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Week 2

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Synchronous and asynchronous communication tools:  

Text / Audio / Video


(Week 2: Jan 18 - 24, 2016)







Moderators : 

Ayat Tawel (Egypt),  Jose Antonio da Silva (Brazil), Marijana Smolcec (Croatia), Sanja Bozinovic (Croatia), Marcia Lima (Brazil)


Guest presenter: Ana Maria Menezes


Objectives :


By the end of this week, you will have : 


  • downloaded and installed Skype and created a contact list
  • attended mini Skype conferences with moderators and/or other participants, exploring its features
  • explored different tools for sending audio and video messages
  • attended a live session/listened to the recordings
  • commented on the Live Session using the Google + Community
  • commented on the readings using the Google+Community 
  • explored Twitter and took part in a tweetmeet














Activities :


Task 1

  • Download and install Skype (see Tutorials below)
  • Create a Contact list using Skype IDs available in our Participants' Profiles pages and the ict4eltteam page. See table with moderators' ID and availability after task 5. 
  • Explore this tool and its features, including voice chat, by joining any of the moderators and other participants for chats or conferences (group chats), and reflect on its  potential in TEFL/TESL 


Task 2 

  • Join Ana Maria Menezes'  live session of the week about "Looking into Invisible Technology" at the Google+Hangout on Air on Thursday, Jan 21 at 17.00 GMT/UTC.

           The Session will be LiveStreamed on Youtube and on a Session page for all the participant to follow easily. Chat will be also available. 


Task 3

  • Explore the audio and video tools offered below. Add one or more of your  recorded messages to the Padlet wall, sharing with us how you would use audio or video tools in teaching listening and speaking.

(From week 3 on, you will be able to make a link to or embed your audio/video recordings in the blog/wiki that you will create).


Posting your audio or video recording on our Padlet wall is very easy to do, just double click anywhere on the wall, write your name and country, a short description and add a link of your audio or video message.


Also, share your Products in the Production Page. Follow example which is posted there.





Task 4

  • Read this week readings (links to readings are at the bottom of this page) and comment on the readings for the week in the G+Community)


Task 5

  • Explore Twitter and take part in a Tweetmeet. You should be using this hashtag #ICT4ELT to take part in our tweetmeet.


       >>>1st  TweetMeet:  Friday 22 Jan. at 20.00GMT


      >>> 2nd TweetMeet : Sunday 24 Jan , at 11:30 am GMT 




Skype conferences - Moderators'  Skype IDs and availability in GMT 


Moderator  Skype ID Twitter ID Tuesday Jan 19  Wednesday Jan 20  Thursday Jan 21  Friday Jan 22  Saturday Jan 23  Sunday Jan 24 
Aya Tawel  Ayat.Tawel @ayatawel  08:00 pm  08:00 am  08:30 am   

03:00 pm 

08:00 pm (GMT)

8-10 am GMT

5pm GMT 

Jose Antonio  joseantoniook @joseantoniook  09:00 am  08:00 am or  10 am from 10 to 12 noon or 02:00 pm       
Marijana Smolcec  mare302 @mscro1  08:00 am     

09:00 am and  07:00 pm

07:30 am and 06:00 pm  
Marcia Lima         bamarcia   @bamarcia  11:00 am  12 noon  01:00 pm  01:00 pm     
Elizabeth Anne elizabeth.anne2  @eannegrenoble  18:00 

1 pm 


09:00 am and


7 am and 18:00      
  Sanja Bozinovic msbozinovic  @bsanja      9.00 am - 10am; 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm      9.00am 




Tools to explore


Audio tools
Handybits The most basic voicemail messaging tool is totally computer-based. "With Voice Mail you can create and email sound messages to your friends. Simply click the Record button, talk, and then click the Stop and Send buttons."


A free web tool to record unlimited audio messages or upload mp3 files to embed in your website or blog. It's easy as no account or software is needed.

"...a mobile & web platform that effortlessly allows you to record and share audio for your friends, family or the rest of the world to hear."


"... upload or record your originally-created sounds effortlessly to SoundCloud in a few clicks....". Leave timed text comments to give feedback to your students on their work. You can have private or public recordings that you can link to or embed in your website. SC also has a mobile version. Although the site is mainly for music, educators can take a great advantage of the "text comment" feature. Quite a unique audio tool.

Vocaroo A very easy and simple tool to record, share and embed your audio messages. No registration is needed.


An excellent tool for group conversations. Voicethread allows you to upload pictures and create voice threaded discussions or conversations. Users can post voice or text comments to threads. 


A good tool for creating group discussions and practice listening and speaking. It has been used for TOEFL practice. It cannot be embedded, but it can be shared in many blogging hosts and social networking websites. 
Podomatic An option for podcasting that allows you only to upload files from your computer. Podomatic podcast can be shared in many social networking websites, blogs, and wikis. It also gives you an embed code to post on your website.  

Formerly a popular site, it is no longer possible to record from the browser version

Video tools  


An easy to use video tool that allows you to record video messages and get replies. You can also embed your messages into your website. Another "cool" feature is "Eyejot This!" which "allows you to send Eyejot video messages pertaining to web sites you visit. Your Eyejot message will automatically contain a link to the page you're on, along with the page title".

Mailvu "Unleash the Power of Video with the Simplicity of Email. Upload. Record. Videomail. Download."


Another video messaging tool that allows you to send video messages. Once a video message is created, you can get replies and have a threaded video discussion or conversation. Winkball messages can also be embedded into your website.















Readings :



  • Chartrand, R. (2012). Social networking for language learners: Creating meaningful output with Web 2.0 tools. Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal, Vol.4, No.1. (The Internet has the potential to provide language learners with vast resources of authentic written, audio, and video materials to supplement lessons. Educators can find a wide assortment of materials for learners to study in class or after class for independent learning and to encourage learner autonomy. More recently, however, the immense popularity of social networking websites has created new opportunities for language learners to interact in authentic ways that were previously difficult to achieve.) 


  • Gonzalez, D. & Esteves, L. (2006). Enhancing Collaboration Through Chat in ESP: A Conversation AnalysisIATEFL Poland Computer SIG Journal, May 2006. (Chat rooms are ideal spaces for interaction, collaboration and negotiation of meaning, crucial aspects in language learning. However, they have not been fully exploited in language teaching. This study shows the results of a conversation analysis of 30 transcriptions of chat sessions where architecture students were carrying out collaborative group work. The researchers wanted to discover the discourse patterns and conversational strategies used by the students in this online context to study their possible repercussions in English learning. The results seem to indicate that the students were building the kind of discourse that is thought to lead to language learning.)


  • Peachey, N. (2012). Tech Tools for Teachers: Podcasting. (A comprehensive overview article on podcasting and how it can be used to help students develop their listening and speaking skills both inside and outside the classroom.)


  • Vilà, C. A. (2010). Skype in the EFL ClassHumanising Language Teaching, Year 12, Issue 4, August 2010. (Skype has become a very popular tool for making calls on the web. In this article, Cristina Arnau Vilà briefly explains what Skype is, how it works, and gives some tips on ways to use it in the classroom.)







I have....

  • downloaded and installed Skype and created a contact list
  • attended mini Skype conferences with moderators and/or other participants, exploring its features.
  • explored audio and video tools for sending messages
  • attended the live session/listened to the recording
  • commented on the Live Session in our Google+Community
  • commented on the readings using the Google+Community
  • explored Twitter and took part in a tweetmeet



To get a badge for this week, you need to do at least four of the following :


  • attend a mini Skype conference
  • create and share at least one audio or video message
  • comment on the live session of the week
  • comment on at least one piece of reading
  • take part in a tweetmeet 




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