sabato 22 aprile 2017

Sutori : an interesting app used for telling stories and useful for collaboration

Sutori is a user friendly app which can be used to write stories and people can collaborate while working on them.


I have just started using it but it is really engaging and you can make nice presentations or just tell stories by using images, writing texts, uploading videos or audio recordings. You can have forums, quizzes and it is easy to share the final product you have created.

Here are some tutorials which can help you  work  on it for the first time, but  you will not have many difficulties if you have already used  Tackk or  Padlet for boards and presentations.












Here you can find a nice example online : you will see that it is well-organized and it presents great potentialities for educators and students!
 

venerdì 14 aprile 2017

EDuzzle: a great tool for FLIPPED LEARNING and ELT

EDpuzzle can be considered one of the best tools online for creating lessons with videos while getting students engaged. It is the perfect tool for ELT lessons as teachers can choose the videos they want to use with their students and create questions or quizzes about them. It is useful when introducing topics or for brainstorming ideas.Students of English can benefit from listening and watching a video with questions about it.
I started using it after ZAPTION closed down last year. I could move the videos I had chosen from Zaption to EDpuzzle. It took me some hours to learn how to use it. It is user-friendly and really useful because teachers can share the videos with their learners and give them tasks to do from home.
You can find the link to some comments written by educators and here I have embedded a nice flyer informing people about the advantages of using this tool.

Links online where some educators describe the great qualities of this tool which is  free :

http://blog.tesol.org/flip-your-classroom-with-edpuzzle-video-lessons/


http://www.englishblog.com/2017/03/edpuzzle-lesson-10-tips-for-starting-your-own-business.html#.WPFAbDYgrIU

 

Presentation online for educators: 

 https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1MhkUOw5VXah7Nm0QqVcevxrOqcHGIuMZRz8SVbE2Y7E/edit?usp=sharing

Happy Easter 2017

Just some days for relaxing and reading at home. Spring is in the air and we are going to end the school year in June. It's holiday now- just some days for getting relaxed and find new ideas and inspirations for the last lessons at school. I was looking forward to them!!
It's Easter time in Italy and we'll get back to school on 19th April in my region.
I hope we will be able to rely on better days as what's happening around us is making wars but nobody can win and what remains is just sadness and death. Happy Easter to the world and the ones who are suffering because of wars. I wish we could all live in peace because too many generations of children and families have had to cope with atrocities and  human beings suffer because of  decisions which they had never shared.


giovedì 13 aprile 2017

Spring 2017 Big Deal of Technology

An interesting ebook for educators which can be downloaded for free:

https://www.bigdealbook.com/resources/uploads/ebooks/k-12_technology/BDBCDWGK-12Spring2017FlipbookPublished/BDBCDWTechK12-S17.html#p=1




 







The book provides a useful guide for people who are interested in using technology in their schools and are willing to work in a different way. I have found some interesting information which I think might be useful for developing new learning environments where learners use new tools, collaborate, share information and follow the new ideas about learning in the XXI century.
I feel it is worth sharing as more and more we are required to change our approaches and collaboration, creativity, working online with other schools  are the reality of many learners and educators.
In Europe we have a lot of projects where we are asked to follow this path. This ebook is not published by a European  publisher but it can help us as there are a lot of links and projects we might try to read about.
Enjoy reading it!

domenica 26 marzo 2017

Google Suite



Logo 2013 Google
Last Saturday I could follow some webinars about  Google and its main apps. Thanks to  SimpleK12 I have become familiar with many tips and learnt from the others, educators who share on line what they have done and do by using  Google Drive and  Google Classroom. On 25th March we followed a special day about  Google- all the sessions were  free. It was great, so many teachers were online and got engaged!

In my school we have not used  Google Classroom yet but  I have become familiar with  Google apps and I must confess that  I like them. We might use  Google Classroom, and honestly I would like to do it as it is really helpful with students. Working in the cloud and having all the materials you use online can help you as a teacher.

I have collected some documents online in my Tackk which I am sharing here. For ELT materials and ideas   Google Slides and Google Docs can be great tools.  I have learnt how to write my first ebook and I have used  Google Slides to create my ebook as a pdf. Later I used it for uploading the text online and create my flipbook on some platforms where I published  my ebooks without paying.
Using Google Docs as a group activity can be a good example of a collaborative task and I like the idea of having my activities online which can be shared and people can write their comments on what I have done.

I will share this collection in a presentation which I am going to make and I hope that I will help other teachers love  Google in education.

Link online: https://tackk.com/r9qe7a



martedì 28 febbraio 2017

CV17 Another interesting Conference online

For three years now I have been following the Conferences online which Nellie Deutsch has been doing. She is a great educator living in CANADA who shares her experience with other teachers and runs great MOOCs and conferences online.

All the events are free. If you write about them you will be provided with a certificate of participation.
 This year I followed most of CO17- it was great but I could not write about the events as I was busy doing two EVO Sessions online in February.
CO stands for Conference online and teachers from all over the world talked about education and how they are working. It lasted three days: here is the link to the whole events  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rGXxzVWzzFqufZSMZADVdxINGIpRzDDSpm9OeGRCUqY/edit?usp=sharing





I will have to work on the sessions in the next months" to borrow" some more tips and ideas- meanwhile I would like to  underline the great presentations which I have really appreciated:

                                             On Writing Groups
This was one of the best sessions as it focussed on a different way of working






I liked the idea of  learning from the others and what educators are doing in order to work with their students also online:














I enjoyed every moment I spent online but it was hard as from Friday to Sunday there were so many speakers who left us their slides and  provided with input !

I wish to say thank you to all of them as they worked in a great way:  Nives was working at night in Australia while in Europe it was late in the evening. They all shared their love for teaching - this is what Nellie does every day if you check her  TWITTER account you will see that she works hard to make us develop as better teachers!!

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venerdì 17 febbraio 2017

Vizia and the Flipped Classroom

Vizia  is a very userfriendly tool which you can use for creating video quizzes.

 It is important to use videos in class but with Vizia you can create interesting video-based comprehensions,  give homework to your students and in ELT  it is the perfect tool for comprehension. It is the perfect tool also for assessment in different subjects. You can have quizzes and open questions. Once you have chosen your video you can  edit it and then  share the link with the task or embed it.
It is a free tool and you can use it for  flipped classrooms too.You just need an account and then you can start.
Here is the tutorial which I found online:





This is the tutorial in Italian  for Italian learners and teachers:





Last year I had already mentioned the tool  in a post  which I had written :   http://gettingdigitalizedinlifeandwork.blogspot.it/2016/07/flipped-classroom.html


Here is a video which I have used for presenting the issue of  Migration to Australia: the video is from the Youtube and it can be embedded: I also used the link for my padlet presentation where the topic was Australia.


You can create  open questions  and then check them - the tool can be also useful for testing , you just need to rely on a good internet connection and an ICT lab or tablets.

The second  video  is about a famous interview - the idea is to  work on the news  while students watch  real videos with interviews with famous people . Internet can really  change our way of working.


 




Vizia can also be useful  for creating  CLIL lessons and any other document based on video when we want to make  lessons based on different school subjects  and in projects.

 We hope it will remain free.

domenica 22 gennaio 2017

CPD Interesting events and conferences online


Saturday 21st January   2017

Classroom  2.0 Live   Webinar about   free  opportunities for PLN

I could see a great webinar presented by  Peggy George who talked about  her great  sources dealing  with  PLN together with another educator : lots of interesting conferences and  events which I am going to check later.



  

I hope you will all share the weblinks she provided in the webinar as we are  teachers who need to learn and continue  learning thanks to a network of educators working online and sharing their best tips for free.



Click here to open this binder in a new window.





More ideas about what PLN means to me are my list of educators on Twitter who I am following.

Here you can find an interesting LIVEBINDER  with lots of  links and information which deal with  Education and  Twitter:

Click here to open this binder in a new window.





There is something new online, you just need to be connected and be online!

domenica 8 gennaio 2017

Classroom 20 Live: free webinars for Teachers

Yesterday it was an important anniversary for my  favourite Social Network   CLASSROOM 20 http://www.classroom20.com/ :   they celebrated its 8th Anniversary.

The presenters had some interesting speakers who reminded us that since they first  began their online adventure  in 2009  many changes in education and the use of technology have occurred.

I have become a regular participant in the weekly webinars which they present  live and which are later posted online. The website will present all the main links and websites which were presented or shared.
I have learnt how to use most of the  Tools which are used to share documents and make presentations: Prezi, Google Slides and Docs, Tackk, Padlet and how to use some important   Social Networks like  Pinterest and Twitter.

If you are interested in CPD and you would like to learn more about how technology is changing our learning  environment you should watch the videos or partecipate live.  The meetings are on Saturday- in Italy it is 6.00 p.m. while the presenters are in the USA and  show  their activities and share  good tips - time in the  USA can be 9.00 a.m. Usually we spend  one hour online and we can learn about the best experiences. If you are interested you can also ask for a certificate of attendance which will be sent to you after you have filled in a  Google Form.

I have collected some information which  was shared by  Peggy George - one of the founders of the social network and an active coordinator-   You can find  more in my ackk: https://tackk.com/6zmdst