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The Best Ways To Find Other Classes For Joint Online Projects

The Best Ways To Find Other Classes For Joint Online Projects
Over the past several years, I’ve been involved (off-and-on) with an International Sister Classes Project involving teenage Intermediate ESL/EFL classes around the world. We’ve had a blog where students have online presentations, like Voice Threads, and commented on them back-and-forth. I did a new version with my ELL Geography class. I thought it might be useful to other examples of joint “sister class” projects, and of places where teachers can connect with other classes. I just didn’t have it in me to write much of a description about each one, but they’re all worth a visit. Here are my picks for The Best Ways To Find Other Classes For Joint Online Projects: Without a doubt, I’d start in two places: One is by reading Kim Cofino’s blog post A Step-by-Step Guide to Global Collaborations, viewing her slideshare presentation Connecting Across Continents, and reviewing the resources she has posted on her wiki. Here are some others worth checking-out, too: VoiceThread 4 Education ePals The U.S. Related:  Free ressources or activitiesinquiry resources

Placement test for learners of English Placement tests are very important for students of languages. First, they can serve as motivation because they show whether the students improved their knowledge. Second, they help students choose the correct course on their level. And last but not least they inform students how good their English is. However, good placement tests are very expensive and mostly printed. That is why we have decided to create a placement test that will be available for free and in electronic form. The test contains 60 questions. If you are taking the test on a mobile device, it might be more comfortable to see it full screen. Placement test As there were some problems with the server, I have added the flash version of the test. Placement test – flash And here is another HTML5 version of the test, but it is placed on a different server. Placement test – HTML5 If you have a blog or a website where you would like to share this test, you can do so by placing the following code there. Placement test_print

10 Signs You're a Tech Savvy Teacher Are you a plugged-in, twittering ed-tech expert, or a terrified technophobe with a dusty blackboard? If you think you’re brave enough to find out, test yourself against these top ten signs you’re a tech savvy teacher…how many will you tick?! 1. You think PowerPoint is as outdated as flared trousers and lava lamps – your idea of a fantastic slideshow involves moving images, embedded audio and a zooming overview of the whole presentation. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. What makes you a tech savvy teacher? First picture courtesy of Flickr, Tweek Second picture courtesy of Flickr, Brandonprinceabroad Feature picture courtesy of Flickr, DubsarPR

10 Resources for Olympics Lessons! The 2012 Olympics are taking place from the 27th July to 12 August this year and lots of schools are planning Olympics-themed lessons next term. So, I’ve listed a number of resources that can be used below: 1) The official Olympic and London 2012 sites have lots of information, statistics and resources that schools can use. The London 2012 site also has a special ‘Get Set’ collection of resources that form part of the official education programme. 2) Simon Haughton has started a great collaborative document that lists ideas and resources for using the Olympics in different subject areas. 3) TPet have created lots of Olympics resources, including certificates, banners, countdown boards and posters about the Ancient Olympics. 4) The fantastic Porchester Junior School have created a special playlist of Youtube videos that show the history of the Games. 5) Ch-arted are offering free Olympics cartoons, activities and fact files that can be downloaded once you register on their site (for free).

Supporting New Teachers to Make Global Connections This past week, a tremendous opportunity to participate and view presentations from educators around the world happened on the web. The annual presentation is called the Global Education Conference. I'm glad that I took time to check into this webinar, because I connected with an educator who is passionate about supporting teachers in their outreach to create global collaborations. Her work with educators worldwide helps her connect her students to create fantastic global partnerships. The Global Education Conference reminded me about the importance of supporting new teachers as they seek ways of making the leap beyond the classroom walls in their work with students. Dr. Michele L. New teachers are excited and brimming with ideas to make their classrooms hotbeds of learning, understanding and collaboration. A global collaboration project doesn't just happen overnight. 1. It’s all about developing your PLN -- Personal Learning Network. 2. 3.

15 Free Tools for Web-based Collaboration No man (or woman) is an island – and this statement can’t be any truer if you’re a designer or developer. Though paid/subscription services like Basecamp and Zimbra are great, individuals strapped for cash have a ton of alternatives that provide similar (if not better) features. In this article, you’ll find 15 free tools to help you facilitate remote/web-based collaboration. Whether you need basic whiteboarding/brainstorming tools or fully-featured project management applications – you should be able to find a tool or two that’s worth checking out. Google Docs Google Docs is an excellent application for collaboration. Stixy Stixy is a flexible, online “bulletin board”/drawing board. Project2Manage Project2Manage is a fully-featured, free, hosted solution for project management and collaboration (similar to Basecamp). bubbl.us bubbl.us is a free, web-based application for collaborative brainstorming. Dabbleboard Dabbleboard is a robust, online whiteboard that’s easy to use. Protonotes Twiddla

Utiliser Skype Mystère pour découvrir le monde Vous cherchez une activité pour créer un moment spécial dans votre classe ? Internet permet de créer des connexions impossibles avant celle-ci. L’activité Skype Mystère est un bel exemple d’une activité simple et qui peut transformer l’atmosphère de votre classe. Audrey Miller du site Infobourg a écrit sur le sujet il y a une dizaine de jours. Le Skype Mystère est une activité qui intègre TIC et collaboration. Cette idée a vu le jour avec l’arrivée de Skype in the classroom. Voici la description de cette initiative gratuite. Skype in the classroom est un moyen simple et gratuit pour les enseignants d’ouvrir leur salle de classe. Comment est-il possible de mettre en place un Skype Mystère ? L’équipe de la iClasse a publié un article qui donne des règles de bases pour le bon déroulement de cette activité. 1.

iLearn Technology ICDL - International Children's Digital Library The Global Classroom Project | Empowering teachers to connect, learn, share, collaborate, and lead – globally! Creative teaching resources | Sparky Teaching Pinterest YouTube Facebook Twitter We like to think our teaching resources are a little bit different... Resources with a twist, so to speak. Our resources have been used by schools all over the UK and US, as well as other countries including Australia, Canada and New Zealand, and we hope you find something here that resonates. For schools with a sparky ethos. Find out more > Mathematips Revision cards that celebrate the visual and beauty in maths. Find out more > Scientips Science key words and tips - sparky style! Find out more > e-SENSE TRAVELCARDS Send e-Safety messages home with your students. Find out more > Revision tips cards with a twist to keep your students motivated. Find out more > Reward who your students are as well as what they've done. Find out more > Every so often we make a video for you... Find out more > Hook your students into learning key words, designing fair tests and actually enjoying the write-up! Find out more > Spelling, punctuation and grammar with a twist... Find out more >

Wrong Focus: Teacher-Centered Classrooms and Technology There is a buzz around me these days about how EdTech is failing to live up to its promise fueled primarily by the In Classrooms of Future, Stagnant Scores. What is surprising to most when they share this piece with me or ask me my opinion about the failures of EdTech is my response. For the most part, I agree that it is failing but that failure has more to do with us than with the technology. Why? We continue to focus on the value of EdTech by what the teachers do with it NOT what the students do with it.We continue to focus on the value of EdTech by what happens to high stakes, standardized test scores. Teacher-Centered Classrooms/Technology When the focus of technology is on the teacher and teaching not learners and learning, it is easy to see EdTech as a failure: a waste of time, money, and resources. Is it any wonder we find ourselves unable to fulfill the promise we’ve preached about EdTech? Look at the front of the classroom from the students’ perspective. Now flip it. Paper. Really?

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