Chat Blogs Skype Email Second Life Facebook Wikis Adobe Connect Podcasts Video Voice message conferencing boardsSynchronous CMC Asynchronous CMC
Why add communication technologies to your curriculum? Students are already expert users Pushes language learning outside the classroom Promotes authentic language use
Does the technology increase the efficiency of student learning? What does the technology allow me to do that I can’t already do using other means? Does the technology decrease my workload?
How can the new technology fit into my curriculum?
What is the right tool to use for the task I want to do? Blogs, Voicethread, & Wikis
A blog is an online, semi-public journal that displays the user’s posts, and allows visitors to post responses Blogging = individual reaction to something + the comments of others Informal, independent writing
Blogging = individual reaction to something + the comments of others Informal writing Autobiography Student responses to reading, films, class discussions, curriculum topics Add pictures, links Students, teacher subscribe to each others’ blogs
What are the potential problems of asking your students to keep a blog?
Group conversations are collected and shared in one place Multimedia slide show (posted by students or the teacher) ◦ Pictures ◦ Documents ◦ Video Students comment on the slide show using ◦ Text ◦ Audio ◦ Video
Wiki = web-based collaborative writing space Wiki wiki means ‘quick’ in Hawai’ian Allows multiple users to add and edit content of one shared space Users add new pages to create a network of hyperlinked documents More student control = more success
Class Resource - Students write an online text of your curriculum, adding links to expand class knowledge Group Projects - Build collaborative pages, start discussions and encourage comments. Student Portfolios - Give students their own page to post content, upload homework, and share their work. (from pbworks.com/content/edu-classroom-teachers)
1. Go to www.wikispaces.com2. Click on ‘Wikis for individuals and groups”3. Register
Write a few sentences about yourself or something you’re interested in. Add a picture you like from the Internet (first download the pic to your desktop) Create links to 3 other pages Add links to your favorite websites Add a video you like from youtube.com Click on ‘Gadgets’ and add something else!