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Facilitator: D. Deubelbeiss http://setiteachers.ning.com http://eflclassroom.com http://teachingrecipes.com
Technology is a fact of life in today’s schools. Our students are “digital” learners and must be taught as such. This workshop will present many ideas for helping English language teachers use technology in their own classrooms. Part 1:
Why use technology?
a rationale for using technology will be presented and we will discuss the the nature of the “new” learner. Teachers will be shown how to use their own language labs. How to set it up and get students learning independently.
How to use technology?
examples of technology to use in the classroom will be show. These will include power points / slideshows / karaoke players / videos / “chatterbots” / audio books/stories / quizzes / games.
Using video in the classroom
instruction on how to properly use video in the classroom will be give. Guidelines for using video will be demonstrated and some examples of the best videos for use in the classroom will be shown.
All the workshop links / instructions can be found through the SETI Teacher’s website. http://setiteachers.ning.com Click – “Technology for Language Instruction.” Or see the websites/links in the appendix.
What do you know about technology in the language classroom!
How do you OR have you used technology in your classroom?
1. I’ve used / I might use ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________. 2. What are some of the benefits of using technology to teach languages? Write your own answers or use these hints!
Comm_______________ Ind_______________ 24/___
1. WATCH THE SONG/VIDEO – “The Elephant Song”
- as you watch, write the names of all the animals mentioned in the box below.
2. How could you take this “engaging” start and make a lesson out of it? (for any level of learner).
A) MUSIC – Text to Speech Karaoke in the classroom is great! It is simple to use and students will enjoy the songs and with text to support learning, they will learn pronunciation and phonemic awareness. Let’s see a couple of examples of how you can use it in class with a microphone! ABC – Michael Jackson: Choral group singing. Walking on Sunshine – Last one standing. A great listening game!
News articles – Namdaemun burns. Cloze gap exercise. Mixtube lyric list / Karaoke in the classroom / Karaoke videos
B) GAMES Students love games and they are an excellent way to review. Even better if students make the games they play in class (put that on their shoulders!). Games can be Arcade online games /
powerpoints or quiz generators. 20 questions / Akinator / Guess the Google / Geography / Free Rice BAAM / TOP 5 / The Price is Right / Not like the Other / Transl8it.com Fling the Teacher / Mystudiyo / ESLVideo / Jeopardy
C) Pictures, Visuals and Powerpoints Pictures are so powerful in contextualizing learning and helping students learn language. There are many ways to use picture slideshows or grammar / vocabulary powerpoints in the classroom. Let’s look at a few. PicLits.com / Wordle / Tarheel Reader / English Everywhere / Visual Slideshows
D) Community and Web 2.0 Students these days learn through peer interaction and it is the teacher’s job to nurture and build the right learning environment or community so this can happen. Web 2.0 applications allow teachers to build a community online for their classroom or school. Students can blog, chat, share videos, do assignments, get grades and teacher feedback – all in one place, one Learning Management System (LMS). Teachers can also connect their students online with other classes around the world. Here are some great ways: Ning.com / Wikispaces / Project Peace / Voicethread /
The role of the teacher is changing dramatically. Technology enables students to have access to lots of language, real English. It is the teacher’s job not so much to teach but to provide students with the right environment and access to this content. Here are a few places your students can study in powerful ways and take control of their own learning! Get using the language lab at your school or at least educate your students about all the wonderful ways they can learn online! Talk with Alice / English Tutor / Mingoville / Click ‘N Learn / Voxopop
F) Video in the Classroom Using short videos in the classroom really helps students learn through authentic language and contextualized instruction. However, before showing videos in class, you should be careful. Let’s review some guidelines for using video in the classroom.
Now, let’s look at some ways to use video in the classroom and some tools to help you. Keepvid.com / NFB Videos / Silent Videos: Mr. Bean / Wallace and Grommit NOTES:
Do you think you can be a 21st century teacher?
Recommended Websites for Teaching English
1) http://eflclassroom.ning.com EFL Classroom 2.0 - Lots of resources, games, discussion and tips to use technology in the classroom Make your own school site at http://ning.com ! 2) http://breakingnewsenglish.com - BreakingNewsEnglish - for higher level students or teaching teachers. Articles with exercises and listening 3) http://mes-english.com - MES English - flashcards, worksheets for young learners 4) http://bogglesworldesl.com - Bogglesworld - lesson plans, activities, for young learners and M.S. / H.S. 5) http://setiteachers.ning.com - SETI Teachers - materials for helping to teach the Korean teachers in your school. 6) http://www.de.mingoville.com/content/view/13/29/lang,en/ - Mingoville - online learning suite for young learners. Free, great for practice 7) http://acacia.pntic.mec.es/agip0002/auro/inicio.html Click N Learn - online learning suite for older students. Free. Great practice.
8) http://www.diigo.com/list/eflclassroom - A list of MANY sites, all categorized and saved by fellow English teachers. A treasure chest! 9) http://www.voicethread.com -- Voicethread Create an account, put up a picture and send your students there to practice speaking and to record messages. Really great for oral speaking practice. 10) http://voxopop.com - Voxopop Much like Voicethread but no picture. Only a series of recordings. Ask a question and your students can go there to reply and speak in English. Make your own class group. 11) http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers - Wikispaces Create a free wiki for your class and students to edit and share ideas 12) http://writeboard.com – Writeboard A class writeboard allows all students to work on a class document, add and edit and see the changes. Teacher friendly! 13) http://pageflakes.com – Pageflakes Quickly make a page for your class that updates all the rss feeds you want of all the content around the world wide web that your students need. 14) http://quizlet.com - Quizlet Quizlet allows you to make wordlists which your students can use for practice and also quiz themselves… 15) http://tarheelreader.org – Tar Heel Reader Make books with pictures. The site has a voice which will read them! Also download them as powerpoint and use in class directly! 16) http://eslvideo.com – ESL Video Students or teachers can make quizzes using Youtube videos! 17) http://real-english.com – Real English Watch videos with subtitles, for all levels. Unique!