Topic

1 Technology and You

Topic Progress:

Take a moment to think about the role that technology plays in your life, both as you in your day to day life and you as a teacher in the classroom and answer the following –

1 Do you like technology?

2 Do you find it easy to use new technology (e.g. your phone)?

3 What learning technologies have you used with your students? Which were the most successful ones? Here are some possible uses of technology for educational purposes. First select those that you have tried, and then decide which others you would like to try?

  • Present information to students in class by using PowerPoint® or another online presentation manager.
  • Use video in class.
  • Get students to audio and/or video record themselves doing certain activities.
  • Encourage students to use mobile or online dictionaries to check the meaning and pronunciation of new words.
  • Use Web 2.0 online tools like blogs, wikis, and podcasts in and out of class.
  • Ask students to use an online workbook for homework.
  • Create online practice activities for your students.
  • Use online materials for students to practise reading and listening.
  • Ask your students to download and use grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation mobile apps out of class for extra language practice.
  • Create an email group, or set up a private group on a social networking site like Facebook for your students, and send them extra homework and interesting links via this.
  • Create an email group, or set up a private group on a social networking site like Facebook for parents, and send them regular updates and examples of class projects.
  • Use an e-book (reader or coursebook) in class.
What has your experience of using technology in the classroom been like so far? What support have you received from your institution?

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