The article describes how the engineering department at the University of Texas in San Antonio (UTSA) has "opened the first completely bookless library on a university campus in the US".
What I'm essentially looking for are minimum materials that will provide a maximum amount reaction from the students and a maximum amount of interaction between them.
In a class I'm teaching Tuesday, we'll look at the video first, discuss; then go on to the article; discuss further and continue the discussion after class via an Edmodo group. Any language work we do (and we will), will be reactive rather than obeying an agenda set by me in advance.
I'd argue that it's "materials-light" and, despite using technology, a Dogme approach.
The horseshoe makers have all but disappeared along with the typists, telegraph senders, row boat men and red wax makers.
Teachers who aren't downloading, podcasting, communicating, blogging, tweeting, buzzing, ninging, FBing, jamendoeing, waving, creativecommonscreating, linking, viewing, exchanging, building avatars with their students will all go the same way, and well, probably, really quite quietly.
Dogme ELT argues that the best approach to language teaching is "materials-light", which is not exactly what you are going to get if you use a digital coursebook on an interactive whiteboard.
Rather than doing that, a dictoglossed single text gives you a "materials-light" class, with the learners interactive and the IWB inactive (sic), which is surely exactly what we should be aiming for…
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It could be that if you doing CLIL, such things might be ideal; but, as I suggested — believing as I do in a "materials-light" Dogme approach to language teaching — I really have my serious doubts about such sites.
You've heard of Death by PowerPoint…? Take a materials-heavy approach to using the IWB and I think you're risking something very similar. The more materials, the more passive and bored your students will become…
What you really want is active students and a fairly inactive whiteboard!