The course of LING421 covered 12 chapters in this semester, including history of CALL (computer assisted language learning), CALL& technology, technology using in second language acquisition, evaluation of courseware and websites, using technologies skills for studying language (listening, reading, writing), computer-mediated communication, culture & telecollaboration, digital literacies and online communities (exploring digital games and social networking).
I have learnt a lot from this course. Because I used to be a teacher, I have never thought to make a combination between computer and pedagogy until I learnt this course. It is pity that we just use computer for playing game or chatting. However, computer can be used to learning foreign languages which have brought many advantageous for our language learner.
There are five words throughout this course, including culture, connections, comparisons, communities, and communications, which can be called 5C. The two chapters left deep impression for me. First of all, it is how to use the technology for second language reading comprehension. It might be I did the presentation for this area. We can see the ability of reading is very important for second language learners. There are three aspects can be used to improve the ability of reading, which of one is word recognition. We can use the tool assisted to know the word meaning, for example, if we are reading a book online, some new words we do not know, the new word is clicked, then the meaning of this word will be shown up. Readers are easily to learning a new word. This way is not only improving the speed of reading, but also give the readers more interests to read the book firmly. The second way is that language comprehension. There are many tools can be used to support language comprehension, such as electronic dictionaries, computer software, web-based activities. These types of instrument can assist learners who are in struggling in vocabulary learning. The other method is called text interpretation which refers that learners can hypothesize the meaning of this word according to understanding of its text genres, texts structures, formality, metaphor, register and culture. I think that all of three ways is assisted to improve students reading ability effectively. There are other language skill give me a deep impression which is about learning culture through CALL. The 3P have motioned what we have learnt, practices, perspectives and products, respectively. Practices are related that the ways of behavior which is accepted by a society and refer to one aspects of culture. For example, a particular group of people perform a ceremony which can be seen a part of culture. Perspectives refer to the traditional concept and principle of a culture. Products can be divided several of type’s tangible products and intangible products. Tangible products can be clearly seen to exist that you can touch and feel. On the other hand, intangible products refers that you could not touch or see it, it is unclearly and complex. All in all, technology are using to learn second language culture, reading, and many language skill can be improved though CALL.
I will talk about my experience since I chose this course. Because I want to be a teacher, so my teacher recommended me to chose this course. He told me you would get a totally difference ideas for learning language. When I went to the class, I found that I could not understand what the teacher said. I always said to myself it was my fault, I have to insist on. Because I could not get our text book in the beginning class, so I did not know what I should do after class. About 4 weeks later, we had a break. The first assignment we had to write because of my poor listening, I did not understand what the teacher told us. Unfortunately, I did not do it. I’m very thankful that teacher gives me a chance to finish it after a week. After that, many assignments have piled together, I had to rush just for finishing the assignment, I even have no time to think some idea deeply. As a international student, I find many problems when I study in New Zealand. Because of different educational system, I am trying to adapt the educational method. In china, we have the 20 hours every week, so students spend most of time in the class, they have not too much assignment after class. Students just finish what the teacher requirement, so the answer must be found on the text book. However, western educational system is totally different from us, it is a few of class every week, about 2hour once a week for one paper, but students have to spend an amount of time after class. Especially, students could not easy find the answer on the text book. I have been frustrating about this point. Fortunately, I find the advantageous of this educational system which to push you thinking and become more confident than before. I have challenged many difficulties since I chosen this paper, I believe I will do it better and better in the future.
This project, co-led by Dr Shirley Reushle, Australian Digital Futures Institute, Associate Professor Jacquie McDonald, Learning and Teaching Support, and Dr Amy Antonio, Australian Digital Futures Institute, will develop, evaluate and implement a model for the sustainable leadership of digitally supported communities in higher education.
As a reader of this blog, you might have noticed that Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has a particular focus on the use of iPad in education other than any other tablet in the market.We do in fact love other tablets especially Motorolla Xoom, Samsung GalaxyTab 10.1, and LG Optimus tablet and we do believe they have a promising potential in education as well but for now it seems that iPad is leading the mobile learning revolution. This is probably due to the kind of investment Apple is having in education.
The folks in Apple have taken the issue seriously and they are intent on monopolizing the educational market. From iBook Author to iPad Mini, their success is just unbelievable to the point that some school boards in the States and Canada have already started adopting iPad as learning tools in the classrooms and some in the form of 1:1 environments.
That being told, practitioners and teachers who are trying to implement iPad in their instruction find it hard to sift through the clogged-up apps market. Educational apps are everywhere yet it is hard to find the appropriate ones for classroom inclusion. This exactly why we have created iPad Resources section in this blog, just to help you find your way through the cloud. We are also adding the booklet below to that section. This is basically a collection of some of the best iPad apps special education. These apps are organized into different categories from Math to Sign Language.
s far as I concerned, culture is about customs, beliefs, behaviors, languages of a certain group people. I am trying to check the electronic dictionary; culture can be defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts which is the characteristics of a particular group of people. I browsed the Google, there are huge of definitions of culture due to different situations.
Nowadays, learning culture by internet like wikis, blogs have been a tendency. According to National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project in 1996, culture is regarded as one of 5C others including communication, connections, comparisons and communities, all of which have inter-related. More importantly, culture also can be formed a model of triangular of practices, perspectives and products. Practices indicates that a way of manners accepted by a society, taking traditional customs for examples, it is accepted that a light have to hang in the front of door during the spring festival in my hometown which is a traditional way to express how people excited. I heard from an old woman who said to me like this behaviors show people with clearly eyes for the bright future. Many interesting customs can be found in different countries. Perspectives refer to the traditional views and concept of a culture. Products can be divided intangible or tangible of cultural product. I think intangible products are like cultural heritage, a kind of cultural concept, or an honors of person, which are difficult to define and illustrate what exactly is. Tangible products include souvenir shop because of producing by this culture, for instance, Beijing Olympic Games in China 2008, there were hundreds of products made which is the theme about Olympic Games. Although Olympic had been held five years ago, tourist still can see those products related it everywhere. Therefore, Culture is great influence for a county.
Besides learning language by CALL, people can acquire culture knowledge. Firstly, Learners should be full of openness and curiosity to know this culture which can give a motivation to discover constantly. It is generally believed that language is the carrier of culture. We could not separate them apart. If people are going to learn the language, learning its target culture is one of important courses. The more cultural knowledge can get, the more language can master.
Social learning is taking place all around us – and has been for as long as people have been actively communicating.
In fact, at its most basic, social learning is how we all begin learning from infancy. By observing our surroundings and adapting to the behaviors and actions of others, we are engaging in the purest form of social learning. When applied to the modern workplace however, social learning takes on a new meaning and importance.
I nearly didn’t have information about computer ten years ago, even use it for language learning. I recalled there were many internet bar appears in the street, we could see everywhere. However, people had no idea what was that, especially it was very popular on college student. When I first sat down in front of computer, I thought it was like a monster, Because of completely fresh fields. I turned on the computer which was so big at that time, waited about 10mins show up some images. My friends were so excited. Actually we did not know what happened next. We tried to browse some web site and looked at news, which was first experience related computer. It was so boring we said after that. Computers were accepted by people because it could use for print and chatting. There was a period of time, people were so addicted it, they can find friend by internet, and chat with a strange person which have a sense of mysterious. We called net friend like this kind of friends. It is undoubtedly that people can find their circles are enlarged. They can talk with net friend; even they could not communicate face to face. They felt relax with net friends; students didn’t worry about their secret to be known friends around. All of those are the first time when computer emerge in our life.
Nowadays, there are many chatting tools like Skype, Webcast, IM, face book, twitter, etc. I used to join in QQ program which is one of the most popular chatting tools in China. It is easy to apply a QQ numbers, and then people can add their friends number as a group. Your friends are logging in this web at the same time with you. Then, both of you can build a link, and interact with each other. Most of time, we use it for chatting randomly, like entertainment, sports or daily life. As far as I know, this tool is trying to be utilized for purpose of language learning. People can set up a group for language learner, and communicate with their target language. When they are talking as well as their language level improved.
Any language tool should have its assessment to evaluate whether it is good or not. But how to achieve a good result it is a question. We can follow those rules to assess it. In the first place, grammatical accuracy is a important aspects to evaluate a language tool. Secondly, system of lexical accuracy can be established which can use to judge how their level improvement. Thirdly, the web should have tried to looking for a long term development which is helpful to motivate students interesting step by step. Setting up an assessment is very important because students can know well about their level of learning according the feedback. Once a effective assessment can be built, students will get many advantageous from CMC.
Wikis, Wikipedia, Wikibooks, and Collaborative Writing 3/10/2013. March 10, 2013. This week I used ScreenR to present how to use Wiki's in the classroom. I have never used ... It was very easy to learn and fun to work with.
The single weakness that most wikis have had in the past was the requirement for using a simple, but often unfamiliar, mark-up language. Learning how to use yet another kind of system to post material on the web has been a ...
I have been took part in QQ program to chatting with my friends. The aim of this program is to chat randomly. Because of the realm limited, we just used to it in China. This program is not accepted by global. It is assumed that some politic reasons we do not know. The feature of this community is that the participant is your familiar friends, because others could not join your group if you do not allow. However, the web chat have been popular in recent years, it is more convenience due to its function. The web chat can record your voice and send your friend at the same time, so you can imagine how easier to manipulate to make a conversation. After I came here, I always used to chat on facebook, I can keep in touch with my classmates from other countries, even they came back their own country, and we still can chat on facebook. This is more widely to be used in nowadays. The main advantage for learning languages is that students can make friend with English-speaking in real contexts, and interact with them. Students of language participate in the real settings in the world-wide and in a properly culturally ways. According to the National standards, the 5C of general goal is that communication, cultures, comparison, connections and communities.
Speaking of community, there are many definitions can be found, which is constructed a media space by a group of people. Those people can use the space to practices such as playing game, or chatting everyday life. However, the aim of these activities help learner for studying target language. Because those groups of people have the same purpose, they are easily to be assimilated as a member into this community. Learners are able to communicate with people from local or people around the world via playing game or social networks. For example, the girl from American is going to study Chinese set up a link with the boy from China studying English though a chatting community.
Even thought they are far away from each other, they still can keep in touch via internet context. Nowadays, with the development of the technologies, many mediated space have been explored, such as massively multiplayer online game, social networking sites, augmented reality. Firstly, the aim of massively multiplayer online game is designated for commercial purpose which can be formed to interact, compete, and collaborate with participant. Compared to the massively multiplayer online game, social networking sites can be use not only for commercial purpose, it focuses on the social usage, such as facebook. Augmented reality where people can sense of their own reality in the designated virtual world. The aim of augmented reality is to express what is happening in the real life, rather than make a replacement, the perceived world. More specifically, we can kill a dragon in the imaginary world, rather than in the real world. Three mediated context I have motioned above, we can utilize those three tools for educational purpose. We can take advantage of being passive learners or be creators themselves.
As a learner can study target language in the entertainment context via playing game or chatting with friends out of class, which can help them more interest in studying. In the meantime, teachers can help students exchange their target use out of traditional classroom, and encourage building up them lifelong studying strategy. In my opinion, building a community though internet like build a bridge between two sides, we have to make sure that two group of people can share their information though this forum. Therefore, any social media instrument has its own limited. We have to take advantage, and make it beneficial for us.
"The Internet has made a myriad of material readily available to a vast audience. Along with these seemingly infinite resources has come a lot of confusion about how images and other content published online should be legally recognized, protected or used. As educators, we often struggle in navigating that road."
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Firstly, I would like to talk about my own experiences. When I was in primary school, I learnt the ability how to read and write from textbook which is the only way to get knowledge. I started to Pinyin of a letters pronunciation. According to the textbook, we can know what would be happened in the whole semester. This is the traditional method to get to know the information. Every activity was fixed advanced. Teachers gave the task of study before the class, and told the student what kind of content you have to learn previously. In my primary school, we can use computers for studying, but students did not how to find useful information into their learning. So, most of time playing games was one way for using in everyday life. When I entered the collage, we had a computer class, then teacher taught us to type some script or words. I remembered the literacy had been improved by computer. We have not been dependent on textbook; the other way assisted studying method has been found. I could not use the technologies for studying before I came here. Even thought I have been study my second language many years , I am still struggling with some pronunciation ,grammars and writing because of limited recourses I do only find in some textbook. As a student, I have to try to keep a fresh mind to accept the fruit of technologies bring to us.
Digital literacies can be defined that using a range of digital technologies to evaluate and create the information effectively. Firstly, it requires that learner can manipulate those technologies. Although digital literacies could not replace the traditional form of literacy, it still develops its own way and adapts to them a new form. Digital literacy can be divided the two forms which are digital and literacy. Digital is related the data or figure, while literacy is that the ability of reading and writing properly. Nowadays, though the traditional way to get the information is out of date, especially, for the second language learners, they have to learn how to get information on the internet. People can find some website the aim for listening, or writing skills, whose of website is very helpful for learner to get knowledge online. Students can make a comparison between your own language and you target language. Due to this comparison, students can clearly know the differences between two languages, which give students an implication how the second language works. Therefore, the digital literacy provides more chance for students to learning outside of classroom. Students usually build a community because of the some interest, so they can chat their habits, favorites, even politics online using the target language in a relaxed a atmosphere. When they experienced this processing, they can get the knowledge unconsciously. At the same time, students raise a kind of consciousness of the target language, they could find the grammatical system in this language which called language awareness, once, it is formed, and students can require this language easily. There are many beneficial by chatting online. Overall, students can learn second language through comparison and contrasts with language being studied, and they will realize that the intrinsic nature system be found to change their view of world eventually.
"...One of my take-aways from the day's conversation is that most of the technologies that we want to use to make textbooks interactive and meaningful for students already exist, we just need to organize and utilize them in a way that makes sense for teachers and students. I've combined that take-away with a recent request from a reader to delineate some ways that teachers can use Wikispaces to create this list of ideas for using wikis in classrooms..."
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