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):
RIA (Rich Internet Application) http://clear.msu.edu/teaching/online/ria/
Speech Analyzer http://www-01.sil.org/computIng/sa/
voice recording on mobile phones
And always useful when exploring ICT is Russell Stannard’s website http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/