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A Beginners’ Guide To Using Ict Creatively


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A Beginners’ Guide To Using Ict Creatively

  1. 1. A beginners’ guide to using ICT creatively in MFL Helena Butterfield
  2. 2. What we will do today <ul><li>What is a blog? </li></ul><ul><li>Why use blogs in education? </li></ul><ul><li>Some useful blogs </li></ul><ul><li>How to set up a blog </li></ul><ul><li>Using audacity </li></ul><ul><li>What to do with your soundfile </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a blog? <ul><li>A website that can be easily and frequently updated without using complicated software. </li></ul><ul><li>They contain: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fresh content; many are updated daily </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personal content; many blogs are public diaries, journals of everyday events </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Why blog? <ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>With pupils, with parents, with other teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation of pupils’ work </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>AfL </li></ul>
  5. 5. Blogs for pupils <ul><li>Langwitch </li></ul><ul><li>Edgehill Spanish </li></ul><ul><li>Sans Problèmes </li></ul><ul><li>MFL@Northgate-the Blog </li></ul>
  6. 6. Blogs for teachers <ul><li>The Langwitch Chronicles </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating ICT into the MFL Classroom </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Box of Tricks </li></ul><ul><li>My Languages </li></ul><ul><li>Vámanos </li></ul><ul><li>Languages and Learning http:// </li></ul>
  7. 7. How to create a blog <ul><li>Choose a blogging platform </li></ul><ul><li>Typepad ($49.50 a year) </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger (Free) </li></ul><ul><li>Edublogs (Free) </li></ul><ul><li>Register </li></ul><ul><li>That’s it! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Before you start <ul><li>Purpose: Why are you blogging? (Interaction between you and your students? Information?) </li></ul><ul><li>Audience : For whom are you blogging? (Your students? Your colleagues? Anyone who is interested?) </li></ul><ul><li>Content: About what are you blogging? (Is it a diary?Is it for enrichment?Is it to motivate your pupils?) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Also consider… <ul><li>URL and Name </li></ul><ul><li>Make the URL easy to remember and spell </li></ul><ul><li>Make the name something easy to remember </li></ul>
  10. 10. Using Audacity <ul><li>You will need: </li></ul><ul><li>Audacity on your machines and a LAME encoder (this converts your sound file into mp3 format) </li></ul><ul><li>Microphone / headphones / speakers </li></ul><ul><li>A script </li></ul>
  11. 11. To make your recording <ul><li>Plug your headphones into the FRONT of your computer, making sure that you match the colours correctly </li></ul><ul><li>Check that the sound levels are set correctly and that you have the “microphone” set properly </li></ul><ul><li>Click the red record button to record your voice. You know it’s recording when you see the blue soundwaves. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Saving your work <ul><li>Go to “file” and then go down to “export project as mp3”. This will mean that you can use it however you want afterwards. </li></ul>
  13. 13. What can you do with it now? <ul><li>Get pupils to save it onto their mp3 players / iPods </li></ul><ul><li>Upload it to your newly created blog for pupils to access </li></ul><ul><li>Upload it to a “podcasting platform” (like a blogging platform) such as Podomatic </li></ul><ul><li>Make Vokis </li></ul>
  14. 14. Further information <ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li> (Teachers’ Corner) </li></ul><ul><li>Durham Tees Valley MFL http:// </li></ul>