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  • Today recapping technical points in Godwin Jones’ article & talking about potential for digital video in our teaching Tried to cater for technophobes and technophiles alike, but I will leave space for q’s at end Also class discussion Definition – digital video means video (moving pictures and sound) stored digitally, rather than on a tape 1 st digital video’s role in the current technological landscape

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  • 1. Online digital video and ESL/EFL teaching
  • 2. What’s changed in the last few years?
    • Widespread high-speed internet
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    • Advances in Flash technology
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    • YouTube
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    • Explosion of digital video on the internet
  • 3. Don’t underestimate YouTube
    • Uploading videos is very simple – videos are automatically converted to Flash
    • It’s possible to upload videos directly from webcams
    • 100 million videos viewed per day
    • Sold to Google for 1.65 billion dollars
  • 4. … but what’s Flash?
    • Flash is a digital video file format
    • Flash is also the name of the software used to produce Flash files
    • Around since 1996
    • Tiny file size compared to other video file formats
    • Recent versions meet web accessibility standards
  • 5. What do I have to get to watch Flash videos?
    • In most cases, nothing!
    • Requires only a web browser with a Flash plug-in
    • 90-98% Flash browser penetration
    • If not installed, Flash plug-in is free and easy to install
  • 6. So what does this have to do with TESOL?
    • Flash video (and digital video) is another tool for TESOL professionals
    • Digital video has potential for creative use in the classrom
    • A range of Flash TESOL materials from commercial products to user-generated content
  • 7. User-generated TESOL content on YouTube
    • The Daily English Show
    • Digitalchalk's Vocabulary Podcast
    • And much more…
  • 8. Other free ESL/EFL videos
    • Australia network (formerly ABC Asia-Pacific) shows: Living English and The Business of English
    • ESL/EFL videos from other sources
  • 9. Paid digital videos for ESL/EFL learners
    • InstaClass - Subscription service for news and current affairs broadcasts (with transcripts) selected for an ESL/EFL audience.
    • Eslvideo - videos on different topics, ranked by difficulty level and accompanied by relevant vocabulary lists and grammar points. Most appear to be paid, but some free samples available.
  • 10. Lesson plans for using mainstream Flash videos in the ESL/EFL classroom
    • Lesson plan for using Naomi Klein’s No Logo video
    • http:// members.tripod.com/the_english_dept/logo/index.html
    • Lesson plan for using videos of TV commercials
    • http://evovideo07.wikispaces.com/Ryan+D.+
  • 11. Making videos in class
    • Creative
    • Inexpensive
    • Encourages “whole language” learning
    • Appeals especially to younger students
    • See Electronic Village Online to learn video-making techniques and see what other teachers are doing .
  • 12. A few words about developments in offline video storage…
  • 13. Two new technologies
    • Two new storage formats: Blu-ray and HD DVD
    • Much bigger capacity than DVD (25-50GB vs 4.7GB)
    • Interactive capabilities
    • “ It seems likely that some language professionals will begin to look at the possibility of embedding annotations and user interactivity in the presentation of video, whether it be feature films, documentaries, or custom-produced video”
  • 14. Other useful resources
    • Book - Learning Languages through Technology
    • Web page - Copyright information
    • Yahoo! Group - Electronic Village Online
  • 15. Discussion
    • Do you think that you would use digital video in English lessons, especially if you had access to a computer lab? Why / why not?