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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

IATEFL 2017 _ Day 2

Hey, here's the end of the second day of the conference!
I'm sharing with you the highlights of the Plenary and the talks and sessions I attended. Today was also the day I presented about Virtual Reality in the EFL classroom, but I was absolutely exhausted , so I'll update this post with my presentation summary later on :)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

IATEFL 2017 Day 1

Hi guys !
This is the opening day to the IATEFL conference !
Here are my notes from the talks I attended.
Remember, you can also follow the conference online

The official hashtag is  #IATEFL2017  It's worth checking the Twitter feeds with highlights from the plenary, talks and workshops.

Monday, April 3, 2017

PCE_Learning Technologies & Teacher Development IATEFL 2017

This is a post to share key insights from the speakers at the PCE
(Pre Conference Event)
Two SIGs (Special Interest Groups) are involved in this :
LT (Learning Technologies)  and  TD (Teacher Development)

Throughout the conference days I'll send the key points and insights of the sessions I attend.
I feel highly motivated to share this with you as a Registered Blogger for IATEFL
Off we go then!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mobile Learning, VR and Instagram

Hi guys! 

It's been a while!

Here's what I have been doing in the past few months:

Researching the use of affordable VR (Virtual Reality) and the integration with class purposes for the different age ranges.

In August I took part of IV Congresso Brasileiro de Recursos Digitais na Educação (IVCBRDE)
IV Brazilian Congress of Digital Resources in Education at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in São Paulo, Brazil.

There I presented my classroom practice of promoting students' collaboration via mobile to develop their discourse and enhance the brainstorming phase of the classes on the first day. And a hands on workshop on the last day.
The theme was:
'Mobile phones and productive classroom collaboration' 

Research that also granted me a scholarship to present at IATEFL LTSIG (Learning Technologies Special Interest Group) for the 2016 conference.
Here's the register of my experience in LTSIG blog:

As a passionate EdTech teacher, there's always an innovative approach to potentialize the learning process and to promote the inclusion of students with disabilities.

Here's the link to my research on the use of mobile resources to promote the independence of the blind or visually impaired students:

Apps for Independence and Inclusion

This case study was presented both in IATEFL Manchester in 2015 and in Seminário Amplifica_Florianópolis in 2016.

Now the blog has an Instagram account to share photos of the ongoing EdTech and mobile- based activities !     Follow us!  

On-the-go updates will be shared there :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

IATEFL Birmingham 2016_Learning Technologies PCE

PCE stands for Pre Conference Event. 
The IATEFL Learning Technologies Special Interest Group (LTSIG) PCE event took place at Aston University this year.

Here are the highlights of the presentations I attended:

Gordon Lewis

Using tech in a way most teachers can follow

Get teachers to go from early adopters to early majority plans have to go this way in order not to scare people off.
Target professional development in order to go through early adopters to move on.

Nellie Deutsch
Technology with teens : 
Distraction or Engagement?

Check game plataform Tenacity 

Jo Hayes
Flipping Talk ! 5 Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned

On her work experience producing programmes at BBC Learn English Kids

Kaylan Chattopadhyay      
Tech easy with Penflip, Draft and Novlet
Great tools presented by Kaylan Chattopadhyay.

Rolf Tynan
How to tech it easy with Storybird

Collaborative storytelling with Storybird

Jammie Keddie You tube youth culture
Young people are reinventing video
There are many cultures coming out of youtube such as skywalking.
Youtubers usually have a huge number of followers.
There’s a clear evolution if you observe from when they started, up to now.
Young people are commanding a huge number of followers or subs (subscribers).

Monday, January 25, 2016

Google Docs & Classroom Collaboration using Mobile Devices

In this video, I share my  successful experience of having students (adult and teenagers) enhance their lexical and communicative skills by collaborating in real time using the app Google Docs in their mobile phones. 

I show the evolution of their first drafts and attempts to their current usage and how that has impacted their written and oral production.

Just to contextualize my practice, I am a teacher of English as a foreign language (EFL) in São Paulo, Brazil.
Over the course of twenty years of classroom practice, I have given classes to all CEFR levels from A1 to C2, children, teenagers and adult learners.

I have been an EdTech blogger since 2011 and have very intensely researched apps to enhance both self study and classroom experience of students and teachers.
I am an enthusiast of using tech resources in my classroom practice, as long as they have a clear learning purpose.

Here's the video with my participation in the 30 Goals On Line Conference
where I explain how the idea came up and the step by step + purposes to using docs in my classroom practice.
I want to thank +Shelly Sanchez Terrell and +Jake Duncan for the opportunity and the support.
Google Docs is a free app available for both iOS and Android operational systems.


How about giving it a try? If you feel like, share your experience in the comments below.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween fun with TV series & Cartoon

It's Halloween Week !!!!

Here's a selection of popular world wide TV shows in their Halloween episodes.
Below the selected scenes and a quick activity which is a treat.

Firstly, some background information on the celebration. If possible students can scan the qr code below and check the infographic in their handheld device. 

Halloween Infographic

The Big Bang Theory (Halloween Prank)

 Activity: Students watch this hilarious scene and match the typical Halloween pranks.
They use the words in the box to complete the pranks mentioned by Sheldon.

  witch’s /blood/haunted/walls /ghostly

A ________ moan
The  _______cackle
The ________dripping _______
How are the people who play tricks on Halloween called ?      P_________

 Modern Family 
(season 2 episode 6 Halloween)
A Family who loves celebrating Halloween but are having some arguments...

  ***  HALLOWEEN KIDS  ***

   Peppa pig - Fancy dress party

Match the characters and their costume:

1.dinosaur    2.pirate    3.witch   4.carrot     5.fairy princess   6.clown    7.nurse
George(   ) Susie (     ) Peppa (    )  Danny(    )    Candy(     )      Rebecca(     )     Pedro(     )
Who has the best costume ? __________
Halloween Song :  Skeleton bonés
More on Halloween sitcoms and activities
***   Happy Halloween   ***
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                    +Raquel Ribeiro Prado Gonzaga