31 July, 2011

Web 2.0 Project-Based Learning

Project Based Learning has been around for over 20 years, but the proliferation of web 2.0 tools has brought/cast a new light to/on PBL. This presentation shows how PBL can be reinterpreted in this digital era so that we can focus on the learning process, address 21st century literacies, increase students´ motivation, break down classroom walls and capitalize on what teenagers have to offer. After a brief theoretical introduction, several projects using web 2.0 tools are showcased to demonstrate that, even with the minimum technological equipment, there is much to gain with this approach.

Presented at 13th LABCI Conference (July 2011, Asuncion, Paraguay) and 9th Southern Cone TESOL Convention (July 2011, Curitiba, Brazil)

Using Wikis for In-service Professional Development and as a Resources Bank

Presented at Global Education Conference (October 2010 , USA)

Using Startpages to Organize your personal and Online School Resources

This presentation is about the use of startpages  as effective organization tools for personal and school resources. Startpages like Protopage, iGoogle, Pageflakes and Netvibes will be shown along with actual examples of how I use them for myself and my school.
 Using startpages
Presented at 3rd Virtual Round Table Conference (October 2010 , Germany)

EFL, Art and Technology mashup: a recipe for success

EFL, art and technology are a winning combination! This workshop focuses on practical examples of school projects that use art and artistic expression as the core element through which to develop linguistic ability. All the projects were carried out and presented through web 2.0 tools, such as Voicethread and Flickr. The workshop includes a description of the projects, how to use the web 2.0 tools and how to adapt them to different contexts.

Presented at 2010 FAAPI Annual Congress (September 2010 , Cordoba, Argentina)

Teaching Knowledge Test: What's in it for you?

This presentation is about the Teaching Knowledge Test and Pearson's Teacher Development Interactive -  Preparation for the Teaching Knowledge Test module, which I wrote together with Susan Hillyard.

The Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) is a test from Cambridge ESOL about teaching English to speakers of other languages. It aims to increase teachers' confidence and enhance job prospects by focusing on the core teaching knowledge needed by teachers of primary, secondary or adult learners, anywhere in the world.

Presented at I Congreso Internacional de Lenguas Identitarias del Bicentenario (July 2010, Resistencia Argentina)

Making The Most Of Free Web Applications for Language Learning

There is no doubt that we are living in the era of ICT and our students are so computer-literate that it is a shame to waste this tremendous potential to make use of their knowledge and interests to our and their advantage. We have argued endlessly about theories and concepts like the communicative use of language, CLIL, using authentic materials, extending learning beyond class time, motivating learners, collaborative learning, promoting autonomy and self-directed learning. The time has come to blend all these concepts into new, authentic and motivating tasks.

The advent of Web 2.0 and beyond has brought to light myriads of free web applications that we can use to enhance language learning, while at the same time engaging students through the use of the same technology they use every day, but of which WE may be ignorant or unskilled in using.

In this presentation I give a user friendly overview of the use of search engines, blogs, wikis, mindmapping tools, social bookmarking, voice and video recording tools, media integration and presentation tools, podcasting, digital storytelling tools, startpages, geo-referencing tools and more. For some of these, I show a number of practical web applications and specific examples from my own classes and how they can be used to improve vocabulary, listening, reading, speaking and writing, as well as critical thinking skills.
 Making The Most Of Free Web Applications for Language Learning

Presented at 
  • E-Schooling Educational Conference (April 2009 ,  Santiago de Chile, Chile)
  • International Online Conference for Teaching and Learning (March 2010 , USA)
  • 2nd Virtual Round Table Conference (April 2010 , Germany)