Jumbling with words

Welcome back! This will be my last blog post for now. I hope you will have got some inspiration or ideas from my blog. This last post is inspired on the Wordles my own teacher uses in her lessons sometimes. They stood out to me and I thought why not write a blog post about it?

Wordle is a website in which you can jumble up words from articles or anything digital, really. You can add any colour or font you would like to create your very own Wordle. A Wordle is a handy tool to use in the introduction of your lesson. You can also let your learners create one themselves. Of course they have to add words that they come up with themselves and not copy them from an article. The words that are used most in the article or text will be the biggest in the Wordle. This way your learners will immediatly see what words and themes are the most important for them to think about.

 

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ClassDojo, cute and convenient

During the IXperium a few weeks ago, some fellow students presented about ClassDojo. I had never heard from it before but it sounded like an app similar to FruitNinja. Thankfully, this website is a lot more useful. ClassDojo is a site on which you can keep track of your classroom from the start of the new school year to when they go to another class.

ClassDojo is not just about keeping track of results of your learners. It is also about capturing memories. You can post pictures with explanations of the event that took place in your school or classroom. The website is probably designed for somewhat younger learners because of the animations of little monsters.

As a teacher you can give feedback in different forms, about working hard or being nice to your fellow learners. You can also give negative feedback, this will enhance the competitive aspect of your learners. ClassDojo is really about creating a safe and friendly class environment and about having a good time with your classmates.

 

 

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The power of a blank wall

 

Me again! Let’s talk about Padlet. Padlet is the perfect example of using simplicity to make your lessons more interesting and practical. I used padlet just the other day when I had to teach at ROC Nijmegen and we needed some feedback on our lesson. Some learners might find it intimidating to give negative feedback to their teachers when they ask for it. That’s why Padlet is the perfect solution. They can leave behind messages on the wall anonomously and speak their mind. If they do want to be known they can put their name above the message.

What I really like about the website is that the design is really clean and cute. It is easy to use and clear to everyone. You can be as creative as you want but at the same time you can let Padlet do all the work for you. You can choose pictures, backgrounds and different lay-outs.

You can use Padlet for brainstorms, asking feedback and even posting pictures. For brainstorms you can let your learners post messages at random. If you want it to be a bit less chaotic, you can choose the option ‘Stream’ in which the messages are posted below each other.

Padlet is very accesable, everyone can join your Padlet as long as they have a device with internet connection. They can just type in the link and they are there, they do not need a username or password and can start right away! If you want your Padlet to be more private, you do have the option to let everyone fill in a username and password.

Overall, Padlet is a simple and practical tool that doesn’t require any kind of computer knowledge. Which is really nice every once in a while!

See you next time!

Sophie

 

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Always within reach with Nearpod

While browsing on the world wide web, on the search for some useful sites, I stumbled upon Nearpod. Nearpod is an digital learning environment for teachers and learners all over the world. You can create an account very easily and download interactive multimedia presentations. You can share your interactive lessons and control your learners’ activities in real time. Your learners can leave comments and submit responses through any device. So if you teach at an tablet school this is very convinient. If this isn’t the case, learners can also use their mobile phone or laptop. Another perk about this website is that you can monitor and control the results of your learners and you do not have to carry around a big bag filled with documents.

Nearpod is suitable for flipping the classroom. You can let your learners watch the lesson with explanation at home and they can work on the exercises or project in lesson time. If they struggle with something they can ask the teacher and won’t give up just because there is nobody to ask for help. Learners will be much more motivated because they are more atonomous. They are responsible for their own learning and will feel taking more seriously.

See you soon!

Sophie

 

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The IXperium Experience

Today was a fun day for al the techies, but also the not so experienced techies have done some interesting discoveries. All the TELL students visited the IXperium today and could be as creative as possible. There were three options to choose from; EdVid, EdShare and EdLab. I chose EdShare because my teaching practice works with Ipads and I would like to do some more research in using more collaborative apps and really team up as a whole class.

We entered the IXperium room and the first things you notice are the fancy seats and many laptops. After a short introduction we all teamed up and started working on our digital tool to make a lesson more interesting. My team chose the website Flipquiz. This is a site in which you can create a quizbord with different categories of questions. You as a teacher can make teams and the pupils decide within their team what category they choose. They can also decide on what level the question is. 100 is easy and 500 is the most difficult. For example, Team A decides to go for the category Apple Products and they think they know a lot about it, they choose the window of 400. A question will come up and they have 30 seconds to come up with an answer as a team. They have to listen to each other carefully because if they give the wrong answer or do not make it in time 400 points will be substracted from their total score. Every team gets their own turn and it is very competitive because you can come up with team names and keep score on this site as well. aflipquiz

Some ideas from other students stood out to me as well. For example the presentation from a group of EdVid in which they used a greenscreen to do a pre-reading activity for the book Narnia. You can play with backgrounds and characters and learners will certainly think it’s funny and will be enthousiastic to create a video themselves.

 

Another idea that is really ‘futuristic’ was planning a lesson with virtual reality. I tried the virtual reality glasses myself and it really is like you step into another world. Especially with headphones on. These ‘virtual reality glasses’ sound really high tech and expensive but it is just carton. You could give everyone a pair of glasses and put on the sound in the classroom so everyone has the same expierence. Because everyone is unique, you will get a lot of different interpretations which you can discuss later in class. I think this really is the future because you can bring things to your classroom that have previously been impossible.

 

Wozzol; a fluffy encounter

 

I was browsing on the web for some handy sites to learn words. Perhaps you have heard form Wrts? That is the site I used when I was in secondary school. I do think this site is useful and I love the simplicity but it is also very boring and you do not have a lot of options.

So long story short, I was browsing on the interwebs for another, more interesting vocabulary tool. Fortunately, I have found one! Wozzol, a tool to learn new vocabulary. You can add your own wordlists but you can also practise with existing ones. They use literature for context which is really cool. You can learn very everyday words but by using a poem or short story. For example; The Canterbury Tales. This way your pupils will learn words and literature at the same time.

You can choose between multiple choice or fill in the blanks, and if you do not get the context of the sentence you can use another story that Wozzol has in stock for you. Overall I think this is a very handy tool to let your pupils use at home. Another perk is the logo which is a cute fuzzy animal, as you can see. You can find the link below.

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My name is Sophie and I started this blog because my teacher told me to do so

The aim of this blog

Hi! My name is Sophie Frieling and I live in The Netherlands. I am studying to become an English teacher. Because of this I really think it is important to familiarise myself with technology in teaching. We all know them, the teachers who cannot operate a smartboard properly. Of course we cannot ignore the fact that these teachers did not grew up with the technology that we have grown up with.

I want to prevent becoming one of these teachers! It’s important to stay in touch with the (technical) developments around you because your learners will do this as well.

Now don’t get me wrong I do not know that much about technology and computers.Never before have I kept a blog, so don’t expect too much of this. Things you will find on this blog are my thoughts about the course I am following in school at the moment. It is named TELL and it is about language learning by using digital tools. I will post lesson ideas that have to do with digital tools and give my opinion about them. So follow me in my search for the best digital lesson ideas!

Sophie

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