2011 TESOL Seminar 3. Engaging ESL students with blogs, podcasts and mobile devices

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2011 TESOL Seminar 3. Engaging ESL students with blogs, podcasts and mobile devices


  • 1. Old Guildford Primary School Margaret Finos TESOLSaturday 6 August 2011 Engaging ESL learners using podcasts, blogs and mobile devices .


  • located in the Granville area
  • in the SW Sydney Region
  • PSP funded low socio economic
  • 249 students (K-6)
  • Preschool on site (40 students)
  • 93.5%ESL student
  • 11 mainstream classes
  • 70% Arabic18% Karen Refugees
  • 26 language backgrounds

Old Guildford Public School (OGPS) School Context OGPSPreschool 3. 2009 -2010 4.

  • 1. Assessment of:
    • ESL students language learning needs
    • ICT embedded into school programs across the KLAs
    • ICT software and hardware
    • ICT expertise amongst staff
  • 2. Design Programs incorporating ICT
  • 3.Purchase of hardware/software
  • 4. Implement programs
  • 5. Assessment


  • Initial assessment of students language indicated the need to:
  • develop oral language skills and confidence, especially vocabulary and academic language.
  • improve expression and fluency
  • improve reading comprehension
  • extend developingwriting skills
  • improve numeracy skills Language of Maths and mental strategies / tables
  • Initial assessment of ICTTOOLS
  • 4 IWBs, digital cameras and videos, connected classroom installed
  • We decided to:
  • focus on up - skilling staff in the use of technology to support ESL student learning and language development
  • Purchase hardware devices (flip cameras, digital cameras iPods, iPads, Nintendo Ds, Bee Bots)

Old Guildford Primary school 6.

  • Student confidence
  • -students immersed in technology at home and in the real world.
  • -Motivates children to learn
  • High student engagement- Interactive and encourages independent learning
  • Authentic purpose
  • -Gives children a real purpose for their learning
  • - connects students to the real world.Feedback adds authenticity
  • to the learning activity.
  • Improves the quality of work children produce

Why incorporate ICT? 7.

  • Audience whole school, community, world.Createslearning communities
  • Quality teaching programs
  • - Design ofrich tasks integrating oral, reading and
  • writing activities
  • -Improves oral language reading and writing skills
  • Scaffolded learning activities
  • (modelled by teacher, group and pair work, independent activities)
  • Technology programs/hardware can be used asassessment toolseg.oral language

Why incorporate ICT? 8.

  • What is a podcast? (see CD/handout)
  • A podcast is like a radio show.
  • instead of being broadcastlive , a podcast isrecordedand then distributed over the internet, so that you can listen to it whenever you please.
  • Voices and sounds can be layered and manipulated to form whatever sound you desire .
  • 3/4L Podcasting movie clip

Podcasting 9.

  • Student work samples

Adrian Window JonWatertower Kevin interviewed by Tuesday Tuesday interviewed by Kevin Language Focus:Talking/Listening, reading, writing Wendy and Tuesdays book review Exposition Text ThawKue Wah Podcasting at OGPS 10.

  • What is an educational blog?
  • An educational blog is an online journal
  • Platform to showcase students work
  • Audience :class, school, community,WORLD
  • Purpose:
  • a student writes about their learning which may be commented on by other students, the teacher, parents or a wider audience as approved by the teacher.
  • Parentsread and comment on their childs work andgain a deeperunderstanding of the explicit teaching and learning in which their child is engaged.
  • Teachers can share quality programs and ideas
  • Platform: blogED (DET),Edublogs
  • (see PDF file Using blogs to enhance student learning -CD handout)

Blogging DET blogED 11.

  • Successful Language Learners at OGPS Margaret Finos
  • https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/blog/811743-successfullanguagelearnersatogps/
  • BLOG PAGES word document
  • Kinder Inchworm
  • (HSIE/cooking/garden program)
  • https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/blog/783182-kindergarteninchworm/

OGPS Blogs 12.

  • Kinder Rainforest Blog - Alex Ricci
  • https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/blog/140794-kindergartenrainforest/
  • Kinder Itchy Tree Jennifer Ikin
  • https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/blog/979479-kindergartenitchytree/
  • 4 Bollywood
  • https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/blog/829702-hoorayforbollywood/

OGPS Class Blogs 13. Stage 2 OGPS news team / reporters http:// www.edsoft.com Flip Video Cameras 14. Kinder Red Rock School Promotional Video Manly excursion 1/2O NUMERACY- News Report Investigating area Flip Cameras Movie Making 4 Bollywood/ Kinder Rainforest GSSO competition 15. iPod Touch, iPads, Nintendo DS Literacy and Numeracy 16. iPods and iPads 17. Nintendo DS Nintendo DS 18. Bee Bots www.edex.com.au (Educational Experiences- Australian supplier) www.bee-bot.co.uk BLOG Bee Bots down under (Nicole Sprainger) http://www.blogger.com/profile/04996367990684229022 MAC ICT (Macquarie University) Bee Bots 19.

  • Old Guildford Public School Website
  • http://www.oldguildfo-p.schools.nsw.edu.au/
  • Kerpoof
  • http://www.kerpoof.com/
  • Story bird
  • http://storybird.com/
  • Vokis
  • http://www.voki.com/create.php
  • seeCD website word doc


  • ICT
  • 95% classes interactive whiteboards
  • Class Blogsstaff training and creation of class blogs
  • Podcasting- whole staff training, Audacity program
  • 8 iPod touch,
  • 6 Nintendo DS,
  • 20 new laptops,
  • 6 iPads,
  • 6 Bee Bots
  • 12 digital cameras
  • 8 Flip video cameras movie maker, imovie, class movies, promotional videos, news reports
  • connected classrooms, video conferencing
  • Webcam online Maths tutoring programs - CITIBANK
  • Web 2.0 tools- Voki, Voicethread, xtranormal and many more

OGPS2011 21.

  • significant increase in student engagement in learning
  • high quality student work reflecting autonomy and improvements in talking, reading and writing
  • authentic purpose and audience
  • Scaffolded learning activities (controlled, guided independent) leads to imput, intake, uptake of targeted language
  • effective tools for assessment
  • connect with the school community and wider world audience

Findings 22. Considerations

  • Who are the targeted ESL students and what are their language learning needs?
  • What type of programs will you introduce to support their language learning needs.
  • What type of organisation will you introduce to support the learning?
  • What are your schools ICT goals ?
  • Do you need to conduct an audit of your schools direction in ICT?
  • Planning to support your ICT needs.