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COLLABORATIVE WRITING AMONG SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN ACADEMIC WEB-BASED PROJECTS

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Moocs data offers promise of perfect teaching

Moocs data offers promise of perfect teaching | Benefits of Online Learning and Web 2.0 for Computer Assisted Language Learning | Scoop.it
“When students learn online, every mouse click is tracked. Harness this wealth of data and we can create the ultimate in personalised lessons. (An interesting study regarding online learning. Home schoolers attend!”
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MOOCS are a good source for data about internal motivation in online learning because the courses are free and not for credit, I.e. They lack externally motivating factors. Web 2.0 and social media, interaction between the technology and the learner has potential to improve online learning from the research about MOOCS namely personalized teaching specifically targeted for optimal learning and motivation. For example, one company "has developed an adaptive learning system that instantaneously alters the way it presents information to students based on what it gleans about their individual learning style as they interact with it."
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Marzano Best Practices in Online Learning | Edmentum Blog

Marzano Best Practices in Online Learning | Edmentum Blog | Benefits of Online Learning and Web 2.0 for Computer Assisted Language Learning | Scoop.it
“Despite the explosive growth of online learning, there is a shortage of research that examines the effect of instructional strategies on student academic outcomes in an online learning environment.”
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Students learning more with mix of online, traditional classroom learning « Educational Technology

Students learning more with mix of online, traditional classroom learning « Educational Technology | Benefits of Online Learning and Web 2.0 for Computer Assisted Language Learning | Scoop.it
“RT @UpSearchLearn: * Students learning more with mix of online, traditional classroom learning | @UISedu http://t.co/IBsVpDn8Tq”;
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What is Web 2.0? What is Social Media? What comes next??

http://www.patrickschwerdtfeger.com/sbi/ This video defines and explains some of the jargon terms that people use in the online space, including "Web 2.0" an...”
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Really simple explanation of Web 2.0, social media, and introduction to augmented reality.
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Practice Theory in Language Learning - Young - 2013 - Language Learning - Wiley Online Library

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Practice theory in language is a body of work about the work of the body. It’s a “philosophical and methodological frame within which the interplay between social context and language learning can be understood”. This approach to L2 learning recognizes the influence of past experience and its relationship with immediate experience in the learning process. This article posits replacing the “L” standing for “language” in second language acquisition (SLA) taking into account the larger context of language learning and use. This article makes me think about online learning as a new context with potential for “leveling the playing field” or in the least, providing common ground for learners. Because all participants are part of the online learning environment, some of the barriers to L2 learning due to context might be alleviated, or changed. 

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A vision into Education 3.0 « The Pearson blog

A vision into Education 3.0 « The Pearson blog | Benefits of Online Learning and Web 2.0 for Computer Assisted Language Learning | Scoop.it
“"A vision into Education 3.0" by Dr Jeff Borden, Dir. Center for Online Learning « The Pearson blog http://t.co/PLwa7X30bh”;
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Can't wait! So many exciting changes to come!
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Social Media and Language Learning: Why Classrooms Move Online

Social Media and Language Learning: Why Classrooms Move Online | Benefits of Online Learning and Web 2.0 for Computer Assisted Language Learning | Scoop.it
“ Social media has particularly influenced development of online language learning, enabling students to easily connect and communicate with people across the globe.”
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As someone wary of using Facebook in formal education for language learning, this article makes the point that the benefit of social media beyond that of other online communication applications for language learning is the fact that relationships are established and the effect this has on the effort students put into communicating effectively in the target language. Social media provides a real world authentic application for language skills.
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Web 2.0 and Second Language Learning: What Does the Research Tell Us?

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This thorough literature review inventories what theories, languages, research topics, methodologies, and technologies have been studied in the discourse of CALL so far. Notes that the "language learning environments afforded by Web 2.0 technologies have greatly broadened the scope of topics explored in computer-assisted language learning (CALL): from earlier research which tended to concentrate on the traditional four broad language skills, to more recent topics, such as learners’ identities, online col- laboration, and learning communities." Not only are Web 2.0 tools changing L2 learning technology and it's use, but completely changing the way we think about language and learning.
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Learn Languages Online For Free Through Music Videos and Song Lyrics: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch

Learn Languages Online For Free Through Music Videos and Song Lyrics: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch | Benefits of Online Learning and Web 2.0 for Computer Assisted Language Learning | Scoop.it

LyricsTraining is an easy and fun method to learn and improve your foreign languages skills, through the music videos and lyrics of your favorite songs.


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Lyrics Training is a really neat site that allows users to search music videos for L2  (six languages are available). You choose your skills level, then as the music video plays, you type missing words into the lyrics that appear below the video. The site records your stats. What a motivating and fun way to increase fluency, spelling, and listening skills. 

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Spanish On line's comment, August 19, 2011 3:52 AM
Great idea. Thank you for sharing.
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Lyrics Training is a really neat site that allows users to search music videos for L2  (six languages are available). You choose your skills level, then as the music video plays, you type missing words into the lyrics that appear below the video. The site records your stats. What a motivating and fun way to increase fluency, spelling, and listening skills. 

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WEB 2.0 benefits ESL Teaching and Learning - Google Drive

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This Google doc cites references that show benefits of web 2.0 tools for ESL: Blogs improve writing, development voice and identity, allow peer feedback and review, and improve attitude. Wikis increase motivation, foster literacy, improves writing skill, and enhance learners’ autonomy. Podcasts develop listening strategies, improve pronunciation. Social Networking builds identity online. Using a Google Doc like this would also be useful tool for online learning as a type of Web quest. Many of the sources he cites have specific examples of how to implement effectively. 

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Online alternatives to language classrooms open up to students - The Guardian

Online alternatives to language classrooms open up to students - The Guardian | Benefits of Online Learning and Web 2.0 for Computer Assisted Language Learning | Scoop.it
Article by Nik Peachey, 5 July 2011, focusing mainly on online resources for learners of English as a Foreign Language.
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Offers insight into informal options for language learning. Right about the need for motivation for self taught approach to work, but highlights the wider support community and vast free resources available for L2. These tools and web content allow parents to support children in studies, increasing likelihood of success. Online tools increase accessibility and address differentiation and learning styles by the different approaches to L2 learning, all for free and available to anyone with internet access. Side note: I never considered that formal education couldn't meet the need of all the potential language learners out there. Interesting considering anyone can open a language school.
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10 Tech Tools for Teacher Training Courses

10 Tech Tools for Teacher Training Courses | Benefits of Online Learning and Web 2.0 for Computer Assisted Language Learning | Scoop.it
I hope you have found something interesting here and this article makes you think a little more about how you deliver teacher training in general as the use of these tools isn't just restricted to tech training. They could be integrated into the delivery of any language or teacher training course and to some extent I feel that until tech tools are integrated into mainstream teacher training we aren't going to get the quality and quantity of digitally literate teachers that we need to really provide a 21st century learning environment for our students.
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Highlights Web 2.0 tools with tutorials and integration ideas. Love social aspect of the tools and participation. L2 learners would greatly benefit from the "double loop" approach whereby instructor uses tech to teach how to use the tools, but would also teach the language. Also, use creates artifacts as proof of learning and makes it authentic. Really powerful uses of online learning for L2. Inspiring.
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Take Free University Courses as You Travel | Nomad Wallet

Take Free University Courses as You Travel | Nomad Wallet | Benefits of Online Learning and Web 2.0 for Computer Assisted Language Learning | Scoop.it
“Free online courses are perfect for travelers; you can access them from anywhere at any time of the day. They're also free and taught by college professors.”
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Good point about travel and online learning, especially useful for taking language courses to help communicate in different countries. When you don't have or want to pay and commit to formal course.
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Twitter Chat with Inside Online Learning - OnlineColleges.net

Twitter Chat with Inside Online Learning - OnlineColleges.net | Benefits of Online Learning and Web 2.0 for Computer Assisted Language Learning | Scoop.it
“We meet weekly to discuss current issues in online learning. These chats are an opportunity for you to share your experiences and learn from others as well. The chat topics range from trends in online education to new digital tools....”
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Say goodbye to your expensive private tutor

Say goodbye to your expensive private tutor | Benefits of Online Learning and Web 2.0 for Computer Assisted Language Learning | Scoop.it
“The first social online-learning platform in the region has been launched by Hamdan Bin Mohammad E-University (Say goodbye to your expensive private tutor: The first social online-learning platform in the region has been...”
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Understanding the Building Blocks of Online Learning: Part 6 | Contact North

Understanding the Building Blocks of Online Learning: Part 6 | Contact North | Benefits of Online Learning and Web 2.0 for Computer Assisted Language Learning | Scoop.it
"ates emphasizes starting with the right research questions in deciding which technologies are most appropriate. Simply asking which is “better”, face-to-face or online teaching, is singularly unhelpful and easily misunderstood. While most studies reveal no significant difference between the 2, this does not mean that the choice of technologies is inconsequential. It all depends on what you are trying to achieve and which technologies best serve your ends. Bates identifies the following as among the most consistent and helpful outcomes of studies into the application of different technologies in post-secondary education. The focus should be on the teaching, not the technology. Different media have different educational capacities. Online learning is compatible with constructivist approaches. Asynchronous learning supports reflection and critical thinking skills. Asynchronous learning supports reflection and critical thinking skills. Online learning supports collaboration. Open educational resources (OERs) facilitate both quality and cost-effectiveness. Evaluation is important to innovation
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CAL: Digests: Second Language Acquisition and Technology: A Review of the Research

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) aims to promote and improve the teaching and learning of languages, identify and solve problems related to language and culture, and serve as a resource for information about language and culture.
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Top Benefits of Online Education - Online Education

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These twelve benefits of online leanring are general and not overly unique. Number eleven notes that online students can talk to instructors whenever they want rather than waiting for office hours. Having been an online instructor, this is an unrealiastic aspect to list as a benefit of online learning. Work life balance is importance!  I do think that time is a key benefit of online learning though. Makes me think about opportunities I have seen to teach online to students overseas. Time shifting can allow native speakers to interact with L2 learning at flexilble times convenient for both parties by connecting people all over the world. 

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Web 2.0 and Language Learning

Web 2.0 and Language Learning | Benefits of Online Learning and Web 2.0 for Computer Assisted Language Learning | Scoop.it
“ Web 2.0 and English Language Learning A New Model or A New Muddle? “ In the electronic age, we wear all mankind as our skin” - Marshall McLuhan Overview There are over a billion English as a foreig...”
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This article resembles a detailed roadmap of the internet as L2 classroom. Among other things this articles makes a seemingly negative aspect of the internet into a positive. Where I have often read that lack of community or "placedness" can hinder the building of relationships, this author suggest that online learning can free us from stereotypes and expectations by levelling the playing field. Anyone with an internet connection can use learning resources because what counts is how you perform. Online learning and Web 2.0 tools will transform how we learn because it "frees the learner to learn on their own, their own time, space and way."
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Asynchronous & Synchronous E-Learning

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This paper finds that research suggests neither synchronous nor asynchronous e-learning is “better,” but rather each works in certain circumstances. Asynchronous learning should be used when reflecting; Synchronous e-learning is better suited for discussions, getting acquainted, planning tasks, and group work. Use of Web 2.0 is shifting emphasize to use of the internet to support social relations.
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Twitter, in your language | Twitter Blogs

Twitter, in your language | Twitter Blogs | Benefits of Online Learning and Web 2.0 for Computer Assisted Language Learning | Scoop.it
More than 400,000 volunteers have contributed to our Translation Center, which takes a crowd-sourced approach to making Twitter available in new languages. In fact, thanks to these passionate peopl......
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After reading so much about web2.0 tools for L2 learning I wondered if Twitter was available in different languages. Found this announcement about the many languages twitter accommodates and found the crowd-sourcing approach to translation very interesting. Twitter proves that CALL can overcome many of the barriers it encounters in a variety of ways. Amazing.
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Web 2.0 Technology Meets Mobile Assisted Language Learning | IALLT

Web 2.0 Technology Meets Mobile Assisted Language Learning | IALLT | Benefits of Online Learning and Web 2.0 for Computer Assisted Language Learning | Scoop.it
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Really useful article about MALL (mobile assisted language learning) and web2.0 tools that lists input, interaction, and feedback as three primary benefits of these technologies, along with fostering authenticity, reducing anxiety, increasing motivation, providing opportunities, enhancing ownership, greater flexibility, and new mechanisms for meaningful interaction. Detailed discussion and examination of types of blogging for L2. Highlights learner autonomy as an important component of L2, which hadn’t occurred to me before, identifying a need for the learner to “determine the learning objectives, define the content, and progression of learning, and select methods and techniques to be used.” This sounds like student-driven learning to the max. Autonomous learners are “flexible, persistent and responsible, venturesome and creative, independent and self-sufficient, and curious, open and motivated”.  This is the type of learner we need to be creating in all education to prepare students for the future. I will have to look more into specifically fostering autonomy. 

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Online Language Learning 2.0: New tools, new pardigms

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Really clear history of theoretical approaches to CALL, useful for someone new to the field like me. Authors discussion of information, knowledge, learning and especially, citing Chomsky, “the task of learning a language involves building a system that generates language, not memorizing a collection of utterances or modeling behaviour” illustrate why the new paradigm and the internet have such amazing potential for L2. Though there are no examples,  I would like to look into the cloud computing tools she mentions that “allow teachers to overcome traditional shortcomings in classroom language teaching”. 

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Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) Applications

Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) Applications | Benefits of Online Learning and Web 2.0 for Computer Assisted Language Learning | Scoop.it
A set of links to apps for Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL), compiled by Claire Bradin.
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AudioBoo app is an interesting L2 tool that can help overcome online barriers and issues with assessment of oral language on social media while still allowing students to interact with each other and other content. Students can post and share audio clips and create communities. They can also listen to audio clips of interest to practice and hear authentic language use. Creates a record of progress and is simple to use, which decreases risk of exclusion of technology novices. Being separate from an LMS makes it feel more fun.
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