venerdì 30 giugno 2017

Second Life Mooc 2017 Week 1

Week 1 (1-8  June 2017)

The Mooc  started in June and it was about Second Life and Virtual Words.
I could not follow  the main events which were presented online  and it was a pity,but school was about to end and  I spent a lot of hours at school. I started watching  the recording thanks to the educators who ran the Mooc and posted the videos. This was later in the second part of the Mooc. Apart from interacting with the educators who posted their comments on the Moodle Platform I did not interact with the educators.
We were a few educators who shared ideas about  virtual worlds. We learnt about Virtual Worlds and communities online and the resources which they shared and which we can share.
For each week we had to post our  ideas and comments on the events which I saw as recorded sesssions.

I had already seen some videos shared by teachers who  worked on  Second Life.  I think that  SL is an interesting experience for learning but   as a teacher of  secondary students who are  very young I could not work on SL.
English educators have tried to use Virtual Worlds to enhance  language  learning. You can see this video as an example of what educators can do.

Here are the main  videos which  the tutors shared about  Second Life and what you can do online with  virtual realities.

                                         2nd June   2017

                                                                   3rd June  2017

6th June  2017 

7th  June  2017


A Brief History of Distance, Online, and Virtual Worlds Education from Parapsychology


Virtual Realities can offer interesting learning opportunities  as they are related to the new way of working which we can rely on now.

It is interesting to know that online there are many communities and that they can work online and together thanks to the Internet but  I think we need to work  on safer planets and places  with our  students.
I would also add that most of the communities   I have seen are mainly  English  speaking  worlds and as a teacher of English I know that Italian Language Teachers are the ones who risk starting new experiences together with  IT Teachers.  I would have to face a lot of difficulties with teachers of the other school subjects who often continue working in the old way.
I will watch the video and follow some tips I have been given in order to understand the potentialities of  Virtual Realities in education.

sabato 24 giugno 2017

Learning about Google apps and Chrome

Summer has arrived but we are still working on our CPD. The life of a life-long learner  teacher  is continuing and I am involved in finishing some activities online in spite of the hot and sunny days  we have.
Simplek12 is providing free CPD about important apps and the best presenters have shared their tips regardings some important tools which we can use with our learners . I have followed some webinars online and now they are available for free.
I have chosen some I have seen  and which I think can helpl other  to develop and become tech-savy.
                                   An   Introduction to Google Drive and Tools

15 Free Web Tools from Google 
Time saving Forms, Surveys, and Quizzes with Google Forms
Google Chrome Web Tools

                             Formative  Assessment with Chromebooks Tools

Tips                            Creating   Templates with Google  Slides

I hope more teachers will take advantage of these great tools which  are free and also user-friendly.

venerdì 23 giugno 2017

Internet and ELT: sharing is caring

Thanks to the Internet we have access to plenty of resources - some are free while others are not. In some cases, we can rely on open education resources online ( OER)  and educators can build their lessons on what is online, in some other cases they need to give credit to the owner of the image or any source which has been used.
I like to surf the web and I have found a lot of interesting websites where I can find sources for my ELT lessons. I use videos from Youtube or the BBC, my students can rely on free lessons in English which have been shared by educators or  ELT  bloggers.
Here is a list of the best sources where I have found interesting documents or videos which can be used while working online with my students.
Most of them are videos and lesson plans or teaching units/modules which have been collected and developed by other teachers.You need to have an account but in most cases you can develop your lessons and work with your students online and also at school.


You can learn about OER online or you can watch this interesting video: it deals with resources which are free and can be used with the appropriate license. I think it is worth sharing and should be watched by teachers who work or prefer to work without using a textbook and work by using the so-called flipped classroom model  .

I will  have to learn more about credits and  resources which are free but  I think that we have to rely on these  tools as more and more education is in the cloud .  

domenica 11 giugno 2017

MM10 Showcase of courses

11th  June  2017

The end of the Mooc

After one month we could finish our activities on   MM10.  Five week spent online working and  learning  together!!

The Mooc started in May- I just decided to do it  feeling  a bit  worried as I had  given up MM9  in  November.  This time  I  managed and I could work in a Team and an  Individual Course. You can find more in my posts.

Here is the  slide which  Dr.  Nellie shared with us and which we created to showcase our courses:

We were great and she guided us. I hope I will have the possibility to continue learning online and

work on great courses which I have  created.

Thank you  Nellie  and  the  other  Teachers  who worked with us!!


mercoledì 7 giugno 2017

MM10 Week 5 Manager of a Moodle Site



I was given the right to  work on the  TRAINING SECTION and create my course.

My Individual  Course
I worked on my course about  English and Literature in  Week 5  and I could explore the many features and activities which  you can  add when you are working on Moodle. I really liked it.
It was a pity.... the course was going to finish. 
I have learnt  a lot .... and  I wish to thank  Dr.  Nellie Deutsch for the great course  which she  provided by running this  MOOC. 

                                   PRESENTING MY COURSE: HOW I CREATED IT


                                                          ENROLMENT METHOD

                                         GRADES   EXPLAINED BY  DR. NELLIE

                                                         FRONTPAGE BY DR. NELLIE

                                             GRADES IN MOODLE: MY  VIDEO  TUTORIAL

                                                           CREATING  BADGES

                                           FRONTPAGE  : MY  VIDEO  TUTORIAL

                                        PRESENTING THE COURSE AT THE END OF WEEK 5