sabato 15 luglio 2017

Learning about Google

            Learning about  Google for free

Simplek12 is a learning community of educators which I belong to.
I have learnt a lot thanks to their  webinars and I have paid for two more years so that I can have access to their webinars if I cannot  see them, in addition it is  a welcoming community where teachers share ideas and information about new web tools.
Now that summer has arrived  I feel I have more time to view the recordings of what I could see during the school year. Some events have been recorded and are open to anyone . Here you can see some interesting  webinars about  Google and tips for educators. The events took part in June this year and were really engaging.
The more I learn  the more I realize that education needs these new tools which can help me develop as a teacher who supports learners studying in the XXI century.

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                        Google  Tools
            A Presentation by Jerry  Swiatek

Website or Blog:
Go   Google for   Presentations
A Presentation by Tia Simmons





           Make Google Forms Work for You!

                      A   Presentation by Jayme Linton


      Amazing Digital Projects for All     Students with Google Tools

                                   A Presentation by   Matt  Bergman


10 Google Search Tips to Help You Find the Info You Need

                    A Presentation by  Paula Naugle


Using Google Docs and More for Differentiated, Collaborative Reading

                A   Presentation by Nikki D. Robertson

Looking forward to the next  sessions online!
Thanks  Simplek 12!                                       

venerdì 14 luglio 2017


DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP...........................WHY IT MATTERS

Today educators are involved in not only teaching their subjects, they are asked to teach their learners to be learners and citizens and thus they need to know more about their rights and the digital world. 

Interesting documents can be found online to learn about the importance of  teaching about  digital citizenship  in the first years of school with our  learners. 

Resources  worth checking

An interesting interview



Resources online for  Italian Teachers

Europe and ideas about   it: educators can rely on a network of experts and also resources about the best ways for approaching it.

sabato 24 giugno 2017

Learning about Google apps and Chrome

Summer has arrived but we are still working on our CPD. The life of a life-long learner  teacher  is continuing and I am involved in finishing some activities online in spite of the hot and sunny days  we have.
Simplek12 is providing free CPD about important apps and the best presenters have shared their tips regardings some important tools which we can use with our learners . I have followed some webinars online and now they are available for free.
I have chosen some I have seen  and which I think can helpl other  to develop and become tech-savy.
                                   An   Introduction to Google Drive and Tools

15 Free Web Tools from Google 
Time saving Forms, Surveys, and Quizzes with Google Forms
Google Chrome Web Tools

                             Formative  Assessment with Chromebooks Tools

Tips                            Creating   Templates with Google  Slides

I hope more teachers will take advantage of these great tools which  are free and also user-friendly.

venerdì 23 giugno 2017

Internet and ELT: sharing is caring

Thanks to the Internet we have access to plenty of resources - some are free while others are not. In some cases, we can rely on open education resources online ( OER)  and educators can build their lessons on what is online, in some other cases they need to give credit to the owner of the image or any source which has been used.
I like to surf the web and I have found a lot of interesting websites where I can find sources for my ELT lessons. I use videos from Youtube or the BBC, my students can rely on free lessons in English which have been shared by educators or  ELT  bloggers.
Here is a list of the best sources where I have found interesting documents or videos which can be used while working online with my students.
Most of them are videos and lesson plans or teaching units/modules which have been collected and developed by other teachers.You need to have an account but in most cases you can develop your lessons and work with your students online and also at school.


You can learn about OER online or you can watch this interesting video: it deals with resources which are free and can be used with the appropriate license. I think it is worth sharing and should be watched by teachers who work or prefer to work without using a textbook and work by using the so-called flipped classroom model  .

I will  have to learn more about credits and  resources which are free but  I think that we have to rely on these  tools as more and more education is in the cloud .  

domenica 11 giugno 2017

MM10 Showcase of courses

11th  June  2017

The end of the Mooc

After one month we could finish our activities on   MM10.  Five week spent online working and  learning  together!!

The Mooc started in May- I just decided to do it  feeling  a bit  worried as I had  given up MM9  in  November.  This time  I  managed and I could work in a Team and an  Individual Course. You can find more in my posts.

Here is the  slide which  Dr.  Nellie shared with us and which we created to showcase our courses:

We were great and she guided us. I hope I will have the possibility to continue learning online and

work on great courses which I have  created.

Thank you  Nellie  and  the  other  Teachers  who worked with us!!


mercoledì 7 giugno 2017

MM10 Week 5 Manager of a Moodle Site



I was given the right to  work on the  TRAINING SECTION and create my course.

My Individual  Course
I worked on my course about  English and Literature in  Week 5  and I could explore the many features and activities which  you can  add when you are working on Moodle. I really liked it.
It was a pity.... the course was going to finish. 
I have learnt  a lot .... and  I wish to thank  Dr.  Nellie Deutsch for the great course  which she  provided by running this  MOOC. 

                                   PRESENTING MY COURSE: HOW I CREATED IT


                                                          ENROLMENT METHOD

                                         GRADES   EXPLAINED BY  DR. NELLIE

                                                         FRONTPAGE BY DR. NELLIE

                                             GRADES IN MOODLE: MY  VIDEO  TUTORIAL

                                                           CREATING  BADGES

                                           FRONTPAGE  : MY  VIDEO  TUTORIAL

                                        PRESENTING THE COURSE AT THE END OF WEEK 5

domenica 28 maggio 2017

MM10 Week 3-4 Collaborative Course Design


Week 3-4

In weeks 3 and 4  we worked in teams to design a course.
We were asked to document the steps and to reflect on the process. Finally we had to share the final module of our  lesson in the topic section  using  screencast-o-matic and to publish the recording on Youtube or Vimeo.

It was a new experience as I had never worked on line with other Teachers and  we were good at it as we made interesting blocks dealing with  the issue of our  course.

Here are my  videos:

                                           TEAM COURSE COLLABORATION


Dr. Nellie  created a padlet where all the teachers who were working  in Week 3-4  posted the links to  their videos:

Made with Padlet

We all developed  great  courses and  I think that some of us will start working online by using  this  PLATFORM: MOODLE is really great as it is user-friendly and it provides  a lot of interesting  activities for our learners.