What was up with all those airplane quotes?

Wow, what a ride it has been. To quote the great notjimscrivener:”Please stop writing down things I never said!”

What do I discuss in my last blog? Do I talk about the importance of the principles of multimedia design and how it contradicts multiple intelligences? Should I talk about how multiple intelligences is based on nothing and there is no empirical evidence to prove it’s even real. But I’d rather just reminisce about TELL.

Writing these blogs has sparked a light and I must say I have enjoyed writing these and taking some liberties within the lines of seriousness. But if it had not been for these blogs a lot of the tool discussed in my blog would have remained unknown to me. The searching for, using, and reviewing these tools has truly been a useful aspect of this course.

Although one thing has not changed, I’m still and analogue man in a digital world. So much of the offered theory felt redundant to me, principles of multimedia design, however, I found most useful.

 

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/06/is-estonia-the-new-finland/488351/ This terrific article tells us that we don’t need to force technology in our classrooms, we need good teachers and good report.

Tools are good to use in your classroom now and again, but teachers can’t be replaced by computers and they shouldn’t.

Well that’s all from me.

So for the last time, Robjanfran out!

 

On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright piloted the first powered airplane 20 feet above a wind-swept beach in North Carolina.

The day was finally there, Thursday the 6th of April.

Ixperium Experience.

I was quite sceptical at first, thinking this day would be torture for the analogue man. However, as it turned out, I rather enjoyed this Experience.

We started of with a little introduction which basically repeated all the theory we had to learn for this course, which felt somewhat redundant. After that, we moved up to the Ixperium room, where I was soon to be distracted by an Ipad and all its apps. These apps weren’t really productive and after horsing around I decided to focus on the task at hand. The task at hand being: Prowise. (www.prowise.com)

What is Prowise? Prowise is a presentation tool. To tell you the brutally unaltered truth, I haven’t had enough time to experiment with this tool enough to tell you all the ins and outs. As the pilgrims, I have yet to discover and explore this discovery.

I took advantage of a great tool within Prowise, we decided to create a quick topography lesson. In just 2 clicks we added a short clip from http://www.youtube.com in our presentation and added a “select the right state” quiz. A great tool that deserves a lot of attention. A pointer for next year maybe, give us an hour more of exploring time.

Experium Experience

Prowise is a helpful tool, one that deserves more attention. It shouldn’t be so that I have to find out about this ruby during the final stages of my second year. I have only caressed the surface of this tool, I do believe this is a promising versatile tool suited for the classroom.

See you next time!

Robjanfran out!

13 air travel facts you can use to impress anyone, anywhere.

http://www.socrative.com the rich man’s kahoot.

I decided to give it a try. I wanted to create a quiz for my students and decided not to use kahoot. Kahoot puts too much of its focus on speed and I wanted my students to put their focus on getting the questions right.

I devised a quiz with commonly made English grammar mistakes and tested my students’ knowledge, they did rather well. But what surprised me even more was the (relative) short time it took  me to get the hang of socrative. After I had created my account and logged in, it was pretty much smooth sailing from there. With the help of a very helpful helper, I got started on the first questions and before I knew it, I was already at question 15, so I decided to call it a day.

So there it was, right in front of me, my very own quiz. I crowned it: The Big Quizapalooza and sent it on her maiden voyage. Unfortunately it struck two small icebergs. Even Robjanfran is not immune to mistakes, I had unknowingly left two small mistakes in the quiz which were filtered out before you could say: “Sir I believe your quiz contains two mistakes.”

After that small hiccup my quiz was good to go and I must say, I do sleep a lot better at night knowing that I have this handy tool at my disposal. Should I ever find myself in a dire situation where I need to fill 15 minutes, I can always fall back on my quiz.

When launching to quiz, socrative provides you with three choices: Instant feedback, open navigation and teacher paced. I personally prefer the teacher paced one. That way I have full control over the tempo of the quiz and I can make sure everyone gets the time they need.

All in all, it’s a fun tool, but don’t overdo it. It can get old quite fast. Just like kahoot did.

TELL socrative

What would my blog be without an inspiring quote from the great NJS: “I don’t believe in weather forecasts, to me they all sound like voodoo mumbo jumbo.”

 

Commercial planes can fly safely with just one engine, and can land without any!

How’s that for fun fact tuesday?

This week is my nostalgia week, I went back to my digital roots. PowerPoint.

If technology has a trusty old stallion you can bet your bottom dollar its name is PowerPoint. With its ever changing features and simplistic lay-out, it is the go to tool for every presentation. There are some non-believers who dare to say that prezi is the way to go. That Prezi is new, exciting and will even go as far as calling it revolutionary. This is of course completely bogus.

I’ve tried many different things during my time as your blogging digital-highway traveller, but the one thing I keep coming back to and what has earned a permanent place in my heart is and forever will be PowerPoint.

It literally takes 4 clicks of a mouse (starting from the home-button) to get started on PowerPoint. Jot down some key-words and you’re good to go, but the sky is the limit. Autonomy is PowerPoint’s middle name. Choose your background, font, angles and fresh it up with some pictures. Not only can you add pictures, think upward, break through the glass ceiling, add GIFs, clips and more. One of my personal favourite features are the transitions, I make sure to add them in all of my presentations! They add a little je ne sais quoi.

I can remember one of my lessons in which the teacher introduced a count-down feature with a duck race in it. A duck race, can you imagine? I was too blown-away by this to recollect anything else that happened during this lesson.

The other tools I’ve reviewed are useful tools, but PowerPoint has stood the test of time. PowerPoint was, is and will be my go to tool.

PPT printscreen

Once more I shall leave you with some words of wisdom from my favourite blogger, NJS: “If the government really expects us to believe in global warming, how do you explain midsummer night frost?”

“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.”

I think we’ve succeeded in that as well, Mr Thoreau.

The Winds of the West have reached my ear with news of a great tool!

But first, have you ever had the feeling that your typical courseware doesn’t contain enough exercises to practice certain grammatical structures? Do you completely and utterly hate creating your own exercises? Do want to keep the printing of worksheets to an absolute minimum because you care about the environment? Or do you want to teach grammar in an inductive way, but you don’t want to bring http://www.meestergijs.nl into your classroom?

You needn’t worry for Robjanfran has the answer! Presenting you with:

http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com

It is a true life saver, no grammatical stone is left unturned. Trouble with tenses, the pesky passive, annoying adjectives, cowardice conditionals or would you just like to subscribe to their newsletter? It provides videos, PDFs but more importantly, exercises.

This is what truly blew my socks off. When scrolling through the exercises, you will find that they are neatly organized by tenses. Some exercises even combine tenses, for example: the past simple and past continuous.

Furthermore, http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com provides you with a number of exercises per tense, it also gives you the ability to check your answers, you can even see the correct answer when you’re completely stuck on a certain question. Do you know what that means? It’s a great tool for differentiation!!!!! The faster students can do exercise after exercise, the slower students can take their time. Having difficulty with a certain structure? No need to worry, just look at a video explaining the structure. Are videos not your thing? No a problem friend, download a PDF sheet explaining it! To compact? Look up the full explanation on the website.

http://www.perfect-english-grammer.com is a great tool. You can use it inductively by telling the students to learn the past simple using the website. You could flip the classroom, tell the students to study the present perfect at home and then have them explaining the rules and doing the exercises in class.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. This is all very nice Robjanfran, but what’s the catch? So far, I haven’t been able to find one. So do as you’re told, check it out!

Perfectenglishgrammar

This week I’m going to leave you with a quote from the great notjimscrivener: “Grammar? Isn’t that just a fancy word for bourgeois propaganda?”

Robjanfran out.

 

Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane?

Yes. Yes it is.

Here I am, back from vacation and boy did I need one.

Back to keyboard and back to blogging. On my travels through the interwebs I have been able to find another one of robjanfran’s gems for you. Two option now remain, shall I bombard you with fun anecdotes from my vacation to built up tension, or shall I get straight to business and blow your mind with my weekly find?

The latter seems more appropriate.

Do you love teaching, but have making exercises and worksheets never been your strong suit? Fear no more, meet http://www.busyteacher.org. Your new time-saving tool.

Worksheets can be found for every skill, so if you’re focusing on reading, writing, listening or speaking, even a specific grammar subject it’s all right in front of you!

These worksheets are on different difficulties and there’s a wide variety of them so you can use a lot of them for the same purpose, this leads back to? You guessed it, differentation. A lot of these are also fun to do, this lead back to? You guessed it, motivation.

An old wise man once said: “He who does not seek the easiest way is a lazy man.” was this person notjimscrivener? no comment.

As teachers we have enough on our plate as is, so why not give yourself so more relaxing-time. Get your worksheets on http://www.busyteacher.org.

busyteacher

That’s all for now.

bottle of water, see you later.

 

Last and final boarding call to knowledgeville!

To be honest it’s not the last call, so do not worry. This blogging train knows no bounds.

The great Notjimscrivener once said: “are you sure this is onion soup? Sure looks a lot like tomato soup”. So why have I kept my fans and fanatics waiting for so long? Well the answer is quite simple. For the last couple of days I have been knee-deep in adapting technology in my classroom and boy, do I have a treat for you.

Drumroll please.

Are you tired of using http://www.kahoot.com because it only focuses of speed? Do you refuse to incorporate http://www.socrative.com because you feel that the competitive element is outdated? Well mister, if you have money enough to spend than http://www.nearpod.com is just the tool for you! For the low price of $44,99 you can buy a lesson pack with up to 45 different lessons! But let’s be reasonable, when you are a struggling blogger trying to find his way in the bogging world and don’t have the resources of the Ming Dynasty, you might want to pass up on this opportunity.

So it was with a heavy heart that I almost turned my back on this website that seemed only to cater to the bourgeoisie, but then I saw the button “Free Lessons”.

Oh my, I completely forgot to explain what nearpod is all about. Nearpod is the mother of all interactive online websites, it combines all the best aspects of the aforementioned websites. Nearpod allows the teacher to control the tempo of the lesson. The learners log on using a unique (New York) code, then they join the lesson and the teacher decides when the class moves to the next slide, so in a way you could say it’s a controlled power point. The interactive part is that the learners also have to answer questions, the answers of which are only visible to the teacher unless he chooses the share some answers with the whole class.

I added a lesson called Patriotic Landmarks, what happened next will surprise you!

It was a lesson about landmarks, think of the Statue of Liberty or Mount Rushmore. The lesson talked about what it meant to be a patriot, but what baffled me most and absolutely blew me away was the fact that the slides had 360 degree pictures in them. It made me feel like a was actually standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial and was able to pay my respects to this great man, that unleashed a civil war on the greatest nation on earth. USA.

nearpod-tell

So do as you’re told and check out this great tool!

Robjanfran out.