Monthly Archives: December 2016
AS YOU KNOW, WE´VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE NEWS AND NEWS HEADLINES LATELY.…. SO AS THE FINISHING TOUCH AT THE END OF THE YEAR , WHY NOT CREATE A “YEAR-IN-REVIEW” VIDEO COLLABORATIVELY?
THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF 2016-YEAR-IN REVIEW
“As the end of 2016 approaches we’ll start to see most news organizations publish videos that review the biggest stories of the year. Some of these videos will feature serious news while others will be of a lighter nature. Instead of waiting for year-in-review videos to appear on the web, challenge your students to create their own year-in-review videos. Students’ year-in-review videos could be about local news, national or global news, entertainment, sports, or a combination of all of these areas.”
WeVideo is a online video creation tool where you can upload your own media clips or use stock media clips to produce your video. The video editor provides tools for trimming the length of display and or sound of each element you add to your video project. What makes WeVideo collaborative is that you can invite other people to create and edit with you. The WeVideo Google Drive app allows you to save all of your video projects in your Google Drive account. WeVideo also offers an Android app that students can use to capture images and video footage to add to their projects.
THIS WAS MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT WEVIDEO ON MAKING A VALENCIAN PAELLA RECORDED WITH MY MOBILE. PLEASE, DON´T LAUGH!
WHY DON´T YOU CREATE YOURS ABOUT SPAIN 2016-YEAR-IN-REVIEW?
2016 is about to wave goodbye and the New Year is a time, not only for raging parties, but also a time to reflect back on the past year. ..a time when we can ask ourselves, “what did I do right and what mistakes did I make?” Take time to discover what you want to change in 2017. …Have you already made any? Do you want to share them with me or are they too personal, maybe?
CRISTINA CABAL WROTE A WONDERFUL POST ON NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS BASED ON THE FILM “BRIDGET JONES DIARY”. CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.
YOU CAN ALSO AD A PIN WITH A PHOTO AND YOUR 2017 NEW YEAR´S RESOLUTION TO THE BOARD I CREATED ON PINTEREST (SEND ME YOUR EMAIL AND I WILL SEND YOU BACK AN INVITATION)
Pinterest is a new social network which allows you to share and comment on visual material, which could be photographs, sketches, videos or web pages. Like a virtual scrapbook, but very public, you can collate the items that you love.
There are apps available for Ios and Android.
ARE YOU A PINTEREST USER?
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO CREATE A BOARD AND PIN PHOTOS?
IT´S BEEN A HARD YEAR WITHOUT “A GOVERNMENT “IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD ECONOMIC AND MIGRANT CRISIS: THE SYRIAN WAR AND THE PROBLEM OF THE REFUGEES, JIHADIST TERRORISM, CATALONIA´S PUSH FOR INDEPENDENCE, COUNTLESS CORRUPTION CHARGES, THE HIH DEBT,CUTS, EVICTIONS, CHILD POVERTY, LOW CONSUMER CONSUMPTION, HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO THE “BRAIN DRAIN” OF EDUCATED SKILLED PROFESSIONALS…ETC……. WE ALL NEED A BREAK FROM BAD NEWS, TO RECHARGE OUR BATTERIES AND ENJOY THE HOLIDAY SEASON….DON´T WE? WE DESERVE IT!!
SO, I WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
MY BEST WISHES FOR THE COMING YEAR…..
I PROMISE TO BE BACK ON THE 9th JANUARY!!
BE CAREFUL BECAUSE YOU CAN USE THE PRESENT CONTINUOUS TO TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE, TOO. (FUTURE ARRANGEMENTS)
SO, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TOMORROW? ARE YOU PLAYING THE LOTTERY TOMORROW?
WATCH THIS VIDEO. IT´S VERY SLOW BUT THE PICTURES ARE QUITE GOOD.
PowToon is a free web app (OR A WEBSITE www.powtoon.com)) that let´s you easily create presentations and animated videos, often with a cartoon look and feel.
Have a loot at the one I created to give tips for a job interview
WATCH THIS VIDEO:
PowToon can be used in many ways in the classroom. Students can actually…..:
- Act out a section from a story they are reading, or an alternate way the story could have gone.
- Re-enact a historical event, or make a pretend meeting and conversation between famous people in history.
- Make a short comic to explain a vocabulary word from class or a concept being covered in their current unit.
- Or it can simply be used as a fun and easy alternative to PowerPoint, Google Slides, and other multimedia slide show programs for any sort of presentations your students (or you) need to make.
WHY DON´T YOU TRY SOMETHING SIMILAR?
CHOOSE A TOPIC FROM THE LIST IN YOUR BOOK ON PAGE 92 , MAKE NOTES OF ANY GOOD IDEAS IDEAS AND PRESENT YOUR USEFUL SET OF TIPS
The Global Teacher Prize is an annual one million dollar award from the Varkey GEMS Foundation to be given to a super-special teacher. One innovative and caring teacher who has made an inspirational impact on their students and their community will receive the reward of a lifetime. It seeks to do for education what the Nobel Prize does for science, sport, literature etc.. Teachers currently teaching children in a compulsory setting or between the ages 5-18 are eligible.
DAVID CALLE, A MIDDLE-AGED “YOUTUBER” TEACHER FROM MADRID, HAS BEEN SHORTLISTED AS ONE OF THE TOP 50 FINALISTS TO GET THE PRIZE!!!!
David is the founder and creator of the Unicoos website – a hugely innovative educational video resource. The site’s YouTube videos have at one point or another been viewed by over 30 million students, and surveys indicate that the site has helped students with almost every aspect of learning. It is the most important Spanish-language educational channel in its category and has 170,000 followers on Facebook.
David faced a financial struggle to become a teacher and was lucky enough to be able to combine university study with a teaching job in a learning support academy. He decided to open his own ‘academy’ over a decade ago, when he began uploading maths, physics, and chemistry videos on YouTube, overcoming his initial fear of what people would say. He also knew that many families couldn’t afford an academy or private tutor.
In May 2014, Unicoos was chosen by the Telefónica Foundation as one of the Top 100 Educational Innovations in the world, as part of its Education Challenge of that year. In September 2015, Unicoos was chosen by Google as the channel with the biggest social impact in Spain, and it was represented as such at the European Parliament in Brussels. The site is followed in all Spanish-speaking countries. Currently Unicoos is free (and always will be), but the prize funds would help David to put the site on a more secure financial footing, produce more videos with subtitles, hire a webmaster and other teaching staff, and produce ebooks for the site.
CONGRATULATIONS DAVID AND I WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK!!
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT PRIZES LIKE THIS? DO YOU THINK RECOGNITION ENHANCES MOTIVATION AMONG TEACHERS? SHOULD SUCH INITIATIVES BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IN SPAIN?
THANKS TO MY COLLEAGUE, CRISTINA CABAL, I CAN RECOMMEND YOU TWO TOOLS THAT MIGHT HELP YOU IMPROVE YOUR WRITING.
Phrase-up assists you with writing by finding and filling-in the words you can´t remember. Imagine you know there is an expression containing the words ” connect” and “internet” but you have forgotten what goes in the middle , PhraseUp can help you here , too. Just type the words that you remember and put an asterisk * where you want the application to insert something. …. and voilà!!
Ozdic.com brings you a completely new type of dictionary that will help English lerners write and speak natural-sounding English.
Collocations – common word combinations such as ‘bright idea’ or ‘talk freely’ – are the essential building blocks of natural-sounding English. The dictionary contains over 150,000 collocations for nearly 9,000 headwords.
The dictionary shows all the words that are commonly used in combination with each headword: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions as well as common phrases.
“Let’s imagine you need to use the word “idea” but you have no clue what adjective to use apart from the overused “good “. Go to the dictionary now , this is just a sample of what you’ll find : bright, brilliant, clever, excellent,, marvellous | valuable, worthwhile | exciting, inspirational, interesting, stimulating | constructive, positive | absurd, bad, mistaken, ridiculous | , crazy, mad, outlandish, wild | half-baked | ambitious, big, grand.” (CRISTINA CABAL)
JUS TRY THEM AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK…..
YOU MIGHT BE WONDERING ABOUT WHAT BOOK TO READ FOR THE SECOND TERM. IT HAS TO BE AN ORIGINAL BOOK, NOT A GRADED READER… IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS WITH LISTENING COMPREHENSION, AUDIOBOOKS MIGHT BE A GOOD CHOICE FOR YOU. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF THEM? AUDIOBOOKS ARE RECORDED READINGS OF YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS…..
Is it hard to find time to read books in English?
Or if you do read sometimes, do you ever wish you could hear someone saying the sentences aloud while you read?
It would help your English pronunciation so much—and your listening!
Well guess what? You can have a native English speaker read books to you whenever and wherever you want!
How? Through audiobooks, that’s how.
“English audio books are a great resource for ESL students. As you are beginning to acquire and build your language and reading comprehension skills it will be important to also learn pronunciation and to understand the language as it is spoken. You can find a variety of English audiobooks online for free or for a small fee. You can listen to an audio book while fishing. After placing your catfish lure on your pole head out on the boat and enjoy a book and a day at sea. Depending on the type of stories you are interested in—you will need to search for topics or authors that will provide you with an engaging experience.
When you listen to books you are able to follow along with the text and hear how an English speaker will pronounce different words you are unfamiliar with. This is the best way to learn new vocabulary and how to use specific grammar skills when speaking, reading and writing. English audio books provide an easy way to listen to a variety of action packed stories and then practice your reading comprehension skills. Once you have listened to the English audio book—you should be able to answer questions about the story that will reflect your understanding of the material. Once you are able to do this accurately—you should be able to move up to the next level.
Another benefit to English audio books is listening to the language spoken at different speeds. Since many people do not speak slowly with many pauses in between words—you will need to increase the speed that you understand the English language. The easiest way to do this is to find English audiobooks that offer one to three different speeds that you can listen to. As you gain confidence in your reading skills—you will be able to move up to a normal speed and still be able to understand the stories being read.
Overall, an English audio book is the perfect solution when you are learning the English language. Not only will you be able to practice your comprehension, but you will also learn the correct pronunciation of many everyday words.”
GET STARTED TODAY!!
BEFORE CHOOSING A TITLE, TRY TO FINS OUT IF THERE IS AN AUDIOBOOK VERSION. FOR EXAMPLE “I AM MALALA”
REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN FIND THEM IN MP3 OR MP4 FORMAT AND DOWNLOAD THE AUDIO FOR YOU TO LISTEN TO IT ANYWHERE!!
THIS MIGHT BE A SELECTION OF POSSIBLE TITLES….
THERE´S A LIST ON MCARGOBE´S BOOKSHELF B2 ON MY BLOG LINKED TO GOODREADS