Blogs, Wikis and Podcasts
Blogs, Wikis and Podcasts are all examples of social software which are computer tools that allow people to connect, to communicate and to collaborate on-line. Blogs, wikis and podcasts, deals with social software in which a variety of social users have the opportunity to include their own matters. Among these, podcasts are significant for the language teachers because teachers find difficult to find resources for pronunciation with a variety of accents and registers to be used in the classes. Wikis and blogs incorporate a wide variety of audiovisual items that are worth incorporating in the foreign language classroom. Blogs has become a popular way for people to share their thoughts and go on the internet in a very casual format. Anyone can be a journalist. It is updated daily or weekly or whenever the author desires. Blog content is organized around "news" postings about which readers can comment. A podcast is an audio and/or video file that is ‘broadcast’ via the Internet and can be downloaded to a computer or mobile device such as an MP3. Anyone can subscribe to or watch on a web site, it’s free. Well Blog is read, and Podcast is listened. Blog files are html (or php/asp/other web language-generated HTML) files. Meanwhile Podcast files are mp3s, which you can download to your iPod or other mp3 players. A wiki is a platform that is meant for anyone to update in real time, easy to correct mistakes, and easy to allow people to contribute. The purpose of a wiki is to facilitate participation in an easy-to-use online environment by a community of people who care about the content because they have ownership of the process and the results. Blogs, podcast and wikis are the major components of any communication system you might create as a teacher. You decide the technologies that will best meet your needs and the needs of your students. Students value the use of technology for educational activities because has a deep impact in...
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