Bottom line: what are your beliefs about teaching? Could do red and green, too.
The beliefs we have as teachers affect how we teach, with and without technology. In this plenary, I ’ll talk about what you can do and why to use it – the ways that teachers can use technology intelligently to improve teaching and learning.
Lesson plans – why are they useful? They ’re great for new teachers who want some tried-and-true techniques. Even skilled teachers sometimes need a few new ideas! ITESL-J offers both teacher-friendly articles and lots of lesson plans.
Dave ’s is next
Lots and lots and lots – but not organized by level. How would learners know what is useful for them? Overload of links – how do you choose? (Trial and error. Yuck.) For a teacher, the more focused links can be helpful. If you ’re looking for something new, this probably has it.
BNE is one of my favorites. It comes with a lesson plan and many classroom activities for individuals, pairs, and groups. It has readings and audio on current topics. Teachers can choose what they want to use in the classroom – it gives lots of options. For students, it ’s still better if the teacher directs the activity. Students can do the gap fills, but they’re unlikely to do anything else.
These are resources for yourself as a learner (maybe a grad student?) and for those who are working with more advanced learners. It ’s often difficult to get academic texts outside of a university. DOAJ and Openj-Gate both have hundreds of journals now that are academic and free. These are great resources, but not necessarily easy to search. In general, it ’s best for teachers to use them to find good material for learners unless your learners are quite advanced in language proficiency.
B) and c) are both good options, depending on the website and the task. The web is like a library – there ’s a whole lot there, and students need help finding the right information that will help them reach their goals.
Don ’t trust everything it says about grammar, roots and affixes
Things you do now... Comments leave the original doc intact; track changes lets you see what ’s different http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRqUE6IHTEA – google docs video
Think and discuss – move toward authentic audience, peers, creativity
What kinds of students can use the ready-made courses? What does the teacher need to do to enable this to happen?
What does the teacher need to do to enable this to happen?
Different tools for different purposes. Nicenet focuses on discussion. It ’s plain text – no viruses or attachments. Yahoo Group and Facebook are more social. Yahoo has automatic email, which makes it easier for group discussions. Fb is… Fb
We’ve seen a lot of possibilities – now it’s time to think about intelligent use in YOUR classroom
Healey-Tech tools for busy teachers
Technology Tools Overview Deborah Healey, email@example.com University of Oregon, American English Institutehttps://sites.google.com/site/techtoolsforbusyelteachers/ http://www.deborahhealey.com
Agenda Beliefs about teaching, learning, and technology Resources Planning tools Teaching/learning tools Assessment and feedback Motivators
Starting us offWhat are your beliefs about teaching and learning? Thumbs up/thumbs down The Internet is a great resource for English language material. Students always do exactly what teachers want them to do. Teachers always make the right choices about online material.
Thumbs up/down Teachers need to create a good environment for learning. Technology is a distraction in the classroom. Students would rather talk to other students than to their teacher. Teachers always have lots of time. Students are experts in learning with technology.
Controlled materialwww.breakingnewsenglish.comsample search Ready-made activities for use in class or outside of class – Everest mp3 Easier: Football sample mp3 Special English:www.voanews.com/specialenglish advice ...
Authentic materialSources of academic texts:www.deborahhealey.com/digitallibraries.htm DOAJ: www.doaj.org/ ol Openj-Gate: www.openj-gate.com/ (not now)Literature – why digital? Project Gutenberg: www.gutenberg.org home audio popular
ConcepTestWhen learners use a website, the teacher should do which of the following:a) Give them the web address and tell them to try it.b) Give them a list of suggested activities and have them choose one.c) Assign a specific task related to information on the website as homework.
Online teacher tools readabilitywww.twurdy.com ol – critical thinking authoringwww.lessonwriter.com ol TIBSample visual vocabulary www.visuwords.com screencast
Register to create lessons Add a text; choose vocabulary, grammar points, pronunciation from the text It’s a machine- read carefully to be sure grammar and vocabulary are correct Add graphic organizers, comprehension questions Save or print
Assessment Rubrics with rubistar.4teachers.org sample1 sample2-revised Surveys with Google Forms docs.google.com => Forms
Feedback and sharing Word tools – sample - video Insert Comments Track Changes – Compare documents Sharing with Google Docs: docs.google.com Simultaneous editing from different locations Screencasting: ScreenR, Jing, Screencast-o-Matic Sample writing conference
Motivation to learn What motivates people to learn? What motivates students to learn? Your ideas...
Authentic audience Tandem learning www.slf.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/etandem/etindex ol Projects to join http://www.iearn.org/ ol www.thinkquest.org/en/projects/ ol
Authentic audience Blog – individual or class: www.blogger.com Web page (wiki): http://sites.google.com ol Student Forums at Dave’s ESL Café http://forums.eslcafe.com/student/ ol TakingITGlobal – student awareness and cultural forums: www.tigweb.org/ ol
Class discussion Focus on writing Any topic – chosen by the teacher or the class Plan ahead Have students work in groups Use as homework due in a week “Inverted classroom” ...
Class discussion Nicenet: www.nicenet.org Yahoo group: groups.yahoo.com Google group: groups.google.com Facebook - create a class Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ “Inverted class”
Time to reflect…Best use of technology in YOURclassroom?
Overall.. How much time could you save with good tools? How much motivation could students gain?
QuickWrite Take 2 minutes and write down three things that You learned and You will share with someone else Write another two things that You will try to use
“It’s not so much the program, more what you do with it” (Jones, 1986)