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Flipped Classroom - Reflections and Goals - Teaching with Technology The end of the year is upon us! Summer is around the corner! Time for reflection, revamping, recharging and … a tad bit of rest 🙂 As my second year in a flipped classroom environment draws to a close, it’s time to revisit what worked, what didn’t, and what will happen next! What worked! –> Towards the end of the school year, I started creating Padlet walls for each unit we completed. What could have been better…–> Assigning Modules/Notes on Google Classroom is definitely something that will be better next year. What’s coming next! Thanks for reading 🙂

Protagonize: Collaborative creative writing community - fiction, poetry, stories, and great reading! Google Slides - Not Just for Presentations! - Teaching with Technology It’s no secret that Google has some pretty great tools available, especially for classroom use. GAFE has opened so many doors in my classroom, and I’m excited to share how I use Google Slides to create so much MORE than presentations! When I started blogging in January of 2014, I used Microsoft Word and Paint to create images for my blog. It’s fun to look back at those old posts and see just how far I’ve come as a blogger Sometime during the summer of my first year blogging, I discovered Canva and all of the awesome designing capabilities it has. While Canva is really great, I’ve recently discovered that I prefer creating with Google Slides for a few reasons: –> Google Slides is part of Google Drive: The fact that all of my designs, images, and printables are safely stored in my Google Drive helps me sleep better at night … ok, perhaps that’s a small exaggeration. –> Google Slides is extremely USER-FRIENDLY: After all, Google Slides is a Google app. Thanks for reading June 9, 2015

Writing Prompts 101 By Simon Kewin Even if you are not a professional writer you probably already heard about writing prompts. They represent a very effective tool for any writing project, so it’s a good idea to know how to use them. What Is A Writing Prompt? If you’re a fiction writer, you may want to consider using writing prompts to kick-start your creativity. You may just come up with rough, disjointed notes or you may end up with something more polished and complete, a scene or even a complete story. Here are four good reasons for writing to prompts : Sometimes it’s hard to start writing when faced with a blank page. Examples of Writing Prompts The following are twenty writing prompts that you could use to spark your imagination. It was the first snowfall of the year. Where To Find Writing Prompts Online The internet is a wonderful source of writing prompts. There are also numerous blogs that offer a regular writing prompt to inspire you and where you can, if you wish, post what you’ve written.

The Seven Best Short Films for ELT Students - Kieran Donaghy I’ve been writing lesson plans designed around short films for my website Film English for six years. Teachers often ask me how I find the short films I use in my lesson plans. The answer is quite simple: I’ve watched literally thousands of short films and developed an instinct for the type of engaging and simple short films which will work in the ELT classroom. In this article I’d like to share what for me are the seven best short films for the language classroom. The Mirror The Mirror is a short film by Ramon and Pedro which tells the story of a boy’s journey from childhood to old age. The Notebook The notebook is a moving short film by Greg Gray and is wonderful for introducing the theme of empathy. Dial Direct “The Notebook” directed by Greg Gray from Velocity on Vimeo. The Present The Present is a gripping short film with a wonderful twist by Jacob Frey which deals with the themes of empathy, teenagers and disablity. The Present from Jacob Frey on Vimeo. Soar I Forgot My Phone i-Diots

creative writing prompts . com ideas for writers Project Based Learning | All Things Academic It is very important for us as teachers to created situations of learning. In their article “To produce or not produce? Understanding boredom and the honor in underachievement” Kanevsky and Keighley (2003/2008) wrote that boredom and learning are mutually exclusive … students are never bored when they are learning and they are never learning when they are bored. They went on to specify five factors required for learning: Students must have control in their learning process. They must be able to make decisions and act on them.Students must have choice in what, how and when they learn.Each student should be challenged at an appropriate level of rigorLearning experiences should have an appropriate level of complexity, presenting students with new, open-ended, authentic tasksStudents want teachers who care about what happens in the classroom Project based learning (PBL) provides students with an opportunity to experience each of these 5Cs of learning. Like this: Like Loading...

10 useful and inspiring websites for writers All writers need a little mental refreshment—a walk in the woods, a quiet drink at a local watering hole, a coffee date with a friend. Sound nice, don’t they? They’d probably work for Stephen King or any writer from the 19th century—but you live in the social media age and have a full-time job. The good news is that if you can’t pull yourself away to enjoy a stroll in a sylvan glade, there are plenty of online destinations that offer inspiration and advice. You probably know about the more popular sites for writers: Quick and Dirty Tips, Copyblogger, Ragan.com, etc. But what about these? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Which ones do you recommend?

Critical Assessment Ideas from PBL World I had a great time at the PBL World Conference in so many ways: as a presenter, as a panelist, as a listener, as a collaborator, and even as the subject of art. (Now, that is something I would never, ever have guessed!) Everyone took away his or her own ideas for implementing PBL projects, but one theme I noticed throughout the entire conference was assessment. Assessment remains a challenge for many of us who do PBL, but I left the conference feeling more confident not only in the assessment practices I have done, but also in generally accepted best practices. Here are some of my big takeaways: Assess 21st Century Skills There were many "deep-dive" sessions on teaching and assessing 21st century skills, from critical thinking to creativity and innovation. Assess Process and Product It is crucial to assess not only the product of a PBL project, but also the process along the way. Authentic Assessment Embed Standardized Assessments Presentation poster from 2013 PBL World Conference

25 Helpful Websites for Creative Writers Jun 08, 2011 Need help getting your creative juices flowing? These websites for creative writers offer grammar tips, writing prompts, peer critiques and advice on getting published. Read on to learn how you can strengthen your creative writing on the Web. General Writing Writer's Digest - The website for the publication Writer's Digest is a one-stop shop for creative writers. Writing Prompts The Story Starter - This website offers over one trillion randomly generated story starters for creative writers. Writing Mechanics Grammar Girl - Grammar Girl's famous Quick and Dirty Tips (delivered via blog or podcast) will help you keep your creative writing error free. Writing Forums WritingForums.org - This bustling writing community has over 28,000 members.

Project-Based Learning in the EFL Classroom We have all heard a student say, “Why do I have to learn this?” Introducing an irresistible project at the beginning of a unit can give students a clear and meaningful reason for learning. We have all heard of Project-Based Learning (PBL), and some of us may have even try to build PBL curriculum. Through projects, students master skills—critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration—that are hard to teach in traditional classrooms. What is Project-based Learning? The core idea of project-based learning is that real-world problems capture students’ interest and provoke serious thinking as the students acquire and apply new knowledge in a problem-solving context. Characteristics of Projects The role of projects in the overall curriculum is open to interpretation. Projects are student-generated and led. Projects are topic-based. Projects involve research. Keys to Successful Projects Key 1: Meaningful projects

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