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Using ICTs in English

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Welcome to the 'Using ICTS in English' workshop page!


A workshop by Claire Amos



Do Now: Before we start today's session I would like you to have a wiki ready to go!

If you have a wiki already, you will simply need to create a new page called 'ICTs in English'. If you do not have a wiki, click here and follow the instructions! Give me a yell if you need a hand.



  • Introductions
  • Burning issues 
  • Outline of day 




Session One: The importance of e-learning and ways to use blogs and wikis


Why e-learning is important?


From the NZC:

E-learning and pedagogy

Information and communication technology (ICT) has a major impact on the world in which young people live. Similarly, e-learning (that is, learning supported by or facilitated by ICT) has considerable potential to support the teaching approaches outlined in the above section.

For instance, e-learning may:

  • assist the making of connections by enabling students to enter and explore new learning environments, overcoming barriers of distance and time
  • facilitate shared learning by enabling students to join or create communities of learners that extend well beyond the classroom
  • assist in the creation of supportive learning environments by offering resources that take account of individual, cultural, or developmental differences
  • enhance opportunities to learn by offering students virtual experiences and tools that save them time, allowing them to take their learning further.

Schools should explore not only how ICT can supplement traditional ways of teaching but also how it can open up new and different ways of learning.


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Discussion Questions: How well is your present classroom providing for your students' future? With limited resources, how might we address this?


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Discussion Questions: Do you agree? Why? Why not?


(Check out some of the responses online...or even add you own!)


Why is e-learning important for our students?... at AnswerGarden.ch.


Considering the evidence


e-Learning and implications for New Zealand schools: a literature review
Noeline Wright
Published: July 2010 


Jigsaw Reading Activity: Each group will be given a section to read and then will extract what you see to be the most important key messages. You will then share your findings here.


Also worth a read!

Literacy Teaching and Learning in e –Learning Contexts
Author: Sue McDowall for CORE Education and New Zealand Council for Educational Research
Published: June 2010


Using Blogs and Wikis


Blog and Wiki Ulearn presentation PowerPoint


Beyond the virtual classroom – Developing literacy through the use of online communities in English - Check out my project here


Activity: What might I include in a wiki and how will it support my students? Participate online here




Session Two: Using TKI and the technology in their pockets


Digistore presentation PowerPoint


Digistore and Software for Learning


Using the “technology in their pocket”

  • Strategies for using mobile phones to support the teaching of visual and oral texts, presentation and speaking skills.


Activity: In pairs, you will have 15 minutes to complete the following: 

Using your phone's voice recorder you will record a dramatic reading of 1-2 stanza's from the poem 'The Tree'.

Using your mobile phone you will then take still shots of (or film) a tree of your choice. Try to capture the feeling of the poem. Feel free to use your partner in the shots as well. Try to include a range of the following shot types: establishing shot, extreme close up, close up, low angle, high angle, long shot, extreme long shot.

NB. Unsure of the film terms? Check out this handy reference here 


Extension Activity - Uploading your files to your laptop - One you have completed the task you will have another 10 minutes to attempt to upload your files to your and your partner's laptop using bluetooth. First turn on bluetooth on your phone and your laptop. Then locate your file on your phone, when you choose to send your file, an option should come up to send via bluetooth (not available on iphone). If your laptop doesn't have bluetooth you will need a bluetooth USB device.

Need more advice? Check out a handy tutorial here


Bright idea - You can also use bluetooth to transfer files to your students' mobiles - imagine the possibilities!


How else could you use your students mobile in English?... at AnswerGarden.ch.



Session Three: Working with Facebook, Twitter and other great software and sites


Working with Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites

  • How might I use Facebook and what do I need to consider when using social networking sites?  
  • Ideas and strategies


Facebook in education - Facebook's own education page


Activity - Read this article about how Facebook was used to support teaching and learning in a history class. How do you think this could transfer to an English class? Discuss.


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A 100 ways to teach with Twitter - an interesting article!


Check out a recent internet debate aired  on TVNZ7 here.


Other great sites and software:


Activity: On your 'ICTs in English' wiki create links to any new sites you may want to use in the future. Then you might like to make a personal e-learning action plan! What can I use next week (and why and how will I use it) and what will I aim to use either later in the year or next year ( and what do I need to do to make it happen).


Activity: Share your ideas on Wallwisher!

Share the ideas you have taken away from today's session here.


Resources and reflection

Answering burning issues that have not been addressed


Fill in a workshop feedback survey here.




Keep up to date and join the English Online ICT English forum here.

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