Barbara Dieu and Graham Stanley presentation at the Alado

More than 30 participants eagerly attended Barbara Dieu – Bee – and Graham Stanley presentation on Blogging and Podcasting at the Alado. First Barbara focused on different types of blogs, then she explained the advantages of RSS feed. Finally she explored some of the pedagogical implication of this extremely dynamic tool. Bee pointed out that blogs are causing a shift in paradigm which is bound to change our teaching and learning patterns in more than one way.

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Bee backed her lively presentation with a set of clearcut, up-to-the point PP slides and a choice selection of different types of blogs and RSS blog aggregators. She also provided useful hints on how to use blogs in ESL/EFL.

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During the presentation participants were actively involved in text chat. They asked many questions and raised a few challenging issues to reflect upon.

  • How can teachers fit blogs in their often tight and already too crammed syllabuses?
  • Is it appropriate to correct blogs? If yes, how can it be done?
  • In case blogs are used to create portfolios, how can they be assesed?

Graham Stanley, on the other hand, tackled this year cutting edge CMC tool, podcastig. This was almost an absolute first for BAW and raised the participants’ interest at unprecedented levels, both on the technical features and the pedagogical – or ‘podagogical’, as Graham called them – implications.

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Graham used a few, extremely clear, PP slides and provided plenty of examples and web references for those interested in further exploring this topic.

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During the presentation participants compared tools. exchanged suggestions for tech purchases and discussed some possible uses of podcasting. Nina Liakos raised a very interesting issue: can podcasting be of any use in an ESL environment, with full availability of native speakers and authentic materials?

Both presentations were attended by the BAW06 moderators, Dafne Gonzales and Teresa Almeida d’Eca – who introduced the speakers – and week 3 co-moderators, Cora Chen and Maria Teresa Ciaffaroni, – who welcomed participants, re-directed lost bawers to the right spot, and actively contributued to the text chat.

Recording of the proceedings were kindly made by Tere and Daf for those who missed the session. An integrated web page with audio and video recording, as well as a chatlog, is available at BAW website chat session.

We will greatly appreciate your comments both on the double presentation – whether you attended it live or listened to the recording – and on the venue.

We would also like you to explore some of the issues raised.

Let’s now venture full sail on blogging and podcasting, with the helpful support of Bee and Graham

Cheers

Maria Teresa MT