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Archive for June, 2010

Putting the ‘a’ into tech

Posted by Illya on 16 June 2010

Often the question is asked why one should take the time to use technology in the classroom. Is it just one big hype?
Below is a link to a slideshow that answers the question and shows how and why tech can and should be turned into teach.

A Teacher\’s Guide to Web2.0 at school

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Getting on-line feedback

Posted by Illya on 9 June 2010


Since the ETAS first on-line course has ended and we have received sme feedback from the participants, I’ll use this chance to show how feedback can be given on-line.

We asked for feedback by using a tool called wallwisher, which is much like using post-its in a classroom. Here you will see it in use!

Another great way to get feedback has been used by the ETAS after the AGMs, a short survey with surveymonkey, which is a very simple survey tool to use. The link can be sent by e-mail to the participants or embedded on a website.
Of course, if you are using a blog, wiki or other website, you could also use a poll like the two in the previous post.

Finally, if you are using a blog like this, then you can request participants to leave a comment under the concluding post.

These are just a couple of ways, but I’m sure that if you looked around, you’d find many more. If you have any ideas or ways you get feedback on-line, leave a comment to this post and let us know about it!

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Impressions from the Learning-tech SIG

Posted by Illya on 6 June 2010

ETAS’ first on-line course has been a great success.
During the course of four weeks, nearly 50 participants from ETAS and ESSARP joined forces to explore and create blogs.

For most it was a very steep learning curve to both take their first on-line course and learn to use the technology involved, and so not everyone completed the course.
But for others it was perhaps a first step in giving on-line courses themselves or at least supplying an on-line element to their classroom courses.
The course used a Ning platform (see the ETAS Journal Winter 2009 for an article on Ning), and so the first step was to become acquainted with the course platform while reading up on blogs and how and why they can be used by teachers and learners.

The next step was to set up the blogs.  In the end over 20 new blogs were opened and have supplied a wide range of topics, including even connecting maths and science with EFL, as well as literature blogs for learners.

We also had two live on-line sessions on Wiziq with Karenne Sylvester, who was able to give the participants tips and relate her own experiences of blogs in her classes.

Judging from the feedback, it looks like this won’t be the last on-line course.

If you have any wishes for on-line courses, then please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you would be interested in. Or answer the poll below.

Would you be interested in taking an on-line course through ETAS?
(polls)

What topics would interest you for an on-line course?
(polls)

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