May 22, 2011


As I have mention in the past few weeks, I do not have access to the lab more than twice a week. By having this limited access to technology, I had opted to use my personal laptop and projector to use in my class.
I know that using computer in a class session can make the students more engage in the task that is being asked. I have used different colorful and interactive PowerPoint presentations, which I think have benefited my students in their learning. I have seen them to be more motivated for learn than using the text-book only.

Once a week, I ask them which movie the y would like to watch, and I buy it. The movies in Ecuador are very cheap, so I can afford buying them. I also use the projector to play some videos from youtube and I provide my students with the lyrics which have black spaces where they can fill in. It is very rewarding to see how motivated they feel when we do these interactive activities in class.

In addition to this, I google search for videos with native speakers conversations, and I ask them what the conversation was about, and how they will react if they were in that situation. I think that technology has done a lot for teachers and students because it is a very important tool which helps us to have better outcomes.

If you have any comments or suggestions please let me know,


1 comment:

  1. Hello Santiago,
    I understand the limited access you have to computer labs since it is the reality of most of Language Teachers. I also know it is hard to teach in a classroom environment only. That is why we should do our best to change the traditional classes like we were trained before. I really congratulate you on proving your classes with your own laptop and projector, which is the way students feel stimulated to learn.
    Additionally, using power point presentations is a great tool to embark students on learning any subject, not only languages. I agree with you that the power point presentations have to be colorful and interactive to keep students awaken during the whole class.
    Finally, the more interactive and newer activities students practice, the better the feel involved in learning, so those ideas of films and youtube are significant to engage students use not only their textbooks but technology as well. If you have any good website to download scripts, please let us know to start using films to teach in our classes.
    Mory – Ecuador.


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