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ICT4ELT (Information and Communication Technology for English Language Teachers) is a session for teachers who want to explore how computers could be useful in their teaching but do not know where to start.  It can also help more experienced teachers who want to know more about new ICT tools.

Designed  by a team of  long standing "Becoming a Webhead" (BaW) moderators and co-moderators (BaW was an Electronic Village Online (EVO) session that ran successfully for ten consecutive years), ICT4ELT is an entry level session that does not require prior knowledge of ICT tools to complete the session.

The session's main objective is to enable language teachers to integrate technology into their teaching using tech tools to access, store, transmit, and manipulate information. Participants will have an opportunity to create their own instructional materials using a variety of tools, collaborate, exchange and share across the globe.

 If you want to liven up your classroom with technology, come and join us!





At the end of the 5 weeks, participants, collaboratively and hands on, will have...

  • used various synchronous and asynchronous Web tools for learning and teaching EFL/ESL, 
  • interacted through e-mail, text chat, voice chat, voice and video mail, and distribution lists, among others, 
  • created wikis, blogs, podcasts and interactive exercises related to their own contexts, 
  • reflected on ways of applying those tools to their teaching, either online or face-to-face.


Live sessions will be held weekly as input sessions where participants can interact with presenters, moderators and other participants on the topic of the week.


Participants will be able to interact on daily basis with moderators and other participants in an online group.


All the participants productions during the course will be stored in a wiki page.



Target Audience


EFL / ESL teachers and educators with little or no experience in teaching with computers and online web 2.0 tools. More experienced teachers and educators are welcome too as they can learn from the session's content as well as from the participants' discussions.



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Access to a computer with a reliable internet connection and email, and being familiar with browsers is important.



You can earn a badge every week (the criteria are specified in each week at the bottom of the week page.) If you get all five badges, you will earn a certificate of attendance.





Weekly Outline


Week 1  (Jan 12 - 18, 2015)


Getting to know each other and the course platforms. Introductions

In this first week, participants will become familiar with session wiki, introduce themselves and get to know each other using a wiki and a Google Community. They will post their biographical information and pictures to the wiki and will complete an ice breaking activity using the Google Community. In addition to this hands-on approach, participants can also read texts about e-groups and wikis - their usage at school and participate in a discussion using the Edmodo platform. 



Week 2  (Jan 19 - 25, 2015)


Synchronous and asynchronous communication tools: Text, Audio, Video .

In the second week of the session participants will explore synchronous and asynchronous text, audio and video chat tools. There will be "mini Skype conferences" held by session moderators with participants throughout the week, where participants connect synchronously with each other and with moderators. In addition, we will explore Padlet for sharing audio and video messages and Twitter as means of curating the web and connecting to like-minded peers. There will be an online live session, where participants explore the use of synchronous and asynchronous communication tools in teaching.



Week 3    (Jan 26 - Feb 01, 2015)


Presentation Tools, Blogs and Wikis. 

In the third week we will have a look at different tools for processing photos or pictures and creating video-like presentations. We will use PhotoPeach, Animoto, Flickr and Youtube. In addition, a choice of optional multimedia tools for more advanced users will be provided, such as Slideshare, Capzles and Sliderocket/Prezi. Participants will use a selection of tried and tested multimedia tools. They will be able to make their multimedia creations visible online through blogs or wikis and share them with other participants. 



Week 4     (Feb 02 - 08, 2015)


Interactive exercises and quizzes.

Participants will learn how to create their own interactive exercises and quizzes for the classroom and make them visible online.  They will share their creations on the course wiki as well as other platforms like blogs or wikis. They will explore Edmodo in more depth and learn about quizzes and polls created there. They will get acquainted with Big Marker and have an online live session with questions and answers there. 




Week 5     (Feb 09 - 15, 2015)


Cooperating online & wrap-up. 

During the last week, participants will have an opportunity to reflect on how they may use the tools they have seen during these weeks in their classrooms. They are also invited to share contact information in order to find future partners and develop collaborative projects between classes.  There will be a live session where participants become familiar with Webheads In Action (WIA) and how to share post-ICT4ELT work. By the end of this final week, participants will share their reflections on ICT4ELT, complete the EVO final survey and join the live "Graduation ceremony". Participants will be invited to join the WIA community of practice.


There will be suggested readings for each week.


To join this group:


From January 5 to 11:


  1. Go to: https://plus.google.com/communities/112260850431340802054 
  2. Click on "Join this Group", you will be asked to create a gmail account for this. 
  3. Wait for your membership approval. 




Digital Media

Discussion Group (e.g., G+C Groups), Wiki ( PBWorks and WikiSpaces), Social Learning Platform (Edmodo and Twitter), Live meeting (BlackBoard Collaborate/Elluminate and Big Marker)


Other technology tools
PBworks wiki, Edmodo, Google Communities, Skype, Twitter, YouTube, blogs (one out of a choice), google docs, PhotoPeach, Animoto, Eyejot, Flickr, (other optional - Slideshare, Sliderocket, Capzles, Prezi, Toondoo, Word clouds), Voxopop (Voicethread optional), Learning Apps, Survey Monkey (optional Hot Potatoes, Quandary, Image Quiz, Quiz revolution, Google apps quiz).



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