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Issues When Implementing 
ICT / CALL 
Thom Thibeault, Ph.D. 
Samford University 
English Language Learners Institute 
Birm...
Infrastructure 
• Is there Internet access? 
• Is the connection reliable? 
• Is the connection fast enough for video, aud...
Access 
• What is the classroom setting regarding technology? 
• Is there a lab large enough for the class? 
• Is accessib...
Time 
• Does the teacher have time to prepare materials? 
• Does the curriculum allow time for ICT activities? 
• Does the...
Content 
• Are CALL materials age appropriate for the target 
group? 
• Are the materials designed for the appropriate lev...
Commercial Software 
• Is commercial software available? 
• Is the software effective? 
• Is the software motivating? 
• I...
Administrative Support 
• Are administrators supportive of innovative ideas? 
• Will they support professional development...
Licensing & Copyright 
• What is allowed or restricted in licensing agreements? 
• Can materials be duplicated legally? 
•...
Security 
• Do students use Web sites that ask for personal info? 
• Is the material age appropriate? 
• Is there a risk o...
The End
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Issues when implementing ict

  1. 1. Issues When Implementing ICT / CALL Thom Thibeault, Ph.D. Samford University English Language Learners Institute Birmingham, Alabama USA
  2. 2. Infrastructure • Is there Internet access? • Is the connection reliable? • Is the connection fast enough for video, audio, games? • Are the computers maintained on a regular basis? • If the infrastructure is lacking, how can you compensate? • Is there funding to maintain the infrastructure? • Is there funding to update the infrastructure?
  3. 3. Access • What is the classroom setting regarding technology? • Is there a lab large enough for the class? • Is accessibility to the hardware or software limited?
  4. 4. Time • Does the teacher have time to prepare materials? • Does the curriculum allow time for ICT activities? • Does the teacher have time to update skills? • Do ICT activities add to the teacher’s time load?
  5. 5. Content • Are CALL materials age appropriate for the target group? • Are the materials designed for the appropriate level? • Is the content in synch with the rest of the curriculum? • Is the content in synch with the learning objectives?
  6. 6. Commercial Software • Is commercial software available? • Is the software effective? • Is the software motivating? • Is there a site license or multi-pack? • Is it bought outright or is a license renewed every year?
  7. 7. Administrative Support • Are administrators supportive of innovative ideas? • Will they support professional development? • Will they invest money in ICT? • Will they reward initiative? • Will they allow ICT in the curriculum? • Do they use technology themselves?
  8. 8. Licensing & Copyright • What is allowed or restricted in licensing agreements? • Can materials be duplicated legally? • Can materials be distributed on a network? • Is the license good for one year or for unlimited time? • Have you created ICT units with copyrighted material? • Will you use those materials in class or on the Web? • If you create ICT materials, who owns the copyright?
  9. 9. Security • Do students use Web sites that ask for personal info? • Is the material age appropriate? • Is there a risk of inappropriate material being accessed? • Are ICT communications monitored for safety?
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