2012 Social Mobile Web 2.0

Liam Murray
Elaine Riordan
Opening plenary: Tools and Tenets for Language Acquisition in the Digital Age - Dr Liam Murray & Dr Elaine Riordan
It appears that technology is now innately part of everyday life, which results in our need to tap into the affordances this may have for ELT education.We therefore examine several major issues surrounding current technologies and explore how they can be drawn on for language learning acquisition and learner autonomy. We discuss notions of multiple and web-based literacies, and how technology can transform practices within ELT. We also address some Web 2.0 tools and the tenets underpinning their application, in terms of their suitability and adaptability for language learning, as well as considerations in terms of their pedagogical application in and outside the classroom. We conclude by examining the impact that repurposed technologies are having and will continue to have on ELT education.

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Talk: New Tools, New Opportunities, Personal Learning Networks

Teachers need to be up-to-date with technologies popular amongst young people to engage with them on the same level. In this session, we will explore these technologies showing how they can be used at primary and secondary school level and how to create your own personal learning network to support you along the way.
Workshop: Developing a professional learning network with Twitter -
This session provides practical advice on how language teachers can use Twitter to provide them with all the professional and personal support they could ever need for free!

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Pete Sharma

Plenary: Teaching in a Web 2.0 world
Educators everywhere are coming to terms with the new, digital age. For some, this paradigm shift is exciting; for others, it is daunting. For everyone, it is challenging. This plenary provides an overview of the world of T.E.L.L. - technology-enhanced language learning. It will provide a description of some of the latest developments; a chance to explore controversies; and finally, some practical teaching ideas with place pedagogy centrally, as well as allowing new technology to contribute to learning outcomes.
Workshop: Blogs, wikis and Virtual Learning Environments
This workshop will critically examine three exciting developments: blogs, wikis, and a range of learning platforms. It will provide an opportunity to discuss the similarities and differences between these three, key tools and provide practical ideas for using them in language courses.

Plenary - Saturday
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Workshop: Mlearning in and out of the classroom: Locative Play and Mobile Media Creation - Paul Driver
This session will help you to gain a better understanding of what m-learning is (and isn't) and what it can offer, by providing an overview of current apps, services, trends and theory.
The workshop will also focus on enabling participants to build their capacity in terms of framing, planning and implementing an example of a location-based mobile activity for language learners.

Workshop link to slides on YouTube

Resources on Paul Driver's blog here

Saturday talk link to slides on YouTube
Eric Baber

The mobile phone: a teacher’s friend or a teacher’s enemy? - Eric Baber
When we were kids we used to pass messages to each other under the desk on slips of paper. Learners nowadays still pass messages to each other under the desk, but the means of communication have changed from slips of paper to SMS messages, IM and e-mail, all done via their mobile phones. Instead of forbidding students from using their mobile phones in the classroom we can encourage them to use their devices for meaningful activities. In this talk I will demonstrate some mobile apps and mobile-optimised online content which was either specifically designed for learners of English or which can be exploited for learning and teaching. We will also look at activities a teacher can set students both in the classroom and as homework to ensure students use their mobile phones for more than just arranging their next night out and “whispering” behind the teacher’s back!
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Blogging the Dublin EFL Classroom - John Whipple
As learners are infinitely more able to access materials and communicative opportunities now, we as schools are touchstones, personal guides, bridges, with teachers setting the examples of practice for learners.Individual professional teachers are the drivers behind their own personal professional development, as well as any successful technology implementation in a school setting.
The talk will feature my AtSwanWithJohn blog from this summer as well as some of the blogs my students have made.

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Social media – Some options for well informed decisions - Arthur McKeown
The purpose of this session is to help school managers, Directors of studies and administrators as well as teachers in a range of different environments to make better informed decisions about the potential value of different Web 2.0 instruments and technologies.
Presentation here
List of online resources

'EFL online ... who wants it?' - Alison Boardman

Some practical ideas/tips for schools & teachers on how to motivate teacher and student to use online technologies. This is based on my own research and experience of using an online classroom in the school via Moodle.

Note: this session was a discussion / workshop. There were no slides.

'Keep the Kryptonite handy' and a few other Maxims For The Instruction Of The ICT Educator. - Paul Sweeney
This session takes a whole school approach to integrating ICT. We will look at how to define training needs from the perspective of school, teacher and students and then possible approaches and resources to address these needs.

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