19 April, 2013

Attracting a real audience for learners through e-publishing

This session is about the benefits of attracting a real audience for your learners through the use of e-publishing tools. I will define e-publishing in a language learning setting and we will brainstorm and discuss benefits such as motivation, more attention to accuracy, ownership and the importance of purpose on the part of the students, among others.  We will also try to identify drawbacks and ways to minimize them and address the issue of reciprocity (the importance of becoming a real audience for other learners as well).

Examples of a variety of free e-publishing tools appealing to teachers with or without experience in the integration of technology will be presented. The tools will be shown through samples of actual students’ projects. Some of the tools to be shown are: Bookr, Issuu, Calameo, My Ebook, Brainshark, Storybird, wikis and blogs.

We will also look at some tools and strategies for spreading the word about your students’ work as well as for finding interesting projects for which your students can be a real audience.

We will finally work on the relationship between these benefits, the tools and pedagogically sound practices in the classroom to allow teachers to make effective choices regarding e-publishing in their unique contexts.

Attracting a real audience for learners through e-publishing from Vicky Saumell

Presented at IATEFL 2013 in Liverpool, England on April 9th, 2013
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