ICT skills and the ELT teacher

This is a summary of the #eltchat which took place on October 16. The transcript can be found here: http://eltchat.pbworks.com/w/page/70048128/ICT%20skills%20and%20the%20ELT%20teacher.

Why ICT? ICT is critical for ensuring tasks are current, realistic and relevant to learners (via @adi_rajan). Our learners use it and teachers should use IT to enhance learning, not for the teacher’s convenience. It was said tools are useful when they serve a pedagogical purpose and promote or facilitate learning (via @Shh40Hughes).

Problems: It can be difficult to convince colleagues to make meaningful use of ICT. Often, it’s hard to stay on top of developments, maybe due to a lack of time. There’s also an overwhelming quantity of tools which begged the question should we learn at lot of new tools or make the most of what we have?

Skills: Firstly, we shouldn’t be afraid to use ICT, a basic toolkit is fine, we as teachers need not to be experts. Therefore, however, we mustn’t be afraid to ask for help, perhaps our students :). Being able to find, collect, organize and present information is crucial (via @adi_rajan).

ICT tools can be used for instance for recording, screen-casting, curating, sharing info, discussion set ups or groups  and this is what we came up with during the chat (I added links for some tools):

Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

augmented reality http://pedagoguespet.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/how-to-use-augmented-reality-in.html

RIA (Rich Internet Application) http://clear.msu.edu/teaching/online/ria/

mailVU http://mailvu.com/

Speech Analyzer http://www-01.sil.org/computIng/sa/

voice recording on mobile phones

Jing http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html

scoop.it http://www.scoop.it/t/tools-for-creating-materials

pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/

learnist http://learni.st/category/featured

diigo https://www.diigo.com/

mentormob http://www.mentormob.com/beta/splash

Eyejot http://corp.eyejot.com/

Brainshark http://www.brainshark.com/

Moodle http://moodle.org

wikispaces http://www.wikispaces.com/

edmodo www.edmodo.com

platforms like https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/pages/index.html or https://todaysmeet.com/

MOOCs (eg https://www.canvas.net/courses/digital-tools-for-the-k-12-educator or https://www.coursera.org/course/blendedlearning)

facebook www.facebook.com

Evernote http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/06/ultimate-simplified-guide-to-use-of.html

And always useful when exploring ICT is Russell Stannard’s website http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/

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