A great tool to plan activities and lessons is Learning Designer. Here's a lesson plan that includes games and a lot of collaboration, inside the classes and outside.
I finally managed to embed my Learning Designer Lesson
And, here's the .doc version.
There's a great truth in traditional stories. It is believed they were created to teach the uneducated people (simple peasants, cattle herders) the wisdom of life. Ever since I started with eTwinning, I have this idea to promote, share and learn traditional stories from other parts of the world. WHY? Because I'm sure we share some common stories about good and wise, about truth which knows no country, no nation.
So, I'm planning a digital storytelling eTwinning project for next year in which we'll learn more about partners' traditional stories. The main character in every story should be the national witty man (ours is Witty Pejo). It would be a collaborative story e-book written and illustrated.
It is still an idea, but one I'm mulling over for a while. I hope it sees the light of day!
Here's our Itar Pejo (Witty Pejo).
You can see the original site here.
I love playing games. But not just a simple game, I love having my mind tickled and made work and steam. I found this site by accident, trying to find (another) useful site for reviews with my students. So I created this review game. It's a typical Jeopardy game but I really love it.
Few years ago I wanted to show my colleagues that it doesn't take much to make children play and learn. So, in a classroom with out computers (or any technology for that matter), I organized a game using ICT. And it was fabulous! The only instruction my students had was they needed their phones and nothing more.
What did I do?
Well, it was the first BYOD lesson I had! EVER! And it was really fun. My students and I printed out leaflet-invitations and we left them at unusual places throughout of the school. They're in Macedonian, but I'm sure you can get the context.
And here's the trailer (sort of) we made after the lesson.
There are a lot of news in teaching methods since I first started. Some for better some for worse. But introducing new approaches to anything was never easy. Lots of misunderstanding, misinterpretations and errors lay on that road. The part where it all runs smoothly is a great reward. But the best reward is the smile on students faces when they realize they learnt something.
I came across this picture a while ago and just had to share it here. It helped me with including different activities in my classroom.
View the original page here.
Well, well, well! OK, I like this task. But first, let me introduce you to the concept of MY current school: lots of students (around 1400), shifts and sharing classrooms. That said let's create my ideal classroom in an ideal school...
Did I say I was done with my tasks 1, 2 and 3? Except, I don't think they are done with me!
I want to talk about my expectations.
INNOVATIVE - yes, please!
CREATIVE - yes, please!
ICT - YES, please!!!
So, the questions is 'HOW?'
Today I talked to my students about things we've done this school year and things we want to do (or will do) next year. When I asked them to give few examples of interesting lessons, I could hear lots of noise. It wasn't an unpleasant noise, but very enthusiastic noise. (can I still call it noise?) I could hear 'Kahoot!', 'QR codes', 'Stop Motion Animations', 'Radiodrama', 'Tricider'... And I had to stop them. (they were getting too loud). I said that we could do few more, but one student interrupted, 'Oh please not now. We have too much to do at the end of the school year! And the external testing starts next week. Please let's do it in September?' So I agreed...I just wanted to show them a sample of AR and having my colleague Milena Ignjatova playing with her 2nd graders with Quiver, I showed them just a picture, that turned 3D. And what do you know! The same student that objected asked if we could do it tomorrow!!! (I really have to laugh) Isn't that great!? Isn't that what we all strive for as teachers: To have our students ask for more? Now my mind is full of ideas, but NO, I won't start anything new this week. I'll just keep them interested all summer with short presentations of what's to come.
Because I'm mean like that! *insert demonic laughter here*
Let me just refer you to one of the posts in another course. I promise, you won't regret it. Click HERE.
Now I'm done with tasks 1, 2 and 3.
What to say that I haven't said already except that I have great expectations of this LE.
But looking at the pages, I get confused: I don't see a clear schedule, all the pages are visible and at hand, but some of the links don't work.
I think I should start reading more carefully! It must be me. In my defense, the school ends next week, it's external testing time and I have tons of things to do - all in a week!
And now tasks 1, 2 and 3 are done!
I promise to pay more attention with the other tasks.