This blog provides really resourceful sites about teaching and learning English with ICT. I think I can use a lot of the materials here for my teaching. It’s simple and easy to use, so I can hardly find anything I don’t like about this blog.
TED talks: From the entry TED Talks Launches “Playlists” I found videos which can be used for student practice of listening comprehension, note taking, debate (agreeing and disagreeing with the presenter), e.g. Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity at http://teachingwithted.pbworks.com/w/page/19958133/Sir%20Ken%20Robinson%3A%20Do%20Schools%20Kill%20Creativity. This is authentic, and I hope it would inspire students to work harder just to understand the ideas being explained, then appreciate them. If they find the video difficult, the subtitle function is available. Nice.
“Burbank Students Use Blog To Learn English” — Sacramento Bee Story On Our International Sister Classes Project This post provides some ideas on using blogs to learn English. It’d be useful for my students to join the international blog world to learn and use English to reflect, describe their own culture in comparison with other cultures as food for thoughts.
Larry Ferlazzo’s English Website leads to an English learning website where a tool to turn text to speech can be found. My students can use it to check the pronunciation of their presentations before they deliver them. They write their speeches and paste them here, listen to it and correct their pronunciation errors themselves.
His post about Screenshare at http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2012/11/15/the-best-screenshare-tools-to-help-others-with-computer-problems/ should be listed under any rubrics targeted to my students who are learning English with ICT. It’s another way for both Ts and Ss to get connected with international communities on the Internet, besides solving computer problems. Can it be categorized as a Crowsourcing way?
Here Are My Nominations For This Year’s Edublogs Awards! Here I clicked on Best educational use of a social network — EFL Classroom 2.0 and found another interesting website. On the home page is the idea of the walking classroom. Yes, stay away from the classroom walls, the ICT with all fancy softwares, web links and stuff for a while. Time for physical exercise, for a healthy body besides a healthy mind. Walking around campus and practising a little conversation in English was what I did before, several years ago. How come I forgot it? Will do it again. Fun and new.
From Edith: The flipped classroom: Here is a summary of main points THE FLIPPED CLASSROOM
to be continued
Thanks a lot, Larry.