Tech for Teach

Google Classroom – a test drive

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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.

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Opinion

How Cloud Computing should be Changing our Pedagogy

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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?

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