I don’t know what to say. It was too fast. It’s like yesterday that I wrote my first blog about CALL. I had mentioned about my expectations. I was expecting applications to make our searches faster and easier when we look for information. I wanted to have digital devices instead of papers. I wanted to integrate technology into education. Eventually, when I look throughout the course, I think that they are possible goals to achieve. We had really high expectations from this course, and we have found what we were looking for. Technology belongs to life, and it is a fact now. Education can’t avoid from it anymore. As prospect teachers, we are the ones that should apply what we have learnt so far, to our way of teaching. I really consider to use most of the apps, websites and tools that we have learnt in the course.
Today We learnt Second Life and Weebly. Second Life is a 3D World, allowing us to experience a second life as a real person, communicating with others instead of AIs. We can give speeches, teach lessons, eat foods and even spend money in there. Sedat teacher gave lectures time to time in Second Life. Second Life is used in some universities like Harvard and METU.
Weebly is a useful tool to create a website or blog easily. Unlike WordPress, many features are free and has really good themes. Drag&DRop is the main feature of this site, and it is really handy.
This week, We talked about Podcasts, NPR and Audioboo. Podcasts are really enjoyable to listen, and good for our individual development. NPR is the National Public Radio, which is similar to TRT. There are various topics and arguments there. We can subscribe and download the audio as well. Audioboo is the website that we can do podcasts. For Educational purposes, I found podcasts very useful, because of its ease of use.
This week, We have learnt Digital Storytelling. We used powerpoint to create, and movie maker to edit our movies. I personally used storyjumper as a basic tool sometimes. We downloaded audio stories from Storynory, and inserted it to our work. I also downloaded some images to support my story, and outcome was good.
We have learnt another type of storytelling. It was “Storyjumper”. We created digital books and told our stories in its pages. It was really funny.
This week, We have learnt the usage of Facebook, Twitter and Skype in language teaching. Personally, I used Skype as a main tool for my language development, and found many friends abroad. By talking with them, I learnt many new words, and new lifestyles. Facebook and Twitter weren’t effective at all, but connected me to the outer world, as well. ELT Facebook and Twitter pages helps us a lot, and keeps us updated.
This week, I didn’t attend to class. But my friends have learnt “Wiziq”. It’s an online conferencing tool.
This week, We have learnt Nicenet and Dokeos. These two are online teaching tools. Nicenet offers us to have an online experience of teaching environment. Teacher is in total control of the class. Dokeos is another tool that we can use. I liked Dokeos much more, because Nicenet seemed older to me. As a teacher, I found whatever I looked for to use in classroom. I will use Dokeos to give homeworks and test my students.
This week, We learnt “Prezi”, which is a useful presentation tool. I really liked Prezi, and would prefer it over Powerpoint. But Prezi’s need of permanent internet connection is a negative thing. If we want to use it offline, program wants us to upgrade to a Pro Version. It seemed like a flash-based application to me, unlike Powerpoint. Actually, its “Mind Map-like” design makes it unique. It is a funny way to share idead and make presentation without boring students.
This week, We learnt that we will need to use mobile platforms like android and ios in the near future. Mobile learning has a great potential within, so Sedat teacher mentioned about some mainstream applications like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. He also showed us Skype, Feedly and Press Reader. We had a Quick Tour of some useful Android applications; like Edmodo, Dropbox, Flipboard, Ted Talks, Oxford Dictionary and couple more. Mobile applications might be really handy in some situations. And there was also QR-Code thing. We discussed that QR Codes could be useful in testing, homeworks etc. I think that Mobility is essential on Education, and every single student should have a tablet instead of papers.
This week, Sedat teacher mentioned about Webheads. We also have learnt about Yahoo and Google Groups, and differences with Facebook Groups. It seemed kind of similar to PBWorks, but not the same though. Thanks to these groups, we gather up many people together, and allow them to share documents and discuss onto. As AIBU ELT Department, we use Facebook Groups effectively. We share documents, create events, discuss topics and so on. Groups also help us to carry our education to a whole another level; Non-Stop Education. We are into a 24 hour cycle. In today’s schools, social groups means classes.