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  • Learning and growing with blogs

    1. 1. Learning and growing with blogs in EFL contextsMari Yamauchi - Chiba University of Commerce Michael Stout - Toyo Gakuen University
    2. 2. “Teaching,learning,and growingare indeed asingle, socialprocess”Pederson, S. (2011). Scattered leaves. JALT 2011-37th Annual International Conference on LanguageTeaching and Learning & Educational Materials.Retrieved from http://jalt.org/conference
    3. 3. Beyond Classroom walls
    4. 4. Challenges
    5. 5. Challenges Limited computer experience(vis-à-vis cellphones)
    6. 6. Challenges Negative feelingstowards learning & using English
    7. 7. Using Moodle Forum (2010 Fall)
    8. 8. Students enjoy communicating inEnglish online (once they get used to it) Very good idea 4% Good idea Don’t know 83% 13% What do you think of sharing information or opinions in English online? (2B, N=24)
    9. 9. Students wanted more language help & exerciseWhat types of activities would you like to do What would you want from theusing Moodle? (2B, N=24) teacher? (1D+OPU, N=51) 14 14 30 9 16 6 4 9 3 5 4 3 Quiz:Vocab/Grammar Correct mistakes REcommending movies/songs Comment on the content Quiz: Listening/Reading Quick comment Viewing resources Give marks Free writing Quick grading Recording talks Other
    10. 10. For some, using Moodle outside of class was difficult or too much of a hassleWas it easy Very#easy#to#use# to use Easy#to#use# Moodle? Not#sure# (2B, N = 24) A#li;le#diffiult#to#use# Very#difficult#to#use# 0%# 10%# 20%# 30%# 40%# 50%# 60%# 70%# 80%# 90%# 100%# 16" 14" 12"Which would you 10" like to use for 8" 6"online discussion? 4" 2" (2B, N = 24) 0" Mixi" Twi-er" Email" Blog" Facebook" Moodle"Dont"know"
    11. 11. Keitai-compatible ways should be explored Wish I could have used my phone! I don’t often use computers.Websites incompatible with cellphones I don’t want to be asked for are inconvenient. the password every time.It would’ve been easier with a smartphone! How about using cellphones for such online activities?
    12. 12. Students’ computer experience (Oct. 2011)Are you comfortable using How often do you use thea computer? (N=214) Internet? (N=214) 4% 3% 1% 19% 26% 21% 27% 23% 51% 23% Totally comfortable Many times every day Every day Comfortable Often Sometimes Not really comfortable Very seldom Never Not at all comfortable
    13. 13. Students’ preference of mobile phones (Oct. 2011, N=214)What do you use to access the Which do you use more often toInternet? (Multiple Answers) send/read emails, a computer or your mobile phone? 131 0% 9% 7% 111 82 82 74 84% 13 A school computer My own computer My family’s computer A computer My keitai My mobile phone My smartphone Use both equally often Other Don’t use email
    14. 14. The Solution• Ease of accessibility and use (twitter, post by email)• Meaningful links between: • in- and out-of class activities • in-classroom life and normal life• Face-to-face or online activities for focus-on-form
    15. 15. The Platforms
    16. 16. The Platforms
    17. 17. The Platforms
    18. 18. Pros
    19. 19. Pros• Can post by E-mail• Can subscribe to e-mail updates• Anyone can comment• Google integration
    20. 20. Pros• Can create a team blog• Can make blog private• Third party app integration• iPhone & Android apps available
    21. 21. Cons • Can’t comment on posts using keitai • Can’t edit posts using a keitai • Anyone can comment
    22. 22. Pros• Can post by E-mail• Can make group blogs• Third party app integration• Can create custom domain• Can receive e-mail updates
    23. 23. Cons • Confusing new system (Spaces?) • Can’t edit posts using a keitai • Membership required to comment • Groups don’t work well
    24. 24. Pros• 140 character limit• Can post from keitais and smartphones• 3rd party app integration (iOS5)• Conversational• Can use aliases• Can easily delete posts and repost using a keitai
    25. 25. Cons • 140 character limit • Must click on URL to see photos & images • Too much information • Privacy & security
    26. 26. Blogging in Mari’s classes Chiba University of Commerce
    27. 27. Posting by email Hands on available in a regular classroom
    28. 28. iPads for some hands-on (Since June) At least 1 ipad / 3-4 students desirable
    29. 29. Blog Posts In class activity Blog postA: What were you doing at 7 PM yesterday? Grammar ExerciseB: I (am, was) eating dinner. (WS)A: What (do, did) you eat?B: I (have, had) pizza and fried noodle.
    30. 30. Grammar & ConversationPosting Reading & Interview/ In- Survey class activity Focus on form
    31. 31. Results
    32. 32. Accessibility Increased?2010 Fall: 2011 Spring:Was it easy to use Moodle? (2B, N = 24) Was it easy to post by email? (2B, N = 27) 8% 4% 10% 23% 25% 25% 23% 38% 43% Very easy Easy Very easy Easy Not sure A little difficult A little difficult Very Difficult Very difficult
    33. 33. Accessibility Increased?2010 Fall: 2011 Spring:Was it easy to use Moodle? (2B, N = 24) Was it easy to post by email? (2B, N = 27) 8% wish I 4% I could have 10% 23% 25% edited my posts. 25% 23% 38% 43% Very easy Easy Very easy Easy Not sure A little difficult A little difficult Very Difficult Very difficult
    34. 34. Participation Increased400 2010 Fall (2B, N=24) 2011 Spring (2B, N=27)300 40200 30 20100 10 0 0 Posts Assignements Posts/Contributer Posts/Topic
    35. 35. Using English - Fun & ChallengingDo you think blogging in What do you think of blogging in English?English will help you improve (2B, N=27)your English? (2B, N=27) (%) 65.5 10% 7% 44.8 41.4 34.5 27.6 27.6 83% I enjoyed reading others’ posts I enjoyed writing my opinions/ideas in English Yes I found myself using English more often No It was difficult to write in English Don’t know It was difficult to read in English Im now feeling more comfortable using English
    36. 36. Language Help/Focus on Form wanted Suggestions for better blogging activities? (2B, N=27)How did you like the way your posts 40 40 (%)were used in class? (2B, N=27) 66.7 (%) 23.3 16.7 Mistakes to be corrected 23.3 23.3 Posts to be editable More comments from teacher 10 Interactions to be increased Good to learn how to say something I wanted to say Easier to write something related to what was covered in class Happy to have my posts used in class Don’t want my posts used in class
    37. 37. More Active Participation In Class
    38. 38. More Active Participation In Class
    39. 39. My writing skills improvedthrough blogging during this I feel I understand what it’s like to use semester. English in everyday life. I’ve improved my English I was happy that communication with mythrough blogging so I want to classmates increased through blogging. do more next semester. I felt uncomfortable blogging first but I Blogging in English was enjoyed it later on as I got used to it. challenging but fun. It’d be great if we post whenever we like, in addition to assigned tasks.
    40. 40. Blogging in Michael’s classesToyo Gakuen University, Nagareyama Campus
    41. 41. CALLRoom
    42. 42. Twitter
    43. 43. Issues
    44. 44. Thank you!

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