Languages, Podcasting and eTwinning

June 25, 2007

When I was taking Japanese classes in 2003 I found that recording the audio was very helpful for studying at home.  At the time there was no such thing as podcasting and I would burn several CDs for my classmates to enjoy.  Now podcasting could be done for free and I see no reason why all language classes shouldn’t be recorded for children to study at home that night.

Another interesting aspect of podcasting involves “twinning” a class with a foreign counter part encouraging children to build social bonds which in turn creates an enthusiasm and reason to learn a language.

 Ewan McIntosh has some interesting information on his blog

June? eTwinning? It must be podcasting…


Pupils lead the way with blogging

June 25, 2007

Woodhill Primary School in Scotland has shown that Podcasting and Blogging can be useful educational tools.  After receiving permission from the local authority and handling security issues the school has been using ICT technology to enhance learning and to communicate with schools through Europe (e-Twinning).

“The children look forward to the project time, they enjoy being out of the classroom environment.
She added: “It is extremely effective way of teaching and we are starting to introduce these methods into our normal language lessons.”

Both teachers and parents say they have seen a huge improvement in their vocabulary, confidence in speaking and their accents since they started the blogs in January.

Emails have been exchanged with classes in Trinidad and Tobago as well as in China, swapping experiences of life in the childrens’ home countries.

The ability to answer questions and communicate with teachers and pupils in France and in Coventry is a motivation for pupils to log on regularly.

They enjoy reading emails from their international friends in the ‘e-twinning’ link with a school in Nancy.

Primary seven pupils on a trip to Paris updated their blog from hotel rooms, adding pictures and sending electronic postcards to classmates at home. 

Pupils lead the way with blogging