Teaching   English in the  XXI Century .

I was born in the XX century, I grew up and studied in the old school system. My first tools were a pen, a pencil, and some paper sheets. I left university without being trained in the use of the new tools. I  had written my thesis by using a  typewriter and writing the first chapter in an agenda.

Do my students know what a typewriter is today?  I learnt how to work with a  computer on my own, some of the students I taught were my first teachers and tutors as regards the use of IT. I managed  to keep on learning and doing new things. It was hard when I began using the tools which seemed to be useless. I remember my first  days spent at school when I started using the computer: I spent  hours on the new machine and sometimes I lost what I had  written.

Now I am a teacher of  English and  a person who is working on my personal CPD.

Most of my training is online and is offered online.

I have become a  life-long learner.  I have spent the last  five years in developing new skills and  thanks to the internet  I have  learnt a lot and  have been  trained  thanks to the  great  international community of  educators who share ideas and provide  access to a  lot of  courses and MOOCs.  

Tiziana    Angiolini     Elt  Teacher                                                    28th  June   2017

Teaching  English .......   Today

                                           Web 2.0  Tools and  OER

Who  I am  ...........   a life-long Learner

In the last months I have continued  working  online and  thanks to  Edmodo I have used and learnt more about some tools. Edmodo is  a safe learning  environment where learners and teachers can work together. Thanks to Ms Pallavicini I could learn more about some interesting tools which  I like using.

                    The   Tools

                           Our learners are different from us but  we work together

The Italian teacher, Ms Pallavicini introduced some tools: every week we were given tutorials with links and we were asked to create our tasks.  I posted them later as the course started when I was going to end the school year and this implied a lot of work before the exams and the school reports- I had no time to do the tasks. I could also see the works and tasks which other teachers had created.  Some were really great and interesting: worth sharing I would say!!

                                                     TRICIDER

I have used tricider for many  Moocs: we were asked to express our ideas about the themes in the courses online.   What I like is the idea of using it for  brainstorming and  voting.  I will use  this tool in my  ELT  classes as it is easy to use and you just need  to provide the students with the link to your  tricider.

Here is the tutorial to it.  

   Remember a tricider has  a deadline!!!

                                                    SUTORI

Sutori is  a great tool: it can be used  for  working online  with your  students, for  presentations online and webquests.   It is the ideal tool for  sharing  stories.  I created this work online about  reading   Jane Austen. I am sure I will use it because it has interesting  features. It is my repository for the students who will have access to the videos and the texts online related to the issues presented in the novels.  

                                                    THINGLINK    

Thinglink is one of the first tools which I started to use after I did an online course. It has a visual impact as you choose a picture  or an image and then you can add links to videos and any document online.  It can be used for making  presentations online and for providing links to the students' work.  

Here you can see my  presentation about the Age of  Queen  Elizabeth I:  I am used to  making  presentations online and  following the  so called flipped classroom  approach.

                                                            PADLET

Padlet is a great tool for presentations, it can be used for  collaborative  tasks and for showcasing the students' activities. It can be your portfolio online, you can share the link with people who might work with you and you can choose to have a password to protect the access to it. It's perfect for  ELT teachers: I have created presentations, collected documents, used a padlet as a diary or a class board, I have created boards with  grammar  exercises and links to videos for my students.

Here is the padlet to my " Female voices in the  English Literature" which  I created in June 2017.

                                                            Tackk

Tackk can be used  for learning  diaries and  collaborative work. It is  user friendly and you can  choose to add pictures, links, images and  videos to  your presentations.  Here you can find my  recent   learning  diary about  a  Mooc which I finished in June

                                                LEARNING FROM THE  OTHERS

                  Thanks  a lot   for the  course to   Ms  Pallavicini  working for  Edmodo!!

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