Friday, September 5, 2008

Pedagogical Uses for Google (SOLO coded)

George Chinnery (2008) describes some of the pedagogical uses of Google in his article, “You’ve got some GALL: Google-Assisted Language Learning.” Language, Learning & Technology. February 2008, Volume 12, Number 1 pp. 3-11

Thanks for the link: Janet Clarey

I have been having fun coding these pedagogical uses against student learning outcomes and SOLO Taxonomy ... see if you can do the same

Google as an Informative Tool:

* Using a dictionary command (“define: strategy”), learners can discover meaning (definition, usage, correct spelling,).
* Using Google Suggest, learners can get real time alternate suggestions (“did you mean _?”) for their search term.
* Using Google Books will give learners returns of rich prose.
* Google Trends will return geographic information.
* Synonyms (~term), vocabulary development (Google Image Labeler), and listing and brainstorming (Google Sets) are other tools.
* For language learning, Google has Language Tools.
* Instructors wishing to control search activities for learning can use Google Coop to create a search engine for a website or collection of sites.

Google as a Communicative Tool:

* Gmail, (Google’s email program) together with Google Talk (instant messenger and internet telephony service) allow learners to email, save, print and email text chats and can be used to display presence of a learner. Preferences allow you to change your availability and give others
an idea of your current status (online, offline, away, do not disturb, etc.). Some initial research on the benefits of chat indicate that chats in language classes “seem to help all individuals engage more frequently, with greater confidence, and with greater enthusiasm” than is characteristic for similar students in a classroom.

Google as an Aggregative Tool:

* Google offers tools that recognize linguistic, visual, audio, gestural and spacial literacies in aggregate
* On iGoogle, learners can create their own start-age; their own customized, personal learning environment.
* Google Reader is a Web feed aggregator that allows learners and instructors to collect updates content (blogs, news feeds, podcasts, vodcasts, multimedia, etc.)
* Google Gears allows learners to view content from Google Reader offline.
* Google Page Creator is a simple webpage creation tool.
* Google Maps allows you to make custom maps and Google Earth provides a satellite view of an address.
* YouTube Remixer allows learners to make video mashups.
* Google Docs is a presentation tool similar to Microsoft PowerPoint.

Google as a Productive Tool:

* Google’s Blogger provides learners a place to author their own textual, audiovisual content.
* Google Docs give learners a way to collaborate on online documents.
* Google knol is a collaborative wiki-like application for group collaboration.

Google as a Collaborative Tool:

* Google Groups can be used to facilitate asynchronous class discussions.
* Google Calendar can be used for scheduling and notification.
* Google Lively is a 3-D environment where learners can create their own avatar and make and join rooms to meet and discuss topics.__

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