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Open Web Publishing

Abstract: In less than 250 words, please describe what you plan to share and do in your presentation. Clarify how you plan to produce your presentation (podcast, screencast, video, PPT, blog etc.) Remember, your presentation must be viewable online once it is posted to our servers. Indicate if you be able to provide a downloadable version, suitable for "offline" viewing.

Language learning has traditionally been constrained by space and time; social interaction in such environments was also limited to student/teacher and student/student. Nowadays a wide variety of social networking tools allows us to create open learning environments where language learning takes place in immersion-like contexts and where learners can engage in networking with wider audiences. Learners become more motivated, engaged and autonomous while they direct their learning towards the areas that interest them most and take ownership of their own learning.

The purpose, then, of this presentation is to introduce in greater detail the open and participatory concept and show how such a mode of learning can benefit EFL/ESL learners. After defining what open means, the presenters will discuss both the pedagogical and technological prerequisites necessary for this kind of learning to come about. Among the pedagogical are a strong trust in a person’s natural desire to communicate with others, an emphasis on process over product, and a belief that learners can and should become more self-directed and autonomous in their learning behaviour as they grow in experience. Among the technological are a look at the tools that make open peer-driven communication possible, such as blogs, wikis, and various social networking tools, such as Flickr (photo sharing), the 43 Trio (sharing of goals, places, people), Bloglines, Community Walk and podcasting.

Goals: State the purpose and intent of this session. Include presentation goals, objectives and anticipated outcomes for participants.

The presenters will give specific examples of how these tools have been used in their classrooms and made to integrate students' personal e-learning portfolios which can be kept and developed after they finish their formal studies.

Presenters will also introduce and invite participants to join Dekita.org, an open learning environment which highlights good practice and serves as a meeting place for educators and students from all over the world.

The last part of the presentation will be open for questions and a discussion of both the benefits and challenges the social tools may pose for teachers.

Justification: Why does your presentation fit in your selected strand?

Participants will be shown how weblogging projects allied to social networking tools can promote greater language awareness, openness and cultural exchange while providing learners with the skills to use tools on their own after the formal course is completed.

Theme: How does your presentation support this year's conference theme: "Playing with Boundaries?

One of the main projects to be shared is Dekita.org: a group of people dedicated to promoting open and participatory web publishing in EFL/ESL, which attempts to bridge the gap between the learners in the classroom and the potential conversation partners on the internet at large by building a network of support and encouragement.

Full Disclosure: Please note K-12 Online is NOT an appropriate venue for vendor-generated infomercials for commercial products. If you have any professional affiliation or commercial tie (vendor or are paid by any company or individual to use, promote, or support a website, project or service) to any of the websites, products or services you plan to discuss in your presentation, please disclose that here.

The presenters have no professional affiliation or commercial tie to any of the websites or tools presented. Dekita.org is an open collaboration project among peers and the other sites are free tools and platforms found on the web that they have been using with their classes.