Tech for Teach

Google Classroom – a test drive

CR-Introducing

I was able to try out Google Classroom this week, and thought I would share some thoughts and screen shots. Basically, if you have access to Google Apps for Education, then Classroom streamlines organization and delivery of content in a walled garden approach, and provides some basic support for student assessment. So, its Google’s new LMS.

There are three main pages in the Classroom interface: STREAM which is the chronological presentation of announcements and assignments, STUDENTS/CLASSMATES which is currently only for sending e-mail, and ABOUT which is where access to a course syllabus or other static information can be given.

Continue reading “Google Classroom – a test drive”

Research

Student reactions to Google Presentations

2014-05-22 14.12.43

I recently introduced Google Slides (formerly known as Presentation) to a group of students at Aoyama Gakuin University. For most of the students it was their first time to use collaborative software of any kind. I decided to conduct a little study to investigate their reactions to the software and using it to work together collaboratively on a single presentation.

Continue reading “Student reactions to Google Presentations”

Opinion

How Cloud Computing should be Changing our Pedagogy

23972368_s

One of the most amazing technological advances in recent years, in my opinion, is cloud computing. However, as teachers we have only just begun to see its implications.

For those of us in homogeneous EFL environments, like Japan, getting students to communicate with each other spontaneously using the target language is one of the biggest challenges we face. And yet, we have opportunity to circumvent this obstacle using technology.

Imagine an ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) environment where students from different countries are being matched within a project group. Target language communication would be a must in this situation. Impossible?

Continue reading “How Cloud Computing should be Changing our Pedagogy”