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Designing Web Activities

Designing Web Activities






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    • Designingweb-basedmaterials CALL Jan 28 http://goo.gl/qMyLx
    • Housekeeping• Wikis – questions, comments?• Presentation & wiki schedule (on Wiki)• Presentations on Slideshare (and BB Learn)
    • Three activity types1. WebQuests2. Hot Potatoes3. Digital Storytelling
    • WebQuests• Emerged in 1995: Bernie Dodge• Activities based around learner-centered discoveries.• Usually an ordered series of webpages with links to outside information. The students read and explore (preselected) information to help them solve a task.
    • WebquestsSix components (Dodge, 1997):1. Introduction2. Task3. Process4. Resources5. Evaluation (later – guidance)6. Conclusion
    • WebQuests• Can be long or short-term (focus on different skills).• Can be individual or group tasks (group often divided into specific roles).Issues:• WebQuests based around static websites (limited interactivity).• Product of Quest often written report or oral presentation (no collaboration, limited negotiation of meaning, etc.).• Meaningful communication in tasks?
    • WebQuestsEasily create a WebQuest (use your Google accountand create a Google site):• Tutorial• A PDF tutorial• WebQuest Template for Google Sites• Sample WebQuest (Google Site)
    • Hot Potatoes:• Series of six tools to create language learning activities (i.e., exercises).• Once created, you can embed the activities in your own webspace.• Activities: multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled- sentence, crossword, matching/ordering, and gap- fill exercises.• Also see Quandary (i.e., choose your own adventure)
    • Let’s try it out• Work with a partner• Go to the website (download the Java version, if it’s not already on your computer)• Create an activity using one of the activity types.• Save and export as a Standard V6 Page (i.e., html). Email it to me at Jonathan.Smart@nau.edu
    • Digital Storytelling• First evolved in historical documentaries (e.g., Ken Burns). Essentially a picture slideshow with a voice- over.• Multimedia projects: stories created using images, movies, voice, animation text. Can be interactive or not.• Teachers can create for learners or learners create their own (or both)
    • Digital Storytelling• Why? Create a meaningful product that requires integrated skills, piques students’ interests, collaboration, planning, etc.• Challenges: Accessibility to technology (browser- based, recording A/V). Technology should be the tool, not the learning goal.
    • Samples• Elementary School ESL• Adult learner’s story• Learning Maths
    • Steps1. Think and plan story2. Research & collect materials for the story3. Write and define the story4. Create digital sequence5. Refine story and reflect (Poltavtchenko & Iannotti, 2011)
    • Digital Storytelling in your teaching• Write down two ideas for digital storytelling topics or tasks that you could use in your own teaching experience.
    • Resources• Dozens of dozens of tools to create Digital Stories.• Students: use their own pictures, record AV using cellphones, library equipment, laptops.• Use Pre-existing media (e.g.,): o http://cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/StoryMedia
    • ActivityDevelop a short digital story by exploring one of thetools for storytelling. Steps:1. Find a partner to work with, get an application to use.2. Look at the application, look at samples, learn how to use the application.3. With your partner, create a short digital story.4. Send the URL to me and post it on your blog. Share your story with the class and discuss the application.
    • Storytelling ToolsGroup A: http://storybird.com/ Group F: http://www.myebook.com/Group B: http://www.mixbook.com/ Group G: http://goanimate.com/Group C: http://www.vuvox.com/ Group H: http://www.capzles.com/Group D: http://voicethread.com/ Group I: http://www.zooburst.com/Group E: http://www.storyjumper.com/If your group has an iPad, you may want to try Blurb Mobile instead.If your site doesn’t work, for any reason, try an alternative:http://domo.goanimate.com/http://www.xtranormal.comhttp://www.dfilm.com/moviemaker/index.htmlhttp://www.littlebirdtales.com/If you can’t embed/create a link to your story, use this site: http://embedit.in