Category Archives: Learning Technologies

Under the Sway of literature

Under the Sway of literature

Sharing creativity with 3rdgraders
"I soon found myself surrounded by a swarm of kids buzzing happily and eagerly awaiting to read their stories to their peers."
Can literature, children’s creativity and technology mix together in a fine blend? Since
technology became an integral part of our daily teaching practice, I’ve often seen parents expressing concern that their kids will put aside reading books for the sake of their tablets. Yet, these two can complement each other.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

Motivating and involving teachers in applying Project Based Learning


Motivating and involving teachers in applying Project Based Learning

The big decision has been made and three letters are to dominate the curriculum at your school- and your professional life consequently-  in the foreseeable future: PBL

And YES,  project based learning has invaded your and your colleagues' teaching. In previous posts I have referred to the problems one may encounter when integrating it into the syllabus ( Roseli Coffee Desk: Integrating PBL into your syllabus) and how 
technology can help (Boosting PBL with the aid of technology).Visit the author's original post

Boosting PBL with the aid of technology



Boosting PBL with the aid of technology
 
Project Based Learning (em)powered by technology!



Feeling your Project Based Learning approach is stuck in stagnant waters? Making use of learning technology can give a boost to the projects assigned in class and motivate learners.

Why use technology?
No matter how much most of us dread technology and despite the horror stories we often hear, technology can:

 1.Motivate learners
Technology is part and parcel of their daily routine and the majority of them feel confident using it.
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