15 August 2015

Online Quizzes - New Resources and Explorations

Mid August and the door to a new academic year is soon to be opened to students and teachers in many parts of the world. The use and implementation of educational technology seems, at least to me, to be more generally accepted and welcomed in a variety of institutions. However, Steve Anderson raises essential questions for everyone who uses digital technology in education, in his article, Evaluating Technology? Here's What to Look For, - a thought provoking article that many should read. The image below, points briefly to some of the issues that Anderson raises:

As for me,  I look forward to meeting new faces, new challenges and as in previous years, introducing new learning tools which, perhaps, my students will enjoy. 

Two of these tools regard online quizzes:

Quiz?lize  is free and compatible with different devices, making assessment more engaging for learners.  There is a Teacher Guide, as well as the opportunity for educators to share their quizzes for  free or for a small fee.  Here is a short video, explaining more:

Another online tool for creating quizzes is qzzr.

Here is an example of a quiz: What's your tavel destiny for 2015? 

Some may think it is more geared towards marketing, but by adding images to quizzes, students become more engaged and participative in the assessment (which they may also share). Especially for revisions, it certainly is a different way to carry out a class quiz. 

Other resources which I will be dipping into, include:

Google for Education

As well as the terrific Global Oneness Project 
which offers stories and lesson plans, in different media types and subjects. 

Our world becomes smaller and wider, with each day unfolding different ways of learning, different ways of connecting and furthering our understanding of issues and cultures. The world of education is no different, and from Finland, TAMK is offering new courses and fresh enrolments for the coming academic year. A great way for teachers to connect, learn and develop their skills. 

What other roads of exploration will you be taking this new academic year?

Further Suggestions:

Resources to Create Online Quizzes

Revisions with Games

The Revision Game

That Time of Year Again - Testing and Revisions

Riddle - to create Pop Quizzes, Polls, Lists and more

Using Digital Media in New Learning Models (Flipped and Blended Learning)

And an up-date for Kahoot! -

13 June 2015

Changing Mindsets to Learning

Change does trickle down into classrooms, no matter, despite, regardless. 

Change takes time, yes, and no, it's not a case of throwing out the baby along with the bath water. 

And though there are (and will be still) many challenges which include teacher training for the contemporary social settings of today, and yes again, the challenges faced by lack of digital devices and speedy wifi connection, there is one major stumbling block. 


Important Work Skills for 2020
Source: Top10OnlineColleges.org

Skills such as cross-cultural competency may not be new for many, but they are new for countries which are finally opening up to the rest of the world and for those who venture out of their comfort zones to interact and work with others from other cultures. Nor are they skills which come easily. 

There are some others which I would like to highlight (based on this infographic and where you can find more from Top 10OnlineColleges.org):

Sense making - being able to determine the deeper meaning and significance of what is expressed. 

Being able to understand vast amounts of data

New Media Literacy - not only understand but also participate in the expression of new media literacies. 

The ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines. 

Learning mindsets need to change - for both learners and educators. 

And the best part?

All it takes is to believe in change, take a step and to get started. 

9 June 2015

Collaborating with Words, Images and Poetry

Words tumble out, words of stories, words with mistakes, words with worlds to explore. 

Whether one likes it or not, sharing words, images, stories of one's daily life has become part of our social lives today. Though there may be precautions to take before introducing certain tools/platforms in a classroom (depending on context), there is also space to introduce sharing tools for students to learn and express themselves. This is particularly true in the foreign language classroom. 

Here are some collaborative suggestions to try out with learners. 

Sharealike  creates slideshows, which are great for storytelling and presentations. 

Sharalike - Photo organizer and SlideShow maker from Sharalike on Vimeo.

Haikujam is a collaborative app for writing poetry, more specifically, for collaborative haiku writing. 

When students are hitting that zone out point, why not get them active and collaborating instead?

HaikuJAM 2.0 from HaikuJAM on Vimeo.

My last suggestion for today is Twine, open source , compatible with Windows and Mac, and offers both a Wiki and Forum to help get started.

I'd like to thank David Gilmore for teaching me about Twine - a great educator who is really worth following on Twitter.

Collaborating? Twitter, is and continues to be a great space to learn and collaborate!

4 June 2015

Summer Explorations for 2015


Summer - finally!

Over the next coming weeks, for those with a summer break, there will be time to rest, relax and also perhaps catch up with some new ideas for new academic year. Here are some suggestions you may like to look into.

3 June 2015

Future Careers

As many of my students take exams, I wonder how they will have the confidence they need for their future studies and careers. At the age of 18, I myself could not really foresee the future nor what I really wanted to do or spend the rest of my life doing. At 18, time is so endless. At 18, I had other more interesting things on my mind - not how I wanted to work for the rest of my life. 

Today, the concept of a job for life is quickly vanishing, and so too, is having only one skill or job option. Becoming a digital nomad may not necessarily be an option everyone aspires to. Nevertheless, being digitally literate and having some possible guidance to what one can do in the future, is a gift educators can give in the classroom. 

One possible idea is to present students with an infographic such as the one below and develop an activity which meets the language needs/interests of the students:

After discussions, either in small groups or whole group, students could then create their own infographic to share. 

offers some free personality quizzes which are always funs to take, and it teaching English as a Foreign Language, the topic opens way to lots of vocabulary. 

Besides, students always enjoy talking about themselves. 

Don't you?

Education is not only for our todays but for all our tomorrows.

Further Suggestions:

The Future Belongs to Learners

The Career Dream

7 Digital Nomads explain how they live, work and travel anywhere in the world

Jobs - A selection of articles on work today - Digital Delights - Digital Tribes

Image - Magic Moment 

Infographic taken from: Daily Infographic

22 May 2015

Summer Explorations for Educators With Open Resources

At the end of the academic year, it is quite possible that the last thing teachers want to hear about is more professional development. Yet summer is a great time to catch up on tools/apps that one has heard about but hasn't had the time to try out as well as discover new educational sites. 

 OpenEd is a huge resource for K12 teachers,
and once you have signed up, completed the regular formalities of identity, you can discover endless support for lessons, as well as use OpenEd for student assignments. Some content is free, while others are up for a fee. 

Ednak (Intersection of Education and Tech) is another site worth taking some time to explore. New tools, apps, and platforms are coming out all the time, making it necessary to have free time to look into what is readily available for students and teachers. Besides, it's great to line up some fresh ideas over the summer for the next term/semester. 

What suggestions do you have for summer exploration?