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Let Them Blog, Glog, Microblog & More!


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Presentation/Workshop given to the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portguese (NJ Chapter) - April 2/11

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Let Them Blog, Glog, Microblog & More!

  1. 1. Let ThemBlog,Glog,Microblog& More!!<br />Enza Antenos-Conforti, PhD<br />Montclair State University<br />
  2. 2. Revolución de lasRedesSociales<br />
  3. 3. Educational Challenge<br />Do students use technology in class?<br />A recent study by Professor Reynol Junco of Lock Haven University states that 29% use Facebook while 66% sends or receives a text message<br />Students use the Internet to communicate<br />Authentic and transparent in their use (perhaps too transparent!)<br /> They aren’t knowledgeable users<br />
  4. 4. Do social media resisteducational purposes?<br />Students spontaneously use social media to comunicate aboutschool, even to talk abouthomework!<br />
  5. 5. Do weevenspeak the samelanguage?<br />We cannot deny the existence of social media. Rather we must accept their dynamic nature, understand how they work, and how our students use them.<br />Our question is how to use them to improve our teaching and learning of foreign languages?<br />
  6. 6. WhyBring SM to the FL Classroom?<br />Share (knowledge, materials, opinions & reflections)<br />Collaborate (students & teachers, students & students, groups of students)<br />Integrate & alternate (from typical traditional lessons)<br />Participate (in CMC, computer mediated communication)<br />
  7. 7. Why would you use social media in your Spanish/Portuguese class?<br />
  8. 8. Does the ToolMake or Break the Lesson?<br />The technological tool must be selected to reach learning objectives and outcomes<br />What is the objective of the lesson/unit? <br />What tools can we integrate to reach the objective?<br />Immagine di:<br />
  9. 9. Social & Relational<br />Social media are always social and relational…for this reason, even when using these tools in the classroom, it is necessary to:<br />Create a profile<br />Articulate a list of users for networking <br />Use these networks to create communities of acquaintances, interests, resources and groups<br />
  10. 10. Let’sNavigate ThroughSoMe<br /><br />
  11. 11. Blogginng<br />In the blogsphere, there is<br />(Inter)cultural Competence<br />In-depth analysis in reading comprehension and lexical development<br />Participation of both author and reader in a more formal platform<br />
  12. 12. LetThem Blog!<br />Develop the presentational mode of written communication (ACTFL)<br />Allow for all students to provide feedback on an argument/topic<br />How to<br />Create a blog for the course/class<br />The teacher starts with a post and asks for feedback/comments<br />Each student is responsible for a future post and then to comment on posts of other classmates<br />
  13. 13. Glogging<br />Promotes creative thinking<br />Createsconditionsfavorable to learningthroughinterest and fun<br />Developdigitalcomptencies/literacies: supportsintegration of multi-media<br />It’sfunctional to cooperative learning: students can work in pairs/group<br /><br />
  14. 14. LetThemGlog!<br />The poster board of our day gets a facelift!<br />Presenting onself or a topic more creatively (using texts, audio, video, images, links to sites, etc.)<br />How to<br />Allregisteron<br />The teachercreates a class with the names and email adresses of classmates<br />Students share and collaborate on these e-posters<br /><br />
  15. 15. Microblogging<br />
  16. 16. LetThemMicroblog!<br />Allow students to communicate in writing via brief messages (only 140 characters!) in the target language, with more frequency<br />Communicate with classmates, me and native language speakers in a relaxed atmosphere<br />You can read my complete study on Twitter in Italian III (intermediate level)<br />How to<br />Every opens a Twitter account – new one that is TL specific!<br />Prompt students to share Twitter/Edmodo using questions or tasks<br />As they become more familiar with Twitter (it’s self-perpuating, organic),many will share without being prompted, and create their own network for learning <br />
  17. 17. A Twitter Success Story<br />Introduced to Twitter in FA08<br />Tweeted in Italian for 7 months, after course ended<br />Now a bilingual twitterer, and she’s not an Italian major or minor!<br />
  18. 18. Youtube-ing<br />Content and Information<br />Cultural and languagevideos(One semester of Spanish)<br />Collaboration<br />Mashups on certaintopics<br />Partecipation<br />Comments/reviews<br />Video uploadingtoo<br /> [pdf]<br /><br />
  19. 19. VoiceThread-ing<br />Online media album (pictures, text, video)<br />Commentspossible via voice, text, video<br />Similar to discussionboardbut with superlative supplements<br />Partecipation (opinions and feedback)<br /><br />
  20. 20. Google Voice-ing<br />A free audio product by Google (needonlyhave a Google account)<br />Can be shared with teachers and classmates<br />Leavephonemessages to developspeakingskills<br />Record conversations with speakers to developspeaking, listening and negotionskills<br />Some Spanish examples:<br />
  21. 21. Regular Use of Social Media!?!<br />Benefits<br />Students are alreadyfamiliar with many of the tools<br />Theyalready use thesecommunicationtools<br />Continualinteraction of students face-to-face and online<br />Minor resistance<br />Drawbacks<br />Teachers need to knowthesetoolswell<br />Students mightnotappreciate the educational use of thesetools<br />Communicationis24/7 <br />Muchnoise in SM<br />Ittakes time<br /><br />
  22. 22. Appendix: Technology in MFL<br />“Originally published as a series of blog posts titled Technology in Modern Foreign Languages, this collection of articles explores how teachers are successfully incorporating the use of new technologies into their classroom practice with a focus on enhancing teaching and learning.<br />Technologies such as blogging, microblogging, web 2.0, wikis, sound recording and videoconferencing have all found their way into our classrooms and harnessing them effectively is at the heart of 21st century pedagogy.<br />The original articles can be read at”José Picardo<br />
  23. 23. Muchasgracias<br />for sharingideas with me:<br />Julia Cozzarelli (Voicethread)<br />Reynol Junco (Students & SM)<br />José Picardo (Technology in MFL)<br />CaterinaPolincaro (Italian e-learning)<br />Esperanza Roman (YouTube) <br />Donna Shelton (Google Voice)<br />