Over the last few weeks I have been busy delivering training presentations and workshops to help teachers use various free web based tools in their teaching.

Over the last few weeks I have been busy delivering training presentations and workshops to help teachers use various free web based tools in their teaching. As part of this training I have developed a number of tasks that teachers can do during the workshops and which I hope will help them to develop both their technical and pedagogical understanding of how to use these tools. I would now like to share these tasks, so that any teacher who wants to try to develop their own skills can use the tasks autonomously or if anyone is involved in teacher training for ICT, then they can use the tasks with their trainees, build on and develop them. I hope you find these tasks useful

  • Task 1This task explores the use of TokBox, a synchronous and asynchronous video conferencing and communication tool. In this task you will look at and evaluate some teaching materials I have created using the tool and see how you can use it to create your own materials.Go to task
  • Task 2This task explores the use of Voxopop, a tool for the creation of web based audio discussion threads. In this task you will see how other teachers have used the tool and have the opportunity to participate and contribute to an online audio thread.Go to task
  • Task 3This task explores how Forvo, the web based pronunciation dictionary, works and what it can offer teachers and learners. In this task you will explore some of the entries and have a chance to add your own example pronunciations to the dictionary.Go to task
  • Task 4This tasks explores the design of Listen and Write, a tool for the creation of web based dictation activities. In this task you will be able to try a dictation exercise and see how autonomous learning is supported through the design of the tool. You will also have the chance to create your own activity.Go to task
  • Task 5This task explores the use of ESL Video, the web based video activity creation tool . In this task you will be able to examine and compare three different video activities to see how the tool can be exploited. You can then attempt to create your own activity based around a video clip of a bank robbery.Go to task
  • Task 6This task explores the use of 280 Slides, a web based tool for creating online presentations. In this task you will see how you can use the tool to add video or images to presentations and so create video based learning activities or multi media presentations.Go to task
  • Task 7This task explores the use of Dvolver, a very simple tool for creating animated movies. In this task you will be able to watch a video created using the tool and then evaluate its potential and limitations whilst creating your own animated video.Go to task
  • Task 8This task explores the use of Wallwisher, a web based 'sticky notes' notice-board. In this task you will be able to look at how the notice board has been used to share a range of web 2.0 tools and also have the opportunity to contribute your own favourite site to a notice-board to see how it works.Go to task
  • Task 9This task examines the use of Wordle, a web based tool for creating graphic representation of texts based on word frequency. In this task you will learn how to create your own graphic image based on a news article and explore some potential uses for the tool.Go to task
  • Task 10This final task looks at Penzu, a simple tool for keeping a web based journal. In this task you explore how to create your own journal and then create your own reflective journal entry based on the work you have done in the previous task.Go to task

I will also be hosting a free teacher development week using and discussing these tasks and the related tools from 7th to 15th December 2009 on the SEETA (South Eastern Europe Teachers Association) Moodle site: http://www.seeta.eu/ so by all means come along for that if you want to share ideas and learn a bit more together.BestNik Peachey | Learning Technology Consultant, Writer, TrainerOn Teacher Development: http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com/On Technology News and Tips: http://quickshout.blogspot.com/On Student Activities: http://daily-english-activities.blogspot.com/On Social media: http://bloggingandsocialmedia.blogspot.com/On Twitter: http://twitter.com/NikPeachey 

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Mr Peachey, I think that the tasks are really useful. Even it is a bit hard for me to use ICT in all my lessons because of my school's lab accession, I am interested in CALL and ICT. I also would like to improve myself on that field. Therefore, I will follow your comments and tasks from now on. Best regards from Diyarbakır/Turkey Gülsüm

Thank you for sharing these hands-on activities where teachers can experience Web 2.0-based learning for themselves. Experience is the only way to understand how social media can transform learning. It is encouraging to see that there are initiatives to give teachers access to this learning experience. I do hope these activities will reach and many teachers and galvanize their teaching/learning. 

Hi Nik,
I was trying to access materials you've created, but I can't view them. I was wondering if it's the Great FIREwall of China at work or these are not accessible at this time.
Thanks,
Cathie

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