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Session Title: Connect, Communicate and Collaborate
Recent developments in ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) have enabled learners to connect, interact and collaborate through multimedia using a mix of free, web-based applications and services. The presenter will show how students from an international secondary school in Sao Paulo, Brazil took advantage of the social networking potential of the Web to contact, connect and engage in conversation with experts, other educators and peers from different countries. Participants will be given an overview of collaborative projects involving practice in the target language mediated by social tools in order to facilitate and extend communicative and cultural practice beyond classroom settings.
I have mentioned the
Webheads in Action
community and the
now from . See the
Call for Participation
If you are interested in new technologies in the classroom join the 6-week workshops of the
Electronic Village Online
sessions (free) which run yearly from mid-January to mid-February.
I would also like to suggest two excellent books for :
Online Communication in Language Learning and Teaching
by Marie Noelle Lamy and Regine Hampel and
Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing
by Curtis Bonk and Ke Zhang.
An interesting site for projects with European Schools -
Below you can check the main activities and projects my students have participated in and the links that take you to the different sites and examples.
Activities, Tools and Artifacts
1997 - 1998
Correspondence with 9 American schools (e-mail , floppy disks, digital photos, films, digital book, cultural capsule)
Field trip study 15 days (inter-disciplinarity: English, History, Geography, Sciences, PE) – daily news from online site (photos, reports and emails)
Interviews for school newspaper, exhibition photos and students’ work
1999 - 2000
Twinsite 2000 Contest - collaborative construction with a Dutch school (e-mail, ICQ, ftp, flash, Dreamweaver)
Research on the Internet , library, exhibition and digitalization primary sources (scanner)
1999 - 2002
Publishing through a journalism platform online (Highwired) - students and teacher take various roles : general editors, theme editors, article writerer, journalists, etc
1999 - 2003
This is Our Time
E-Twinning (discussion forums and e-mail)
Cultural rally (interdisciplinarity)
Translation of site and activities to French and Portuguese
Interviews and local activities (ex. Peace Manifesto 2000) digitally documented
2001 - 2004
Planning and development of a Brazilian space in a French virtual town (discussion forums, e-mail, Internet research, digital drawings)
Decorating and hosting forums
Webquest created to decide on which type of restaurant to open
2003 - 2005
for conversations beyond school walls (
, with other students,
with invited guests
, as tutors for
, collaborative projects - : Italian renaiscence, Farrapos War, Italian immigration)
for reflection on learning process
Posts to develop arguments for Copa webquest
Mugshots project using photos and narrative
Conversation exchange with students from European secondary schools
Deciding to choose best photos for headers (conversations with a photographer and webmaster on Flickr forums)
Exchanges on the open web (43 things/places/people)
Young Caucasus Women
Interviews New Zealand
Pods from the Tropics
Discussion on theme foreign languages, identity and intercultural competence.
) - personal posts (dynamic pages), homework (fixed pages).
- own photos, interaction in groups according to interests
43 Trio (
) - interaction in forums
Community Walk - multimedia interaction (photos, text) on map of Sao Paulo
for Science Fair using
, quote search on the Web and
help on how to format text
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