Open and Participatory Environments in Language Learning

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Presentation given at Tesol 2008 in New York.

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1.Open ParticipatoryMedia Environments in Language LearningBarbara Dieu and Patricia Glogowski 49thTesol Conference New York, April 5th 20082. CONTEXT What is your teaching context, who are your learners and what are their interests and needs? What social tools and platforms are there available? Have you incorporated any into your language teaching curriculum yet? If you did, how did you go about it? Why? If not, why?3. Barbara EFL bilingual high school (French-Portuguese) 460 hours of English in middle school 20 to 28 students per class 3 classes 50 per week of which 1 x 50 in computer lab Blog, bloglines, wiki, Flickr, social sites Bilingual dictionary, thesaurus, class wiki, podcasts, study skills, rubrics, CC photos 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Patricia University preparation program Upper intermediate level 16 stds per class 20 hours a week x 8 weeks of which 2 or three hours computer lab social media platforms Google alerts, scholar,surveymonkey 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. OPEN AND PARTICIPATORY What is your perception of open and participatory online environments for language learning?Why do you think they are called 'open' and 'participatory'? How can we help learners to improve on their language skills through experiential learning and networking in these socially and linguistically rich environments? 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. Open Learning Diagrams by StephenDownes (We added the captions)borrowed from:http://it. coe . uga .edu/itforum/paper92/paper92.html Closed Course Management System 24. Identify Source Describe Compare Contrast Analyze Interpret Personal opinion 25. 26. 27. http://poetrysalon.typepad.com/ 28. 29. http://poetrysalon.typepad.com/ http://poetrysalon.typepad.com/ 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. CHALLENGES What are some of the challenges and what are the constraints for you? How can you solve them?35. Challenges/constraints Data location Access to dataRetrieving it Who else can see it? Service disappears Username and password management Security risk (using the same) Copyright Inappropriate use 36. A Bill of Rightsfor Users of the Social Web 1) Ownershipof their own personal information, including: Their own profile data the list of people they are connected to the activity stream of content they create 2) Controlof whether and how such personal information is shared with others 3) Freedomto grant persistent access to their personal information to trusted external sites. Authored by Joseph Smarr, Marc Canter, Robert Scoble, and Michael Arrington September 4, 2007 37. Thank you! Patricia Glogowski [email_address] Barbara (Bee) Dieu [email_address]

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