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Teaching in the One Computer Classroom
Mary Lou McCloskey, Ph.D.
Emily Thrush, Ph.D.

Computer technology holds many possibilities for classroom teachers with one computer in a classroom. This course explores teaching principles, strategies and techniques in the one- computer classroom. Topics include using technology to:

  • support direct teaching in the classroom to promote independent learning 
  • using the World Wide Web as a resource for classroom teachers and learners in the one-computer classroom 
  • develop class websites to promote learning goals
  • develop WebTexts to scaffold students interaction with text.
  • provide productivity tools to promote language learning in the one-computer classroom
  • promote language learning through authentic communication within and beyond the classroom
  • achieve learning goals in the one-computer classroom by making effective use of quality software packages.
  • Participants will outline plans for projects that apply these tools and processes for later development and implementation. 

    Day 1 Introduction and Web Resources
    Day 2 Class Websites for the One-Computer Classroom, Part 1
    Day 3 Class Websites for the One-Computer Classroom, Part 2: WebTexts
    Day 4 Productivity Tools in the One-Computer Classroom
    Day 5 Communication and Correspondence in the One-Computer Classroom 
    Day 6 Using software packages in the One-Computer Classroom
    Readings and Resources

    Day 1 (August 23
    Introduction; Principles and Possibilities: Web Resources for the One-Computer Classroom

    Recommended Reading
    Working the Web for Learning http://www.ozline.com/learning/theory.html
    Call Environments: The Quiet Revolution by Elizabeth Hanson Smith Hanson-Smith, E. (1999) ESL Magazine, pp. 8-12.

    Class Topics
    Intro/Overview
    Theoretical Backgrounds: Constructivist Approaches
    Video of Brown University Dickens Project
    Scavenger Hunt: What resources are available?

    Activities

    • Web Support Checklist

    • What kinds of support do your students need that they could get from the web? 
    • What would you like to be able to accomplish that you can't do with existing materials/resources?
    • Share       back to top
    Day 2 (August 24)
    Class Websites for the One-Computer Classroom, Part 1

    Recommended Reading
    What's on the Web: 
    Sorting Strands of the World Wide Web for Educators <http://www.ozline.com/learning/webtypes.html>

    Class Topics
    Intro/Overview
    Theoretical Underpinnings
    What can class websites do?
    Examples of good class websites

    Activities

    • Make a site map
    • List resources needed to develop site.
    • Share site Maps      back to top
    Day 3 (August 25)
    Class Websites for the One-Computer Classroom, Part 2: WebTexts

    Recommended Reading
    Cummins: E-Lective Language Learning: Design of a computer assisted text-based ESL/EFL learning system. TESOL Journal, Spring, 1998.  [handout]

    Class Topics
    Intro/Overview
    Connections to theory
    What are WebTexts? Why create them?
    WebText examples

    Activities

    Activity: Map Class Website. 

    • Make a site map
    • List resources needed to develop site
    • Share site Maps        back to top
    Day 4 (August 30) 
    Productivity Tools in the One-Computer Classroom

    Recommended Reading
    McCloskey, Mary Lou (1999).  A Technology Primer for ESOL http://www.gsu.edu/~eslmlm/Technology.htm

    Class Topics
    Intro/Overview
    Theoretical Underpinnings
    Why Productivity Tools
    Demonstrations of productivity tools:

    • Word processing for Language Experience, Shared Reading 
    • Data Base Management 
    • Presentation Software
    • Draw, Hyperstudio
    Activity
    Plan a lesson using a productivity tool.
    • Select goals
    • Select content
    • Select tool to accomplish goal
    • Plan lesson
    • Share        back to top
    Day 5 (August 31) Communication and Correspondence in the One-Computer Classroom

    Recommended Reading
    Challenging Questions about E-mail for Language Learning, by Lloyd Holliday. ESL Magazine, March/April 1999

    Class Topics
    Intro/Overview
    Theoretical Underpinnings
    Technological Communication and Correspondence -- Why? What's possible? Demonstrations:

    • Trucker Buddies
    • Sharing student writing,
    • Cross-cultural communication
    Activity
    Plan a communication activity for your teaching situation. 
    • Select goals
    • Select tools
    • Outline procedures
    • Share            back to top
    Day 6 (Sept. 1) 
    Using software packages in the One-Computer Classroom

    Recommended Reading
    See TESOL CALL 99 Software List: <http://osu.orst.edu/dept/eli/softlist/>

    Class Topics
    Intro/Overview
    Theoretical Underpinnings
    Why? What software?
    How? Process of planning for and using software in classrooms
    Demonstrations of software

    Activity
    Planning uses of software for classrooms in Egypt

    • Select goals
    • Select software
    • Develop classroom teaching plan
    • Share       back to top
    Readings/Resources:
    • Boswood, T.  (Ed.) (1997). New Ways of Using Computers in Language Teaching. Alexandria, VA:TESOL.

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    • Cummins, J.  (1998).  e-Lective language learning: Design of a computer assisted text-based ESL/EFL learning system.  TESOL Journal, Spring, 1998 

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    • Cummins, J. & Sayers, D.  (1997). Brave new schools: Challenging cultural illiteracy through global learning networks.  New York: St. Martin's Press. 

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    • Egbert, J. & Hanson-Smith, E. (Eds.).  (1999).  CALL Environments: Research, Practice, and Critical Issues.  Alexandria, VA: TESOL. 
    • March, Tom.  What is on the Web?:  Seven ways teachers can view and use the content of the Web.

    • http://www.ozline.com/learning/webtypes.html
       
    • Pennington, M. (1996).  The Power of CALL.  Houston, TX: Athelstan. 

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    • Roblyer, M., Edwards, J., and Havriluk, M. (1997). Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.
    If you have comments or suggestions, email Mary Lou McCloskey or 
    Emily Thrush
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