Web Cams for Young
The effect of providing an inexpensive web cam for each computer station is that each computer station has its own digital camcorder.
With web cams, young learners can create their own video-based messages to incorporate into a variety of constructivist projects. Students can work individually or in small groups to create short digital videos, which may consist of self-introductions, dialogs, dramatic skits, or interviews.
The videos are quite easy to make, and once the files are created, they can be used in multimedia portfolios, kiosks, or websites. Teachers find that digital video files provide a convenient way to evaluate student performance. If a high-speed Internet connection is available, the web cams can also be used for video teleconferencing.
– Self introductions
– Response to cues:
- Tell me about your family.
- Tell me about your school.
- Do you have any pets?
- Do you have any hobbies?
- When was your last birthday? What did you do on your birthday?
- What did you do on Halloween? Valentine’s Day?
- Tell me about your country.
- Tell me about your favorite TV show.
- Do you help your mother at home?
- What do you do to help out?
– Singing songs
– Role plays:
- restaurant – waiter and customers
- baby and parents
- "steal the cake"
– Teacher makes videos to be used as prompts for the students; students watch them and make their own videos.
Note: Videos can be inserted into PowerPoint or Word documents.
*Presentation at the TESOL 2003 Applications Fair in Baltimore, March 27, 2003
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