Weekly faves: Apps and Tools

 

Thinglink is a great visual tool can be used  in classes. You can use this tool for storytelling, warm up activities, speaking activities or it can be assigned as a homework. In short, nearly for everything. By adding videos, Wikipedia links, (anything related) tags, you can create authentic, rich interactive stories.

Woices is an app and it is also a web-based tool which is called location based audio guide, is used for recording voices for the places you’ve been to. You can upload welcoming echos(this is how they call your records) or informative ones for the people who visit the area. Actually we have just started to upload our echos about our school with my students and they enjoy and practice!

Dipity is a tool helps you create multimedia timelines with stories, images, links integrated together. As soon as I found out this tool I think of a project for CLIL lessons for example, or holiday diaries to be presented in classes by students as back to school activities.

Hope you enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

Weekly faves: Smartboard Activities

I’d like to mention about some of my favorite smart-board activities. As a tech-lover teacher I believe that I make the most of them. No one can deny the effect of technology on students’ learning. In this century, I can say where there is technology, there is fun and there is learning. Here is the list of my weekly faves:

Bang on time is a great game that students have fun by reading the time in words and then stopping the clock on the right time. They get scores according to their answers accuracy.

Body parts is another activity to revise or teach parts of the body by matching the pictures with the words.

Picture Match is a game that gives us a chance to play with the sounds that we choose. With the picture of a word students listen and click on the right written sound.

Virtual House is a fun and interesting way of teaching parts of the house. You can click on the rooms and click on the every single item in them.

Virtual Keyboard can be used to teach instruments and have fun!

Thanks for reading.

Hope you enjoy!

 

 

Learn to read with ‘Starfall’

Starfall is a free public website which aims to teach children to read with phonics. It is a great to use on smartboard or students can listen and read on their own in computer lab. or at home. It has four levels as ABCs, Learn to read, It is fun to read, I’m reading. It creates an atmosphere of fun and enthusiasm that infuses all aspects of learning. Children click on the letters in any order to see, hear, and manipulate the sounds and letters of the alphabet. Every word on each story or game is clickable. Games are fun and students are eager to participate.

The activities I chose for my readers:

Here you can see Starfall ABCs with word-related pictures and their phonemes.

Here you can read a story called Dog and Cat.

In It is fun to read section students can listen, read, play, and create an avatar with All about me!

Students can make words with different phonemes or each letter of the alphabet with Make words with at  after that they can read a story about the sound learnt as in Zac the Rat.

And Starfall  has subject-related activities like Pick a Pumpkin for Halloween, Make a Snowman for Winter, Every day is Earth day for recycling and Make a Valentine with a connecting word for Valentines Day of course!

It is an entertaining educational program that my kids love! Hope you give it a try.

 

And don’t forget that:

 

 

 

Digital art-craft ‘Tinkercad’

While I was searching for digital art-craft tools, I came up with this post written in Cool Tools and decided to try it. Tinkercad is a free, web based, CAD (computer aided design) app which allows you to create 3D models of pretty much anything, and even export them to 3D printers. It is mostly used in STEM classes but I found it useful for teachers and students who are in search of some extraordinary activities. Tinkercad can be used in creating level of our teaching period with other apps and tools like EduGlogsterPrezi etc. Students can prepare projects, non existing materials as to their imagination and make 3D presentations to their friends.

This picture is what I tried to do in accordance with the atmosphere we are in.

Hope you enjoy and try it.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year again!

My Word on the Street Competition ‘BBC& British Council’

“Word on the Street” is an exciting new English Language teaching programme co-produced by the BBCand the British Council. Word on the Street looks at real everyday English and also introduces viewers to different aspects of U.K. youth culture. It is broadcast on TRT Okul (Turkish TV Channel) every Sunday at 22:25!

IF YOU’RE A LEARNER OF ENGLISH, NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!

Just like ‘Word on the Street’, which introduces the U.K. to you living room, we know that you have lots of stories to tell about the people and places in your street.

Visit LearnEnglish site to see videos from Word on the Street to get some ideas. Tell us about your street on video… Share it on Facebook… Have the chance to see your video on national TV and win exciting prizes… It’s time to be famous!

IF YOU ARE A TEACHER OF ENGLISH, HELP YOUR STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN THIS FUN COMPETITION!

As an English teacher, you may sometimes find it difficult to demonstrate to your students that English is not just grammar, grammar, grammar but a living skill that they can use in real life. The My Word on the Street competition is a fun and motivating way to help them practice their English.

If you’d like to help your students participate in the competition, we have prepared a sample lesson plan for you to use in the classroom. You can also visit LearnEnglish site to see the videos from the original Word on the Street TV series to give you more great lesson ideas.

 

Give your students a CLUE

Clue is probably prepared for a different aim but I liked the idea of using it as a warm up activity which attracts ss’ attention. If you are teaching through CLIL or doing some vocab exercises, your students and you might find this memory test pretty interesting. Besides, I know we all do some guessing activities and creative warm-ups but the reason why I wanted to share this with you is its being techy and just another option. I’ll go on by showing you the trial that I’ve done.

Let’s assume that I have some lesson plans and vocab to teach about space. I typed the address of NASA as you can see in the example. Then the site prepares a screenshot for us to look for a few seconds and gives us a chart to type what we remember. You can make your students type and do some spelling activities as well.

Actually I’m planning to use it with my 2nd graders typing a website about Santa to revise vocab. And a game might be added into my plan according to their performance. 🙂

Hope you enjoy!

 

Let the party begin! ‘2013’

2013 is coming and some of us has already decorated our trees. Present lists and plans have been made. Shopping madness is about to take its start…

On the other hand, we as teachers are excited to celebrate New Year with our students and teach them New Year&Christmas vocabulary, phrases, cultural activities and the spirit of course!

Here I share the activities that I’ve planned for my students. Hope you enjoy and make your students get in the New Year spirit in a funny and techy way.

Start your lesson with great Ten Little Snowmen reading activity which enables us to teach some basic vocabulary with correct  pronunciation and phonics. Also this activity gives us chances to revise or teach body parts, clothes.

Then make your own snowman with different choices. Key words are snowman, arms, wooden arms, carrot nose, hats, etc.

Try an interactive e-card introducing decorated trees, snowflakes and some animal friends to help with making the snowman.

Later create a snowflake and make it snow, catch the others!

Decorate a gingerbread while teaching or revising cookie, body parts, colorful sugars.

Let’s e-mail to Santa and make our wishes.

Finally make your own tune with Rein Deer Orchestra by squeezing the rein deers’ noses and have some fun!

I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthful, and prosperous New Year!

May all your wishes be fulfilled!

 

#eddies12 My Nominations

Best ed-tech blog:  Özge Karaoğlu’s Blog

Best individual tweeter: @tonygurr

Best Twitter hashtag: #edtech

Best social network: Twitter

Best influential post: Chia Suan Chong’s Blog- Things students say that break my heart

Best mobile app: Dropbox

Best video/podcasts: Russell Stannard

Best new blog: Aysun Güneş’s Blog- Language Teaching Tips

Lifetime achievement: Ken Wilson

Are you afraid of becoming a child again!?

In my 2 years of teaching from time to time I heard some of my colleagues saying that they didn’t want to work with YLs. And I really don’t understand maybe refuse to give it a try to understand this situation. Why? Are you afraid of becoming a child again and see the world through their eyes? I can understand the hesitation and not knowing what to do when you enter a class full of children since I felt the same at first, but what’s the point of getting rid of this idea when you have all kind of sources and experience sharing people around you? Where has your energy gone?

Some people say ‘If you are a high school teacher you’ll try hard to get used to working with YLs, but when it comes to the teachers of YLs they’ll adapt quickly to higher levels.’ Don’t get me wrong but come on we are teachers we can’t be diffident people! Besides working with all levels is a precious experience which each successful teacher has to have. We live in a global world who knows what comes next..

Yes! As a teacher who works with young learners I admit that teaching YLs requires many talents. I want to share what I’ve learnt in 2 years:

Be lovely!

Raise ss’ motivation & enthusiasm. It is easy to motivate your ss’ as long as you choose interesting activities.

Be interesting. Entering class with a puppet or subject relevant hat arouse those little pretties curiosity.

Live in your ss’ digital age. Knowing their interests and games they like playing help you to select the best activities.

Speak the same language. I don’t approve of talking to a child in a childish way. Don’t imitate them. Let them imitate you when you speak with right emphasis. What I m trying to say is It s nonsense to speak like a child. However, you have to think, imagine like a child! The most important things are the thoughts and the words you selected.

Search, read, learn, and work hard… Wait! The last sentence I wrote applies to all levels, doesn’t it?

 

Sessions Attended #IATEFL2012 Glasgow

I want to write about the sessions I attended during Iatefl 2012.

Tuesday started with Adrian Hill’s plenary session and it was great to meet him after the plenary! Then, I attended Weronika Salandyk’s workshop which offered variety of simple and engaging flashcard games for young learners, M. Arfa Kaboodvand’s session about parents’ role in language learning of their children, Marion Williams’ session about teaching thinking to young learners, Charles Goodger’s workshop about teaching English with songs, and I ended the day with a symposium called Innovations in TEYLs. Mona Majzoub, Teresa Doguelli and David Valente were adorable! So glad to meet them.

On Wednesday, I attended Esra Girgin’s Cyberella and Cinderalla then Sebnem Oral’s Bilingual Stories sessions. I’ve learnt a lot! Then Hakan Şenturk’s presentation about how to prepare language lessons with Prezi was also another great one! What about Russell Stannard’s talk on Tools for digital storytelling? This one was awesome, too! I ended the day with Jo Hayes’ Speak and spell (online phonics for YLs) and Power of the image by Paul Dummett.

On Thursday, I attended Diane Hall session called Learn grammar, practise grammar, know grammar, Joost Swaenepoel’s workshop called From book to play, Better blogging using Google Sites by Luke Roger, Later it was time for Technology and Teens symposium by Kevan Cummins, Eva Buyuksimkesyan, Victoria Saumell, Karin Tirasin and Cigdem Ugur. This was so late but it was worth it in the end. 🙂 Anddd Pecha Kucha! Ohh I cant tell you should’ve been there 😛

On Friday, I attended Isıl Boy’s and Beyza Nur Yilmaz’s presentation called TeCH-achers: Get your one way ticket to tech islands! This was really enjoyable session! Loved them! The last session was Singing chanting and rapping creatively in the YL classroom by Jane Harding da Rosa.

Cheers

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