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Blogs, wikis, and podcast

Blogs, Wikis, and Podcast.Language Learning Resources

University of CaldasSchool of Arts and HumanitiesForeign Languages DepartmentMaster in English Language Teaching

Instructor: Yamith Jos Fandio Parra

Presenters:Paola Andrea Lizarralde DuqueLuz Dary Lpez ChicaMaria Eugenia Martinez TabaresLuz Alieth Naranjo Cardona

Blogs, wikis, and podcastSocial softwareBlogs in language teachingsHow to start using blogs with learnersWikis in language teachingHow to start using a wiki with learnersPodcasts in language teachingHow to create learner podcasts

Social SoftwareComputer tools which allow people to connect, to communicate, and collaborate online.Gavin Dudeney and Nicky Hockly (p. 86)Conversational interactionSocial networksSocial feedbackgroupsIndividualsEstimates contribution to a groupVisible links between groups and individualsGroup communication software

Previous knowledgeMatch BlogAn audio or video file that is broadcast via the internet and can be downloadedWiki A web page with regular diary or journal entries.Podcast A collaborative web space, consisting of a number of pages that can be edited by any user.



Blogs in Language TeachingTutor blogStudent blogClass blogSet homeworkPersonal and family information (including photos)Reactions to a film, article, class topic, current affairs.Provide a summary of class workExtra writing practice on class topics.Things learners like/dont like doing in class.Provide links to extra reading/listening material.Regular comments on current affairs.Class project on any topic.Question and answer (e.g. about grammar, class work)Research and present information on a topic (e.g. an English speaking country).Exam/Study tipsA photo-blog on learners country, last holiday.

Advantages and Disadvantages of blogs

How to start using blogs with learners

Some blog platforms

Set up your own blog

What is a wiki ? A wiki is a Web page that can be viewed and modified by anybody with a Web browser and access to the Internet. Wikis are able to incorporate sounds, movies, and pictures; they may prove to be a simple tool to create multimedia presentations and simple digital stories.Open editing.Non linear structure.Links pages.

Wiki Video

Whos doing it?Educators and students, as well as amateurs and professionals (artists, writers, collectors).


Why are the wikis important?Collaborative communication tool for developing content-specific Web sites.People can address a variety of pedagogical needs student involvement, group activities, and so on.Easy access. Automatically saved.


What are the wikis pros and cons?It may have some risks. Time-consuming Over time, the values, perspectives, and opinions of its users can become embedded in a wiki.Bias.

Where are they going?Since wikis are easy to edit, they carry an inherent potential to change how we construct knowledge repositories on the Web. Wikis allow groups to form around specific topics.The low barrier to entry makes them the equivalent of shared digital paperliterally anyone with access to the Web can post, modify, and delete content on that site.

What are the implications for teaching and learning?A wikis versioning capability can show the evolution of thought processes as students interact with the site and its contents. wikis are being used as e-portfolios, illustrating their utility as a tool for collection and reflection.Wikis might also prove to be an ideal vehicle for soliciting ongoing input for research or projects where community input can help inform and direct subsequent investigation.Wiki enabled projects can provide various levels of site access and control to team members, offering a fine-tuning element that enhances the teaching and learning experience.

How to start using a wiki with learners?

Some wikis platforms

Podcastswhat is it?Podcasting is a term inspired by Apple Computer Corporations iPod-a portable digital audio player that allows users to download music from their computer directly to the device for later listening. The term is no longer specifically related to the iPod but refers to any software and hardware combination that permits automatic downloading of audio files (most commonly in MP3 format) for listening at the users convenience. It differs from broadcasting and Webcasting in the way that content is published and transmitted via the Web. Instead of a central audio stream, podcasting sends audio content directly to an iPod or other MP3 player.Podcastings essence is about creating content (audio or videovodcasts) for an audience that wants to listen when they want, where they want, and how they want.*

Who is doing it?Podcasting can involve practically anyone with an Internet connection. With its roots in the blogging world, part of the appeal of podcasting is the ease with which audio content can be created, distributed, and downloaded from the Web.

How does it work?

Why is it significant ?

Allows education to become more portable than ever before. Podcasting cannot replace the classroom, but it provides educators one more way to meet todays students where they liveon the Internet and on audio players.

Barriers to adoption and costs are minimal.

The tools to implement podcasts are simple and affordable.

Podcasting is predicted to soon become a mainstream application, much like video-on demand recorders (such as TiVo).

Recordings of lectures for those students unable to attend the lecture in person;

Audio recordings of textbook text by chapter, would allow students to read or review texts while walking or driving to class (significant aid to auditory learners)

What are the downsides of podcasting?

Users must have sufficient bandwidth to download the podcast. Beyond access, there are potential issues with the format.

Podcasting is primarily an audio delivery technology and, as such, has limited usefulness for the hearing impaired.

Podcasting is not designed for two-way interaction or audience participation. Podcasters are essentially sound amateurs producing and publishing audio feeds.

The quality of speakers voices, speech patterns, intonations, and other sound effects may not be the same as those of a professional broadcast. Faculty who wish to record their lectures or other instruction for podcasts may need some training, both in handling an audio-only medium and using the technology

Where is it going?Podcast enthusiasts see no limit to the potential uses of this technology, particularly in education, and the number of podcast aggregators (sites that collect, categorize, and then make available podcasts for subscribers) is growing. It is possible that specialized higher educationbased aggregators will emerge, offering students access to missed lectures, instructions for laboratory experiments, and so forth. Interlacing podcasts with video applicationslistening to a podcast while viewing related material on the Webis another area of experimentation in education.

What are the implications for teaching and learning?Podcasting allows students to use their technology-based entertainment systems (iPods, MP3 players) for educational experiences.

Students are already familiar with the underlying technology, podcasting broadens educational options in a nonthreatening and easily accessible manner. For example, podcasting allows lectures or other course content to be made available to students if they miss class.

Podcasting can provide access to experts through interviews. Podcasting is not limited to content delivered to the student, however; students can create their own podcastsas a record of activities, a way to collect notes, or a reflection on what they have learned


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ReferencesDudeney, G., & Hockly, N. (2007) Blogs, wikis, and podcasts. In How to teach English with technology (pp 86-102) Pearson education, series editor:Jeremy Harmer.,