Category Archives: Activities

Announcing the micro:bit Christmas Challenge!

As schoolchildren (and their teachers!) excitedly continue to count down the days until Christmas, festive themed activities and lesson plans are appearing in classrooms up and down the land! We’re pleased to share news of another way that you can bring a sprinkling of yuletide magic and wonder to your students, through the BBC micro:bit Christmas Challenge!

The following information comes directly from microbit.org


How could the micro:bit help Santa deliver his Christmas presents this year?

2016-12-04-christmas-challengeThe Micro:bit Foundation has been contacted by Santa Claus himself.… Visit the author's original post

Passive users or critical thinkers? Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology

Passive users or critical thinkers?

Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology



Had enough with your students using their tablets or mobile devices to play games for non-thinking users? Project based learning with the aid of technology can be used creatively to stimulate students interest and develop their critical and creative thinking skills. This post is about activities and tools that can help students use their creative and critical abilities while learning.


A brief intro
Technology has often been accused of creating passive learners, who rely heavily on visuals and are used to a superficial approach to learning, rather than developing their creative and critical thinking skills.Visit the author's original post

Passive users or critical thinkers? Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology

Passive users or critical thinkers?

Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology



Had enough with your students using their tablets or mobile devices to play games for non-thinking users? Project based learning with the aid of technology can be used creatively to stimulate students interest and develop their critical and creative thinking skills. This post is about activities and tools that can help students use their creative and critical abilities while learning.


A brief intro
Technology has often been accused of creating passive learners, who rely heavily on visuals and are used to a superficial approach to learning, rather than developing their creative and critical thinking skills.Visit the author's original post

Passive users or critical thinkers? Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology

Passive users or critical thinkers?

Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology



Had enough with your students using their tablets or mobile devices to play games for non-thinking users? Project based learning with the aid of technology can be used creatively to stimulate students interest and develop their critical and creative thinking skills. This post is about activities and tools that can help students use their creative and critical abilities while learning.


A brief intro
Technology has often been accused of creating passive learners, who rely heavily on visuals and are used to a superficial approach to learning, rather than developing their creative and critical thinking skills.Visit the author's original post

Information gap activities: what does it take to design a successful task?

Information gap activities: what does it take to design a successful task?

What makes an  information-gap task / activity a smashing hit in class? Why do some of these activities fail miserably to engage students and are dismissed as utterly boring ?


This post focuses on what makes such a task successful in terms of motivation, interaction and language output.  You can also find two jigsaw activities involving reading and speaking.

When things go wrong....


I can still remember when doing my teaching practice sessions.
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Applying personalized learning: Every learner is unique!!!

Applying personalized learning: Every learner is unique!!!

Some practical activities towards personalizing learning

Learning is a complex process that we have been trying to unravel for at least 4.000 years.
There are a lot of uncertainties and many scientific discoveries every now and then  overturn long established beliefs. One of the few certainties though, is that we learn in many different ways and no student is identical. Luckily,  for the school I work at,  Doukas, every student is regarded as a unique personality and technology is used to accommodate personalized learning to the learner's benefit.Visit the author's original post

Literature activities for a digital generation

Literature activities for a digital generation




Thought that literature is a relic of the past? Too early to hold a memorial service! Literature strikes back with the aid of technology.

The following 4 activities are based on the 2013 IATEFL Learning Technology SIG scholarship winning presentation with Chryssanthe Sotiriou. The 5th activity requires no technology at all but it is fun and young learners love it.

I think I can read your mind and see two huge "Why?"  on your faces....
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Make Your Collages Interactive by ThingLink

Retrieved July 23, 2013 from here
is a free and user-friendly digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into an interactive graphic. It enables you to create multiple “hot spots” on specific parts of an image and turn that image into a multimedia launcher. You can include video, record audio or provide a link to any website with the click of a button. You can easily embed an interactive ThingLink graphic into any blog or website.
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