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  1. 1. ICT – ASSIGNMENT N° 4 – USING TOOLS FROM WEB 2.0 –CREATION OF A BLOG (Carolina Rossino)Blog: www.20learning.blogspot.comPenzu (last but not least)As it says in the tittle, last entry: its called Penzu and it can be described as a journal youcan write on line! you can try this tool without having to loggin in, but your files will not besaved! No problem if you are using this just for once!Apart from writing you can add pictures and change the layout of your "journal sheet"Here goes my example, short and sweet, about my last holidays! Enjoy it and try this out!its an amazing tool! (This is my sample on line)
  2. 2. The Newspaper Clipping GeneratorIn this site you (and more important, your students) can create (unfortunatelly) the firstparagraphs of a piece of news. You can watch them , like printed on the newspaper anddownload them on your computer, and, of course, print it or share it trhough the Internetwith your friends. Very nice tool to practice (as I said unfortunately, only in a few lines) forexample, passive voice or the language of the media!Hope you like my piece of news!Eslvideo.comIn this website you can upload videos from diferent sites (most of them are from YouTube)and create your own quizes! Students are to watch the videos and do the quiz and finallythey are able to see the results of their performance! There you can post the transcrition ofthe audio and the topics of the videos dont really have to be instructional: if you think
  3. 3. there is something you want to share, port it, make the quiz and share it! From a typicalconversation, a simple song, to a real TV programme from the UK or the USA! Here, asusual, goes my example! Hope you like it and enjoy it!
  4. 4. Zimmer Twins!This tool is just great!! Its like going back to your childhood (in case you are not a childany more!) and make your dreams come true!Here you will have the possibility of being a director! Yes, you can choose one openingfrom a film and its your choice what may follow!The characters are two twins (yes, it would be weird if they were 3!!) and a cat call 13 (yes,he is black!).While donig the movie you can choose the scenario, the words and the way they may saysomething!Try this and you wont regret it!
  5. 5. WordleWordle is a tool you can use to create "clouds" of words, all of them related to one specifictopic! Then you can edit the "cloud" you have created and publish it in your blog, or shareit with your mates!The particularity of this tool is that ti deletes common words, lusing only the relevant onesin order to create your "word cloud", and as it does it by itself, you don¡t have to delete anyword, just copy and paste your text or right it from scratch!Enjoy it!• Here is my example; I wrote some words related to winter, then I created my "cloud"; its very simple! Hope you like it!
  6. 6. Listen and writeThis tool is great!! What you can do in this site is listen to different kinds of audio and, justlike a dictation, write in a box below the words you hear! Of course, you are able to hear theaudio several times so you can check what you have written, rewrite (if necessary) or listento the whole audio at once. There is a "hint" button, in case you dont understand a word!You can also work with videos! Here is an example of a song I myself posted: Help, by TheBeatles! Enjoy yourself :)<iframe src="" width="510"height="340" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>
  7. 7. GlogsterGlogster is a tool you can use to create your own poster! Yes, even in the Internet you canhave your own posters or collages with you!In this sample, I have created one about my pet, very simple and easy to do!The only thing you have to do is register and then...start creating!! Use images, audio,videos and everything that comes to your mind!In this case, Children, for example, can share their "pets glogs" with their partners andwhy not make them talk about thier partners pet or publish a comment about it (or them)later?
  8. 8. Welcome!!Welcome to this blog!!This is a part of an assignment from the subject called ICT; our teacher (Paula Ledesma)asked us to create a blog where you may find different web 2.0 tools to work with yourstudents, and, if you are a student, you can work and explore them too!Your comment on this work is welcomed too!! so, if you have any, do not hesitate andpublish it!! :)
  9. 9. ACTIVITIESWordle (Activity)For this activity I have chosen to work not only with Wordle, but with different fairy tales.The stories are taken from the site which is like a virtuallibrary, and the stories I have chosen are:• Little red cap (Which is, lets say, the "real name" for "Little red riding hood")• Rapunzel• Briar rose (which is the "real name" for "The sleeping beauty")• Ashputtel (which is the german name for "Cinderella")• The elves and the shoemaker• The frog prince• Rumpelstiltskin• Snowdrop (which is the "real name" for "Snow-white")The activity is aimed at teenager students, between 15 - 16 years old. As the stories are toldin their original and not "Walt disney" version, it could be shocking for younger students toread them.Apart from this piece of advice, you may need a printer to carry on with the activity and tobook the computer room in advanced, just in case!
  10. 10. WARMER:• Prepare some flashcards with the names of the fairy tales. Ask your students what do they know about each of these stories, or if they have read or been told these stories during their childhood.• Allow a brainstorming and let your students go to the blackboard and write the words they have suggested about the story. (what is it about, who are the characters, description of the characters, setting in time and place, etc)• After that, give them some time to write down some words they may consider important.LESSON:• Before starting the activity, remember to copy the tales on the computers desktop, so they dont have to browse the site in order to find the tales (Theres a PDF file with all the tales in it - - this is the direct link to the PDF file)• Take the students to the computer room• Form goups of no more than 2 or 3 students in each computer• Asign each group one differetn tale, if possible, and tell them they have to read the story and write some words they may think are important for the story (names, places, symbols, etc) - they can write the words in a document in "Word" - Tell them they have to save the file, although they may assume this step!• After writing the words, give them the direction to Wordle ( and explain them the activityUSING THE WEB• In wordle they have to create a cloud with the words they have written in the Word document, of course they can just copy and paste the text!• Let them create their cloud as they want! (changing colours, font, direction, size, etc) - but no more than 15 minutes!• Once they have finished with their creation, tell them they have to print the cloud, just by pressing "print"!• Once it is printed, write the names of the "creators" on one side of the page or at the back• After all the clouds are printed, go back to your classroom - time to finish the activity!FINAL PART• In the classroom, deliver the different clouds among your students, but give them to different groups and not to the ones which have created the cloud!• The groups have to guessed to which story the clouds belong to, by reading the words your students have selected• After a brief discussion among your students, they will have to explain why they think that a particular cloud belongs to a particular story and which differences they have found with the guesses they have made at the beginning of the lessonEVALUATION
  11. 11. • Students will be evaluated in three diffeent ways:1. Using vocabulary and tenses related to stories (Brainstorming): descrption of the characters and use of past tenses (oral and writing)2. Reading and comprehension of texts (reading the stories) and summary of them (reading and writing)3. Expression opinions and agreeing or disagreeing with such opinions (Final part - oral)That is the end of the activity, hope you find it useful! comments are more than welcomed!!ESLvideo (Activity)We are working with fairy tales again..but witha twist in their tails! Becasue for thisacitivity you will need to work with the book by Roald Dhal "Revolting Rhymes", whichcontains fairy tales, made poems and with unusual endings! You may also need todownload the videos of these tales from YouTube (you can use a program called "atubecatcher"); here are the links to the videos, just in case you cant get them! :)• The 3 little pigs :• Cinderella:• Snow white:• Jack and the beanstalk: v=CpAoCUN4toE&feature=related• Little red riding hood: v=Y3uVQIhSYfY&feature=related
  12. 12. • The 3 little bears: activity is aimed at adolescents or adults, with an intermediate or advanced level ofEnglishWARMER:• Its better to read the stories first in class, so the students are familiar with them and, more important, with the vocabulary.• You may do several copies of the stories (Its not the ideal thing, but books are very expensive nowadays!) and give one to different groups of no more than 4 students.• The students are to read the poems and look for the new vocabulary• A piece of advice: tell them not to share the stories with the other groups, just for now!• Tell them they have to write down any differences they may find between the original versions, or the versions they may know, of the fairy tales and Dahls versions.LESSON:• Take your students to the computer room• Previously, be sure to have all the videos on the computers desktops!!• Group them in 3 or 2• Tell them they have to prepare a quiz for their partners, about the story they have read, and, of course, they have to use the video and the program ESLvideo• Give an explanation on how to use this tool and be sure everybody has understood it!• Check your studentss work before the upload• As you have to have an account to work on this site, you can create one and let your students use it, just for this time and activity• Once the quizzes were created and checked, tell your students they have to upload them• After that, they have to "swap" the quizzes, by changing seats with their partners; you can organize that by making a "raffle"• They have to solve their partners quizzesLAST PART• After solving the quizzes and check the results, they have to go back to the classroom• There, they have to create a different ending for the story they have originally read at the beginning of the lesson• The paper has to be handed in, with all the names of the students of the groupEVALUATION:• Students will be evaluated in 3 different skills:• Reading: reading and understanding the sotries; reading and understanding the quizzes• Writing: writing the quizzes, writing the differeent ending for the story• Listening: interpretation of the video and resolution of the quizzEnjoy it! :)
  13. 13. Listen and Read (Activity) I have now chosen to work with rhymes and songs for children, instead of using fairy tales. The audio for the stories is available on the Net, but they are too long and the activity may take a lot of time to be successfully completed. So, I decided to work with typical English songs, such as:• Itsy Bitsy spider• Head and Shoulders• Hokey pokey• Bingo• Twinkle Twinkle little star• Here we go round the mulberry bush• This little pig• Monkeys on the bed• If you are happy and you know it You can add another if you want! Let the list grow according to your students’ knowledge of the songs If you have a CD with all the songs, your problems are solved; you just copy the songs in the computer, change the format into MP3 and save them on the desktop computer (of all the computers), in the computer room If not, you can download the songs from a program like “Ares” or “Frost wire” (I know it’s not the best “legal” way to do it, but it’s the only way!) This activity is aimed at young students, with an elementary to pre intermediate level, from 9 to 12 years old. WARMER:• Although they may know they songs you have chosen, it’s better to make a revision of them. It’s not necessary to sing or act them out again, just to listen to them• Form some groups, of no more than 4 students, tell them they are going to play a game called “Listen and guess”, and, of course, they have to guess what they are listening to.
  14. 14. • Set the rules, clearly, to avoid possible conflicts among your students.• Play the songs and let them guess! If possible, make the group that has guessed sing part of the song, but not all. LESSON:• Take your students to the computer room• Form groups of no more than 2 students to work with the computers• Explain them the use of “Listen and Read” ( as they are children, try to be “short and sweet” with your explanation, avoid technical language) and the aim of the activity• Tell them they have to chose one of the rhymes from the folder you have created and write the lyrics for each part of the song• Help them with everything they may need; walk around the classroom so you can monitor their work• Once they have finished, test their final product and, if it is ok, save it!• As they may need to create an account, YOU create one beforehand and tell them to use that account to save their work• Once the work is saved, Tell them they have to change seats with their partners and solve the activity of their partners• Once they have finished, check the work they have done FINAL PART:• Going back to the classroom, tell your students to chose several songs from the ones they have worked with – Just 2 or 3 of them• Once the choices are made, each from the original groups is to sing and act out the song and the other groups are going to give the students a “mark” for their performance (just a game to play after so hard work!) EVALUATION: Students are going to be evaluated in 3 skills:• Writing: writing the lyrics to make the activity and to solve it as well• Speaking: singing the songs and “marking” their partners’ performance, as they have to say why they have given that mark• Listening: producing and solving the activity• Using and creating an activity with a technological tool: use of the tool and responsibility for their work• Behavior in the classroom computer: taking care of the material, working in groups
  15. 15. Newspaper Clipping Generator(Activity)Goin on with the use of technology and fairy tales I have created this activity where yourstudents are required to use the "Newspaper Clipping Generator".You may need to download and place on the desktops computers (in the computer room)the next fairy tales, remember you can dowload them from the Project Gutenbergs webpage ( ):• "The emperors new clothes" (By Hans Christian Andersen)• "The real princess" (by Hans Christian Andersen)• "Hansel and Gretel" (By the Grimm brothers)• "Cinderella" (By the Grimm brothers)• "Beauty and the Beast" (retold by Andrew Lang)• "The three bears" (By anonymous)• "The three little pigs" (retold by L. Leslie Brooke)• "The Ugly duckling" (By H. C. Andersen)For this activity you may also need a printerAimed at: teenager students (16-17 years)WARMER• Prepara flashcards wiht the names of the stories and the writers• Tell your students they have to match the names of the tales with the correct authors - Do not correct them; if they are wrong, they will find the right answer when they are working with the tales• Form groups of no more than four students and assign each group a different story, or let them chose one• Tell your students they have to provide words related to the story, or words they may think are related to the tale they were assign
  16. 16. LESSON• Take your students to the computer room• Each group is to work in two different computers, that is, you will have two students in each computer• Tell them they have to read the story they have chosen or the story they were assign (all the stories must be on the desktops computer)• Once they have finished, tell them to go the Newspaper Clipping Generators web page (• Your students are going to be journalists for a moment!: They will have to create a review on the story they have read and provide their opinion about it• After that, tell them they have to save the "piece of news" they have created and print itFINAL PART• Were going back to the classroom!• Exchange among your students the different reviews• They will have to read the piece of news and provide an opinion of their partners work (orally)EVALUATION• Students will be evaluated during the warmer - vocabulary use, expressions for agreeing or disagreeing, etc• Use of the technological tool• Group work and contribution• Written assignment (review)• Oral discussion about their partners workAs usual, comments are more than welcomed!!