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1 Teaching with Technology Joe McVeigh Tamara Álvarez Carlos Gonzalez Jorge Comte Miriam Salazar

2 This slide deck accompanies a talk given by Joe McVeigh at the Universidad Andres Bello in Santiago, Chile on May 27, 2009 and again in Vina del Mar, Chile on May 28, 2009. The presentation is structured with introductory remarks and other comments by Joe, interspersed with UNAB teachers describing their own experiences with technology. The focus of the talk is the use of technology in the teaching of English as a second language.

3 Here’s the title of the talk in Spanish:

4 Here is Joe during the talk

5 Much of the presentation is highly visual in nature, so take a look at the pictures and imagine how they relate to language teaching and technology. Almost all the photos came from flickr and are used with a Creative Commons License. Photo credits are at the end of the presentation. Thanks everyone!

6 First came a story about some mice who were being attacked by a cat. The mother mouse barked like a dog scaring the cat away. She then explained to her children the importance of learning a second language.




10 Then came a discussion of how books have traditionally been the primary means of learning and teaching but how some people now are suggesting that books may be passé and that the future is in technology.










20 Technology has been around in many forms for a long time as can be seen in these photos. Imagine how innovative tape recorders and typewriters must once have appeared to the first users.




24 Session overview Introduction Presentations by the guest speaker Presentations by colleagues from UNAB Questions

25 PowerPoint slides available

26 “to get your feet wet”


28 Questions What are some advantages of using technology in language teaching? What are some drawbacks of using technology? What keeps you from using technology more in your teaching?



31 maze

32 Technology will not replace teachers, but teachers who understand technology will replace those who do not. — Ray Clifford

33 Use technology in the service of pedagogy, not vice-versa. —Siskin & Reynolds

34 Use technology that is appropriate for the teaching situation.

35 Teaching aids Blackboard Whiteboard Photographs Felt board Movable words Games

36 Electric but without computers Tape recorders Video players (cassette and DVD) Slide projectors Overhead projectors Movies Radio Television

37 Computer-aided Language labs Software Electronic whiteboards Websites Blogs Content management systems (Blackboard, Moodle, Segue)

38 Computer-aided email VOIP telephone and video (Skype) Simulations (Second Life) Online distance education Online surveys (Survey Monkey) Online journals Social networking sites Blogs

39 Computer-aided Photo-sharing web sites (Flickr) Video-sharing web sites (Youtube) Online crossword puzzle makers Online word montages (Wordle) Podcasts Online professional development Online sources of authentic materials


41 Using Technology in the Lab English Phonetics Tamara Álvarez

42 Here’s a photo of Tamara giving her part of the talk

43 Using technology in the phonetics lab Main applications in the phonetics lab: - Class - Assessment Competencies involved - Student - Teacher Issues

44 Class - Audio (amongst other texts) - Overview of major mistakes - Activities

45 Overview

46 Class Songs

47 Class Tongue Twisters

48 Sample tongue-twisters They’re thirsty every Thursday Six thick thistle sticks (twice) Elizabeth’s birthday is on the third Thursday of this month. Thousand of thinkers were thinking how did the other three thieves go through

49 Practicing tongue twisters

50 Class


52 Assessment Recordings Feedback

53 Competencies involved Student Teacher

54 Issues Know how (recording timing) Functioning computers Headphones Lab management system

55 German Coast Guard example rD4roXEY8hk

56 References Source of computer geek cartoon r-p217005805728649639qjcl_400.jpg Source of computer cat cartoon computer-cat.gif Screenshot of Cambridge English online course honetics-707401.gif

57 Thank you

58 CMS (Course Management System) Blackboard Moodle Segue (Middlebury College) Click on “Joe’s Intro to TESOL Course”

59 Internet sources of authentic materials Newspapers –New York Times –USA Today Radio –National Public Radio –BBC Song Lyrics Film Scripts –Drew’s Script-o-rama

60 Internet sources of film scripts Drew’s Script-o-rama Film Scripts Film Transcripts TV Scripts

61 Samples of recently available filmscripts The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button The Dark Knight Gran Torino Milk Rachel Getting Married The Reader Slumdog Millionaire Twilight Wall-E

62 Electronic whiteboards Thermal electronic whiteboards –print in black and white onto thermal paper. Unlike the color electronic whiteboards these thermal boards come standard with a built in printer. These copyboards (print boards) are more convenient but lack the attention of color.

63 Electronic whiteboards Color electronic whiteboards –also known as copyboards and printboards, allow you to write, save, and print in color.

64 Electronic whiteboards Interactive whiteboards –have a dry-erase whiteboard writing surface which can capture writing electronically and which can be used with software programs. If you want to use the interactive function where you can display items from your computer, you must also have a digital projector connected to your computer.

65 Electronic whiteboards Portable electronic whiteboards –systems integrate into any white board or writing surface to give you many of the same features as interactive whiteboards. Mimio interactive whiteboards can turn your dry erase board into a copyboard / printboard.

66 A demonstration of the Mimio portable electronic whiteboard Carlos Gonzalez Jorge Comte

67 Here’s a photo of Jorge and Carlos giving their part of the talk

68 They didn’t use any PowerPoint slides, but they were very good, and quite amusing, too.

69 Technology Competencies What should a teacher know in order to be a competent user of technology? TESOL Technology Standards Checklists What should a student be able to do?

70 Here’s an example of how you can use with a Creative Commons License to get great images to create a short culture lesson. This one is about Vermont, where Joe lives. You’ll see beautiful landscapes, leaves, people hiking, and the process of making maple syrup.















85 Where are the students with technology?



88 Student-created websites Click on “Middlebury Slang Project”






94 A Blogging Experience Miriam Salazar Véjar May, 2009

95 What?  A Blog… … a free Internet resource … an online personal diary … a new means of communication … a new type of (online) community

96 Why?  Explore other ICTs tools Image, text and audio (multimodality)  Do a curricular crossover  Foster: Autonomy Group work Critical thinking ICT skills  Leave room for students’ creativity  Motivate students

97 How?  Provide guidelines Learning objective(s) & tasks Grading Rubric (if) Dos & Don’ts Follow up system Feedback

98 Examples…

99 Critical thinking

100 Writing practice

101 Collaboration

102 Crossover

103 Communication

104 Technology

105 Creativity

106 Identity

107 Some useful links       

108 Thank you!






114 Podcasts English as a Second Language Podcast Lucy Tse & Jeff McQuillan

115 Online professional development TESOL Resource Center (must be a member of TESOL) IATEFL (free, but must register) ESL Advantage (Heinle Cengage) (costs $65 per course)

116 Other interesting things to do online Crossword puzzle creator Vocabulary analyzer Wordle

117 Problems with Technology An early example of problems with technology: the Medieval Helpdesk SjgQvQ





122 Gracias Download the PowerPoint slides with the web site addresses at

123 Photo Credits All photos from flickr used under a Creative Commons Attribution license 1959 tape recorder lessonPaul Downey Metodologias posterJoe McVeigh Joe during talkUNAB photographer Mice painting“AB Images 2009” CatBogdan Suditu MiceMichelle Deakin Stack of books“austinevan” Library shelves“singsing sky” Amazed child with bookPierre Vignau

124 Photo credits All photos from flickr used under a Creative Commons Attribution license Print is B&W woman writingfoundphotoslj Hands on keyboardHakan Dahlstrom Stack of papers“lotyloty” Rabbit reading emailToms Baugis 1959 tape recorder lessonPaul Downey How to get the most out of your tape recorder Evan P. Cordes Remington typewriterRochelle Hartman to get your feet wetDan Foy

125 Photo credits All photos from flickr used under a Creative Commons Attribution license Hand-drawn question markEthan Lofton Woman with hand outSara Petegna Who moved my cheese? Maze“shadowgate” Computer language lab“Tom in NYC” Tamara talkingAndrea Casals Electronic whiteboard Jorge and Carlos talkingAndrea Casals Stowe Vermont churchPatrick Breen

126 Photo credits All photos from flickr used under a Creative Commons Attribution license Dirt road“dvs” Lake with fall leavesJoe McVeigh Hiking in the woods“Broken Images” Hiking on top of mountain“dvs” Pitcher of syrup with pancakes“adactio” Red maple leaf“802” Buckets on trees“jsorbieus” Tap with bucket close-up“ButterflySha” Man emptying sapReed Uhlman

127 Photo credits All photos from flickr used under a Creative Commons Attribution license Syrup on displayJim Milles Pouring syrup on pancakesJennifer “jspatchwork” Cow appreciation dayCaitlin Regan Punk girl reading“txd” Facebook screenshot“jurvetson” American currency“borman818” Camel train in desert“bachmont” People on stepping stonesPaul Stevenson Older computer“borman818”

128 Photo credits All photos from flickr used under a Creative Commons Attribution license Kids holding ears“WoodleyWonderworks” Miriam’s students blogs Miriam Salazar Curious womanDan Foy Hot stove burnerMatthew Rogers Gears“Ralphbijkers” ConvertibleMarya “emdot” Dinosaur classroom“” Laser-eyed cat“flikr” Puzzle“Antoanetta”

129 Photo credits All photos from flickr used under a Creative Commons Attribution license ChilisNicolas Longchamp Hand-drawn question markEthan Lofton Flower and skyJoanne Quirante-Escober

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