Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Online presentations

It's just after 10.30 AM and I've just attended my very first Elluminate live presentation -it was great! Michael Coghlan discussed different features of Flickr, possible uses in the classroom, what "visual literacy" means in the context of language teaching as a subterm of multiliteracy or digital literacy and why it might be a good idea to use media like these in the classroom.

The highlights for me were:

  • The wonderful possibilities brought about through Tagging and Geotagging; their potential not only for searching and organizing but also for joining people up
  • Annotations -beyond the cute and into a richer visual experience
  • The possibilities of creating "mazes" or stories through annotating
  • CC Licensing as a teaching resource
  • The various possibilities all this offers to teaching and learning
Mike took us through a step-by-step journey of his experience using Flickr, which was very interesting, and made me think of something I posted a few days ago: how unplanned this experience is; you start using something without realising all of its potential at first but discover it as you use it. There lies, in my opinion, the value of experiencing things and not just being told. Something I hope to be doing in my classes.

Last week I attended another excellent Webinar, organised this time by English Central. Jeremy Harmer discussed teaching Advanced Learners. The highlights of this presentation for me had to do with putting the emphasis on the Learner and what s/he needs/wants to learn.


Carla Arena said...

Dear Bea,

It seems we are totally in synch! Great summary of Mike's presentation. I love your hands-on perspective.

Beatriz said...

Thanks!!! I enjoyed the talk very much.