Digital Tools for
Teaching in the
21st Century
Federico Espinosa
AKCENT Conference
May 17th, 2014
The Plan
 A little pair work
 A little background
 Far too much
information at once
 Ideas & Examples
 Tips
 A digit...
How “techy” are you?
 Level 1 – I can use email and Facebook,
sometimes even Skype
 Level 2 – I can handle a smartphone,...
What is Blended Learning?
Face to Face
Instruction
Online/Distance
Instruction
How Does Blended Learning Work?
Classroom Instruction
•Comprehension Checks
•Interactive Practice
•Role Plays
Online Work
...
What Tools to Use?
That depends, what do you want to do?
Learning Management
Systems
 Blackboard
 Moodle
 WebCT
 Desire2Learn
 Success Factors
Virtual Classrooms
 Adobe Connect
 WizIQ
 Cisco WebEx
 Microsoft Office
Live Meeting
Internet Voice Chat Platforms
 Skype
 Google Hangouts
 ooVoo
 Facetime
Blogs
 Blogger
 WordPress
 Edublogs
 TypePad
Wikis
 Wikispaces
 Wikispaces Classroom
 PBWorks
 OLP
Audio Recording
 Audacity
 Vocaroo
 Voxopop
 YouTube
Special Online Dictionaries
 UrbanDictionary
 Howjsay
 Phrasal Verb
Dictionary
Corpora
 British National
Corpus
 Corpus of
Contemporary
American English
 Lextutor
Concordance
Storytelling
 Storybird
 Google Stories
(YouTube Channel)
 Animoto
 Comic Life
Media Sources
 YouTube
 News Sites
 ELT Pics
 TED Talks
 Podcasts
 Video
Downloaders*
* - Copyright laws are tricky,...
“The Cloud”
 Dropbox
 Google Drive
 SkyDrive
 iCloud
Activity Writing
 Hot Potatoes
 NetQuiz Pro
 Puzzlemaker
 Quia
 SurveyMonkey
 Google Drive
Vocabulary Tools
 Quizlet
 Merriam-Webster
Word of the Day
 Phrase Mix
Screencasting
 Jing
 Screencast-o-Matic
 Copernicus
 AVI Screen
Online Activity Sources
 English Grammar 4U
 BBC Learning English
 VOA
 UsingEnglish
 A4esl
Apps
 Macmillan Sounds
 Headway Phrase a
Day
 StoryCubes
 Word Games
 Socrative
 So many more…
Organizational Tools
 QR Code Generators
 URL Shorteners
 goo.gl
 Tinyurl.com
 Doodle Scheduling
Social Media
 Facebook
 Google +
 Twitter
 Instagram
 Padlet (Wallwisher)
 Scoop.it
Tutorials and Instructions
 About.com
 TeacherTrainingVideos.
com
 YouTube
 EdTechTeacher
Overwhelming?
Don’t worry, it’s not all or nothing
(and it’s all in the handout)
You Can Pick and Choose
Use and adapt the tools to your
teaching scenario.
Scenario #1 – Blogs as Course
Websites
The Advantages
Cost
 Blogs are free
 Plenty of Space
 5 GB on Blogger
 32 GB on Edublogs
 Many blogs
possible on one
account
Statistics
 Track views
 By date
 Per post
 Know generally
how active
students are
Interaction
 Student questions
in comments
 Replies go to their
email
 Comments are
visible to others (if
you want)
Organization
 Automatic Date
Sorting
 Labels for Topic
Sorting
 “Featured posts”
and “Pages” to
highlight material
Mobility
 Create posts from
phone apps
 Easy for students to
view and comment
 Great for longer
commutes
Flexible Privacy Options
 Public, Member, or
Invite Only
 Priorities
 Student/Content
Privacy
 Easy availability
Trick/Tip #1 – Explore The Basic
Blog Options
 Create a (Test) Blog
 Browse Add-ons and Settings
 Play around, explore ...
Exploit Sidebars/Gadgets
 Word of the day
 Phrase Lessons
 Grammar Points
 Dictionary
Trick/Tip #2 – Multiple Authors
for Collaboration
 Multiple accounts can author a single
blog
 Ideal for team-taught cou...
Tip/Trick #3 – Embedding
Original Interactive Activities
What is NetQuiz Pro?
 Freeware developed by the Centre
collégial de développement de matériel
didactique (CCDMD) in Quebe...
Writing a New Activity
Choose a Question Type
Edit Question Settings
Write Your Question
Add Media By Clicking Icons
Preview, Then Drag Qs to Quiz
Produce HTML Coded Web
Quiz with Two Clicks
Magic Trick – Using Dropbox as
a Host Server
Magic Trick – Using Dropbox as
a Host Server
Magic Trick – Using Dropbox as
a Host Server
Now You Can Publish Them on
Your Blog!
Scenario #2 – “The Cloud”
and VoIP for Distance Lessons
What Does Dropbox Do?
 Keep your files
online
 Safe
 Accessible
 Share folders with
others
 Create public files
Change a File Somewhere,
and All Versions Get Updated
Older versions are saved for 30 days for free (just in case)
Tip: Exploit Shared Folders with
Private Students
Files Update Automatically for
Everyone
Great for Editing Written Work
Great for Editing Written Work
What About VoIP (Skype)?
We all know it’s great for distance speaking lessons
Skype Screen Share for
Creative/Interactive Lessons
Scenario #3 – Blended Task-
Based Projects
Student Collaboration on an
Online Project
 Create a new business
 Film a movie trailer
 Design a restaurant
website
 ...
Project Structure
In-Class
 Ss pick groups and
topics
 Intro to tools (lab)
 Checkpoints
throughout course
 Final pres...
The Result
 Ss free to explore
their interests
 Skill development
through autonomy
 Ss practice online
collaboration
 ...
Some Final Tips
 Play around and try
things out
 Find others and share
ideas
 When in doubt,
Google/YouTube
have the an...
Thank You!
 The handout for this presentation is available
via Google Drive here:
TinyURL.com/TechyTeacherTools
 Or here...
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  1. 1. Digital Tools for Teaching in the 21st Century Federico Espinosa AKCENT Conference May 17th, 2014
  2. 2. The Plan  A little pair work  A little background  Far too much information at once  Ideas & Examples  Tips  A digital handout
  3. 3. How “techy” are you?  Level 1 – I can use email and Facebook, sometimes even Skype  Level 2 – I can handle a smartphone, take screenshots and convert files to PDF  Level 3 – I know what RSS feeds are, I can sync files across devices.  Level 4 + - I know why servers exist, and can probably write basic computer code.
  4. 4. What is Blended Learning? Face to Face Instruction Online/Distance Instruction
  5. 5. How Does Blended Learning Work? Classroom Instruction •Comprehension Checks •Interactive Practice •Role Plays Online Work •Focus on Form Individual Practice •Self-Paced Social Media •Collaboration •“Safe Space” •Public Record Results •Learner Autonomy •Confidence Building •Effective Use of Class Time
  6. 6. What Tools to Use? That depends, what do you want to do?
  7. 7. Learning Management Systems  Blackboard  Moodle  WebCT  Desire2Learn  Success Factors
  8. 8. Virtual Classrooms  Adobe Connect  WizIQ  Cisco WebEx  Microsoft Office Live Meeting
  9. 9. Internet Voice Chat Platforms  Skype  Google Hangouts  ooVoo  Facetime
  10. 10. Blogs  Blogger  WordPress  Edublogs  TypePad
  11. 11. Wikis  Wikispaces  Wikispaces Classroom  PBWorks  OLP
  12. 12. Audio Recording  Audacity  Vocaroo  Voxopop  YouTube
  13. 13. Special Online Dictionaries  UrbanDictionary  Howjsay  Phrasal Verb Dictionary
  14. 14. Corpora  British National Corpus  Corpus of Contemporary American English  Lextutor Concordance
  15. 15. Storytelling  Storybird  Google Stories (YouTube Channel)  Animoto  Comic Life
  16. 16. Media Sources  YouTube  News Sites  ELT Pics  TED Talks  Podcasts  Video Downloaders* * - Copyright laws are tricky, use your best judgment
  17. 17. “The Cloud”  Dropbox  Google Drive  SkyDrive  iCloud
  18. 18. Activity Writing  Hot Potatoes  NetQuiz Pro  Puzzlemaker  Quia  SurveyMonkey  Google Drive
  19. 19. Vocabulary Tools  Quizlet  Merriam-Webster Word of the Day  Phrase Mix
  20. 20. Screencasting  Jing  Screencast-o-Matic  Copernicus  AVI Screen
  21. 21. Online Activity Sources  English Grammar 4U  BBC Learning English  VOA  UsingEnglish  A4esl
  22. 22. Apps  Macmillan Sounds  Headway Phrase a Day  StoryCubes  Word Games  Socrative  So many more…
  23. 23. Organizational Tools  QR Code Generators  URL Shorteners  goo.gl  Tinyurl.com  Doodle Scheduling
  24. 24. Social Media  Facebook  Google +  Twitter  Instagram  Padlet (Wallwisher)  Scoop.it
  25. 25. Tutorials and Instructions  About.com  TeacherTrainingVideos. com  YouTube  EdTechTeacher
  26. 26. Overwhelming? Don’t worry, it’s not all or nothing (and it’s all in the handout)
  27. 27. You Can Pick and Choose Use and adapt the tools to your teaching scenario.
  28. 28. Scenario #1 – Blogs as Course Websites
  29. 29. The Advantages
  30. 30. Cost  Blogs are free  Plenty of Space  5 GB on Blogger  32 GB on Edublogs  Many blogs possible on one account
  31. 31. Statistics  Track views  By date  Per post  Know generally how active students are
  32. 32. Interaction  Student questions in comments  Replies go to their email  Comments are visible to others (if you want)
  33. 33. Organization  Automatic Date Sorting  Labels for Topic Sorting  “Featured posts” and “Pages” to highlight material
  34. 34. Mobility  Create posts from phone apps  Easy for students to view and comment  Great for longer commutes
  35. 35. Flexible Privacy Options  Public, Member, or Invite Only  Priorities  Student/Content Privacy  Easy availability
  36. 36. Trick/Tip #1 – Explore The Basic Blog Options  Create a (Test) Blog  Browse Add-ons and Settings  Play around, explore others’ blogs  Find a format and layout that fit your needs
  37. 37. Exploit Sidebars/Gadgets  Word of the day  Phrase Lessons  Grammar Points  Dictionary
  38. 38. Trick/Tip #2 – Multiple Authors for Collaboration  Multiple accounts can author a single blog  Ideal for team-taught courses  Fun way to get students involved  Projects/Homework could be done this way
  39. 39. Tip/Trick #3 – Embedding Original Interactive Activities
  40. 40. What is NetQuiz Pro?  Freeware developed by the Centre collégial de développement de matériel didactique (CCDMD) in Quebec  Let’s look at the student interface…
  41. 41. Writing a New Activity
  42. 42. Choose a Question Type
  43. 43. Edit Question Settings
  44. 44. Write Your Question
  45. 45. Add Media By Clicking Icons
  46. 46. Preview, Then Drag Qs to Quiz
  47. 47. Produce HTML Coded Web Quiz with Two Clicks
  48. 48. Magic Trick – Using Dropbox as a Host Server
  49. 49. Magic Trick – Using Dropbox as a Host Server
  50. 50. Magic Trick – Using Dropbox as a Host Server
  51. 51. Now You Can Publish Them on Your Blog!
  52. 52. Scenario #2 – “The Cloud” and VoIP for Distance Lessons
  53. 53. What Does Dropbox Do?  Keep your files online  Safe  Accessible  Share folders with others  Create public files
  54. 54. Change a File Somewhere, and All Versions Get Updated Older versions are saved for 30 days for free (just in case)
  55. 55. Tip: Exploit Shared Folders with Private Students
  56. 56. Files Update Automatically for Everyone
  57. 57. Great for Editing Written Work
  58. 58. Great for Editing Written Work
  59. 59. What About VoIP (Skype)? We all know it’s great for distance speaking lessons
  60. 60. Skype Screen Share for Creative/Interactive Lessons
  61. 61. Scenario #3 – Blended Task- Based Projects
  62. 62. Student Collaboration on an Online Project  Create a new business  Film a movie trailer  Design a restaurant website  Organize a package tour  Conduct a research study
  63. 63. Project Structure In-Class  Ss pick groups and topics  Intro to tools (lab)  Checkpoints throughout course  Final presentations Out-of-Class  Ss divide duties  Use the tools to collaborate as needed  Prepare the final product  Prepare presentation
  64. 64. The Result  Ss free to explore their interests  Skill development through autonomy  Ss practice online collaboration  Mostly out of class
  65. 65. Some Final Tips  Play around and try things out  Find others and share ideas  When in doubt, Google/YouTube have the answer  Remember Murphy, have a “Plan B”
  66. 66. Thank You!  The handout for this presentation is available via Google Drive here: TinyURL.com/TechyTeacherTools  Or here  It is a work in progress – please add your experience and knowledge. It is publicly editable.

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