With the rapid development of the Internet, emerging technologies are reshaping the context of web-based information and creating numerous opportunities for enhanced classroom practice and professional development. Blogging, wikis, podcasting, and social networking are a few examples of so-called Web 2.0 technologies that language teachers are currently exploring. While early adopters have made impressive use of these new tools, many ELT instructors remain on the outside looking in—wanting to know more, but overwhelmed by the rapid pace of change. This article challenges the assumption that only those already in-the-know can keep up with educational technology. For educators new to the Web 2.0 evolution, clarity and direction is provided through defining Web 2.0 in layman’s terms and introducing key technological concepts such as folksonomy, RSS feeds, and syndication. In addition, a theoretical foundation for a technology enhanced pedagogy is outlined, one that places Web 2.0 within a social constructivist and connectivist context. Finally, an overview of relevant technologies applicable to ELT is provided, along with successful classroom usage models and links to online resources.What's interesting is the changes I was encouraged to make and how the article differs slightly from the live presentation version. The differences reflect my growing learning on the subject as well as the differences between text and live presentations. One key difference was that I totally dropped the Why Bother section. The reviewer made a good point that its "negative" tone detracted from the overall quality of the piece. I'm really happy with the way this came out. Please feel free to link to or use this article in any way you see fit.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Wow, after months of hard work, here finally is a journal article version of my Web 2.0 presentation, published online as part of the JALT2007 Conference Proceedings. This is actually my first ever publication! Here is the abstract: