o A class or programme forum can be used before or after lessons to introduce or reflect on topics, ask questions and build knowledge.o Students can use it to express opinions or collaborate on finding answers. discusso Set up different forums – one for queries and help, one engage for general discussion, one for assignments etc. compareo Use them for general literacy or language practice. contrasto They’re a great tool for peer assessment. Students can reflect post group answers to problems and other groups can comment. ask answer construct
o Use it as a learning journal for your students to record their progress and reflect on their learning.record o Use it as a log to record online or independent study.reflect o Use it as a simple diary to encourage students’ writingshare skills.log o The journal can only be seen by you and the students so it’s a good place for giving individual feedback andwrite encouragement.comment
o Embedding videos on your page can add interest and engage students.o They are a great way to introduce topics, ideas and lessons.o Link videos to other activities such as forum discussions . After the students watch a video they leave comments in the forum. watcho Embedding a video, rather than putting in a link to a comment website, means that you have more control over what the students see. shareo Remember you can use videos from the Highbury provoke MyTube site and also make your own with an easy to use Flip camera (available from the library).
o There are some fantastic podcasts freely available online on a wide range of subjects. o Try recording your own podcast (or get students to do their own). The simplest way is to just use the sound recorder in Windows 7. When you’re done upload it to MyTube and then you can embed it on your page in a handy player. o You can also set audio assignments using Nanogong.listen Students record their voice assignment and it getscomment uploaded straight onto MyCourse for you to listen to.share o Use audio to support students who may find it difficult to read text. Record yourself reading the passage andreact then they can listen and/or read.respond o You could record pre-sessional ‘lectures’ so that you have more time in class for discussion and collaboration.
o Get students to collaboratively compile a glossary of key terms related to your subject area. researcho The glossary entries could be used for peer assessment. discover collaborateo You could enter items in the glossary as a reminder of key vocabulary or as a pre-lesson activity. prepare debate
o The Choice activity can be used as a voting tool, e.g. to decide on a class outing. o Use it to get data on what your class think about certain topics and integrate it into the lesson.vote o The graphs and figures shown in the results can becompare used for numeracy tasks and for formal writing.analyse o Use it at the beginning and end of debates to gauge opinion.choosediscuss
AND FINALLY……remember that MyCourse isn’t only forhomework. The more you integrate it intoyour lessons, the more familiar studentswill become with it.