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  • 1.THE LANGUAGE CLASSROOMIN A CONNECTED WORLD (the grammar of the internet?) Michael Coghlan 5th International Congress on English Grammar (Hyderabad) January, 2007 This presentation on the web at


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    Uni of Georgia

    Uni of Georgia
    Shoshi and Steve

4. 5. The Internet more than just a book 6. The Read/Write Web (Tim Berners Lee) Original photo byHummanna . 7. eLearning 2.0/Web 2.0 (Stephen Downes)

  • Elearning 1.0:
  • static packaged content
  • little true interactivity and learner input and
  • very little contact with a tutor.
  • represented by Learner Management Systems. (eg WebCT, Blackboard, etc)
  • Elearning 2.0:
  • more student-centred
  • centred around a Personal Learning Environment using social software.
  • students generate and share content.
  • theyinteractnot only with teachers and their peers, butwith anyone in the world they can learn from .

(this description courtesy of Sean Fitzgerald) 8. Expansion of the Grammar of the Internet

  • Javascript, XML, PHP, Ajax
  • Increased interactivity
  • and usability of Internet
  • pages

Image Plate from Owen Jones' 1853 classic, "The Grammar of Ornament". Photo byEricGjerde 9. Rewriting or Killing our Cultures? 10. My Story

  • ESLclassroom teacher1987 1997
  • 1997 went online
  • Blended ESLteaching 1997 2000
  • Volunteer teaching for EFI (English for the Internet) founded by David Winet
  • ESL online1997 2004
  • Founding member of theWebheadsonline English teaching and learning community
  • Current : facilitator on the Graduate Certificate in eLearning (TAFE SA); eLearning Networks of the Australian Flexible Learning Framework; independent elearning consultant

11. How do I work?

  • I know from my own life that something has changed. I am now a much more social learner. I like to draw on the knowledge of others who I can contact and with whom I can discuss issues... I have definitely changed the way I learn, and have found a more enjoyable way of learning. Technology, and the connections it affords, has made that possible.
  • I doubt that I could study a formal course anymore.

12. My TAG CLOUD folksonomy from 13. 14. technology future TAGS 15. 16. A GLOBAL AUDIENCE:

  • YouTube -http:// =QjA5faZF1A8
  • Performance by a 13 yr old Korean boy
  • Jan 31st:34,770,497million views; 142796 comments
  • Thats more than the populations of
    • Israel 5.7m Denmark 5.3m Finland 5.1m New Zealand 3.6m Ireland 3.6m
    • Holland 16.4m
    • Australia 20.4m etc


  • Is it real?
  • Who are these 34.7 million people?
  • Copyright implications? I can reuse the content for my own purposes
  • Who is exercising editorial control?
  • Disintermediation the decline of the gatekeepers of content
  • Should students have access to sites like this?(see YouTube a Class Act)
  • How do students like this feel at school?
  • Should we be encouraging our students
    • to create content
    • To publish to these kinds of sites
  • Empowerment and realisation of identity through personal publishing to social networking sites


  • Blogs
  • Digital story telling
  • Podcasts
  • Flickr(photo sharing)
  • Wikis ( collaborative workspaces
  • MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, Orkut (most popular in India)
  • Video repositories: YouTube, Google Video, BlipTV

20. http:// =e5jtiJPlv4Y 21. 22. YouTube in Chennai Media: 23. Indian YouTube Equivalents

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  • http://

24. Facebook in India

  • .these people are not your average Indian young people; they are from upper socio-economic tier of Mumbai. But one thing is clear, there is a revolution brewing in the Internet space.
  • Environments like Facebook and MySpace offer easy publishing tools, powerful communication mechanisms using multimedia experience

http:// =779 25. 26. Indian Initiative: NY Times, Oct 30 th , 2007 27. Indian Technology in a Flat World http:// =849 28. Its a Wild World http:// =T-t8tUED9MI Just remember theres a lot of bad and beware. 29. 30.

  • Are we sociologically ready?
  • What are ourethical responsibilities
  • as educators :
    • to our students?
    • to ourselves?(teacher sacked for
    • posting photo onMySpace )

31. Who are the Webheads?

  • an experiment in world friendship through online language learning

300 + members 32. Where are the Webheads? in approximately 50 countries To join the Webhead community send an email to [email_address] Or join in a 6 week online seminar: Becoming a Webhead in Jan/Feb -Becoming aWebhead2008 33. See for commentary 34. http:// 35. IN A CONNECTED WORLD:

  • Daily contact with the planet
  • In the supermarket..Australian made products are made offshore
  • My neighbours may not be my closest companions
  • Overseas call centres

36. LOCALGLOBAL LOCAL = (GLOCAL?) 37. Implications for the Classroom

  • The Local, Unconnected Pre-Global World
  • all dialogue was between teacher and students with some communication between students(but who was really listening?)
  • Internet
  • enter Internet tools: writing/speaking for an audience other than just your teacher ie authentic contexts for language learning
  • The Global, Connected World
  • Personal publishing tools/participatory media(without boundaries)
  • Teachers and students can now reach a global audience
  • Moot point : does everyone find this idea appealing?

38. Why might teachers create an online presence?

  • You will get wider recognition
  • Wider network of professional and personal contacts
  • Greater variety of options for learning activities
  • Place to store and record resources

39. 40. Why might students create an online presence?

  • For students:
  • Developing(soft)skills for the knowledge era* (facility with technology, collaboration, conflict negotiation, problem solving, communication, adjusting to rapid change: employability skills)
  • Access to personal publishing tools for self-expression and realisation of identity
  • Excitement at publishing for a wider audience:
      • Thank you so much for being such supportive, all of you! I hope to continue my learning process and get ready to speak and write in English. I was really surprised to see all the people who wrote about our wiki. It's so cool because it was from all different places of the world... I think that's so great! :)(Maria, Venezuela)

*Soft Skills and the Net (Terry Anderson) at 41.

  • I blog therefore I am.
  • Weblog search engine Technorati:
  • 8,000 -17,000 new blogs created every single day.
  • a new weblog is created somewhere in the world every 5.8 seconds .
  • On average, approx 3 blogs are updated every second.
  • (13/4/06) 42. From a student ofKonrad Glogowski:

  • Hello Mr. Glogowski
  • Its Phil, just in case you havent guessed already. Id just like to thank you for a great year of blogging, and to wish you luck in the years ahead. You really managed to make a few of us into writers. I think writing/blogging will be something Ill carry with me my whole life.
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  • by students of Aiden Yeh

Aiden is an EFL Lecturer, Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages Kaohsiung, Taiwan MOVIE MULTILITERACYDIGITAL LITERACYELITERACY 44. CONNECTIVISM: