martes, 23 de octubre de 2012

Can I help you?

Sure you can.
Think about everything you know or can do well, if you have a special ability or are specially good at something beyond the typical classroom activity.
If we put together what we all can do and teach our  classmates -or to the rest of the school- we'll check that there is a lot of 'capital to start with our Bank of Common Knowledge (BCK)
To start with, have a look at this video which tells us about this topic -we are not going to invent anything-  and then follow the teacher instructions about what to write on the  post-it notes provided

Here, as a classroom task, we will just make a small trial of what this topic could be if taken to a larger contest, but if you want a deeper knowledge of the topic, visit the web of PLATONIQ or follow them on twitter

And after a first brainstorming, we already have a starting point. Have a look at our shared document on G-Drive, check it out, find your appropriate partner -if you can- change your topic if you want... this is just a start...
OK. We already have a LIST OF TOPICS to work with, and a DOCUMENT with an outline of the procedure to prepare our talk. Now, it's time for research, drafts, rehearsals, trying with different programs...  
...  (Some 10 days later...)
Well, here we are again. We've been choosing our topics, discussing about the best options to show them (slideshow, video, podcast...) We've surfed the Internet for similar activities, and finally, we have written our drafts and shared them with the teacher on our G-Drive so he's been able to give us some advice... 
Now, "la hora de la verdad" has arrived and the final products are being uploaded to our blogs. Have a look at them and judge by yourself !! 
(nice and possitive comments are welcome, as usual! :-)

Some Aikido Techniques

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Cooking "migas" Motril style

Learn to sing!!

Basic piano lessons

Skateboard Masters

Best typing tricks

domingo, 7 de octubre de 2012

What to read??

Ok. It’s time for us to start with the so called “Extensive Reading”. That is, reading longer texts, texts beyond the normal daily classroom activities.
Some of you are probably experienced readers in both Spanish and English and some others may not be so keen on books. The point here is not that everybody has to read such or such book in order to be able to prove that they have understood its meaning, but to ENJOY reading a story and share that experience with, first, the rest of the class and then, with… who knows?
So, the process we will follow in our ‘Reading Project’ will be as follows:
  1. Choose a story that you find interesting to read (it can be a book, or a chapter of a book, a ‘short story’, a comic book, a magazine…). At this point you can:
    1. Choose one of the titles from the school library: most of them are ‘Graded Readers’ or texts adapted to the language learners and they may include ‘language activities’ but you don’t have to do them if you don’t want to.
    2. Ask Jade. She’s a keen reader and she’s got quite a few books in English. She can give you some advice and maybe she’ll lend you a title…
    3.  Consider reading an e-book. Either if you have a specific reading device (e-reader) or just a computer or a tablet PC, here are some places from where you can download:  
  1. Read your story using any tools and/or techniques which  guarantee a Basic understanding so you can take the most out of  your choice. If you read online or in an e-book, check that you access to a bilingual dictionary
  2.  Tell us your opinions, your feelings, etc. about your book and, if you think it is good enough, tell us something about it and recommend it to all your classmates. In doing so, you can make use of your PLE. Think of some creative ways of telling others about your book... Would you make a PREZZI presentation, or perhaps a GLOGSTER? You might just want to record some words on IVOOX or leave them in a WORDLE... or preapre a BOOK TRAILER,  or even take part in the KUENTALIBROS project??  (Find up to 40 more ideas HERE
  3. When all this is finished, just choose another title and start the process again…  
Take your time to choose an interesting title. It's better to spend une day searching here and there than spend a week complaining of a wrong election. Just in the meanwhile, you can read "Las Crías" ("The Babies"), a  multi-language story that I've shared with you via google drive. 
Hope you will enjoy!

Wordle: Cover for "Las Crías"