sabato 23 giugno 2018

Immigrant issues, children, Europe and the world

The globalized world has seen  changes in the  conditions of many people- in most cases people have achieved better living conditions.
However, great economic crisis and  wars have made the life of many people worse. This has happened and is still happening everywhere.
For years now our seas have become routes for escaping from violence, wars and  for finding a better place where to live. Italy, Greece and Spain have been reached by many poor people hoping for a better future. In some cases they live separated from the others, waiting for a special visa to continue their journey.

What is really sad is to see  how many families try to come to Europe or  leave from Mexico to reach the USA and their children are often not respected since they have no rights.

Some days ago we had to see the images of  young children crying because they had been separated from their mothers in the USA. They were left alone and who knows what will happen to them.

Time created a special cover to describe the situation, a  young child crying  in front of  President Trump. You can see some  photos taken by the same photographer who  took many  pictures describing what  is happening  on the border  between the Usa and Mexico
 http://time.com/longform/john-moore-getty-photo-separation/?xid=tcoshare

Similarly also in Italy we have had a lot of young  children who had left their country to reach places where they could find a better life. Some had left their  families home and were hoping to go to the northern countries in Europe, but they had not been given permission to leave Italy. Often we have babies and mothers arriving here and they are separated from their husbands and fathers.

What is often forgotten is the fact that children should not be saparated from their families and that they have the right to education.

We do need to remember that  'No Man is an Island'  and these words borrowed from a poem by John Donne -https://web.cs.dal.ca/~johnston/poetry/island.html-  remind us that we are  part of the same  world and that every child has the right to have a better life  and should be given access  to education.

If you watch the news or listen to the news you will see that the tragedy in our seas is continuing and that more and more we cannot cope with these tragedies. Educators need to help children and students to reflect on these global issues. The  families are here or want to come and live in richer  countries because they are in need. If we reject them we will not cope with the great contradictions of our age.  Italy was a  poor country in the past and many left for Germany,Switzerland , France and the USA. We hoped to find an open door. Most were given access and found  a better life  abroad.
The future of the world is in being open to accept the others.

venerdì 1 giugno 2018

QR Codes

Two years ago I came across QR Codes used in education.  The tutor, a Turkish teacher of English, was working in  a Mooc and explained  how we could use them in education since our students are today equipped with mobile phones and use technology in almost every activity they do. She said that she had used them with her university students. The Mooc was focussed on practical ideas and tips about  how to use  QR Codes.

 I did not do the Mooc, I just watched some videos online since I was busy online with other  courses  but I saw some webinars where educators used them in the next months . I realized that QR Codes can help us in education and also in teaching languages since we can provide links and any task we want just by using a simple bar code. I was  surprised and felt that I needed to learn more about them.

Here is the Live Binder created by a great educator Steven V. Anderson: he has provided most of the links to the software and also some  ideas  about how to use them.

Click here to open this binder in a new window.



Nick Peachey has explained about QR Code Genarator in the video  and it is  a clear explanation of how we can use this simple tool in education.

 

The next step is to try to use QR codes with my students. Since they depend on their smartphones it will not be too difficult.  I might  try them next year and hope they will work better.

venerdì 20 aprile 2018

Ebooks and education

Some years ago I took a course about  how to create my ideal ebook. I was helped by a  team of  educators who were  working with Shelly Terrell in an EVO session.

This experience online  marked my  CPD and I could see some great works and  learnt about the best tips .

Today I presented at Lend in Reggio Emilia  what we can call a summary of the best  ebooks and   the  platforms for creating ebooks. It is a long list of  tools which are changing our way of working and can help us develop our own  materials.

In the last two months I tried to find more  platforms but I also realized the  service might be  poor quality in terms of what they offerred.

The website which I created online is part of my  CPD and it contains links and  examples of what we mean by creating ebooks.   These can be  read online, have  links to other  sources, documents and can be downloaded too. Not all platforms enable you to do this.

Here is the link to the website:

https://sites.google.com/view/creatingandreadinge-books/home

The presentation online is based on the website and it contains many  examples of what you can do.

First of all, you will need to think about what you want to create.   Your  research will be  based on
the content, the images and the links you want to provide for assessing  sources

 
Ebooks and their use and creation in education- prof. Tiziana Angiolini Lend Reggio Emilia 20 aprile 2018 from TIZIANA ANGIOLINI


It is important  to plan and  to be able to try new tools. I feel that  more  teachers should   become aware of  what we can find online for free.  Not  only tools but also  materials created  by educators and  their learners.

Just check on line  what I have  shared in my website and presentation  at Lend in  Reggio Emilia.

Here is my video presentation to let you know that you  can manage.
 

giovedì 12 aprile 2018

A Story about Books

Books may change  your life.

I have always  been  a lover of books. They have become part of my life, like eating some icecream or having  a cup of tea  in the afternoon. Daily routines which can help me  dream, think and also  feel a bit  happier after some  bad days.



Books may be neglected by our  students but books can help us  grow and become better learners.

Here is a short story  I have  created by using  Google Docs and uploading it on a free  service  used for creating  ebooks.



lunedì 2 aprile 2018

Microsoft and its learning Community

Right now I am doing some self-development on line by using Microsoft and its community.


Online we can find lesson plans, information about  Bing  and we can also find and  share lessons


https://education.microsoft.com/find-create-and-share-a-lesson/lesson-plans/bing-in-the-classroom

Here is the recording of my page on Microsoft, I have a  free access to the account and I have just tried doing the main  webinars and courses   they are offering online:


Educators can achieve badges and  certificates once they have done the  activities.  It depends on your level and maybe you will need to repeat the test .

Badges and certificates can be shared and showcase what you have  learnt.
Here are just some of what you might get if you choose to work online




 




domenica 1 aprile 2018

Easter Resources online

While searching online in the  last few days I came across these interesting  resouces which I am going to use or might use in class.
Some are images, visual input which can provide content for learning and speaking. Most of them are shared by educators  in their posts on social networks.

I am sharing them online as I feel that today free resources and  lots of documents can be used or adapted for any lesson plan dealing with the topic and also history and English lessons.





Anthippi from  Greece  shared her ebook created by using an interesting  app- I wish to thank  her as we have been doing a lot of courses online and she's suggested  useful  tips and ideas for enhancing our teaching:



Some quotes and  tweets can also help us reflect  as educators and  how to  help our  learners become   responsible citizens of  this world: here is one which I have found  " encouraging " and         " useful" for our  learners: we do teach  English and other  subjects but  we are  educators and  need to help  think  deeply-



A lot of images with cards are available online and they can be used for describing images in English  language  lessons. Just check the source and provide the right credit.


A Happy Easter. (36) (NBY 420700)

Link to the  image on Wikimedia
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AA_Happy_Easter._(36)_(NBY_420700).jpg

There are many more  resources online and teachers just need to focus on what  skills they  want their  students to enhance.



More Resources
http://www.macmillanenglish.com/resources/spring/

http://www.onestopenglish.com/teenagers/topic-based-materials/webquests/webquest-easter/552634.article

https://eslflow.com/cultureandcelebrationslessonplans.html

sabato 31 marzo 2018

Happy Easter 2018


In the last  months I have learnt more about  some tools which can help us  make videos:

I am sharing this video creating by using  Lumen5.com- the tool is user-friendly and you can use it for sharing your online experiences.


I wish you all    Happy  Easter!!