And so this is my task for Week3 of this wonderful course: I decided to embed a video about myself
They are both tools to work with videos:
1. You register as you do with any other tool. The good thing is that you can register not only with Facebook or Google+ accounts but also with your Edmodo account which is quite confy. You can obviously opt to sign in using your email and username.
2. Once in, you must choose a video you want your students to work on by selecting it and pasting its URL.
3. Then you can add questions to the video by indicating where. It will stop and you create your Multiple Choice; True/ False; Open Answer or just a Reflective pause. You can also crop the video.
4. Once you’re done editing you can preview it in the students perspective
a) You can work with any video you choose
b) Once students start watching they can stop the recording but not rewind or forward it
c) There’s no time limit to complete the task
d) They can do it as a homework assignment or in class
There are some differences between these two tools such as features or type of questions permitted within the free plan. They are worth exploring!
Click on the following link and have a look:
I was fortunate to have made part of an eTwinning PDW (Professional Development Workshop) in my own country, from 6th to 8th November. It was great.
More than 100 teachers from more than 25 countries spent 3 days learning and working together.
First dinner with a wonderful table: Greece & France
Ready for the Plennary session
Final assignment: presenting for the Secretary of State on how to use Kahoot and Thinglink.
And my final achievment!
It all started in the eTwinning platform.
Éva Matyas from Hungary and I contacted and started building an exchange programme between our schools.
1st step STUDENT SELECTION
Finding an equivalent number of students to engage in the activity. The selection process was left for the coordinator to decide. You can opt to select them by grades, randomly or by writing a motivation letter. At the end we came up with an uneven number 6-9… but everything went just fine!
2nd step PLANNING
The teachers involved prepare a plan for the 2 weeks – one in each country – involving the exchange students. This usually contemplates a working plan – attending lessons, watching and making presentations or others that the teachers decide together with them – as well as a social one. Dates are settled and parents are informed.
3rd step A NAME FOR THE PROJECT
A name for the project. We chose: LET’S BLEND CULTURES because that’s precisely what we did.
4th step FUNDING?
The first question that may arise is: who pays for this? In fact student mobility requires money and as this is not an Erasmus+, we have to provide our own. How do we minimize the costs?
- Students & teachers are accomodated in HOMESTAY, which means they stay with their project peer & his/her family
- Meals are provided by the host family (breakfast & dinner) & by the hosting school (lunch)
That said, the only costs they incur are the flight fare and some pocket money.
It is feasible. It was feasible and for some of my students this was their ONCE IN A LIFETIME experience
16TH – 19TH MARCH 2014
DEPARTURE TIME: PORTUGUESE GROUP GOES TO BUDAPEST
MY HUNGARIAN PARTNER EMI DERI
STUDENT WELCOME IN THE AUDITORIUM
THE SCHOOL’S CANTEEN. FOR SOME, THEIR FIRST CONTACT WITH DIFFERENT FOOD
SOME FUN AT SCHOOL
AND TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
16TH – 21ST JUNE 2014
AGAIN DEPARTURE TIME: HUNGARIAN GIRLS COME TO PORTO
WELCOMING CEREMONY WITH SCHOOL’S HEADMASTERS
TIME TO WORK IN CLASS
BIG SMILES THE WHOLE TIME
AND SAYING GOODBYE…
THEY SAY THEY HAD THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES.
I BELIEVE THEM.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here's an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 600 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 10 trips to carry that many people.
Teaching can be a daunting experience.
Portugal is going through hard times: unmotivation, lack of support and despair for many. The current teacher selection is made by applying to a nationwide program that selects your choices and places you in a school. No interview, no CV, no personal touch. It usually works. This year it was chaos. People going from North to South, others with no school to teach, one was even placed in 75 schools (!!??) simultaneously. Another had to leave home, embark on a new life 500km away just to find out 2 weeks later that she had to return to where she was before. She was unemployed after all! It goes without saying that she had to move the whole family along with her. So, right now, there are still many schools with NO teachers yet and many teachers still waiting to know what will come up for their lives.
I’m not going through any of this and sometimes I feel discouraged. So my question is: how can these people find motivation to keep going?
A couple of years ago I had the chance to attend a teachers’ training course in Oxford, United Kingdom, and I can say that that has changed my professional life forever. Not because of the contents themselves (although they were excellent) but because it opened doors to meet wonderful, creative and inspiring people that I will never part from.
Through my teacher trainer at the time, Janet Bianchinni, I heard of Shelly Terrel for the first time and through her I learned about wonderful communities such as the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators, nearly finishing its 5th cycle now, and met wonderful people who I consider friends (or should I used Ary Aranguiz’s -whom I also met in a MOOC- ‘fraingers‘?).
I can never stop thanking Shelly for being such a creative and inspiring Educator. She literally never stops. And just when you thing there’s nothing more she can come up with… you are soo wrong!!! She can!
And you know what? All her energy is contageous, as I read her talking about EduHeroes I find motivation to go on. If I don’t succeed being an EduHurricane as she is (no hurdles, no fear, no way to be stopped) I will try EduHeroeness.
Thanks for quoting me on slide 33. It means a lot. ❤
Here’s what I read today:
10 Ways To Use Mobile Devices in the Classroom
- Use as a research tool (for web-enabled devices)
- Snap a photo: Of notes on the board in class, of assignments, etc
- Use e-books and other digital materials as alternatives to lugging around tons of heavy books
- SMS Chat Room: Teachers can use free group messaging apps (there are a ton of them out there) to create group chat rooms for classes
- Share photos of field trips or projects either via aforementioned SMS chat rooms or via a blog or app
- Darn! Google has shut down the SMS messaging service mentioned in number 6 of this graphic
- Use smartphones as mobile diaries: Set reminders, make notes, and organize schedules using a variety of free apps and tools that often come loaded on the device
- Track student behavior
- Call a friend: Connect with guest speakers or other classrooms via skype
- Scan QR codes for a scavenger hunt, or use them as a reference point for assignments and projects
So glad that I’ve used all of them with my students!