Webtools - From Static to Dynamic
English Language Institute, Oregon State University
Molding the Internet to Our Purposes
Language acquisition is the goal
Teachers can use the Internet to
Provide comprehensible input
Present information for different learning styles
Take a constructivist approach
The task, not the tool
Some sites, from less interactive to more interactive
Links and More Links: general purpose pages
Creating Static Pages
Web editors make it easy to do a page with links
Use Netscape Composer to turn your bookmarks into a page - see the
Tech Tip for help
Use MS Word to turn any document into a page - but watch out for bloat
Quizzes and More Quizzes
Students like workbook exercises -- but what do they get?
Where is the context?
What kind of feedback?
Recognition level of knowledge
Comfort (Maslow's hierarchy: safety need)
Look to see if you're right
Check mark or cross X
Which are more interactive? You be the judge.
So where's Internet interactivity?
Role of the Teacher
Selecting material for comprehensible input
Creating material - Hot Potatoes
and Quandary authoring
Setting tasks for different learning styles
Bringing it back to the classroom and the curriculum
One-computer Classroom - a few possibilities
In the Lab
Integration into the Curriculum
Do pre-computer, on-computer, post-computer activities
Have a method for sharing finds and files to avoid reinventing the
Students create their own meaning from directed projects
Students are active and engaged
One-computer class or lab
From learning to acquisition - internalizing information
A Sampling of Sites
Keep technology in its place -- the means, not the end!
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Last updated 12 December 2000.