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Erin Lowry Senior English Language Fellow 1st Regional ELT Conference September 19 & 20, 2008
<ul><li>&quot;Teachers must become comfortable as co-learners with their students and with colleagues around the world. To...
What is project-based instruction? How can I use project-based learning in the classes I teach? How can technology work wi...
Another Communicative Approach <ul><li>Content-Based Approach </li></ul><ul><li>Task-Based Approach </li></ul><ul><li>Them...
A Project Is… <ul><li>“… a long-term (several weeks) activity that involves a variety of individual or cooperative tasks s...
What is Project-Based Learning? <ul><li>Asks a question or poses a problem that all students can answer. Concrete, hands-o...
Benefits of PBI Student communities of inquiry Authentic communication Cooperative learning Collaboration Problem-sovling ...
Characteristics of Project Work <ul><li>Focus on authentic content rather than specific language </li></ul><ul><li>Learner...
NETS for Students <ul><li>Creativity and Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Communication and Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Re...
NETS for Teachers <ul><li>Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Design and develop digi...
Types of Projects <ul><li>Structured Projects  - determined, specified, and organized by the teacher in terms of topic, me...
The Project Framework <ul><li>The Project-Framework is a tool that helps students to learn language, content, and skills s...
(Beckett & Slater, 2005)
Integrating Technology <ul><li>Word processing skills </li></ul><ul><li>Basic photo, video, and audio editing </li></ul><u...
Technology-Enhanced Projects <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts <...
Projects with Authentic Concerns <ul><li>Designing leaflets for foreign travel agencies outside of Colombia </li></ul><ul>...
Projects with Authentic Issues <ul><li>Staging a debate on censorship </li></ul><ul><li>Conducting a presentation on AIDS ...
Learner-Centered Projects <ul><li>Planning and implementing field trips to an international airport to interview internati...
Data Collection <ul><li>Research projects - library work </li></ul><ul><li>Correspondence projects - communication with in...
Project Outcome <ul><li>Production projects - bulletin boards, brochures, videos, posters, letters, photo essays, menus, e...
Developing a Project <ul><li>Agree on a theme for the project </li></ul><ul><li>Determine the final outcome </li></ul><ul>...
Developing a Project <ul><li>Student gathers information </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare students for the language demands of st...
Developing a Project <ul><li>Prepare students for the language demands of step 9 </li></ul><ul><li>Present final product <...
Preparing for Information Gathering <ul><li>Correspondence or encounter projects - plan exercises on question formation, i...
Project Examples <ul><li>Storytelling and creation </li></ul><ul><li>Scrapbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Photo, audio, video, wri...
 
 
 
 
Resources for Project Work Ideas <ul><li>Read Write Think </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/less...
Portfolios & Alternative Assessment
Any Questions? <ul><li>Email me:  [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>My wiki and the presentation:  http://colombotech.pbwi...
References <ul><li>Alan, B. & Stoller, F. (2005). Maximizing the benefits of project work in foreign   language classrooms...
References <ul><li>Fang, X, & Warschauer, M. (2004). Technology and curricular reform in China: A case study.  TESOL Quart...
References <ul><li>Moss, D. (1997).  Project-based learning and assessment: A resource manual for teachers.   Arlington, V...
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Technology & Project Based Instruction

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A brief overview of project-based instruction and integrating technology for such in the EFL classroom.

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Technology & Project Based Instruction

  1. 1. Erin Lowry Senior English Language Fellow 1st Regional ELT Conference September 19 & 20, 2008
  2. 2. <ul><li>&quot;Teachers must become comfortable as co-learners with their students and with colleagues around the world. Today it is less about staying ahead and more about moving ahead as members of dynamic learning communities. The digital-age teaching professional must demonstrate a vision of technology infusion and develop the technology skills of others.  These are the hallmarks of the new education leader.“ </li></ul>— Don Knezek, ISTE CEO, 2008
  3. 3. What is project-based instruction? How can I use project-based learning in the classes I teach? How can technology work with PBI?
  4. 4. Another Communicative Approach <ul><li>Content-Based Approach </li></ul><ul><li>Task-Based Approach </li></ul><ul><li>Theme-Based Approach </li></ul>
  5. 5. A Project Is… <ul><li>“… a long-term (several weeks) activity that involves a variety of individual or cooperative tasks such as developing a research plan and questions, and implementing the plan through empirical or document research that includes collecting, analyzing, and reporting data orally and/or in writing” (Beckett, 2002, p. 54). </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is Project-Based Learning? <ul><li>Asks a question or poses a problem that all students can answer. Concrete, hands-on experiences occur. </li></ul><ul><li>Allows students to look at issues and topics in real-world problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Fosters abstract, intellectual tasks to explore complex issues. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Benefits of PBI Student communities of inquiry Authentic communication Cooperative learning Collaboration Problem-sovling Learner-centered Alternative assessment Integrated skills instruction Strategy training
  8. 8. Characteristics of Project Work <ul><li>Focus on authentic content rather than specific language </li></ul><ul><li>Learner-centered </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperative learning </li></ul><ul><li>Authentic integration of skills and processing of information from varied sources </li></ul><ul><li>Product-oriented with an authentic purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Motivates and builds confidence </li></ul>
  9. 9. NETS for Students <ul><li>Creativity and Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Communication and Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Research and Information Fluency </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Operations and Concepts </li></ul>
  10. 10. NETS for Teachers <ul><li>Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Design and develop digital-age learning experiences and assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Model digital-age work and learning </li></ul><ul><li>Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Engage in professional growth and leadership </li></ul>
  11. 11. Types of Projects <ul><li>Structured Projects - determined, specified, and organized by the teacher in terms of topic, methodology, and presentation. </li></ul><ul><li>Unstructured Projects - defined largely by the students. </li></ul><ul><li>Semi-structured Projects - organized in part by the teacher and in part by the students. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Project Framework <ul><li>The Project-Framework is a tool that helps students to learn language, content, and skills simultaneously. It consists of two components: the planning graphic and the project diary . The former provides the categorization of the target language, content, and skills and the latter provides students with a weekly summarization task . </li></ul>(Beckett & Slater, 2005)
  13. 13. (Beckett & Slater, 2005)
  14. 14. Integrating Technology <ul><li>Word processing skills </li></ul><ul><li>Basic photo, video, and audio editing </li></ul><ul><li>Research skills </li></ul><ul><li>New literacy skills </li></ul>
  15. 15. Technology-Enhanced Projects <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul>
  16. 16. Projects with Authentic Concerns <ul><li>Designing leaflets for foreign travel agencies outside of Colombia </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a bulletin board display introducing new teachers or students </li></ul><ul><li>Creating an audio book for other classes or schools </li></ul><ul><li>Developing a photo essay about life in Colombia for international visitors or exchange programs </li></ul>
  17. 17. Projects with Authentic Issues <ul><li>Staging a debate on censorship </li></ul><ul><li>Conducting a presentation on AIDS awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing survey results on coping with social change in </li></ul><ul><li>Developing arguments for and against international disputes </li></ul>
  18. 18. Learner-Centered Projects <ul><li>Planning and implementing field trips to an international airport to interview international travelers </li></ul><ul><li>Conducting presentations on local sports teams or heroes </li></ul><ul><li>Producing a theatrical interpretation of a favorite film or TV show </li></ul><ul><li>Putting on a fashion show </li></ul>
  19. 19. Data Collection <ul><li>Research projects - library work </li></ul><ul><li>Correspondence projects - communication with individuals via email, phone, fax, letters, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Survey projects </li></ul><ul><li>Encounter projects - face-to-face contact </li></ul>
  20. 20. Project Outcome <ul><li>Production projects - bulletin boards, brochures, videos, posters, letters, photo essays, menus, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Performance projects - debates, presentations, drama, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational projects - planning and forming a club, conversation partner programs, etc. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Developing a Project <ul><li>Agree on a theme for the project </li></ul><ul><li>Determine the final outcome </li></ul><ul><li>Structure the project </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare students for the language demands of step 5 </li></ul>Stoller (1997) and Sheppard and Stoller (1995)
  22. 22. Developing a Project <ul><li>Student gathers information </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare students for the language demands of step 7 </li></ul>Stoller (1997) and Sheppard and Stoller (1995)
  23. 23. Developing a Project <ul><li>Prepare students for the language demands of step 9 </li></ul><ul><li>Present final product </li></ul><ul><li>Students evaluate the project </li></ul>Stoller (1997) and Sheppard and Stoller (1995)
  24. 24. Preparing for Information Gathering <ul><li>Correspondence or encounter projects - plan exercises on question formation, introduce conversational gambits, role play for practice, practice note taking and recording </li></ul><ul><li>Research projects - review steps for finding resources, practice skimming and note taking </li></ul><ul><li>Other - using graphic organizers, Internet literacy skills </li></ul>
  25. 25. Project Examples <ul><li>Storytelling and creation </li></ul><ul><li>Scrapbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Photo, audio, video, writing editing </li></ul><ul><li>Class magazine or newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Photo essays </li></ul>
  26. 30. Resources for Project Work Ideas <ul><li>Read Write Think </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=395 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Thinkfinity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.marcopolo-education.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Project Learning—Edutopia, George Lucas Foundation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.edutopia.org/project-learning </li></ul></ul>
  27. 31. Portfolios & Alternative Assessment
  28. 32. Any Questions? <ul><li>Email me: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>My wiki and the presentation: http://colombotech.pbwiki.com/ </li></ul>
  29. 33. References <ul><li>Alan, B. & Stoller, F. (2005). Maximizing the benefits of project work in foreign   language classrooms. English Teaching Forum Online, 43 (4). Retrieved December 13, 2006 from http://exchanges.state.gov/forum/vols/vol43/no4/p10.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Baek, Y., Jung, J. & Kim, B. (2008). What makes teachers use technology in the classroom? Computers & Education , 50, 224–234. </li></ul><ul><li>Beckett, G. (2002). Teacher and student evaluations of project-based instruction. TESL Canada Journal, 19 (2), 52 -66. </li></ul><ul><li>Beckett, G. & Slater, T. (2005). The project framework: a tool for language, content, and skills integration. ELT Journal . 59 (2), 108-116. </li></ul><ul><li>Beckett, G. H. (2005). Academic language and literacy socialization through project-based instruction: ESL student perspectives and issues. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication , 15(1), 191-206. </li></ul><ul><li>Beckett, G. H. & Chamness Miller, P. (2006). Project-based second and foreign language education . Greenwich, Conn.: Information Age Pub.ç </li></ul><ul><li>Foss, P., Carney, N., McDonald, K. & Rooks, M. (2007). Project-Based Learning Activities for Short-Term Intensive English Programs. Asian EFL Journa l, 23(x). Retrieved September 5, 2008 from http://www.asian-efl-journal.com/pta_Oct_07_ypf&nc&km&mr.php </li></ul>
  30. 34. References <ul><li>Fang, X, & Warschauer, M. (2004). Technology and curricular reform in China: A case study. TESOL Quarterly 38(2), 301-323. </li></ul><ul><li>Fried-Booth, D. L. (2002). Project work. (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Friedman, J. (2000). Using Online Projects to Enhance Learning. Retrieved from http://www.more.net/~janice/ portfolio/MACE . </li></ul><ul><li>Jeon-Ellis, G., Debski, R. & Wigglesworth, G. (2005). Oral Interaction around Computers in the Project-Oriented CALL Classroom. Language Learning & Technology , 9(3), pp. 121-145. </li></ul><ul><li>NETS For Students. (2007). ISTE’s Educational Technology Standards for Students. Retrieved from http://www.iste.org . </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas, J. W. (2000). A review of research on project-based learning. The Autodesk Foundation. Retrieved from World Wide Web: http://www.autodesk.com/foundation </li></ul>
  31. 35. References <ul><li>Moss, D. (1997). Project-based learning and assessment: A resource manual for teachers.   Arlington, VA: The Arlington Education and Employment Program (REEP). (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED442306) </li></ul><ul><li>Moss, D. & Van Duzer, C. (1998). Project-based learning for adult English language learners. National Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED427556) </li></ul><ul><li>Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. (2002). Implementing Project-Based Instruction. Retrieved September 5, 2008 from http://www.nwrel.org/request/2002aug/implementing.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.nelliemuller.com/Articles_by_Nellie_Deutsch.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.nelliemuller.com/project.problem.and.inquiry-based.learning.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Stoller, F. (1997). Project work: A means to promote language content. English Teaching Forum Online, 35 (4). Retrieved from http://exchanges.state.gov/forum/vols/vol35/no4/p2.htm </li></ul>

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