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  • 1. Using Blogs for Online and Classroom Teaching Jana Ciobanu Dr. Sally Zhao TESL Canada Conference 2014
  • 2. Using Blogs for Online and Classroom Teaching • What is a blog ? • Types of blogs used in teaching ESL • Tutor Blog • Using a blog in teaching online and in the classroom • How to create a blogger blog • How to upload: links, pictures, videos, PPT, etc.
  • 3. WHAT IS A BLOG? A blog is: • short for web log • a personal website or web page on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis.(Google Blogger) Why blog? • to share information • to teach Ss English
  • 4. Whose idea was it? Dave Winer • developed the first blogging software • started blogging in 1994
  • 5. TYPES OF BLOGS USED IN TEACHING Aaron Campbell (2003): identified 3 blogs to use in the ESL classroom: • The Tutor Blog-run by the tutor for the learners • The Class Blog- the whole class collaborates • The Learner Blog-either run by individual learners themselves or by small collaborative groups of learners
  • 6. TUTOR BLOG • a new teaching and learning tool • motivates students to explore the Internet • run by the teacher of the class • gives students access to different online web-sites appropriate for their level • a resource of links for self-study • provides syllabus information and an up-date on the daily news of the class/school
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  • 8. Using Tutor Blogs in the Classroom Use it for teaching: • Listening • Speaking • Reading • Writing • Grammar • Pronunciation
  • 9. Listening • Listen to different conversations and do some cloze activities • Listen to other students’ presentations and do a peer assessment as well as a self-assessment • Listen to the recent news and take notes • Listen to songs and stories and answer either multiple-choice questions or comprehension ones • Watch videos and write summaries • Watch movie trailers and answer multiple-choice questions
  • 10. Speaking • Give presentations • Have Ss watch their peers’ presentations • Have Ss do a peer assessment • Use online conversation q-s and practice speaking • Ss record their conversation using the online voice recorder
  • 11. READING • Read stories, articles, the latest news, etc. • Learn new words • Do individual reading at home • Listen and read along • Learn idioms and use an idiomatic dictionary • Use different dictionaries
  • 12. WRITING • Write dictations • Practice spelling • Use PPt-s to teach new concepts • Learn how to write paragraphs, essays, reports, etc. • Chat with Tutor Mike(the online robot)
  • 13. PRONUNCIATION • Ss practice pronunciation with an online tutor • Record students' short presentations, role-plays, speeches, etc. using the online voice recorder • Ss watch pronunciation videos on YouTube
  • 14. GRAMMAR • teach grammar using the available Power-Point Presentations • have students practice grammar using online exercises • assess Ss with the help of different quizzes, tests, etc. • practice grammar and spelling by chatting with Tutor Mike • play grammar games • write dictations
  • 15. Using a Blog in Teaching Online • Provide online resources appropriate for their level • Create an online portfolio of students’ written work • Post handouts, notices, homework assignments, etc. • Use the blog for independent study • Use the blog for peer assessment
  • 16. Where to start? Sites where you can set up a blog for free: • • Weebly- • WordPress- • Blogtery-
  • 17. How to create a blog? Blogger Getting Started Guide Creating a Blogger Blog in under 5 Minutes How to Publish a Blog Post
  • 18. How to upload stuff? • Videos • Pictures • PPT-s • Texts • Audio Files • Files
  • 19. Any Questions?
  • 20. THANK YOU
  • 21. Contact Info Jana Ciobanu Dr. Sally Zhao