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1982192_10152362141758974_1079156700_nAgain and the third time in a row, I have been nominated for ELTons in Innovation in Teacher Resources; and this time with my dear collageue Jennifer Verschoor

We have been nominated for our e-book, My First Digital Journey that was published by the Round last year. 

Great to be shortlisted again.  

You can view the full list of nominations here. 

Good luck to everyone! And may the best man win!

thinglink_shareThinglink is a tool that I wanted to write about for a long time. It is neat, simple and very flexible. 

It simply lets you create interactive images. You can upload any picture and tag links, text, audio or video on the picture. When you are done, you can share it via social media tools. It is a collaborative tool that lets you and your students work on the same picture while tagging. You can add colorful pins to your interactive images. The tool also gives us a chance to create a classroom and moderate our students’ interactive images.

Here are a few ideas to use this tool:

Ask students to upload a picture of themselves or families and talk about it. They can tag their favorite films, songs, books, write about themselves etc.

Choose picture and ask students to tell their stories by tagging. 

Great way to help students to read infographics and maps. We can do it by tagging notes on an infographic. 

On a world map, the students can leave different tags about the countries that they know. I think that would be useful before we start a topic. Great way to learn what they already know about the topic that they are about to learn.

This tool can be an alternative to a student’s portfolio. Students can be asked to keep their products on a picture.

Young learners can be asked to write or define the words that they know on a picture.

This tool can be used for feedback as well. Ask students to talk or write about what they have learned on a topic.

Students can be asked to talk on photo collages. 

Just give it a try; I am sure you will come up with more ideas!

Mar
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Filed Under (Uncategorized) by on March 18, 2014 and tagged , , ,

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HemingwayApp is a web tool to help you to analyze your writing, suggest changes and make your writing better. 

This web tool does a few pretty interesting things. You can write or copy/paste a text on the tool. The web tool offers you some changes that will make your text better to read. It hightligts the hard and long sentences to read, overuse of  adverbs, passive voice, complex words or phrases. It also shows the readibility grade of your text. 

A few ways to integrate into our classes:

Great for students to check their writing before they hand it to the teachers.

Good for EFL teachers who can check the readibility of a website or a text.

Great tool for writer wannabes! 

Try it today!

shutterstock_180291995Pixiclip is a new and a very neat tool for creating online sketches. Consider it like an online canvas where you can write or draw with a pencil or a marker, erase things, change colors and also add  pictures that you have uploaded before. As you are doing these things, you will also be able to record your voice or record yourself talking for three minutes.

When you are done, you can keep your video private or public; and share it with other via social media. It is fast and easy and very user-friendly.

A few ideas to u

Great for storytelling! Ask your students to draw or tell a story using different pictures. Then they can share their stories.se this tool in class:

Flip your lessons! You can summarize your lesson or explain a concept to your students.

Great tool for feedback. Gather all the errors and the mistakes that your students have done and record your feedback using this tool.

Students can use this tool for explaining things, talking about their projects or reflecting on their on learning!

I loved this tool!!

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