Using the Web 2.0 in the English classroom Learning EnglishThrough TechnologyIsabel Pérez Torres
• Introduction: changes, changes, ……• What do teachers do with ICT in English classrooms?• Main contribution of ICT to L2 teaching• Typical problems and mistakes• 4 keys to facilitate learning• Conclusions http://isabelperez.com/
Changes in Technology………. 1st Ipad (2010)• 1st PC (1981) http://isabelperez.com/
In the WWW…….• Web (1990) Tim Berners Lee• Web 2.0 (~2000) • Web 3.0 http://isabelperez.com/
Permanently connected Seek Innovationand Entertainment Collaborating and Multimedia Technology Networking Videos, ipods, mobiles, Blogs, social networks, foros, wikis, etc. etc. Grown Up Digital By Don Tapscott http://isabelperez.com/
Changes in the school……and at home. http://isabelperez.com/
changes in Education and language teaching…..• From knowledge reproduction To constructivist learning• From Teaching CONTENT and LANGUAGE• To Content and Language Integrated Learning CLIL http://isabelperez.com/
What do teachers do with ICT in Second Language classrooms? http://isabelperez.com/
• “We searched for lot of information on the Web”• “We use audiovisual resources from the Internet”• “We provide students web addresses with content of interest“ http://isabelperez.com/
• “We use Word and Open office to write texts or generate graphics and presentations.”• “We use presentations or graphics to encourage oral expression in the classroom.”• “We use online dictionaries.”• “We record video and audio clips with Audacity”• “I have carried out some online projects” http://isabelperez.com/
ICT/ Web: constructive environment• Create their own knowledge• Student centred• Reflection, sinthesis, evaluation, etc• Interaction• Collaboration
Task and Process Approach• Reception tasks• Production tasks““an activity which requires learners to use language, with emphasis on meaning, to attain an objective” (Bygate, Skehan, and Swain, 2001:11).
• Task can be presented in different formats (eg.Proyecto, Webtask, WebQuest, etc.)• The result can be: – A document, – A poster, – A presentation ppt, – An oral presentation, a recording, etc.
Treasure Hunts• Questions and links to find the answers • Big Question http://isabelperez.com/
• Carry out a task based activity, using web resources. Webtasks • Focused on content rather than on form aspects. http://isabelperez.com/
WebQuests (Dodge, 1995:1) A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information thatlearners interact with comes from resources on the Internet. A WebQuest is built around an engaging and doable task that elicits higher order thinking of some kind. Its about doing something with information. The thinking can be creative or critical, and involve problem solving, judgement, analysis, or synthesis. The task has to be more than simply answering questions ………(Starr, 2000) http://isabelperez.com/
WebQuestsAdvantages of WebQuests• Clear structure• Motivation (authentic material, autonomy, creativity, etc.)• Collaboration and cooperation: groups, roles• Promotion of processes of high order thinking http://isabelperez.com/
Typical problems and mistakes• P: the lesson plan depends too much on the Internet access.• P: Time /• M: we are too ambitious• M: we use ICT, but in a very reproductive way• M: we plan activities with low cognitive demand• Solution: be realistic / plan, assess and plan again http://isabelperez.com/
4 keys to facilitate learning http://isabelperez.com/
Conclusions• Plan and encourage creative and constructivist activities• Use Web 2.0 for collaborative tasks (e.g. Webtasks, webQuests)• Use ICT to make students practise oral skills (e.g. podcasts)• When possible plan crosscurricular units /tasks• Teach key competences• Use the Web to host and share materials and to contact other teachers and students (e.g. eTwinning) http://isabelperez.com/
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