ICT in the classroom

Some months ago I was really thrilled because I was granted a scholarship to take the ICT in the Classroom course offered by The Consultants e validated by Trinity College London.

My inspiring tutor during this course was Valentina Dodge who was always ready  to help and full of great ideas. The course started in October but one week before we had full access to take a look at how moodle works.
We were 7 participants from different countries. Several games and online activities throughout the course made us know each other better. By the end of the course a sense of belonging to a community was generated among the participants. The Consultants e participants community could be created!!!

The moodle platform was easy to use and each week was divided into: Weekly Tasks;
Discussion Forums and Documents. There was a summary of all the activities before starting each week that was really useful. This course is based on a Constructivist approach.
Due to my experience using some of the ICT tools we dealt with during the course I found that week 4 The Internet: Lesson planning & teaching was key for myself.
This is a topic teachers should always review and bear in mind. Luckily this course allowed  me to review most of my previous knowledge and blog posts available online therefore I had the chance to evaluate my learning process.

Some of my conclusions integrating ICT are:
– You can´t expect your students to blog if you as a teacher don´t have a blog.
– When you plan to integrate a blog remember  that blogs have different purposes and lengths. I created a blog that was only used during 3 months.
– Planning is a key component when integrating ICT and there must always be an alternative plan just in case something goes wrong.
– Evaluate how Technology integration worked with your students. (what went right and what went wrong). This important step should not be left out.
– Teachers should start to use different technologies in their daily classroom work as natural as a blog or a coursebook. However, despite impressive advances in the range and possiblilities of computer-related technology, with blogs, wikis, podcasts Business English language teachers on the whole still treat computers as marginal and have not incorporated them in their daily teaching. Where are the Business English blogs, wikis created by teachers???

About jenverschoor

I´m a University Professor. I´m also a Public Translator and hold a Bachellor degree in Educational Management. I´m eager to learn new ways of incorporating CALL into my classes.

Posted on December 20, 2008, in Technology integration, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hi Jen,

    You asked: Where are the Business English blogs?

    Here’s mine!😉

    http://kalinago.blogspot.com

    On it I talk about business English issues, teacher-training, technology, conferences, workshops – that sort of thing.

    Take care,
    Karenne

  2. Dear Karenne,

    Thank you for sharing your great blog I added it to my Diigo bookmarks.

    I am creating a wiki that is still under construction with many links that maybe you could find interesting for your students. http://www.englishtraining.pbwiki.com

    Regards
    Jennifer

  3. Hi Jennifer!

    So glad to hear you enjoyed the ‘ICT in the Classroom’ course, and well done on your blog!

    You ask about BE related blogs, wiki etc – I highly recommend our colleague Carl Dowse’s fabulous BE wiki: https://beo-businessenglishonline.wikispaces.com/

    Well worth checking out, if you don’t know it already. It’s a great example of using a wiki as a resource for BE students, and also as a collaborative space for BE students’ class projects.

    Best, Nicky Hockly

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