Thursday, September 25, 2014

Composition (3rd Semester): Group Writing Task




Group: Composition (3rd semester)
Time: 50 minutes
Task: As a group, listen to the above video as many times as you wish and write a single paragraph describing the essence of the message (idea), but in your own words.  Create the paragraph using Google Drive and project the text onto a large screen so that the entire group can view it. Make edits to the text however you'd like, and include a list of those who contributed to this task (first names only) below the single paragraph.  Once you have completed the text and have included your names, choose one person to sign into Google, and upload your work as a comment to this blog post.

My Reflection


To view 5th semester's outcomes and my reflection...

Composition (5th Semester): Group Writing Task




Group: Composition (5th semester)
Time: 50 minutes
Task: As a group, listen to the above video as many times as you wish and write a single paragraph describing the essence of the message (idea), but in your own words.  Create the paragraph using Google Drive and project the text onto a large screen so that the entire group can view it. Make edits to the text however you'd like, and include a list of those who contributed to this task (first names only) below the single paragraph.  Once you have completed the text and have included your names, choose one person to sign into Google, and upload your work as a comment to this blog post.

My Reflection


To view 3rd semester's outcomes and my reflection...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Applied Linguistics Group Can Hang!

I had the pleasure today to hangout with other EFL/ESL educators (via Google+ Hangouts on Air - HOAs) along with my 7th semester, applied linguistics group to discuss how we feel about portfolios and sharing work openly online.  We also discussed how feedback and error correction might take place and different rationales for doing so.



After today's HOA, I immediately began thinking about how we might schedule future sessions since my group really enjoyed the experience.



I would like my students taking applied linguistics this semester to leave comments below regarding any topics we might discuss in our next session, and anything else about today's HOA that you'd like to share.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pre-Session Meetup (ELT live)



This open meetup is to discuss future HOAs with ELT Live and my applied linguistics group. It's scheduled for this Sunday at 7:00 AM.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

TILL Hangout On Air: Open Courseware and Open Educational Resources

Join the Teachers for Interactive Language Learning (TILL) Hangout on Air tomorrow where we'll discuss open courseware, OERs, and open education in general.


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Participatory Action Research


Does the image below represent the notion of participatory action research?  What's missing?






 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Learning technologies for English for academic purposes (EAP) classes


Here's a rundown of learning technologies I plan to use next semester.




Schoology




​I'll be trying Schoology for the first time this semester for the three courses that I plan to teach this fall (2014): applied linguistics, composition (3rd semester), and composition (5th semester).  All of the resources for the three courses will reside both within Schoology as well as outside of Schoology: public websites, virtual library databases, etc.




Google Drive




Google Drive (documents) will be used within Schoology where learners will be able to create the written word as well as collaborate and cooperate with each other.  As their instructor, I will also be able to interact with their creations and ideas as well.




Google+ Hangouts and Communities




Most ad hoc videos created throughout the semester will be recordings of Google+ Hangouts on Air that will be posted as Google Events within the TILL Community.  Also, certain classes may also involve Google+ Hangouts on Air (such as poetry readings) so that learners have exposure to authentic audiences for their classroom performances.  All authentic performances will also be recorded so that learners can self-assess and use it potentially as a performance-based teacher portfolio.




Scrivener for Mac and Dropbox




Throughout the semester I will be putting together my thoughts and experiences together using Scrivener (for the applied linguistics course only).  Periodically, I will be compiling the data in Scrivener to a PDF file which will be shared to Dropbox (and accessible to learners via Schoology).  This will allow learners to not only have access to information for reviewing content covered in class, but also will give them the opportunity to provide feedback to the document itself.




These are the learning technologies that I plan to use next semester in order for my learners to be more engaged with the content and each other.  My intent is also to be as accessible  as possible as I anticipate using not only my MacBook Air but various mobile devices to access information and student communications related to the three courses.




What learning technologies are you currently using or that you plan to use in the future?  To what end?