Demonstrating the effective use of Internet Resources

This presentation, delivered to a group of Heads of Modern Foreign Language and titled The Effective use of Internet Resources, was meant to demystify the use of internet tools, so-called Web 2.0, in the classroom context

This presentation, delivered to a group of Heads of Modern Foreign Language and titled The Effective use of Internet Resources, was meant to demystify the use of internet tools, so-called Web 2.0, in the classroom context.

Many teachers think/fear that they are going to be out of their depths and/or that it’s going to be require an inordinate amount of effort on their parts. With this presentation, I set out to demonstrate:

a) that the enrichment of MFL teaching and learning through the effective use of ICT is both desirable and, indeed, recommended by both the New Secondary Curriculum in the UK and the new specifications for GCSE in MFL;

b) how, given our pupils’ natural predisposition to use ICT, using internet tools can effectively improve the the teaching and learning of MFL by increasing motivation, engagement and, therefore, achievement;

c) how the work is mainly carried out by students on their home or school computers, releasing the teacher to facilitate and oversee the process, as well as to assess the results.

I felt it was important not to simply list cool websites, but, instead, to actually demonstrate how we had used these websites in our department. The presentation was interspersed with examples of pupil’s work, but you can emulate the way it was delivered by following the links in each of the slides or by following the links below.

The sites we demonstrated were:

A version of this presentation is also available in Slideshare and a slightly more in-depth post about these tools and some more can be found following this link.

A non-comprehensive but extensive list of websites which could potentially be used in education can be found in the Internet Resources page.

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José Picardo

José is Assistant Principal at Surbiton High School and a Fellow of the RSA and Naace. He is interested in improving education and the way technology can be used to enhance and transform teaching and learning. José has been curating Box of Tricks since 2007 and holds a MA in ICT and Education.

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  • http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com/ Donna Baumbach

    I’m very interested in web tools and the applications you mentioned. I can’t see your Prezi, though. It says “You don’t have the required permissions to view this presentation.” I will check your slideshare version, though.

    I tried demonstrating a variety of presetation options to teacher ed students last semester in the class blog http://u.nu/2tfb. It created a lot of discussion about the pros and cons of these tools. I hope it helped them prepare for the final exam, and I did see some use of some of the tools in their final projects.

    I hope you will add some of your examples on my WebTools4U2Use wiki at http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com. I think it really needs GOOD real-work examples from library media specialists and teachers. Also, feel free to add any good tools you find missing.

    Thanks, Jose, for your blog!

    • Guest

      Dear Donna,

      Many thanks for pointing me to your wiki, it’s a great resource. Thanks also for pointing out that the presentation wasn’t working… I had not applied the right settings! Hopefully it works now.

      José

  • http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com Donna Baumbach

    I’m very interested in web tools and the applications you mentioned. I can’t see your Prezi, though. It says “You don’t have the required permissions to view this presentation.” I will check your slideshare version, though.

    I tried demonstrating a variety of presetation options to teacher ed students last semester in the class blog http://u.nu/2tfb. It created a lot of discussion about the pros and cons of these tools. I hope it helped them prepare for the final exam, and I did see some use of some of the tools in their final projects.

    I hope you will add some of your examples on my WebTools4U2Use wiki at http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com. I think it really needs GOOD real-work examples from library media specialists and teachers. Also, feel free to add any good tools you find missing.

    Thanks, Jose, for your blog!

    • http://www.boxoftricks.net José Picardo

      Dear Donna,

      Many thanks for pointing me to your wiki, it’s a great resource. Thanks also for pointing out that the presentation wasn’t working… I had not applied the right settings! Hopefully it works now.

      José

  • http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com/ Donna Baumbach

    It works!!! THANKS!

  • http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com Donna Baumbach

    It works!!! THANKS!

  • http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com/ Donna Baumbach

    And it’s great! You are much better at Prezi than I….but I’m learning! THANKS again!

  • http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com Donna Baumbach

    And it’s great! You are much better at Prezi than I….but I’m learning! THANKS again!

  • http://languagesresources.co.uk/ Samantha Lunn

    Dear Jose

    What a fabulous post – I really enjoyed being able to see clear examples of what you have done with pupils using so many of the various tools out there. As someone new to things like animoto and gloster it is very helpful to see examples of how things are done, giving me more confidence in using them myself. I have been writing schemes of work over the last few days, encororating these types of tools and although I know that the pupils will find it interesting to create things in a way that they are not yet used too, I am also finding it a tiny bit daunting knowing that I want to be able to use these tools confidently in order to display to the pupils what I will want them to do. Thank you once again! Some great ideas (and some great work by your pupils too!).

    Sam
    @spanishsam

    • Guest

      Hi Sam,

      Thanks for your comment. I too will spend quite a lot of my summer holidays rewriting schemes of work to incorporate the use of these tools.

      I am absolutely sure pupils will find it interesting… my concern however is whether I can sell them to my colleagues as tools which are pedagogically sound and worth investing time into.

      José

  • http://languagesresources.co.uk Samantha Lunn

    Dear Jose

    What a fabulous post – I really enjoyed being able to see clear examples of what you have done with pupils using so many of the various tools out there. As someone new to things like animoto and gloster it is very helpful to see examples of how things are done, giving me more confidence in using them myself. I have been writing schemes of work over the last few days, encororating these types of tools and although I know that the pupils will find it interesting to create things in a way that they are not yet used too, I am also finding it a tiny bit daunting knowing that I want to be able to use these tools confidently in order to display to the pupils what I will want them to do. Thank you once again! Some great ideas (and some great work by your pupils too!).

    Sam
    @spanishsam

    • http://www.boxoftricks.net José Picardo

      Hi Sam,

      Thanks for your comment. I too will spend quite a lot of my summer holidays rewriting schemes of work to incorporate the use of these tools.

      I am absolutely sure pupils will find it interesting… my concern however is whether I can sell them to my colleagues as tools which are pedagogically sound and worth investing time into.

      José

  • http://languagesresources.co.uk/ Samantha Lunn

    Hi José

    Yes – that is a valid point. How can we motivate other teachers into using these (pedagogically sound) tools?

    I guess the first step is to show others how it can be done (effectively), the second is probably to get on board those teachers who are willing to give it a go (giving a few more supporters of the ’cause’) and then it will be easier to show the rest how interesting it can be.

    I guess some reactions stem from fear – fear of change, fear of not knowing how to do something, fear of leaving behind what is known and safe. If we can take away some of the fear, part of the battle may be won……

    Sam

  • http://languagesresources.co.uk Samantha Lunn

    Hi José

    Yes – that is a valid point. How can we motivate other teachers into using these (pedagogically sound) tools?

    I guess the first step is to show others how it can be done (effectively), the second is probably to get on board those teachers who are willing to give it a go (giving a few more supporters of the ’cause’) and then it will be easier to show the rest how interesting it can be.

    I guess some reactions stem from fear – fear of change, fear of not knowing how to do something, fear of leaving behind what is known and safe. If we can take away some of the fear, part of the battle may be won……

    Sam

  • http://alexblagona.blogspot.com/ Alex Blagona

    Great post, Jose. I did something similar in London at the weekend – had I known you were doing this, I’d have just nicked your presentation! :)

    • Guest

      As they say, Alex: great minds… ;-)

  • http://alexblagona.blogspot.com Alex Blagona

    Great post, Jose. I did something similar in London at the weekend – had I known you were doing this, I’d have just nicked your presentation! :)

    • http://www.boxoftricks.net José Picardo

      As they say, Alex: great minds… ;-)

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  • Donna F.

    Whoa! Just checked out Go!Animate. Be very afraid if a presentation’s title is “WARNING”. That would draw kids in and It isn’t kid-appropriate. This can be an issue with some of the awesome tools like those you describe.

    d

    • Guest

      Yes, since the above post was written it has been become clear that Go!Animate is concentrating in marketing for the the MySpace / Facebook crowd and quite a few of the featured animations do contain inappropriate content.

      However, Go!Animate has listened to educators and has created a school safe site paralel to the main site in which inappropriate content is filtered out. The site can be accessed here:
      http://domo.goanimate.com/

      Hope that helps

      José

  • Donna F.

    Whoa! Just checked out Go!Animate. Be very afraid if a presentation’s title is “WARNING”. That would draw kids in and It isn’t kid-appropriate. This can be an issue with some of the awesome tools like those you describe.

    d

    • http://www.boxoftricks.net José Picardo

      Yes, since the above post was written it has been become clear that Go!Animate is concentrating in marketing for the the MySpace / Facebook crowd and quite a few of the featured animations do contain inappropriate content.

      However, Go!Animate has listened to educators and has created a school safe site paralel to the main site in which inappropriate content is filtered out. The site can be accessed here:
      http://domo.goanimate.com/

      Hope that helps

      José

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