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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Let's know each other.....

What is your name and where are you from?
Share information using AnswerGarden...

 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Embed posts from Facebook into your blog or site

 
Did you know you can now embed posts from Facebook right into your blog or site. Looking for an idea for a  writing task?

Friday, August 23, 2013

Tricider


Tricider is a great social voting tool!!! It lets you ask questions during class time and students answer from their smartphones, tablets, laptops, comuters....
You can discuss things, vote, collect ideas and more.
Try it out....
You can use Tricider not only with students. Use Tricider in your teachers meeting to make the meeting more interesting and engaging.
I am planning on using Tricider this year in every end of lesson, so students can share their feelings and thoughts about the lesson. What they've learnt, how they feel, notes and more.
It will be another way to get their feedbacks and change my lesson plans accordingly.
 
 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Enhance your pupil's reading by using a fun game - Bluster!


Hello all,

Finally I get to sit and write a bit on my 'well forgotten' blog. I am so sorry for not writing lately (about 6 months, but who counts?!) although I had wanted and planned to do so often I just couldn't find the right time.

Anyhow I am here now and writing.
As you can tell (or not) I have changed the font on the blog, as some of you didn't like the 'old' one or said it was hard to read. Hopefully this one is better (?).

I have recently downloaded an app called bluster! on my ipad and would like to recommend it to all of  you out there. It is a completely free app with a lot of value to the progress of reading especially to our esl/efl students.

Okay so the pupil opens Bluster!




There are 3 empty rectangles and a list of 18-24 words.
The pupil is required to read the words and to choose 3 rhyming words and to drag them into the rectangles.

 
You know if the pupil reads correctly and/or what are his/her mistakes by looking at the words he/she drags and the time it takes to drag them.

2 more great features are:
1) Playing in a team mode, meaning a team plays against another team . The teams share the same 3 rectangles.
2) Playing in a versus mode, meaning playing as individuals or as a group against another individual or group. The difference is that there are 6 rectangles (3 for each group) and the game is timed.
 
So give Bluster! a chance and please let me know what you think of it, what your pupils think of it and how you integrate the game in class.

Till next time (hopefully it won't take 6 months)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

GoogleDocs+QR Codes+Fakebook

This is a great lesson plan that involoves 3 different web 2.0 tools to use in your classroom. It can be adapted to many subjects and pupils really love to work and cooperate with their peer friends.
 
Art for You and Me
 
The class is divided into 6 groups. Each team gets a card with instructions. On the card there is a qr code they need to scan. After they scan the qr code they know which artist they explore (learn about).
Then they open our sharable GoogleDocs, and write the names of the group members on top (next to the group's number).
The instuctions on the card:
star Search the internet for the following details:
  • Full name
  • Place of birth
  • Date of birth
  • job
  • Famous piece of art (song, picture)
  • What is special about that piece of art?
  • What is it about?
  • Add pictures to your summary.
  • Add YouTube videos to your summary.
star Summarize everything into a short paragraph.
star Use the information you collected to create a Fakebook profile to your artist. (Include: pictures as links, YouTube videos, posts, comments, friends etc).  Make sure to include all the information from your summary into the profile.You should include the URL (link) of your Fakebook profile along with the password to our GoogleDocs.
starMake a short multiple choice quiz using Google Forms about your artist (5 questions) for the other groups to answer.  Add a link to the quiz.
starChoose a Fakebook profile to comment on (use your real name!) Make a comment on posts, videos, pictures etc.
Every pupil must write a comment. Make sure your comment is nice and to the point. Do not offend anyone by any way.
star In our Google Doc, open the comment bar and write a feedback about the lesson.
star Each team answers the questionnaire (made by the other groups) as follow:
group # 1 answers group # 2 questions.
group # 2 answers group # 3 questions.
group # 3 answers group # 1 questions.
group # 1a answers group # 2a questions.
group # 2a answers group # 3a questions.
group # 3a answers group # 1a questions.

Monday, November 12, 2012

AnswerGarden

AnswerGarden is a great tool, that lets you create a poll, guestbook, brainstorming activity and more... Try it! It is so easy - you will be surprised :)
What do you think of my blog?... at AnswerGarden.ch.

Sunday, November 11, 2012