TEACHING AND TECHNOLOGY
By Halina Ostankowicz- Bazan
What does teaching with technology mean to me?
To me, teaching with technology involves the development of my approaches that includes four primary modules: the course content, the coach, the students, and the technology implements.
After over thirty years of teaching, I felt bored with my traditional technics and wanted to find some inspiration, as well as improvement.
My motivation, to search for the updated coaching methods, was an eagerness to make my classes more challenging and more exciting.
Learning how to teach with technology has helped me to make progress as a teacher and a learner. Teaching with technology can deepen student learning by supporting instructional objectives. However, it can be challenging to select the “best” tech tools while not losing sight of your goals for student learning.
In the classroom, technology can encompass all kinds of tools from low-tech pencil, paper, and chalkboard, to the use of presentation software, or high-tech tablets, online collaboration and conferencing tools, and more. The newest technologies allow us to try things in physical and virtual classrooms that were not possible before. What you use depends fundamentally on what you are trying to accomplish.
I like this model;
According to Gregory and Denby Associates significant implications for teaching with technology state that instruction should attempt to build upon each student’s experiential base.
What a teacher / student learns from education is, in no small extent, a function of prior knowledge.
One role of technology, therefore, is to bridge personal experiences and formal in traction. Technology should also be sufficiently flexible to adapt to teachers’ / students’ on-going instructional needs. One of the symbols of a master teacher is the ability to recognize and repair student’s misunderstandings and misconceptions.
What do I expect students to learn from the online course?
I would like to make my students interested in learning, improving the general understanding of the need to ask questions as well as to search for answers.
I expect my learners to change their studying habits so that can grow an appropriate background education and become more open to new ways of getting knowledge.
What skills and knowledge do I want them to acquire by the end of the course?
By the end of the course, students should improve their speaking and listening skills as well as become more confident in communication in English.
Students / participants will have a strong understanding of what the communicative approach to language teaching is and how it relates to them.
Learners will practice updated, efficient studying methods and will make implausible progress through self-study.
Finally, course participants will achieve a high fluency level of conversational English.
Also, to enhancing their pronunciation, improving speaking skills and language fluency students will be prepared for a variety of English-speaking module exams.
Halina’s Conversational English online course I would like my students to;
- Improve speaking competence and English fluency
- Increase communication efficiency
- Use strategies for making Small Talk effectively
- Get ready for a variety of English-speaking environments
- Prepare for different Spoken English, Exams, and Interviews
What teaching strategies (lecture, discussion, group work, case studies, etc.) will best help students achieve these goals?
The best teaching approaches for my learners are speaking as well as listening strategies. Apparently we run-through presentations, discussions, conversations, dialogues, teamwork and case studies. I would like to point out that I just use actual, real texts from the books, newspapers, the song’s lyrics, movies. We often take advantage of different kinds of listening comprehension such as listening to the news, interviews presentations, et cetera.
Generally speaking, in my course I will take advantage of both synchronous lessons and asynchronous communication supported with PowerPoint presentations, reading as well as listening assignments, discussions, and variety of tasks such as running or giving interviews, making English speaking videos, creating classes.
Being creative is a must in the language classroom.
In one of the TED talks, Sir Ken Robinson said that creativity is as important as literacy and as such must be promoted in any classroom. Nowadays, however, most Foreign Language syllabuses follow the testing-oriented approach to allow for more objective assessment of the students.
For recognizable reasons, the testing-oriented approach does not generate a context for learners being creative. Therefore, creativity is not promoted or is even excluded in total.
In my course, I will argue that in the context of Foreign Language Learning and Teaching creativeness is essential. It leads to better and faster assimilation of language material, and it generates a more productive language environment. Moreover, inventiveness unpredictably enough may produce better test results, no matter the learners’ level is.
Halina Ostańkowicz- Bazan
Online publications, virtual communities, and more blogs
- Campus Technology.
- EDUCAUSE is an online research community
- EdTech: Focus on Higher Education.
- eLearn Magazine
- Learning through Digital Media
- HASTAC: Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory
- Clickers in the Classroom and other short educational videos from the University of Colorado
- Creating a PDF with video: “One easy way to make readings come alive for your students.”
Resources from other teaching and learning centers
- Technology, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Texas, Austin
- Technology in the Classroom, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan
- Educational Technologies, Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, University of British Columbia
- Flipping the classroom
- Active learning
- Student writing
- Discussing racial violence in the US: Resources for discussing current events
- Large lecture instruction
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