"you should post that to your blog, you know"

I have heard this a bit this week, especially from one of the Ed tech talk guys.

I guess my problem is that i am uncomfortable writing thoughts that are not fully cooked on something as wide open as this blog. i suppose I will have to get over that if I am expecting my students to learn how to do this next spring. and to do it as a required part of the course. I do fine talking and emailing about these ideas, concepts, concerns…there is a give and take there. But this seems so one sided.. and kinda lonely cuz you wonder if anyone is reading, if anyone is out there. Especially if you have a problem (Thank you todd for the Skype help, by the way!) and you need an answer.

So here is today’s question (let’s see if anyone out there is listening):

What kind of emerging technologies would be best for teaching a conversation class in a second language?

Clearly Skype holds some promise, especially if I could figure out a way to record the calls and post them as mp3 files.

But what about wikis and moodle and blogs? Am I crazy in thinking that these could be used as pre-speaking exercises where points of view (in the target language) are exchanged in a written form, beginnings of arguments form, vocabulary grows, followed by a conversation and then feedback (once again) in the blog.wiki.moodle site.

Can it be done? If so, how?

How Web 2.0 can YOU go?

Barbara is a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at a small liberal arts college in Maine. Rumor has it this was also her alma mater. She used to work for a small liberal arts college in the cornfields of Ohio for almost 20 years as a teacher and language center director. Prior to these adventures in higher ed she taught high school Spanish and loved it. She wishes she had more time in her life to play with her dogs, write, read, swim, do yoga things and making stuff out of clay. To see her online portfolio please click here!

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