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Case Study "Build up your English" (blog) -EA

General information
.Case study’s translation Blogs et ePortfolio - Blog.pdf
.Level (age of students) SE
.Discipline / subject / course English language
.Number of participants 15
.Category of the tool Blog
.Tool / resource Word Press
.Country Greece
.Language of the tool or resource English
.Time plan start date 15.12.12
.Time plan finish date 15.05.13
.Did you use an example scenario from the initial phase of the eLene2learn project as an inspiration? No
Specific information about given case
.Aim To provide confidence and independent learning, innovative use of the blog
.Objectives To provide access to resources used in lessons, to activities and multimedia tools
To find solutions to learning difficulties
.Learning to learning (L2L) competences to be achieved  Self- management
 Motivation and confidence
 Self –assessment
 Collaboration
 Being creative
 Communication (reading and writing)
.Proposed activities We created a blog area where students hosted videos, activities and links, solutions to problems related to acquiring a degree.
It is one blog centralised for all the participants
.Pedagogical approach taken After creating the blog we introduced it to as many students as possible and asked them to post anything they feel is relevant.
.Methods of evaluation We monitored the participation of the students and handed out a relevant questionnaire regarding the usage and necessity of such a blog.
.Ethical statement We required and got permission from Mr. Apostolakis who is the headmaster of senior high school to involve the students in the project.
All participants were fully informed about the eLene2lene project and signed a consent form regarding their participation in the activities involved in it.
.Case study link LINK
Evaluation of the outcomes and impact for learners (summaries of feedback)
(with particular attention paid to the initial aims and objectives of the implementation plan and the key competencies developed)
.Summary of student feedback - Usage (max 200 words) We used the blog practically three times a month in our English course trying to monitor how the other students in the school used it and how beneficial it could turn out to be for younger English learners. It was really nice for us to try to find solutions to any kind of questions related to a better way to learn English vocabulary or write a better essay in class. Some students realised that they could use it in order to express their ideas as to the many alternative ways we may find so as to enhance our knowledge in English and make learning process easier and funnier. It would be better though if access was easier for the students or if they had more time to deal with it.
.Summary of student feedback - Benefits (max 200 words) Students reported that it was the first time they could actually use technology in a different and completely educational way. They found it really funny to post pieces of advice in a blog; younger learners found it interesting to use such a tool to find out about some educational issues and of course using a nickname gave them the chance to keep a kind of anonymity. Having to work together was also an aspect that made the students appreciate the blog more.
.Summary of student feedback - Development of competencies (max 200 words) It goes without saying that such an activity enhanced students' competencies a lot and it could do more, if there was more time for them to get involved.
Students learned how to get engaged in an on going process having specific duties.
Thus they learned how to be involved in a delegating and executing tasks process, how to solve a specific problem and how to cope with obstacles.
Having to communicate with younger learners was also challenging and created a sense of responsibility. Consequently collaboration was of utmost importance and being creative was one of the basic targets.
Students were challenged and really motivated to use such a tool, something that basically boosts their confidence a lot.
.Summary of student feedback - Supporting transition (max 200 words) Using a blog gives students the chance to use a different way of exchanging ideas and pieces of advice on a variety of issues.
Higher education needs students who are able to engage themselves and others in an on-going process of cooperation and motivation through alternative and easily accessible ways of communicating and working on projects.
Using a blog in a higher education course will definitely become a useful activity since university students are required to work on thesis and tasks that need creativity and lots of teachers.
.Summary of student feedback - Challenges or barriers (max 200 words) Since students had to be online in order to use a blog it was not always easy for them to do so. They also had to focus on the specific aspect of the blog and not generalise and use it for other purposes.
Sometimes students disagreed on the pieces of advice put forward to be uploaded and they had to reach a consensus, which was not always easy to do.
.Summary of student feedback - Improvements that can be made to the activity or the application (max 200 words) The idea of the blog is really inviting to all students but they should have access to it individually and not through a central account. In this way more students would have contributed to the blog and maybe they would be able to invite more to do so. Students would also like to use it on a more personal basis as well, since they often had the need to post something more personal but always relevant to the character of the blog ant the issues involved. Consequently the use of the blog on an individual basis would help a lot.
.Summary of tutor observation - Usage (max 200 words) Observing the blog for the past few months I came to the conclusion that it's a useful tool so long as the students who are engaged in it are also focused on it's purpose and do not just see it as a medium of communication and as a result transform it into a chat room. Teachers can get useful data as to what students need, help them solve some of their problems and exchange with them ideas and experiences sth, which is undeniably useful. A blog can make the lesson more inviting and engage students to activities, which may not appeal to them in the past. Of course it's a way to hone their skills as well and help teachers keep their interest.
.Summary of tutor observation - Benefits (max 200 words) Needless to say that the benefits of using an alternative tool while teaching can be many since ICT tools are extremely attractive to the children. Blogging is mainly an on-line diary but it can also become an on-line source of new ideas or solutions to problems related to the way students learn, acquire new knowledge and broaden their horizons. It can also be a source of information related to our students since creating a student's profile is always interesting and helpful to us. Personally speaking I wish I had more time to work on the blog with my students and have it as a supplementary tool to my teaching methods. I think it could help me and my colleagues create a better environment for my students.
.Summary of tutor observation - Development of competencies (max 200 words) Students are responsible for monitoring the blog and assess its usage which definitely enhances their self-regulation and self-assessment skills. Their creativity is also improved because you have to be creative in order to maintain the status of your blog and attract participation. Needless to say that students need to cooperate with each other so as to respond to the needs of the blog and of course to solve any kind of problems that they may occur. Motivation and confidence are also competencies that are constantly being developed through such an activity since students are attracted to posting new ideas and checking how these ideas appeal to other students.
Last but not least reading and writing skills can be improved since students need to produce and respond to texts in English.
.Summary of tutor feedback - Supporting transition (max 200 words) A blog is a way to introduce our students to a way to communicate with each other and gather valuable inputs for further research and discussion.
Teacher can also engage university colleagues in their students' blog and help students realise what their studies may include and how they are expected to work on a higher level of education.
.Summary of tutor observation - Challenges or barriers (max 200 words) Having to do with on-line activities always involves the risk of crossing the line and gaining access to social media, which of course is common among teenagers, but teachers should always monitor students' participation in on-line sites. It was also a little bit difficult to instigate their interest and when so to go public and let everybody know about our blog.
.Summary of tutor observation - Improvements that can be made to the activity or the application (max 200 words) As I have mentioned above we should take into consideration that we created a centralised blog, which made access a little bit difficult since it was restrained. Thus, other teachers could not also have the accessibility required so as to comment on the blog and contribute to our effort as well.
Therefore I recommend individual access to a possible blog and a more organised effort to involve a bigger number of students
Reflection and recommendations regarding the activity and approach used by the teacher, tutor or trainer
.What worked well? (max 250 words) Students got involved in an on-going process which was definitely productive and creative since they enhanced English skills through a different kind of activity, they got well acquainted with the benefits of technology, they built social skills as well since they had to communicate with their classmates and cooperate with them and last but not least they realised that sharing ideas and pieces of advice through such a tool can be really useful. I also believe that teachers themselves enjoyed the different approach and used it as a way to spice up their lesson and perform a group task, which instigated their students' interest.
.What would be done differently? (max 250 words) The blog should have been included in our plan earlier so as to have more time to get acquainted with it. We should have involved more students in the process and may be we should not have been that focused on using it for a specific purpose (helping students to reach a higher level in English). It would be better if we used it as a platform to exchange ideas on a variety of topics regarding school performance and school life as well. In this way we can monitor any possible problems or difficulties our students face and at the same time create a "bank of new ideas "regarding lessons and teaching methods.
.Recommendations for other practitioners who may consider using this approach (max 250 words) I strongly recommend it as an alternative use of Teaching and attracting our students' interest. I suggest a more extensive use of a blog in all levels of junior and senior high school since students are already exposed to exchanging ideas on issues through computer based activities and the course books themselves are a source of ideas that could be included in a blog. Moreover teachers themselves can have an easy access to a variety of new ideas regarding their lessons and of course create a stronger bond with their students.