Tuesday 24 November 2009

10 Teacher Development Task for Web 2.0 Tools

Over the last couple of months I've been busy travelling round a bit and doing some face to face training and workshops. As part of the materials for these workshops I created a number of tasks for teachers which I hope will help develop their ability to use technology and to evaluate and create materials using web based tools. I've decide now to share those tasks so anyone who wants to use them to train other teachers or to develop their own skills can take advantage of and make good use of them.

There are ten tasks and they can be done in any order, except for the tenth one which should be last. Please feel free to use and share these tasks and by all means leave any comments or suggestions for improvement. I will also be hosting a teacher development week using and discussing these tasks and the related tools from 7th to 15th December 2009 on the SEETA Moodle site: http://www.seeta.eu/ so by all means come along for that if you want to share ideas and learn a bit more together.

10 Tasks to help teachers develop their use of learning technology

  • Task 1
    This task explores the use of TokBox, a synchronous and asynchronous video conferencing and communication tool. In this task you will look at and evaluate some teaching materials I have created using the tool and see how you can use it to create your own materials.
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  • Task 2
    This task explores the use of Voxopop, a tool for the creation of web based audio discussion threads. In this task you will see how other teachers have used the tool and have the opportunity to participate and contribute to an online audio thread.
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  • Task 3
    This task explores how Forvo, the web based pronunciation dictionary, works and what it can offer teachers and learners. In this task you will explore some of the entries and have a chance to add your own example pronunciations to the dictionary.
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  • Task 4
    This tasks explores the design of Listen and Write, a tool for the creation of web based dictation activities. In this task you will be able to try a dictation exercise and see how autonomous learning is supported through the design of the tool. You will also have the chance to create your own activity.
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  • Task 5
    This task explores the use of ESL Video, the web based video activity creation tool . In this task you will be able to examine and compare three different video activities to see how the tool can be exploited. You can then attempt to create your own activity based around a video clip of a bank robbery.
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  • Task 6
    This task explores the use of 280 Slides, a web based tool for creating online presentations. In this task you will see how you can use the tool to add video or images to presentations and so create video based learning activities or multi media presentations.
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  • Task 7
    This task explores the use of Dvolver, a very simple tool for creating animated movies. In this task you will be able to watch a video created using the tool and then evaluate its potential and limitations whilst creating your own animated video.
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  • Task 8
    This task explores the use of Wallwisher, a web based 'sticky notes' notice-board. In this task you will be able to look at how the notice board has been used to share a range of web 2.0 tools and also have the opportunity to contribute your own favourite site to a notice-board to see how it works.
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  • Task 9
    This task examines the use of Wordle, a web based tool for creating graphic representation of texts based on word frequency. In this task you will learn how to create your own graphic image based on a news article and explore some potential uses for the tool.
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  • Task 10
    This final task looks at Penzu, a simple tool for keeping a web based journal. In this task you explore how to create your own journal and then create your own reflective journal entry based on the work you have done in the previous task.
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I hope you find these tasks useful. Please do leave a comment or suggestion for improvement or any recommendations for links or other examples of materials created using these tools.

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yasencion said...

Thanks, Nick. I have tried some of these tools with my teacher trainees and they have worked wonderful. They are easy to use and apply them for activities with student.

Helping North ELT said...

Thanks for sharing these tasks, Nick! I have presented some of these tools in different workshops for teachers and it is good and useful to see how you are using them.
Best regards
Paula (in Argentina)

Anonymous said...

Thanks Nik for helping and sharing. I really like reading you! Since I have fallen in love with web 2.0 tools, I have been experimeting and trying several applications for the activities I have deviced for my language students and I always find it so excting!


Brian Ericson said...

Having an online teacher development week is a great idea. Voxopop seems like a great application. Often, students get bored with posting on regular discussion boards. This would certainly liven up discussions. Does the application offer tight privacy settings? Forvo also seems like a great tools, especially when dealing with Social Studies and the pronunciation of words from other cultures. Dvolver looks like a great way to create videos. I have been using Windows Movie Maker, however the format that the videos are created in limits the number of students who are able to view them at home. Thanks for the list of tasks. I hope to implement these very soon.

Elizabeth H-S said...

Hi Nik--
Naturally I jumped to the last task (Penzu) and did it first.

But why not? I'm using Penzu to keep notes on my interactions with the tools in the other tasks.

Thanks for setting this up.

Cheers---Elizabeth H-S

Dilip Barad said...

Are all these tools in open source?

Nik Peachey said...

Hi Delip
They aren't all open source, but they are all free, or have free options.



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