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ID : 384
Original submission :
Title : Purposeful use of technology: projects that motivate
Type : Workshop (60 minutes)
Category : Individual session
Abstract :

In RMIT’s English for Teens program, there are elements of Project Based Learning specifically giving students voice and choice. Projects in the textbook (Impact) have been adapted and scaffolded to meet the needs of Vietnamese teenagers. Learner motivation and active engagement are promoted by integrating the use of technology. Students are supported in making their own decisions about which software and apps to use for creating and sharing their project outputs, whether this is through videos, podcasts, presentations, posters, etc.  


This workshop will share how the projects were developed to build on the motivational aspects of project-based learning through the use of technology to support and sustain cognitive focus. The participants will reflect on how the purposeful and scaffolded integration of technology can help to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity and innovation, communication, and collaboration as well as global awareness.


We will then illustrate some examples that participants can adapt for their own contexts, such as Pre-Intermediate level examples where teen learners complete three projects - designing a digital poster, building a simple website and developing a presentation - all involving the use of technology to collaborate, research and create. Participants will then discuss, in groups, how they could adapt a given textbook prompt into a project to meet the needs of their learners. Finally, we will share some feedback from our teachers and the teen students themselves about their thoughts on the projects they have undertaken.

Keywords : PBL, teens, 21st century skills, autonomy
Conference theme : Application of technology to the language classroom
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Main presenter : Mr. Jonny Western
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Affiliation : RMIT University Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
Email address : jonathan.western@rmit.edu.vn
Biography :

Jonny Western (BSc, CELTA, MA DTCE) has been working as an English Language Educator at RMIT University Vietnam for 7 years and for the last two years he has been the coordinator for the new Teen Program at RMIT Vietnam. He has previously completed both Delta Modules 1 and 3, and holds a Masters in Digital Technology, Communication and Education and a diploma in Language Teaching Management from the University of Queensland (IDLTM).

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Date added : Friday, 15 March 2019, 6:26 PM
Date modified : Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 3:16 PM
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Submission status : Accepted
Schedule number : 207-W
Schedule day : Aug 9th (Fri)
Schedule time : 10: 20 - 10: 45
Schedule duration : 25 mins
Schedule room name : A102
Schedule room seats : 40 seats
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