Polling and Chat in the Foreign Language Classroom, higher ed
I'm always looking for ways to improve teaching and enhance learning, especially through technology. Recently, I used chat and polling in the classroom. That experiment resulted in a conference paper, presented at the international conference ICT for Language Learning, Nov 2011, Florence, Italy. These slides are from the conference.
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Transcripts - Polling and Chat in the Foreign Language Classroom, higher ed
Interactice technology in the FL classroom: Using polling and chat to promote student participation in campus education Elisabeth Wulff Sahlén Mälardalen University SwedenICT for Language LearningFlorence, 20-21 Oct 2011
The traditional classroom
The traditional classroom What are you thinking? Did you understand? WHAT did you understand? What about YOU? And you?
The traditional classroom If students wrote their answers in a chat, I would be able to access everyone’s understanding…
Communication and participationHrastinski 2007
Communication and participationHrastinski 2007 Students were more motivated to participate in chat discussions because of direct response.
Chat in education administrative information rather than supporting cognitive aspects of learning communication in FL with native speakers and other learners students are often more focused, thoughtful and honest in discussions online than F2F– even if in the same room! The Twitter experiment – Twitter in the classroom to get students involved in discussion
Polling and chat in the classroom – apedagogical experimentSetting and technologyOn-campus course in grammar and translation foradvanced learners of EnglishAdobe Connect Pro to enable polling and chatSeminars in computer rooms, 3students/computerVideo projector to display student contributions fororal discussion
Polling and chat in the classroom – apedagogical experimentAimspromote wider student participationtap into everyone’s understanding in order toprovide feedback where it is needed the most
Adobe Connect Pro (ACP)A web-conferencing solution where you can ◦ communicate through audio, video and chat ◦ show power point presentations ◦ share your screen, whiteboard and files ◦ create interactive quizzes ◦ let students collaborate in small groups ◦ record the meeting and distribute the URL through e-mail or on your LMS ◦ etc… etc…
An example of ACPadd functionality requires Flash playerthrough pods +internet connection pods may be moved and resized app for iphone and android switch between different layouts (”rooms”)
Polling in ACP Which of these sentences contain an agreement error? Check all that apply!
Chat in ACP
Teacher experience no technical problems participation was remarkably wide throughout reduced waiting time led to active participation open channel between teacher and students informal and friendly atmosphere
What did the students think? fun modern worked well efficient use of class time we liked the star slightly chaotic when everyone started to correct themselves
Challenges Shifting between written and oral communication. Chat is informal. This will affect the atmosphere in the classroom. Managing large chunks of text in the chat. Traditional computer rooms are not ideal for face- to-face discussion.
In conclusion Using polling and chat in the classroom creates a blend of oral and written interaction that caters to different learning styles while promoting wide student participation. Chat, in particular, has the potential to build a bridge between teacher assumptions and student understanding.
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