…. I’m going to write a regular blog post!!!
But first things first. Here’s the obligatory…
…picture of an unplugged plug
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So, onto the myth: dogme = no technology…?
I think there is a real problem here of people taking things far too literally. I believe many people look at the phrase ‘Teaching Unplugged’ and make some connection, consciously or otherwise, with literally unplugging the computer. But isn’t dogme really about focusing on what the students need and want to say? Isn’t it about breaking free of prescribed, artificial materials? Isn’t it about finding ways to bring authentic language into the classroom?
So what better tool than an internet connected computer to bring authentic language into the classroom? What better way to acknowledge and exploit the students’ interests? What better way to give them a voice than to encourage them to broadcast it, blog it, podcast it, share it?
Of course, there are ways to misuse technology: CD-ROMs with multi-choice questions, gap-fills and drills; ‘İnteractive multimedia’ that actually offers no interactivity; reading and listening comprehension tasks with no scope for student-generated content… It all comes down to the old saying: “It’s not the tool, it’s how you use it.”
Technology at its best (specifically the internet) offers the chance to break down the classroom walls and bring the real world into our schools. At its worst, it leads to another pile of meaningless language practice activities. As teachers, it’s our job to ensure technology is used at its best to support the needs of our learners.
Other posts in response to Dogme Blog Challenge No. 7
And for those of you who feel deceived having come over here expecting some Monty Python-esque humour, here you go: