Assessing and integrating digital technologies has been an ongoing challenge for educators around the world. On July 26, 2017, Liza Navarro, TLEF graduate academic assistant, and Wendy Zhang, TLEF co-op student, had the opportunity to interact with 25 English teachers from Tokyo, Japan and shared some applications of strong educational potential with them.
In this workshop, they introduced instructors to approaches in assessing digital technologies for classroom use, and offered hands-on opportunities to play with some of the technologies available in the language classroom.
During this 3-hour workshop, the exchange teachers worked with Plickers, Padlet, GreenScreen, and Kahoot!, from the perspective of a student and an educator. For example, none of the teachers had any experience with Plickers. So in an effort to expose them to this new resource, some questions were prepared for them to answer using the Plickers cards. After participating in this activity, instructors created their own questions and tested them out in small groups and shared their results with the class.
The instructors were also introduced to the SECTIONS model (Students, Ease of Use, Cost, Teaching, Interaction, Organizational Issues, Networking, and Security and Privacy) developed at the University of British Columbia by Tony Bates, which has been widely used to assess digital technologies used in the classroom.
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