Wednesday, June 25, 2014

TES531 End-of-Semester Message from Jeff

Dear TES531'ers,

I hope you all are enjoying Life after Finals.

Grades are now posted on the BUFS website and below is an 'End of Semester' video message from me.

If anyone would like to discuss anything about the course or if you have any lingering questions, feel free to contact me. I am available for virtual office hours day or night during the next couple of weeks.

Please feel free to say in touch via the assorted LearningCall communities or by contacting me directly. I look forward to seeing how some of you use CALL tools in the 'real world'.

Thanks for all of the hard work you put into this course. I hope it was useful for you. I know I learned a lot.

Wishing you all a pleasant, restful summer (online and off).

All the best,
Jeff

Sunday, June 8, 2014

TES531 Final

Your ‘Final Challenge’ for this course is to provide a screencast or series of screencasts for one of the scenarios described below.
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 LearningCall.net  (don’t worry about hurting Jeff’s feelings - I want you to honestly address any confusions or frustrations you experienced)

Scenario#2

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 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 one of the easiest options is to record with Screencast-o-matic.com.  For a ‘how-to’ video, take a look at the Screencasting Guide using Screencast-o-matic .  You could also use a Google+ Hangout-on-air, broadcast it so that it is recorded, and use the screensharing feature.   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 of the day Tuesday (June 10)  and most evenings this week for virtual office hours, specifically to provide 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!

Friday, May 16, 2014

TTP - The Rest of Session 2 (Main Task)

Main Task (Weeks#11~14)
Imagine it is now September of 2014….
Congratulations!  You have been selected as teacher trainer by the Busan Office of Education!
(Of course, you will be compensated quite well.)
They are aware that you have completed the highly regarded  BUFS TTP and would like to see a demonstration of how you might use CALL Tools and Resources in your present and future classes.  They have asked you to create at least three blog posts that describe different potential applications of CALL. These do not need to be complete projects, they just 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)
  • Creating an audio recording or 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
  • Build a YouTube playlist
  • ANYTHING ELSE that your CALL learning passions inspire you to create.
By the end of week#11, please post a short blog post outlining your plans and goals. You can also integrate these projects with your culture presentations.


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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

TES531 Tasks & Assignments (Weeks#11~14)

Overview Screencast

Virtual Sessions
I will be glad to schedule virtual office hours as desired.
Doodle Meeting Scheduler at: http://doodle.com/snvuac2kz43nigr4
Please go there and let me know when you're available and interested in participating in virtual sessions. If none of those times work for you, feel free to suggest other times that would work better for you.

Part#1 Materials Development
The goals are 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) 
  • Creating an audio recording or 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 
  • Build a YouTube playlist 
  • ANYTHING ELSE that your CALL learning passions inspire you to create.

Please connect with Jeff by May 25 to let him know what kinds of projects you plan to work on. All blogs posts are due by June 9.

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.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

TTP Week#9 - Maps, Mindmaps, & Graphic Organizers

 Graphic Organizers & Mindmaps

Take a look at the guides for Graphic Organizers and Mind Maps.
Try to create a simple mindmap or graphic organizer and post it on your blog.

Examples:  Lesson 2 Flowchart  Information Transfer Activity   K-12 Templates


Maps
Look at the Mapping Guide.
After experimenting with Google Maps, try to add a placemark to the TTP Special Places map or the TTP' Down Under' Map.
You can also try embedding those maps on your blog and/or creating your own map and posting that.

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