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Last edit: 15:29, 13 August 2008
* Started using blogs in the classroom. (classblogs as bulletin board) [provide links and write a narrative on how this was implemented - purpose, reaction (even if not favourable) and results - why blogs as message boards and not as interactive conversation or thoughts- Each tool has its property - use a static message board for messages and a blog as a personal portfolio]
I understood that I wasn't using blogs as I should be in 2007. In august 2007, I decided to start using Ning instead, but it didn't work well on slow internet connections. Since then I haven't been using any technology in the classroom, other than videos, powerpoint or email.
* Students created roleplays in slide.com [same thing - describe what the purpose of the roleplays was/pbs encountered/outcomes]
* There was ocasional use of websites for listening/grammar practice [note down links, describe them (what they offer), reaction kids and perceived benefit - or not]
* Classblogs as bulletin boards.(again - why blogs as message boards? top down teacher talk?] Well, these were my first steps into this!! I now know better.
* Continued using slide.com for roleplays.
* Students created videos, but students requested that they were not uploaded to the internet. [why..any reason -- good reflection there]
* students used voicethread, created their own blogs [links? progression? what did you notice? is it possibile to follow the development of individual stds? can you see any patterns emerging? have you reflected together on the experience?]
* There was ocasional use of websites for listening/grammar practice
* Tested the use of chat (msn) for language learning.
* Decided that I was going to stop using ICT's in the classroom to start a reflection and evaluation.
This is the first phase - experimentation with the tools by different teachers and adapting them to your own way of teaching. I'd rather have that than having new technologies imposed on me, which do not make sense in my context. From my experience, teachers do not like to be told what to do and how to do it so you need to start a community of interest - people who like teaching with computers and exchanging experience. This can be done on blogs or wikis.
On the institutional side: What kind of access do you have to ICTs? Are there enough computers for stds to use? Do you have access to all sites or are some blocked? Is there an ICT department (hard core techies) - is there an ICT committee comprising board/technical dept/teachers and stds? Who decides on what is going to be bought and how this is going to be run?
On your side: Are you keeping a blog or wiki to record your thought/reactions about the sessions you have given using new technologies?
On stds side: Are they keeping a personal diary documenting their encounter with the language inside and beyond the classroom and noting down their reactions/doubts and successes?