Thursday, July 06, 2017

Iphone Subbing for Computer

In teaching ESL I have become accustomed to using many tools on the computer for teaching and learning purposes.  Now, however, I am going to be teaching a f2f class where the only technology possibly available to students will be a smartphone.  So I am now doing research to answer the following questions regarding smartphones:
1.  Can you blog?  If so, can people record comments?
2.  Can you tweet? If so, can you insert pix and voice?  Can people comment?
3.  What games are available?  Are there versions for all brands of smartphones?

As I find the answers to some of these questions, I will post them.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Digging Out

I just spent 3 hours shoveling snow, but still have a lot more to do.  The problem is that there is so much snow that there is no where to put it!  You fill your shovel and then have to walk quite a way to find somewhere to heave it up on top of a growing mound of snow.  When that one gets too high, everyone looks for another spot.

Included in this post is a short audio recording I made with Audioboom.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Monday, December 14, 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Digital Media for Teaching and Learning

I am currently taking Digital Media for Teaching and Learning.  Since I teach a similar semester-long online course, I am interested in how they structure the course and which projects they have designed.  I also hope to meet other second language teachers to add to my personal learning network.

What I find especially intriguing is that this MOOC (as I understand it) has been designed by graduate students of Dr. Torrey Trust.  Talk about project-based learning!  What a fantastic idea - to have your own students learn about web design by creating something that can be of real benefit to others around the world.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ISTE Conference 2015

The information at the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) in June in Philadelphia was abundant and at times overwhelming.  I attended sessions on Chrome Extensions, Touchcast and many more.

Although I thought that Touchcast offered some amazing features for creating videos, I was very disappointed to learn that it does not as yet provide closed captioning.  I hope that this feature will be offered in the near future because I would really like to use this tool for my online course.

The Chrome Extensions: Making Chrome Work for You presentation by Samantha Morra was excellent.  She even shared a link to her presentation slides.

What I have learned is that I need to practice with each of these tools or extensions in order to make them useful for me and to be able to share what I have learned with other teachers.  Over the next few weeks, we'll see if "practice makes perfect!"