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TEFL Masterclass – An Evidence-Based Approach To Providing Learners With Effective And Multi-Modal Feedback

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Joe Dale – Modern Foreign Languages Guru, Technology & Language Learning Expert.

Joe Dale is an independent languages consultant from the UK with 13 years of teaching experience who works with a range of organisations such as Network for Languages, ALL, The British Council, the BBC, Skype, Microsoft and The Guardian.

What you will learn

In this workshop, Joe Dale will showcase a number of free web resources and tools which can be used to provide multi-modal feedback and shorten the feedback loop.

He will focus particularly on the following:
> The evidence behind the importance of giving written and audio feedback to learners
> Digital tools which offer feedback opportunities
> Mote for audio feedback
> Voice typing and dictation to save time when giving feedback
> Collaborative live writing and giving feedback in real-time
> Google Keep for drag and drop feedback
> Snip & Sketch for annotating work
> Windows 10 extended clipboard for speeding up marking

Workshop Summary

Introduction to Multimodal Feedback in Language Learning

Joe Dale, a language consultant, outlines an evidence-based approach to providing effective multimodal feedback in language teaching, extending beyond traditional written feedback to include audio commentary. He recommends a range of digital tools like Praise Postcards, Moat voice typing, and more. The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) provides valuable recommendations for feedback, including its timely delivery and the purposeful usage of written and verbal feedback. The use of digital technologies significantly aids this process.

Prominent Voices and Tools in the Feedback Domain

Sarah Larsen emphasises the advantages of verbal feedback during lessons over written feedback after lessons, arguing that it is more personal and effective. Several articles, including those published by the TES, cover the use of tools like Mikes and Teams for audio feedback, and Showbie for annotating PDFs with voice notes. Rocco Ribeiro discusses digital and collaborative feedback, highlighting Google Docs voice typing and feedback forms.

Exploring Diverse Feedback Tools and Resources

Numerous tools, like FlipGrid, MentiMeter, Quicker, Bakaroo, Google Forms, and Microsoft Forms, offer unique feedback opportunities. Blogs, like those of Esmeralda Salgado and Jane Basnet, provide a wealth of ideas and insights into evidence-based language teaching with technology. Dale concludes with a demonstration of Praise Postcards, which allows teachers to provide personal and engaging audio feedback via QR codes on postcards.

Deep Dive into Feedback Tools: Moat and Quick Share Screenshot

Dale demonstrates the Quick Share Screenshot Chrome extension, which facilitates easy sharing of screenshots, and the ‘Force Copy’ feature to share editable documents without modifying the original. He also introduces ‘Moat’, a Chrome extension that enables audio feedback and transcription services in Google Docs, Slides, and Classroom. Furthermore, he illustrates how to embed audio directly into Google Slides presentations, providing an interactive learning experience.

Feedback Enhancements: Voice Typing and Collaborative Writing

Voice typing on Google Docs and Google Slides transcribes spoken language into text, facilitating quicker feedback and language practice. Microsoft Word also offers a similar ‘dictate’ feature. Kelly Merrick suggests ‘live writing’ on Google Docs, where students write and teachers provide real-time feedback. Collaborative PowerPoints, where students collectively work on a shared file, are another interactive teaching technique, enabling immediate feedback and active learning.

Additional Feedback Techniques and Tools

Joe Pickering and Jane Basnet share resources for setting up collaborative PowerPoints. Google Keep and the Make Badges website can be used to create visual feedback icons. The On the Screen website allows educators to create personalised feedback stickers. Screen capturing tools, like the Snipping Tool and Snip and Sketch, allow feedback on specific areas of student work. Windows 10 users can utilise the Clipboard Settings feature to keep a bank of ready-made feedback statements.

Reflective Questions

Have a quick think about the reflective questions below in order to get the most out of the workshop:

  1. How can technology save teachers time when giving feedback?
  2. What are your top tips for giving effective feedback using technology?
  3. Why use audio feedback over written feedback during the pandemic?

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