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lunedì 31 luglio 2017

Podcasts and ELT




Podcasts   offer great opportunities  for  listening in English .Teachers and learners can benefit from  working online  and listening to them. In some cases learners can also  download them  and listen to them  many times so that they can  work on the language and  on summarizing the content.

Good leaners  need to work on their  listening skills and today we can really  improve our level of English. Teachers can rely on  them for learning more about  the topics they are interested in and these podcasts can provide really interesting documents which are worth  listening to. 

This interesting  webinar with  Pete Sharma  explains why we should  use  them and suggest listening to them :  I cannot but  agree with him.  The Language exposure can develop our students' listening skills and  podcasts can provide good quality language input.







Some Useful Links for  Elt  Learners

Searching online : thanks to a directory you can search online and find many weblinks for  English leaners.

http://www.learnoutloud.com/

http://www.eltpodcast.com/   ( it provides with  some old  podcasts with  different levels of English)

VOE LEARNING  ENGLISH : this American  website offers interesting recording which students can listen to and which have been developed for  Elt leaners   (https://learningenglish.voanews.com/z/1689)






The BBC: the webisite offers a lot of material, in some cases you need to download  the podcasts.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts

If you check online you will find a lot  of interesting podcasts and all of threm deal with culture and radios. Choose what might be interesting and  work on them with your students.

Learners of  English can benefit from  listening to activities with podcasts :   the British  Council offers really interesting  activities  online https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/learnenglish-podcasts


PODCASTS AND  ELT  TEACHERS


I have discovered a lot of interesting websites where you can find  podcasts-  https://soundcloud.com/
is one of the most important ones.

You can find interesting interviews in English and learn about many topics.



The Platform AUDIOBOOM  offers some more opportunities for listening to interesting  audios:

https://audioboom.com/listen

There are many  podcasts and we need to select what might be useful for our  lessons or for our  self-development.

Listen to what I have  found online, but  I am sure that there must be many more.

Enjoy  listening to them!!!






https://audioboom.com/posts/5340163-zadie-smith-with-david-baddiel



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.

https://americantesol.adobeconnect.com/_a754204412/terrell/

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://www.bie.org/  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   http://www.bie.org/about/why_pbl

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

http://www.shellyterrell.com/pbl.html

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    https://www.edutopia.org/blog/pbl-how-to-write-driving-questions-andrew-miller

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:

http://www.bie.org/tag/Gold+Standard

http://www.aral.com.au/resources/guide.html    ( ideas about  action  research)

Some examples of   PBL in  Europe :  E-twinning

In  Europe we have  good  examples of projects like   E-twinning  :https://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/index.htm
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   https://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/projects.cfm

THE ISSUE OF  EVALUATION

Shelly  reminded us of the importance of  evaluation and  provided us with some links  which  need to be  checked to find out more:

 https://thedigitalshift.wikispaces.com/Rubrics

https://newtechnetwork.org/resources/assessment-in-pbl/       ( you can  find  a rubric for downloading)


THE   WEBTOOLS

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

https://wvde.state.wv.us/teach21/PBLTools.html

http://www.teachthought.com/learning/project-based-learning/15-tools-for-better-project-based-learning/

https://www.commonsense.org/education/top-picks/tools-for-project-based-Learning

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

https://sites.google.com/a/livingstonisd.com/pbl-tools/


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. 

sabato 8 luglio 2017

Once you go global , there's no coming back - a webinar with Fabiana Casella

8th July 2017

An interesting webinar which I saw in July was presented by  Fabiana  Casella for IATEFL webinars online-  https://www.iatefl.org/web-events/webinars
She is a great teacher who shares her ideas with other  teachers and has built a community of learners thanks to her network and her activities online.

Here is an interview which  she had with Shelly Sanchez  Terrell:




The main  focus of her webinar : the beginning was  about the way she became engaged in cultural awareness and global education.   She's from Argentina but she has lived in the USA and once she got back home she started to work on the idea of working with the others and sharing ideas about  the opportunities offered by  global education projects.
First of all she found a  great mentor online and then she started sharing and working online.
Shelly Sanchez Terrell made her change her attitude and while working online she  became an open educator.




She said that she is shy but after meeting virtual educators she started working online and sharing ideas and working on her  PLN:












The webinar focussed on the importance of being connected and how she built  great projects by using technology so that her students would work with other students.
She mentioned Skype as an interesting tool used for sharing ideas with other students living far away from her country.
You can find a report about her work online and her project in this  interview:

https://vickyloras.wordpress.com/tag/fabiana-casella/


The other educators shared the project in their blogs too: I must say that  I loved what I saw.  Engaged educators loving working together in different parts of the world with  their classes.


This is her Padlet where she collected the main documents to showcase what this international
 group  had done together:


Made with Padlet

The project she shared with us is also described in these  slides :



We're on the air from Theodora Papapanagiotou


In the final part of the webinar Fabiana  shared her ideas about  the best tools that she likes using when teaching  English:

Padlet

Voxer     http://www.voxer.com/

Buncee    https://www.edu.buncee.com/  



Thanks to IATEFL for giving us the possibility of meeting  FABIANA online.   She was really  engaging in providing tips and presenting herself as a connected educator who has worked on her  development and now has a social life which is in relationship with other great  educators.


It is true :  Once you go global, there's no coming back.

More  ideas  from  Fabiana Casella and education


https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/blogs/fabiana-casella/mlearning-using-smartphones-efl-classroom-it%C2%B4s-possible