Thursday, December 30, 2010

Time Off

I´m on vacation at last. Yeah, it´s been a hectic journey. Writing for this blog has been really awesome and I´ve learned a lot. Sharing my teaching experience with you guys has been priceless, especially because I used a blog for that, which was something new to me. Hope to be back soon and share a lot more. II´ll be away for a few days, I´m on my way to São Paulo. Hope I like it because I´ve never been there, I mean, as a sightseer. There´ll be lots of reasons to write, so I decided to post about it on the site that a couple of workmates and I created for our students. In case you´re interested, here is the link: http://travelandvacation.pbworks.com/ . It´s easy to find, my name is on the navigator list. I´m leaving on the third of January. I´ll keep in touch. See ya! HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!

Time Off

I´m on vacation at last. Yeah, it´s been a hectic journey. Writing for this blog has been really awesome and I´ve learned a lot. Sharing my teaching experience with you guys has been priceless, especially because I used a blog for that, which was something new to me. Hope to be back soon and share a lot more. II´ll be away for a few days, I´m on my way to São Paulo. Hope I like it because I´ve never been there, I mean, as a sightseer. There´ll be lots of reasons to write, so I decided to post about it on the site that a couple of workmates and I created for our students. In case you´re interested, here is the link: http://travelandvacation.pbworks.com/ . It´s easy to find, my name is on the navigator list. I´m leaving on the third of January. I´ll keep in touch. See ya! HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

My sibling´s routine

This is an extension of the Digital Project in Unit 8 "My Routine", but now my Elementary students are using the action verbs to describe the routine of a third person. They were supposed to write about a sibling. The tool chosen here was the MIXBOOK (http://www.mixbook.com/) because it was the easiest one to be taught and used in the little time we had, which was two weeks. Also, this tool allows us to add photos or images, which makes the book extremely appealing. Because some parents don´t allow their children to have their photos on the internet, I gave them the option to add ordinary images. Every class I would gradually teach them one step at a time. They were supposed to work at home, by themselves. I did not promise any kind of reward or points. I simply assigned the task, which was supposed to be completed as soon as they could and presented to the entire class. Surprisingly, five of the students made the mixbook. After reading their books, I managed to sugggest corrections to some of them but one was left unrevised, due to time constrains. Nevertheless, It´s worth to take a look at them and see how cute they are. Here is one of the books. In this one, the student, Guilherme, didn´t use photos. As soon as I have the permission of the parents, I´ll post the other books here.  I don´t think they will oppose to that, but I want to ask them anyway. Meanwhile, the books are only available in my wiki.



View Sample Photo Books
Create your own Photo Book



Despite the complexity of this tool, the challenge of doing something on their own without the teacher´s supervision was very appealing to them. It was not the book itself, but managing to do it, being able to add the photos and the text. I think this was the main contributing factor for the success of the few people who worked on the project. I was glad there were five, considering the complexity of the task. They felt really good about themselves. Some of them told me they are working on other books already, personal projects per say.

My sibling´s routine

This is an extension of the Digital Project in Unit 8 "My Routine", but now my Elementary students are using the action verbs to describe the routine of a third person. They were supposed to write about a sibling. The tool chosen here was the MIXBOOK (http://www.mixbook.com/) because it was the easiest one to be taught and used in the little time we had, which was two weeks. Also, this tool allows us to add photos or images, which makes the book extremely appealing. Because some parents don´t allow their children to have their photos on the internet, I gave them the option to add ordinary images. Every class I would gradually teach them one step at a time. They were supposed to work at home, by themselves. I did not promise any kind of reward or points. I simply assigned the task, which was supposed to be completed as soon as they could and presented to the entire class. Surprisingly, five of the students made the mixbook. After reading their books, I managed to sugggest corrections to some of them but one was left unrevised, due to time constrains. Nevertheless, It´s worth to take a look at them and see how cute they are. Here is one of the books. In this one, the student, Guilherme, didn´t use photos. As soon as I have the permission of the parents, I´ll post the other books here.  I don´t think they will oppose to that, but I want to ask them anyway. Meanwhile, the books are only available in my wiki.



View Sample Photo Books
Create your own Photo Book



Despite the complexity of this tool, the challenge of doing something on their own without the teacher´s supervision was very appealing to them. It was not the book itself, but managing to do it, being able to add the photos and the text. I think this was the main contributing factor for the success of the few people who worked on the project. I was glad there were five, considering the complexity of the task. They felt really good about themselves. Some of them told me they are working on other books already, personal projects per say.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Would X Used to

In order to practice the use of WOULD and USED TO, I showed my students the picture of a tree.


Students in groups were supposed to create a short story about that tree. They complained at first, claiming they couldn´t think of anything, but then, their creativity started flowing. When they finished, they read their story to their peers. They enjoyed the activity very much because they realized how creative and touching their stories turned out to be. 

"When I was a child, I used to go to my aunt´s farm. It was very cool, I have good memories about this. I used to swim in the lake and spend hours climbing on the trees. In the end of the day, I used to watch the sunset and in the nights, I usually used to watch stars crash in the lake. I hope I will return there someday and check if the stars still shine in the same way". (2/2010 - Filipe, Kely and Sinara)

"When I was young, I used to go to my grandparents´ farm and there, I used to play outside in the garden. My favorite place to play was under the trees, especially during the summer, when the sun was amazing. The sunset was really wonderful. When I climbed the tree, I used to watch that sunset, it was a very beautiful landscape. I used to have great moments on the farm". (2/2010 - Antônio, Edilson and Monique)

"In the beginning, when the pangea still existed, we used to have many trees and many animals and vegetation. The sun used to shine bright and the climate used to be stable. After the humans arrived, the Earth changed radically and the nature was extremelly modified. The trees were replaced for concrete and builds and the sun didn´t shine anymore because all pollution". (2/2010 - Camilla, Marina and Stephany)

In the end, I showed them the animation based on the book and drawings by Shel Silverstein "The giving tree". They loved it.

Would X Used to

In order to practice the use of WOULD and USED TO, I showed my students the picture of a tree.


Students in groups were supposed to create a short story about that tree. They complained at first, claiming they couldn´t think of anything, but then, their creativity started flowing. When they finished, they read their story to their peers. They enjoyed the activity very much because they realized how creative and touching their stories turned out to be. 

"When I was a child, I used to go to my aunt´s farm. It was very cool, I have good memories about this. I used to swim in the lake and spend hours climbing on the trees. In the end of the day, I used to watch the sunset and in the nights, I usually used to watch stars crash in the lake. I hope I will return there someday and check if the stars still shine in the same way". (2/2010 - Filipe, Kely and Sinara)

"When I was young, I used to go to my grandparents´ farm and there, I used to play outside in the garden. My favorite place to play was under the trees, especially during the summer, when the sun was amazing. The sunset was really wonderful. When I climbed the tree, I used to watch that sunset, it was a very beautiful landscape. I used to have great moments on the farm". (2/2010 - Antônio, Edilson and Monique)

"In the beginning, when the pangea still existed, we used to have many trees and many animals and vegetation. The sun used to shine bright and the climate used to be stable. After the humans arrived, the Earth changed radically and the nature was extremelly modified. The trees were replaced for concrete and builds and the sun didn´t shine anymore because all pollution". (2/2010 - Camilla, Marina and Stephany)

In the end, I showed them the animation based on the book and drawings by Shel Silverstein "The giving tree". They loved it.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Travel Tips

I and two other workmates are working on a digital project with our Advanced students. They are learning vocabulary and grammar used to talk about travel and vacation. So, during the time we have to cover the unit, they are supposed to find information and pictures of any place in the world. In order to have all this information in one place and therefore, to make it easier for us to find it, we created a wiki. travelandvacation.pbworks.com .

Travel Tips

I and two other workmates are working on a digital project with our Advanced students. They are learning vocabulary and grammar used to talk about travel and vacation. So, during the time we have to cover the unit, they are supposed to find information and pictures of any place in the world. In order to have all this information in one place and therefore, to make it easier for us to find it, we created a wiki. travelandvacation.pbworks.com .

Friday, September 3, 2010

Authentic audience

Some of my students posted interesting material in the wiki. Take a look and leave a comment. They would be thrilled to see that there is authentic audience reading their writing and commenting on it.

Authentic audience

Some of my students posted interesting material in the wiki. Take a look and leave a comment. They would be thrilled to see that there is authentic audience reading their writing and commenting on it.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Shared Reading for VERY young learners



Daniela Lyra invited me to illustrate a project she´s working on along with Ana Maria Scandiuzzi, another workmate here at Casa Thomas Jefferson, the school we work at. The book is about FAMILY and it´s supposed to be used with very young learners, who are learning family vocabulary. Dani did not specify what she wanted. She simply told me she needed some drawings of family members, mother, father, etc...Because I was involved with the Super Duper character, which I drew using Paint Brush and whose result I liked very much, I decided to draw the family members using the same technique. I liked the way the trace looks when it´s finished. It doesn´t look pompous or professional. On the contrary, it looks raw and childish, which is exactly what I like about it. I enjoyed the result very much, the colors are great and the book looks super cute! Check it out!

Shared Reading for VERY young learners



Daniela Lyra invited me to illustrate a project she´s working on along with Ana Maria Scandiuzzi, another workmate here at Casa Thomas Jefferson, the school we work at. The book is about FAMILY and it´s supposed to be used with very young learners, who are learning family vocabulary. Dani did not specify what she wanted. She simply told me she needed some drawings of family members, mother, father, etc...Because I was involved with the Super Duper character, which I drew using Paint Brush and whose result I liked very much, I decided to draw the family members using the same technique. I liked the way the trace looks when it´s finished. It doesn´t look pompous or professional. On the contrary, it looks raw and childish, which is exactly what I like about it. I enjoyed the result very much, the colors are great and the book looks super cute! Check it out!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Learning from Songs



My Teens 7 students were learning adjectives and adverbs. As a wrap up activity, I showed them a video of a song that had been illustrated by the students of a school in South Korea. Then, I photocopied the lyrics of The Logical Song and cut it into individual sentences. I gave each student a slip with one piece of the song and they illustrated it. In the end, I colected all the drawings. Daniela Lyra made the video.

Learning from Songs



My Teens 7 students were learning adjectives and adverbs. As a wrap up activity, I showed them a video of a song that had been illustrated by the students of a school in South Korea. Then, I photocopied the lyrics of The Logical Song and cut it into individual sentences. I gave each student a slip with one piece of the song and they illustrated it. In the end, I colected all the drawings. Daniela Lyra made the video.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Once upon a Time...

Video Segments





Students´Videos



                                        
My intermediate students are learning the Simple Past and Past continuous to tell stories.

1) Students watch two video segments;
2) Students are divided in two teams;
3) Each team will be assigned one of the stories;
4) They will decide what they will say and who in the group will say what. They have to know who the characters are, the setting and the plot;
5) Students in the group will tell the story to the other group and vice-versa.The teacher records them in audio or video.

Based on the audio/video recorded in class, the teacher will prepare for the following class, a transcription of both stories. As a WRITING TASK, students will receive each a copy of the transcriptions and with the monitoring of the teacher, they will add what they might think is missing and correct any grammar problems, such as verb tenses or word forms.

Once upon a Time...

Video Segments





Students´Videos



                                        
My intermediate students are learning the Simple Past and Past continuous to tell stories.

1) Students watch two video segments;
2) Students are divided in two teams;
3) Each team will be assigned one of the stories;
4) They will decide what they will say and who in the group will say what. They have to know who the characters are, the setting and the plot;
5) Students in the group will tell the story to the other group and vice-versa.The teacher records them in audio or video.

Based on the audio/video recorded in class, the teacher will prepare for the following class, a transcription of both stories. As a WRITING TASK, students will receive each a copy of the transcriptions and with the monitoring of the teacher, they will add what they might think is missing and correct any grammar problems, such as verb tenses or word forms.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A blog for the parents



My dear friend and colleague Dani Lyra, suggested that, along with my wiki, I also create a blog to post my students´work, so parents can see it. Here it is.

A blog for the parents



My dear friend and colleague Dani Lyra, suggested that, along with my wiki, I also create a blog to post my students´work, so parents can see it. Here it is.

Writing Task: The foods I love

Last class, I asked my elementary students to draw their favorite foods. After they finished, I asked them to write a sentence using the vocabulary learned. After I collected everything, I made this Guessing Game using PhotoPeach, in which students were supposed to look at the illustrations and guess what their peers liked to eat.It´s super duper fun. Check it out.

"The foods I love" on PhotoPeach


Writing Task: The foods I love

Last class, I asked my elementary students to draw their favorite foods. After they finished, I asked them to write a sentence using the vocabulary learned. After I collected everything, I made this Guessing Game using PhotoPeach, in which students were supposed to look at the illustrations and guess what their peers liked to eat.It´s super duper fun. Check it out.

"The foods I love" on PhotoPeach


Saturday, August 14, 2010

My wiki - part 2

It´s been really exciting to work on the wiki . I admit that although I don´t have much time for that, I´m having a blast drawing the super duper character. Carla suggested that I created a character for my wiki, something that would be appealing to the students.I had never drawn something with such passion, passion that helps me create them very easily. Also, seeing the students work is a plus. Of course, there are just a few, but I´m not worried. I´m letting them take their time to get to know the wiki and use it. A few students have already posted some work in it, which they do at home, after I teach them in class . It´s been great to see their commitment to it. 

My wiki - part 2

It´s been really exciting to work on the wiki . I admit that although I don´t have much time for that, I´m having a blast drawing the super duper character. Carla suggested that I created a character for my wiki, something that would be appealing to the students.I had never drawn something with such passion, passion that helps me create them very easily. Also, seeing the students work is a plus. Of course, there are just a few, but I´m not worried. I´m letting them take their time to get to know the wiki and use it. A few students have already posted some work in it, which they do at home, after I teach them in class . It´s been great to see their commitment to it. 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

My wiki






I finally learned how to use a wiki. After having an enlightening session with Carla Arena, I realized that the wiki I had created was all wrong. It´s great to see everything in the right place at last.As soon as I organize my students work in it, I´ll have it available here.

My wiki






I finally learned how to use a wiki. After having an enlightening session with Carla Arena, I realized that the wiki I had created was all wrong. It´s great to see everything in the right place at last.As soon as I organize my students work in it, I´ll have it available here.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I can´t wait!

It´s curious. This year I´m posting material more often than last year. I hope I can keep doing it. I admit I´m more excited about it than before. New term, new students, I can´t wait.

I can´t wait!

It´s curious. This year I´m posting material more often than last year. I hope I can keep doing it. I admit I´m more excited about it than before. New term, new students, I can´t wait.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Why teachers tend to avoid digital tools



We created this video to introduce our presentation in the 8th CTJ TEFL seminar. It was suppose to be our "hook". We liked this idea because it perfectly illustrates why teachers tend to avoid using technology in class. I was one of these people. However, if you stop to think about it, these reasons are not really obstacles for you to use webtols in class. Let´s see, shall we? Reason 1: It´s too difficult. (Well, actually, it doesn´t need to be. There is always someone who knows the tools and uses them effectively and who is generous enough to teach you. All you need to do is ask. Besides, there are online courses, take advantage of the courses offered in your school, for example.) Reason 2: It´s too slow. (Of course that you can´t always count on the internet in class, so choose activities that are downloadable. Keep them in a flashdrive and your problems are gone). Reason 3: I don´t have the time. (A possibility here is to adapt an activity you have already planned to assign, by adding a webtool). As you can see, you can at least try.

Why teachers tend to avoid digital tools



We created this video to introduce our presentation in the 8th CTJ TEFL seminar. It was suppose to be our "hook". We liked this idea because it perfectly illustrates why teachers tend to avoid using technology in class. I was one of these people. However, if you stop to think about it, these reasons are not really obstacles for you to use webtols in class. Let´s see, shall we? Reason 1: It´s too difficult. (Well, actually, it doesn´t need to be. There is always someone who knows the tools and uses them effectively and who is generous enough to teach you. All you need to do is ask. Besides, there are online courses, take advantage of the courses offered in your school, for example.) Reason 2: It´s too slow. (Of course that you can´t always count on the internet in class, so choose activities that are downloadable. Keep them in a flashdrive and your problems are gone). Reason 3: I don´t have the time. (A possibility here is to adapt an activity you have already planned to assign, by adding a webtool). As you can see, you can at least try.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Jerry´s morning

I used this activity with my teen students last semester. They were very participatory and cooperative. In this activity, they were supposed to watch the first 7 minutes of the movie "Three o´clock high" and then discuss and put slips with sentences in the past (provided by the teacher) in the order they appear in the movie. After that, students wrote a paragraph describing the segment. It was supposed to be a graded task and I evaluated the use of the verbs in the past, sequence and linking words.


Suggested sentences:

Yesterday, Jerry had a very busy morning.
He woke up.
He looked at the clock.
He got up
He washed his hair
He looked for clean clothes.
He found a pair of jeans.
He found a wet shirt.
He put the shirt in the microwave oven.
He also put a cookie in the oven.
He grabbed the tooth paste and the tooth brush.
He grabbed his sweater.
He put on his shirt.
It was hot.
He grabbed the keys and his books.
He ran to the car.
The car had a problem.
He took his mom´s car.
He brushed his teeth in the car.
He put on his sweater.
He stopped to pick up a friend.
He drove off to school.
This is why Jerry´s morning was so busy.

Tip: Not all of the slips have to be used.

Jerry´s Morning

These are my students first drafts.

Jerry´s morning

I used this activity with my teen students last semester. They were very participatory and cooperative. In this activity, they were supposed to watch the first 7 minutes of the movie "Three o´clock high" and then discuss and put slips with sentences in the past (provided by the teacher) in the order they appear in the movie. After that, students wrote a paragraph describing the segment. It was supposed to be a graded task and I evaluated the use of the verbs in the past, sequence and linking words.


Suggested sentences:

Yesterday, Jerry had a very busy morning.
He woke up.
He looked at the clock.
He got up
He washed his hair
He looked for clean clothes.
He found a pair of jeans.
He found a wet shirt.
He put the shirt in the microwave oven.
He also put a cookie in the oven.
He grabbed the tooth paste and the tooth brush.
He grabbed his sweater.
He put on his shirt.
It was hot.
He grabbed the keys and his books.
He ran to the car.
The car had a problem.
He took his mom´s car.
He brushed his teeth in the car.
He put on his sweater.
He stopped to pick up a friend.
He drove off to school.
This is why Jerry´s morning was so busy.

Tip: Not all of the slips have to be used.

Jerry´s Morning

These are my students first drafts.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Digital Communication: Our wiki

Our project is divided in four lessons, in which you´ll find a lesson overview, a final outcome (proposed by the teacher), resources (produced by the teacher) and the students´work. In case you want to take a look at our students´production, our wiki is http://www.tellingstoriesinclass.pbworks.com/ . Every picture is clickable. You click, and you´ll be there.When planning your lessons, you can adapt them to your students needs, but remember, young learners need to be guided, so the resources should be there, so they know what is expected from them.

Digital Communication: Our wiki

Our project is divided in four lessons, in which you´ll find a lesson overview, a final outcome (proposed by the teacher), resources (produced by the teacher) and the students´work. In case you want to take a look at our students´production, our wiki is http://www.tellingstoriesinclass.pbworks.com/ . Every picture is clickable. You click, and you´ll be there.When planning your lessons, you can adapt them to your students needs, but remember, young learners need to be guided, so the resources should be there, so they know what is expected from them.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Digital Communication: Our Final Project

Web2.0 and Young Learners

The computer went crazy again. Go figure! Anyways, these are just "some" of the tools we experimented with. There are so many more out there that you´ll be speechless. Scribd enables you to make a book with your students. Have fun.



The tool used here was Voicethread, which allows you to post a picture and record your voice to leave a coment. If you don´t want to record your voice, you can also type a comment.Take a look and leave a comment for us. We´d love to know your opinion.

Digital Communication: Our Final Project

Web2.0 and Young Learners

The computer went crazy again. Go figure! Anyways, these are just "some" of the tools we experimented with. There are so many more out there that you´ll be speechless. Scribd enables you to make a book with your students. Have fun.



The tool used here was Voicethread, which allows you to post a picture and record your voice to leave a coment. If you don´t want to record your voice, you can also type a comment.Take a look and leave a comment for us. We´d love to know your opinion.

The beginning


Here´s the video I made for my final project in the "Webtools for Educators" online course. Participants were supposed to make a storytelling project using a digital tool. It´s funny because I don´t like sports, but at the time I was teaching an advanced group and the topic of the unit was soccer. I made this activity for our blog, the blog I had just started, so they could write about a game they had watched. It was originally just the text, so students could read and understand what they were expected to do. The idea of making a video with illustrations was Carla Arena´s, who suggested that I should do what I could do best, which was drawing. It took me the whole day to draw everything, but it was worth it to see the result. I made the video and a lesson plan for it to be posted in our wiki (a space for the participant teachers to share their final projects). Funny how things started out. It was then that I had a glimpse of what I could do with webtools. My colleagues, the ones that saw the video, strongly advised me to post it in this blog.  I should have done it right after I finished the course, but I never did...go figure. I think that it was because I didn´t see any relation between the video and  the blog at the time. Anyways, since the whole digital journey started then, I think it´s fair to post it now, at last. Hope you like it.

Text: I´m not a sports fan and I have never been. However, in 1994, I was lucky enough to watch what I consider the best game ever! The whole family was gathered at my grandma´s porch. On TV, Brazil and Italy played in the World Cup Final, held in the United States. I had never seen Brazil win a Cup before that day. I was born in 1970, when they won their third Cup, so 1994 was my chance to see it happen. At the time, we had Romário, Bebeto, Dunga and Taffarel, to name just a few. The Brazilian players entered the field holding hands "again", a ritual they had been repeating for awhile and which they believed had brought them luck up to that moment. We loved to think that their holding hands had something to do with their getting to the finals. It was kinda magical! We sat on the edge of our chairs, bit our nails, prayed and suffered. Despite all that and the breathtaking moves and dribbling, they ended up in the extra time. That was it. I will never forget that moment and I believe no one will. The streets outside were all quiet. Everyone was in front of a TV at that very moment. Roberto Baggio kicked the ball out of the net and it was a thrill impossible to describe. "We" had won the game. "We" beat the Italians. "We" were four times the best. "We" were so proud of our country. The players were like children crying, screaming, celebrating, running around the field and also praying, a mixture of different reactions. The crowd invaded the field wanting to be part of that, wanting to hug, touch, talk to the players. Finally, that glorious event was crowned when Dunga kissed and held up the trophy, the "cup" they deserved to win after playing so beautifully and winning every single game. For these reasons, I think the 1994 World Cup Final is the best game I have ever watched in my entire life.




I simply couldn´t resist and posted the soccer game. Although I don´t watch soccer games, I get goose bumps whenever I watch this one ( for sentimental reasons, of course, I mean, impossible not to get emotional when you see your country´s soccer team win the World cup for the first time). C´mon, wouldn´t you?

The beginning


Here´s the video I made for my final project in the "Webtools for Educators" online course. Participants were supposed to make a storytelling project using a digital tool. It´s funny because I don´t like sports, but at the time I was teaching an advanced group and the topic of the unit was soccer. I made this activity for our blog, the blog I had just started, so they could write about a game they had watched. It was originally just the text, so students could read and understand what they were expected to do. The idea of making a video with illustrations was Carla Arena´s, who suggested that I should do what I could do best, which was drawing. It took me the whole day to draw everything, but it was worth it to see the result. I made the video and a lesson plan for it to be posted in our wiki (a space for the participant teachers to share their final projects). Funny how things started out. It was then that I had a glimpse of what I could do with webtools. My colleagues, the ones that saw the video, strongly advised me to post it in this blog.  I should have done it right after I finished the course, but I never did...go figure. I think that it was because I didn´t see any relation between the video and  the blog at the time. Anyways, since the whole digital journey started then, I think it´s fair to post it now, at last. Hope you like it.

Text: I´m not a sports fan and I have never been. However, in 1994, I was lucky enough to watch what I consider the best game ever! The whole family was gathered at my grandma´s porch. On TV, Brazil and Italy played in the World Cup Final, held in the United States. I had never seen Brazil win a Cup before that day. I was born in 1970, when they won their third Cup, so 1994 was my chance to see it happen. At the time, we had Romário, Bebeto, Dunga and Taffarel, to name just a few. The Brazilian players entered the field holding hands "again", a ritual they had been repeating for awhile and which they believed had brought them luck up to that moment. We loved to think that their holding hands had something to do with their getting to the finals. It was kinda magical! We sat on the edge of our chairs, bit our nails, prayed and suffered. Despite all that and the breathtaking moves and dribbling, they ended up in the extra time. That was it. I will never forget that moment and I believe no one will. The streets outside were all quiet. Everyone was in front of a TV at that very moment. Roberto Baggio kicked the ball out of the net and it was a thrill impossible to describe. "We" had won the game. "We" beat the Italians. "We" were four times the best. "We" were so proud of our country. The players were like children crying, screaming, celebrating, running around the field and also praying, a mixture of different reactions. The crowd invaded the field wanting to be part of that, wanting to hug, touch, talk to the players. Finally, that glorious event was crowned when Dunga kissed and held up the trophy, the "cup" they deserved to win after playing so beautifully and winning every single game. For these reasons, I think the 1994 World Cup Final is the best game I have ever watched in my entire life.




I simply couldn´t resist and posted the soccer game. Although I don´t watch soccer games, I get goose bumps whenever I watch this one ( for sentimental reasons, of course, I mean, impossible not to get emotional when you see your country´s soccer team win the World cup for the first time). C´mon, wouldn´t you?

Technical problem

Due to an unexpected glitch, I had to remove my last post. Hope you don´t mind. I´ll be soon posting it again.

Technical problem

Due to an unexpected glitch, I had to remove my last post. Hope you don´t mind. I´ll be soon posting it again.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Digital Communication: My Digital Journey

A year ago, if you asked me how I felt about the use of technology in class, I would definitely answer "I don´t know about that! It´s too complicated to deal with and time-consuming. I just can´t handle that. I have a 40-hour job and a tight schedule." When I look back and think about it, I´m flabbergasted to see how much I´ve changed, how the way I see technology in class changed. I absolutely love teaching and I don´t see myself doing anythingelse in life, but now I have something ELSE to help me get there, reach a teaching goal, reach my students.And all it took me was a little practice, time to use, explore the tools I had available and see what they could do for me. Choose from, experiment. And that´s what I did this year, while working on this project. I realize now that all I needed was a little push and  I realized it´s not that hard. We´ll never learn to do something unless we try. I was known as a digital illiterate (and there is still a long way, I know)and people might wonder why I am involved in a digital project. The thing is, I needed this little push to get started and the love for writing was what brought me this far.I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I did.


Digital Communication: My Digital Journey

A year ago, if you asked me how I felt about the use of technology in class, I would definitely answer "I don´t know about that! It´s too complicated to deal with and time-consuming. I just can´t handle that. I have a 40-hour job and a tight schedule." When I look back and think about it, I´m flabbergasted to see how much I´ve changed, how the way I see technology in class changed. I absolutely love teaching and I don´t see myself doing anythingelse in life, but now I have something ELSE to help me get there, reach a teaching goal, reach my students.And all it took me was a little practice, time to use, explore the tools I had available and see what they could do for me. Choose from, experiment. And that´s what I did this year, while working on this project. I realize now that all I needed was a little push and  I realized it´s not that hard. We´ll never learn to do something unless we try. I was known as a digital illiterate (and there is still a long way, I know)and people might wonder why I am involved in a digital project. The thing is, I needed this little push to get started and the love for writing was what brought me this far.I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I did.


A way with words (part 3)

The blog I referred to in the previous post is by Karl Fisch. He developed the presentation I posted previously. An updated version can be seen here, by the way.

A way with words (part 3)

The blog I referred to in the previous post is by Karl Fisch. He developed the presentation I posted previously. An updated version can be seen here, by the way.

A way with words (part 2)

I was wondering if you blog readers could help me out! I was trying to find out the term we use when we change a word to fit a certain phrase or context. For example, I was reading a blog yesterday (unfortunately, I can´t remember the name) and it was written "shift happens" (which totally made sense in the text). How do we call that?

A way with words (part 2)

I was wondering if you blog readers could help me out! I was trying to find out the term we use when we change a word to fit a certain phrase or context. For example, I was reading a blog yesterday (unfortunately, I can´t remember the name) and it was written "shift happens" (which totally made sense in the text). How do we call that?

A way with words

After blogging all day long yesterday, I felt compelled to write a post about words. I have always admired the American way with words and the fun aspect of it, which is something I don´t usually see in my native language, portuguese. An example is the film Bruce Almighty (2003), in which a beggar holds up a sign with interesting messages. Their creativity comes to a point that I often wonder, what will come next? And I often can´t wait.

A way with words

After blogging all day long yesterday, I felt compelled to write a post about words. I have always admired the American way with words and the fun aspect of it, which is something I don´t usually see in my native language, portuguese. An example is the film Bruce Almighty (2003), in which a beggar holds up a sign with interesting messages. Their creativity comes to a point that I often wonder, what will come next? And I often can´t wait.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Who´s willing to get their hands dirty?


I was reading the Weblog "Word and Image" by Sigrid Jones and I saw this picture and I loved it. It says so much to me. It reveals (this is the way I see it due to the experience I had last semester and I´ve been having regarding Web Tools) to me the need to roll up our sleeves and make it happen. This semester, I´m working on a seminar presentation about digital learning for young learners and during this period, which actually started last semester, when I was introduced to web 2.0.(by taking the online course Webtools for Educators), I´ve been facing challenges (and by the way, overcoming each one of them)that for some educators would make them think why bother? , but instead of asking that question, which I honestly was inclined to, I decided to see where this road would lead me. So, challenged (in a good way) by my dear colleague Dani Lyra to be part of this project, I was determined to enjoy the journey, implementing the tools in class and sharing my discoveries. The feeling of accomplishment and the faces of the students after they see their final work posted for everyone to see, parents and friends in particular, is priceless. Cool feeling indeed.