Season 1 Episode 9: PODCASTS

Smart phones are kind of figures which provides the language some new concepts. Many of us must have seen the term ‘podcast’ on their phones or computers, but untill now I don’t think any of us know what it really means.

In wiki definition it says a podcast (or netcast) is a digital medium consisting of an episodic series of audiovideoPDF, or ePub files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device. The word is a neologism and portmanteau derived from “broadcast” and “pod” from the success of the iPod, as audio podcasts are often listened to on portable media players. To cut it short, it’s a kind of tool which help us to listen any kind of material through downloading or syncronization in whatever language, topic and context we want. 

In communicative approach, the main point is that language is learned through listening. If we say English has more main skills, listening is one of the most important ones. No one can promise you to talk like a native speaker of the language that you have been studying, but you can achieve to understand every single language item in whatever accent they talk.

To sum up, just like listening to music with your headphones while travelling by a bus, you can do yourself a favor in terms of developing your listening skills and knowledge background by using podcasts.

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Season 1 Episode 8: DIGITAL STORYTELLING

If we are to agree that we live in an environment fully invaded by the devices all thanks to technolgy, the old fashioned way of storytelling may seem a little bit shabby in this circumstance. Even 2 year-old babies are in touch with pads or smartphones. It’s a fact that all of these devices are giving harm to us in some way, but we are still insisted on using them.

In today’s world, everything has been chancing drastically, so we have to keep up with these changes. Especailly the teachers are the ones, who are supposed to play a pioneering role in assissting the language learning process with technology. Today’s children are able to reach whatever they want and whenever they want. Old fashioned things are not sufficient enough to attract their attention. In order to catch them, you need to find something new, something attractive. In this scenario, there is nothing wrong with benefiting from the blessings of technology.

Stories have always been the things which help a kid to enlarge his/her border of imagination. They are some kind of meal. If it’s well you can fall asleep and have beautiful dreams, but if it’s bad, you can say hello to your nightmares. The point is even on computers, children should face with the worthy materials and the materials which may provide benefits for them. If not, it’s useless whether it’s on computer or in our tongues.

 

TUFAN AKDEMİR – PREZI CV SAMPLE

My name is Tufan Akdemir. I was born in December 26, 1992. I finished my primary school in 50. Yıl İzzet Baysal Primary School. I took my higher education in Bolu Anatolian Teacher Training High School. I’m a student of Abant Izzet Baysal University Department of English Language Teaching. I accomodate in Bolu. For further information, you can visit my Prezi Cv.

Season 1 Episode 7: Edmodo – Prezi – Nicenet

The week started with a combo that we learned that we would cover three topics for this week. The topics are; Edmodo (as we already know), Prezi (some of us already know), Nicenet (Where the hell did it come from, laaaaaağn?).

The man in the logo looks vise. (Y)

The man in the logo looks vise. (Y)

At first, we have been introduced the general features of Edmodo. As we use this app for many of our courses, we know the main titles about it. We started the semester with Dokeos but there is a problem with the forum page, so we concluded to follow the schedule on Edmodo. Function wise, Dokeos is better than Edmodo. It allows you to do lots of things such as chat and backpack management.

We have groups for the courses that we take on Facebook, but it’s hard to add all the students who are taking the course by typing their names. Edmodo allows us to open an account and by typing the code of the group we can easily be a member of whatever group we want.

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Prezi  can be a good rival for Power Point, but there is something problematic with it. Whenever you want to change something on your presentation, you have to go online, make the change and download the file again on your computer. So unless you don’t check every single item on your presentation, it can give you hard time to cope with. Prezi allows us to add 3D background that can help our presentation look more effective. To sum up, if you give credict for appearance more than any other thing in your presentations, you should choose Prezi.

Nicenet is a kind of site working like Edmodo and Dokeos, but there are some tiny differences. I don’t understand why the people who are using Nicenet, use this site instead of Edmodo and Dokeos. You are able to do everything that you can do in Nicenet with Edmodo. I think it’s a matter of choice. No need to dig it more. 😀

Season 1 Episode 6: HOT POTATOES

The hand in the logo is like 'Together we rise.' :D

The hand in the logo is like ‘Together we rise.’ 😀

Since the beginning of the semester, we have been learning about some kind of applications that can help us to prepare online materials. Some of them are really very solid and Hot Potatoes is one of them.

When you first look at, the programme looks a bit shabby. The graphics are not the way that we have used to since the beginning of the communication era.

Hot Potatoes provides some kinds of testing items. These are jquiz, jmix, jcross, jcloze and jmatch. Each of them serves for different purposes. As we can infer from the titles of the activities, there are vital types that can really help us during online language learning & teaching. The programme allows you to change the background and theme, set a time limit for each activity or each question and etc.

I can say that with Socrative, Hot Potatoes is one of the most beneficial ones that we have been introduced so far. If you are capable of and a bit interested in such kind of environments that allow you to teach English in networks, Hot Potatoes will provide for your desires.

Season 1 Episode 5: DELICIOUS & WEBHEADS

Delicious (formerly del.icio.us) is a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks. Social Bookmarking is a way for internet users to save, or bookmark, a website, article, image, or video to an online service. When you Google “social bookmarking”, the second result, after the Wikipedia definition of social bookmarking, is Delicious, the leading online bookmark service. This is by far my favorite service to use in terms of organizing online bookmarks, and the one that this article will be based upon. So if you do not already have an account with Delicious, take a few moments to register, and then let’s begin.

1. You can access your bookmarks everywhere you go.

2. You can share your bookmarks with others.

3. You can compile idea lists.

4. You can organize action items.

5. You can save the things that inspire you.

6. You can create the ultimate wishlist.

7. You can subscribe to your favorite users and subjects.

Webheads is a world-wide, cross-cultural, and vibrant online-community of educators with an open enrollment for anyone who wants to join. Webheads in Action was created in 1997-8 by Vance Stevens, in Abu Dhabi, Maggi Doty in Germany, and Michael Coghlan, in Australia, for ESL learners and facilitators as a student-teacher community. It has expanded to encompass a myriad of educators involved in e-learning in TESOL EVOnline (Electronic Village) and other language or cultural-based curricula. Webheads meet online regularly to explore the latest synchronous and non-synchronous communications technologies, including video and voice, to adapt and demonstrate new innovative ideas for e- learning and classroom curriculum. These educators also display a deep warmth and dedication to helping others. They are evolutionary and enterprising scholars who are harmonious and know how to have a lot of fun.

Season 1 Episode 4: MOBILE LEARNING OR WE THINK SO?

While we are all exposed to the products of technology in every single area of our lives, our government has blocked the access to Twitter. The main purpose of technology is to find new ways to make things easier and quicker. By blocking the access, the government forces the users to think about the ways how to use internet in rough times. So, we need to thank RTE for providing us that opportunity. Anyway…Image

I may comfortly say that it has been by far the most beneficial course of CALL since the beginning. Starting from the first week, we usually focus on the things that we can use and these things are a bit colorless for students. Of course, we want them to write, but adding some colors and other activities that can relax students minds are also important in language learning. There it comes the SOCRATIVE.

Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games. Their apps are super simple and take seconds to login. Socrative runs on tablets, smartphones, and laptops. Teachers login through their device and select an activity which controls the flow of questions and games. Students simply login with their device and interact real time with the content. Student responses are visually represented for multiple choice, true/false and Short Answer questions. For pre-planned activities a teacher can view reports online as a google spreadsheet or as an emailed Excel file.

QR Code is the other subject that we have studied during our course. According to my findings, QR codes started being used in automotive industry in Japan at first. Then, it has become popular and shown its effective in different areas in internet environment. QR codes can be used in Google’s AndroidBlackBerry OS, Nokia Symbian Belle and Apple iOS devices. URLs aided marketing conversion rates even in the pre-smartphone era.QR codes can be used to store bank account information or credit card information, or they can be specifically designed to work with particular payment provider applications. There are several trial applications of QR code payments across the world. You can easily draw money from your bank account from an ATM even if you don’t have your credit card with you. QR codes can be used to log in into websites: a QR Code is shown on the login page on a computer screen, and when a registered user scans it with a verified smartphone, they will automatically be logged in on the computer.

There are lots of things which can be beneficial for use. Only thing we need to do is to find where they are and how they work.

Socrative & QR Code

Socrative & QR Code