Monday, February 28, 2011

Max My Dream

I have heard about a nice writing tool that can be used with students.

In Max My Dream, if you write about a dream in 140 characters and wait for a few seconds, you can see your dream animated. The colleague who first wrote about it on her blog, Ana Maria Menezes, suggested asking students to watch the animation and guess the words, even the original text.
I embedded a dream on my students blog and asked them to guess my dream. The first student has already tried.

This is my dream:

Can you guess it?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

For Shakespeare Lovers

The title of this post is a link to a VERY long list of phrases Shakespeare coined and we still use today. It sounds like something that could be used in class, I'll write a few ideas one day...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Global Primary English Teacher Survey

Hello everyone,

I've just received the following email from a colleague of mine: 

Dear Primary English Teacher

If you teach English to children aged 5 – 12 in a primary school, we would like to hear from you.

As part of a research project the University of Essex, in partnership with the British Council, is carrying out a global survey of Primary English teachers’ qualifications, experience and career development.

You can access the survey here – it only takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Many thanks for your help!

Helen Emery

Research project coordinator

My colleague received it from our Senior Advisor (the person who's in charge of English teachers' professional development in our county), who received it from British Council - so it's not spam. I filled in the questionnaire and am kind of curious of what the findings will be. And yes, it really does take about 20 minutes, no more. The title of this post is a link to the survey.

That's all from me for now,


Thursday, February 10, 2011


Has anyone received a certificate from British Council for the course that we completed?

I haven't received mine and the staff at the local British Council cannot help because they don't know anything. :(
HI, I have a new group on Learning Technologies site - interesting people from a broad area of the world, new behaviour online- interesting to deal with and a challenge in understanding and making them work as a group. It appears to take a lot of individual effort into creating an online class culture. I start observing this as a phenomenon. Perhaps I wil lbe able to draw some conclusion later in my life.
I have also discovered this, perhasp you know this already

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

English Central - website

I think I really like this website. The link will take you to a Steve Jobs' Stanford Commencement speech. I haven't explored everything, yet - but I really like the fact that the stories, speeches, scenes are subtitled, teachers can monitor their students' progress and students can rewind and watch videos for as many times as they like/need. 


I've been playing with the design again, I hope you all like it. :) If you don't, change it - I like design experiments.