Monday, July 26, 2010

Language Learning Tips (updated)

!Update: here's the link to the voicethread created with this video:

If you plan to show this video to your students, please use this link and encourage them to leave their comments on the thread. (=

In the beginning of the semester, I think it is a good idea to discuss second language learning with adult and advanced students.
As teachers, we have a lot to offer on the matter. However, as this semester begins, I decided to give the students a chance to contribute on a group wide discussion, and had them come up with ideas to maximise specifically grammar and vocabulary acquisition.
After this discussion students had 10 minutes to place their ideas into a text, which was then read and recorded.
Here is the result.

Now, there are a few ways to do this, the easiest is using a digital camera to record the clip. You can later compile and edit the segments using Windows Live Movie Maker.

On the technological side, WLMM can capture both video and audio from notebook standard hardware, but the audio might not be very good.

This video will be later uploaded to voicethread in and attempt to continue the student-created pool of tips and tricks to English learning.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Embracing Changes

Using our recently acquired skills, Cleide Frazão and I carried out a piloting project this past semester.
Here is our workshop in brief. It focus on using web2.0 in a systematized way, make the most of it and do NOT get stressed out.
Cleide and I are not the savvy type, we have been just starting our digital literacy program, and we both still wonder when the old days of chalk and blackboard will spin back in vogue. But we both share a love for pedagogy, for understanding how our young learners learn best. Technology offers us a broad horizon of possibilities to reach out, engage students in writing and connect with families. Here is our workshop on different media. Choose the one that pampers your reading style best and let us know your ideas and suggestions. What tool are you experimenting with? Do you have a favorite tool?

About Prezi

Spent all morning learning how to deal with prezi editor. I had seen it once - no idea where- and  I have to confess it was a bit too all over the place for me until I saw this wonderful presentation on EFL Classroom 2.0.My advice if you will prezi soon: Watch the tutorial beforehand and choose the constrain to back and forward move when you embed. ( if you are a linear kind, like me.)

About voicethread
We decided to upload our workshop on voicethread and post on the project's wiki. This is our paperless, green way to connect for further discussion and feedback. I am in love with this tool! It provides us the chance of extending our learning opportunities... Amazing!