venerdì 19 febbraio 2016

CO16 DAY 3 My Reflections

CO16   -  Day 3                 7th  February 2016 

This is the final part of the reflections based on some webinars which I watched on the Youtube for CO16 .

The session of the last day was full of interesting speakers. I particularly liked some as I was involved in the EVO sessions this year I  am going to write about  TECHNOCLIL in EVO 2016  session which was  presented on Sunday.

Letizia  Cinganotto and Daniela Cuccurullo- Webinar
"Techno-Clil" .... WHEN CLIL MEETS ITC


I was online and I could follow  Letizia and Daniela who were the tutors in the EVO SESSION about  Techno-Clil which I did for 5 weeks. 
They made a great presentation of the way they approached the course which was successful and attracted thousands of teachers , many are from Italy.
The activities they posted have been presented with lots of materials and webinars and they provided a general outlook of what we mean by  CLIL.
I have posted about my experience and I cannot but say  THANK YOU FOR WORKING ON LINE WITH US AND  FOR US!

I will check the other webinars next week,  meanwhile I want to thank the Mentor NELLIE DEUTSCH  who made the project possible.  I have learnt a lot .

I am looking forward to doing the next year  ONLINE CONFERENCE!

Tiziana Angiolini

The link to my presentation on Google slides about  CO16:

C016 DAY 2 My Reflections

CO16   -  Day 2                 6th  February 2016 

The second day was a really engaging session, it is a pity I was not online. I was at school in the morning and in the afternoon so my reflections are based on what I saw in the recordings and I finished watching this week.
Here is the link to the three-day online conference with the presentation of the different  webinars- you will understand that these three days were so inspiring for a teacher like me who loves learning and sharing experience about new ways of approaching language teaching:

DAY 2    My Reflections on the webinars
Jennifer   England  
Webinar " Mastering   Masterminds"

The presenter and the website where you can find more information about

Mastermind Groups can help you improve instruction and learning while saving you tons of time.

What I have learnt about the group: RADICAL ENGLISH is a 
group of experienced, professional EFL/ESL teachers working based in Canada, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, the UK and the USA. They work online, support teachers, do podcasts and talk at conferences and seminars.There are different  areas of expertise and this is really important as you can teach and coach other  teachers.
This is what I have found on their website: it is a group of  teachers who work together and they share their experiences and work online. There are interesting presentations and you can see that they work hard to be " committed to teaching".  They share and learn together.

I learnt about the tool they use for working:
Once more we can see that we can live in different parts of the world and learn together

I have bookmarked the links which I have been provided online. It will be an interesting way for learning more and maybe decide to work together. The presenter was engaging and also provided a lot of topics for deeper thoughts as regards teaching and learning English. 

Jack Askew-  Webinar " How to build desire for your  Lessons and Courses"

Jack is from the UK but he is currently working in the USA.  He has worked as a private teacher, in courses and one-to-one online.
The webinar has been about the way you can start working online.
He has some  suggestions for working and meeting people: socialmedia are useful for posting videos and meeting people who might be interested in your  lessons.

Tips for teachers want to work online:

-get connected, traffic to websites, to free guide so that people can get to know you
- build  trust
- build desire about how you can help students 

Jack can help you to teach and provide great support if you want to start working online. He has been doing it since 2008.

Link for getting resources and more information online from the presenter:

Judy Wong- Webinar " Teaching English Presentation Skills for the 21st Century...using TED talks."

Judy presented an interesting  session about the best ways our students can learn how to be great presenters by using  TED. I was favourably impressed by the way she described the approach to making presentations. The activities are for intermediate or upper-intermediate levels and advanced  students but  I liked the approach to what she pointed out in the presentation.  Practice is a key word in the way she asks her students to work and again she is a master in teaching how to carry out activities.
It is an interesting way for learning and  I must admit that TED is one of my favourite source of information and for activities! 

Karin  Heuert  Galvao  - Webinar " How collaborative is  collaborative"


Students work on their own and enjoy what they are learning! This is a great objective for a learner.

It is a good idea to follow KARIN:

I am going to do this on Twitter!

Thanks a lot  to the presenter.

To the next post ........................DAY 3.................................

giovedì 18 febbraio 2016

CO16 DAY1 My Reflections


Last year I had the chance of following some webinars for  CO15. I first met Nellie Deutsch and her great team of  teachers who were working online.  I must  confess that I loved what I saw.  This year I could not follow most of the activities and I had to  do this  by watching the recorded sessions.  I am  pleased to write about the  online activities which summarize what is going on in education.  Here is the video with the official presentation.  Education and technology are revolutionizing our way of working.

More information online there's the blog:

                                                              THE  EVENT

Event online  with two great  moderators :  Nellie Deutsch and Rod Howard.
When: from the 5th to the 7th February   2016
As I was busy with the other sessions of  EVO I could only watch the  recorded webinars. They were interesting and motivating but I had to choose which  webinars I wanted to see, mainly because I was busy with most of the first term evaluation and I was not able to work online and do the webinars from school.
Here you can  find the post about my first day following some sessions on the Youtube. You should all try to watch some.  I could learn a lot. 

                       Reflecting on some webinars

Day 1 -  Friday 5th February  2016 

Bob Diotalevi  - Webinar " Copyrighting Cyberspace: Teaching Old Dogs New Clicks"

Education is in relationship to laws, this is true for  any place. What I have learnt is  that in need to know about  copyrights, the books I am using and what I am enabled to use. The problem is that what I have found out is that Italian laws are different from the USA. 
The short webinar made me understand that I need to google online " copyright in education in Italy" and as I have already posted  some comments in my  blog where I wrote about the EVO session about Copyrights, I need to learn and teach my students to do it as well. Think before you do something online: don't steal other people's copyrights.
As we work online we need to work by being sure that materials, videos, documents and pictures can be used without getting into  troubles with  laws.   Students need to be helped and supported in their online researches and projects.

Dr. Revathi  Viswanathan

The webinar which  I appreciated because it presented new apps and ways for flipping learning by using mobile devices.
I agree with what the presenter said: we can get our students engaged and share a lot of  activities.  She presented top quality lessons and this made me wish to start  using mobiles in my classes where students can work together and share materials.

The final part of the webinar presented also problems shared by the  learners: internet connection which can be poor or different  devices which cannot work well. I am positive, I think that technology will make progress and more and more  apps and devices will be integrated.

Rachel A. Sale PhD Webinar " Creating Measurable Learning Objectives and Aligning Them with Course  Activities"

"Students can become owners of their own learning process when they understand what is expected to demonstrate mastery. "

I had seen  Doctor Sale online in November. She is a great teacher who knows that " a good framework" in teaching can make a difference. She presented her ideas about how to support learners and she made me think that I do need to think about the way we teach. By applying  Bloom's taxonomy she used " action verbs" to describe how we should help  learners to get empowered. I am aware that we do need to work on lower order and higher order skills but it is the way the students learn that is important. A good designer in lesson planning needs to take  new media into consideration.  She mentioned   Twitter and I am aware that the more we get into this way of working and the more we can  support our learners and their process of learning.
I do need to work on the ideas she has presented and therefore I will try to follow her online and see what she is going to present us.
I have an account with  Twitter and  I might  create an account for my students as it is  a  versatile tool.  

Janet   Salmon- Webinar " Learning to Research. Researching to Learn"

Encourage development of critical thinking and inquiry skills by integrating online research activities into online or hybrid classes.

This was a great webinar. I have never heard any conference by Janet  Salmon but I was favourably impressed by her approach as the activities that she presented have to do with " meaningful" activities where people are active learners. Technologies can help us and this is the reason why I am following the webinars online. There are so many tools which we do need to learn about!

We can learn from the others and see how students can benefit from what we are doing in class and also out of class. 

The world from outside is now part of  our classes. 

Dawn Alderson Webinar "Twitter and student engagement: What is the value added?"

This webinar was an interesting presentation about the way Twitter can make our way of working become a more  engaging activity.

The webinar was a short description about what the speaker had been working on.  It was   a study  and it was mainly  carried out from a pedagogic point of view . She  could say that Twitter is a social media that enhances  reflections and  thinking  skills.

On the first day they had scheduled  Edda Ossiannlisson but there were  problems for her to get online and we could not see her. 
You and your  Professional Network- Ebba Ossiannlisson : this was the topic of her session and  I am going to learn more abut it by checking the slides she had prepared.

To the next post...........................................  Day  2  CO16

domenica 14 febbraio 2016

EVO 2016 TECHNOCLIL A great experience online shared among other teachers


            EVO TECHNOCLIL  2016

I am one of the thousand of teachers who took part in the  EVO SESSION   TECHNOCLIL which is finishing today. The course lasted five weeks and we were active participants online by doing the course on a Moodle platform which is run by Nellie Deutsch.
The experience online was  " superb": thousands of teachers, many were from Italy - they wrote about 90% are Italian.
I am here to say that the teachers and the tutors made a great experience online and we learnt together, we shared a lot of lessons, modules and new tools. It was an engaging experience and worth sharing!
I have written about my ideas about  CLIL and I must confess that I need to rethink about it as  in the school where I taught it was difficult to implement CLIL in lessons and modules. But thousands of teachers are  now involved in learning and it seems that they are producing a lot of outputs which are really worth sharing! Italy is a great reality where CLIL is done in different types of schools.

This course has opened  my eyes and I have found great examples of teachers who work in teams and have  studied and developed the issue of  CLIL.

Here are the links to my learning diary which I kept in the five  weeks of the course. You will find also the links to the websites and materials which  I have created and lots of  links shared by the tutors and the teachers doing the course.
I have discovered new ways of working and I am sharing this with you.

WEEK 1-2




NELLIE DEUTSCH who made this course  possible.

The hashtag  #technoclilforevo16 is online, they have also created a  FACEBOOK page where they shared links and materials.  

If you are interested you should try to check if there is new session next year. For sure I will  suggest it to any teacher of English and teachers of other subjects.

Get engaged and learn more about  CLIL!