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Ict Strategies For The English Classroom

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Presentation for Paraparaumu College mini-conference 2007

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Ict Strategies For The English Classroom

  1. 1. ICT Strategies for the English Classroom Paraparaumu College Mini-Conference 2007
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  3. 3. Session Overview <ul><li>Uses of laptop + projector </li></ul><ul><li>Extended desktop + projector </li></ul><ul><li>Strategy sharing exercise using extended desktop </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs and Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Questions, feedback and resource sharing </li></ul>
  4. 4. Laptop and projector: <ul><ul><li>Easy place to store ‘starter’ activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Powerpoint for essential notes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Showing video content (with speakers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With wireless, access to information for the whole class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student presentations </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Extended Desktop <ul><ul><li>What is it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do you turn it on? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s it useful for? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group presentation task (step by step) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Group Presentation with Extended Desktop <ul><li>Step One – break the class into groups, give the groups a task </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eg: List as many ICT uses for the English classroom as possible. Rank them in order from easiest to use to hardest. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Step Two: Nominate one group to present their information first. Get them to type their answers into a word document on the laptop. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I usually pick the group which is working the fastest, as they will probably finish typing before the slowest group has their list sorted out. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Step Three </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plug the laptop into the projector. Set the display to ‘extended desktop’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drag the first group’s answers onto the extended desktop (so it shows on the projector) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On the laptop screen, open up a new word document </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Step Four: Ask the first group to present their information (eg list), explaining why they made the choices they did. </li></ul><ul><li>While they are talking, the second group types their answers into the laptop. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Step Five: As each group finishes talking, the next group drags their answers onto the extended desktop. While they talk, the next group frantically types in their answers. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>With a little cutting and pasting, you can combine all the groups’ work into one document. This can then be discussed, printed off etc. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Why use the extended desktop? <ul><li>So you can get multiple groups to use the same laptop – what’s the benefit? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ease of saving/distributing work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Novelty factor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to compare groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can get students to make resources for you for next year </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Blogs <ul><li>A blog (web log) is a website that is updated regularly, with the most recent entry appearing at the top. </li></ul><ul><li>Started as online journals, often with a theme. </li></ul><ul><li>Can be run by anyone with internet access </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Anyone can start a blog – there are lots of sites that host blogs for free </li></ul><ul><li>21classes.com is quite a good site for class blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs as tools may well be overtaken by OLEs (LMSs) like Moodle and Mindspring </li></ul>
  14. 14. Some example blogs <ul><li>A professional development blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.ictinenglishnz.blogspot.com / </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A site made by English teachers for English teachers, with a focus on how to use ICT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community ties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Questions/information sharing </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. A teacher blog for a class <ul><li>A blog maintained by an English teacher, for their students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://ncowie.wordpress.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In depth advice for motivated students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An ‘easy to find’ repository for information </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. A class blog <ul><li>A class blog, where the teacher controls it and students contribute </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://sheehy.21classes.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students can have their own logins and blogs as part of this class blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You have to invite students to join </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Wiki <ul><li>A wiki is an easy to make DIY website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple users can update the website just by visiting it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All the editing is done in a web browser </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Great for collaborative projects </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Places to make wikis <ul><li>There are lots of free wiki sites where you can make your own wiki. Two I’ve used: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikispaces.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pbwiki.com (peanut butter wiki) </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Example – wikispaces.com <ul><li>http://tuanz2007.wikispaces.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The TUANZ conference wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anyone with a (free) wikispaces can edit pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some great resources stored or linked to here </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Made by speakers, organisers, and attendees </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Example – PBwiki.com <ul><li>12ENCO.pbwiki.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A class wiki, used for a research project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual student pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Silly comments and careless deletions </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. What I Want You To Do <ul><li>Think about one way you could use a blog or wiki with your class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk about it with a colleague. Get their feedback. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try it for yourself. Tell the students that it’s an experiment, and don’t beat yourself up if it goes wrong. We learn from our mistakes. </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Another thing I want you to do <ul><li>Talk to someone about this presentation. Find something good to say. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask them what they did in their session (and try not to be too jealous) </li></ul>