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Warwick ICT-Websites In Class

Lesson 1-1   (14/02/2011)

● Topic:  Finding Content on the Web and Devloping our PLN

                 (ICT and MM Professional Development)

    This activity introduces us to five of the key bloggers/writers in the area of ELT
 
    and ICT and we will also learn about some great sites and think about how to 

    use them.

●  Sync In Room In Class

    Collaborative learning in class.  We share our answers in this Room.

    (Click on the link and check our works.)

Lesson 1-2 (15/02/2011)

● Topic:  Speed Webbing 

     Help us to learn about lots of websites that could be useful in our teaching 

    and learning and to think about how to use them.  We pass our knowledge 

    onto our classmates by teaching them how to use the site. (We have to work 

    in pair to explore the website first.)


●  Mixbook

    Create your own photo books.  You can add pictures and text.

●  WallWisher

    An amazing ideas board where you can add pictures, texts, videos.  You can embed

    it, too.

    Example~  29 Ways to Use Wallwisher in the Classroom - From Embedit.in





●  Bounce App

    This website allows you to grab a screen shot of a website and then add notes to it.

●  Wetoku

    An amazing website lets you interview each other.  

●  Board 800

    Interactive whiteboard that can have multi-users.

●  Blabberize

    Make your pictures speak.

  Animasher

   Animation tool that allows you to add pictures, text, and music.  You can make your

  own animation.

●  Carry You Text

   It allows you to convert your text to speech.  

Lesson 1-3 (18/02/2011)
 
●  Topic: Dictionaries, Concordances and Data-driven learning

    Make use of corpora and concordances, and you can learn the authentic

    usage or daily-use English from the corpus, which is probably left out by

    many of the dictionaries.

    Explore the tools provided in the powerpoints. 


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Publishing Software from YUDU


Lesson 2-1 (21/02/2011)
 
●  Topic: Wikis

     From Week 7, each group has do a presentation every Monday.  Here is the PPT

     of our Wiki presentation. (Created through YUDU  Publishing Tool)


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Self Publishing with YUDU

Lesson 2-2 (22/02/2011)
 
●  Topic: Exploring Wikis ELT (MM& ICT) Exploring Wikis

    In this task, our tutor Tilly had us use PBworks(link is provided about), and 

    gave us specific procedure to follow to finish the task.  There are four steps

    to follow (check out the link to see the detail). 

    → Look at the wikis (ELT) (choose two of them.  The links provided by our 

         teacher).

    → Edit this page and fill in the type for each wiki you are looking at.

    → Add content to new pages.

    → Edit or comment on other people's writing.

    In this task, we learned how to design, evaluate, and comment on an 

    appropriate tasks, and how to provide sources/content (wiki types) for English

    language learners to learn (scaffording) according to your teaching objects or

    purposes.

Lesson 2-3 (25/02/2011)

●  Topic: Dictionary CD-ROMS

    → In this lecture, our tutor Tilly gave us a specific task:  To explore five different 
   
        dictionaries with CD-ROMs in pair.  Before the task, all of us had to discuss 

        the criteria of choosing an appropriate dictionary for our students together, and

        wrote them down on the whiteboard (Tilly later put them on the Mindmanager).

   → After exploring the dictionary and its CD-ROMS in pair, one student (of each 

        group) had to go around to other groups to learn their dictionaries in a short 

        period (time set by our teacher).  The other student (of each group) stayed at 

        their computer and introduced their dictionary and CD-ROM to the "visiting" 

        students.

   → After learning different dictionaries and CD-ROMs, it was the "visiting" 

        students' turn to introduce theirs, and the introducing ones went around

        to learn the characteristics of other dictionairies and CD-ROMs.

   → Finally, we sat together and ranked the dictionaries.  We should fill in 

        evaluation form provided by Tilly in PB wiki page later. 

        ELT (MM&ICT) PBWorks - Dictionary CD-ROM Evaluation

          

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Lesson 3-1 (28/02/2011)

●  Topic:Second Life

Languagelab.com in Second Life: English School Online

●  Classroom discussion:  Why is Second Life not more popular?
               
Classroom Discussion 1 (By using Chatzy-Free Private Chatroom)
Classroom Discussion 2 (By using Chatzy-Free Private Chatroom)

Lesson 3-2 (01/03/2011)

●  Topic: Screen Capture Software-A Story to Inspire

●  Screen Castle

    This tool is not as stable as the other screencastiing tools.  To make sure of this, I tried

    to record my screen (for about 77 seconds), and it did give me a link.  But when clicking 

    on the link, it showed "This screencast will be available shortly". 

●  Screenr

    You can record up to 5 minutes.  However, you need a Twitter account to start recording

    your screen.  You could select the recording area.  And just click on the "record" button, 

    you start recording your screen.  And when you finish recording, Tweet it, and you will get 

    a link, an embed code.  You can embed the videos in your website or your blog.  You can

    also download the MP4 file. 

●  Screencast-O-Matic

    This tool is even more convenient.  You can just start recording without logging in.  It has

    all the functions screenr does.  What's better, you can record up to 15 minutes for free.

●  Jing

    Like screenr, you can only record up to 5 minutes for free.  Besides, you have to

    download Jing.  The free version means you can't upload your videos to YouTube. 

    However, you can change the function to either get a link or an embed code.  You can

    catch the image and make notes and then send the link to your friends.  And when you

    click on "History" button you will see all the videos you record.

●  GoView

    Like Jing, you have to download GoView first.  You will need to sign up and log in to

    record your screen.  The good thing is that you can keep your videos in "My Recordings".

    Like the other screencasting tools, you will get a link, or you can choose to embed it in

    your website or your blog.  You can convert the recording to MPEG-4 file format and

    download it.  The "Edit" function could let you split or cut the video and make your video 

    more concise.

Lesson 3-3 (04/03/2011)

●  Topic: Video


Lesson 4-1 (07/03/2011)

●  Topic: Mobile Learning/iPad Learning

     Smartphone and iPad in language learning presentation today.  

     Here is the news about iPad2.

●  How the iPad2 Will Revolutionize Classroom Education Classroom


    The OHP could not work today.  So our tutor, Russell, tried this website 

    "Join Me", and and after we keyed in the code, we could see our tutor's screen

    and started the lecture.  

●  Join Me

    Free screen sharing and online meeting.  You can share your screen with up to 250

    people.  You can chat, send a file to the participant, and let a participant (one at a time )

    control your screen.  However, it sounds a little dangerous to let others control your

   computer.

Lesson 4-2 (08/03/2011)

●  Topic: Make Your Own Animation 

    Make your own movies, decide the characters, create the scripts, and make 

    them animate were so interesting that we almost lost the track of time.  The

    animation my classmates made were so creative and hilarious.  You never know 

    how artistic and creative your students can be.  Try it and you will see how your 

    students enjoy it.  

●  Xtranormal-Making Your Own Movies 

●  Zimmer Twins-Make a Movie


Tutorial- Zimmer Twins

   Here is our discussion about the potential of making animation/movies   

   (by using tools such as Extranormal and Zimmer Twins) for language

   teaching and learning.  We used the tool TodaysMeet to share our opinions. 

   To embed our discussion in the blog, Notable (Screen capture tool) and Issuu

   (Publishing tool) are used.  As you can see below.   

The Whole Screen Captured by Notable   &   Published by Issuu


Lesson 4-3 (11/03/2011)

●  Topic: Explore the Interactive Whiteboards (SMART board)
Warwick Teaching Grid
Exploring and discussion after the lecture
Design the Spelling and Matching Activities
Move the Words with Your Finger
Discuss Our Project and Dissertation Proposal

Teaching Grid (This Area has Two
SMART Boards)
A Mac and a Notebook Next to the SMART Board
Explore the SMART Board

Lesson 5-1 (14/03/2011)

●  Topic: Explore the SMART Whiteboards, the SMART slate, the Synpodium, 
               
                the visualiser, iPads, and the portable camera (with USB).

    Question:  Most teachers are not using technology in their teaching.  Why do

                       you think that is?

     I am not surprised when hearing our tutor said that research showed that it took

     a teacher at least 2 years to feel confident in using technology in their teaching. 


     Why?  Before a teacher gets into the classroom, he or she has to prepare for 

     the lesson and make sure that the students can achieve the learning goal.  

     The process of preparing lessons needs time, and if you are a pre-experience

     teacher, it will take much more time.  After the lesson, you probably need to 

     adjust your teaching approach according to students' response.  It takes a 

     pre-experience teacher at least 3 years of teaching to be familiar with the

     curriculum, the teaching context, and the students and therefore have 

     confident in teaching.  


     Not to mention that they have to spend extra time learning something they

     are not familiar with, and integrating them in teaching.  Teachers are not trained

     to prepare for their lessons integrating technology tools, which they are not

     familiar with, and some of them are probably hard to use.   


    How can you make teachers integrate technology in their teaching?  The 

    answer is simple.  The tools should be easy for teachers to use to facilitate

    teaching, and the tools should help reduce the teachers' heavy load.  Just

    imagine how frustrated the teachers will be when the computers keep breaking

    down, or the tools can't work....


    When the tools problems are solved, the training sessions should be practical

    and applicable so that the teachers could be motivated.  Thanks to the innovation

    of the new technology, there will be more and more easy-to-use tools.  How to 

    integrate them into teaching will probably be the main issue for more and more 

    willing teachers. 

      


 
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