Using Audioblog and Mobile Devices to Assist English Language Learners


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The presentation demonstrates the procedure of using blog to setup a language learning portfolio, use mobile device to make recording, and connect the recording to the portfolio.

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Using Audioblog and Mobile Devices to Assist English Language Learners

  1. 1. Using Audioblog and Mobile Device to Assist English Language Learning Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D. Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D. IRA 2013
  2. 2. Use of blogsDo you use blogs in your classroom?Do you use blogs to facilitate ELLs?
  3. 3. BlogFast and easy publishingChronologically archived postsCompatible with multimedia elementsCategorize articlesTwo way communication between author and readersRecognition and motivation
  4. 4. Common Blogging ToolsLive Journal (
  5. 5. Common Blogging ToolsWordpress (
  6. 6. Common Blogging Tools (
  7. 7. How do educators use blogs?Individual blog • Students’ reflection journal • Learning portfolio • Book talk • Teaching blog • Teaching sharing blog
  8. 8. How do educators use blogs?Group blog  Classroom newsletter (communicate with parents)  Group discussion blog  Class work multimedia showcase blog
  9. 9. Successful examples of using blogs to promote language and literacy learning: Pinkman (2005): Increase EFL motivation for writing Bloch (2007): Develop ESL academic writing skills (immigrant learner case study) Huffaker (2005): Literacy learning and development through dialogues & storytelling Godwin-Jones (2003): Share collaborative writing skills, writing for real contexts Hsu & Wang (2011): Increase college students’ reading and writing motivation
  10. 10. Audio blog activity requirementA teacher’s blogA blog for each studentMobile device (iPod Touch, iPad, or Blackberry)VR+ ($1.99) for iOS version
  11. 11. How to setup a blogApply a google account (with existing email account):Login with your Google accountCreate a blogPost a new entry
  12. 12. Tips…Encourage interactionIntegrate multimedia elements (graphics, video clips, hyperlink resources)Practice reading (informational text) and writing (narrative, augmentative, informative) connectionIntegrate with Google Tools (translator, YouTube, image)Privacy
  13. 13. Blog + audio + portfolioEasy archiving of assignments for evaluationClose evaluationSelf-monitoring learning progressMultimodal pedagogical practicesExtended interactionIndividualized feedback
  14. 14. Teacher’s blogAssign homeworkCreate links to students’ blogs
  15. 15. The teacher’s blog
  16. 16. Google translator can translate the whole web page from one language to another.
  17. 17. The student’s blogComplete and archive assignmentsArchive audio recordingsUse multimodal informationInteract with the teacher using commentsThe student can add other teachers and the parents to the blog readers
  18. 18. Recording audioCreate a VR+ accountLaunch VR+ on iPhone/iPad
  19. 19. Record
  20. 20. Stop and share the recordings
  21. 21. Setup the sharing settings
  22. 22. Connect VR+ with the student’s blog.
  23. 23. You can write on the mobile deviceand send it to the blogautomatically along with the audiorecording
  24. 24. The recording is immediately sent to the blog
  25. 25. Alternative solutionsDropBoxGoogle Drive
  26. 26. All procedures are listed in this book
  27. 27. Hsu hhsu02@nyit.eduShiang-Kwei Wang