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:
- Animoto – examples of pupils’ work
- Glogster – examples of pupils’ work
- Go!Animate – examples of pupils’ work
- Voki - example’s of pupils’ work
- Diigo – examples of teacher use
- SlideRocket – examples of teacher use
- Wordle – examples of teacher use
- Lingro – Online dictionary which supports independent study with word games.
- Posterous – examples of teacher use
- Twitter – demonstrated as powerful CPD tool among MFL teachers
- Edmodo – presentation includes video of pupils’ opinions regarding their use of this tool
A non-comprehensive but extensive list of websites which could potentially be used in education can be found in the Internet Resources page.