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Maximizing Learner Dialogues with Voicethread

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Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis, and social networking sites have added new dimensions to EFL project-based pedagogical approaches. A wide variety of positive outcomes have been attributed to project work, including authentic interaction, increased motivation, self determination, learner autonomy, development of critical thinking skills, and an increased relevance of course material to students' lives. Nevertheless, many teachers are reluctant to use Web 2.0 resources because they perceive them as too difficult or time-consuming to learn and use. This need not be the case. In this presentation, two practicing EFL instructors evaluate their experiences of using VoiceThread, an easy to use web-based application ideal for creating multimedia slide show projects that encourage a variety of learner dialogues.
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Maximizing Learner Dialogues with Voicethread

  1. 1. Maximizing learning dialogues with Voicethread Michael Stout and Jerry Talandis Jr. Toyo Gakuen University
  2. 2. What is a learning dialogue? Cromwell & Verity, 2009
  3. 3. What is a learning dialogue? “All of us, whether we are teaching, studying, writing, editing, or training, are engaged in an active dialogue of exploration.” Cromwell & Verity, 2009
  4. 4. What is a learning dialogue? “Learning and teaching function together as socially-constructed mirrors of each other, in a dialogue that is always open to expansion and increase.” Cromwell & Verity, 2009
  5. 5. Blooms Taxonomy Revised
  6. 6. Online Communication Type Mode “Same time- Synchronous different place” “Different time- Asynchronous different place” Ashley, 2003
  7. 7. Online Communication Synchronous Asynchronous Audio conferencing Email Video conferencing Discussion boards Chat Blogs Instant messaging Streaming audio & video Application sharing Narrated slideshows Ashley, 2003
  8. 8. What is Voicethread?
  9. 9. The Voicethread UI
  10. 10. Voicethread projects in Jerry’s classes Toyama College of Foreign Languages tcflvideo.edublogs.org
  11. 11. Digital storytelling... With what?
  12. 12. cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/50+Ways
  13. 13. Project focus: Japanese Culture in English
  14. 14. Voicethread projects in Michael’s classes •Homestay •Travel •Music
  15. 15. So What?
  16. 16. So What? Voicethread projects provide learners with:
  17. 17. So What? Voicethread projects provide learners with: • authentic audiences for language use
  18. 18. So What? Voicethread projects provide learners with: • authentic audiences for language use • a sense of agency
  19. 19. So What? Voicethread projects provide learners with: • authentic audiences for language use • a sense of agency • opportunities to develop higher order cognitive abilities
  20. 20. So What? Voicethread projects provide learners with: • authentic audiences for language use • a sense of agency • opportunities to develop higher order cognitive abilities • opportunities for learning outside the classroom and after the course ends
  21. 21. Other benefits Waxler, 2005
  22. 22. Other benefits • Retain more information Waxler, 2005
  23. 23. Other benefits • Retain more information • Perform better on standardized tests Waxler, 2005
  24. 24. Other benefits • Retain more information • Perform better on standardized tests • Encourages life-long learning Waxler, 2005
  25. 25. Other benefits • Retain more information • Perform better on standardized tests • Encourages life-long learning t’s fu n! I Waxler, 2005
  26. 26. Thank you!

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