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Using ICTS as a Facilitator

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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 'Ideas for using ICTs' (or something like that). 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

What ICTs are you using already?... at AnswerGarden.ch.


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!)


Considering the evidence


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


Jigsaw Reading Activity: Each of you have been given a copy of the conclusion 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 teachers? Participate online here




Session Two: Using TKI and the technology in your pockets


Digistore presentation PowerPoint


Digistore and Software for Learning


Using the “technology in your pocket”

  • Strategies for using mobile phones to support the gathering of evidence.


Activity: In pairs, you will have 5 minutes to complete the following: 

Using your phone's voice recorder you will record your partner talking.

Using your mobile phone you will then take still shot of your partner and a short video (if you have a video recorder on your phone).


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 teacher or students' mobiles - imagine the possibilities!

How could you use your mobile to gather evidence?... 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 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.

    What's your favourite colour?... at AnswerGarden.ch.


    Resources and reflection

    Answering burning issues that have not been addressed


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