WEEBLY

The topic of this week was Weebly. We created our websites with the help of it. There are some sections. We can add photos, text and videos by dropping them. Firstly, we signed in it and we added photos, themes according to our selections. In addition we can add Word press addresses, but to add it RSS Reader should be used. After adding all subjects, we published our websites. Also, we can update and change things we want.

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PODCAST

First of all, we talked about Sugata Mitra’s experiments related to CALL. Then, the teacher mentioned from podcasting which you can make digital recordings of radio programmes, and people can download it from the internet. The teacher mentioned some sites about the topic such as NPR which is a channel of America. You can download some videos as mp3. Generally videos are about politics and health. We can use them in our classrooms and listen to videos about ELT. Lastly, we signed in Audioboo which we can record our voices and if we want we can publish them. It is free until 3 minutes. We can form a board and give homework to the students about podcasts. We can collect the students’ homework with the help of this board.

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DIGITAL STORYTELLING

The topic was digital storytelling which is important for the students in language learning. As a teacher it caught attention of me, and the teacher showed us slide related to his previous students. In addition, he mentioned from a program which is called Windows Movie Maker to make and tell stories. We can make our stories with the help of this program. The teacher said some sites about digital storytelling such as storynory.com which isa free website of audio stories, story jumper.com which you can prepare stories and publish them as a book with it. We prepared story and chose characters and nature pictures according to the story. We added some pictures which we wanted. Lastly, we learned another web page. It is dfilm.com which we can make stories again by choosing characters, background, etc. 

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WizIQ and Google Hangouts

Topics are WizIQ and Google Hangouts. Firstly I want to mention from WizIQ which is an online learning platform for teachers and students. It can be used a trial version during a month. After that it loses some properties, so you can use premium account. In this platform, the courses can be created, the courses can be followed, but you can only add 10 people to each lesson as you do not use premium account. In addition, presentations can be made as online, questions can be asked in the part of chat, the students can use “raise hand” by clicking. When the teacher permits the students, the students can write something on the screen. Videos, pictures can be added. To get to the second point, you can use Google Hangouts through mobile phones or through Gmail account. You can communicate with others by using a microphone and a camera. You can do online speaking activities. The teachers can give a lecture and the students can participate in the lesson. Lastly, the teacher shortly mentioned from Google Plus which is a social website like Facebook, groups of 5-10 people can talk with each other.

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NICENET, DOKEOS, EDMODO and PREZI

Firstly, the teacher talked about Nicenet, but this time we did not sign in it. The teacher has told how it is used. It does not include visual materials, it is just a gopher. Files cannot be loaded. It is limited to texts. Secondly, the teacher mentioned Dokeos which I knew previously. In this program, if you do not back up data, sometimes all data can be deleted, to avoid from this condition you can download this program and install it in your computer. At the same time you can use it independently from its website by changing its name. Thirdly, we talked about Edmodo which we usecontinuously. Groups can be formed, it does not have forum. You can publish notification to give homework, and the students can learn their homework from their mails. You can prepare questionnaire and quiz. It is very useful for teaching. Lastly, the teacher talked about Prezi, itis very beneficial to give effective presentation. It is up to creativity of person. On the other hand, it has a disadvantage. When you want to edit some mistakes, you have to load it again. This lesson was very efficient in terms of information, too.

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WEBHEADS, DROPBOX and DELICIOUS

The first topic is Online Communities of Practice (COP) which is a platform serving the professional learning. People who have a common concern can communicate with each other through this platform and they can benefit from their ideas. Educators share their ideas, materials etc. with each other.  There is another community which is mentioned by the teacher. It is Webheads in which members of group meet and discuss what happened in CALL. And with Dropbox you can reach your files easily from everywhere, you do not need to carry flash disk. When you change something in your file, it is changed automatically in your Dropbox account too. Lastly, the teacher mentioned from Delicious with which you can follow someone’s favourites, and of course we signed it and we started to follow each other. Then, we end up the lesson with knowledge explosion.

 

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