Friday, June 13, 2014

Brazil and Argentina have started with their contributions in the Padlet for Link To the World

Today students from Brazil and Argentina have embarked on their amazing journey to connect global through a common passion:FOOTBALL. These are their posts:

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Prezi: a great presentation tool

This is one of the tools we are going to use to insert in our Padlets for Football Worldcup.I`ve chosen it because you can create a cinematic and engaging experiences. I leave you some tutorials so that we get familiar with it.

References:https://www.youtube.com/user/PreziVideoChannel/featured

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Football World Cup

As I`ve already told you Football World Cup is about to come and there will be many interesting activities to work in Link To The World. Today I`m going to present you one which is a Padlet which I called Football World Cup Teams. Students are going to post about their national teams.It could be infografics with stats, videos and why not chants. Maybe you or your students don`t know how to use Padlet, so I will post a tutorial by Richard Byrne to introduce you this amazing collaborative tool.


This is our padlet Football World Cup Teams.Join us and work with your students:

References:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCylhHbAUoqgdN-XQpJPobOg


Write a textbook for your students

As a member of  The 30 Goals Challenge I was inspired by the goal proposed by Bulton Burns:Share A Page Of Your Future Textbook. I totally agree with what he said about the importance of presenting students motivating material created by yourself .You as a teacher are the one who knows what your students need to reinforce and the areas you have covered. Many resources that we find fell apart in real classroom use.It demands you more time to modify them than to design ours.Besides, your activities can be more communicative because you know about your students interests and you will meet their needs.You can create more motivating activities adding cliparts and attractive designs which will encourage your students to practise more.Undoubtedly, they will benefit because their learning will be meanignful.
These are some of the pages of my future textbook:

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Getting ready for Football World Cup in Link To The World

We are getting ready in our international community with many interesting activities to work together.We`re going to use technology to create infographics and videos.We`re going to use not only pcs, but also mobiles and tablets so that access to applications will be possible for all.There will be collaborative tools such as Padlets to work all together and profit from each other.It`s going be very interesting because there are many countries participating and we`re going to learn about football and culture worldwide. Have a look at it and join us if like it.I sure you WILL !!!

https://plus.google.com/communities/102242336148220737279/stream/f4d6a468-9fc8-4dd8-b3d3-bf412fa439d3



Xtranormal:all about characters and text



References:https://www.youtube.com/user/cng

                  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBtpETBYCSiIh-4wUA8PwTA

Animated videos with Xtranormal



References:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTXFD44c9LW2Yfb9tI7m3Ew

Friday, May 30, 2014

More about Piktochart



References:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0miFingOVhM_gPGPb-rEkA

Saturday, May 10, 2014

An example using Slidetalk

Students can write letters and then use Slidetalk to give them a voice. It`s motivating activity which will foster students` creativity. SlideTalk Video: Branco

SlideTalk Video to give your videos voice




References:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqhFNRCOYaq9rYuVUPn4TPw

Friday, May 9, 2014

Tutorial for StoryJumper

                              
References:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwup6Ts4zmkHidobjTcIs_Q

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Improve writing skills motivating students.


Writing is not an easy skill to teach in the digital age we live. The problem is that most students make punctuation and grammar mistakes. This often happens because they write in a hurry .The faster they finish the best.They don`t have enough motivation to check and look for new vocabulary. What`s worst they aren`t involved in their writing. They feel it`s just an exercise and it`s unreal. I asked myself how I could change this situation and I found a real purpose to motivate them:I realized that they could produce letters to real people from different countries in the community I created for a goal I proposed:Link To world https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102242336148220737279 They could also choose who to write to. I wanted them not to leave the pen and sheet because they make you unique: you have a spelling which identifies you and your personal touch, so I decided to make my students take pictures and  post their productions. I was really surprised.There was a real change: in their effort to impress recipients and make their post perfect they paid attention to every single detail. They took their time to do their best and the results were great. They are looking forward to hearing from others and send them another letter by the virtual world. These are moments I captured so that you can picture what I`m telling you about.


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

Some pictures I made using Tag Galaxy

I clicked on one of the images and then took screenshots.These are the results:
I also took some screenshots when pictures were incorporating to the worlds.These are the results:

Make amazing pictures with Tag Galaxy


                                 

  References:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC15QLir8Qvyl8IKoab5RoVA

Monday, April 21, 2014

How to use Jilster

                                
   References:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZAzzwSKLBbOqsnNjqamlhA

What are hashtags and how to use them in twitter

                                        References:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgBeY4EQKsIpMoA0VJPjBqQ

Evernote features


                                     
    References:https://youtu.be/kad-OBBhBdM

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Pinterest Tutorial


                                     
     References:https://youtu.be/Cp_uaHYjgsA

How to use Pintasmatic

                                     
       References:https://youtu.be/8rqwCMilDCc

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Songs For Children

These songs are ideal for introducing Easter in the classroom.                                                 
 References:https://youtu.be/qvd78BKFOf0

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Google drive: Create button-Add from template option


                                      
References:https://youtu.be/0sf1-1c5WxU

Create templates in Google drive

                                    
 References:https://youtu.be/0A_bIF4KZaw

How to use Google drive templates?

                                                          
References:https://youtu.be/mnlWY-BoGQg

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

My QR Code for this blog

QRCode

Why to use QR codes?


                                                     
References:https://youtu.be/YbYLPLv9VD4

What is CEL.LY?

                                       References:https://youtu.be/BGwQTN5-GYY

Friday, March 14, 2014

Examples using Animoto for presentations - Level:Starter.

These are some videos made by my students.

All about EDUSHELF

Edushelf is an application directory for teachers which makes their search easier. They can make collections and share them. There are also links to sites so that you can access them.
                                                         
References:https://youtu.be/HTW3He1XpW4
                   https://youtu.be/8ExAoizvOUk
                   https://youtu.be/C4te_VF3CBQ

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My story with Zimmer Twins

http://www.zimmertwins.com/node/1449290

Zimmer Twins for storytelling

Zimmer Twins is a site devoted to kids and creative storytelling.It allows kids to create and share their own animated stories. Tutorial:                                      
References:https://youtu.be/68v6gVTTioc

Sunday, March 9, 2014

One True Media Tutorial

                                  
References:https://youtu.be/5O_txoJStpo

My Video 3/9/14 at OneTrueMedia.com

My presentation using TACKK

Tackk a great presentation tool

Tackk is a free presentation tool which is easy to use for the ones who don`t have experience.You can choose different colours and backgrounds, fonts and patterns. It is possible to share your presentation in many social networks or just embed it.                                       
References:https://youtu.be/poildGfG8zY

My video using Picovico

My mindmap using Lucidchart

mind mapping software

How to use Lucidchart


                                   
References:https://youtu.be/ZEUcWMj__Yo

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Add effects to photos using ImageChef

Play with words using ImageChef

Another creation using ImageChef

A meme using ImageChef

ImageChef tutorial

                                         
References:https://youtu.be/hZqjEuYN8_E

My animated gift with IMAGE CHEF

ImageChef.com

How to use POPLET

                                     
References:https://youtu.be/D624wGdcH14

My POPLET

Friday, March 7, 2014

An example by me using BUNCEE

Buncee for creating amazing videos

Buncee is a new site/app for creating presentations, digital stories, and interactive multi-media creations which them unique. Tutorial:                                            
References:https://youtu.be/2vnIc_MZemQ

Use ANIMOTO to make videos

If you or your students don`t have much experience making videos I think Animoto is the best option. The templates are great, you can add captions to your pictures and music is provided without the need of uploading it and you can also export your video. This is a video I made using this great application:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Audioboo a fantastic tool to develop speaking skills

Audioboo is an excellent tool to develop speaking skills. Students can record and upload a picture. I think this is great because they don`t feel exposed:they don`t appear, they just give their voices and express freely. This is an example in which I used Audioboo to introduce myself:

Friday, February 28, 2014

Create your PNL

Interacting in social networks with educators is essential to integrate technology effectively. I think this is very important because you can profit from collegues and don`t feel alone.At the very beginning you don`t know where to start and feel at a loss, but then you start knowing nice and smart people who not only increase your knowledge with useful information but also inspire and encourage you. Then, when time passes by you feel part of the different networks and you can`t believe all you learn day by day and all your achievements which some day seemed so far away are now so close. You really feel you have much more to learn, but you are on the go and this is my piece of advice:if you haven`t interacted in social networks with educators do it.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

My comic with GoAnimate

A StoryBoard by me

This StoryBoard is to introduce pronouns and possessive adjectives in context.

Creat comics with StoryBoard That

StoryBoard That is a great tool to create stories. Either your students can create it or you to introduce a topic to talk about or why not a grammar point.There are a lot of characters, colours to customize them, settings and speech bubbles to choose which is great because it fosters imagination in students.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Add tags to images: use ThingLink

uThis is a useful application which is free for iPads and there is a website allows to add tags to web links, comments, photos, or videos.If you want you can search and embed YouTube videos. This applications is idealto make interactive reports, digital portfolios, tagged maps, learning summaries, interactive book talks, talking artwork, history projects, study guides, and much more. Once your students have all images tagged, you can link students´projects on ThingLink and embed them in a wiki, too. This is a ThingLink I created:

Another example using OurStory

OurStory an innovative way to write online

OurStory is ideal to use for developing writing skills because it enables you to write stories, tag friends and add media to collaborative timelines either privately or in public. Students can make groups to work in a task you give them and they have the chance of downloading their story in PDF form if they don`t want to embed it. A good idea is that other students and their teacher comment on the stories once they are ready so as to give feedback. In my opinion, this innovative way of writing will motivate students and they will reinforce and improve their writing skills. This is part of a story about Buenos Aries which a friend and I wrote:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Make amazing videos using Animoto

ANIMOTO is an amazing tool for making videos which can be used for education. There is a great variety of styles:Kawaii, Brilliance, Coming Up Roses, Rustic, Antique Bouquet, Through the Blossoms, Fireworks, Animoto Original, Birthday Gifts,Carousel, Dance Party, Grid, Inferno, Infinite Collage, Inkwell, Paper Array, Simplicity, The Arena and The Future. Maybe, you ask how it works. Well, it`s quite simple. You add a title and subtitle (optional), choose a song or keep the one you are given, pick up your photos from social networks and then add captions to the images. After that, your video is ready. If you have a free account the video lasts 30 seconds and I think it is enough to express ideas.When students finish they may share,embed or download their videos and use it as part of a project. This is an example using Flickr photos uploaded from Second Life, this video could be created to reinforce past tense.

Copy of My experience in Second Life

Add text to images with Pinwords

PinPinwords is a free tool which doesn`t require to be registered. It is very useful when you want to write on images: you can upload them from your computer or website. If you don`t want to do it, you can choose backgrounds or try their bookmarklet. You have many options to place your title:tape, typewriter, wide, just caption, titled or handwritten note.Once you write the words you can pin the image. Having the pin button is a great advantage because your students cac create a board in pinterest for a project.Pictures can also be shared via twitter: you can tweet a picture and your students can tweet about it. Other alternatives are to use Tumblr or e-mail to work with your students. This is an example:

Monday, February 24, 2014

Use SMORE:present your project using a flyer

SMORE is an attractive presentation tool which allows to add not only text but also pictures, audio and video.This tool is ideal to do a writing task and post it. Students can record the text they are about to write and then upload it with a picture in Souncloud or just add background music. Smore can be printed and embedded in many social networks which is great to share your work. This is an example I created:students write about their city and present their work using Smore.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Make tutorials with SlideTalk

Some of the advantages of this free tool is that you can combine images with powerpoints, upload them one by one and then give them voice which makes your tutorial realistic and clearer. Besides, you can edit slides and share your video automatically exported to YouTube in many social networks. This is a SlideTalk by me:

Keys to use technology effectively

Saturday, February 22, 2014

My PhotoShow

ROXIO PhotoShow:a great publishing tool

ROXIO PhotoShow is a great tool to publish projects such as biographies, reviews, stories or any kind of writing with your students. You can upload photos from your computer and add music with makes it lively and motivating. These are some video tutorials to learn how to use it:                                                   

References:https://youtu.be/m3hogTgzjuU
                   https://youtu.be/UpV2OZraTek
                   https://youtu.be/iBGs0ZqvoSg

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

COMICS HEAD:endless storytelling with mobiles phones

COMICS HEAD allows us to tell stories and share our experiences using mobile phones. Its format is amazing:you have comics and photo journals which seen to be designed by an artist. This App is easy to use: you can create storyboards, fun stuff or art! Students` will have no limits.There is a great variety of templates, so options of creation are multiple. Students can also capture screenshots of Web pages and Maps and contextualize their comics more. Finally, when they finish they can share their creations with their friends on facebook or e-mail them.

         This is a tutorial about COMICS HEAD:
         
References:https://youtu.be/CGcNx9pxwpQ

ZOHO DOCS: one of my favourite presentation tools.

ZOHO DOCS is a great presentation tool which can be used for collaborative work. Maybe you ask yourself what the difference is with other ones. Well, you can embed all the resources you have ever imaged. This is a tutorial so that you can learn how to use it:                         
References:https://youtu.be/kp8xKiU9dG8

Monday, February 17, 2014

A PREZI by me

PADLET: a great tool to make a presentation.

You`ve already seen how to use PADLET. This time I will show you a PADLET I created to make a presentation in the community The 30 Goals Challenge For Educators.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

What to do when you lack computers in your classroom.

I work in two public Argentinian schools where the institutions don`t have computers to work in the classroom and I thought that my students should have the same chances as students in private schools have. From that moment, I started  thinking how to bring technology to my classroom. I read many articles and attended many web seminars and I heard about mobile learning which was the spark I needed to lighten my expectations. I didn`t know how to work with mobiles, so I connected with educators in different communities and  I tried to collect as much information as I could. I really surprised when I knew there were hundred of  free mobile applications  for education. I would like to mention some which I will try as soon as my classes start:


 

                                                         
References:https://youtu.be/kp8xKiU9dG8
                   https://youtu.be/ttFUSaaqs7w
                   https://youtu.be/NZuMOdHad2Y

Friday, February 14, 2014

More about SOUNCLOUD

This a track I uploaded with a recording of instructions for an exercise:

SOUNDCLOUD: the ideal audio platform.

This audio platform is very useful for educators.

There are multiple uses:

*Students can listen to tracks and then work on a topic related to it.
* They can work with songs doing pre-listening, while-listening and follow up exercises.
*Teachers can upload audio and make their own creative listenings.
*Students can also upload their recordings for speaking activities.

 Other advantages:

* Audio can be embedded in any site. Images for covers can be uploaded from your computer.


 This is a track made by me:  I turned a reading into a listening.


Tutorials for GLOSSI

                      
References:https://youtu.be/aJzusczR03A
                   https://youtu.be/OMU5IpJRN-Q

A GLOSSI by me