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
 
 
 
Chromebooks
 
 
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.





OER- https://creativecommons.org/about/program-areas/education-oer/


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


MM10

WEEK 5



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

MM10

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

 
REFLECTING ON THE PROCESS (1)
 
 
 
 
REFLECTING ON THE PROCESS  : THE  COURSE BLOCK (2)
 
 

 
Dr. Nellie  created a padlet where all the teachers who were working  in Week 3-4  posted the links to  their videos:  https://padlet.com/nelliemuller/er5kllwctsh4



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.

giovedì 18 maggio 2017

MM10 Week 3 Blocks available to a Manager

WEEK  3

LEARNING ABOUT  BLOCKS......
This week we learnt a lot - these were the main objectives: 
 
  • Teaming up for the collaborative courses
  • Discuss the role of a manager of a school and in a Moodle course
  • Explore Moodle Tools in the  Manager  Practice  Area ( MPA)
  • Document the blocks available Moodle MOOC 10 main course area as a student.
  • Document the blocks available in the MPA as a manager of the course by showing how to add blocks. 
  • Work in teams to design a course.
  • Document the steps and reflect on the process using screencast-o-matic and publish the recording on Youtube or Vimeo. 
 
 
We had to work on the TEAMWORK POLICY DOCUMENT as we were a Group: we followed  Nives and created ours.  I had to choose and work on the theme which had been suggested by one teacher in the Moodle. We started working together. 
 
 
    Here is the video showing you what we created as a team in week 3-4: you will find  the descriptions of the activities in the next posts.  This is the final output of what we worked on together. I did not speak while recording as each teacher had to describe
    his/her part and I just wanted you to see what we worked on. An interesting topic which was  presented in different subjects and by many Teachers who worked together.
    I think that we worked well!!

                              WE ARE ALL IN THIS  TOGETHER

    video
     
 
Here you can see my video for this week's activities :
 
                                            Blocks
 
 
 
We shared our videos in the  Padlet  :
 
 
 
 

Made with Padlet

domenica 14 maggio 2017

MM10: Week 2 Course Design with Activities and Resources

WEEK2

This week we were asked to reflect on the features of  an effective
course design.

We worked on the TPA ( TEACHER PRACTICE AREA). This was the practical area of the Moodle where we discovered the main
resources and activities which we can use when designing our courses. 
Here are my videos for this week's activities : 

                                                     RESOURCES IN THE TPA



                                                    ACTIVITIES IN THE  TPA



Here is the link to the padlet  created by  Nellie Deutsch  for all the videos we made:

 https://padlet.com/nelliemuller/zcvupexrjqig

sabato 13 maggio 2017

MM10 Week 2 Learning and Teaching online (2)

WEEK 2

LEARNING AND TEACHING ONLINE (2)

We continued exploring the Platform and we created some vido tutorials. Here are mine.

My video Tutorials

                                                 Audio and Video Recording



 
 
 
 
Blogging on Moodle as a Student
Adding an external Blog
 



                                                  Adding  a Post  in the Blog




MAHARA- DISCUSSION ONLINE
I am new to the use of this eportfolio named  EXABIS.
I checked the materials provided and also the links. I confess that I was puzzled because I thought of MOODLE as a LMS while it has a lot of external links.
 It is a special plugin and once you have it on the Moodle it can be used for students' and also teachers' eportfolios.
It can be used for collecting artefacts, links to the portofolio and activities which students have done. 
It is a sort of  your  ID  card with references to what you have done.
I think that by using the MOODLE the  teachers could easily have access to what the students have done and  showcased.   
I am curious about it and I will check on line what is being presented in this MOOC.
LINK  


MAHARA.(My reflections)
WHAT IS IT?
from the  WIKI 
"Mahara is an open-source e-portfolio for education. An e-portfolio is a type of web application that allows users to record and share evidence of lifelong learning."
I have never come across it, I have heard about it and  now I might try to use it.
Meanwhile and I can say that after I have used  Exabit  having a portfolio online is  really important.
In education if we have MOODLE and EXABIT we can  check the students' tasks and I really liked the activities dealing with  exporting posts in the  blog area.
I will have to learn about the best practices as I have never used eportfolios in education but they seem to be very useful.  


MOODLE AND MAHARA - EXPLAINED BY  NELLIE  DEUTSCH: GREAT VIDEO




We shared our  activities  for  WEEK  2 in this padlet :

https://padlet.com/nelliemuller/zcvupexrjqig


Made with Padlet

venerdì 12 maggio 2017

MM10:Week 1 Learning and Teaching online(2)

WEEK 2

                  Learning and Teaching online


Week 2 was divided  into 2 sections. Participants had to conduct discussions on teaching and learning and  practiced  using Moodle resources and activities. We were automatically enrolled in the Teacher Practice Area (TPA) course where we were given teacher rights to generate resources  and activities .
 
We could learn  a lot  how to do some important things on the  Moodle Platform:
  • Learn to record audio and video using PoodLL, navigate and update personal Moodle profile, and post to the online discussion forums.
  • Discuss the meaning of  student  engagement
  • Exabis Eportofolio  and  Mahara
  • Blog on Moodle and beyond throughout the course
  • Teaching as a way to learn by creating video tutorials and sharing the videos with others. 
  • Collaborate with team members and decide on roles. 
 
 
DISCUSSING ONLINE
 
AUTHENTIC LEARNING- MY POST
If we check online we will find plenty of ideas and documents  related to this issue.
From one of the documents I have found online, I can say  that it is related to motivation and  real world problems (see the document I have seen   https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI3009.pdf )
Educators have been involved in this issue as more and more knowledge is becoming complex and  often we cannot rely on reliable sources of information but  there are also  sources of information which are reliable.
When we teach our  students we do need to teach them about  sources and try to know more about who owns the website/ papers. As new digital tools have been reshaping our Learning environment we need to know that we can build fake news and  learners might not be aware of them. 
Similarly, we need  to or rather we should equip all the learners with the necessary tools they need to be able to use :  these tools are " critical thinking  skills" so that everybody can manage. I would add that it goes beyond technology and it involves the learners who become " searchers " and life-long learners
LOTS OF IDEAS CAN BE FOUND ONLINE
 
MY REPLY TO NIVES
Hi Nives,
It is important to teach our students how to work and be engaged and just from the first years spent at school they should be guided into thinking deeply and asking themselves  questions about what they are doing. It is an approach which  is  based on  self-discovery, working in team and as a pair and they learn by making predictions and making also mistakes. They learn in a different way because they are provided with a general framework but they will have to work  to develop their own knowledge.
I think that  PBL can offer a lot of interesting  tasks which we can develop with our students and then they will be able to follow new paths into learning. If they learn by heart and don't work on what they've acquired they will be losers. They learn if they are able to present a poem or  a writer by writing an article or  making a video about what they have just studied. They will have to read, choose what they are interested in and write about it.
I did a MOOC about competences and how to teach and evaluate them: teaching literature meant not only studying   a poet but it meant working  asking questions, finding  links and think about now and the past. It means that students had to  write about their experience and they could enter the texts and the many voices behind them.
Critical thinking  skills are high order skills and thus it is  difficult to teach them but if we  start  to develop them we will be teachers who are helping learners to develop and write in a better way.
In ELT we work on different  skills and  when classes are motivated we can help them develop into  higher order skills .
 I follow Shelly Sanchez online and she provides a lot of tips for making  language learning  different
  
 
MY POST ABOUT  STUDENTS' ENGAGEMENT
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT  MEANS LOVING DOING WHILE YOU ARE LEARNING
I think that student engagement is related to the passion, love and success in what they are doing. This implies that the students who have difficulties   risk failing if we  do not provide them with the right tools, which in education should be in relationship with self-esteem." If I make mistakes is not good but  I can get over difficulties." Every teacher should know this but often we demotivate  learners. 
Here some sources which I used to give my defition:
 
First of all students don't feel they are under pressure while they are Learning and they love doing  tasks and activities which have been presented in class.
The role of the teacher becomes the one of the guide, the tutor as  in most tasks students are free and work on their own while working in projects.
Teachers work with them and support them, they monitor the progress and what they are doing thanks to the use of technology. 
Here is an interesting  video which summarizes what  engagement means to me:
 
 
 
There are many teaching  possibililies to get them engaged:
  1. working on projects with classes from other countries
  2. making presentations and using new  web 2.0 tools
  3. choosing a topic that might  interest the students and who might decide they want to work on it together
We should also teach our students how to use the modern web 2.0 tools and learn about  critical thinking skills.
The teacher is important but it is the learners who are the ones who decide and work on their Learning process.
They are ACTIVE LEARNERS. I think that we can become better Teachers if we think about our learners and love them.
 
 
 
 

martedì 9 maggio 2017

MM10 Week 1 Introduction and Video Tutorials( 1)

MM10

Last year  I started  MM9 but I had to give up. I therefore decided to take the session in May which was presented online by Dr. Nellie Deutsch.
Moodle Mooc 10 was  a new experience for me as I had to work together with Teachers from all over the  world. The project was based on the idea of collaboration.



This is my first post  about  WEEK1.

WEEK 1 Introduction




We were asked  to introduce ourselves, to team up and to think about  collaboration in the  CPA ( Course Practice Area).
We were also guided online about how to create  tutorials and videos while working on the Moodle Platform.
For online courses and topics we were suggested checking online:https://alison.com/learn

We had to watch  video tutorial  on how to use Screencast-o-matic (free) and SlideSpeech (free).  I was familiar with both but  I must  confess that Screencast-o-matic is my favourite one.


We learnt  about  how to use a text to speech program such as SlideSpeech so that we could add the notes to our slides or we could use text to speech programs to convert your text to MP3 so that we could  add it to your screencast-o-matic file. 

Here are some interesting ones:

 
Video  Tutorials  shared by  Nellie Deutsch in the
Mooc



 

Week 1-  Video Tutorials and Activities
We started working online and we could explore  some features of  Moodle by using screencasting and uploading the videos on the Youtube. Here are my  tutorials:

My Profile on the Moodle




Layout of MM10


The Rich Editor on Moodle




I started feeling a bit  worried about the " journey into Moodle" but I felt I could manage and tried to work hard , most of the weekend was spent online!!

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