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  • 1. Do technology & media support better ? teaching/learning experiences for English as a Foreign Language Mmiraglia 2010
  • 2. What this is not  An overview of methods in TEFL  A quick fix to take home!  A sales speech   A speech (hopefully)!!  So…
  • 3. They Changed the World “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” “Reading is one of the means of emancipation for the working classes. That is why we recommend that they read widely.” Permit me to confide to you one last desire: that you strive to create a climate of true love and respect for the poor because the poor man is Christ” “Don't cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won't let you see the stars.”
  • 4. They Changed the World They never had computers in their schools!
  • 5. They Changed the World … they made themselves a purpose for life. They found their mission and lived up to it.
  • 6. They Changed the World … they learned in LIFE . They came to see that as individuals, they had a mission to serve in their communities. They changed the world.
  • 7. They Changed the World In your classroom there’s a …. Ghandi, Violeta, Hurtado, or Luther King. ARE WE LISTENING?
  • 8. What About Us?  Our parents probably didn’t finish school but became professionals while on the job;  They kept their positions for 10, 20, 30, 40 years or more;  They made sure WE went to school (why us?);  Mom & dad met through close friends or family;  While dating, they would listen to a “vitrola” or the radio;  They probably never traveled to other cities or countries;  They also changed their world: THROUGH US. Mmiraglia 2010
  • 9. Let’s Stop and Look Back  16th century B.C.    First alphabetic script, North Semitic, appears in Palestine.  105 A.D.            Chinese imperial court announces the invention of paper.  1609     First newspaper is printed in Germany.    1837     Morse invents the telegraph and morse code.  1869     First color photograph is displayed.  1876     Alexander Graham Bell invents and demonstrates telephone.     1895     Lumiere Brothers of Paris develop film projector.   1911     Monroe invents a comptometer calculator to multiply and divide.  1932     Technicolor used for the first time in motion pictures.  1936     London Television Service begins regular broadcasts.     1939     Two-way radio communication developed for military use.  1940s   Tape recorder sold in the United States.   1948     Long-playing records introduced.     1964     IBM introduces mainframe computer, IBM 360.  1970     Videocassette produced for the mass market.  1972     Ray Tomlinson sends first E-mail using @ in address.   1973     Ethernet, a local area network, is developed at Xerox PARC.  1974     First personal computers introduced.     1977     Apple II personal computer is introduced by Jobs and Wozniak.  1981     Sony brings out Walkman portable cassette player.  1980s   Video rental business begins.  1980     Ted Turner starts Cable News Network (CNN).     1982     :-)    is used for the first time.     1985     Microsoft introduces its first version of Windows.     1991     World Wide Web begins.     2000     Google begins selling advertisements based on search words.  2005    Youtube is launched; sold to Google a year later for $1.65 billion. 
  • 10. Where are “we” today?  “We” might be lagging behind in this room (or not)  What some teachers say…. I’m not into computers I have no time! (tons of teaching / planning / correction hours) I cannot access the Internet from home I don’t understand why (or know if!) my kid has a Fotolog or a ” Facebook account. Computers are complicated Computers will take my job!! Mmiraglia 2010
  • 11. Where are we today?  What do YOU think? To what extent do you identify with these beliefs? I’m not into computers I have no time! (tons of teaching / planning / correction hours) I cannot access the Internet from home I don’t understand why (or know if!) my kid has a Fotolog or a ” Facebook account. Computers are complicated Computers will take my job!! Mmiraglia 2010
  • 12. Where Are We Today? Do we understand Spanish?
  • 13. Where Are We Today? Our Children & Teenagers (students / sons & daughters)  Make new friends on FB and build networks of over 300 friends;  They “tweet” on how they feel or what they do in fewer than 140 characters;  They join groups through Yahoo, Google or MSN according to their own interests;  They instant message with friends & family regularly from cybercafes, home or the school, more than 3 times a day.
  • 14. Where Are We Today? Young Professionals  Make new friends on FB and build networks of over 300 friends  They “tweet” on how they feel or what they do in fewer than 140 characters  They join groups through Yahoo, Google or MSN according to their interests  They instant message with friends & family regularly from cybercafes, home or the school, more than 3 times a day.  They hold video conference meetings in English (or Spanish) on a weekly or monthly basis.
  • 15. Educating Today for Tomorrow 21st Century Themes  Global Awareness  Financial, Economic and Business Literacy  Civic Literacy ( Citizenship)  Health Literacy Educating Today: Learning and Innovation Skills  Creativity and Innovation Skills Students’  Critical Thinking and Problem Solving / Posing Skills tasks  Communication and Collaboration Skills (Teamwork) Tomorrow Information, Media and Technology Skills are  Information Literacy  Media Literacy  ITC (Information and Communication Technology) Skills Life and Career Skills are  Flexibility and Adaptability (responding to changes)  Initiative and Self-Direction ( pro-activity)  Social and Cross-Cultural Skills (Political stand)  Productivity and Accountability (Ethics)  Leadership and Responsibility (Leaders of Change) Mmiraglia 2010
  • 16. Integrating Technology in our lessons LEVEL 1  Commercially available CD ROMs  Ready made activities online  Desktop publishing (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Paint, etc)  Video watching  Online Pen Pals LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3  Video Making  Teacher-designed online  Class Forums activities  Online publishing  Student-designed online  Online Portfolios activities  Teacher-Students as co- designers Mmiraglia 2010
  • 17. Integrating Technology in our lessons  Does my activity have a purpose?  Does it foster life skills?  Does it serve a mission my students may encounter in life?  Do my activities improve their understading of a global world?  Do the tasks suggested enhance my students’ critical thinking?  Do the tasks designed reinforce a sense of community?  Do my activities go beyond the classroom (do they get parents, classmates, friends, family members, etc involved when / as appropriate?)  Do my tasks serve my curriculum?  Can they be assessed in terms of observable competencies?  Can I give “just-in-time” or later feedback to my students so they can do better next time? Mmiraglia 2010
  • 18. Do technology & media support better ? teaching/learning experiences for English as a Foreign Language Mmiraglia 2010