Our ICT in ELT course is coming to its end but in this amazing experience we have learned many things regarding technology and all the possibilities to use it within the field of education, especially to teach English. One of the most useful tool to be used and integrated into the classroom is the Web. During this week, the facilitator taught about Web-based lessons and E-portfolios and their importance for teaching and learning.
Web-based lessons are lessons that integrate the use of one or more Websites for different purposes including research, reading, writing, communication and collaboration with teachers and learners around the world. These type of lessons can bring into the classroom new opportunities for students to develop ideas, knowledge and digital skills. There is so much information on the Web that many creative and original activities/lessons can be done. Different learning styles and language skills can be developed by using texts, videos and sound.
When integrating Web-based lessons into our classroom an important aspect should be taken into account: to include specific steps that describe how and when the Website will be used. In other words, it is important to include and design a Web-based Lesson Plan. A lesson plan should contain:
- lesson length
- objectives (learning goals)
- description of the activities
- websites to be used
- description of follow-up activities
Example of a Web-based lesson plan to be used with the students of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC)
Teacher: Cirene Ramírez
Level: intermediate - 10 students
Lesson lenght: 90 minutes
Topic: global warming (specifically greenhouse gases)
Aim: students will recognize the theme of an oral text given in English
- to practice listening skills using audio and video tools via Internet
- to relate visual images with spoken narration in English
- to practice speaking skills
Materials: 10 computers with Internet access, headsets
Description of the activities: students will be asked to access Internet in order to watch a short video narrated in English. They will relate the narration with the visual aids provided in the video and then will recognize the main topic.
Website to be used: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/
Follow-up activities: students will practice speaking by sharing their comments and opinions about the video watched in class.
Regarding e-portfolios, these are a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user on the Web. Such electronic evidence may include electronic files, images, multimedia, blog entries, and hyperlinks. The process of producing an e-portfolio (writing, typing, recording, etc.) usually requires the synthesis of ideas, reflection on achievements, self-awareness and forward planning; with the potential for educational, developmental or other benefits. E-portfolios, like traditional portfolios, can facilitate students' reflection on their own learning, leading to more awareness of learning strategies and needs. By using e-portfolios, students can develop creativity and increase their motivation. Collaborative and group work are promoted and ICTs are integrated into the traditional classroom.