Using web tools in an English class


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Presentation on web 2.0 tools that can be used in the class for motivation, creating vocabulary activities, speaking and writing.
Includes a list of useful web resources.

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Using web tools in an English class

  1. 1. Using Web Tools in an English Class Marijana Smolčec, prof. Gimnazija Bernardina Frankopana, Ogulin Karlovac, 25 October 2011, ELT Reagional Meeting
  2. 2. The growth of the WWW <ul><li>1991 -“World Wide Web - Tim Berners-Lee and CERN </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction of HTML code/language </li></ul><ul><li>Web 1.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul>Picture1. Evolution man to computer
  3. 3. Web 1.0 <ul><li>first state of WWW </li></ul><ul><li>basic HTML only for publishing </li></ul><ul><li>read only content </li></ul><ul><li>web master responsible for updating website content </li></ul><ul><li>doesn’t support mass publishing </li></ul><ul><li>contact information: Web 1.0 – emails, fax, phone numbers, address </li></ul><ul><li>includes websites from 1994-2004 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Web 2.0 <ul><li>creativity , communication and networking among the internet users </li></ul><ul><li>read/write networking platform </li></ul><ul><li>social web ( social network, blogs, wikis,podcast, forums , RSS feed) </li></ul><ul><li>open to anyone </li></ul><ul><li>free </li></ul><ul><li>easy to use </li></ul>
  5. 5. Source :
  6. 6. A brief history of social media Source :
  7. 7. How do students learn nowadays? <ul><li>They google everything they want to know about. </li></ul><ul><li>They watch videos and tutorials to learn how to do things. </li></ul><ul><li>They use social network sites to interact, share information and ask for help. </li></ul><ul><li>They prefer to learn by doing, experimenting, creating. </li></ul>Source : Ana Maria Menezes, Developing the 4 Skills with Webtools
  8. 8. Old vs New Learners Source: http :// <ul><li>Visual </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Goal-oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Tech-savy </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-taskers </li></ul><ul><li>Personal </li></ul><ul><li>Hands on </li></ul><ul><li>- Text based </li></ul><ul><li>Competitive </li></ul><ul><li>Task oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Private </li></ul><ul><li>- Tecno-phobic </li></ul><ul><li>Sequential </li></ul><ul><li>Formal </li></ul><ul><li>Passive </li></ul>NEW LEARNERS OLD LEARNERS
  9. 9. What is the role of a teacher? <ul><li>rethink the way we prepare our lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Give students more opportunity to analyze, discuss, collaborate and create new content based on the knowledge they have learned about </li></ul><ul><li>How can webtools help us and our students internalize language more meaningfully? </li></ul>Source : Ana Maria Menezes, Developing the 4 Skills with Webtools
  10. 10. 10+ web tools and sites to use in an English Classroom <ul><li>VOCABULARY/ IMAGE TOOL CREATORS </li></ul><ul><li>Wordle </li></ul><ul><li>Tagxedo </li></ul><ul><li>Image chef </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabgrabber </li></ul><ul><li>Wordsmyth </li></ul><ul><li>Oxford Cloze Maker </li></ul><ul><li>GAME TOOL CREATOR </li></ul><ul><li>Discovery Puzzle Maker </li></ul><ul><li>Classtools </li></ul><ul><li>PHOTO SHAPES & </li></ul><ul><li>Picnik –photo shape online </li></ul><ul><li>VOICE TOOLS – SPEAKING/LISTENING </li></ul><ul><li>Voki </li></ul><ul><li>Voxopop </li></ul><ul><li>ESL videos </li></ul><ul><li>VOIP TOOLS –SPEAKING/COMMUNICATION </li></ul><ul><li>Skype, Yahoo Messenger </li></ul><ul><li>ONLINE STICKY NOTES </li></ul><ul><li>Linoit </li></ul><ul><li>Wallwisher </li></ul><ul><li>GRAMMAR/SPEAKING </li></ul><ul><li>Movie Segments to Assess Grammar skills </li></ul><ul><li>Debate and Discussion blog </li></ul>
  11. 11. Wordle <ul><li>turn words into “word clouds” </li></ul><ul><li>font, colours, layout </li></ul><ul><li>print or save to gallery (embbed into page or share URL) </li></ul><ul><li>no registration </li></ul> /
  12. 13. Ideas for Wordle... <ul><li>motivation </li></ul><ul><li>brainstorming </li></ul><ul><li>writing (Sts write their own sentences, tales...) </li></ul><ul><li>revision </li></ul><ul><li>literature ( guess the novel, fairytale ...) or use key words to describe the character </li></ul><ul><li>pre-reading, post-reading exercise... </li></ul><ul><li>introduce new vocabulary (personality adjectives...) </li></ul><ul><li>create a classroom poster ( classroom managment, norms...) </li></ul><ul><li>irregular verbs </li></ul>
  13. 14. ImageChef Categories : animation, signs, music,banners, licence plates, sports ...
  14. 15. Ideas with ImageChef - motivation, grammar skills, brainstorming ...
  15. 16. Free Discovery Puzzlemaker /
  16. 17. -print easily -copy-paste into Word -not saved once created
  17. 18. Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals <ul><li>movie segments </li></ul><ul><li>lesson plans </li></ul><ul><li>printable worksheets with answer key for each activity </li></ul><ul><li>tips to develop your own grammar activities with the DVDs you have at home. </li></ul><ul><li>Activities for beginners, basic learners, intermediate, advanced </li></ul> /
  18. 20. Debate and Discussion Lessons <ul><li>Creative lessons for discussion, debate and argument </li></ul><ul><li>Speaking activity – intermediate/upperintermediate/advanced </li></ul><ul><li>Youtube videos – discussed on </li></ul><ul><li>Topics : </li></ul><ul><li>Crime </li></ul><ul><li>Drinking </li></ul><ul><li>ebooks </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Games </li></ul><ul><li>TV </li></ul><ul><li>Travellers..... </li></ul> /
  19. 21. ESL videos <ul><li>find quizzes for all levels – Skills: listening comprehension , writing, reading </li></ul><ul><li>can create a quiz (register) </li></ul><ul><li>popular videos (Youtube, under Creative Commons) </li></ul><ul><li>teacher can have account for students </li></ul> /
  20. 22. Voki /  
  21. 23. Create a voki Speaking activity, feedback, pronunciation evaluation
  22. 24. Oxford Cloze Maker <ul><li>Oxford Teacher’s club – register </li></ul><ul><li>New English File ->Cloze Maker->all levels </li></ul><ul><li>choose unit from the book or copy and paste your own text </li></ul><ul><li>Choose type of cloze </li></ul><ul><li>Print or copy-paste and save to Word </li></ul> /
  23. 25. Linoit <ul><li>a board with sticky notes + add videos + photos </li></ul><ul><li>exam practice </li></ul><ul><li>homework – giving tasks </li></ul><ul><li>brainstorming – before a certain project </li></ul><ul><li>B-day celebrations cards </li></ul><ul><li>d ebate </li></ul><ul><li>f eedback </li></ul><ul><li>Literature – Reading/Speaking activities </li></ul><ul><li>choose a book, short story, any text for whole class to read </li></ul><ul><li>create board for that reading </li></ul><ul><li>Ss have to write favorite quotes, passages,ask questions about the new vocabulary they’ve learned </li></ul><ul><li>Each type of post can be different color </li></ul><ul><li>Ss have to replay questions and posts </li></ul> Ideas credit to Cecilia Lemos and Arjana Blažić /
  24. 27. Skype – online communication tool <ul><li>have interviews with students and teachers worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>i.e. </li></ul><ul><li>http :// </li></ul>
  25. 28. Useful Websites – teacher resources <ul><li>( ) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> (British </li></ul>
  26. 30. Language skill practice - websites <ul><li>Exams (PET, FCE, CAE, CPE...), interactive listening lessons, reading exercises, teacher resources/ materials, games, quizzes, IELTS writing makeovers, downloadable activities....) </li></ul><ul><li>Free English Lessons </li></ul><ul><li>English Club </li></ul><ul><li>Exam English </li></ul><ul><li>Englisch Hilfen </li></ul><ul><li>Using English </li></ul><ul><li>FCE practice </li></ul><ul><li>English Speaker </li></ul><ul><li>A Teacher’s Odyssey </li></ul><ul><li>A Journey in TEFL </li></ul><ul><li>A Clil to Climb </li></ul>
  27. 32. Survey on teacher resources
  28. 38. Conclusion <ul><li>Teachers use students books + online materials </li></ul><ul><li>Online materials and tools = CREATIVITY </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers =lifelong learners /facilitator </li></ul><ul><li>Students = digital learners / digital natives </li></ul><ul><li>Show students other uses of Internet not just game playing, downloading and social networking </li></ul><ul><li>Social networks(Facebook, Edmodo, Twitter) can be used in education as well </li></ul>
  29. 39. What can we try to do? <ul><li>Tell me and I forget. </li></ul><ul><li>Teach me and I remember . </li></ul><ul><li>Involve me and I learn.” </li></ul><ul><li>(Benjamin Frankiln) </li></ul>
  30. 40. Small steps
  31. 41. <ul><li>Thank you for your patience! </li></ul>