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 have attended a workshop presented in TESL PHE spring conference last week about using blogs in the classroom . The presenter shared with us her success story using a class blog as part of her blended teaching/learning technique. Can't wait to have my class blog once I have a regular class.
Class Notes with Photos
Students often take photos of the board after a lesson with their smartphones. To make all of these photos accessible, they can be uploaded to the Edulinc site under private files or even in the news forum. Students can add photo notes themselves under messages or even in the news or discussion forums. Teachers can create a block with an appropriate title such as "Photo Notes" on the site and encourage students to upload photos to it.
One way I intend to continue using edulinc is to have a daily 'lesson-to-go' using pre-existent materials for my levels (just make them visible) so that students ill or otherwise engaged can keep up with some aspects of our class while being absent. While this lesson cannot possibly cover all that is covered in class, materials can be uploaded into the appropriate 'visible' sections. Examples of uploaded files could be our vocabulary, relevant grammar, or even speaking assignments they are missing out on, but can at least be aware of before returning to class.
Classroom and School Rules
As a teacher you can gives students a written summary of both classroom and school rules, for example, fire drill rules, and then have a test to measure the students understanding. The test results provide an indication where students need more help around the rules.
A fun way to introduce wikis is to get the students to write a collaborative story. The teacher could start the story using the current topic in the classroom. Each student takes a turn writing 3-4 sentences. You can contribute as well if you need to liven up the story. At they end you could pick out a few of the most common grammar points to work on. This could lead into doing written or verbal story telling in the classroom once they are more comfortable with the idea or visa versa.
Here is a link to some ideas for writing prompts with photos. Scroll down to the middle of this page...
This video shows a fun way of introducing the idea in the classroom. I would try this in pairs.
I really like the idea that students could work in groups to build a wiki page together. This could be useful at the start of a new LINC theme to get students interested or as review/wrap up at the end of a theme. Each group could be assigned one particular aspect of that theme and build a page together with useful real world links and even links to quizlet sets they made on the topic (If the theme is employment then a page might be job interviews, another job search etc.). Since our students are used to using wikis the instructors create they might get a kick out of making their own.
Community of learners
For students in the LINC program, a BLOG would be a consistent, sustainable writing space to reflect on their learning journey through the 16 week semester. Students could also share their postings and this would be another way to create a community of learners.
Connect with www
Connecting the activities of the course with other websites is a great way to enhance the learning process. The students have a better understanding of the navigation but they also are exposed to variety of sites which promote interactive learning. Students can individualize their learning process according to their need learning styles, they can return and revisit lessons or improve their performance.
continuity by using wiki
As students are used to having the wiki as their 'go to' place, I would still have them do that and direct them from the wiki, at least for now.
I like to incorporate real life skills in my classes. Making a virtual cookbook would be really interesting. Students can post recipes and then when other students want to use the recipe they can contact the 'author' and ask where they can buy ingredients if necessary, special instructions, clarification.... Then they can post how their recipes turned out. This is a nice way for students to interact and share their culture.