Werff- Using Pictures from Magazines in ESL Classes The Internet TESL Journal Joep van der Werffjoepvdw [at] yahoo.comInterlingua (Mexico City, Mexico) The purpose of this article is to show that pictures from magazines are a source of varied classroom activities in the areas of speaking, listening, writing, vocabulary and grammar. I'll give tips on how to collect and sort suitable pictures and I'll include several sample activities. Teachers can use the activities as they are presented, or adapt them to fit their needs. Introduction Several years ago I was teaching a beginning level class. This experience convinced me that visuals, especially 'unusual' pictures, foster students' imagination, which in turn motivates them to use English. Preparation Choosing Pictures Pictures are illustrations that are cut from a magazine, newspapers or other sources. Collecting the pictures Students like colorful and varied materials. Sorting the Pictures Sample Activities Below, I'll describe nine activities that can be done with magazine cutouts. Grammar
How English language teachers can use pictures in class Larissa Albano, winner of our monthly Teaching English blog award Opens in a new tab or window., is an English teacher based in Italy who blogs at larissaslanguages.blogspot.com Opens in a new tab or window.. She explains how using pictures as a teaching aid can help language teachers engage their students. If I say 'picture', what do you think about? I guess the words 'drawing', 'photo', 'painting', and 'film' might come to mind. As for me, well, I think a picture is much more than an image, especially when I teach English. So how can you use pictures in the classroom? Predict: Students can look at pictures or watch the first part of a video in order to predict what the topic of the lesson or the activity will be about. Interact: The game Pictionary, in which players have to guess specific words based on their team mates' drawings, and other mingling games with pictures are fun activities that can be used with both children and adults to review the vocabulary they have learnt. Create: Talk:
Learning Gets Personal Have you developed a Personalized Learning Mindset? Several months ago, I read this blog post by Anthony Kim, founder of Education Elements, and the article really resonated with me. I saw that, without even realizing it, I had been working for a year to help the staff at my school develop what he calls a personalized learning mindset. The more that people can adopt a PL Mindset, the more they buy into the idea that this work is valuable and worth working for. Happy Reflecting, Heather Technology Titans Successful technology integration requires time, support, and reflection. Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities Summer Workshop: Personalized Learning Environments by Design Registration available in Edivate in the Academic Support catalog. Elementary School Session July 6 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Middle School Session July 6 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. High School Session July 7 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. How does your classroom facilitate a successful personalized learning environment (PLE)?
Using Picture Books to Teach Characterization in Writing Workshop ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, videos, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Teacher Resources by Grade Your students can save their work with Student Interactives. More Home › Classroom Resources › Lesson Plans Lesson Plan Overview Featured Resources From Theory to Practice Students explore the concept of character development through focused experiences with picture books. back to top Picture Books that Illustrate Well-Developed Characters: This booklist offers a list of picture books that feature well-developed characters. Story Map: Use this online tool to analyze a story's characters, plots, and settings. Further Reading Ray, Katie Wood. 1999.
Guides Need help with using still images, sound and video for educational purposes? Explore our free digital media guides. They will take you through the process of finding, creating, managing, delivering and using digital media. The guides have been written specifically for teachers, learners and researchers working in higher education, further education and skills. They are also useful for people working in galleries, libraries, archives and museums. Creating Guides intended to assist teachers, students and researchers in creating digital media (still images, sound and video). View guides to Creating Digital Media » Finding Explaining where and how to find images, sound and video to use in teaching, learning and research. View guides to finding digital media » Managing Managing digital media collections and digitisation projects. View guides to managing digital media » Digitisation View guides to digitisation » Delivering and using View guides to delivering and using digital media »
The "New and Improved" Digital Citizenship Survival Kit I have been thinking about some "new" items I could add to my original Digital Citizenship Kit that I created last year. Like I said in that blog post, I love using props when teaching. After some great conversations with the good wife @jenbadura on what I should include, I have come up with some new items to include in the survival kit. Yes, you can use this with your students! After I blogged about the original kit, I had a plethora of teachers email me or send me a tweet me asking if it was okay to use this idea at their school. Please do! Packet of Seeds Any packet of seeds will do for your kit. Plug In I used a six foot extension cord and cut it so that I have the male and female end together. Mirror Imagine having the mirror attached to your computer/device. Sheet of Paper One of the most powerful items in the kit. Magnifying Glass Remember when first impressions started with a handshake? Strainer The amount of information on the internet is amazing! Soap
Teaching with Visuals: Students Respond to Images Dan Meyer knows that textbook-driven teaching hasn't served his students well. That's why they wind up taking remedial algebra with him in ninth grade. "They either need more time on content, or they've really been burned by traditional math instruction," says the teacher from San Lorenzo Valley High School, near Santa Cruz, California. For Meyer, now in his fifth year of teaching, a lightbulb moment happened three years ago when he acquired a projector for his classroom. "That gave me a way to put up a full-screen image really fast," he explains. "I could toss up visuals cheaply and quickly." "It was like a dam broke. Apparently, plenty of teachers agree. Keep It Simple In kicking off his challenge to colleagues, Meyer deliberately kept instructions to a bare minimum. Responses were dazzling in both their display of teacher creativity and the range of subjects addressed. The very nature of blogs may encourage some of this innovation. On the Money
The Digital Citizenship Survival Kit It's a simple little prop I use when teaching Digital Citizenship to our K-8 #aurorahuskies students. I love utilizing props to try to get my point across to students. To me, it helps a student retain the lesson better. Let me introduce you to Mr. Here are the items I have in my "Digital Citizenship Survival Kit" and what each item represents: Padlock The padlock is to remind students to set strong passwords and to set up passcode locks on all of their digital devices. Toothbrush I tell students to think that passwords and toothbrushes are very similar in the fact that you NEVER want to share passwords. Permanent Marker Everything that you put online is permanent....even if you hit the delete button after posting. Toothpaste Imagine the information that you are putting online is like the toothpaste coming out of the tube. The survival kit is very simple. I would love to hear suggestions you might have to make my Digital Citizenship Survival Kit even better.
Guide... This list provides examples of ways in which digital images can be used in teaching and learning materials. It has been put together to inspire lecturers new to using digital images: however it is not comprehensive! The list does not differentiate between types of image e.g. photographic, vector, chart or graph. So in looking at the examples below, some thought has to be given to the subject area and pedagogy: the appropriate use of the images within teaching and learning materials and the appropriate 'type' of image to represent the concept. To illustrate concepts and to show examples of what you are talking about during a lecture when you can't visit the real thing (e.g. building site practices; 3D model of Roman villa) or see the item (e.g. chemical model) Drawing of a cross found at Peakirk, Sir Henry Dryden Collection via VADS Arkansas Archeological Society dig at Jones Mill by Farther Along on Flickr. To assess students' knowledge, understanding and observational skills (e.g.
Interpreting Political Cartoons in the History Classroom What Is It? A lesson that introduces a framework for understanding and interpreting political cartoons that can be used throughout your entire history course. Rationale Political cartoons are vivid primary sources that offer intriguing and entertaining insights into the public mood, the underlying cultural assumptions of an age, and attitudes toward key events or trends of the times. The stark, simple imagery of many cartoons can be highly deceptive. Description A Cartoon Analysis Checklist, developed by Jonathan Burack, is presented here as a tool for helping students become skilled at reading the unique language employed by political cartoons in order to use them effectively as historical sources. 1. Teacher Preparation 1. 2. 3. In the Classroom 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Common Pitfalls Students need to understand that political cartoons are expressions of opinion. Bibliography Burack, Jonathan. Fischer, Roger A. Gombrich, E. Parker, Paul, Ph.D. Tufte, Edward R.
Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill By Warren Berger Friday March 14 is the 135th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s birthday, a good time to think about the importance of asking questions. This was a big theme for Einstein, who told us, “The important thing is not to stop questioning,” while also urging us to question everything and “Never lose a holy curiosity.” Einstein understood that questioning is critical to learning and solving problems. Let’s start with the growing importance of questioning. This has served them well in today’s dynamic tech market—because their well-honed questioning skills help them analyze and solve problems, adapt to change, identify fresh opportunities, and lead companies in new directions. If anything, the ability to ask insightful questions will be even more critical tomorrow than it is today. Given all of this, it’s worth asking: Are our schools doing a good job of preparing students for a world where questioning is a survival skill? As for making questioning cool?
Using Visual Materials as Historical Sources: A model for Studying State and Local History Using Visual Materials as Historical Sources: A model for Studying State and Local History The Social Studies, March/April 1990, pp 84-87 A Questioning Model for Using Historical Photographs Sample Lesson #1: Sugar Cane Syrup Making in Florida Sample Lesson #2: Migrant Workers in Florida during the Depression Further Reading "A picture is worth a thousand words." Too often, the use of pictures in social studies is confined to illustrating textbooks. The way to overcome these deficiencies of the textbooks' captioned photography is to select rich, high-interest pictures and use them as raw historical source materials. Once the teacher has selected a picture appropriate to the historical topic or era under study, he or she introduces the picture and displays it for student reflection. A Questioning Model for Using Historical Photographs The best kinds of questions for analyzing a historical engraving, painting, or photograph are narrowly focused questions. FIGURE 1 — Questioning Model Allen, R.