*Audioboo*Podcasting is the publishing of audio or video

*Audioboo*

Podcasting is the publishing of audio or video via the Internet, designed to be downloaded and listened to on a portable mp3 player of any type, or on a personal computer.

This is the tool that is very effective for listening and speaking in the target language. We have a lot of opportunities for language accusation thanks to these tools. As I have learnt the different and useful tools, I feel myself and our students very lucky because there is nothing not be able to learn foreign language. Both to improve ourselves and to teach our students foreign language to speak and to listen, I believe it is a useful tool. I can encourage my students to speak English because it also very enjoyable, I think. I can give tasks with Audioboo. As far as the aim in language learning is to speak in everyday life, we must present situations to have them speak, and we can do this via Audioboo. Also, we can have students “Read Aloud”. In this wise, they can improve “Speed Reading”.

A continuing problem in the English language classroom is time. For example: the number of school days allocated towards language learning may be insufficient; a teacher may not have enough time to cover materials in a lesson; students may not have the time to practice English outside of the classroom; and students may not be motivated to or want to spend the necessary time to learn English. At the Hong University of Science and Technology, for example, attending two 50-minute English language lessons a week is not enough time to effectively practice and learn the language, but that is what many students most likely do. So the questions are, then: how can teachers increase the odds of students studying or practicing their English language skills outside of classroom time? The idea is that podcasting creates a borderless classroom. By extending the classroom, making it mobile, educators are able to increase the time students allocate towards studying. Also, a podcast is a tool that can be used to assist with listening exercises, which is similar to the ways a compact disc or projector are tools used in the classroom. 

It is important in terms of motivation. Motivating students to practice English outside of classroom time is often difficult to do. Podcasting may assist with this problem. There is a potential for podcasting to foster a more seamless integrations of in-class and out-of-class activity and materials, in addition to the wealth of authentic foreign language material freely available for download. Podcasting has the potential for creating intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in students. Students who produce podcasts for assessed tasks will probably take more care with the preparation, knowing that it could be potentially listened to by people all over the world. After discussing and planning the contents, the learners should be involved in writing and rewriting scripts which they will revise with their classmates or their teacher ensuring that the content is understandable and there are no mistakes. They will then rehearse the show before finally recording it. It is created both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in students through listening and writing activities.

                                          

*Digital Storytelling & Storyjumper* One of my favorite tools

*Digital Storytelling & Storyjumper* 

One of my favorite tools is Digital Storytelling. It is so enjoyable that I can say it is one of the most important techniques that students will be able to learn English entertainingly.

Teachers are not only showing the digital stories of others but also having students tell their own stories and others’ stories. At that point, the benefits of Digital Storytelling are plentiful.

Students are learning history as well as creative skills in order to tell the story of another. Through the storytelling process students also develop skills of reflection to understand history in relation to their own experiences. Then, students improve their communication skills by creating narratives that reflect their insights and learning to write for an audience.

Students are also gaining valuable technology skills that are important to them. Children learn digital and online tools used to edit stories and present projects online. The process of creating a digital story calls for hands on learning in which students are in charge of creating the characters of their story with media. Students can learn to put different pieces of media together in order to fully develop their story and effectively share it. So, we can create a positive learning environment when we encourage students to use their creativity and imaginations. Children are eager to learn new skills including those with multi-media elements. When large projects are made, children put more time and effort into their final product and thus learn more from them.

And StoryJumper! I adore you! It is a wonderful tool. I can say the features and benefits of Digital Storytelling go for Storyjumper. It is for students of all ages who want to create a book. Images can be easily uploaded and text added to make book. These books can be saved and ordered as a gift, or added to the classroom library.

 *The city of words – CALL*This course is

 *The city of words – CALL*

This course is the one of the rare courses that I will remember well. Also, this is the course which I really believe that I have learnt something in. I think myself as technologically illiterate, sorry I had a mistake; I should have said I thought myself as technologically illiterate :). But now, I can say I am well equipped. We have learnt the things related to the real life. They have been both enjoyable and useful. The tasks about the tools have been an aim, and they have not been the tasks given for giggles. Although initially I was worried about this course, and I thought that I would not achieve it; I have tried not to miss the courses because I knew that the tools are good for me, and I really wanted to learn them willingly. To know them not only in academic fields but also in casual life makes me feel comfortable, self confident and different because as you know we live in age of technology. 

            I think my feelings for this course have changed highly. Obviously, I was angry when I heard the name of this course. I didn’t want it, and I said: “Who needs it!” :). But, unfortunately, I have been ashamed of my thoughts. 

Apart from the benefits of the tools for our future teaching life, this course has been efficient for language learning for us. We have been able to use English actively like now. We have thought critically for tasks, and we have written and done them meticulously. Also, we have listened to, we have watched, and we have read something… This course has been addressing our sense organs. So, because of this, this course has been very efficient for both language teaching and language learning. 

            Teacher, we are grateful to you because we learnt what you already know… If you were not such a well equipped teacher, and didn’t want to teach something to us, we would make no progress. That you like your job and field, and be helpful has made me like this course and the technology more; I want to thank you for this. 

            You can make sure that I will use them for language teaching as it should be.
Thanks for everything. “I love technology.” 🙂 

This is my first blog:

“Hi Everyone!                        

          First of all, I want to say that I am not sure what I feel about this course :). Of course, I believe that this course is very useful for us, but I am worried about if I will be able to do what the course requires or not. However, I feel hopeful about for my future teaching life because if I can learn these programs I will use them in my future classes and in training. Because my students will already know these programs very effectively, I will keep pace with them.J Also, to have information about technology will gain favor me in the general sense. One more thing I think to be useful for me is that this course will enhance my academic English. We will abundantly read and write by means of this course. I will be well-equipped thanks to this course in technology.

Maybe, I will have a difference from others:). ”

 

*Skype/Facebook/Twitter*    

*Skype/Facebook/Twitter* 

      These tools are the easiest ones J Twitter is a little bit difficult. The teacher was very right about a point: We should learn these tools because our students will already know these tools. And we can say ‘Yes, I know it, Yes you can add me.. J’ . Also, of course we will use them for teaching English. There will be so much communication and interaction by dint of all of these tools. I am very excited and willing to use these tools. Now our teachers are using Facebook for announcements, assignments, some discussion titles. Facebook is commonly being used, so we can use it with our students, but they will already know new tools which consist of the tools we have learned so far. If they don’t know, we will teach them, and we show that we already know them J. And Skype is very useful. Its walk talk is very quality. Especially, I like it is used to talk on the phone. It can be used file sharing. There can be guest speakers from other countries. We can connect with classrooms across the globe.

     I searched and I gained some tips for using Twitter in language classrooms. Here some ways to use it for you.

Facilitate research: Typing keywords into Twitter’s search engine wields every microblog entry on the subject, providing an excellent way for students to research ideas, opinions and movements as they happen.

Provide the class with a running news feed: Rather than keeping up with an e-mail train, students can use Twitter to collaborate on different projects and keep a quick reference on any changes.

Connect with the community: Partner up with local government or charitable organizations and use Twitter to reach a broad audience discussing the latest cultural or educational events in the area and encourage others in the community to attend.

Follow the issues: Bring a little technology into debates by asking the class which issues they would like to follow. Subscribe to relevant hash tags and accounts from all perspectives and compile an updated resource cobbling together as much research as possible.

Write a story or poem: Many writers and poets have experimented with Twitter’s 140-character format to bring new, serialized works in small chunks to attention-divided audiences. Some educators may like the idea of asking their students to apply their creative writing skills to a restrictive social media outlet.

Take and share notes: Classrooms with enough resources can allow students to tweet their own notes during lessons and share with their peers – perhaps even printing them out for home use if they do not have internet access.

Chat with industry professionals: Older high school students who need to explore their career options before spiriting away to college benefit from real-world discussions with professionals in paths they’re considering. Twitter helps them connect with primary sources and facilitates educational communication.

Connect classrooms: Teachers and students from around the world can collaborate on projects using Twitter as a communication tool

Facilitate discussions: Take supplementary material postings one step further by requiring students to post their own succinct responses to the main theses and open up intelligent discussions with one another.

 

 

*WizIQ*    

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*WizIQ*    

One more tool is WizIQ! It is a perfect tool. I liked it so much that I can use it fondly. Usually since the classroom time will be limited, I can use wizIQ for oral production for my students. It is very helpful. It is very enjoyable for students and me. I believe they will be able to enhance their speech. We must absolutely use these tools. Both our students and we will be happy because we will also see that we can teach something with useful tools. Try to use these tools will gruntle us.

     My dear friends, I wrote some useful expressions about wiziq. It is very nice and very multi-purse. These expressions are very clear, so I hope it will be useful for you too.

     WizIQ Virtual Classroom enables teachers and learners to connect live from anywhere, offering real-time collaboration and communication via web conferencing, as well as archiving features, specifically geared toward the challenges of the online classroom environment. WizIQ sports a very simple user interface so teachers can stay focused on their content and their students, rather than the technology.

 WizIQ Virtual Classroom offers real-time collaboration with live video streams for up to 4 people for video conferencing and seamless audio communication via VoIP for unlimited participants simultaneously. Full-screen video is available with a click for easy viewing on a variety of screen sizes. The whiteboard environment equips teachers with tools that enhance interactivity and keep learners focused and interested. Browser-like multiple tabs, multilingual support in the text tool, and standard drawing tools for diagrams allow teachers to post leading questions on the whiteboard, write formulas with arrows and visual cues to address multiple learning styles, and so much more. Two-way text chat allows teachers to conduct live classes with real-time interaction. Teachers sitting anywhere in the world can interact privately with one student or in a group. Emoticons personalize text-based conversations, while different fonts and colors distinguish speakers, topics, or contexts in the chat room. Teachers can also use the virtual classroom for virtual office hours to answer students’ questions. WizIQ Virtual Classroom provides ease-of-use and capability for teachers to conduct classes for unlimited attendees. Moodle teachers can make their classes effective by sharing their desktop screen with remote attendees. WizIQ Virtual Classroom also allows teachers to share PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, whiteboards or videos from YouTube – from right inside the virtual classroom. Content can simply be placed in Moodle as Content Files or uploaded on-the-fly during the clas. Teachers can control and block students’ participation. They can allow students to be seen, heard, and understood, by passing any combination of microphone, webcam, or whiteboard controls to them. Just as easily, the controls can be removed or given to other students anytime during the class.

 

This is a facebook group about wiziq:

https://www.facebook.com/wiziq

 

*Nicenet & Campus Dokeos*

Again, we learnt very useful things. They are a bit difficult to use, but they are very rough and ready. I can use nicenet, for example, I can present a topic, and I want my students to comment there. I like these tools especially because they provide reading and writing to the students. They will be able to have a chance to read and write entertainingly. Also, I can use it for class schedule and exam dates. On that sense, I also like it.

To get to the main point, campus dokeos is a wonderful tool:). Every tool is very useful to be involved in an interaction with both our friends and our students. I think and I hope every student will have a computer at home and we should avail themselves of these tools. They will want to use the computer, so if we give such homework in these sites, they don’t idle their time away by playing games or chatting with their friends. In campus dokoes, there are so many things such as surveys, documents, glossary, quizzes, wikis, drop box, etc.  All the things that we have learnt is here. We should impress the idea that is that they can communicate or chat with their friends with these tools on them. I want to use them so much, and I hope my students will also use them. Teacher, I want to be a very active, effective, motivator and encourager teacher like you. I don’t want to teach lessons monotonously like our mentor teachers in school practice.

*Preziiii*

I was absent in the course last week, so I couldn’t listen to the lesson and learn the “Prezi”. I was sad because of missing this important lesson, however, I searched it on my own, and I tried to understand how to use it, but it is still not clear. Since we have also a project about it, it is important and essential to learn it accurately. I really want to use it. I want to use interesting, effective and visual things in my teaching environment or in any other field, I want to be the best J. Prezi is like the Powerpoint, but, of course, it is better than the Powerpoint. I wish Prezi also had been taught to us in first year while Word, Excel and Powerpoint were being taught to us. The pictures seem more colorful in Prezi, so it would be more effective in our presentations. However, we can use it in both our presentations and practice teaching from now on. I feel lucky ourselves because of learning these different tools. I want to mention one thing. I took an exam at the weekend, and I saw Karekod in my answer sheet :). I haven’t had any information about it so far, until we learnt it last week in this course. When I saw it, I knew what it is, so this made me feel good :).

Teacher, thank you so much for everything J. Especially for your smiling face :).