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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Rescuing your purposes and resolutions

This is the first post of 2018.
May we all have a happy and prosperous new year !!!

When blogging we tend to start off by having some resolutions in mind.
Today with me it was not different but for one detail:
Facebook brought up a memory of a blog post from january 2014. My new resolution back then was to start vlogging.

What I had in mind back then was that I would start posting more like in this fashion: a written part + a video

I kept this going for a short while and then went back to my traditional writing.
When I came across this blog memory the first thing that came to my mind was: 
why is it that we start off with many ideas for the new year and we actually get to work on them but this usually lasts for a short while , or at least shorter than we thought ?

How about starting a new year by looking back at highlights of our accomplishments , rescuing ideas that for whatever reason we left behind , looking back at different outcomes to what we planned ?

When I watched that first and very simple video, I somehow took a trip down memory lane.
I realised that I recorded some other videos throughout the following years. Not in this blog as I had planned at first, but to register participation in congresses , in hang outs on air and even to interview teacher colleagues from around the world.

🎥🎞Here are some videos, both in Portuguese and in English, so you can have an idea:

                                            GTA_1 ano Plano de Ação

                                           Participação_Innovators Talk

Encontro com Google Innovators no Google Learning Space do Colégio Mater Dei
Conversamos sobre Aplicabilidade e Tendências da Tecnologia nos Diferentes Cenários Educacionais

Below some of the interviews to talk to teachers from different countries about their action projects using technology to enhance the teaching of English as a Foreign Language. This is a joint work with the committee members of the IATEFL_Learning Technologies Special Interest Group - LTSIG

Interview with Karen McRae     

Interview with Graciela Alchini   

Below, a joint interview with LTSIG committee member Phil Longwell. We interviewed the two LTSIG Scholarship Winners 2018: Elisa Effendy and Julia Koifman
This was particularly challenging because the four of us were in different parts of the world with distinct time zones and internet connection challenges.

📱Another way of communication, which is actually an extension from this blog, is the Instagram account Informed Teachers_blog on Instagram  the agile style in stories and the possibility of sharing to multiple platforms such as Facebook and Twitter is a great help to reach the growing audience of Instagram social media.

So the way I see it now is that, even though my plan took a different turn from what I had originally planned, I can look back and feel proud of how I have been giving my contribution to education. To be very honest with you, it has turned out to be bigger than what I first had in mind back in 2014.
I'd like to encourage you to register and share your teaching practice. Other teachers can learn from you and be inspired by your work. Mute any voice that tells you otherwise. Keep your purpose in mind and act.
I invite you to work on that 💡💡💡💡

Stay tuned in
There'll be some talking in the stories on Instagram and some writing here.
YouTube lives are a possibility too ....
I'll keep you posted 📱


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Out and about sharing EdTech practices

The title explains everything, apart from using technology in my daily classroom practice, I also believe it's important to share knowledge.
I very intensely do so in social media:

Twitter   @Rach_Ribeiro

And also here on Informed Teachers blog!

Here in this post we take a look at two posts I wrote for Brazilian magazine Nova Escola giving more information on how Google Educator Groups work:

and to IATEFL LTSIG (Learning Technologies Special Interest Group) describing my presentation on IATEFL Glasgow. It was about the integration of Virtual Reality with EFL syllabus.

In Glasgow I took part in a great event organized by ELTJam & Cambridge English Language Assessment on Learner Centred Innovation in ELT.
Here's the full account and the videos:

Blogging, livestreaming , speaking in conferences are the main ways I use to share my passion for teaching and the improvement of the learning process I witness by interwining technology to my teaching practice.
There's more on the way!





Raquel Ribeiro

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).