses, Prepositions, Active and Passive, Nouns• Practice exercises for various grammar points• Self-assessment practice exercises• Peer revision exercises
  • How to write a paragraphDescriptionUsing iPads in your classroom? Strengthen your teaching pedagogy with our complete ready-made lesson plan with pre-assessment, reading passages, and assessment activities. Download the App FREE of charge and receive the first chapter on us.Unlock the remaining 5 chapters, printables, crossword and memory match game using the easy-to-use In-App purchase. A $39.95value, yours for only $1.99 per device. No monthly or annual fees, so you can enjoy it for a complete semester or year over andover again. Keep it, use it, enjoy it!

CURRICULUM CONTENT ALIGNED

Meets Common Core State Standards
BloomsTaxonomy

Learn the essential building blocks of writing a paragraph with our engaging and highly interactive 80 screen-pagedigital lesson plan. Learning to express ones thoughts in well-written sentences and paragraphs is an essential skill for all students.Designed to make the writing process logical and easy to learn, our lesson provides opportunities for students to complete theprewriting, drafting, revising, and proofreading processes of writing a paragraph. Students will learn how the topic sentence,supporting sentences, and summary sentence come together to form a paragraph. Learn how graphic organizers can helpstudents work through the writing process. 

INCLUDES

Teacher Guide
Printables
Before You Read Questions
ReadingPassages
Vocabulary Flash Cards
After You Read Questions
Comprehension Questions
Open Discussion Questions
  • How to Write a Paragraph• Instruction and practice with different paragraph types• Proof-reading instruction and practice• Pre and post assessment activities
  • Pronunciation
  • Sounds: the Pronunciation App
  • English File Pronunciation
  • Pronunciation Power
  • Sounds: the Pronunciation AppDescription*** Winner of the British Council ELTons Award 2012 for Innovation in learner resources. The judges
  • Sounds• Perception of segmentals in isolation and in words• Transcription practice exercises
  • English File PronunciationDescriptionThe app that gets you talking.

Practice sounds, words and sentences and see your
  • English File Pronunciation (Oxford)• Sound discrimination practice with picture support• Identify position of a given sound within a word (initial, medial, final)
  • Pronunciation PowerPronunciation Power is an easy and effective way to learn the 52 sounds of
the English Language.

Based on EnglishComputerized Learnings award winning software programs,Pronunciation Power will give you all the tools to be able to speak clear and understandable English.

PronunciationPower is based on a neutral American accent. (General American)

Pronunciation Power includes:

See a detailedanimation on how to move your mouth, jaw, and tongue to
make a certain sound. (52 sounds and animations)

See afront facing video of a real person saying a specific sound. (52
sounds and videos)

Listen and view 15 sample words foeach sound. The sound is highlighted
in the word. (780 words and recordings)

Listen and view 10 word pairs for eachsound. Comparative words are two
words that sound similar but have slightly different pronunciation. (520
word pairsand recordings)
 

  • Pronunciation Power• Animated articulation demonstrations for individual sounds• Practice exercises for perception and production• Practice of prosodic features (stress, intonation, etc..)• Listening discrimination exercises• Minimal pair exercises
  • More APPlications?
  • Challenges and Limitations
  • AcknowledgementsWe would like to gratefully acknowledge the support and cooperation of: Niagara College David Atherton Colleges Ontario Peggy Irwin
  • Thank you!