‘ Knowledge Society’ is undergoing tremendous changes and this has a great impact on business and industry field but even more on education. The arrival of internet and especially of the new era of web 2.0 social technologies
have changed dramatically the way we communicate and we get the information.
Learning became a more fluent and natural action. They were really motivated and full of enthusiasm and excitement . The dynamism that Edmodo had brought into this particular Italian language classroom after the first month of use has been strengthen even more now after these activities. Further analysis of the results of this project will be made in a future paper.
the focus of this paper will be exclusively on the use of a microblogging service as a tool that can promote an enjoyable way to learn Italian language through play
a) First micro-activity example: ‘digital stories’ Each group had to visit utube and flickr to make a little research and find one video and one photo related to the Italian culture. The teacher proposed some keywords such as cucina italiana , feste italiane , etc to enhance students’ research. Based on the material found each group had to create a story. What was a really interesting and suspenseful side in this activity was the fact that each group after has found the video and the photo of its preference had to start a story and post everything to the group indicated by the teacher, in order to continue and finish the story in its turn. The group that could publish first in the classes’ microblogging space ‘incontritaliani 2’ would be the winner of the game.
b) Second micro-activity example: ‘Film scripts’ Each group had to choose a scene between several scenes of five famous Italian films proposed and published by the teacher at the wikis’ class. The purpose of the activity was to write the subtitles of the scene chosen. After the creation of these imaginary dialogues using the microblogging tool the teacher published the dialogues at the class microblogging space and then made the corrections needed giving explanations to the students in private or public messages. The activity was concluded with the performance of the scenes by the students and then followed, first, the screening of the original film scenes and, second, the votes for the best script creation by the students. The goal of the activity was to practice basically the oral skill through the creation of these script-dialogues in a spontaneous way as if they were ‘acting’ in real life.
c) Third example: ‘Italian music’ Each group had to visit Utube and find the video of one of the five Italian songs proposed by the teacher and then post it to the class microblogging space. Every group had to watch the video that has chosen and then write and post the verses of the song. The group that would have finished first the activity would be the winner. After this students could visit the class blog and find the music site italianissima.net [ Visit: http:// www.italianissima.net / ] where they could explore a database of many famous Italian songs and find the verses of their songs and correct them. The activity finished with the students singing the three songs. In this case two of the students were musicians and played also the guitar. The goal of this activity was to practice mostly listening and comprehension skills.
d) Fourth example: ’cartoon based story’ In this activity students worked all together and not in groups. The teacher gave out to them a story based on photos of cartoons designs and each of them had to write the dialogue of each photo of the ‘cartoon heroes’ every time it was his/her turn. The story was corrected and posted in the class microblogging space. The goal of this activity was to practice mostly oral skills and the common goal of all these activities was the enhancement of motivation, participation and collaboration in the participants.
“ Web 2.0 - New era of Internet tools in learning and teaching Italian as foreign language” Webquests 2.0 scenarios (wikiquests/microquests) based on the Collaborative Blended Language Learning (CBLL) model
In the era of ‘Knowledge Society’…. … nothing can be the same in business, industry, education
different way to communicate & to get the information … speaking a foreign language is one of the basic skills needed to achieve a lifelong model of learning!
<ul><li>Social media can make the difference </li></ul><ul><li>Authentic, meaningful, interactive, student-centered, fun, Web-based learning activities… </li></ul><ul><li>.. can improve student performance … </li></ul><ul><li>… in much the same manner as learning the language & culture while studying abroad! </li></ul>
Theoretical Framework WEB 1 - WEB 2.0 in education (Web 2.0 technologies, Constructivism, Connectivism, PLE, new roles for learners, teachers, formal-informal learning) Language Learning 2.0 (theory & practice) E-Learning 2.0 & Blended Learning Collaborative Learning- Game based learning WebQuest methodology
Practice of basic skills ITALIAN LANGUAGE 25 11 (2007) (2008-09 ) (FLL platform CMS) (Communication channel, activities) (FLL platform , E-portfolios, Collaborative projects) (WQ introduction activities) (FLLresourses, activities)
Results <ul><li>Fun Informal/Formal Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Playing & practicing the Italian language with authentic webquest 2.0 activities in a blended collaborative LL model increased </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation (100%) </li></ul><ul><li>Participation (92%) </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration (93%) </li></ul><ul><li>Practice of the basic language skills (95%) </li></ul><ul><li>Favourite Tools: easy to use, less time needed </li></ul>
Wiki <ul><li>Wiki as a platform of collaborative language learning (wq activities, e-portfolios, information database, channel of communication…) </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki as a LMS </li></ul><ul><li>Open platform linked with microblogging and blogs </li></ul><ul><li>“ Bridge” </li></ul><ul><li>Informal-formal learning </li></ul>
Microblogging Experience <ul><li>Communication channel </li></ul><ul><li>feelings-ideas-opinions </li></ul><ul><li>Part of their lives sense of community </li></ul><ul><li>Informal-formal learning </li></ul>
Results <ul><li>Webquest 2.0 activities : enjoyable way to </li></ul><ul><li>learn Italian language </li></ul>play
1 st activity: ‘digital stories’ Italian culture 5 groups Create a story Start a story Publish in ‘Incontri italiani 2 ’ &
2 nd activity: ‘Film scripts’ <ul><li>1 st step </li></ul><ul><li>Each of the 5 groups had to </li></ul><ul><li>choose one scene of famous Italian films (wiki’s class) </li></ul><ul><li>Imaginary Dialogues-Write collaboratively subtitles (edmodo group’s channel) </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd step </li></ul><ul><li>Publication of the dialogues by the teacher </li></ul><ul><li>( edmodo group’s channel) </li></ul><ul><li>3nd step </li></ul><ul><li>Performance of the scenes </li></ul><ul><li>4 th step </li></ul><ul><li>Screening of the original film scenes </li></ul><ul><li>Voting for the best script creation </li></ul>
3nd activity: ‘ Italian music ’ ’ 1st step Each of the 5 groups had to Visit Utube & find the video of one of the Italian songs proposed by the teacher & post it to the class microblogging space (edmodo group’s channel) 2 nd step watch the video that has chosen and then write and post the verses of the song (1 st is the winner) 3nd step Visit the class blog, find & explore the music site italianissima.net Find & correct the verses 4 th step Sing the songs!!!
4 th Activity: ‘cartoon based story’ 1st step : story based on photos of cartoons designs 2nd step: write the dialogue of each photo of the ‘cartoon heroes’ in each turn 3nd step Peer- correction/ Publication of the story (edmodo class’s channel) All class one group!