e-Learning and Learning Languages
The content on this page has been posted to support the eLL Workshop for facilitators on the 5th March 2010.
The overall purpose for the day is to develop a deeper understanding of how digital content can be integrated effectively to support student learning, specifically in the context of Language Learning.
Post your questions, suggestions, challenges and wonderings on the Wallwisher throughout the day. We will schedule time after lunch for these.

Create your Voki here!

e-Learning and Learning Languages Workshop March 5th 2010
Tena Koutou, Talofa, Ni sa bula, Malo te aofia mai,
Kia orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo e lava mai, Greetings and hello.
Welcome to the 'e' is for Learning wiki.

"...what happens to traditional concepts of classrooms and teaching when we can now learn anything, anywhere, anytime?" (Richardson 2006)
What digital content do you currently access to support your facilitation and clusters?
Collaborate with a partner to record and share on this etherpad

What guides your decision making when selecting and integrating digital content?
Add your responses to the etherpad.

Etherpad is an online collaborative tool that enables users to share and contribute to a document in real time, without having to sign up for an account. An excellent tool for sharing and processing ideas from a group.

"Schools should explore not only how ICT can supplement traditional ways of teaching but also how it can open up new and different ways of learning”
(NZC, p.36).

Strategies for exploring the key messages can be accessed the Digistore wiki and the Software for Learning e-Stories
Digital content is most effective when:
  • embedded into an existing programme of learning
  • supported by relevant offline experiences (before and after use)
  • selected according to the needs and interests of the learner (informed by evidence)
  • supported by effective teaching
  • combined with other relevant digital content and learning experiences
  • learners work collaboratively

Research and trials can be accessed here
The Software for Learning wiki includes video and pod casts of teachers describing the integration of digital content and how this has impacted on student learning.

For support using these visit each of the e-stories form the home page of the Software for Learning wiki.
"Successful use of technologies require a learning context and that using the DLOs shouldn’t be about ‘doing technology’; rather it should be about carefully linking appropriate technologies with existing good practices in language learning"NZALT Polyglot, No 32, 2007

View further Webcases demonstrating ICTs being used to enhance language teaching and learning.
iTunesU Watch VideoFree educational podcasts and vodcasts on iTunes. Learn more.
A storehouse of digital content to support learning across the curriculum, from early childhood through to senior secondary.
ePotential Showcase from Victoria Department of Education
Web 2.0
This wiki developed by Shirley Bain as part of the Learning Languages Waikato wiki Suite. It includes examples of Web 2.0 tools to support Language Learning
Interesting ways to use Wallwisher in the classroom
Teacher TV
Better Learning with ICT - Online Communities in the Classroom: Secondary French teacher Marie Guyomarc'h, investigates how to make use of online communities in her classes.

With consideration to what we know about e-learning and effective pedagogy how might any of these options be integrated to support exploration of the intercultural principles?
Teaching as Inquiry:
Evidence tells us that student learning is promoted when teachers inquire into the impact of their teaching on students.
Lila Price is a Y12 and Year 13 photography and design teacher at Christchurch Boys' High School.

In making the switch from analogue to digital Lila faced a variety of pedagogical, personal, and technical challenges.
The artifacts below, direct from Lila's Y12 class, have been collected to help us to understand these challenges.

The 'Teaching as Inquiry' framework (NZC, p.35, 2007). is useful in assisting us to explore the plethora of decisions that Lila faced and the impact that these decisions had on student learning.

View Lila's inquiry here
Learning Languages Links