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Can You Hear Us? ACE e-showcase


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for the ACE e-learning showcase, March '09, here's an adapted version of the reports from last year .. focusing more closely on the learning activities that teachers could adapt in their classrooms.

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Can You Hear Us? ACE e-showcase

  1. 1. ACE providers: PRACE, Carlton, Glenroy, Moreland & Coonara audio and voice technologies in the classroom
  2. 2. <ul><li>Student conversation as learning resource </li></ul><ul><li>Record conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about images in Voicethread </li></ul><ul><li>Record student presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Record vox-pops on excursion </li></ul><ul><li>Interview learners, upload audio to wikispace and invite comment </li></ul>Preston Reservoir ACE & Victorian Learnscope ace [at]
  3. 3. <ul><li>Improve access to printed text </li></ul><ul><li>Record easy-to-read books and other texts for language-learning: </li></ul><ul><li>Record student stories using a range of recording devices: </li></ul><ul><li>laptop with audacity, </li></ul><ul><li>iRiver mp3 recorder, and </li></ul><ul><li>a Nokia mobile phone. </li></ul><ul><li>Students then have option to listen back to their own story. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Audio text as learning material </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to podcasts on the web, including </li></ul><ul><li>audio from, </li></ul><ul><li>simple English news, </li></ul><ul><li>Breaking News English. </li></ul><ul><li>Many of these resources have transcripts or activities (which may need to be adapted). </li></ul><ul><li>Engage ESL learners with </li></ul><ul><li>Protea Textware, including International Picture Dictionary and Issues in English, with built-in grammar and vocabulary exercises </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Engage learners through audio and multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>Students embed their own audio-enabled avatars in a classroom wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Make personalised &quot;Ringtones&quot; to engage learners </li></ul><ul><li>Students create Christmas cards in powerpoint .. with voiceover for stronger connection </li></ul><ul><li>Watch You Tube videos via projector while studying literacy, cultural history and current affairs, eg Waltzing Matilda, The Nutty Professor; also Behind the News video class (abc TV) with transcript for reading and listening </li></ul><ul><li>Use videos at How Stuff Works for studying instructional language in a literacy class </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Communication between learner groups </li></ul><ul><li>Run Live Sessions between different classrooms, using skype, speakers and a microphone with a long cable </li></ul><ul><li>Set up an inter-class project, where one group interviews another, eg about their life stories, edit this into a series of digital stories. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Create multimedia for presentation and publication </li></ul><ul><li>Record student presentations to mp3 and convert into digital story </li></ul><ul><li>Work with images and sound to create digital stories from learners' language and experience </li></ul><ul><li>Students make their own digital stories, on topics including .. </li></ul><ul><li>Student embeds digital story into MySpace page for social networking </li></ul><ul><li>Students make videos including Local News, editing audio in Audacity, before re-mixing audio and video in Movie Maker (Windows) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Listening activities People at Converge created this list on the day .. What other activities would you adapt to a blended solution?
  9. 9. <ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Sessional teacher time </li></ul><ul><li>Ailing equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Windows audio nightmare </li></ul><ul><li>Steep learning curves </li></ul><ul><li>Range of abilities (both teacher and student) </li></ul><ul><li>Mission: support and nurture beginners, challenge and support the leaders !! </li></ul><ul><li>In other words: Keep it simple. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Tools for the classroom Audio on the web Jing, camstudio Screencast Skype Telephone Voki Avatar Voicethread, movie maker Digital story
  11. 11. Audio technologies in ACE Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education (PRACE) Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre Glenroy Neighbourhood Learning Centre Moreland Adult Education Coonara Community House <ul><li>Credits </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks for funding from Australian Flexible Learning Framework </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks also for “creative commons” licensed photos from Flickr users: Grant Neufeld, yousoundhollow, afeman, danieljohnsonr, penmachine and pablosanz - all at </li></ul><ul><li>Contact </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Chalk at PRACE </li></ul><ul><li>9462 6077 </li></ul><ul><li>ace [at] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Project Wiki