Sunday, March 4, 2012

Enhancing interaction, communication, and learners' autonomy with some tech tools.

On one of the last weeks of this online course we still learn new ways to use technology in teaching. I am sure there are tons of resources online to be discovered, and we , as teacher, we are long-life learners that need to discover new tools constantly. But so far I have learned about some interesting sites to enhance interaction, communication and autonomy. , , or google sites give you the possibilities to have online spaces to interact, communicate, evaluate, practice and promote autonomy. These three sites let you communicate and interact with students and parents. On posts can be publish and students or anybody can add comments. Google sites allow you to have a site of your course, like we have in our online course. I found this tutorial about becoming an e-teacher using Google sites . And last, but not least we have that permits you to have discussions about topics, share links and assignments.
Make exercises online to print out

Make exercises to use online or offline on a computer or to print out
Make exercises online to use online:
  • Web Poster Wizard - free website for teachers and students to use as part of a course. It uses a very plain format, but it's very easy to create something with text, one graphic, and links on each of 4   pages:
  • SMILE- a variety of web-based activity generators. Requires a free registration. Click on "I am a new user" on the opening page in order to register. The applications here are quite interesting, but they take more time to learn to do.
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ANVILL is a free Course Management System (CMS)  that has an array of possibilities. ANVILL is a speech-based toolbox for language teachers and its core are very modern web-based audio and video tools from duber dot com and the University of OregonVoiceboardsLiveChat, and Quizzes and Surveys and  TCast. Teachers can create media-rich lessons. There are templates for audio, video, and image tasks; there are also tools for text-based discussions like blogs and forums. Whether you're linking to existing web content, or uploading your own texts or media files. 
I have a lot to work on developing sites or activities for my courses, but it is really encouraging to work with tools that can enhance communication, interaction, autonomy and most importantly learning. 


Zun Phyu said...

Hi Nando,

I heard that you found a new job with cool kids. Congratulations!!

As you said, we found a medium in our teaching for having lots of valuable online tools and classes to enhance interaction, communication and autonomy. I am sure I will be exploring more new tools in this huge online space. After all, we all are life-long learners.

Free Online Quiz Maker said...

Hi Fernando,
You’ve said it all beautifully. I love it.
Great Job!