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Blended Learning

For some, blended learning means having a mix of face-to-face classes, plus online encounters. However, I’d go a bit beyond. Blended learning can take different shapes if you consider a regular face-to-face classroom with the use of online tools to supplement the learning process that takes place within brick and mortar spaces. Also, if you […]

My Top 10 + some Tools in 2010 and the Lamest of the Year

Jane Hart is building her annual Top 100 Tools for Learning list based on the contributions of learning professionals worldwide. As I’m preparing myself for the Braz-TESOL presentation exactly about learning tools that might be useful for language educators, this is the perfect time for reflection and sharing. There’s nothing brand new about my list, but really […]

Say NO to Change

Why bother?Why leave the comfort zone for the unknown?Why seek emotion and a bit more of fun into our dull lives?Why should one work harder just for the sake of changing?Why even consider the transformation if all things seem to fall into place?Why innovate if someone else will get the credit?Why do something different if […]

Edublogging with Passion

Though this post was made in November 2008, it still holds so true that I decided to repost here mainly for my Webtools4Educators group who is exploring the power of blogging. Some might think that blogging is outdated, but I still believe in its power of connecting, reconnecting, learning about yourself and the world out […]

Assessment 2.0

I’ve just come across this paper on assesment and the need to change the way we assess, or rather, the way our learners assess their own learning. When will we go from a passive system in which students just show how much they’ve memorized to one they show how much they’ve learned? Couldn’t we start […]

Bazaar Type of Learning – A Directory to Get Started

Creative Commons License by langwitches We’re always in the search for effectiveness matched to an increase of learners’ motivation. Without losing the pedagogical purpose perspective, we can find wonderful online tools that will make our classes more enticing to learning, fun, and highly motivational. These tools can be adapted to fit our educational settings and […]

Still on Drive

Daniel Pink states “Greatness and nearsightedeness are incompatible”. He was making a point that in many cases, a carrots and sticks system leads to a short-sighted view of the world. People start focusing more on the rewards than in a broader sense of reality. You are into that addictive cycle of getting something back than […]

Our Drives

I´ve just started reading Daniel Pink´s latest book, now better than ever with the wonderful little gadget my dear friend Dennis Oliver gave me. During my 45-minute workout I can easily flip pages in my Kindle. Never has it been so pleasant to exercise in two such good companies, the book and my new digital […]

Presentation Skills

Our brains are networks of information. We like to get information from multiple modes. We like to see materials in different ways. Presentations are related to activating senses. In good presentations, the audience has a sense where we are going, a sense of structure. Four Signposts of Presentation Skills Mastery (Jeary, 2004) Unconscious Incompetence – […]

The Reading Brain

Thinking outside the box from our own disciplines. Children need to read their own thoughts while they read. They have to reach their potential. There’s no such thing as an ideal reading brain. How does the brain learn something new? Ability to form new connections – neuroplasticity; taking older structures and making new arrangement; each […]

TESOL 2010 – Howard Gardner’s Five Minds For the Future

Intelligence – multiple, rather than singularThe mind is better thought of  as eight or nine different computers in your brain. The fourth or fifth country of the world is the country of immigrants. What kinds of minds do we need to cultivate in the 21st century?Globalization – global brands, electronic money transferThe biological revolution – […]

Leadership – Attending a Certificate Program in TESOL 2010

Murphy’s 8 roles for Intelligent Leadership: Selector Connector Problem Solver Evaluator Negotiator Healer Protector Synergizer The first 7 roles are worked on in order to have the synergy of a group in which the parts work best together than when they do it separately. Consider this communication ladder that we find in any organization: contempt […]