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Give Them Homework They
Will Love
Using Online Forums to Teach Writing
Natasa Bozic Grojic
What’ll We Be Doing?
•First I’ll tell you something about my
teaching situation
•Then we will look at some practical ideas...
Your Dreams Out the Window
If you could see
anything out the
window, what
“view” would you
choose? Think of
something rela...
Did your dream involve any of the
following:
•Motivating your students to do more
homework?
•Exposing your students to aut...
If your answer is “yes” to any of the
above questions...
...then stay with me.
I don’t claim to have all the answers, but ...
My Teaching Situation
•I work with busy adults.
•No grades, no way to “force” them to do
their homework.
I happen to be ...
... a technogeek.
The Global Supermarket
cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by David Blackwell.:
http://flickr.com/photos/mobilestreetlife/4...
Question 1
How do I share my online resources with
my students?
Online Forums
•Both the students and I access the
resources from home
•When it comes to technology, I teach
“mixed ability...
Question 2
How do I motivate the students to write?
To answer this, I had to look at their
reasons and excuses for not wri...
Excuses
Too busy.
Can’t write:( I have
nothing
to say.
Solutions
•Give them something to write about (an
image, a video clip, a text)
•Tell them to keep writing and not to worry...
Question 3
•Share, where?
cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Photomatt28:
http://flickr.com/photos/matthewpaulson/67...
Platforms
•For my teaching situation, the platform I want
them to write on has to be easy and
straightforward to use
•It a...
Resources
•To create a tasty meal, use only the best
ingredients
cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo by toholio:
http://fli...
Ingredients
•Images
•YouTube videos
•readings
listening
“silent
movies”
non-fiction
fiction
Using Images
to describe, tell a story, speculate...
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by seier+seier:
http://flickr.com/pho...
•What is strange or unusual about this picture?
•If you could see anything out your window, what view would you choose?
•I...
Search Tools: Compfight
If you are planning to embed the image into your website,
don’t forget to set Compfight to search ...
Mystery Object
cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by PatrickYHC: http://flickr.com/photos/patrickyc/7849458552/
How did...
You can l i nk back t o any
i mage on t he web, not
j ust CC i mages
That way you can f i nd some r eal l y
beaut i f ul i...
Search Tools: Flickriver
http://www.flickriver.com/
Interesting today:
If you decided to write
a story using this
picture,...
Flickr Galleries
Videos
Listening followed by writing.
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by trindade.joao:
http://flickr.com/photos/joao_trin...
Time 10 Questions
In their own words: "A selection of
reader-submitted questions on
TIME.com serves as the basis for a
can...
10 Questions for Sting
cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Scott Ableman: http://flickr.com/photos/ableman/1883979655/
From 10 Questions for Sting
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y48mAQp640A
Some Ideas for This Video:
•Watch the interview and write down the questions
asked.
•Come up with 10 new questions for Sti...
A Response
Is This Our Future?
http://vimeo.com/46304267
Extensive Listening
•Pamela Meyer – How to Spot a Liar:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FHdHUzRnms
•Sir Ken Robinson – Do ...
“Silent Movies”
•Great because they can be used in many
different ways and adapted to various levels
and purposes.
•What w...
The Tree
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAe_bZGqU1g
The Tree - Activities
•1. Why did the boy try to move the tree? Surely he knew he wasn't strong enough for
that?
•2. Why w...
Reading activities
•These can be much longer than the ones
you do in class. Since they are written for
native speakers, th...
Non-Fiction
•These texts can follow the students’
interests and expertise, as well as the topics
in the textbook.
•Student...
Travel
This was the topic that was done extensively
in one of our B1 textbooks. We extended it
even further with online re...
Unusual Hotels
Let's imagine you can stay in any of these unusual but
beautiful hotels.
Which one would
you choose? And wh...
Tools – Storify storify.com
•Lets you create “stories” by putting together
text, video, tweets and images. And you can
add...
Unusual Travel Destinations
http://storify.com/lunas994/unusual-travel-destinationations
Planning A Trip to London
Congratulations!
Our generous school has decided to send one group of students to a trip to
Lond...
Wor ds and Thei r
St or i es
Expressions with “Cold”
“ Col d” - Quest i ons
Col d – A Response
Fiction
cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by
marcp_dmoz:
http://flickr.com/photos/marcp_dmoz/351325
8686/
Blurbs
Short Stories
Amazing online collections of short stories
cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by radioher:
http://flickr...
http://www.miguelmllop.com/stories/index.htm
http://www.miguelmllop.com/stories/index.htm
American
Storieshttp://www.manythings.org/voa/stories/
Story of an Hour – A Response
Issues
•Conversations are slow. What takes a
couple of minutes in the classroom, might
take days, even weeks in a forum. L...
What You Might Do
•Teach netiquette
•Ask for a lot of feedback
•Encourage everyone to participate
•Talk in private to the ...
Mistakes – to correct or not to
correct
•Don’t correct in the forum
•At first, just let them write
•Send them their mistak...
Let’s Connect
•My email: lunas994@gmail.com
•My blog: http://lunas994.blogspot.com
•Twitter: @lunas994
•Facebook: https://...
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  1. 1. Give Them Homework They Will Love Using Online Forums to Teach Writing Natasa Bozic Grojic
  2. 2. What’ll We Be Doing? •First I’ll tell you something about my teaching situation •Then we will look at some practical ideas for writing activities •Finally we’ll look at some issues •There’ll be some hands-on activities •There will be free resources and links
  3. 3. Your Dreams Out the Window If you could see anything out the window, what “view” would you choose? Think of something related to your teaching career, your students, your classroom, or your everyday duties at work.
  4. 4. Did your dream involve any of the following: •Motivating your students to do more homework? •Exposing your students to authentic reading and listening materials? •Helping your students practice their writing?
  5. 5. If your answer is “yes” to any of the above questions... ...then stay with me. I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I believe I have asked some useful questions.
  6. 6. My Teaching Situation •I work with busy adults. •No grades, no way to “force” them to do their homework.
  7. 7. I happen to be ... ... a technogeek.
  8. 8. The Global Supermarket cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by David Blackwell.: http://flickr.com/photos/mobilestreetlife/4278659537/
  9. 9. Question 1 How do I share my online resources with my students?
  10. 10. Online Forums •Both the students and I access the resources from home •When it comes to technology, I teach “mixed ability classes” •Tools that are easy to use •Forums encourage conversation
  11. 11. Question 2 How do I motivate the students to write? To answer this, I had to look at their reasons and excuses for not writing... cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by jDevaun: http://flickr.com/photos/34316967@N04/4768985621/
  12. 12. Excuses Too busy. Can’t write:( I have nothing to say.
  13. 13. Solutions •Give them something to write about (an image, a video clip, a text) •Tell them to keep writing and not to worry about mistakes •Make the tasks short cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Paul Watson:
  14. 14. Question 3 •Share, where? cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Photomatt28: http://flickr.com/photos/matthewpaulson/6773801511/
  15. 15. Platforms •For my teaching situation, the platform I want them to write on has to be easy and straightforward to use •It also needs to encourage discussion •I use Yahoo Groups for discussions and a PBWorks wiki as a support site •I often add a Facebook Group to this mix
  16. 16. Resources •To create a tasty meal, use only the best ingredients cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo by toholio: http://flickr.com/photos/toholio/4296900174/
  17. 17. Ingredients •Images •YouTube videos •readings listening “silent movies” non-fiction fiction
  18. 18. Using Images to describe, tell a story, speculate... cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by seier+seier: http://flickr.com/photos/seier/2779847463/
  19. 19. •What is strange or unusual about this picture? •If you could see anything out your window, what view would you choose? •If you could see your dream come true when you look out that window, what would you see? •Have you heard of the expression “My ship has come in”? What would that mean for you?
  20. 20. Search Tools: Compfight If you are planning to embed the image into your website, don’t forget to set Compfight to search for Creative Commons licenced images.
  21. 21. Mystery Object cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by PatrickYHC: http://flickr.com/photos/patrickyc/7849458552/ How did the supermarket trolley end up in the wood? What else happened here? Write a story.
  22. 22. You can l i nk back t o any i mage on t he web, not j ust CC i mages That way you can f i nd some r eal l y beaut i f ul i mages f or your di scussi on f or ums. cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by h.koppdelaney:http://flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/5093579727/
  23. 23. Search Tools: Flickriver http://www.flickriver.com/ Interesting today: If you decided to write a story using this picture, what kind of story would it be? Thriller, horror, love story...? Would it have a happy ending?
  24. 24. Flickr Galleries
  25. 25. Videos Listening followed by writing. cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by trindade.joao: http://flickr.com/photos/joao_trindade/4362386695/
  26. 26. Time 10 Questions In their own words: "A selection of reader-submitted questions on TIME.com serves as the basis for a candid interview with each newsmaker." http://www.youtube.com/show/10questions
  27. 27. 10 Questions for Sting cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Scott Ableman: http://flickr.com/photos/ableman/1883979655/
  28. 28. From 10 Questions for Sting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y48mAQp640A
  29. 29. Some Ideas for This Video: •Watch the interview and write down the questions asked. •Come up with 10 new questions for Sting. What do you think his answers would be like? •If you had to give an interview, what would it be about? •Which famous person would you interview for the 10 questions site? Write 10 questions for them. •Write 10 questions for your teacher and interview her (ouch).
  30. 30. A Response
  31. 31. Is This Our Future? http://vimeo.com/46304267
  32. 32. Extensive Listening •Pamela Meyer – How to Spot a Liar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FHdHUzRnms •Sir Ken Robinson – Do Schools Kill Creativity: http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html •Angela Mayers – You Matter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FHdHUzRnms •Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHWUCX6osgM
  33. 33. “Silent Movies” •Great because they can be used in many different ways and adapted to various levels and purposes. •What would you do with the following clip? Write down some questions you would ask your students? At which stage of the course would you use it?
  34. 34. The Tree http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAe_bZGqU1g
  35. 35. The Tree - Activities •1. Why did the boy try to move the tree? Surely he knew he wasn't strong enough for that? •2. Why was the boy first joined by the children? Why did they look so happy? •3. Discuss: "The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” How would you define the boy? A born leader? A crazy kid? Or just someone who felt that he had to do something? •4. Why did the people join the boy? •5. Give the clip a new title. •6. If you had to define the force that had moved the tree, what would you say? Was it the boy's initiative? Or the team spirit of everybody else? Both? Something else? •7. Can we always change the circumstances in which we live, or are we sometimes helpless? Discuss. •8. How important is team work in today's society? •9. How important is team work in a language classroom? •10. Do you feel that you are a part of a team in your classroom? Why/not? •Now retell the story in the first person singular, pretending to be one of the people you saw in the clip. •Video at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch? feature=player_embedded&v=yEunlQ8AKes
  36. 36. Reading activities •These can be much longer than the ones you do in class. Since they are written for native speakers, they tend to be more difficult too. You can help your students with a vocabulary list if you feel they need one. •Reading for gist, skimming and scanning can be practised. •Both fiction and non-fiction can be used.
  37. 37. Non-Fiction •These texts can follow the students’ interests and expertise, as well as the topics in the textbook. •Students should feel free to suggest their own texts and topics. cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo by Thomas Hawk: http://flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/85441961/
  38. 38. Travel This was the topic that was done extensively in one of our B1 textbooks. We extended it even further with online reading activities. We “travelled” a lot during that course. cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by Tambako the Jaguar: http://flickr.com/photos/tambako/2632383574/
  39. 39. Unusual Hotels Let's imagine you can stay in any of these unusual but beautiful hotels. Which one would you choose? And why? What would you do there? Is there a hotel you would never stay in? Why? http://www.unusual-travel-destinations.com/unusual-hotels.html
  40. 40. Tools – Storify storify.com •Lets you create “stories” by putting together text, video, tweets and images. And you can add your own comments in between. cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by lachicadelfagot: http://flickr.com/photos/galabassoon/3867561837/
  41. 41. Unusual Travel Destinations http://storify.com/lunas994/unusual-travel-destinationations
  42. 42. Planning A Trip to London Congratulations! Our generous school has decided to send one group of students to a trip to London. You were selected as the best group. There is one catch, however. Everything you do in London, you have to do together. So, plan carefully... Each student will be responsible for one day of your stay. Plan what you will do in the morning and what you will leave for the afternoon. Where will you go in the evening? Browse through the websites listed here and choose carefully. Don’t forget to comment on what other people have chosen. Do you agree with their choice? Or would you prefer to do something else?
  43. 43. Wor ds and Thei r St or i es
  44. 44. Expressions with “Cold”
  45. 45. “ Col d” - Quest i ons
  46. 46. Col d – A Response
  47. 47. Fiction cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by marcp_dmoz: http://flickr.com/photos/marcp_dmoz/351325 8686/
  48. 48. Blurbs
  49. 49. Short Stories Amazing online collections of short stories cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by radioher: http://flickr.com/photos/proserpina_/101350718/
  50. 50. http://www.miguelmllop.com/stories/index.htm http://www.miguelmllop.com/stories/index.htm
  51. 51. American Storieshttp://www.manythings.org/voa/stories/
  52. 52. Story of an Hour – A Response
  53. 53. Issues •Conversations are slow. What takes a couple of minutes in the classroom, might take days, even weeks in a forum. Learn to wait •Unequal participation •Unequal contribution •Netiquette •Errors
  54. 54. What You Might Do •Teach netiquette •Ask for a lot of feedback •Encourage everyone to participate •Talk in private to the people who are not contributing enough •Discuss forums in class •Let them suggest, change, share •Don’t interfere too much •Learn to step back
  55. 55. Mistakes – to correct or not to correct •Don’t correct in the forum •At first, just let them write •Send them their mistakes in a private email •Provide additional exercises •Help them learn how to auto-correct
  56. 56. Let’s Connect •My email: lunas994@gmail.com •My blog: http://lunas994.blogspot.com •Twitter: @lunas994 •Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/natasabozicgrojic •My eportfolio: http://www.netvibes.com/lunas994 •My class wikis: http://coffeetimecentral.pbworks.com •Links from this presentation: http://tinyurl.com/m7wesb6
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