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Technology for language teaching and professional development: Sandy Millin

Technology for language teaching and professional development: Sandy Millin | TELT | Scoop.it
At the IH Director of Studies conference last week Gavin Dudeney did a session about managing technology. In it, he expressed the hope that technology in the classroom will eventually become normalised.
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List of uses of technology, and many links to other writers and resources.

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Interactive whiteboards: done and dusted, or worth the investment?

Interactive whiteboards: done and dusted, or worth the investment? | TELT | Scoop.it

Language educators differ in their views of the value of the interactive whiteboard (IWB) for teaching and learning foreign languages.

 

In our EU-funded project iTILT (http://itilt.eu) we are supporting the use of this tool in communicative language teaching.  Our classroom illustrations (http://itilt.eu/advanced-search) show teachers how the IWB can be used in different language classrooms.  

 

We also, however, acknowledge the difficulties that can arise with the tool - see Cutrim Schmid & Whyte (http://llt.msu.edu/issues/june2012/cutrimschmidwhyte.pdf) or Whyte, Beauchamp & Hillier (http://books.google.ie/books?printsec=frontcover&id=KxdY807kumMC&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false)for example.

 

Other educators argue that time is up for the IWB, and that this technology is already being overtaken by other technologies such as tablets and other types of interactive projection (Jeff Herb http://instructionaltechtalk.com/apple-tv-vs-interactive-whiteboards-in-the-classroom  but see also Matt Granger's reply in the comment section)

 

The Learning Technologies special interest group of IATEFL is hosting a webinar on this topic this weekend (http://ltsig.org.uk/ Pete Sharma and Gavin Dudeney) so if you have something to say or just want to hear the arguments, this event may be worth a look.

 

 

 

References

 

Cutrim Schmid, E. & Whyte, S. (2012). Interactive Whiteboards in School Settings: Teacher Responses to Socio-constructivist Hegemonies.  Language Learning and Technology 16 (2), 65-86.  

 

Whyte, S., Beauchamp, G., & Hillier, E. (2012). Perceptions of the IWB for second language teaching and learning: the iTILT project. In L. Bradley & S. Thouësny (Eds.), CALL: Using, Learning, Knowing, EUROCALL Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, 22-25 August 2012, Proceedings (pp. 320-6). © Research-publishing.net Dublin 2012. 



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Foreign Language Teaching Methods: Technology

Foreign Language Teaching Methods: Technology | TELT | Scoop.it

"Professional development modules for foreign language instruction at the high-school and college levels."

 

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Orlando Kelm of the University of Texas presents a four-lesson module for foreign language teaching training on technology in the FL classroom.  The four lessons involve:

 

1 Time on Task
Presents how technology can aid in the learning of foreign languages by providing learners with increased time on task.

 

2 Context
Explores how the effective use of technology has the potential of creating a context for language learning situations.

 

3 Chunks and Scripts
Demonstrates how technology can play a role in providing learners with the "chunks" and "scripts" that people use in actual speech.

 

4 Input vs. Intake
Discusses how technology can provide learners with increased exposure to a foreign language, but more importantly, it can also serve to increase a learner's conscious awareness of what is heard.

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Teaching With Technology - A Basic Checklist

Teaching With Technology - A Basic Checklist | TELT | Scoop.it

Handout - Guidelines on good practice for using technology in the classroom from Sue Lyon Jones.

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Connectivism: Its place in theory-informed research and innovation in technology-enabled learning | Bell | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

Connectivism: Its place in theory-informed research and innovation in technology-enabled learning | Bell | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning | TELT | Scoop.it
Via Scoop.it - aectConnectivism: Its place in theory-informed research and innovation in technology-enabled learning...Via www.irrodl.org...

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Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Random grannies in the cloud: Talking EdTech with students

Random grannies in the cloud: Talking EdTech with students | TELT | Scoop.it

1. Apart from textbooks, what do you use outside of class time to help you learn English?
Ted Talks, Good Morning pops (app). 
Sometimes novels or short stories or movie scripts/scenarios.
Watch TED Talks and speeches and EBS World News. Recently Freakonomics.
Radio, apps (Ipad), newspapers.
EBS programs. 

 

2. What technology do you use to learn English when you’re not in school?
Smartphone apps and computer websites.
Websites-google to find English texts.
Apps-Podcast, TED, Umano, dictionaries.
Websites-Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal. 
Googling, dictionary apps, EBS program, NPR, podcasts.

 

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Nice account of a lesson based on ELTjam post about students' use of technology for autonomous learning.  Links to resources, lesson plan and student reactions.  (Bookmarking for a digital literacy class in September.)

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How To Know If You're Correctly Integrating Technology - Edudemic

How To Know If You're Correctly Integrating Technology - Edudemic | TELT | Scoop.it
Want to know if you're correctly integrating technology into your classroom? This matrix and insight will help you get a firm grasp on what to do.

Via Marcel Lebrun
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Not sure about "correctly," but the grid is worth looking at for relevant factors in technology integration in the classroom.  The comments to this blog post include links to other grids and rubrics.

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Marcel Lebrun's curator insight, January 11, 2013 5:07 PM

Intéressant croisement entre des niveaux d'intégration des TIC (technology integration) par les enseignants (entry, adoption ... transformation, un peu inspiré d'ACOT et d'autres) et des composantes de dispositifs pédagogiques (activités, interactions, productions et buts ... il faudra que j'adapte avec mon modèle pédagogique )  de quoi mieux comprendre "où j'en suis dans mon dispositif" et "vers où le développer". A adapter pour l'enseignement supérier ?

sarspri's curator insight, January 13, 2013 6:38 PM

An interactive version of the TIM matrix with detailed lesson plan samples from K-12 classrooms can be accessed at http://www.azk12.org/tim/

LearningLab's curator insight, January 14, 2013 10:32 AM

Le modèle serait à adapter pour le supérieur, mais il propose des pistes intéressantes.

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Technology and principles in language teaching: Andrew Walkley

Technology and principles in language teaching: Andrew Walkley | TELT | Scoop.it

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Hugh Dellar gives ELT Heinle co-author Andrew Walkley space to expand on his IATEFL 2012 presentation on technology in language teaching.  The overal thrust is to question blind assumptions about teaching and technology: 

 

Impoverished acquisitional/pedagogical models

- "the vast bulk of new technologies for ELT are based on OLD – and I would argue discredited – theories of language. Many of the sites recommended by gatekeepers such as Russell Stannard and Nik Peachey focus very much on grammar rules and lists of single words and their meanings."  Walkley rejects this restricted view of language learning/teaching as "grammar rules + words + skills."

 

Overestimation of technology's power to motivate

- "We’re frequently told we’re teaching screenagers, but our students are only screenagers when using facebook to sort out a meet-up with friends or to post comments on recently uploaded photos."  Our younger learners are not so tech-savvy or pro-tech as older teachers may fear.

 

Unhealthy obsession with technology among some teachers

- "Don’t let workaholics be our role models."  Technology is time-consuming for teachers, but pro-tech teachers don't mind giving up a great deal of spare time for it.

 

Technological versus pedagogical interactivity

- "Far too often, in classes I observe, IWBs are simply used as giant held-up coursebooks, as another form of crowd control."

 

[Author photo from ELT Heinle http://elt.thomson.com/emea/en_uk/innovations/pages/0759396205/teacher_andrew.html]

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TESL Links- Journals, CALL, New Technologies, Software, Teacher Tools, Chat, Web Design

Spanish secondary EFL teacher Isabel Perez has this impressive collection of links on technology for language teachers, including online journals and articles, groups, software and online tools.

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Technology in the Language Classroom on Huffduffer

Technology in the Language Classroom
Jeremy Harmer talks about this "debate" and whether technology allows for effective learning and acquisition in the classroom.
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