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Theres A World Outside My Classroom


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Presentation on using blogs and wikis in MFL

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Theres A World Outside My Classroom

  1. 1. There’s a world outside my classroom…blogs and wikis in MFL teaching Helena Butterfield @langwitch
  2. 2. A bit about me…! <ul><li>MFL Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>International Co-ordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Former Head of Department </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger at and </li></ul>
  3. 3. What we will do today <ul><li>What is a blog? </li></ul><ul><li>Why blog? </li></ul><ul><li>How to set up a blog </li></ul><ul><li>Some useful blogs </li></ul><ul><li>What is a wiki…and why is it different from a blog? </li></ul>
  4. 4. 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>
  5. 5. 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>
  6. 6. Blogs for pupils <ul><li>Langwitch </li></ul><ul><li>All Saints Languages Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Sans Problèmes </li></ul><ul><li>MFL@Northgate-the Blog </li></ul>
  7. 7. Showcasing pupil work
  8. 8. Helping them to learn vocabulary
  9. 9. Communication
  10. 10. Promote independent learning
  11. 11. Links to other websites
  12. 12. Share authentic material
  13. 13. Fun!
  14. 14. Homework
  15. 15. Peer assessment
  16. 16. Blogs for teachers <ul><li>The Langwitch Chronicles http:// </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>
  17. 17. 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>Wordpress (Free) </li></ul><ul><li>Register </li></ul><ul><li>That’s it! </li></ul>
  18. 18. 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>
  19. 19. 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>
  20. 20. e-Safety <ul><li>No surnames </li></ul><ul><li>No email addresses </li></ul><ul><li>No personal details </li></ul><ul><li>Be sensible </li></ul><ul><li>Moderation </li></ul>
  21. 21. So what’s a Wiki? <ul><li>A website that many people can add to </li></ul><ul><li>More static than a a blog </li></ul>
  22. 22. Pupil collaboration
  23. 23. How to guide
  24. 24. Showcase pupil work
  25. 25. Peer assessment
  26. 26. Specific project
  27. 27. Online international collaboration
  28. 28. Teachers colloborating too:
  29. 29. More teacher collaboration
  30. 30. Further information <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> (Teachers’ Corner) </li></ul><ul><li>Durham Tees Valley MFL http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: @langwitch </li></ul>