Barry Bakin
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Is anyone still using Pageflakes?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Geralyn Schmidt Mar 18, 2011. 9 Replies

Is anyone using a Mobi tablet?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barry Bakin Oct 28, 2009. 2 Replies


Coffee, no cream - Scrambled Slide Show Project

Here's a simple but very rewarding project that gives students a chance to practice pronunciation and transition words like "first," "second," "next," and "finally." Create a simple photo essay using Power Point or other slide show program demonstrating the steps of a process. Make each photo clear and distinct and put one photo on a slide. Don't add any text or timing. Scramble the order of

A PowerPoint Project Idea From a Student

This idea was generated completely by a student. I quickly made it a project for everyone! Students work with a list of new vocabulary words every week. My student Karla called me over to look at what she was doing. Turns out she had made a PowerPoint slide show featuring one word contextualized in a sentence and illustrated by an image. It turned out great. It's a simple idea with a lot of

Using PowerPoint to Deliver Content Instruction or Practice

A very engaging way to introduce or practice vocabulary or grammar content is to use a series of images in a PowerPoint presentation. View the PowerPoint presentation below to see the way several ESL topics could be introduced or practiced. The presentation is just a sampler, with one or two slides demonstrating each type of activity. In practice, each topic would have anywhere from 10 to 20

Using Video Clips as Prompts for Conversation and Making Predictions

I was recently reminded of the importance of reading stories as a classroom exercise in terms of giving students the opportunity to make predictions about what will happen in the next part of the story to be read. The same can be done with video clips. The following three clips come from a car commercial. I play them in order for the whole class. The students work in groups. Each group has to

Authentic Easy-to-Read Stories Online at the Toronto Star

I was recently introduced to the "Acts of Kindness" series published weekly by the Toronto Star by a multilevel instructor who teaches in Canada. She noted that these true stories, submitted by readers of the newspaper, are very suitable for multilevel classes since they are short and often written in "easy" English. She has the students work in cross-ability groups with the stories in a

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ESL Teacher Adviser, Division of Adult and Career Education, Los Angeles Unified School District and ESL Intermediate Low Teacher, Pacoima Skills Center
About Me
I have dual roles in the Division of Adult and Career Education: I'm an in-classroom teacher of ESL for adult immigrant students at Pacoima Skills Center, and I'm a teacher adviser at the division level in ESL programs. My main area of focus as a teacher adviser is training our division's ESL instructors in the use of and integration of technology in their teaching. In that role, I also collaborate with other teacher advisers in integrating technology into our ESL course outlines and other publications. Being a classroom teacher gives me the opportunity to experiment with the technologies that I learn about with my own students. For me, it's a perfect combination!

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At 10:31am on March 14, 2012, nargeskamali said…

Does blogging diminish feelings of writing anxiety in EFL writing class or increase it? Because their works being read by others.

At 10:18am on September 22, 2009, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Barry,

I know that videos brought into the session are not made part of the recording. This was a decision a year ago by Wiziq but now they're changing this.

At 10:00pm on September 20, 2009, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Barry,

Wiziq is very easy to use. There are examples of students participating in public sessions, but I don't think full on presenting. In the private sessions I think there are examples of students presenting but they are, of course, private.

I think you should give it a shot. :)

The basic service is free.

At 5:31pm on September 20, 2009, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Barry,

With your work in Technology Integration for your ESL students at LA Unified SD, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service. Here’s a public class recording you might find of interest.

At 6:54am on May 17, 2009, Or-Tal Kiriati said…
Hi Barry. Sorry it took me so long to respond. Been away for a while. Thanks for contacting me.
At 1:29pm on October 16, 2008, Rachel Armour said…
Hi Barry:

Thank you very much for your interest. If you provide me with an e-mail, I would be glad to send you a full version free of charge.
At 1:05pm on February 29, 2008, Branka said…
Thank you, Barry. You do a great job bringing Web 2.0 tools to CA adult ed. Thank you for being a great role model for me and many of us.
At 11:31pm on February 14, 2008, jcalvert said…
Hi Barry,

It seems like the Random link in the teacher.pageflakes subdomain only links to other teacher.pageflake pages. That is a lot better than the regular pageflakes and something to consider.

Take care,
At 8:25pm on February 7, 2008, jcalvert said…
Hi Barry,

Have you seen I think Pageflakes has fallen short of the goal. They have a custom set of flakes that are edu-centric when you open the control panel, but the browse flakes/pagecasts buttons are still available. I can't use that with students.

And you are right - the random pagecast link is still there. In other words, they haven't really done anything yet. Have you heard anything else?
At 10:00am on January 12, 2008, jcalvert said…
Hey Barry,

I'm pulling myself out of that rut! Thanks a lot for checking in, though, I appreciate it...


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