giovedì 7 dicembre 2017

Christmas trees and activities for my learners

Arbol Navidad 03

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The origins of Christmas  trees can be found in the past and also in Europe we have a lot of traditions.

The  main traditions  come from Germany but it was with  Queen Victoria  that  the Christmas tree  became a tradition in most British families.
I found this useful page about the history describing  this   tradition :

http://www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas-trees

For my  blog created  this year for my  English  language  learners I am going to use  this short video  which will be  given as  listening  activity and  homework to my students:


Since I am teaching in a school of  Art I would like my students  to search  paintings and pictures  about  this  tradition  online.
They could use  the images they have found to describe them and speak about  them.

Here are some nice  paintings which could be described by my  first  year  students:


Christmas-Time, The Blodgett Family MET DT7582

Eastman Johnson [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons


William James Glackens - Christmas Shoppers

By William James Glackens [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Carl Larsson Christmas Morning 1894

Carl Larsson [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The language structures  will be related to descriptions of places and  people. I expect them to tell me  what's happening in the pictures and paintings and I would like  my students to focus on adjectives that might describe what  people might think and how they are feeling. 

It might be interesting to check which images they like and why and how   they chose them.

sabato 2 dicembre 2017

Twitter : a source of images for speaking activities

         More and more I use  Twitter to find resources and images for my lessons.
         It is great for pictures and for descriptions.  I must confess that I am learning  a  lot online
         thanks to people.
         We can learn more about  other countries and  get back into the past.







White Boards online

Today we can have many free whiteboards online to work in a collaborative way.
Teachers and learners can work together and  share ideas, materials and more.

Here are some tools which I might start using.

Stoodle : see this interesting post online   https://blogs.umass.edu/onlinetools/community-centered-tools/stoodle/




https://awwapp.com/

This is  a web White board which is  free. Check this post online 

http://tammyworcester.com/aww-a-web-whiteboard/



Link to free interactive online resources http://www.teachhub.com/free-interactive-whiteboard-resources

venerdì 1 dicembre 2017

Professional Development online December 2017



Just two weeks before this  free event starts. I was online last year and loved learning from famous educators.







Looking forward to this  free event! Thanks a lot!

giovedì 30 novembre 2017

ELT: learning and teaching with Technology

Shelly Terrell has been helping educators and ELT Teachers from all over the world for many years now.
I am a regular follower of her webinars which you can follow online- free webinars -she regularly presents on Friday.
At the beginning of this year, it must have been  February, she discussed the issue of  Technology and ELT and we were guided into the world she is familiar with and which she is sharing with us.
She shared interesting  links which I have bookmarked too. I have learnt so much and I must say that now I trying to learn about new apps which can help me teach in a better way.

Here are some websites:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

http://ilearntechnology.com/wordpress/?p=4817


http://www.eslplace.com/ 

She shared this interesting slide about the best ways to work with  technology.  It was a great source of information.


Survival Tips for Teaching English with Technology from Shelly Sanchez Terrell



In her website you can find this interesting presentation about  learning and teaching : it is shared online and I would like to share it with other educators.
They present interesting  ideas and tips for  getting learners more engaged. I will present some posts about  some apps which she shared in the webinars and which can be used by many language  teachers in my next posts.
 



On the whole we can say that technology can help us change the approach by supporting the learners to become active learners and by helping them produce language input in different ways.

martedì 28 novembre 2017

Internet and our life

Internet .....................................................................

Internet is over 25 years old now and  it is changing our life. What happens online  in a minute ?

Something interesting but  also unexpected- It is our world, the virtual world. We do need to reflect on it.


The Wayback Machine:  how to use it. How about learning about the  past ? Here is this interesting tutorial for educators.

venerdì 24 novembre 2017

Using images in education

It is an important issue. We do need to teach our  students how  to work with images. As educators we do need to help them work online while making and sharing their presentations. You cannot " steal images", you need to know  how to use images.

Here is an interesting  post shared online :
Teaching Students to Legally Use Images Online https://t.co/566AbZbXwx

You can check the link online of the Tweet  : this is an interestin post and the website is a source of interesting information for educators.

https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/online-images/

Useful links for further research

https://wearegrow.com/open-source-images-for-your-blog/

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