Monday, 28 December 2009
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Friday, 18 December 2009
Storybird Quick Tour from Storybird on Vimeo.
If you are fond of children's literacy and literature, you cannot miss this blog:
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Enjoy it! Oh, by the way, please don´t keep your mouth open in astonishmet for a long time, a fly can get into it and flies don´t taste nice :D
Friday, 4 December 2009
Virtual Educa is a converging space for the exchange of experiences and the implementation of projects linked to the Society of Knowledge. It organizes international annual forums, and in November 2009 it took place in
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Thank you, Mike!!!
Here is a link to Graham's presentation. Enjoy it:
Thursday, 26 November 2009
In the classroom there are many ways of exploiting activities to help children practise their English whilst developing their creativity and imagination by writing poems, stories, reviews, etc. You can find them HERE
Thursday, 19 November 2009
- ESL-Kids.com provides worksheets, flashcards, games, and songs that children can use to learn English. The site also features an In Class section that demonstrates how to use these resources.
- Starfall With this fun interactive English game site, beginning students can practice their ABCs and reading. Starfall is primarily for first grade children but works well for pre-K to second graders.
- BarryFunEnglish is an elementary student English learning site. Through this site, you will find worksheets, games, vocabulary builders, flashcards, listening and PowerPoint presentations. The PowerPoint presentations offer a fun, interactive way to practice vocabulary. Students should get registered to have access to the activities.
- Wacky Web Tales website offers younger learners silly fill-in-the-blank stories that are designed to teach young learners about sentence structure and grammar.
- The International Children’s Digital Library features a huge online collection of books for children. and teenagers learning ESL. The library allows you to read books in English that pertain to different cultures. The books are easily searched through illustrated buttons or text. The website may be also used to understand how an online library is organized. Use your creativity to explote this site!
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Sunday, 1 November 2009
Sunday, 18 October 2009
But now I have another reason to celebrate:350
What is 350?
350.org is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis--the solutions that science and justice demand. Their mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis.
The website is translated into different languages, so it may be a very interesting source of inspiration to develop a lesson plan to make our students work with the net.
Let's share: If you read this post and make a lesson plan using 350.org website, you are invited to send it to me by mail. I will upload it here.
Thursday, 1 October 2009
- George Siemens -Canada
- Etienne Wenger -US
- Vance Stevens -UAE
- Nik Peachey -UK
- Charalambos Vrasidas and Maria Solomou -Cyprus
- Nicky Hockly -Spain
- Erika Cruvinel and Ronaldo Lima –Brazil
- Rita Zeinstejer and Paula Ledesma -Argentina
- Nellie Müller Deustch –Israel
- Carla Arena –Brazil
- Graham Stanley –Spain
- Jennifer Verschoor, Evelyn Izquierdo and Erica Cruvinel –Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil
AVEALMEC: Teadira Pérez, Miguel Mendoza, Elvina Castillo, Evelyn Izquierdo, Nahir Aparicio, Maricarmen Gamero
Friday, 25 September 2009
I am very happy to announce a new set of
material provided by the British Council:
2) There are many activities on the British Council’s site for young learners which you can use with your learners to help them develop their writing skills. They range from writing poems, making stories, reading and sending book and film reviews and sending ecards to family and friends.
On this page you will find tips for using and exploiting the activities in the classroom: Play with Poems, Story Maker,Write a review and Send an ecard
3) Superheroes is an exciting topic for young learners. On this page you will find tips for using and exploiting the materials in the classroom including an extremely motivating interactive game called "Style a Hero"!
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Read more in an article written by me at Lost in Technology
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
This weekEdublogs has got some goodies for you - a student blogging challenge and the chance to win one of 16 free Edublogs Supporter accounts!!!! And one for the teachers...
About the Student Blogging
Challenge Edublogs's last blogging challenge had over 1000 students, from 15 countries, aged 6 to 18 years old, writing posts, commenting and getting to know about each others cultures while improving their blogging skills and connecting to a global audience.The growth of the students’ blogging skills during each challenge is totally amazing and inspiring; check out these examples of student work.Challenge Categories
This time the Challenge Categories have been expanded into two separate categories; both designed to improved student skills.Students (or classes) can choose to participate in either or both:
- Better Bloggers Challenge – emphasis on better blogging, improving your blog design and connecting to a global audience
- Better Commenter Challenge – focusing how you write comments, whether you are trying to continue conversations through comments and how to write posts that invite lots of comments.
The reason why Edublogs has added the comment challenge is an important part of blogging. It’s often where most learning happens. Unfortunately educating students on effective commenting practices is hard. They hope to change this while also providing new tasks for students who’ve participated in previous challenges.
Want to know more? click on this LINK
Friday, 4 September 2009
This is the second part of the post written by Karen Schweitzer who kindly offered herself to contribute to this blog.
Thank you, Karen for this contribution!!!
MIT Open CourseWare - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers dozens of free foreign language and literature courses through their OpenCourseWare site. All of the courses are self-paced. Many include audio, video, lecture notes, assignments, reading lists, exams, and other downloadable study materials.
Cramberry - Cramberry offers many hi-tech web-based flashcards for English language learners. Users can also create their own flashcards and track online progress.
Popling - Popling is a way for language learners to learn without actively studying. This desktop app pops flashcards onto a computer screen at regular intervals so that users can learn new English vocabulary words while completing other computer tasks.
Visual ESL - VisualESL.com provides a wide range of interactive video activities for English language learners. Activities are available for learners at every level.
Scriblink - This free online whiteboard works well for learners who want to collaborate online. The board is completely private and only open to those who are invited. Features include built-in chat, VOIP conferencing, an image uploader, and a wide range of dynamic tools.
Audacity - Audacity is free software that can be used to record and edit sound. This open source product is perfect for language learners who want to create audio study materials.
Karen is the About.com Guide to Business School. She also writes about online colleges for OnlineColleges.net
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
We can see and listen to him in a YouTube video speaking about Web 2.0 for EFL.
The following is a recording of a presentation he prepared for teacher trainers in Morocco.
Friday, 14 August 2009
“I have avoided FB for a long time but this has become almost impossible. If I want to stay in touch with my younger family members and relatives, FB seems to be the best way. They don't read email..."
Thursday, 13 August 2009
This post was written by Karen Schweitzer who kindly offered herself to contribute to this blog. Karen Schweitzer, Business School Guide for About.com, writes about online colleges for OnlineColleges.net. Thank you, Karen for this contribution!!!
"Incorporating hi-tech learning aids and applications into a study regimen can sometimes make it easier for language learners to learn and retain new information.
You can order many of these products for a cost from catalogs or from companies who provide such services. You can also find free options online. Most of the free options work just as well as the paid options and can be used indefinitely without incurring any costs.
This list provides information about 5 free online tools that can be used for language learning. ( I will be including more online tools suggested by Karen in future posts, don´t miss them ) :
1- FreeRice - Language learners can give free rice to hungry people by playing this English vocabulary game from the UN Food Program. For every multiple choice vocabulary question that's answered correctly the UN donates ten grains of rice to hungry people.
2- RIA - The Center for Language Education And Research at Michigan State University provides many free rich Internet applications (RIA) for language learners. The applications can be used to record, upload, mix, and broadcast audio.
3- Palabea - Palabea is a social language learning network where learners can chat with native speakers and improve their writing and grammar skills with hi-tech online tools.
4- SharedTalk - SharedTalk is a language exchange network that provides free web tools for language learning. Members of this free community can find language partners, voice chat, and text chat online.
5- MyHappyPlanet - MyHappyPlanet was created for language learners who want to connect with other learners and make friends online. Users can take free lessons online and find language partners all over the world.
Sunday, 9 August 2009
Some days ago I got a mail pointing out the dangers of networks. The mail quoted the attack to the use of social networks such as Facebook, Hi5, Myspace, Sonico, etc. carried out by Televisa.
Televisa said that social networks are not safe because they provide information to kidnappers. The Mexican journalist Joaquín López Dórigo criticized the security measures of social networks due to the kinapping of an important businessman’s daughter. A video about facebook came to the e-mail I mentioned before which I found really scary.
Thursday, 30 July 2009
Computers are constantly changing. We can find a wide variety of sizes, colours and utilities in the market. After the success of the ultra-portable netbooks the nettops arrive!
Monday, 6 July 2009
On this ocassion I had the opportunity to meet the representatives of three important publishers: Ticiana Neder (Longman), Carolina Coppa (Oxford), Mabel Manzano and Fabián García ( Richmond). I asked these representatives for online interactive material.
Longman offers a four module course called Teacher Development Interactive which provides professional development and an internationally recognised certification from Hunter College, City University of New York. Jeremy Harmer is one of the facilitators ; an internationally hosted online learning and assessment system for English courses designed to go hand in hand with Longman’s texbook series; iTests, and dictionary widgets which you can add to your blog.
Among Richmond Publishing brochures, I got the one belonging to the “New Framework” book series. Ben Goldstein – teacher at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona- is the main author of Framework. Students as well as teachers can visit a website http://www.webframework.net/ where there are web activities for sudents and extra support for teachers.
Finally, Oxford has a very complete website at www.oup.com/elt with a very intersting link for Students. If websurfers click on “Go to Students Sites” (on the left column of your screen- pink link) , all Oxford text books appear with links to online self check activities classified not only according to the text book but also to the different units of each book. Oxford also offers Online Practice Tests to prepare students for their English exam with online practice tests at: http://www.oxfordenglishtesting.com/ Click on "Read More" on the paragraph titled Online exam practice tests, a new window will appear with Practice tests and Placement test
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
The Top 100 Language Blogs 2009 is the largest language blog competition and is hosted annually by bab.la and Lexiophiles. It is aimed at finding the best blogs related to languages and awarding language-loving bloggers. This year there were 473 nominated blogs from 26 different countries in four categories.
Due to the amount of blogs they have created categories. (Language Learning/Language Teaching/Language Technology/ Language Professionals) English Virtual Community blog is in category Language Technology.
Voting will start on July 8 and close on July 27 . Winners will be announced on July 30.
Thank you very much for this nomination! It means I am doing things well.
Thanks to all who have inspired me these years and who follow this blog :-)
Saturday, 20 June 2009
1- Students are already motivated to use digital technologies because they belong to the "thumb" or "digital" generation, but they think they are only going to play intereactive games at the computing lab. In Argentina, Digital natives associate Internet with having fun: chatting with friends and playing interactive games since the school has not incorporated computers and the Internet as a learning tool, so I have to make them realise that we are going to work and practise the Second Language (SL) - English in this case- using computers.
2-On the other hand, teachers are still "digital immigrants" and they are , in a way, reluctant to include computing and Internet in their classes. :-( Some of them are completely technophobes and others are a bit interested but they do not have a clear idea how to use Web 2.0 tools and are "tied" to ready made material Cd-ROM.
I am facing two different situations, let's see how I will cope with them. If you read this article, please leave a comment about the situation in your place.
Saturday, 13 June 2009
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Multitasking is nother characteristic of digital natives. Do you want to read more about this?
Read this interesting article by clicking on : http://ow.ly/aOuQ
Friday, 29 May 2009
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