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Vance Stevens presents and discusses a course on presentation skills which he designed. Working with EFL college students who each have laptop computers, he engaged them in communicative and …

Vance Stevens presents and discusses a course on presentation skills which he designed. Working with EFL college students who each have laptop computers, he engaged them in communicative and constructivist task-based activities in working with Web 2.0 software tools he introduced to the students: Prezi, Jing, Blogger, and SurveyMonkey. This talk presents results of a poll of the students on their attitudes toward using Prezi in place of PowerPoint, and presents evidence from their blogs and from their choice of SurveyMonkey as a tool for creating their own questionnaires, of their enthusiasm for learning and using these tools for academic communications.

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  • 1. ENGAGING STUDENTS WITH TECHNOLOGY IN WEB 2.0 ENGLISH CLASSES Vance Stevens A Virtual Presentation from HCT/CERT Abu DhabiSlides: to the ELTAI Conference,http://slideshare.net/vances India, July 19, 2012Writeup:http://vancestevens.posterous.com/a-small-research-project-on-student-attitude
  • 2. WHAT IS THIS ABOUT? First-year male college students One-to-one laptop setting Enrolled in “Academic Communication” (presentation) course Tasked to research and produce academic presentations Facilitated through the following Web 2.0 tools 1. Prezi http://prezi.com to mount online presentations 2. SurveyMonkey http://surveymonkey.com to gather data in online surveys 3. Google Docs http://docs.google.com to negotiate content and language interactively 4. Jing http://jingproject.com to capture charts from SurveyMonkey 5. Slideshare http://slideshare.net where students display their PPT slide shows online 6. Blog http://blogger.com to reflect on what students had learned 7. Wiki http://acommunication.pbworks.com to serve as a portal to display student work
  • 3. TASK-BASED PROJECTCOMPONENTS1. Textbook Present yourself2: Viewpoints by Steven Gershon2. Students created Prezis on mottos/slogans for the environment 1. Link to student Prezis at wiki portal http://acommunication.pbworks.com http://acommunication.pbworks.com/w/page/52696874/earthday22april#SeewhatyourfellowstudentsaredoingforEart hDay 2. Earth Day connection, April 22, 2012 http://www.tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej61/int.pdf3. Teacher modeled use of SurveyMonkey to poll reactions to Prezi http://vancestevens.posterous.com/a-small-research-project-on-student- attitudes4. Students created surveys using SurveyMonkey http://acommunication.pbworks.com/w/page/55088316/Weeks16- 19#HerearesomeSTUDENTsurveysyoucantakeinSURVEYMONKEY 1. Captured charts using Jing 2. Preview them in Google Docs, say what they mean, explain them to class 3. Create PPT presentations, upload them to Slideshare, present results formally
  • 4. WHY PREZI? Piques student interest, challenges them to learn something new Mind-map approach similar to that adopted by Gershon: Viewpoints See this Prezi http://prezi.com/dsmfwjggmhvz/prezi-why-and-how/
  • 5. MODEL PRESENTATION CHARTSGENERATED FROM SURVEYMONKEY
  • 6. CHARTS IN SURVEYMONKEYCAN BE CAPTURED USING JING
  • 7. STUDENTS LIKED PREZIAND THOUGHT IT WAS EASY TOLEARN
  • 8. THEY FAVOREDTHE MIND-MAP APPROACH
  • 9. THEY’D USE PREZI AGAIN AND THINKWE SHOULD TEACH IT TO OTHERS
  • 10. THEIR BLOG POSTS SHOWAPPRECIATION FOR PREZIAll student blogs:http://acommunication.pbworks.com/w/page/53399451/week8#SeewhatblogsyourfelThis blog:http://nc13striver.blogspot.com/2012/05/during-my-school-time-i-did-many.html
  • 11. THANK YOU Vance Stevens HCT / CERT / Naval College, UAE July 19, 2012Slides:http://slideshare.net/vancesWriteup:http://vancestevens.posterous.com/a-small-research-project-on-student-attitude