Now that you started TP … #MSL4206

Most of the students following MSL4206 have now started their 6-week teaching stint in schools. It would be nice if we could somehow share experiences or comments about the experience. It would indeed contribute to a growth in experience and in learning about teaching. In the meantime, I would like to refer to some past posts which were quite popular with other students and which they also found useful for their teaching.

The first one is a post where you can find links in how to turn words into some more fun visuals. I am referring to the use of infographics and word clouds for teaching. This post tells you more about it.

Other students, especially from Science and Maths seemed to find the idea of using brainstorming, and concept mapping tools like Spicynodes extremely interesting. I would suggest that even language or humanities students give it a good look. Brainstorming in the class may be an extremely productive and interesting activity.

Another post which had a good follow up with comments from students, who were following the same program of studies, is the one which gives a link to a directory of learning resources. This is a website which gives a list of all the most popular online tools and resources that are used by other educators in the classroom. It could be that this might spark some ideas about additional tools that you may wish to use in your classroom, especially if you have the use of an Interactive Whiteboard and computer.

Finally, I would also like to suggest that you visit Diigo – an online social bookmarking tools. Throughout the years I have collected a whole list of Tools and Resources which I believe teachers and educators can use during their teaching. Sharing is important. Use your blogs and Twitter to share important information/tools/resources that you might come across and which you think can be of help to other teachers.


Turning Words into Fun Visuals

Have you ever come across something like this?

Via: Voxy Blog


Have you ever wished you could do something like this for your students? These are called Infographics, and basically they are used to represent information in a graphical manner. We all know that visuals are appealing, and that they do help in understanding concepts which might be hard to grasp otherwise.

Well this is a link to a site that can help you find tools so that you can make your own infographics. I would suggest some time to experimenting with these prior to your teaching practice. Might come in not only handy and but you can even ask your students to produce their own infographics.

I also use WORDLE very much and students love it. I use it for example when I ask my students to summarise their thoughts on a particular topic/concept in a number of words. All they need is to copy and paste them into the online WORDLE tool and voila’ – some great wordles come out.

This is an example:

Wordle: designinglearningresources

This WORLDE  has been created automatically by inserting the link to our Designing Learning Resources blog. Took me 2 mins to make 🙂 but I find it looks pretty good. No need to sign up or anything. Just paste away your words and let WORDLE do the rest.

Learning without Frontiers…the conference

Every year the team from Learning without Frontiers, headed by Graham Brown-Martin, host this huge conference in London. This year unfortunately I couldn’t make it but anybody who is anybody in the Education sector in the UK makes sure to attend this conference. This year the speaker lineup for the conference is impressive. The title for this year’s conference is the Future of Learning. They’re even broadcasting live so you might even get to see a talk or two if you find some time.

What is interesting about this team at the Learning without Frontiers is that the Founder himself was a high school dropout, but in the end he successfully holds conferences with the target of making a change – a tangible one –  in the Education sector. One line from him says: No matter how much technology we throw in, we will NEVER change Education unless we change the way we do Education. A good point to ponder. Follow the conference through the website, and also through Twitter… the tweets there are most encouraging and great to follow.

Spicynodes…adding spice to you classroom

Just came across this tool… called Spicynodes… can’t wait to use it with my own students…great for mindmapping. Check it out. Simply sign in and use it with your classroom to share and brainstorm ideas whilst watching as your students progress on their work. This blogsite has been created specifically for one project and shows how young students are producing tangible results for an English language class. Great use of different resources including: Spicynodes, Audioboo, and YouTube.