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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Week 5: The best things I learned

One more week has almost gone by... and half of the course. Maybe it's time to have a middle evaluation of the course. I will start by reminding and remembering the Nicenet - a good tool to be used in my classes, maybe next year, as this one is almost over. Then, the blog - it's the first blog I created and I managed to keep up to date, at least so far. Then, Noodle Tools - I felt I needed something more than Google, but I didn't know what I needed. And, so many other things... what's very important for me is that I found out about them (every week, another new thing to learn), but I don't keep all the information in a folder in my computer or in my mind: I put all into practice. Last week I designed my first technology lesson plan - this week I had a lesson based on it (and I even filmed it: to share everything with you and to have a look at myself - with a critical eye: oh, there are so many things I must improve...)

And, here we are, close to the end of the 5th week. The best thing I learned this week is by far WebQuest. I must admit: I read about WebQuests before, I knew what they mean, but I was never curious to try to make one. This week, I managed to do the first one. And I was pleased with the final result. You can see it here: I thought about environment as main theme, as it is very actual and my students are interested in this topic. I spoke about the advantages of using WebQuest in a post on Nicenet - they involve and engage students, they make use of technolgy, and in this way students understand that teaching is not out-dated and teachers are not "dusty": they can learn what internet means (not only chat, Facebook or Youtube).

I was very glad this week when I discovered I have to speak (actually write) about the project-based learning. I am a project-addicted (if such a thing exists) and I consider this is the best way my students learn, as they learn by doing. There are thousands and thousands of projects, of different types, with different themes... both in the virtual world (where we can have a partner) and in our textbooks (helping our students to create their portfolios). As I speak about projects here... this week, more exactly on 5 / 5, the e-Twininning program had its 5th anniversary. As my students have already created many e-Twinning projects, we celebrated this day: we presented our latest e-Twininng project, "Where did the Romans get?", and we launched blue and yellow balloons. Have a look here:

I have to come back to my 9th graders: what could I do for them to involve technology? What can I change? And the idea coming up was: blog. Maybe beacuse I like blogs so much, I don;t know. But I identified many advantages of using them - they are so good for communication, and in my opinion, no communication, to human race.

Then, I created another lesson dealing with traditional and electronic books which I will use with my 12th graders. Last, but not least, as far as I could I helped my mates, I shared my ideas, I found out new things reading their posts.

Now, I am ready for the 6th week...


  1. Dear Nadina,

    The recap reminded me all the learning. I agree with you the nicenet is a good tool and I am planning to use nicenet in the course I have outlined for the teachers as a part of my project for the course. Good for you-project addiction. I know the project has no alternative. It is the best for teaching language.

    Good luck with the rest of the course.


  2. Hi Nadina,

    I love your blog and your pictures. Thanks for encourage us to continue. I think we have the same sense about visual aids. I love them and I love let my students see how they work in real life.

    See you,


  3. Hi Nadina
    A great reflection!
    I could feel a sense of excitement in your post. I like what you say, "I don't keep all the information in a folder in my computer or in my mind: I put all into practice." This is what I also think and try my best to do. But what happens is I cannot do it. There are many reasons. One reason is the lack of internet access in the classroom and the lack of technology-related knowledge of the students.

    However, I can make a maximum use of technology to teach my students. I download the materials which I think are useful for my class. I print them and provide my students. At least, technology keeps me and my students updated.

    Thank you so much for sharing beautiful pictures of your lovey students.


  4. Hi Nadina

    Reading your blog felt like we were chatting face to face. It was like a breath of fresh air. Not one negative comment about time spent to create the projects. Thanks for the enthusiasm. It is surely an inspiration.
    thanks for the many beautiful examples of how fun and interesting teaching can be.

  5. Hi Nadina,

    Reading your reflections, I could feel your enthusiasm, I could feel how much you love what you do. You seem to have the freedom to teach what you want as long as it follows your curriculum. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and pictures, I can see how much your students are excited.



  6. Hello a project-addicted person from a project-addicted person!

    I also love projects, but my projects (mini-projects) are mainly connected with textbooks. I still don't have wide international project (maybe because of my students, maybe because of me or even "old" teaching policy).

    But reading your post and watching pictures I am saying to myself: "You have to do something similar"!!!

    Thank you, Nadina for beeing so nice example of high level !

    Good luck,