Ideas , questions, proposed reading for EVO 2007 (good job, Patricia)

Pedagogy of Social Webpublishing:
We need to discuss what we have chatted about: Some teachers use technology instead of pen/paper or textbook activities and they APPLY the same rules/pedagogy when using technology (social tools). We need to discuss the NEW MODEL of using technology to create open social learning environments where students interact in an interconnected community freely with no traditional pedagogical constraints (teachers marking their assignments with 'a red pen'). We really need to emphasize this NEW MODEL of learning at the beginning in the disucssion so as to set the tone of the whole workshop. VERY IMPORTANT!

Readings for this discussion:
Questions:
1. How does teaching in traditional classroom environments differ from teaching in open and participatory online environments?
2. What is the 'added value' (?) that open environments offer?
3. What are the constraints of open environments?
4. What are the students' attitudes?

  • complete the online survey before being invited to join.
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Week 1
Overview
  • Welcoming/Introductory VIDEOs from Barbara and Patricia (it would be really cool if we had videos - super, yes)
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* Socializing:
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  1. post bios/pictures/introductions (on wiki - http://openwebpublishing.wikispaces.com and also give the URLs of their blogs, where they should have linked their personal addresses to all the social tools we are going to use - maybe we should have a model blog where we do the same to demonstrate?)
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# participate in skype chats for people in the same time zones (??) or YG discussions (see questions below)
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  1. participate in the first synchronous chat for everyone at the end of week 1
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* Online survey (needs assessment) -
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  • Open accounts
  • Read the proposed readings/comment on them (???) (maybe as a task for the following week (so they have the WE) - opening the accounts and posting intros is very time consuming...I have bookmarked some social tools articles on my http://del.icio.us/bee account - check out what you think is nice - there are some excellent links to the k12 conference and a great Flickr picture by Codblog illustrating what you can do with it).
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Discussion Questions (Global/Preliminary Questions) for YG chats or skype chats (?)

  • What is the most challenging aspect of using technology in language teaching?
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* What are some of the benefits of using technology in language teaching that you have observed in your classroom/teaching?
  • How do students react to incorporating technology into language teaching?
  • What are the challenges students face when using technology?
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* What are the benefits that students see in using technology for language learning?
  • What were the great moments/downfalls of using technology for language teaching?
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Assignments to be completed at the end of Week 1
  • Post bios/pictures/introductions on the wiki
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* Open accounts with: bloglines, wordpress, flickr, 43things, 43places, 43people, community map, suprglu. (tip: use the same username and password to register)
  • Add participants blog feeds to your BLOGLINES accounts
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  • First Impressions. Discuss on your blog:
    What have you noticed about the platforms that you have opened accounts on? What do they have in common, how do they differ?
    What is your perception of social tools? Why are they called social?
    How is WEB 2.0 different from WEB 1.0?
    What does an open and participatory environment mean to you?
    How does this translate into what you do in the classroom?
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  • Check what other people have written and either comment on their blogs or bring the topic into your own blog and discuss it there linking to the source.
  • Interlink your accounts so you can post on the blog directly from the other tools (except for community walk, to which you will provide a link in your blog under the category My Map)//
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  1. Use 43places to create your own TRAVEL scrapbook
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* survey the course outline
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Readings (???)

Week 2
Overview

Discussion Questions to be tackled on the blogs

1. Technical difficulties/challenges in using social tools: bloglines, wordpress, flickr, 43things, 43places, commap, suprglu.
  • What were the challenges/difficulties?
  • How can these difficulties/challenges be solved (problem solving strategies)?
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2. Teaching Methodology
  • How can social tool be used effectively and meaninguflly in different learning/teaching contexts (higher education, secondary schools, elemtary, community, special programs)? (how, why, when, for what purposes?)
  • What is the most effective way to introduce these social tools/one specific tool to students? (when, how, why, what's the process?)
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3. Professional Development/Teacher Training
  • How can we stay current with the newest developments in regards to social tools? - Strategies (?)
  • How can we 'spread the word'/introduce others to social tools?

Assignments to be completed at the end of Week 2
  • Create a network of learners and ....
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* "Your Own Idea" Design (individually/in groups) an effective assignment/s using one of the social tools discussed in this workshop and briefly present it to the group (?)
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Week 3
Overview
Introduce Dekita.org

Discussion Questions:

Assignments to be completed at the end of Week 3

Week 4
Overview

Introductory podcast(?) / video podcast?
1) Finding and using podcasts for listening: podcasting directories, etc.
2) focus on pedagogy ("podagogy") - introduction to ideas of best practice , etc.
3) Recording podcasts with students: podcasting projects, automatic podcasting sites (Odeo, Podomatic, etc.)
4) Recording in class vs recording directly to computer

Discussion Questions:

1. synchronous session (date/time tbc) Round table webcast/Skypecast: the pedagogy of language learning/teaching & podcasting (Anne Fox, Joe Dale, Scott Lockmann, Graham Stanley, Nick Noakes, who else? Barbara Sawhill?) hosted through World Bridges

Assignments to be completed at the end of Week 4

1) Starting to build a community podcasting resource: http://pod-efl.wikispaces.com/ (participants register, share ideas, podcasts, etc)
2) Comments / extended discussion (on own blogs, podcasts, YG) re ideas discussed during Round Table discussion, etc.
3) Optional - participants who want to share own podcasts / ideas for podcasts encouraged to do so for peer review

Week 5
Overview

1) Continue focus on pedagogy / best practice
2) Producing your own server-stored podcast - server space, choosing delivery platform (blog, etc), RSS file (Feedburner), etc.
2) Tips for recording live (skypecasting, webcasting), inter-class projects, etc.

Discussion Questions:

1. synchronous session (date/time tbc) Round table webcast/Skypecast: live podcasting with students and teachers? (skypecasting / webcasting) (Anne Fox, Joe Dale, Scott Lockmann, Graham Stanley, Nick Noakes, who else? Barbara Sawhill?) hosted through World Bridges


Assignments to be completed at the end of Week 5

1) Continue building podcast wiki resource together
2) comments / extended discussion of round table
3) Optional - participants try out live podcasting (skypecast) and share results / experience (on eflbridges site (?))


Week 6
Overview
Introduce

project presentation - ?


Discussion Questions:

Assignments to be completed at the end of Week 6