26 September 2014

Moodle MOOC 5: starting October 1

 Moodle MOOC 5 starts on October 1, 2014 on WizIQ. The theme of the current MOOC is collaborative learning, reflective practice, connecting online for instruction and learning. 

The MOOC focuses on connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching through Moodle, Second Life, Mahara, Google Drive Docs, and Google Apps, Mobile Devices, Virtual Classes, and other online learning environments for face-to-face, blended, and fully online learning. The live presentations include the speakers’ reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats. 

Moodle MOOC 5 also includes Moodle for Teachers (M4T) courses for beginners and advanced Moodlers. The courses is asynchronous (Moodle) and synchronous (WizIQ) with recordings of live classes on WizIQ, YouTube, and Vimeo, just in case you cannot attend on the spot. 

There are two learning areas: WizIQ course area and Moodle for Teachers (M4T) Moodle website. The live online sessions and recordings, tutorials (courseware) and ongoing discussions (coursefeed) are available in the WizIQ course area. 

Unlike the traditional MOOCs that stress content and course delivery, Moodle MOOC focuses on active learning, reflection, sharing, and collaboration. The aim of the course is for the participants to learn through meaningful connections and social interactions. Participants who wish to receive a certificate of participation will be required to document their learning experiences by keeping a blog, wiki, website, or any other artifact that will include a description and reflection of the live sessions and/or recordings. 

Moodle for Teachers Learning Experience (M4TLE) is an asynchronous component of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on WizIQ for teachers and anyone interested in teaching online using Moodle, WizIQ, and other web technologies. 

The MOOC takes place from 1 to 31 October 2014. It is in the spirit of open education and completely free. 

Participants become acquainted with Moodle as a course and learning management system. They learn how Moodle can be used in fully online, blended learning, and the flipped class. 

The MOOC only includes asynchronous (not dependent on time) elements on a Moodle site called Moodle for Teachers. The rest takes place at WizIQ.

The MOOC is self-paced with ongoing discussions and facilitator and technical support are available.  It is coordinated by Dr. Nellie Deutsch and Tom Hodgers.

Enroll now and join an engaging MOOC. Do not miss it!

23 September 2014

Free IATEFL YLT SIG Webinars 2014-15

Join these free bi-monthly webinars that will offer professional development for teachers of Very Young Learners, Young Learners, Teen Learners, and Special Learners of English as a Foreign Language.

The series of live sessions is brought to you by The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL).

IATEFL Young Learners (Children and Teenagers) Special Interest Group (YLSIG) consists of about 400 English Language Teaching professionals around the world who work with learners aged from 3 to 17.

The Young Learners (Children and Teenagers) SIG aims to support its members by providing information on recent developments in English Language education for children and teenagers and by organising networking opportunities for its members.

The YLSIG is led by a committee of volunteers who arrange discussions, organise conferences, produce publications and maintain the network web site.

1. Coordinator: Dennis Newson and Kalyan Chattopadhyay

2. Joint Network coordinator Teens (T): Helen Davies and ffinlo Kilner

3. Network coordinator Young Learners (YL): Lou McLaughlin

4. Network coordinator Very Young Learners (VYL): Charles Goodger

5. Network coordinator Special Educational Needs (SEN): Susan Hillyard

6. C&TS Newsletter Editor: David Valente

7. Online events and website coordinator: Nellie Deutsch

8. Advertising & Sponsorship: Kalyan Chattopadhyay

9. Online Events support: Graham Stanley

10. Online Events support: Christina Giannikas

11. Events support and SEN network support: Gemma Fanning

Have a look at the scheduled activities for this 2014/2015 school year and find those that might be of interest for your own lessons!

18 September 2014

On the road again!

Summer is over, so here we are again!!
A new school year begins and most of us will have to get used to new timetables, some will teach new students or even work at a new school , but all of us will face new challenges and look forward to achieving new goals, won’t we?
From the ESL Times we just want to welcome you back and wish you the best of lucks for the present year.
We want to keep managing this space in order to make it easy for you to use it, to share your students’ productions or your teaching ideas or just letting us know any news you think might be of interest. We will do our best to spread the word.
So, please, keep tuned; new sections and new features will appear here soon and, as usual, you –and your students- will be the stars!!
Happy back to school!!

27 June 2014

My daily routines

The students at 4th level in Capileira (Granada) tell us what they do all days (Their daily routines)
The activities followed this order:

1º Find and write the verbs you need to explain (present simple).
2º Write the hours
3º Fill this sheet 
4º Write full sentences. Put in order (from morning to night).
5º Record the audio
6º Add a photo
7º Write questions to make an interview
8º Record the interview

We used a wall of Padlet and Ivoox to make this activity.
We hope you like!

23 June 2014

InteRActive Map

From IES Jaime Gil de Biedma in Nava de la Asunción (Segovia), Inmaculada Cuellar, the English teacher show us an interesting experience in class with students at 2nd ESO. They were working with AR (Augmented Reality).

This is a map of the British Isles which decorates the walls of our classroom. But it is not a simple map, it has got a lot of information: culture, geography, literature, history, tourism.... Use your mobile phone to scan the codes or images and you will find out.
We use the following apps: QR-droid and Aurasma in our mobile phones and Unitag and Aurasma Studio in our laptops.

If you look at this map of the UK and the Republic of Ireland you can see QR codes and images; if you scan the codes and the images you can see more than that:
- the green QR codes hide the name of a city and the population of this city.
- the red QR codes hide the name of the capitals and their population.
- the biggest QR codes hide audios telling the experience of some of my students in UK last summer.
- the images hide videos about the monuments, culture, music etc.
And also we have a book of the most important writers in English language, we used Calaméo to transform a powerpoint into a digital book.
Scan this QR and the image with your mobile phone and you find out what is in each one, you will be surprised:

Scan the code with QR-droid. You can see the biography of important writers like: Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, Arthur Conan Doyle, George Orwell, J.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling. 

Scan the image with Aurasma. This is a video of London Tourist Office to promote the London Eye.

We recorded the experience in a  video that has been published in the Revista Digital de la Junta de Castilla y León.

Have a look at the video:

19 June 2014

Thanks, Educalab

Today, we want to say "Thank you" to the  EDUCALAB team who have chosen our blog as their recommended one for the current week in the #Educablog category .
We feel very much pleased and honored with this distinction and would like to say special thanks to our reporters who have contributed to keep this blog alive by sending their ideas, experiences, classroom projects, opinions, etc. 
We are very happy to manage the technical issues as well as try and make the way smoother, but it's you, collaborating teachers, and your students, who have made it possible that we have published some 150 posts and received more than 70,000 visits so far. 
This recognition by EducaLAB gives us energy to go on growing and we hope it will also help you -hesitant reporter-  venture to publish your first entry.
We'll be here, ready to spread YOUR word!!