Ideas for Applying the Edulinc Courseware (from Stage 2)
Ideas for using the courseware from Stage 2 participants. (Refer to the original "Ideas for Applying" glossary In Stage 2 to see who the contributor was.)
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I hope to be able to customize the SCORMs to be able to use in a lower multi-level class.
I hope to use SCORM activities as enrichment opportunities for higher level students.
I think we can use Choice in different ways. The following are some idea that may be repetitive or not.
1) for practicing quizzes (general quizzes)
2) for drilling grammar rules
3) for practicing vocabulary.
4) for drilling family words
5) for a survey in class
I would like to use this feature as a way for my L7 students to record an oral journal about themselves (for PBLA) or to post their learner reflections. Normally these are written but I think having oral samples would a great addition to their portfolios.
LINC 2-3, Grammar, Present Progressive Tense
In order to assist the Learners in doing their home work and for a quick revision of the rules of the tense, the teacher can record the rules along with sentence examples.
Nano-gong for practicing Cold Calls
Students may practice Cold Calls for Job search through the nano-gong. The same can be applied to Skype activities. The activity might be guided, when students are working in pairs under the instructor's guidance, or as evaluation, when the student is being interviewed by the instructor through Nano-gong or Skype.
Using the Choice option, or poll for needs assessment purposes. This will be a great way to solicit information from my students on so many levels.
Needs assessments can be created and used in courses by creating a questionnaire and the rate (scale 1...5) question type. For each unit studied in the class, students can be asked to rate a list of potential themes (e.g. for Canadian Law there could be themes like: reporting a crime, understanding a news story, identifying Canadian laws, etc.). The teacher would then have a quick and easy solution when deciding what themes to cover with the students. Students could also have the option of suggesting additional themes related to these topics in a safe, anonymous way.
Needs Assessments Section
To help students identify their accomplishments as well as assess skills they still need to develop, I created a new course section called Language Needs Assessment which makes the Canadian Language Benchmarks, Can Do Statements and Can Do Checklists available for download. I plan to add other elements soon including a thematic needs assessment form.
New Uses for Old Glossaries
Here are two engaging ways to use glossaries with your learners. These ideas would be best for LINC 4+.
1) Class Cookbook - Learners add an entry for a dish they like to prepare (or eat), including ingredients and directions. Consider having learners take and upload a photo of the dish as well. In the end you have a delicious way to practice English online...and at the grocery store, and then again in the kitchen!
Learners can then use the comments section of the entries to give feedback, make suggestions, and talk about what they liked and didn't like (politely of course!)
2) Online Photo Challenge Contest - Use the glossary and the random glossary entry block to put together a photo contest. Go around your community and take vaguely vague photos of popular landmarks, important service centres, or community gathering spots. Add the photos to the glossary using the concept, "Where/What do you think this is?", and give the learners a week to guess and try to be the first to get the right answer in the comments on the entry. Use the random glossary entry block to remind them/pique their interest in the contest.
To take this one to a higher level of learning, tell students that they must name the place, and phone for/look up the business hours and address as well (for higher levels - the history/social importance if applicable). This is a good way to spice things up, make community connections in a fun way, and to use the 'contest' to fire your learners up.
Thanks for reading, I hope you find these ideas useful and engaging for your courses.