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A look at different models for using ... blogs with students in TEFL.

A look at different models for using ... blogs with students in TEFL.

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  • 1. Do you... blog?
  • 2. In this session we will look at...
    • A (very) quick history of blogging
    • What blogs are generally used for
    • How they might be exploited in education
    • What a blog is
  • 3. What’s a blog? A blog is: “ … a website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order.” Wikipedia, 2006.
  • 4. The History - where did blogs come from?
    • since the early days of the WWW
    • started life as “homepages” and developed into online journals
    • July 1999 - free, commercially available 'blogging software' arrived
    • Blogs of all types - personal, educational, journalistic,
    • and commercial - have mushroomed since then
  • 5. Some examples
    • Experiences e.g. blogs from Baghdad - giving an insight into life during war, travel blogs.
    • Fans / fanatics - e.g. football fans charting team success / failure.
    • Special interest - professional e.g. technology, literature and writing; personal e.g. food, wine, hobbies/pursuits etc
    • Publishing - outlet for writing/creativity.
    • Personal- thoughts, opinions.
    • Educational - mainstream and EFL/ESL abound.
  • 6. Educational blogs... … typically divided into 3 categories:
    • Teacher / tutor blog
    • Student / learner blog
    • Class blog
    - by teacher for students - by student(s) - by class members
  • 7. Teacher / tutor blogs
    • Class schedule
    • Regular reading practice
    • Channel of communications between tch & stds.
    • Web links
    • Syllabus guide
    • Self study guide
  • 8. Student / learner blogs
    • Individual / group projects
    • Learner diaries
    • Writing practice
    • Give students greater sense of ownership
    • Allow q uieter students to express themselves
  • 9. Class blogs
    • Bulletin board
    • Class discussions
    • Action research / learning
    • Publishing platform for student work
    • Develop writing skills
  • 10. Here’s one I prepared earlier
    • An example of a teacher to class blog
    • advanced students (teenagers).
    • Themed discussion
    • Teacher provides content and students comment.
    http://7e8as.blogspot.com/