Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I would like to invite You with your students (from Class 10)to participate in the competition that is held 17 December at Tallinna Kesklinna Vene Gümnaasium.
The theme is W.Shakespeare(Hamlet, King Lear, The Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet).
If you want to participate- please,send me an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline is 10 December
I look forward to hearing from you
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
I would like to me publish addresses of the blogs that can be interesting for you in terms of our discussions and topics of the Conference, the BarCamp session:
- http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com/ - Nik Peachey's Learning Technology Blog
- http://quickshout.blogspot.com/ - Nik's Ouick Shout - Links and Opinion on Learning, Technology, Web 2.0 and EFL, ESL
- http://bloggingandsocialmedia.blogspot.com/ - On Blogging and Social Media
- http://learning-with-computers.blogspot.com/ - Learning with Computers
- http://web20intheclassroom.blogspot.com/ - Web 2.0 in the Classroom
- http://iktkeeleope.blogspot.com/ IKT keeleõppes - one of the Meeri Sild's blogs
- http://esl-lab.com/ - Extrao-o-o-o-dinary list of Listening Tasks
- http://esl-lab.blogspot.com/ -> the following blog.
- http://elearningtime.blogspot.com/ - Russsian e-learning PRO Assotiation
- http://gluhova.blogspot.com/ Usage of e-Learning technologies in education
- http://kopomko.blogspot.com/ - Picasa, Gadgets , etc
- NB! ESPECIALLY FOR Tatjana Ignatova ___________________________________________________________
- http://usingmoodle.blogspot.com/ - Using Moodle
- Tatjana, have a look at my "Moodle-related" video album at Vimeo
- The Moodle Web-Community itself is - http://moodle.org/?lang=ru_utf8
- Bulk of video-Tutorials on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=moodle+tutorial&search_type=&aq=1&oq=moodl - we can discuss the question(s) F2F.
Enjoy your Web-search.
To start with, we all (teacher) got the invitation and some brave of us accepted it filling the on-line form. And then we had to wait a little.
The conference was held on 28 November in Lasnamäe Vene Gümnaasium. I, personally, was impressed by the renovation of the building. But it was completely forgotten when we entered the classroom. Being in community of professionals is the reword to our hard work. The atmosphere was friendly, everyone was attentively listed to.
I do not want to start with Mrs. Rozdestvenskaja speech. It was worth listening. I would like to pay attention to our( teachers of English) section. We were caught by the knowledge of Mrs.Karpova and Mrs. Ignatova. Two little kids showed us how to use a smart board were funny,but they used their skills with pleasure.
And the last part of our conference- barcamp( thank you, Mr. Logvinov that ,you became a leader of it) helped us to establish the friendly relationships in our community.
We have got some new idea at the conference that will help us in our difficult work.
People! Thank you very much! I look forward to meeting you again.
Thank You for the great insight, that there're some things you should share with your colleagues, with these people who are really interested in using different Web 2.0 tools in the class - the insight is that these knowledge and skills are necessary!
My short speech at the BarCamp session was in general devoted to the tools I use in class for making it cheerful; enjoyable and NOT BORING (this is the problem we deal with practically every day - Traditional education is NOT ALL for learning!).
So, ... I would like to divide all the tools (that are provided by some web-sites) into categories:
- Materials for the classwork - exercises, mind maps, tests, etc. that can be prepared before the class or even during it in an easy, non-complicated way - just for you. They are:
- www.better-english.com/grammar - nice collection of Hot Potatoes' exercises;
- http://www.englishgrammarsecrets.com/ - the collection of grammar explanations together with lots of 'issue-related' exercises - I wish you tried & liked them!
- http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/ - also vocabulary & grammar rules, explanations and tests;
- http://www.englishpage.com/ , containing personilised professional Forum, collections, web-storage possibility (Needs Signing In!);
- Another group of Web 2.0 tools - http://www.wordle.net/ - preparing topical word/vocabulary clouds-I often use http://www.wikipedia.org/ and then simply shorten text if I don't have any particular word list- quite a wide area for creativity!
- http://bubbl.us/ - a nice, easy-to-use tool for vocabulary, note-taking (even by students in class), for sharing them;
- short videos at - http://www.vimeo.com/ , http://www.youtube.com/ (e.g. English with Jennifer http://www.youtube.com/user/JenniferESL - grammar videos from the beginners up to the advanced level), http://www.foodtube.net/, http://www.teachertube.com/, www.elllo.org/ (the listening, video tools with post- exercises!), etc. - for discussions, chat, blogging (you can embed all the videos into your blogs). BUT -To save and to organise your favourite videos found- register ! (other video eBookmarks're - http://delicious.com/jurilo/video );
- for class-fun (m.b. for some other reasons ... in junior classes) can be used a http://www.jigsawplanet.com/ - creating online topical Jigsaw Puzzles (e.g.http://www.jigsawplanet.com/?m=p&id=06164146191e72a8);
- and at last, http://www.wallwaisher.com/ (e.g. http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/training, http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/cityiknow) - these kinds of web-newspapers / note-takings can be prepapred /created anonimously (typical classwork!), but for using them more times - nedds registration (also, quite easy issue!)
- http://bubbl.us/ -- can also be given as a home work, project work, etc.
That's it, if any questions do not hesitate to contact me.
P.S. We wish to thank Ljudmilla Roždestvenskaja for the professionally prepared, interesting and effective conference. Ljudmilla , you are the best!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
The practical workshops are aimed aimed at teachers, professional networking and support.
The topics of the seminars include:
A blog in teaching
SMART board at the lessons
Various computer classroom
Web-based learning tools (Google Groups, friendfeed, blogger, etc.)
Teachers from all over Estonia will share their experiences in e-teaching.
The programme of the conference
Registration for the event is untill 20th November here
The working language is Russian.
The conference participation is free for everyone.
The event is supported by Tiger Leap Foundation.
Monday, October 26, 2009
- Have a look and listen to a beautiful ABC Song-Lets Start Smart original alphabet song - quite a 'refreshing', colourful educational item (You can also find some other items, sources of this kind here - at YouTube.com).
- Another interactive methodological technology-related Web-materials' collection is the English with Jennifer site with "a bulk" of different (Not random,but logically presented!) grammar, vocabulary, etc. topics.
That is more visual, aural professionally and simply introduced add to regular classes in order to make learning / studying more effective, practical, and also - interesting, lively.
It can be used in class - the only question is to plan your time: 'when, where and why' to insert this material, who is the "target audience"- and it works, reduces the boredom, formality of regular classworks.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
with Luke Taylor
About the Podcast
Friday, September 18, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
It's a bit late, but yesterday I found the Hungarian branch of the British Council with quite interesting guidelines how to design the speaking tasks (as tips for the state exam - http://www.examsreform.hu/Media/TaskDesign.pdf) and Speaking Tasks Samples (http://www.examsreform.hu/Pages/SampleTasks.html).
Also feel free to examine their topical Situational Tasks (http://www.examsreform.hu/Pages/ST_SitTasks.html) ... may help :-).
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
- "Oh, where to start and where to finish!
Positive and useful link-story from"English language Garden" - http://www.elgweb.net/t_links.html
2. This is Johanna Stirling's (Cambridge University Press) blog about English spelling. How it works, how to learn it, how to teach it, and how to love it! -http://thespellingblog.blogspot.com/
3. "Write or Die" Writing Lab ,
"Applications for Authors. Actual help for the floundering ones, no namby-pamby advice. Utilities that help you get writing done, and tools to help you with the deeply annoying parts of the editing process. Welcome authors one and all to the Lab. " http://lab.drwicked.com/writeordie.html - Write or Die introduces consequences if you do not write. Set goals, choose your mode, and write away, or else!
5. Vocabulary work, word clouds - quite spectacular http://www.wordle.net/
Feel free to study my word clouds at
6. For brainstorming ideas before writing - http://bubbl.us/edit.php
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
It can look like this. Join!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
"...What the site does is to convert a written text into musical notation with a midi music file to play the notation. Well I can hear people thinking; "What's this got to do with language teaching?" and that's a really good question, so here's how this 'might' work.
How to use this with students ... "
I am not sure how it works in any real (traditional) class environment, may be - for motivating, showing the option to learn to the student, but ... m.b. for making your classes more 'colourful', not only 'black-and-white', as they say :-)?
Practically, it can be tried!
Nick Peachey's site is also quite an interesting resource for lots of tools, ideas, etc. in the colourful web 2.0 world for education.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Why not organize some event and discuss/describe/do some language structures task at the following lesson? I suggest Pancake Race:
-learning traditions of English-speakinng countries
-presentation "Shrove in England";
-provide pancakes and frying pans;
-divide the students into groups of 5-6 people;
-every group prepares appropriate costumes or at least headwear;
-invite a bell-ringer and assistants;
-think about the prizes;
-make a poster "Pancake Race rules" and study the rules with the students
-students run a relay race with the pancakes on the frying pans;
-at certain places they toss the pancakes at the height of 1 meter (?)
Teachers are invited to suggest language activities after the race. (in the comments)
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Another idea is to build a lesson around watching some authentic video clips about traditions. Like that
Or students can watch this music video about making pancakes and write the instructions.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Let us work at one lesson plan together! There is a month before Shrove Tuesday. Why not compile a folder on this theme in cooperation with each other! Please, share your ideas, links, materials, activities, games; at least, words of support. May be it will work!