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Web 2.0 tools... How to choose the right one?

Start working with Web 2.0 tools in the classroom can be a hard and painful process that can lead to throw in the towel, before getting some results.But if you have a little patience and keep some considerations, I promise you some immediate successes.How to build our “Web 2.0 Tool Kit”?  Read more about at Cockroaches and Ladybugs blog.See More
Oct 1, 2013
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Get the most of videos in the ESL Class

There are many things we can do with videos in the ESL class to actively involve children into the language learning. By using videos we are introducing children into a different listening experience far away from recorded conversations of people they never see (telephone practice, loudspeakers in an airport or in a train station...). Read more about at…See More
Mar 13, 2013
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Tiny Texts, for learning English and hearing some different accents

ESL teachers who do not use published materials or course books, know how difficult is to find good listening and reading materials for their English learners. I would like to share with you a web site (or better to say a blog!) that I am sure you will find extremely interesting for your teaching in late Primary and Secondary: Tiny Texts.Read more about at…See More
Feb 21, 2013
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ICT in Education, Bloom’s revisited

If I said that Bloom’s Taxonomy has been revisited, you may think that this is another point of view of this famous taxonomy and not worth spending a minute on it. But when the revision has been made by Andrew Churches, author of the nominated "Best Educational Wiki" 2012 Edublog Awards, things can be seen with other eyes.…See More
Jan 11, 2013
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IGGY, for gifted young people

IGGY is a social network designed to help gifted young people realise their full potential, exchange ideas, debate, learn and explore, in a safe environement.Read more about at …See More
Dec 20, 2012
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Interactive Whiteboard in Teaching English To Young Learners

"IWBs are seen as a valuable tool supporting interactive whole class teaching, the focus of some attention in recent years. One of the reasons this is seen as desirable is that it provides an ICT alternative to rooms with banks of computers which came to be seen as giving individuals access to technology yet reinforcing the idea that using ICT is something apart from rather than integrated into the normal work of the class (Ofsted, 2004)".…See More
Nov 14, 2012
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Blogging with young children

Site of the week!KidBlog.orgKidblog is designed for elementary and middle-school teachers who want to provide each student with an individual blog.The use of Kidblog is very simple and uncluttered. The homepage is easy to follow and provides only the…See More
Nov 8, 2012
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Blogs or wikis to work English language in the school?

Does it really matter? Well, it depends on what we would like to use them for and what level we will use them. Blogs are a great source for concrete information and tend to be chronologically oriented. They provide good tools for public attribution of contribution.…See More
Nov 6, 2012
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Improving English Language Skills Through Music

Some days ago, one of my Year 6 students brought to class the lyrics of the song “Call me Maybe” sung by the singer Carly Rae Jepsen. As she was really interested in the lyrics and she spread the rest of the class with the idea to sing it all together, I had to admit to do something.I prepared a filling the gaps activity, choosing the right level of difficulty for my students, hiding some vocabulary, re-typing the lyrics, photocopying the worksheet...But to my surprise I discovered a new online…See More
Oct 30, 2012
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Resources for music teachers...

... Or resources and activities for CLIL teachers of English and Music. Not many teachers do not dare to teach music in English as a second or third language. There are few experiences and not many succesful ones. It is real difficult to merge musical language with any other oral language for comunication. Singing of course, is the best way to practice rhythm, intonation, pronunciation and phonetics, as well as to introduce new vocabulary, grammar or structures. …See More
Oct 18, 2012
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The Internet and Language learning

From EnglishCentral, post published August 4, 2012“ In the electronic age, we wear all mankind as our skin”- Marshall McLuhanThe internet offers the best way to learn language other than immersion in an English speaking milieu. (and even then, it offers support and a…See More
Oct 8, 2012
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Are you trying to get started with this new gadget called IWB?

At this time of the year, when teachers are trying "to get started with their IWB and to get going with the IWB basics", it is always a good idea to stop for a while and and direct them to a blog with a lots of basic and very handful tips.Read more at Cockroaches and Ladybugs blog.See More
Oct 4, 2012
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More about IWB resources!

The list of IWB resources and web pages is not closed! Thanks to Rowan, one of my blog readers, I had the opportunity to take a deep look to TESiboard, probably one of the best interactive resources page I’ve ever found.Read more TESiboard at …See More
Sep 25, 2012
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Just few ideas for using digital photography in the ESL classroom

There are many possibilities of using digital photography in the ESL classroom: as prompts for writing or speaking, as a way to tell daily stories, personal facts or emotions, as a way to illustrate short tales...I've been using digital photo cameras a lot. Students like to shot their own pics and explain about them. Using Instagram, Picassa or any other photo sharing…See More
Sep 21, 2012
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Ice breakers, knowing each other and five minutes activities for interaction.

There is nothing most intimidating for teachers that coping with a large group of children who you don't know at the begining of school year. And this can be very scary for the children, too!Getting students to feel at ease in a new classroom usually takes a bit of time and work. English language teachers are always looking for "good communicative ice breakers" that breaks this initial "ice", between us and the children.…See More
Aug 29, 2012
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Listenings for primary ESL/EFLclasses

For very young children, the main reason listening comprehension is difficult is that there are simply too many new and unfamiliar words. Even upper primary or secondary students who have studied for years - and who know hundreds or thousands of English words - often still find listening comprehension quite difficult.The problem with listening comprehension is that when they listen to an…See More
Jul 4, 2012

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School / Work Affiliation
School Els Convents. Martorell. Barcelona
Blog
http://cockroachesladybugs.blogspot.com/
About Me
Hi! I am a primary English teacher in Barcelona (Catalonia). I teach English as a Second Language to very young learners and I use new technologies for different purposes in my classes.
I do project working as a way to motivate and engage my pupils into collaborative work. I and my pupils are very active using web 2.0 tools and producing outcomes with these tools. But, I don’t miss any opportunity to use the “old teaching tools”, such as puppets, songs, stories or games!

We're getting at the end of the school year, and I' would like to recommend you an article with suggestions on how to keep children involved in the learning activity (don't you think it is, sometimes, a headache?)

Laura Candler hits on the nail when mention that "keeping kids motivated at this time of year is actually much easier than you might think." Children are more relaxed, communicative and "chatty" than at the begining of the school year, and it is a very good opportunity to do great and "constructive" things in language (ESL). I like her proposal of activities, tasks and games as a way to reinforce and "use the language" in a contextualized way. Most of the time teachers don't know how to do during this "end of school year term", in wich " Learning is still the name of the game".

You can have just an abstract of it in my blog and a link to the full article.

http://cockroachesladybugs.blogspot.com/

Enric Calvet's Blog

Web 2.0 tools... How to choose the right one?

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 9:36am 0 Comments

Start working with Web 2.0 tools in the classroom can be a hard and painful process that can lead to throw in the towel, before getting some results.

But if you have a little patience and keep some considerations, I promise you some immediate successes.

How to build our “Web 2.0 Tool Kit”?

 

 

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Get the most of videos in the ESL Class

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 1:34pm 0 Comments

There are many things we can do with videos in the ESL class to actively involve children into the language learning.



By using videos we are introducing children into a different listening experience far away from recorded conversations of people they never see (telephone practice, loudspeakers in an airport or in a train station...).

 

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Tiny Texts, for learning English and hearing some different accents

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 11:46am 0 Comments

ESL teachers who do not use published materials or course books, know how difficult is to find good listening and reading materials for their English learners.

 
I would like to share with you…
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ICT in Education, Bloom’s revisited

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 1:04pm 0 Comments

If I said that Bloom’s Taxonomy has been revisited, you may think that this is another point of view of this famous taxonomy and not worth spending a minute on it. 



But when the revision has been made by Andrew Churches, author of the nominated "Best Educational Wiki" 2012 Edublog Awards, things can be seen with other eyes.…

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