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Using blogs in ESL

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Using blogs in ESL

  1. 1. KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />Using blogs for online tutoring in ESL<br />
  2. 2. Using blogs in ESL<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  3. 3. Using blogs in ESL<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />How qualified do you think you are in the use of technology for educational purposes? <br />
  4. 4. Using blogs in ESL<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />Do you use any sort of technology for performing your teaching tasks? (Multimedia, didactic software, presentations, etc.)<br />
  5. 5. Using blogs in ESL<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />How often do you take your students to the computer lab?<br />
  6. 6. Using blogs in ESL<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />What kind of activities do your students perform when you take them to the computer lab? <br />
  7. 7. Using blogs in ESL<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />In the case of the didactic material that can be found on the internet, do you use such material to introduce a topic for the first time or to review a topic previously seen in the classroom?<br />
  8. 8. Using blogs in ESL<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />Define in your own words what a weblog or blog is.<br />
  9. 9. Using blogs in ESL<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />Have you ever used a weblog either for personal, academic or professional purposes?<br />
  10. 10. Using blogs in ESL<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />The purpose of this talk is to give an insight about how blogs can be used to support ESL classroom learning. <br />
  11. 11. Using blogs in ESL<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  12. 12. What is a blog?<br /><ul><li>KIOSK International
  13. 13. Training workshop 2011</li></li></ul><li>What is a blog?<br />From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia<br />A blog (or weblog) is a website in which items are posted and displayed with the newest at the top. Like other media, blogs often focus on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news. Some blogs function as online diaries. <br /><ul><li>KIOSK International
  14. 14. Training workshop 2011</li></li></ul><li>What is a blog?<br />From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia<br />A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. Since its appearance in 1995, blogging has emerged as a popular means of communication, affecting public opinion and mass media around the world.<br /><ul><li>KIOSK International
  15. 15. Training workshop 2011</li></li></ul><li>What is a blog?<br />From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia<br /><ul><li>KIOSK International
  16. 16. Training workshop 2011</li></ul>Blogs can be hosted by dedicated blog hosting services, or they can be run using blog software on regular web hosting services.<br />
  17. 17. Blog basics<br /><ul><li>KIOSK International
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  19. 19. The term blog is a blend of the terms web and log, leading to web log, weblog, and finally blog.
  20. 20. Authoring a blog, maintaining a blog or adding an article to an existing blog is called blogging.
  21. 21. Individual articles on a blog are called “blog posts,” “posts” or “entries”.
  22. 22. A person who posts these entries is called a blogger.</li></li></ul><li>Blog basics<br /><ul><li>KIOSK International
  23. 23. Training workshop 2011</li></li></ul><li>Blog basics<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  24. 24. Components of a blog entry<br /><ul><li>Title - main title, or headline, of the post.
  25. 25. Body - main content of the post.</li></ul>• Comments - comments added by readers<br />• Permalink - the URL of the full, individual article.<br />• Post Date - date and time the post was published..<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  26. 26. Components of a blog entry<br />
  27. 27. How blogs differ from traditional web sites<br /><ul><li>It allows for easy creation of new pages: new data are entered into a simple form (usually with the title, the category, and the body of the article) and then submitted.
  28. 28. Automated templates take care of adding the article to the home page, creating the new full article page (Permalink), and adding the article to the appropriate date- or category-based archive.</li></ul>KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  29. 29. How blogs differ from traditional web sites<br /><ul><li>It allows for easy filtering of content for various presentations: by date, category, author, or other attributes.
  30. 30. It allows the administrator to invite and add other authors, whose permission and access are easily managed.
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  32. 32. Training workshop 2011</li></li></ul><li>Interesting features of blogs<br /><ul><li>Publishing of hyper-textual content and multimedia
  33. 33. User-friendly
  34. 34. Chronologic or topical organization of the information
  35. 35. Interaction among users which enhances the exchange and debate of ideas
  36. 36. A diversified hierarchy in user roles
  37. 37. Relation with other technological applications
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  39. 39. Training workshop 2011</li></li></ul><li>How do I create a blog?<br /><ul><li>KIOSK International
  40. 40. Training workshop 2011</li></li></ul><li>Two systems for blogging<br />There are two systems to look at when considering setting up your own blog.<br /><ul><li>User-hosted blogs
  41. 41. Developer-hosted blogs.</li></ul>KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  42. 42. Two systems for blogging<br />User-hosted blogs<br />With a user-hosted blog, you, the user, install the blogging software on a server of your own design. You are the administrator of the software and hardware required to run the blog, in addition to being the blogger.<br /><ul><li>KIOSK International
  43. 43. Training workshop 2011</li></li></ul><li>Two systems for blogging<br />Developer-hosted blogs<br />With a developer-hosted blog, someone else administrates the hardware and software required to run the blog. You, as the blogger, fill out a few simple forms and you are up and running.<br /><ul><li>KIOSK International
  44. 44. Training workshop 2011</li></li></ul><li>Two systems for blogging<br />Developer-hosted blogs<br /><ul><li>KIOSK International
  45. 45. Training workshop 2011</li></li></ul><li>Blogs in developer-hosted systems<br /><ul><li>KIOSK International
  46. 46. Training workshop 2011</li></ul>The easiest system to get started with is the developer-hosted system.<br />
  47. 47. Blogs in developer-hosted systems<br />Once you pick your hosting system, there are usually four simple steps to complete:<br />Create an account<br />Name your blog<br />Choose a template<br />Write and Submit your first Post<br /><ul><li>KIOSK International
  48. 48. Training workshop 2011</li></li></ul><li>Blogs in developer-hosted systems<br />For each step, the service provider will guide you through the process of filling out the basic online forms necessary to get started. <br />Some services are free. Others require payment for some or all of the functions of that service.<br /><ul><li>KIOSK International
  49. 49. Training workshop 2011</li></li></ul><li>Getting started using blogs in the classroom<br />Start your own blog on any subject you choose and update it regularly. Become a blogger.<br />Start small.<br />Start a class blog with simple announcements, homework assignments, and external links.<br />Ask students to read other blogs. Start by supplying a subject related list and review them with your students.<br />Ask students to respond to posts on your own blog.<br />Have students create and maintain a group blog. <br />Ask each student to start and maintain their own blog on a subject of their interest that is pertinent to the class.<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  50. 50. Blogs in education<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  51. 51. Benefits<br />Blogs can…<br />Promote critical and analytical thinking<br />Promote creative, intuitive and associational thinking<br />Promote analogical thinking<br />Promote potential for increased access and exposure to quality information<br />Promote a combination of solitary and social interaction.<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  52. 52. Aaron Campbell (2003) has outlined three types of blogs for use with language classes: <br />Types of blogs used in ESL<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />The tutor blog<br />The class blog<br />The learner blog<br />
  53. 53. The tutor blog<br />It gives daily reading practice to the learners. <br />It promotes exploration of English websites.<br />It encourages online verbal exchange by use of comment buttons.<br />It provides class or syllabus information.<br />It serves as a resource of links for self-study.<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  54. 54. The learner blog<br />It’s run either by individual learners or small collaborative groups of learners.<br />It’s best suited for reading and writing classes.<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  55. 55. The class blog<br />It is a shared space, with teacher and students being able to write to the main area.<br />It is best used as a collaborative discussion space, an extra-curricular extension of the classroom.<br />Students can be encouraged to reflect in more depth, in writing, on themes touched upon in class.<br />Students are given a greater sense of freedom and involvement than with the tutor blog.<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  56. 56. Why blog? <br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  57. 57. Some reasons why to blog<br />To provide extra reading practice for students.<br />As online student learner journals that can be read by their peers.<br />To guide students to online resources appropriate for their level.<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  58. 58. Some reasons why to blog<br />To increase the sense of community in a class.<br />To encourage shy students to participate.<br />To stimulate out-of-class discussion.<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  59. 59. Some reasons why to blog<br />To encourage a process-writing approach.<br />As an online portfolio of student written work.<br />To help build a closer relationship between students in large classes.<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  60. 60. Some disadvantages<br />Unwanted comments. Restrict comments to people in class<br />Correction. It’s difficult to use a blog to correct students. Correction can be done prior to publishing or after.<br />Privacy. Blogs are public, so if privacy is an issue, use the blog tools provided to set up privacy controls.<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  61. 61. KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />KIOSK Tutorials Blog<br />
  62. 62. KIOSK Tutorials blog<br />It is a blog whose main purpose is to serve as a tool for both teachers and students to enhance and promote language learning by providing activities for self-study with online material.<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  63. 63. KIOSK Tutorials blog<br />It is designed to match the specific contents for basic, intermediate, pre-advanced, advanced and even TOEFL.<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  64. 64. Some features<br />User friendly<br />Organized by levels and courses<br />Available in any computer with an internet connection<br />Easy to find<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  65. 65. Downsides<br />There are not practice links for some levels yet<br />Some links do not longer work<br />It needs to be updated with a new format and the inclusion of other features<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  66. 66. Blog stats<br />Number of visits since may 2010: 10,882<br />Busiest day in 2011: February 21<br />Busiest month: October 2010, 1390 visits<br />Number of visits in 2010: 7,156<br />Number of visits in 2011: 3,729<br />Average visits per day: 34<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  67. 67. Top 10 visited levels<br />Basic 1<br />Intermediate 1<br />Basic 4<br />Pre-Advanced 4<br />Advanced 1<br />Intermediate 2<br />Basic 3<br />Pre-Advanced 3<br />Basic 2<br />Pre-Advanced 1<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  68. 68. Visits by the month<br />
  69. 69. Visits by the month<br />
  70. 70. Ideas to use this blog<br />Use it in the classroom to provide additional practice during your classes<br />Use it in the computer lab on campus to review and reinforce the contents previously seen in class<br />Use it to promote autonomous language learning in your students by telling them to access it at home, work or whatever place at whatever time<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  71. 71. To learn more:<br />Bibliography<br />http://jhonnyesolteacher.wordpress.com<br />KIOSK Tutorials blog<br />http://kioskxalapatutorials.wordpress.com<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />
  72. 72. Thanks!!!<br />KIOSK International<br />Training workshop 2011<br />