Building and Sustaining Classroom Community Through Technology (“What I learned at TESOL” series)

In this video, Hillary Schepps presents work by Bophany Huit & Denise Maduli-Williams on using technology to foster a classroom community. This presentation was part of a series of short talks given at the University of Pittsburgh English Language Institute. Participants shared interesting material they had encountered at the TESOL 2014 convention.

Hillary’s notes follow:

Talk originally given by Bophany Huit & Denise Maduli-Williams (City College of San Francisco, USA) at the 2014 TESOL Convention on March 27 in Portland, OR.

http://tinyurl.com/TESOL2014HuotMaduli

Before the class starts:

 

Day 1:

  • Cell phone policy
  • Breaking free of the classic icebreaker with your Smartphone

 

During the semester:

  • Use Courseweb for discussion board, e.g. “Your life in six words”
  • http://voicethread.com for videos and spoken discussions
  • http://www.blogger.com for weblog; share videos, photos, and text
  • Surveys: immediate feedback and 3-2-1

 

After the class ends:

  • Keeping in touch with Twitter

 

Useful websites:

 

Useful Apps:

  • Google Translate
  • Photocircle
  • Voice Memos
  • iTunes U
  • Skitch