What you can see now is my mini-action research project.
I teach English in a secondary school in ITALY: I teach general ENGLISH and also ENGLISH for BUSINESS and for BUILDING and CONSTRUCTIONS.
The project is aimed at my 5th year class of students of BUILDING and CONSTRUCTIONS.
Their level of English is lower intermediate but they are required to make presentations in English and they are used to working together for school projects in many school subjects.
They are going to be guided by me in making presentations on line about architecture and great Masters of Architecture of the XX-XXI century.
The teacher sets rules about TIME for on line presentations and WHO/WHAT they are going to present by using Google.
They need to have an internet access from home and a Gmail account.
They already know how to use e-mails and GOOGLE-DRIVE.
They will have to work in groups by collaborating and using Google for their presentations. They need to be able to use
GOOGLE Drive, GOOGLE Docs and GOOGLE presentations.
The teacher will follow their activities on line : 4 people in each group . In my class there are only 16 students and so it will be easy for me to monitor them and how they are making progress. I might have to make a lot of suggestions and help them with their English descriptions in the slides.
Google Presentations is good : you can write texts, use images for your presentations by using Google and also adding VIDEOs from the YOUTUBE.
The research will be guided by the TEACHER who will provide them with websites to use while they are searching on line for more information.
- internet cannot be fast and not everywhere in my area they can work well and they are expected to work from home in the afternoon
- not everybody can work well with schoolmates
- students need to know how they will be assessed
If the presentations on line can work well I will continue working by using presentations on line so that they are more engaged and like what they are doing, maybe next time I will make presentations by using Thiglink or Prezi and teach them how they work. Since Google is free and quite easy to use I decided to use it. As a teacher I like the way it can integrate a lot of tools.
My presentation on line explains how I have started to work and what type of problems may come to my mind in the next weeks. For sure I would like to have their presentations on line and presented in my blog or in the school website.