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The Importance of being a Tech Savvy Teacher

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Aideen O'Sullivan

on 22 November 2014

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Uses of Authentic Materials Online
Discussion boards, forums, emails.
TedTalks, podcasts, YouTube videos, songs.
Journals, newspaper articles, news items.
Blogs, wikis.
Google Drive.
Bransford, J.D., Brown, A.L., & Cocking, R.R. (2000). How people learn: Brain, mind, experience, and school. Washington, DC.: National Academy Press.
Brown, J.S., Collins, A., & Duguid,P. (1989). Situated cognition and the culture of learning. Educational Researcher, 18(1), 32-42.
Kemmis, S., Atkin, R. and Wright, E. (1977), How do
Students Learn? Working Papers on Computer Assisted
Learning. Norwich: Centre for Applied Research in
Education, UEA.
Majumdar, S. 1997. Network based flexible learning: Prospects and challenges in the 21st Century: Invited keynote address at the International Conference of Vocational Education and Training (IVETA ’97), Helsinki, Finland. August 24-28.
Newmann, F. M. (1986). Priorities for the future: Toward a common agenda. Social Education, 50(4), 240–250. Noonan, J. (2004, Fall).
Resta, P. (Ed.). 2002. Information and Communication Technologies in Teacher Education: A Planning Guide. UNESCO, Paris.

Possible Outcomes
Greater student engagement
Better student retention
More collaborative
More convenient

The Importance of being a Tech Savvy Teacher

Aideen O'Sullivan

Authentic materials
Specialised content
Various modes of communication
Autonomous learning
Intercultural communication
"We are born self-directed learners"
(Benson, 2001)
Benefits of using ICT
United Kingdom, 2009
Spain, 2007
What is ICT? Limerick, 2011

Information Communications Technology:

any product that will store, retrieve, manipulate, transmit or receive information electronically in a digital form. For example: personal computers, digital television, email, robots and (as we all know) smartphones.

A means of communication that can be international and intercultural
Using ICT for Language Learning
Students are more engaged when they “devote substantial time and effort to a task, when they care about the quality of their work, and when they commit themselves because the work seems to have significance beyond its personal instrumental value” (Newmann, 1986, p. 242)

What it means for teachers
As the field of ICT is constantly evolving, so too should related teaching practices (Goodwyn, 2000).

We need to be able to speak this 'new language' and bridge the credibility gap that has started to emerge between teachers and students.

Website creation

Remit: to create a task based project using ICT.
Simple to use
Possible Uses for IELTS
Listening: online repository,

Writing Task 1 processes: recipe book.
Writing Task 2: Presenting an argument.

Speaking: upload videos, respond to topics.

Be the creator
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