I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue
I (will use) Triptico today in my classes. Specifically, I will be using their Word Mix and Word Magnet tools. I first learned about site here on the boards and have used it regularly for teacher tools (buzzers, timers, scoreboards) and tools for students. The Word Magnets tool really helps my students gain confidence in sentence constructions before picking up a pencils and recalling those spelling words. The tools on the site are meticulously designed and appear very clear (not choppy) on two different touch screens here at the school.
I also have to second the mention of Storybird. The resource really is incredible and I can't wait to incorporate it more into my extremely short class times.
I've written about David's work at Triptico and we've been in touch through email talking about the perils/joys of sharing our creations and developing educational tools. If you do see how the tools can be improved or have a new idea, he is most welcoming.
You reminded me that I have to get back to him!
I just used http://en.akinator.com This site seems to be getting EVEN BETTER at guessing the student's choice of person.
Govinda, just keep whacking away at it! Experiment, don't be intimidated, ask questions but also just go for it. Google how to do something and even if you don't understand exactly what the article is saying, try it anyway. After you've tried everything you can think of, ask questions in an online forum (here, Classroom 2.0, wherever else you go) again.
If you put out the effort, it will all come together : )
What would you like to be able to do first? I can probably help : )
OH OH Ohhhhhhhhh :D So cute and funny. I will upload the file here so people can download.
Cristina, have you read Dr. DeSoto? It is about a mouse dentist and a fox. Clever little story, and there is a video too! I'll attach the video as a file.
Also, have you heard of Kevin Henkes as a children's author? His mouse books are so in tune with the experiences of children this age- my boys loved him, even when it was a "girl" story. Their favorite was "Julius, the Baby of the World" (I've kept the hard cover copy of that one), and they also liked "Owen" and "Chrysanthemum". I see "Lily's Plastic Purse" in many classrooms, but I haven't read it.