TALK ABOUT PRIMARY LANGUAGES & EPALS GLOBAL COMMUNITY By: Germayne Yanez EDLD 5362Informational Systems Management
TALK ABOUT PRIMARY LANGUAGES WEBSITEA place to share worries, successes andresources with supportive colleagues, foranyone teaching languages in a primaryschool.
ADVANTAGES FOR EFFECTIVE INFORMATION ON USAGE OF PRIMARY LANGUAGES NETWORK: Provides a blog where teachers can share ideas, information and prior lessons that have had a positive impact on limited English learners. A forum for discussions. Photos, flashcards, and printable clipart is available. Downloadable resources: lessons, games and videos which can be found in their wiki-spaces, or search bar. There are several complete schemes of work shared on this website, in addition to various overviews. The group tab provides information for beginning teachers, student teachers, primary language teachers, German teachers, etc. The members page gives you a list of all the members with their profile information and what they have recently posted that might be helpful to you.
MY USE OF TALK ABOUT PRIMARY LANGUAGES WEBSITEBeing a bilingual teacher in an elementary campus, it is always verybeneficial to have as many resources as possible for English LanguageLearners.I find this network to be very user friendly with many promisinglessons, ideas, discussions and feedback.Using the downloadable resources, games and videos gives me theopportunity to teach by using visual tools as well as using the internet toimprove the learning of all 21st century learners.
“It is a valuable forum for professional development and forgenerating resources for the use of web 2.0 technologies inthe classroom. It is a good example of how social networkingservices can be used by educators to develop an onlinecommunity of practice.” Ebahtic (2007)
EPALS-GLOBAL COMMUNITYThis is a place to connect and collaboratewith teachers from all around the globe.Students also having the opportunity toconnect with other learners around the worldwith online projects, activities anddiscussions.
ADVANTAGES FOR EFFECTIVE INFORMATION ON USAGE OF PRIMARY LANGUAGES NETWORK: A free network - helps learners connect to other learners around the world. Find a classroom match - Any successful collaboration starts with finding the right partner. Use the powerful search tools on the left to find potential classroom matches or use the email tool to invite other classrooms to join a project of your creation. Join a project - Looking for a project you can join? Use the powerful search tools on the left to find other ePals classrooms seeking project partners, then submit a join request. Start a project - Ready to lead a project of your own? Select one of our project templates or create your own project from scratch. Just follow the simple directions, they guide you through the process. Explore the learning centers - Join students around the world to try out these fun activities, discussions and games, brought to you by ePals, Smithsonian Institution, and other great educational groups.
ADVANTAGES FOR EFFECTIVE INFORMATION ON USAGE OF PRIMARY LANGUAGES NETWORK: In the Learning Center: Writing Center-writing activities to spark the imagination. ePals Center-celebrate culture. Share the best of your country; discover the best of the world. In2books clubhouse-publish reviews, explore genres, and discover new favorites. The Game room-play strategic games with kids around the world. Global citizens-team up to make a positive impact in communities worldwide. Smithonians on ePals-visit the world’s largest museums without leaving your classrooms.
MY USE OF EPALS GLOBAL COMMUNITY WEBSITEAs an elementary teacher, I am always trying to find ways to integratetechnology into my student’s everyday curriculum. I found that ePalsGlobal community would be a very beneficial tool to help my bilingualstudents collaborate with other students around the world.Teaching in a low-socioeconomic community, I have found that mystudents have never been to places outside of our city, which is reallyvery sad. After discovering ePals, I will be able to bring other parts ofthe world right into the classroom, with a click of a mouse. My studentswill be able to work collaboratively with other children from other parts ofthe world and learn about their geography and their cultures.
“ePals provides an online classroom-matching andcollaboration service, where students in differentschools, states, or countries can work together on projects inprivate, customizable group workspaces.” Meyer (2012)
In today’s world, educational networks are very important to states andeducational leaders. With our students being so technologicallysavvy, we as educators must continue to grow and implement as muchtechnology in our student’s everyday curriculum. “The continuedadvancement of the Internet and the revolution in telecommunicationstechnology and services have increased the potential for new andimproved educational services” Mathews (2004).If we as educators do not integrate technology and give our students theopportunity to use digital tools in the classroom, we are the ones toblame for them not succeeding in our 21st century digital world. DouglasRushkoff (1999), in Playing the Future, agrees: “Our children…are thelatest model of human being. Looking at the world of children is notlooking backwardat our own past—it’s looking ahead. They are our evolutionary future” (p.4).
References:Ebathic (2007) Retrieved on October 21, 2012, from:http://web20erc.eu/node/119Mathews, J.B. (2004, April). Why statewide educational networks are importantto state and educational leaders. Southern Regional Educational Board.Retrieved on November 17, 2009, fromhttp://www.sreb.org/programs/EdTech/pubs/PDF/04T02-Statewide_Ed_Tech_Net_Important.pdfMeyer, Leila (2012). Retrieved on October 20, 2012, from:http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/06/27/epals-enhances-global-learning-network.aspxRushkoff, D. (1999). Playing the future: What we can learn from digital kidsaka children of chaos. New York: Riverhead Books.