Designing online tests

What are the advantages of creating online tests?

  • It saves teacher’s time as marking is automatically generated.
  • The use of media may be more attractive for the students  (images, audio, video and other digial tools)
  • Teachers may keep a “question bank” to generate future tests
  • Tests may be set to show correct or expected answers

According to Velan, Kumar, Dziegielewski and Wakefield (2002)

Web-based formative assessments offer clear advantages for staff and students:
–flexibility in timing and location of assessment
–feedback can contain links to learning resources
–opportunity for repetition and interactivity
–support equity and inclusiveness

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Your task is to design an online test based on one of the units from the textbook provided by your teacher






Building your Personal Learning Network

Learning in the XXI century is changing at an extremely accelerated speed. One way to respond to this revolution is to create our own PLN (Personal Learning Network).

According to Christopher Parsons, the four things that we have to do with the content shared on the web are:

Read: Read/watch/listen the content you are presented with

Evaluate: Decide if the content is appropriate for a specific task.

Critique: Reflect on the material and form your opinion about it.

Write: Share your critique with others.

The following tools may help you externalize your knowledge-building.





Watch this video and answer the questions below:

1. Explain the two considerations when building a PLN.

2. In what way is a PLN  a “Two Way Street”?

3. Why are teachers responsible for their own professional development?

4. How does a PLN look like?

5. What are some tools to keep up with development?

6. What are the uses of Diigo and Evernote?

7. What are other ways of communication for academic institutions?

8. Mention tools to collaborate with others.

9. What is the best tool to learn from other colleagues?

10. Mention the uses of the typical applications that the speaker has on his browser? (gmail, google reader, evernote, twitter etc)

Cátedra 1: Instructions

1. Use the lesson plan format given by your practicum professor.

2. Write a description of your school and class.

3. Choose one linguistic skill.

4. Be VERY clear about the EXPECTED OUTCOMES.

5. The task is to create digital resources to achieve the outcomes in a more meaninful way.

6. You must use at least ONE of the following tools:

Reading: online newspapers

Writing: google docs

Speaking: ustream

Listening: podcasts


7. Your warm up should be based on the lexical approach; therefore,  you can use  any of these platforms to activate vocabulary or teach new words:

Vocabulary tools

8. Besides, you will choose two other digital platforms to achieve the expected outcomes.

WEB 2.0

Best of web 2.0

9. You lesson plan has to include all the links to find  the digital activities online.

10. Post your lesson plan on Edmodo.


You will be able to use September 26th session to finish your project.


Internet-based activities

The internet offers an enormous amount of resources that we can include in our lessons

What should you consider before selecting a specific site or tool? Discuss with your partners and write down 3 golden rules before using a specific digital aid.

The following links contain many online activities. Take some time exploring them and choose one to be integrated in the following situations:

1. 8th grade class with 35 students. The classroom has a datashow and speakers. The learners need to improve their reading skills. The teacher has detected that one of the problems is the lack of vocabulary. Unfortunately the students are not very motivated.

2. II medio class with 30 students. There is a possibility to take them to the computer lab once a week. The students are studying a unit about the environment and the teacher need to develop listening and speaking skills in the context of problem-solving.

English Blog


New York Times

British Council

Internet 4 classrooms

These lessons must comply with the following principles:

  • Topics are global issues
  • Students interact with authentic material
  • Students will apply a variety of strategies
  • There is balance between form and meaning
  • Teachers are facilitators

Mobile Leaning


The widespread access to mobile phones, smartphones, laptops and tablets is offering many new opportunities in education. Today’s objectives are:


  • To become familiar with the variety of free tools available online.
  • To know and comment initiatives to incorporate mobile learning around the world.
  • To internalize that mobile learning can be democratic.
  • To discuss the advantages of mobile learning.
  • To identify drawbacks in our national reality.
  • To plan a lesson incorporating mobile learning.

We are going to read the following document; Fundación Telefónica  (in Spanish)

Complete the activities in our wiki: HERE

New Literacies and 21st Century Technologies

This is a position statement of the International Reading Association

Answer the following questions:

1. What changes are school students going to experience by the time they finish secondary school?

2. Why does the Internet have an implication in instruction and assessment?

3. In what ways can ICTs widen the gap between developed and developing nations?

4. What do school leaders need to do to provide adequate education?

5. What is the role of universities to support our students in the digital age?

6. Why is it important to form critical students in this online context?

7. How can literacy researchers contribute to this change?

8. From the section “Our Responsibilities”, choose one recommendation that you find more difficult to carry out and on that you find easy to implement and explain why.

Accept the invitation to wikispaces and post your answers here: