Bringing Wikis, Blogs and Podcasting to Your Classroom Lina Lee University of New Hampshire NECTFL – New York March 27, 2010
21st Century Learning “I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to providetheconditions in which they can learn.” --Albert Einstein
Transform your classroom into a creative learning space and provide the opportunity for students to collaborate.
Welcome to 21st Century Learning
Web 2.0 for Social Networking Sharing Ideas via Voice Collaborative Writing Personal Journals
Social Networking … Connect YOU with people from … Share information via texts, images, audios, videos …. Collaborative learning Build community No HTML knowledge required FREE
How the wiki got its name? “Wiki-wiki to the beach.” - Elvis Presley in the movie Blue Hawaii (1961). The line was said with a snap of the fingers.
Wikis … Sand Box • Collaborative writing tool • Work divided by several people • Add and edit content together • Final product displayed in one common place • Hyperlinks, photos, audios and videos • Support the content
Why Wikis? • Collaborative writing anytime and anywhere • Collection of ideas to make it better • Learner-driven content • Multiple ownership • Community building • Accountability • FUN!
Free Wiki Hosts Wikispaces • http://www.wikispaces.com/ Wetpaint • http://www.wetpaint.com/ PB Wiki • http://pbwiki.com/ Wikidot • http://www.wikidot.com/
Wiki Space (Web page) homepage French 2 Grammar Group Writing Cultural Projects • Quebec • France • Niger • Congo • Central Africa • Present • Past • Future • An ideal weekend • Halloween 2009 • Plans for Christmas Collaborative Writing
Five Basic Features (1) Main page: home page (2) Navigation: list of pages (links) (3) History: tracking changes • Green - text added • Red -text deleted (4) Discussion: providing feedback/suggestions (5) Edit page: making changes
Wikispaces for Educadors Make it protected
Main Page with Navigation Navigation
Main Page with Edit Edit - Save
Edit - Save Page Compose ideas Make and save changes
Wiki Essays at UNH • Spanish 402 (second semester) taught by TAs • Three essays outside of class • One in-class essay at the end of the semester • Wiki essays in Spring 2008 (15% of course grade) • Writing as “process” not “immediate product” • Replace three traditional essays • Groups of 4-5 students • Each essay @ three weeks
Wikis Essays (continued) • Topics with linguistic focuses • “Erase una vez …” (Once upon a time …) • “Viajamos a ….” (Traveling to …) • “Una carta a Abby” (A letter to Dear Abby) • Instructor’s role • Create groups in • Provide guidelines, grading criteria and feedback • Monitor discussion page
Wiki Guidelines/Grading Criteria Lee, L. (2010). Exploring wiki-mediated collaborative writing: A case study in an elementary Spanish course. CALICO Journal 27(2), 260-276.
Linguistic Issue (discussion page) S1:However, I had a question in the last paragraph. Should it be “Me molesta que Alejandro fume tanto” instead of “fuma tanto”? S2:Is it one of the WEIRDO verbs that we have learned in class? S3:I think it is like “no me gusta” –one of the emotional verbs but I’m not really sure. S2:Yeah… I think you guys are right. I see Michael’s note that we should use the subjunctive here, expressing wishes, hopes and emotions (p. 365+). Let’s change the verb. Anything else? S3: Now I see that we also need to change --espero que Ud. ‘puede’ to ‘pueda’ - the subjunctive. What do you guys think? S1:I agree. I’ll finish some final edits. Now it's even kinda' funny and flows a bit better than our last one.
Pragmatic Issue S1: Hey guys. Do you think this "letter" should be written in tu form or usted? S2: I'd say usted because we’re talking to someone who we don't know but I'm not sure. S3: Yeah i would think it would be usted. We don't know him, and he is also a Dr? S4:Yeah, I agree, we don't know him and he is a doctor –a doctor of love hahah - but a doctor none the less.
Affective Support • “Sarah, I liked your part of the essay, it was pretty funny. I think we kind of have a pattern here of growing up with movies and a nice connection with Grandma and other loved ones.” • “Hey guys this looks pretty good. This is a really creative story with a great plot.” • “Bev, your questions are very good ones. I will try to do my best to clean up some of the "yo"s etc as well as accent marks.
Pros and Cons • Pros • Collaboration, team work, creativity • Writing as process, tracking changes, more transparent, accountability • Learner-driven, pride of authorship • Broader audience, not just for teacher • Cons • Overriding someone’s work without permission • No single ownership but multi-authored product • Discomfort feelings or aggressive attitude
Ideas for Using Wikis Collaborative Writing
Recipe book Story telling Travel guide School newspaper Summary of a reading/lesson A movie review An ideal trip to … Showcase of class project Birthday party plans Culture projects Wikis for Collaborative Writing
Blogs … • Weblog • Collection of postings like an online journal • Postings in a reverse chronological order • Sharing common interests • Reading others’ posts and making comments • Promoting critical thinking • Hyperlinks, images, music and video
Wikis Multiple authors Topic-based Evolving and expanding content Collective feedback Knowledge sharing Blogs Individual author Reverse chronological order Historical record; rarely changes Feedback via comments Reflective thoughts Wikis vs. Blogs
Free Blog Hosts Blogger • http://www.blogger.com Wordpress • http://www.wordpress.com Edublogs • http://www.edublogs.com LiveJournal • http://www.livejournal.com
Types of • Personal blogs • Autobiographical writing • Personal interest: favorite artist/painter/musician • Group/class blogs • Discussions about readings • Cultural projects • Intercultural exchange blogs • Ethnographic interviews
Part 3: Podcasting iPod + Broadcast = Podcast
Podcasting RSS • A web-based audio or video broadcast • MP3 vs. MP4 • Download to MP3 player or iPod • Distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds (RSS--Real Simple Syndication)
Why Podcasting? • Listening to authentic materials • Talk show, cooking, music, news, stories; poems and more … • Videos from YouTube • Practicing speaking and enhancing pronunciation by producing your own podcasts
Spanish Podcasting Sites • Notes in Spanish http://www.notesinspanish.com/ • Voices en Español http://spanish-podcast.com/ • Viajero del Mundo http://www.viajerodelmundo.com/ • ChilePodcast http://www.chilepodcast.cl/ • Español Podcast http://www.spanishpodcast.org/