22 May 2011

Web 2.0 and Language Learning

Web 2.0 and Language Learning from Victor Hugo Rojas B. on Vimeo.

I'd like to comment this video. Working in a language teacher education department gives me the opportunity to interact with digital natives and immigrants. About 65 % of teacher students are familiarized with some Web 2.0 tools such as Messenger, Hi5, Facebook, Blogger, and YouTube. I think they are actually networked students because they interact, share, and learn exchanging information and socializing online.

Although, there are other Web 2.0 tools such as wikis, podcasts, and social networks; most students have not tried them yet, as well as, a great deal of teachers. These Web 2.0 tools may support EFL lessons encouraging students to use the array of possibilities to share opinions with the world; find images to use in class and share them; play word games with other students around the world improving vocabulary and making friends. Also, teachers may create and share teaching videos; see and learn how to do things through tutorials; or make their presentation interactive with Voice Thread.

In conclusion, "education must be not only socially, but collaboratively constructed." Networked teachers expect their students to collaborate with others virtually. However, teachers must improve their best practices by discussing and exchanging ideas with their colleagues in order to make the most benefitial Web 2.0 classroom work for their students.