Going Beyond Links into Internet Interactivity

CATESOL 2000, Sacramento, April 8, 2000

Deborah Healey

English Language Institute, Oregon State University http://oregonstate.edu/~healeyd

What are we doing?

Not "Eye Candy" but "Brain Food"

The Internet provides tremendous possibilities for language learning and teaching -- if we can keep our focus on pedagogy, not technology.

Molding the Internet to Our Purposes

How Did We Get Here?

From PLATO on the mainframe, with complex answer-judging and feedback, including directing students to more exercises based on their answers
Apple IIe electronic workbooks with feedback like "Right, Juan" or "Try again, Ahmed"
early Macintosh 512K with graphics and sound, enabling more interesting activities for language teaching
IBM PCs with DOS - back to electronic workbooks with feedback like "Right, Juan" or "Try again, Ahmed" to
slightly better Windows 3.1 (and sophisticated Macintosh language learning programs)
to (finally)
Windows 95 with graphics and sound, now with voice recognition to
the World Wide Web with electronic workbook-style quizzes with feedback like X or check marks
and now to
somewhat better pedagogy with tools like Hot Potatoes...

Links and More Links: general purpose pages

Creating Static Pages

Quizzes and More Quizzes

Students like workbook exercises -- but what do they get?

Where is the context?

What kind of feedback?

Which are more interactive? You be the judge.

Beyond Quizzing

So where's Internet interactivity?

Role of the Teacher

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 wheel

Constructivist Approach

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 6 April 2000.