I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue
Firstly thanks for posting my blog and wiki. If I know that there are others reading it then it's a bit more of an incentive to keep working on it. The Teaching with Tech wiki is one that I have been working alot on and I hope to keep developing it to become a valuable resource to others as well as myself.
Re cross contacting, you never know David. You may find someone who has done the Intel program. I think I also mentioned that our school will be participating in an online project with a school in Korea next year. We have a choice of 5 Korean schools who are interested and I'm trying to find some other Aussie schools to join us. I have suggested to the organisers that we set up a ning for all schools involved and I added a link to your efl ning to give them an idea of what I was talking about. I hope that was okay. I have a feeling David that you might know some of these schools but I might be better telling you offline at this early stage. Can I email directly to you?
Trying my best and yes, it is a "mind" shift. But I think a lot of language teachers everywhere also face these same issues.
I don't get out of Seoul much other than to present at some conferences in Korea. (mostly on using karaoke as a language learning tool). But I'll be asking and nosing around about who got training from the Intel program :)
Yes, lots of technology here but unused for the most part in schools, which I think is a pity....but I try to make change one student/one teacher at a time....
I've posted up your blog in our directory and will be highlighting it and other members blogs soon.....so much expertise in our community that deserves attention. I also will let others know of your wiki (I got some good ideas about Smartboards from it! I'm really challenged here but have to teach it! (I'm training high school teachers for a new state of the art International school here in Seoul).
Good luck with all your ventures in South Korea. Wouldn't it be great if we came across some Korean teachers over there that we have both met? My understanding was that the teachers that I met in Seoul were mostly from elementary and middle schools from all over the country. It is interesting that you are trying to make a difference pedagogically over there. I wish you every luck in the world. The Intel program that I was training them in is grounded in project based learning and the use of higher order thinking. It was a very interesting challenge I think for the Korean teachers as you have already mentioned, it is quite a mind shift for them. But they seemed to be very engaged and interested during the time I was working with them and of course they have very technological support which certainly helped. cheers...
It was great to hear of your own efforts to help Korean English teachers. So glad it was such a positive experience and also has been for myself. I got to Korea by "accident" (long story....) but remain first and foremost because of the teachers that inspire me to be better.
I have set up several Nings for Korean teachers but as always, nothing that satisfying. Takes time and effort and you are right to think it through somewhat before launching into it. I'm just in the middle of putting a proposal together for the Int. Call conference in Japan in Nov. , to present about the potential of Ning in education and social networking in particular.
I started EFL Classroom 2.0 for many reasons but mostly because I got tired of so much that was done "poorly" - how EFL / ESL teachers got most of their ideas piecemeal and through old, outdated messageboards. I recognized in Ning the spirit and potential to really transform EFL / ESL teaching and communicate that. Web 2.0 technologies truly have the ability to dramatically help students. Especially in the last year, with voice technology finally reaching a level of common use......In Korea, I'm really trying hard to get administrators (at the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education) to move away from a teacher driven model and into more student focused and technology driven learning. For a teacher, teaching L2, technology can be a godsend, if they are adequately trained. Slow but sure....
I also train all the hundreds of new EFL foreign teachers who come to Seoul. A hard task and this ning is for the few of them who might get quick ideas/materials to support their small level of experience...
Looking forward to knowing more about your own teaching and I'm also going to check out your blog! I'm behind entering them into our members blog directory (so many good ones there already).
Welcome to EFL Classroom 2.0! I hope you'll find a great "home" for learning and teaching. I look forward to your own contribution here. By sharing and learning from one another, all our jobs get easier. I'll be sure to take a look at your blog and post in our members directory.
Make sure you introduce yourself in our "introduce yourself" forum! Find others with common interests and Make Pals by inviting members to be your friend! And if you want, show others where you are from on the Frappr map.
Ning allows for multiple logins with the same id/pw. Please feel free to make a class registration/page and allow your students access to the content (all students login with the same id/pw. Even form your own classroom! We are all learning together.
When you have a moment, personalize your homepage, click around and see a lot of great videos, presentations, links to resources (games/readers/karaoke) pics and music. Share in the forums and put up or link to your own blog. Check out our great Buzka library of links. Join a group that interests you or form your own! You have unlimited photo storage and can make your own albums and slideshows. Even chat to my double, Dave the "bot".
In the new year, an improved resource site with everything for teaching will arrive –
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