When you are about halfway into the semester, the motivation easily runs out. It is a long way to the next holiday. You may need to spice up the mood of your students, and maybe the colleagues as well! I made a pdf with smiles and thumbs to place on the walls, and they really lifted the spirit of everyone!
Sometimes you need to cheer up your surroundings, and ideas like this one are a simple and thoughtful idea. You place them around the school, and they are usually empty rather quickly. Every time the tired students or colleagues see them, they will start to smile a little. It works!
PechaKucha is so much fun! When I started to present the idea of PechaKucha to my colleagues, it was a bit difficult because everyone thought I would be talking about some new digital tool again. PechaKucha isn't really digital at all, it is rather a format for giving presentations.
PechaKucha comes from Japan, but it has quickly spread worldwide because it is simple, fast and fun. In the original version, the speaker gets exactly 20 images to be displayed 20 seconds each. That means that the presentation will last for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Precisely!
Many have discovered the benefits of using the Padlet to gather ideas. Padlet is so easy to use, and it looks inviting and just lovely. One of the best things is that you don't need to log in to use it. The person who created the Padlet simply sends a link to everyone who will be using it. In other words, it's perfectly GDPR-safe to use!
Because Padlet is a popular tool, many have been invited as users at some point. As a user, you get a link and when you click it you are taken to a page that looks a bit like a bulletin board. You may collect ideas in a way that is somewhat similar to post-it notes.
These days everybody wants to be a YouTube star! My students spend all evenings looking at YouTube, and nothing can engage them more than the very idea that they might end up on YouTube! An excellent way to turn engagement up is to let the students make clips that look professional and really, really cool! Flexclip is a free tool, and the students can use their Google accounts to log in, so there is no GDPR-problem!
These days, the simple 2-dimensional ad is as good as dead. Everywhere, we are surrounded by short films that display different messages. Videos, text and audio are put together not only to display information but also to invoke a certain feeling as you watch it. Sometimes the ads provide a sense of warning and importance. Others portray a joyful announcement or an invitation. The important thing is that this is the way to express any kind of message in the future.
When I look at teacher-things on Pinterest, sometimes different templates show up that different teachers have made. They are often stylish and practical, but unfortunately, they are never free. Since I don't usually pay personally for materials that I give to my students, I use Pinterest for "window-shopping" and inspiration.
I have created three different templates that I use in language classes and I would like to share them. I made them in Google Docs and you can easily copy them to your own Google Drive and use them as you like. The first template is for practising irregular verbs. Just change the words that are already filled in so that the student can practice the words that you chose.
Sending text messages from your computer is a perfect life hack that saves time in everyday life. If you are going to write longer messages, or if you want to send them to several people, it is difficult to do so from your cell phone. Google thought about this and launched a service called "Google Messages". I want to tell you pronto just how it works!
Google Messages is an application that connects your computer to your mobile phone. The first time you install it, you only need to scan a QR-code with the cell phone to complete the connection. After that, you can see your SMS and answer them without having to find the cell phone. You may also group your contacts to text several people at the same time. The person who receives the message will see that it was sent from your regular mobile number. It is also possible to mix email addresses and telephone numbers in a contact group so that each recipient receives the message in the way they want.
I love nice images and I often lay down on my bed with Photoshop and create. Others might knit or paint, but I create in Photoshop. I made some headers for my Google Classroom with inspirational quotes for the students (and myself!). I usually get images from Pixabay, put them together and change the size and format to fit Google Classroom.
Google Classroom headers should be in the format 1000 * 250 pixels. The best way to make images is with Adobe Photoshop, but since Photoshop is not free and somewhat tricky to use. Windows Paint will o the job as well. Just click the "change size" button and set the width to 1000 and the height to 250. After that you may paste clipart or photos into your image and put text on it. It's quite fun once you get started!
I am the technician who became a librarian, but who got tired of the quiet and peaceful life at the library and started working as a teacher. I brought with me everything I knew about databases, information retrieval and networks and soon I was an ICT-educator. Today, I work as a teacher at Komvux in Norrköping.
I have always had a nerdy great interest in technology. I can find interest in everything from robots to model railroads or the steel industry of the industrial revolution. Technology should take us forward and prevent us from everything boring. You need to dare to be somewhat lazy and ask yourself if there is no easier way to get something done. The human desire to get away is what has driven the technical development and find time for other things. Like model railroads, for instance!
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