Web Tools Applied to Teaching

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I came across this guide offering 20 Web tools that can be used to empower teaching and learning.  It is a great resource for EFL/ESL teachers.



About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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4 Responses to Web Tools Applied to Teaching

  1. yes the tools are really good and useful. thanks for posting 😀

  2. It sounds OK however I think the creative aspect of education is more important, rather than the game playing. In using technology educators can fall into the trap of encouraging passive learning, this is great if you want the student to be passive, ie I class computer games as passive, but the creative aspect needs to be encouraged, because education allow people to create beautiful things.

  3. Ahu says:

    There is a good selection of technology tools provided in the attractively-formatted article. Tricks and tips, now this is starting to sound worrisome, for using these technologies is also provided. Upon reading the comments for this article, I would have to agree with “share the knack” regarding the creative and active element in education, particularly language education, as a form of communication and expression. Language is alive, which suggests that too much recording, posting, and sharing of language data which is asynchronous defeats the purpose of language to a certain degree and also creates an artificial environment for its creation.

    As with many other technologies, several of these platforms attempt to foster learner contribution through the use of computers, but simply end up replacing the recipient/audience with a machine rather than a human being endowed with emotion, able to respond, and interested in participating.

    If a language education class is failing to meet its objectives, certain steps should be taken BEFORE turning to technology as an answer:
    1) are the objectives reasonable, clearly communicated, agreeable to all participants?
    2) is the classroom environment and teaching style conducive to language learning and expression?
    3) is the creative act being inspired or only required? What methods could be better used to motivate and reward students?

    If the answers to these questions suggest that computer mediated, or technology enhanced, learning may be useful, but all means incorporate it. However, remember that technology’s most effective role is in the publication/dissemination portion of the communication process, and that personal interaction should not be sacrificed.

  4. sirui says:

    The rapid development of technology and web technology does offer much more tools for assisting language learning. These new webtools are fun, free, easy to access to, and more interactive. They have widen the whole learning environment to anywhere that has Internet access. Such flexible learning tools and environment provided by web technology should be well-compared and developed. The 20 webtools selected here are best for language teaching and learning, with more emphasis on learning side. Each webtool has its advantage in any of the four aspects of language learning. Being an English teacher before, I understand that for students, combination of the four different aspects of English learning is quite important but not an easy thing to accomplish.

    Among the 20 tools, I think GOANIMATE is similar to FUZZWICH. Using simple and easy-operation animation to assist language learning is really amazaing, especially for language beginners. Previous, teaching and learning new words and vocabulary of a language is always the tough start for learners. Bunch of words need to memorize without concrete context helping understanding. However, in our Web 2.0 time, webtool could solve this problem. With cute cartoon and animation learning environment, words and vocabulary have been embedded into real language context, which is quite crucial for helping language adaptation. Students could easily locate their vocabulary in the real usage of language, without worrying that learning and using are separated. The other cool point of combing animation with language learning is the interaction. Creating language context on teachers’ side is responsible for students’ primary understanding of the usage of word or idiom; while at the same time, animation could also be created by students themselves or required by teachers to play a role of checking out what has been mastered and how students apply the knowledge to to real context based on their own understanding.

    I like the post, and I like all of these 20 webtools. Although some of them are not adaptable for all language learning situation, they still deserve the important role in language learning. Language learning is a comprehensive process, we cannot separate the four parts, listening, speaking, reading and writing. But during the learning courses, teachers and learners do can emphasize on different parts in different learning phases by applying those webtools.

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