Tuesday, July 26, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Agenda: 1.What is technology? 2.Web-based teaching resources 3.Activity: Online document sharing 4.Activity: Disposable chat 5.Activity: Adapting an activity using the Internet
Definition: Technology is the making, usage and knowledge of tools, techniques, crafts, systems or methods of organization in order to solve a problem or serve some purpose. -Wikipedia
Brainstorming Q: What kinds of technology do you use in your teaching? Directions: 1.Make a list of technologies you use in teaching. 2.Next to each one, list some reasons why you use it, and any disadvantages of using it. 3.Discuss your answers.
Our goal: A list of technologies that people are using.
“Always start with a learning objective.” Ted Bongiovanni, Director, NYU SCPS Distance Learning
Blog: Definition “Web Log” Website or part of website Regular entries, displayed in reverse chronological order Interactive – allow visitors to leave comments May contain text, images, links Wikipedia
Blogging: Example Situation: The reflection blogs in this workshop Learning Objective: To encourage reflection and collaboration among participants.
Steps for classroom blogging Decide on the skills that you want to target Decide how the blog could contribute to that skill Decide whether the blog will focus on fluency or accuracy Chose a platform and create a blog Get students email addresses and invite them to the blog. Explain to students how to use the blog Be clear about assessment [from Tarpey, T. (2011). Using Technology in the Classroom. A presentation at Teachers College, Columbia University. ] Available online at http://taratarpey.com/
Online document sharing: Definition A website which allows users to upload or create documents and then share these documents with others, who can view or edit them.
Online document sharing: Example Situation: Preparation for this workshop Teaching Objective: To collaborate on course planning while in different locations.
Document sharing activity: Create a shared document and edit it. Directions: 1.Form pairs 2.Share gmail addresses
Part 1: Interview your partner, take notes: Q: What are your feelings about using technology in the classroom? (5 minutes)
Pt. 2: Create your document: 1.Go to Gmail homepage 2.Click “Documents” (upper left) 3.Select “Create New” (upper left) 4.Select “Document” from pull-down menu 5.Select text box reading “Untitled Document” (next to Google docs icon) 6.Write your partner’s name in the textbox. Click “OK” 7.Write a summary of your partner’s answer
Find your Google documents on your Gmail homepage:
Pt. 4: Edit your partner’s document 1.Return to your Documents Home Page 2.Select your the document with your name on it 3.Revise what your partner has written about you
Content sites For access to authentic language Wikipedia YouTube TED Sesame Street PBS Kids
Teacher resource sites For course/lesson planning and/or professional development ESL Café Classroom 2.0 Yappr
Social networking sites To connect learners to native speakers and to each other in new ways Facebook Togetherville ScuttlePad Skid-e Kids Disposable Chat
www.disposablechat.com Allows you to create a temporary chat room which disappears when the last user leaves. Advantages: Password protected Leaves no personal information on the web Easy to set up Free
Disposable chat: Activity 1.Open web browser 2.Type this url in navigation bar: http://tinyurl.com/44vpvbr 3.Discuss this question: Which of these classroom applications of Internet we’ve discussed this morning are you interested to try out? 4.Leave this browser window open. We’ll use it after lunch
Activity: Adapt a classroom activity using the Internet Adapt/revise/enhance a classroom activity using an Internet resource. Your goal: To make it more interactive/communicative Blogging (Wikispaces, Google Docs) Document sharing Live chat platform
Activity: Adapt an activity using the Internet Directions: 1.Form groups of 3 2.Select a classroom activity from last week’s Skills workshop 3.Discuss how you could enhance/improve/expand this activity 4.Upload your activity to the “Technology Assignment” page on the course site
Activity: Adapt an activity using the Internet Presentation: Make new, larger groups that include one group from Team A and one from Team B Present your team’s activity Explain: Your learning objective How the technology will help you achieve it Report back to the entire class
Distance Learning Teaching and learning which occurs primarily or exclusively online. Participants may be separated by great distances Generally involves specialized Web-based platforms
Distance learning @ ALI Collaboration with NYU/SCPS Distance Learning: Professional Development Workshops: Using social media in the classroom Online placement test – (OWL + Epsilen + Wimba) NYU Abu Dhabi: Critical thinking/Persuasive writing course (Epsilen)
Live online presentation by: Ted Bongiovanni Director, Distance Learning, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, New York University
Procedures: 1.Ted will speak to us live via Wimba + Epsilen 2.We will ask Ted questions via our Disposable Chat room (check to see if you’re still in the room)
Q & A Directions: Return to the Disposable Chat room we were in before lunch If you no longer have the window open, return to this url: Type your questions for Ted
“Always start with a learning objective.” -- Ted
Wrap-up: Class discussion What are your thoughts about this experience?
Suggestion for reflection: Have your thoughts about using teaching with technology changed after today’s workshop? Why or why not? If yes, how?
Homework: Comment on at least three of your classmates’ Technology Assignments Comment on at least three reflections of the other team.