Thursday, June 11, 2015

TES531 Final Challenge (Spring 2015)

The finish line is in sight! Many of you have completed your 'CALL-in-action' tasks and readings and so all that's left is the ‘Final Challenge’ for this course. I would like you to produce a screencast or series of screencasts for one of the scenarios described below. I have scheduled a final TES531 Hangout for Thursday, June 18 at 9pm. This will be a time to discuss your work, ask any questions, and connect one last time as a class. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Scenario #1
Prepare a screencast presentation for future generations of TES531’ers.  This can include any or all of the following:
- Briefly introduce and describe some of the tools you found most useful.
- Provide a short ‘how-to’ videos for some of the tools you found most challenging to use.
- Offer some general advice on how to successfully participate in this course and navigate  (don’t worry about hurting Jeff’s feelings - I want you to honestly address any confusions or frustrations you experienced)


Prepare a screencast presentation for current or future coworkers about how to implement CALL tools and resources into their work.
- Choose at least three tools and resources. Describe what they are and how to use them and  provide examples (from you or others) demonstrating how they could be used in your coworkers teaching environments.  

* The ‘how-to’ portion of each scenario can be done in Korean (or Chinese) if desired.  The goal here is to provide real technical assistance and sometimes that is a lot easier (for presenter and watcher) in L1.

These can be done as one long screencast or a series of shorter ones.  Total screencast time should be at least 5 minutes, but I’d welcome longer ones.  With your permission, I hope to use some of these in future courses to help smooth the way for those that follow you on the LearningCall journey :)

You can use any tool you like to record the screencast, but the easiest options are probably Ocam (downloadable program - download here ) or (online too).  For a ‘how-to’ video, take a look at the Screencasting Guide using OCam or the Screencasting Guide using Screencast-o-matic. If you'd like to include your webcam in the recording, Screencast-o-matic will allow you to do so. All screencasts are due by June 20.  Please check to see if you can technically screencast as soon as possible. Do NOT wait until June 19. I will be available most evenings for the next week for virtual office hours if you need any screencasting assistance.   Once recorded, screencasts can be uploaded to your Google Drive and shared privately with me or uploaded to your YouTube channel and posted on your blog.
I'll be standing by to provide virtual assistance and look forward to some interesting viewing. Good Luck!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TES531 Weeks #12~15: CALL-in-Action + Readings

Part#1 Materials Development
The goal is to have you ‘dig deeper’ into the areas of CALL you find most interesting and put them to use in the ‘real’ world (now and in the future) by working on specific projects.

Task: Create at least three blog posts that describe and demonstrate specific ways that you might apply CALL tools to your likely teaching/learning environments. These do not need to be complete projects, but they need to be complete enough to show how you plan to use a particular tool or resource.

Possibilities include:
  • Creating a new blog and designing it for use as a class website 
  • Using Quizlet to create a set of Flashcard-related activities for specific lessons 
  • Creating a Proprofs/Quizstar quiz, Google form, ppt game, or other activity for your class 
  • Recording a Google+ Hangout interview with someone 
  • Developing a collection of useful RSS feeds that Korean educators would find interesting (Feedly) 
  • Posting recordings or a series of  Voki related to a particular lesson 
  • Creating and edited video for use in your teaching 
  • Demonstrating how you can use mobile devices in your teaching 
  • Creating maps, mindmaps, and/or graphic organizers for use in a lesson 
  • Creating a Prezi or Powtoon for a specific lesson 
  • Creating a comic-based activity from comics you’ve created (photo or video) 
  • Padlets and/or Wordles for specific lessons 
  • An annotated guide to useful Social Networking Groups for Korean educators (Facebook Groups, Google communities, LinkedIn Networks, etc) 
  • Make your own ‘how-to’ screencast guides  using Ocam or Screeencast-o-matic
  • Build and share a YouTube playlist 
  • ANYTHING ELSE that your CALL learning passions inspire you to create.

Please contact Jeff by May 29 to let him know what kinds of projects you plan to work on. This can be via email, blog post, or Hangout.  All blogs posts are due by June 12.

Part#2 - Readings
The focus of this course has been the practical application of CALL tools. There is however an academic world of CALL in which people do research, develop theories, and write papers. I’d like you to explore that world a little by finding a couple of articles that are relevant to areas of CALL that interest you.
On the Readings Page, you can find a list of journals, specific articles, and a Google Custom Search that will allow you to search within a collection of relevant journals.
Please find at least two articles of interest and post a reflection on your blog for each. Reflections should be at least 200 words and are due by June 9. If you have problems finding articles of interest, please let me know what you’re looking for and I’ll do my best to help you find something relevant.