IEPs and the Web: Maximizing Student Potential

Abstract

Transitioning into tertiary studies in a foreign language presents a host of challenges and opportunities, even more so when the transition is from one educational culture and set of tools to another. Technology offers many tools with which to approach this situation, and each tool offers distinct utilities. This poster will present a case study in leveraging the use of Web-based technology to enhance the educational outcomes of students in a Thai university IEP that are pursuing placement in an English-medium international program. Through the use of Edmodo, Voicethread, and Google Hangouts, students are able to engage interactively with their teachers and fellow students in and out of the classroom, acquire skills efficiently, and discover new methods of learning which significantly assist in achieving the program’s goal of preparing students linguistically for academic life. In particular, the technology allows for opportunities to improve listening and speaking skills through online discussions and presentations, thus overcoming a significant barrier to language development. Educators are able to clearly evaluate the impact of technology on teaching and learning by using the Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition (SAMR) model. The objective of this poster session is to provide educators with methods of integrating the use of Web-based programs to optimize curriculum implementation and student assessment. The poster display would include descriptions of how these technologies are used to promote specific skills, examples of student work, and a summary of student feedback results.



Author Information
Joseph Serrani, Mahidol University International College, Thailand
Alexander Nanni, Mahidol University International College, Thailand
Adriano Quieti, Mahidol University International College, Thailand

Paper Information
Conference: ECTC2015
Stream: Web-based Learning

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