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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Web 2.0 Like drinking water from a fire hose

A short article by Frank Pileiro worth reading. I thought I'd share it with you, as it gives good advice for teachers who don't know which tools to start with.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Here's a tool that can be used to practise 'Oral Communication'. BubbleJoy enables you to quickly create and design custom video cards. All you need is a webcam and you are ready to go. There is no need to create an account and you can create a video card in minutes. They are easy to share with others.

Some ideas to use in the English classroom:

- Reciting a poem
- Sending a birthday wish/Christmas wish to a friend/teacher.
- Planning an imaginary trip and send a card telling other classmates about it.
- Pretending they are anchormen and reporting the news.

Monday, April 4, 2011


For those of you who work with primary-aged children, is a great place for younger learners (6-10). My seven-year old, just turned eight, discovered it a few months back and is thoroughly enjoying it. The programme allows them to adopt their own pet monster, chat with friends and play games. In my daughter's case, it's been good for her reading and writing skills as she has friends that post messages on her board and she has to read them in order to reply. It also teaches them the responibility of looking after a pet. They have to feed it and care for it in order to change the 'mood' and 'health' status. All in all, it seems to be quite educational and best of all, it's set up within a controlled environment, normally set up by parents or teachers.