martes, 27 de enero de 2015

MinutePhysics

MinutePhysics is a series of educational videos created by Henry Reich, an American physicist, mathematician and filmmaker, in 2011 and disseminated through YouTube. Reich's videos include time-lapsed drawing to explain physics-related topics in around one minute.

MinutePhysics is also available to download as a podcast on iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/minutephysics/id515562086?mt=2

MinutePhysics on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MinutePhysics
MinutePhysics on Twitter: https://twitter.com/minutephysics


Reich has expended his webseries to a second channel named MinuteEarth, where he talks about Earth related facts and phenomena in a similar style to MinutePhysics.  

jueves, 22 de enero de 2015

California Academy of Sciences. Teaching Resources

The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining, and sustaining life on Earth.

On its webpage short and lively activities and lesson plans are available.These resources are classified by grade and language and may be helpful in order to develope teaching activities related to the natural sciences.

miércoles, 21 de enero de 2015

Encyclopedia of Life

The Encyclopedia of Life provides information about life on Earth. EOL is an awesome resource for text, images, video, sounds, maps, classifications and more, all freely available online. Users can create collections, start and join communities and share their stuff.


martes, 13 de enero de 2015

English Lesson Plan

Lesson plans for ESL/ EFL students (from level A1 to level B2 CEFR) by Emily Kruszewska, categorized according to language level, learner, activity, time, topic and materials and providing comprehensive information about their implementation in the classroom.

Lesson plans are based on YouTube videos which relate to English culture, English grammar, life skills, leisure...

lunes, 12 de enero de 2015

Conselleria convoca 10.000 plazas de inglés online para docentes

La Conselleria de Educación, Cultura y Deporte abrirá durante esta semana el plazo para solicitar la realización de cursos online de inglés dirigidos al personal docente no universitario con el fin de apoyar su formación y competencia en este idioma. 

Se trata de 10.000 plazas incluidas en el Programa de Formación en Lenguas Extranjeras que podrá solicitar tanto el profesorado con destino en centros educativos sostenidos con fondos públicos, como el profesorado interino e inscrito en la bolsa de trabajo de la Conselleria. 

Tendrán prioridad para acceder a la formación en esta lengua extranjera los docentes de Educación Infantil así como el profesorado de Formación Profesional y aquellos docentes que ya hubieran comenzado sus estudios de inglés el curso pasado. 

Los cursos de formación permanente a distancia, que podrán solicitarse durante el mes de enero a través de la web de la Conselleria, ofrecerán desde el nivel A1 hasta el nivel C2 del Marco Europeo Común de Referencia para las Lenguas (MECR) y se llevarán a cabo entre el 16 de febrero y el 31 de diciembre. 

El curso se iniciará con un test que permitirá conocer los conocimientos del alumno y ubicarlo en el nivel que le corresponda. Cada curso constará de dos módulos que se realizarán de febrero a junio y de julio a diciembre, y cada uno de ellos será equivalente a 60 horas de formación. 

jueves, 8 de enero de 2015

Tripppin.com

Tripppin is a platform that connects online and offline activities in a story around the world.
It’s been designed to complement English courses everywhere, from a low intermediate level to advanced.

What if learning were a trip? Find out for yourself on:


Tripppin.com on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tripppin

miércoles, 7 de enero de 2015

Tackk

Tackk is a simple tool that allows you to instantly create and share your content on the web. It is almost like designing a one-page website. What is most interesting is the fact that no design skill is required. You can personalize the look of your content, add tags, upload pictures, paste a link to a video, embed songs... 

To create a Tackk page you do not need to register for an account, but unregistered Tackk pages expire after one week. Free registration allows multiple Tackks.


Some ways to use Tackk in the classroom


Tackk tutorial on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poildGfG8zY

domingo, 4 de enero de 2015

How languages evolve

There are currently about 6000 languages, some spoken by millions, some by only a few people. How do they evolve? Evolutionary linguistics has studied both the origins and development of language inspired by the natural sciences.

In this four-minute video Alex Gendler explains how linguists group and study languages and language families.


You can view the full lesson with activities and extra resources on: 

domingo, 28 de diciembre de 2014

Crickweb: free online education resources & games

More than 250 free educational interactive teaching resources and activities for Primary/ Elementary Schools. 84 free to use fun kids games/activities for kids aged 4 - 11. Links to free interactive teaching activities, educational games, image and software resources. 

Most are written with Adobe Flash and therefore can be used on any brand of interactive white board.

Subjects including: Maths, English, Science, History, Geography, R.E., D.T., I.C.T, French and Spanish. 

jueves, 18 de diciembre de 2014

Itellyouastory.com

Stories have an incredible educational value due to the their influence on memory, but also because they allow to face a wide variety of topics and contexts. Of course, this is very interesting when learning a new language.

On this page you will find a nice selection of tales and fables to read in English. The collection contains also audios and videos.



App available on the AppStore: 
Android App: 

martes, 16 de diciembre de 2014

Didapages

Didapages is a very useful tool for course authors. This software provides many opportunities, such as adding text, images, audio and video to create your own interactive book. It can be very interesting for self-study or distance learning, especially, I would say, for language learning.

Here you can see a selection of Didapages based resources to learn English:

As Christmas approaches...

On vocabulary (French resource): 

Symbaloo webmix on vocabulary and grammar:

jueves, 11 de diciembre de 2014

ChronoZoom. Visualize time from the Big Bang to the present day

ChronoZoom is a free open source project owned by the Outercurve Foundation that visualizes time on the broadest possible scale from the Big Bang to the present day. Conceived by Walter Alvarez and Roland Saekow, this project has been funded and supported by Microsoft Research Connections in collaboration with University California at Berkeley, Moscow State University and University of Washington Information School (iSchool), and The Center for Web and Data Science (WDS) departments.


ChronoZoom is inspired by the study of Big History, and it approaches the documentation and visualization of time and history in the same way that Google Earth deals with geography.

ChronoZoom allows users to see the true scale of time over cosmic, geologic, biological and social periods.

(From Wikipedia “ChronoZoom”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChronoZoom

miércoles, 10 de diciembre de 2014

History Teachers

Simply awesome! An approach to teaching History by reworking lyrics to popular songs. The videoclips are entertaining and instructive.

Amy Burvall teacher of Le Jardin Academy in Honolulu, Hawaii and Herb Mahelona, also a teacher, have narrated some of the greatest events in History by rewriting pop songs.

Webpage (lyrics available): http://historyteacherz.com/
Amy Burvall: @amyburvall
Herb Mahelona: @HerbMahelona

An example:

miércoles, 3 de diciembre de 2014

Sesame Street. Sesame Playlists

Sesame Playlists are a collection of fun and educational games and videos organized around a curricular theme. Each playlist includes seven games and videos. You can choose a topic and age range in order to use this resource in a more individualised way.


Grammar Lessons With Food

Let’s learn a few important grammar lessons with the help of yummy, delicious food by Jeff Wysaski. More funny stuff on: http://www.pleated-jeans.com/

domingo, 30 de noviembre de 2014

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day was first conceived in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. It is observed on 1 December every year. This day is dedicated to raise awareness of the AIDS. As part of this effort, Education on AIDS prevention and control plays a fundamental role.

Visit these and other resources on AIDS and education available on the Internet:

Avert AIDS and HIV Education: 
Students Stop AIDS Campaign:
HIV/AIDS Education/Awareness:
Schools and Health:

jueves, 27 de noviembre de 2014

Thanksgiving Day

Language is more than just the code. There is a fundamental relationship between language and culture. Maybe the best way to learn English is to be in frequent contact with English speakers' culture and learn to understand not only the code but the cultural significance.

Let me just take an example. We have seen in movies and on television how Thanksgiving Day is celebrated but, what do you know about this? How can we get the most out of it when teaching English?

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. It is a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Although several other places around the world observe similar celebrations, it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November (by the way, it is TODAY!!!) in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Its historical roots are religious but it is nowadays celebrated in a secular manner as well. (Source Wikipedia: Thanksgiving)

Here you have some Pinterest boards on Thanksgiving Day:

The Story of Thanksgiving (video on YouTube): 

sábado, 22 de noviembre de 2014

ReadWorks

ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly. Over 800,000 educators use ReadWorks' research-based curriculum to improve their students' reading comprehension

The ReadWorks curriculum is based on the most highly regarded, proven research on reading instruction, and includes:


You can follow ReadWorks:


The following video shows how to effectively use ReadWorks' research-based lessons and passages.

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