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Do Something for Teens

Do Something is a non-profit organization in the intersection of teens and social change, activism. There are tons of ideas on their site to help young people take action. I especially liked one about what makes you mad and the call for changing things around.http://www.dosomething.org/actnow/actionguide/become-activist  As I have a tight schedule, I was considering adapting […]

Being an Educator of the 21st Century

Much have been told about the competencies and skills educators should develop to “survive” and thrive in a classroom nowadays. High on my list are some that should have always been there: >> developing listening skills>> practicing our empathy at all times, even when we feel like giving up>> preparing lessons that are brain-friendly, helping […]

A Remix of the Web2.0

Serendipity is always the best resource. I was looking for some resources to the online course I’m teaching right now, Web Tools for Educators, when I came across this MOOC – Teach the Web. Just as I was browsing through their resources (Mozilla guys know how to make it simple, exciting and connected),  I came […]

mLearning – Turn your Ipad into an Interactive Board

Educreations, Showme, Screenchomp are  simple and multifaceted for the language classroom. These free screencasting apps have multiple possibilities, ranging from recording students’ dialogues or letting them freely talk about a subject as they show on the screen what they are exploring. There’s drawing, typing a text or inserting an image while recording. The students can […]

mLearning Activity – Trending Topics and Classroom Bonding

Trending topics, those hot topics of the day or sometimes the hour, are everywhere on social media. They represent what is ruling the world for different tribes. So here’s a very simple activity I’ve done with my students that has long-lasting, impacting effects in our classroom because of the emotional connections it enhances. Trending Topics […]

mLearning Resources

It is a great pleasure to present for the IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG about mlearning and ways to transform our classrooms. mLearning Resources from Carla Arena Here are some spaces that you might want to check if you are interested in mlearning and its latest developments: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/08/29-ipad-resources-tutorials-and-guides.html 32 Interesting Ways to Use an IpodTouch in […]

YOU are genius

That’s what educators and learners should understand.Everybody has a very special talent, something to share and contribute to the world.We should all be part of a culture of sharing and collaboration for something bigger than our own talented world, to take knowledge and understanding to a new dimension. We need to understand how our contributing […]

The Big Bear, Online Learning and Connections

I’ve been following #etmooc with interest, but with the hectic first week in our Electronic Village Online about neuroscience in Education (#brainELT), I haven’t been much of a contributor, but an active listener. What I’ve been trying to explore with much interest and anticipation is how a MOOC develops, unfolds, how conversations start and persist, […]

Learning by Retrieval – Forget Highlighting

Highlights everywhere with different marker colors. Blue, orange, green, yellow. The most common sense studying strategy my kids’ teachers use with their pupils. I’ve always wondered what the meaning of all that was, as my kids tend to highlight almost everything! I’ve questioned myself what the connection was between disconnecting parts of a text with […]

Educators as Designers

I’ve always had a deep fascination for what was aesthetically beautiful for the eyes and pleasing for the mind. Design has always mattered for me, and it has guided me personally and professionally as a principle of good living an a people connector. I’ve always believed in its engagement power. And unconsciously I understood that […]