We need 21st Century skills that will enable us to be successful, productive members of society.Technology should:Enrich the learning experience.Help students cooperate as they learn.Help students learn more actively.Raise expectations of what students can do.Provide a variety of learning opportunities that take students’ different ways of learning into account.
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There is a clear learning outcome and an educational goal.VoiceThread encourages learners to share and connect with each other.Learners present for a “real” audience.It allows for a diversity of learning styles (voice, text, images).It allows for learners’ creativity.
Most of us are already quite technologically literate. We are all dab hands at word processing tools, spreadsheets, e-mail applications, uploading and downloading stuff on YouTube, Flickr… We have all embraced social networks. We can all make something and put it online. If you can use e-mail, save a Word document and open a Facebook account, you can handle most Web 2.0 tools.
Beyond the Four Skills
Teaching English as a Foreign Language in the 21st Century<br />Beyond the Four Skills<br />Diana Jones<br />
If Facebook were a country, it would have nearly 500,000 citizens. This would make it the third largest country in the world:<br /> China 1,377,700,000<br /> India 1,181,263,000<br />Facebook 500,000,000<br /> USA 309,345,000<br />
Why are you studying English?<br />Because I need to pass an exam.<br />Because I want to communicate in English.<br />Because it’s a requirement for work.<br />Because it’s part of the curriculum.<br />Because it’s interesting and fun – and I enjoy it!<br />
Media: YouTube<br />Publishing and Sharing: Blogger YouTube<br />Research: Google Google translate<br />Reading: Google books<br />Collaboration: Google docs<br />Communication: Blogger Gmail Google groups Google wave<br />Geography: Google earth Google maps<br />
Technology is not a choice. It’s not here to help you teach in a traditional way. It has created a completely new environment. It opens doors to opportunities. <br />The 21st century calls on students to be multi-lingual and multi-cultural. Students need to work in teams, find information, communicate it, and solve problems with it. It’s a great world for learning!<br />
We no longer need to be experts (“geeks”) to incorporate technology in our classroom.<br />
Our classrooms …<br />may have limited autonomy and resources, but their possibilities are unlimited. We can:<br />instill curiosity<br />engage and excite learners<br />create opportunities for learning <br />
Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting students working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.<br />Bill Gates<br />
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.<br />Albert Einstein<br />
No excuses:<br />I don’t know enough about technology<br /> If you can use e-mail, save a Word document and open a Facebook account, you can handle most Web 2.0 tools.<br />I don’t have time<br /> Start with one tool. Work with it for one month – or even two. Then start with another.<br />I’m too busy<br /> These tools will save you time.<br />But I’m too old<br /> Ha-Ha!<br />