The English language teacher: a computer geek, a technophobe or just.. a low-cost smart web scavenger? BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN TECHNOLOGY AND PEDAGOGY Attilio Galimberti – ELI - Milan, 26 November 2007
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Teaching context (1) • Do I teach in a language centre where students pay for a language course? • Do I teach in a State school where English is only ONE among the other subjects?
Teaching context (2) • Does my school or institution… • provide language teachers with useful on-the-job training? • support didactic research in foreign languages? • invest in new hardware, educational software or technological devices?
As a language teacher... • am I a ‘doer’ or a ‘thinker’? More a ‘thinker’ than a ‘doer’? Or both at the same time? • am I generally satisfied with my students’ average output? • what language skills do I want my students to develop? • how much importance do I give to learning technologies to improve the teaching/learning process?
As a language teacher... How do I feel when I come across words like… E-LEARNING WIKIS BLOGS PODCASTING WEBLEARNING WEB 2.0 SOCIAL NETWORKING…???
As a language teacher... • What should I do if I… feel that I could motivate my students better if I started introducing any learning technologies, but for any reason… my school doesn’tprovide courses or I can’t afford expensive ones?
Join a teachers’ group • LearningTechnologiesSIG@yahoogroups.com • firstname.lastname@example.org • email@example.com • firstname.lastname@example.org • email@example.com • http://ictforlanguageteachers.blogspot.com/
Make the most of your ‘old-fashioned’ computer skills... • Creating exercises and tests with a spread sheet
Make the most of your ‘old-fashioned’ computer skills... • Making (grammar) exercises with a PRESENTATION SOFTWARE
Use open source software • “Free software” is a matter of freedom www.gnu.org
Don’t throw away your ‘old’ audio-cassettes • Do you want to save your old cassettes to new CDs? • Do you want to save your old LPs to new CDs?
Use Online Recording Tools www.audio-tool.net/
…with open source software… Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Use easy authoring software www.halfbakedsoftware.com (Exercise made with Hot Potatoes)
Scavenge the web for… Learning the basics (and more…) about... INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY FOR LANGUAGE TEACHERS
A great website for LT!!! www.ict4lt.org
www.languages-ict.org.uk/technology/technology_for_languages.htmwww.languages-ict.org.uk/technology/technology_for_languages.htm One more…
www.teachertrainingvideos.com Watch and learn...
Scavenge the web for… FREE online resources: www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/ cla.univ-fcomte.fr/english/index_s.htm www.examenglish.com/ www.manythings.org/ http://a4esl.org/ www.englishclub.com/ www.englishpage.com www.learnenglish.de/ www.roadtogrammar.com www.elllo.org/ www.tolearnenglish.com
Online Resources for…: LISTENING EXERCISES www.eltpodcast.com/archive/bc
Online Resources for…: PHONETICS cambridgeenglishonline.com/Phonetics_Focus/
Online Resources for…: QUIZZES www.elionline.com/teenbeat/games/usaquiz/usaQuizExp.htm
Online Resources for…: ‘WATCHING’ GRAMMAR www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCEUz763Rz4 www.grammarmancomic.com/gmanmovie1.html
Online Resources for…: PLAYING LANGUAGE GAMES (…with your children) pbskids.org/lions/games/
Online Resources for…: FINDING REAL PARTNERS www.language-exchanges.org
Online Resources for…: CREATING VIDEO MAILS www.springdoo.com
Online Resources for…: READING MAGAZINES www.elimagazines.com/issue1/teen.htm
Online Resources for…: EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES (Webcasting) www.ild.rai.it
Online Resources for…: WORKING WITH SONGS www.lyrics.com/lyric.php?id=32724
Online Resources for…: WORKING WITH MOVIE SCRIPTS… www.awesomefilm.com/
Online Resources for…: MOVIE GUIDES www.eslnotes.com/synopses.html
Online Resources for…: SETTING UP KEYPAL PROJECTS www.epals.com
….PROJECTS WITH SCHOOLS ALL OVER THE WORLD henry.sandi.net/staff/cpauchni/italy2.html
…VIA WEBCONFERENCING…: http://henry.sandi.net/staff/cpauchni/italycon.html
Online Resources for…: TANDEM PROJECTS www.slf.ruhr-uni-bochum.de
Online Resources for…: FINDING MATERIAL FOR LITERATURE www.sparknotes.com/lit/(Free Literature Study Guides) www.studyworld.com/studyworld_studynotes/index.htm(text analysis) www.contemporarywriters.com www.online-literature.com www.classicreader.com(Collection of Free Classic Books) www.glencoe.com/sites/international/teacher/literature/assets/litlibrary.html(free downloadble PDF Study Guides)
Online Resources for…: COLLABORATIVE TANDEM READING www.itiscannizzaro.net/Ianni/booksweb/home/index.htm
Let’s work on a book together… www.itiscannizzaro.net/Ianni/booksweb/romeojuliet/index.htm
Where can I store all these links, projects, etc…? In a ‘cyber-space’… Create a wikispace for your class: • www.wikispaces.com • http://pbwiki.com/ • www.teachersfirst.com/content/wiki/wikihowto.cfm • http://e-language.wikispaces.com/w2w • http://learningwithcomputers.pbwiki.com
A wikispace for my EFL students… amaldi-english-corner.wikispaces.com
How are you feeling now? DIZZY? SCARED? EXCITED? DISAPPOINTED? DEPRESSED? CURIOUS…??? FED UP WITH TECHNOLOGY?
Relax… and think it over: How can we (teachers and educators) bridge the gap between Technology and Pedagogy?
What is education? Education is… NOT about teaching facts to people NOT about telling them what they need to know NOT about giving them answers but about… giving them questions and about… helping them find the tools they need to help themselves to answer these questions. (Ulf Dantanus - IATEFL)