Amanda Wilson and Susan Dempsey seriously wowed the jam-packed conference room at the Brighton Center yesterday. Their presentation “Web 2.0 for IELTS Speaking and Writing Success” was everything I could have hoped for and more. The presentation itself was entertaining and enjoyable, very well prepared and set up, and I left the room feeling like I’d just been handed a basket full of new exciting toys and tools for learning that I really can’t wait to try out on my guinea pigs erm. grade 8s at home!
One of the great things about Susan and Amanda’s presentation was that they provided us with a little booklet at the beginning of their session. It contained a list of all the tools they’d cover, along with a description of each one, the web-link and other notes. This booklet is available at Brighton Online. Go get your copy! It may also be available at the authors’ personal blogs, check out Susan’s blog here and Amanda’s blog here.
Here are my notes from the super session:
* All of the web 2 tools have been tested with 16-18 year old students.
* Susan and Amanda use blogs as their learning platform with the students but I think Moodle can be used with advantage too. I believe all of the web 2 tools they described can be linked to from Moodle or embedded even, – time will tell.
* Of all the web 2 tools they covered, my favorite so far must be the Vocaroo; a quick online voice recording application where you can record voice messages and afterwards share them with others via email. The students need a microphone only, no need to download or install anything, it’s free and impossibly easy to use! Imagine assigning reading homework to your students and picking it up in the morning from your email account – then choosing a “good one” and playing it to the class as you start the day! Or, imagine having the students use it to read in a news broadcast they created/wrote in groups, or a commercial ad or…. The possibilities are endless (I’m excited – can you tell?)
*The other tools that were mentioned were: Google Wonder Wheel, Linoit, Audacity, Five Card Flickr, Storify, Typewithme and Jing. These have now officially been added to my “to do list” and I will report back with my findings after I’ve had a chance to test them out. If any of you know of blog posts that have already covered any of these please let me know! Also, if you happen to test them out before I get a chance please let me know so that I can learn from you!
Now I gotta go … I have a long day of learning – and fun – in front of me!