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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MAKING GUESSING GAMES WITH PREZI

MAKING GUESSING GAMES WITH PREZI

To introduce my teens to Prezi for the first time, I had them make sentences about a 'secret animal'.  It was a great first activity because they learned how to place their sentences on the canvas, make their own paths and hide the image somewhere within the words.  They also practised the vocabulary we were learning; adjectives, comparatives and superlatives.  The end result was having short presentations in front of the class for everyone to guess the secret animal.  On top of using their English, both written and orally, they had fun making their Prezis.  I didn't correct all of their English mistakes because I didn't want to discourage them!! After this activity, Prezis became a norm in our classroom!




Thursday, January 2, 2014

BUNCEE

BUNCEE

This looks like an interesting tool to use with your students. Basically, Buncee is yet another web-based content creation tool.  Students can add photos, videos, audio, text, drawings, etc. in order to create dynamic project presentations.  Teachers can use Buncee to create lessons online.  You can also make fun greeting cards like the example I am showing here. I joined and made it in less than 10 minutes!





http://www.buncee.com/buncee/45336

Here is another example where a video has been embedded.  A great tool for getting students to give presentations on whatever topic is related to your curriculum.


http://www.buncee.com/buncee/11996




Thursday, October 10, 2013

SYMPHONICAL

I recently discovered this tool and thought that I'd put it here for you teachers to have a look at.  It could be very useful for organizing all of those tasks that seem to never get done and stack up on a pile.  This tool allows you to visual tasks to do, tasks in progress and tasks that have been completed.  I like the looks of it too!



Thursday, July 11, 2013

MINDMUP MAPS

Make your mind tick! Have some fun making mind maps with Mind Mup. Easy to use and good for some brain exercise during the Summer months!!SUMMER TIME on MindMup

Thursday, June 27, 2013

THINGLINK


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

Create guides and tutorials with TILDEE



There is no better way to learn than by teaching. Getting your students involved in teaching is an effective way to get them to use new language and structures in a useful and purposeful way. TILDEE is a free tool that helps you to create and instantly share tutorials on any subject. In the example (http://www.tildee.com/y8A3tj)you will see that a teacher has written a tutorial on English expressions, however, I see this tool as being used by students to create easy tutorials that will enable them to use new language for specific purposes. See this example of 'How to make a fruit smootie'

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:
  I hear and I forget.  I see and I remember.  I do and I understand!



Thursday, April 18, 2013

DIGITAL STORYTELLING


DIGITAL STORYTELLING



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


What I can add is the additional and obvious language learning benefit.  Getting students to write in a language which is not their native tongue is hard enough.  Giving them the opportunity to write about something that interests them is a must and if you add the 'wow' factor of an engaging tool, you've won half the battle!  Sharing their stories with their classmates is also a rich language learning strategy.  They have to read and understand (hopefully!) others' stories which means that they are receiving more language input than if they had simply written down a story in paper-form and handed it in to the teacher.  

The following link will take you the article written by Med Kharbach where you will find a long list of great 2.0 tools that can be used to write digital stories:


Get creating!