Thursday, October 10, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Have some fun this Summer creating interactive images and sharing them with your friends. THINGLINK is a tool which allows you to add 'hotspots' to your image, making it interactive in some way. You can link the hotspots to text, exterior links, videos, etc... Give your students a task such as the one found in the example below. All they need is an image and some imagination!
CLICK HERE TO SEE ONLINE EXAMPLE
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
They can easily share their tutorials with their teacher and classmates too which enriches the whole language exchange. There are other tools for making guides such as http://snapguide.com/, however the point I'm trying to make is that the actual practice of getting students to create guides and tutorials is very rich language learning strategy that has now been made easy and engaging with tools such as the two I have mentioned here. Getting students to create and 'teach' gives them the opportunity to use language in an active way. They learn by 'doing'. Check out the examples and please share with me any tutorials you create with your students!
I will leave with this Chinese proverb:
Thursday, April 18, 2013
I have posted before about the educational value of creating digital stories but I am going to add some new thoughts. We can all create a good story. No matter the age of the students you are teaching or what their interests or 'learning-language' may be, I can guarantee you that they have a story to tell. Let's help them as teachers to find their voice and to put their stories on the web where they can be shared with others in their class, school or even other schools around the world.
Some benefits which will come out of storytelling:
These aren't my own but I couldn't have said it better! (By : Med Kharbach)
- It develops creativity and critical thinking
- Students who are shy or afraid to talk in class get a chance to speak out their minds
- It empowers students voice to deliver rich, deep message that is capable of conveying a powerful message.
- It helps students explore the meaning of their own experience, give value to it, and communicate that experience with others.
- It promotes the notions of life long learning and independent learning
- It develops students communicative skills
- It is a reflective process that helps students reflect upon their learning and find deep connections with the subject matter of a course or with an out-of-class experience.
- It fosters students sense of individuality
- It also gives students an opportunity to experiment with self-representation and establish their identity
- Students creating digital stories develop proficiency with multimedia applications
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Learn and practise grammar as a game with the whole class. What I like about this game
is that you can practise specific grammar topics that you may be learning at the moment.
If not, you can go straight into playing the game and competing against others from all
over the world with mixed grammar-related questions. The more confident you are with
your answers, the more you will 'gamble'.
Very practical and engaging!
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Some easy sites to make polls are:
Let students control some of their own learning by giving them the opportunity to be active and feel that they are the 'creator' of learning activities such as this one!
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polljunkie_width = "250";
polljunkie_height = "300";
polljunkie_bordercolor = "#2D7012";
polljunkie_bar_color = "#BDBDBD";
polljunkie_bar_bg_color = "#1C0F0F";