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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:  speakingFree ressources or activitiesinquiry resources

30-day-challenge 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

Welcome to Youth Voices | Youth Voices 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).

Describing photos (comparing, contrasting and speculating) You are going to practise language for; Describing photosComparing and contrasting photos (discussing similarities and differences)Speculating on what might be happeningReacting to photos (giving opinions) Discuss Look at the presentation. Follow the instructions and talk about some of the photos Write The language used here for comparing and contrasting / speculating is also useful for writing discussion / argument essays. Introduction - describe the situation / topic to be discussedCompare / contrast ideas (for and against / advantages and disadvantages)Speculate on solutions to problems raised by the questionConclusion - give an opinion Which pairs or groups of photos in the presentation could be used to demonstrate ideas for argument writing topics about education, technology, food, family, work, leisure, health, advertising etc? More Practice on May / Might / Could / Must / Can't

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.

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