venerdì 14 luglio 2017

PBL: interesting resources and ideas in today's webinar by Shelly Terrell

Project  Based  Learning

Project Based Learning

Friday night is  my  favourite day spent online  while learning from the others for just half an hour . I am a life-long learner and I love to learn from a  great  teacher and  expert in new  technologies I have met online: Shelly  Terrell.

You can see her  30 minute  webinars which  are  followed by  passionate  teachers and  learners from all over the world who want to learn about   the use of  new technologies and can help them develop  better  lessons.

Her webinars are free and can be followed  by anyone: here is the link to the service which you can access if you want to follow her presentations  - Uk time 9:00 p.m. in the  summer time.

This Friday she  worked on  PBL by  providing  some tips and  a long list of resources.  I had  followed her webinar last year too and  I am just embedding the many recources which she  shared on line and which I will check in the next weeks.

First of all, I need to say that after doing the Mooc about  PBL I became aware of the importance of collaboration and the use of webtools in education. PBL can really  change our way of working and Shelly  reminded us that  education and  learning  need to provide topics and issue for discussion and also for carrying out  researches.  When I was  a secondary school student  part of my tasks  were based on doing  researches and working in team but we could not work from home by using  internet or a smartphone. Now our  students can  work from home, in school and with  people living in different countries.

Project Based Learning with Technology from Shelly Sanchez Terrell

Shelly presented the main framework of what we  mean by  PBL and  provided  some tools and activities which we  can use when we work on  PBL  activities.

Why PBL?

There are many  reasons for  choosing   it .
Online you can rely on the  great  site  ttp://  which can  provide you with lots of ideas and tips.

"PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn - and develop deeper learning competencies required for success in college, career, and civic life. "  
See   more  online

Shelly has provided us with a webpage  where she has collected most of the resources related to   PBL:

The main  steps of  PBL  can be  summarized  into these   steps:

1) starting with a  problem

2) working with the students in Group to discuss the problem 

3) reseraching the problem

4)  finding  a solution

5)  working on a presentation or  a product

The driving   question

When dealing with  step one-  we need to be able to find a  driving  question that can explain the problem

The driving question is important as it will guide the project work.

 For the  students it creates interest and a feeling of challenge . 

Working on  PBL tasks implies  teaching  and working in a  different  way and  students will work with new tools and collaborate, they will work on different   skills and  develop skills which they need in real life.

More references are online:    ( ideas about  action  research)

Some examples of   PBL in  Europe :  E-twinning

In  Europe we have  good  examples of projects like   E-twinning  :
I have not worked on this project but   I know that classes  work together on some topics and they make videos, learning  diaries and webpages  showcasing   what the students have done. 

Link to some  projects


Shelly  reminded us of the importance of  evaluation and  provided us with some links  which  need to be  checked to find out more:       ( you can  find  a rubric for downloading)


After checking on line   I could  find these interesting  links for  webtools in  PBL:

A  good   website created by a teacher who shared tools for  PBL:

Thank you   Shelly for your  great support online: I will study more to develop  my   students' skillls and I really think that   PBL   can  be  a great   journey into learning. 

mercoledì 28 giugno 2017

Web 2.0 Tools

I have just  finished a   course for  Italian  Teachers working on the Platform Edmodo.
We had to  learn and  share ideas about   some Web 2.0 Tools.  Most of them were  not new to me but   I could  do some work and see the great  mastrepieces the other  teachers had worked on. Every week we had to post some homework.  I worked online and could train in some way!!

Here is my  Tackk: I have learnt about a new Tool  which I will  use next year  : Trucider.
It can be used for  brainstorming, taking  decisions and  it is user-friendly.

Thanks to  Edmodo for this  free  online Learning  Community Experience!!

I am  aware that the Learning  Community of the Italian  Teachers is active and  also engaged during the  summer  time!


martedì 27 giugno 2017

Creating Motivation, Creating Learning

                                        Getting  everybody engaged  

In March I was online and  I could see the great  webinar presented by  Chaz Pugliese - the main topic was motivation .

You can find  Q& A which  followed the  webinar in the  Iatefl blog

I could not watch the webinar again but I would like to share  the link from the blog as  the presentation was  focussed on important  issues in education.

Chaz  Pugliese is a great educators who has worked on  Motivation and Creativity.   He has just written about  the importance of  Motivation in  reading and  ELT :

Pugliese has also talked about  teachers and  why they should be motivated when teaching : this is one of the most important  issues in education.

Watch the short interview which he gave last spring at IATEFL : he invited  teachers to reflect on what happens or happened  in their lessons.

                                                            IATEFL   2017

Pugliese has developed a new approach to teaching and as a trainer he has tried to find new ways in teaching:

                                                TEACHING WITH  MIKE  DAVIS

More  resources online   about   Motivation

Made with Padlet

lunedì 26 giugno 2017



I have  always loved reading but reading and understanding  poetry can sometimes be difficult for our  ELT  learners.
Teachers need to find  the right approach and some strategies for enhancing  learning  while  reading  a poem .
When  teaching  poetry in English I usually  introduce the poem by using  images: sometimes it works, sometimes I need to work on words and sounds. Wordclouds are often used to brainstorm the topic in a text.

Thanks to  Twitter and the many educators who were involved in sharing ideas about  poetry in April this year I was able to  collect some interesting  documents online. They will help me develop  some activities for my Literature Lessons in English.

Using  Videos in the Introduction  Phase : Internet is now a great source of texts and we can rely on a lot of free material and videos online helping us for developing a better presentation and lesson.



Why teaching  Poetry?

 Because we can learn how to use words and think about what we want to express by using just a few words sometimes or by following sound patterns and rhymes.
Because we can express our  creativity and  use new language structures while learning a language we do not know very well.

Shelly  Terrell made a great webinar about teaching and learning with  Poetry: here is her  presentation shared in  April when we have " National Poetry  Month".

Learning with Poetry: Activities and Resources from Shelly Sanchez Terrell

More ideas are available online thanks to the many webinars which focussed on teaching  Elt  and Poetry:


martedì 13 giugno 2017

# Mrs Dalloway Day

mercoledì 31 maggio 2017


I have always been fascinated by English Writers and  Female Writing.  Today when we talk about  English Literature we are faced with a variety of  voices. The community of Writers is now  cosmopolitan and   the writer  ZADIE SMITH is one of the most important novelists. She  describes the society in which she has lived and she focusses on the conflicts which we have in a world which is changing and has changed.
I have read some extracts from the book  " On Beauty" thanks to a seminar which took place  at LEND REGGIO EMILIA   meetings. Thanks to the tutors I could learn more about this great  British voice. I discovered a woman and her ideas about  writing: I also searched online and I found a lot of documents about her works and her ideas . They are all Worth  sharing!! 

Why  writing?

                                              On Beauty

Zadie Smith Reads from On Beauty di TobiasGerry


sabato 20 maggio 2017

Learning Diaries : Tools and how to reflect online

Reflecting online

We are often  asked to work online for our  Professional  Development and to write about  our learning experience while sharing lessons and tips with other learners.

Learning  Diaries are now part of the  PBL activities which can help  the learners  to reflect when they are asked to think about the steps and write more about their process and way of working. In most schools and  institutions  students are used to working online.

Anna Laghigna has  shared this presentation with the links to the main tools we can use.

I think that we should all bookmark the tutorials of these apps as our learners are often asked to work together, collaborate and present their activities.

My favourite tools are  Padlet and Tackk but also Sway can offer a  great  presentation online which can be  shared and be embedded in websites and

Some of the tools are not free : just check them online before beginning the presentations. They all combine a mix of  videos, links to documents online and texts.  Our students can write online, share the documents on social media and in most cases also collaborate with other students.