mercoledì 18 ottobre 2017

Digital Learning

I could not but check this  great tweet about   Digital Learning which was online tonight.

There is a link to a post about   Bloom's  Taxonomy and which verbs we can use when planning  activities for  Digital Learning.

How many of  us have  thought or  think about  these  verbs?   How can we implement our way of working?

Food for thought for many of us . It  may be true that we still work in old schools but  we need to train learners to become better learners who can  deal with digital skills and are able to work in a complex world.

martedì 3 ottobre 2017

Flipgrid in education

When working on line and while I  was  on Twitter I found some interesting examples of the use of this new  Tool: FLIPGRID

Here is the tutorial which I found online and was shared to present  it.

How can we use it ?
For discussions, for assessment and also in Literature  Circles . I think it will be helpful for my ELT lessons too.

I just need to find a task I would  like to work on with my students.  I will see what  basic account offers and if it is worth paying for upgrading. I am now collecting some examples online to see what I could do in my lessons if I had it. 
Useful tips and ideas online

sabato 9 settembre 2017

Blogging with Edublog

For my school activities this  year  I started a blog by using the  educational blog

Here is  a tutorial about it: it is  easy to start and  it has a nice layout. I have only a basic  account but I could also upgrade it.

Edublogs tutorial from Elizabeth Rosen

The idea of  blogging with my classes was influenced by some blogs which I saw online and which made me think that  my students should use more  English and  follow some activities  and tasks from home.
When we finish  school we  do not have much interaction  with students and this is  a pity.  By using a blog we can choose a topic,  create a presentation and  discuss together after researching, deciding the  research and working on it while  using the  language.
Blogs can be used in different ways, they can be  created by students too but in EFL  teachers can enhance  learning  by providing a platform where students  can share their ideas:
i.  reflecting on what they  have  read about  or use the blog as a  classroom discussion
ii. investigating and reporting online about what they have learnt about
iii. using the platform to record activities  and  projects
iv. talking about  shared activities

My blog :

When we  learn online we can  also use images and  for this  reason I am going to use the blog to get my  students more engaged by  using pictures and images they can  discuss and make comments  on:

I teach in  a liceo  artistico in Italy and  my students are working on art, paintings  : we are required to search for images online which we  can use for descriptions.
Posts can be grouped under different  categories  : here is mine about   Ireland. More posts will be added during the  school year and will be  grouped  depending on the Language  levels of my learners.

Posts can be shared online on different social  platforms.

You can embed  pictures, videos and if you  upgrade more  gadgets.

My blog is going to become a document with lots of links and activities which will be shared with my classes.

If it works well, I might decide to help my students blog and present their activities online.

The adventure has just begun.

mercoledì 23 agosto 2017

TES a useful tool for creating lessons online

TES : how to create lessons online in just a few minutes
It is one of the  fastest tools for creating lessons and you can choose  how to create lessons for your  students by using images, videos and adding your  texts.
I just tried it last week and after having checked my account was working I could work on the lesson by using the tool online which helps you look for  resources which you can use in your  lesson plan.
It took me less than ten minutes.  Good quality and good materials online.
Once  you are ready you can share it with your  students or embed it on your website.

Why  should everybody try it?
It's fast and it is free. You can also find a lot of materials which are  shared by other  educators. Sharing is caring and so you can  find  a lot of materials which you can use or also pay for. What I liked was the idea of integrating the lessons with  Google Drive too. 

lunedì 21 agosto 2017

Digital Tools and Personal Learning Networks

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On 17 July I was online and could see an interesting webinar about the importance of digital tools in the life of the  teachers who develop their own PLN.
The webinar was run by Cambridge English Language Assessment and provided some ideas about how teachers can develop.

The two presenters , Sally Matson and Anna Lloyd interacted with the teachers and  educators who were online and provided some tips about how we can learn together other educators and how to develop and share ideas, materials and  interact with other teachers.

I am focussing on  some key ideas which I feel everybody involved in teaching should be aware of.
Teaching today requires  a lot of efforts in terms of self-development  and thanks to the internet we can easily learn about new ideas and share tips and learn about what the others are doing.

The term  refers to  PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORK  and defines an informal network consisting of people a learner interacts with and derives knowledge from. The term is used to define what you create, develop and maintain.
I think that like many teachers  I have felt  alone for years as it is not easy to work with the others in some schools . I wanted to share ideas and tips but often I had to cope with their opposition, it seemed to me that some never  wanted to work together or discuss about their work and methodologies.
Ever since I started working online and  met  likeminded  teachers  things have changed. I also enjoyed working with other teachers when I was in Dublin some years ago: it was a European project for teachers and I realized that more and more teachers want to work together in projects.

Today we have global communities of teachers and we can easily  work together also online, thanks to modern technologies we learn about them and we can share ideas.

 What the two speakers underlined in the  webinar was the importance of developing a reputation online.It is possible to meet virtual friends and educators who love discussing online and work with others as they feel that education is not a national issue but it involves educators, families and teachers.


While in the past most of the ideas were discussed in conferences and meetings  , now we can have a global audience thanks to social media.
Youtube, Linkedin,FB and Twitter can enable learners to find , share and create online resources.  This implies that  learner can control and manage their learning.

An important aspect of the connected educators is  the relationship with their  writing and blogging is becoming more and more important:

The main focus was only on the main platforms but I must say that we have great  bloggers that can help us learn about ideas, approaches and also new web tools.
Blogging is also useful for teachers when interacting with their learners.
The Digital Teacher
Teachers have a variety of resources they can rely on for learning:  Moocs but also dedicated platforms which have just been created. The Digital Teacher can be one of the first website to check if you are  beginning to work with  modern tools.  
 It is important to get organized and to start following important people in education and also events. Twitter or FB can help the learners and the teachers to become more involved in learning about the new events and   modern tools can help them to become organized in saving what they need to  read about and reflect on:

The webinar ended with encouraging words :  Join In!

The event was  a good introduction to what we mean by  connected educators today and how teachers can develop online.

You can watch the recording online dealing with this event .

domenica 13 agosto 2017

MMVC17 My reflections online

MMVC17  My posts and my reflections online

by  Tiziana Angiolini

After being part of the online community of educators who saw the webinars which ran from 4th to 6th August I had to write some posts and to prepare my reflections in a video. I posted a video for 10 webinars and a video as an introduction to this experience online.

Here you  can find my videos online and the links to the all the  posts I have written so far: this is my homework for getting the Certificate of Attendance as Dr. Nellie Deutsch requires us to  write posts and to make some videos for reflecting about the events.

My Presentation online  about  MMVC17 with links to posts and also links to the videos

The Beginning of the Conference :My Post
Day1 Presenting the Conference

A video summarizing all the main events which I saw  on line

My post :  Technoclil in the  21st Century

My post : Spice  Up your Lessons with Interactive Tools

My Post: Dealing with Digital Distractions

My Post : Motivating

My Post: Improve Classroom Culture with Mindfullness

My Post: What to expect in online Education in coming years


My Post: Rethinking Stress

My Post : Understanding Programming Foundamentals

My Post about  Native and Non-native  English Teachers

My Post about  Innovation for quality Leadership

domenica 6 agosto 2017

MMVC17- Innovation for quality Leadership

6th August 2017

Webinar by  Ebba Ossiannilsson

Innovation for quality  Leadership

I was online on 6th August and I could see the great webinar where  the speaker presented her ideas about  Leadership Management.
Quality and Innovation: she speaker  focused around leadership and transformation towards UNESCO SDG goals 2030 and the 4th industrial revolution.
She focussed on the way technology is playing an important role but what is more important is a strong leadership that can enhance initiatives in education and interdisciplinary work.
The main message was about the need for a systemic  change.

What we should do:   THINK OUTSIDE.
Ask questions. Great leaders need to be creative.
Great words in the final slide:  CARING IS SHARING, SHARING IS CARING.
The main focus was on providing key ideas about this concept:

It was a great presentation, well-focussed and interesting but I did not connect as I was following the speaker and her interesting ideas. When I watched the session I realized that we are still looking for leaders who have passions and  can motivate. I liked the world  CREATIVE VISIONARIES. I did not ask any questions but I thought the content is relevant to me. In addition, I would add that we should try to become  visionaries to build and develop  a better leadership.
I felt a bit worried about the world of education now as I believe that a few people are so passionate: I agree that people like  Nellie Deutsch are doing a great job but we should have more people.  The challenges and the steps will have to be shared among other visionaries . I will have to try to rely on the people I know in my country and on the international community.

I will have to continue follow people like  Ebba , Dr. Nellie Deutsch and  people who are aware of the importance of education and how leadership is  crucial to develop a better learning  community.
I have already done a Mooc about the importance of  Mentors and Leaders in Education and I will try to learn more about what innovative steps can reshape  Education. It will be a Group  Work shared among people.

Resources shared in the  webinar : the Presentation

Ossiannilsson mmvc17 6_aug2017 from Ebba Ossiannilsson

The video is now online