Wrapping up

Well, that went quickly, didn’t it? Friday 1st Aprilis officially the last day of the course and we make available the final unit, unit 8. Now, this isn’t really a full unit as such, rather it just wraps up the course, asks for feedback, gives you chance to register for your course certificate and explains how to stay in touch with us and learning technology once the course is over. The whole thing can be done in less than an hour, so don’t worry if you haven’t got here yet and you’re thinking ‘How am I going to get the chance to finish another unit as well as cope with everything else that’s going on?’.

Remember that you can sign up for an end of course webinar by letting us know your availability through this poll.

Also don’t forget the Final Assignment, due on 7th January – look at unit 6 for more information. However, if the assignment date is too soon for you given the current circumstances, please message us and we’ll do our best to try and arrange an extension.

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed this course and we hope you have too. Engaging with you in the forums and the online tutorials/webinars has been great and we sincerely hope that some of the basic principles we’ve explored have been useful for both you and your centres in these days of unprecedented pedagogical upheaval. We hope you manage to have a restful break and we look forward to reading through your final assignments.

Kialo

Birds arguing

Kialo is an attempt to make online discussions less polarised by organising points for and against so that a topic can be assessed in a logical way. For teachers, it can be used with a class to explore competing viewpoints on a topic for an essay or to prepare for a discussion. Students can comment…

Your corpora-tion is appreciated….

…and on that appalling pun, we usher in unit 7, available on Friday 18th March at 10.00 (UK time).  And this is really our last proper unit in the sense that unit 8 – the final unit – is quite short and is just designed to wrap up the course with no new content. So we wanted to make it a good one and as our punning title suggests, it’s on the topic of corpus linguistics and the web tools that can be used to explore corpora for useful information about academic language and to help create classroom activities. It’s a big topic and for that reason this is another two-week unit.

Oh, just one thing to remind you about: even if you aren’t anywhere near unit 7, in the first topic we talk about the end-of-course webinars we run for participants in the final weeks of the course, which are totally optional by the way. We put a link to a poll where you can let us know your availability so we can assign you to one of the webinar slots available, if you don’t think you are going to get to unit 7 anytime soon but would still like to attend one of the webinars, please go to this link and let us know your availability.  Don’t worry, you can still attend the webinars even if you are still working through the unit.

It’s all about the apps..

Well, this week we are back to our usual one-week unit, this one on the divisive topic of mobile phones (available Friday 11th March at 10.00 UK time). Most teachers have a bit of a love-hate relationship with these mobile devices. We know that they can be useful in so many ways as there’s so much power packed inside them and so many learning opportunities in the apps you can download, but at the same time they can be incredibly distracting for students during the lessons. We don’t want to skirt this issue. In fact, we address it head on at the start of the unit but then go on to explore how we can exploit these device in and outside the classroom.

Some of you may still be in catch-up mode, and that’s ok, but it might be worth just clicking into this unit to read about the Final Assignment. This is  the final reflective task you need to do on the course to officially complete it and it’s due on Friday 7th January (for Chinese teachers it will be later, please see the page for details) so do take a look ahead if necessary to find out more about it. There’s a space on that page if you want to ask any questions as well.

Wheel decide

wheel-decide

Wheel Decide is a randomiser – a Wheel-of-Fortune-type spinner with up to 100 possible choices. For teachers, it could be useful for randomly selecting a student from the class or selecting a vocabulary item to be defined or a topic to discuss. Just type in the choices into the gaps and make a note of…

Bit.ly (link shortener)

bitly logo

When we want someone (e.g. your class) to copy a weblink, it’s not always convenient to give them the whole web address as it may be rather long. However, there is a simple way to create a short link so that a webpage with a long link can become something easy to copy, such as…

123APPS

123apps

123APPS.com is a useful collection of web apps (you can use them in your browser without needing to install any software) for editing audio, video or images. The online voice recorder is particularly useful to quickly record audio, crop it and download it as an audio file.