Thursday, January 12, 2012

EVO 2012: Digital Tools in the Classroom

Brief Description: 
Interested in learning about new web tools for your classroom? Come and learn about digital tools with purpose. Be part of an international group of educators who are always looking to share best practices from their classrooms. How can you help learners develop 21st century multiliteracy skills through active learning enhanced by the right tools for your specific pedagogical needs? In this five-week online workshop offered through the Electronic Village Online, participants will be introduced to various online tools and will learn how to effectively incorporate these resources into their teaching practices. By the end of the workshop, participants will have had an overview of simple ways to spice up their lesson plans to promote students' creativity, engagement and learning.

Moderators:
  1. Ana Maria Menezes
  2. Carla Arena
  3. Cheryl Oakes
  4. Erika Cruvinel
  5. Jane Petring
  6. Kathy Epps
  7. Mary Hillis
  8. Nina Lyiulkun
  9. Saša Sirk
Objective of the Course:

By the end of this course, participants will have:
  • had a hands-on experience on how to take advantage of digital/online tools.
  • explored some web2.0 tools that can give support to student-generated production.
  • understood the processes through which students can successfully use digital tools to enhance their learning.
  • seen examples of different types of digital tools in use.
  • suggested activities based on the tools they explore.
  • networked with other participants and shared visually appealing and conten-rich possibilities for their educational contexts.
  • understood the potential of digital tools to foster multiliteracies in the 21st century classroom.
  • enhanced their media literacy skills to meaningfully incorporate digital production into their lesson plans.
  • explored the different tools as a sandbox for future classroom use and shared with peers.
Reasons Behind my Choice:
The main reason behind my choice of this course is that I want to know more about how to use "edmodo" with my students. Really, edmodo attracts my attention as it is a safe environment for my students to interact and discuss assignments required. It also includes a great system for grading and creating badges to award them. I think that it is a very fruitful tool to use in EFL classrooms. Another reason is that this course provides me a lot of new tools, e.g., about.me, flavors.meanimoto.com, posterous.com, prezi.com, ...etc. Moreover, it helps me to know more about how to use these tools to develop my students' language skills, e.g., writing, speaking, reading and listening. I'm sure that I will enjoy all the coming five weeks.
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