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  • KIOSK International
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    Using blogs for online tutoring in ESL
  • Using blogs in ESL
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    How qualified do you think you are in the use of technology for educational purposes?
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    Do you use any sort of technology for performing your teaching tasks? (Multimedia, didactic software, presentations, etc.)
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    How often do you take your students to the computer lab?
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    What kind of activities do your students perform when you take them to the computer lab?
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    In the case of the didactic material that can be found on the internet, do you use such material to introduce a topic for the first time or to review a topic previously seen in the classroom?
  • Using blogs in ESL
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    Define in your own words what a weblog or blog is.
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    Have you ever used a weblog either for personal, academic or professional purposes?
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    The purpose of this talk is to give an insight about how blogs can be used to support ESL classroom learning.
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  • What is a blog?
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  • What is a blog?
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    A blog (or weblog) is a website in which items are posted and displayed with the newest at the top. Like other media, blogs often focus on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news. Some blogs function as online diaries.
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  • What is a blog?
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. Since its appearance in 1995, blogging has emerged as a popular means of communication, affecting public opinion and mass media around the world.
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  • What is a blog?
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Blogs can be hosted by dedicated blog hosting services, or they can be run using blog software on regular web hosting services.
  • Blog basics
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    • The term blog is a blend of the terms web and log, leading to web log, weblog, and finally blog.
    • Authoring a blog, maintaining a blog or adding an article to an existing blog is called blogging.
    • Individual articles on a blog are called “blog posts,” “posts” or “entries”.
    • A person who posts these entries is called a blogger.
  • Blog basics
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  • Blog basics
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  • Components of a blog entry
    • Title - main title, or headline, of the post.
    • Body - main content of the post.
    • Comments - comments added by readers
    • Permalink - the URL of the full, individual article.
    • Post Date - date and time the post was published..
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  • Components of a blog entry
  • How blogs differ from traditional web sites
    • It allows for easy creation of new pages: new data are entered into a simple form (usually with the title, the category, and the body of the article) and then submitted.
    • Automated templates take care of adding the article to the home page, creating the new full article page (Permalink), and adding the article to the appropriate date- or category-based archive.
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  • How blogs differ from traditional web sites
    • It allows for easy filtering of content for various presentations: by date, category, author, or other attributes.
    • It allows the administrator to invite and add other authors, whose permission and access are easily managed.
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  • Interesting features of blogs
    • Publishing of hyper-textual content and multimedia
    • User-friendly
    • Chronologic or topical organization of the information
    • Interaction among users which enhances the exchange and debate of ideas
    • A diversified hierarchy in user roles
    • Relation with other technological applications
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  • How do I create a blog?
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  • Two systems for blogging
    There are two systems to look at when considering setting up your own blog.
    • User-hosted blogs
    • Developer-hosted blogs.
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  • Two systems for blogging
    User-hosted blogs
    With a user-hosted blog, you, the user, install the blogging software on a server of your own design. You are the administrator of the software and hardware required to run the blog, in addition to being the blogger.
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  • Two systems for blogging
    Developer-hosted blogs
    With a developer-hosted blog, someone else administrates the hardware and software required to run the blog. You, as the blogger, fill out a few simple forms and you are up and running.
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  • Two systems for blogging
    Developer-hosted blogs
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  • Blogs in developer-hosted systems
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    The easiest system to get started with is the developer-hosted system.
  • Blogs in developer-hosted systems
    Once you pick your hosting system, there are usually four simple steps to complete:
    Create an account
    Name your blog
    Choose a template
    Write and Submit your first Post
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  • Blogs in developer-hosted systems
    For each step, the service provider will guide you through the process of filling out the basic online forms necessary to get started.
    Some services are free. Others require payment for some or all of the functions of that service.
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  • Getting started using blogs in the classroom
    Start your own blog on any subject you choose and update it regularly. Become a blogger.
    Start small.
    Start a class blog with simple announcements, homework assignments, and external links.
    Ask students to read other blogs. Start by supplying a subject related list and review them with your students.
    Ask students to respond to posts on your own blog.
    Have students create and maintain a group blog.
    Ask each student to start and maintain their own blog on a subject of their interest that is pertinent to the class.
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  • Blogs in education
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  • Benefits
    Blogs can…
    Promote critical and analytical thinking
    Promote creative, intuitive and associational thinking
    Promote analogical thinking
    Promote potential for increased access and exposure to quality information
    Promote a combination of solitary and social interaction.
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  • Aaron Campbell (2003) has outlined three types of blogs for use with language classes:
    Types of blogs used in ESL
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    The tutor blog
    The class blog
    The learner blog
  • The tutor blog
    It gives daily reading practice to the learners.
    It promotes exploration of English websites.
    It encourages online verbal exchange by use of comment buttons.
    It provides class or syllabus information.
    It serves as a resource of links for self-study.
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  • The learner blog
    It’s run either by individual learners or small collaborative groups of learners.
    It’s best suited for reading and writing classes.
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  • The class blog
    It is a shared space, with teacher and students being able to write to the main area.
    It is best used as a collaborative discussion space, an extra-curricular extension of the classroom.
    Students can be encouraged to reflect in more depth, in writing, on themes touched upon in class.
    Students are given a greater sense of freedom and involvement than with the tutor blog.
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  • Why blog?
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  • Some reasons why to blog
    To provide extra reading practice for students.
    As online student learner journals that can be read by their peers.
    To guide students to online resources appropriate for their level.
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  • Some reasons why to blog
    To increase the sense of community in a class.
    To encourage shy students to participate.
    To stimulate out-of-class discussion.
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  • Some reasons why to blog
    To encourage a process-writing approach.
    As an online portfolio of student written work.
    To help build a closer relationship between students in large classes.
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  • Some disadvantages
    Unwanted comments. Restrict comments to people in class
    Correction. It’s difficult to use a blog to correct students. Correction can be done prior to publishing or after.
    Privacy. Blogs are public, so if privacy is an issue, use the blog tools provided to set up privacy controls.
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    KIOSK Tutorials Blog
  • KIOSK Tutorials blog
    It is a blog whose main purpose is to serve as a tool for both teachers and students to enhance and promote language learning by providing activities for self-study with online material.
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  • KIOSK Tutorials blog
    It is designed to match the specific contents for basic, intermediate, pre-advanced, advanced and even TOEFL.
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  • Some features
    User friendly
    Organized by levels and courses
    Available in any computer with an internet connection
    Easy to find
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  • Downsides
    There are not practice links for some levels yet
    Some links do not longer work
    It needs to be updated with a new format and the inclusion of other features
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  • Blog stats
    Number of visits since may 2010: 10,882
    Busiest day in 2011: February 21
    Busiest month: October 2010, 1390 visits
    Number of visits in 2010: 7,156
    Number of visits in 2011: 3,729
    Average visits per day: 34
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  • Top 10 visited levels
    Basic 1
    Intermediate 1
    Basic 4
    Pre-Advanced 4
    Advanced 1
    Intermediate 2
    Basic 3
    Pre-Advanced 3
    Basic 2
    Pre-Advanced 1
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  • Visits by the month
  • Visits by the month
  • Ideas to use this blog
    Use it in the classroom to provide additional practice during your classes
    Use it in the computer lab on campus to review and reinforce the contents previously seen in class
    Use it to promote autonomous language learning in your students by telling them to access it at home, work or whatever place at whatever time
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  • To learn more:
    Bibliography
    http://jhonnyesolteacher.wordpress.com
    KIOSK Tutorials blog
    http://kioskxalapatutorials.wordpress.com
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  • Thanks!!!
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