Welcome to the DOTS training kit!
On these pages you will find a variety of activities that will help you develop your teaching skills using new technologies. The activities are centred around the use of different tools for developing the following skills with your students:
Reading and writing (wikis, forums, blogs, and surveys),
Speaking (audio-conferencing, Audacity®)
Listening (Audacity®, podcasting, YouTube)
There is also a DOTS activity focusing on use of the Virtual Learning Environment ‘Moodle’ as a whole.
If you are using these materials online, you can also do some of the interactive tasks in the DOTS activities (e.g. quiz questions); and you can contribute to the DOTS forum and wiki and share your experience with colleagues. If you want to do this, please go to the DOTS Moodle workspace and self-register for the course. The focus of these materials is as much on pedagogy as on technology. All the DOTS activities are structured in the following way:
|A. What is this tool?
B. Why would I want to use this tool in my classroom?
|C. A guide through some basic features of this tool
D. Pedagogical considerations and sample task
E. Practical suggestions and advice on how to use the task
|F. Check your understanding
H. Explore and share!
I. Protecting students’ privacy
If you are a novice user of the technology or you are unsure what the benefits of a particular tool are for learning and teaching, you may want to start with Part 1 and work through the whole of the activity chronologically. If you have already encountered the tool and perhaps even used it in your teaching, you could start with Part 2 or even Part 3 (self-reflection and sharing).
These materials are the result of a project funded by the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) and its on-going success will depend on your input. We encourage you to do the following:
• Download or print off the activities and use them with your students.
• Use our DOTS forum online to share your experiences in using these activities.
• Upload any of your own teaching materials which you think may be of use to others to the DOTS wiki online.
We hope you really enjoy using these training materials!