Using the web for searching is one of the simplest and most usual activities our students undertake. But progressing from working with individual pages to using the internet over a series of lessons takes them to the next level, to online project work.
There are four main reasons why teachers should include these in their teaching:
- They are the simplest and easiest ways to introduce technology into teaching in terms of specialist technical knowledge. It is true that it takes time, good methodology and creativity to plan and design them, but sometimes all it takes is just search the web to check if some appropriate ones already exist.
- More often than not, they are planned as group activities therefore excellent for communication and collaboration between students and for provoking interaction and cooperative learning.
- Apart from improving students' language skills and competencies, they can be used for other purposes as well and teach other subjects providing 'real world' look and authentic tasks and motivate students as a result.
- Since students are not required to only find the information but to process, transform and apply them as well, these projects encourage critical thinking.
Above all, they are fun both to create and conduct.
Adapted from How to Teach English with Technology
by Gavin Dudeney and Nicky Hockly