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Working with digital resources. For CALD and other learners. Lynne Gibb. CALD Learners? Students?. Working with CALD students can present challenges Digital resources can assist It is all about facilitation & support

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working with digital resources

Working with digital resources

For CALD and other learners

Lynne Gibb

cald learners students
CALD Learners? Students?
  • Working with CALD students can

present challenges

  • Digital resources can assist
  • It is all about facilitation & support
  • Telephone, email, online classroom, Discussion forums, wiki messaging, text messaging
  • ...but it is ALWAYS about people & facilitation
supporting students wiki discussion
Supporting students – wiki discussion

A well-used discussion board!

  • Are we using the full function of our wikis???

students in charge of own learning
Students in charge of own learning
  • Timetable
  • Calendar

Scheduling & reminders

  • Discussion boards
  • Allocate tasks
  • Direct student input
  • Messaging


  • Themes
  • Own colours
  • Logo
  • Backgrounds
  • Video
  • You tube etc
  • Audio



  • Add text
  • Pictures
  • RSS
  • Tables

User friendly



  • Assessments
  • Resources
  • Timetable
  • Calendar
blended learning
Blended Learning
  • Blend with other forms of learning ie face-to-face.
    • Use e-learning centre
    • Research skills
    • Paired & small group activities
    • Group and individual assessments
    • Reflecting online at end of each class
    • Download assessments, Unit Outlines
    • recording interviews
use multimedia lots with cald students
Use multimedia LOTS with CALD students
  • Learning using the senses

Can include text, video, audio, animation and virtual environments

    • Eg upload you powerpoints, easy for students who find it difficult to take notes
    • Students video each other in class, interviewing etc (Flip camera, Digital storytelling)
tools are just another resource
Tools are just another resource

What tools do you already use to assist you deliver your classes?

digital tools
Digital tools

OMG – not MORE Weird-sounding web 2 [email protected]@####!!

  • Wikis
  • Voki
  • Voxopop

Hmmm….what’s Voki & what can it do for my students?

Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized

speaking avatars and use them on your wiki, blog, profile, and in email messages. They are fun and engaging & easy to make.

Examples of Vokis with sound effects

Easy instructions on how to utilisevokis with students

OK – so how might you use vokis with your students?


Voxopop? [email protected]@!!

  • Its all about the voice
  • Practise speaking then listen to it
  • Encourage conversation between 2 or more students
  • Dale Pobega–ESL practitioner using Voxopop – Dale’s ESL Club
  • Another example of Voxopop being used for assessment
more digital tools
More Digital Tools
  • Michael Chalk’s wiki
  • Podcasting
  • Powerpoint – converted easily into flash movie
  • Social networking
  • Twitter
  • Tokbox -
  • Voicethread - Tech link
  • Screencasting
  • Mobile technology – SMS etc
fave toy
Fave toy!
  • Press the button and film
  • Flip out the USB connector
  • Download onto computer or straight into You Tube, Teacher Tube or My Space
  • Grab the code & insert movie into wiki or blog
  • Ideas?
    • Students interview [email protected] other
    • Interview worker in field
    • Voxpop in the street on a given topic

Flip Camera

  • Students interview other teachers
  • Celebrate achievements
  • Introductions
so much to choose from
So much to choose from!
  • Get excited!
  • Find one tool and play with it.
  • Pick a likely student or group of students to trial it on
  • Learn from mistakes and improve
  • Get the students excited
  • Give yourself time to take on learning new things
  • Ask me!!!
lynne s blended delivery tips
Lynne’s blended delivery tips
  • Do not assume that:
  • students will not like/be scared of technology
  • will not have access to technology at home
  • Its all about the facilitation – not the tools

Thank you for participating

Look forward to seeing great things

Happening with CALD learners & web 2.0

Lynne Gibb

[email protected]

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