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.
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!!
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.
You can find the link to my tricider:http://www.tricider.com/admin/36A0uT8LNrB/Dst1cUkRgEn
Remember a tricider has a deadline!!!
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 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 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 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!!