Friday, 21 November 2014

Shape Your Online Classroom & Blend it with Hands-on Projects

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Join as for this free live session at WizIQ on Monday 24 November, at 6pm GMT+1

The session entitled 'Shape Your Online Classroom & Blend it with Hands-on Projects' is aiming at sharing tips with online teachers about how to set up a virtual classroom using Edu 2.0, combine it with learning challenges, team e-projects and collaborative classroom blog.

This is the second live session of the series entitled 'The EduPower of Blended Learning', a self-training online course in order to get ready for the Teachers Micro Teaching in Pairs series on WizIQ, hosted by Dr. Nellie Deutsch

This live session is co-presented by @mjgsm and @somar0209.

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Monday, 17 November 2014

17 November, #ConchitaForever

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Lucky @blogmaniacos is retiring. Awesome!

Green with envy, I just wanted to say Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for sharing so much and doing it so humblily well!

Now, my own humble tribute to you. So many sweet memories every time you have generously agreed to come to this blog and such good virtual mornings, afternoons, evenings and nights that I have summarised for you in the list below.

Video Conference with Blogmaníacos

Support Learning with an App

¿Por qué corren?

The Sunshine Award

A Mobile Library for Blogmaníacos

Blogmaníacos' answers for BookMe-Library - And #2 - And #3

E-students connecting and creating

But there is much more behind, and you know there is.

Even I have never met you in person, I have always dragged you into my English world, and you have never said no, never complained, but rather the opposite; you have always jumped into it peacefully, quietly, smoothly, patiently, making my students and myself feel that we were important for you, that we were part of The Blogmaníacos Experience, graduation included.



I will never forget my graduation day at Blogmaníacos, never ever and that is why, not only today but for the rest of my life, I will be a fan of Conchita and Blogmaníacos, Forever!

Please, enjoy your retirement. And meanwhile, you know what: this is in English. As usual, your turn to translate. LOL.



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Student Blogging Challenge: Weeks 7 and 8

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Week 7: Let’s talk schooling


Go for it and be part of the GlobalEdCon taking place from 17 to 24 November 2014!



Week 8: Game and nominate

Please read the game rules carefully at the link above. Then, nominate once again before reaching the week before last for the challenge.


Have blogging fun!

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Blend, Flip & Boost Your Teaching Online

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Recording of the free live session by The EduPower Couple! at Wiziq on November 3 2014, as part of their public training for Teachers Micro Teaching in Pairs.



Thanks ever so much to all those who attended and shared with us!
Please join us for upcoming events,
@somar0209
@mjgsm


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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

STUDENT BLOGGING CHALLENGE 2014 - WEEK 6

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 Let's celebrate at Student Blogging Challenge 2014. Week 6 is going to be open for two weeks. 

As it is a festive challenge, we are extending it to an all-over-the-year celebration, I mean, it is not an open challenge, but a challenge that allows you to post about any kind of celebration that you like or that you are fond of and that takes place in winter, spring, autum, summer.

Do not miss the chance and surf around all the wonderful resources, tips and ideas that you have ready for you at the official Student Blogging Challenge 2014 blog, and get ready to enjoy and party all along!

Be festive!




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Monday, 3 November 2014

MicroTeaching in Pairs. The Premiere!

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Part of the Teachers Micro Teaching in Pairs thanks to Integrating Technology 4 Active Lifelong Learning

Read about the Micro Teaching official opening on 5 November, join, and do not miss our premiere on 3 November, 6pm Spanish time.

View the recordings and learn about how to get started.
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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Blend, Flip and Boost Your Teaching Up!

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Join The EduPower Couple! for a free live session at Wiziq on November 3 2014, at 18:00, GMT+1.

We are looking forward to sharing with you all at the kick off of our first ever micro teaching in pairs experience at WizIQ: The EduPower of Blended Learning.

This first live session in the micro teaching in pairs experience will be inntroducing blended learning through flipped classrooms, teamwork and project based learning methodology, all linked together via ICT.

We will be co-presenting about our practice with flipped and PBL methodology at University in Madrid, where Billy and I met as student and teacher, and how blended learning has allowed us to extend our relationship until becoming peer presenters and course designers.



This is the first tip about how blended learning might be the means for peer to peer teaching and learning. Or, would you rather think face-to-face sessions alone have the same power to keep students and teachers in touch in such a way as to start professional e-projects together after the classroom door closes?

If you'd like to share the answer with us, we will be more than happy to chat with you and all the attendees interested in having an interactive relaxed paired-up webinar.
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Friday, 31 October 2014

The EduPower of Blended Learning

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Brought to you by the EduPower Couple!



Course Highlights 
  • Advantages and drawbacks of blending learning with ICT
  • Blended learning using a virtual classroom
  • Collaborative blogging and teamwork
Course Description

The aim of this series of three live sessions is to go through the advantages and drawbacks of blending learning with ICT; to show a sample of blended learning using a virtual classroom, collaborative blogging and teamwork.

The classes have been designed for teachers who would like to gain confidence when going into blended or e-learning or need to give their virtual teaching a boost.

The topics covered in this series include tips, advice and resources to set up an online classroom, craft blended learning challenges and show real examples of this type of teaching. Core teaching methodology followed is prompting participants with lively relaxed educational pills, keeping up casual conversation and inspiring interaction.

This course is part of the 'Micro Teaching in Pairs on WizIQ' sessions, within the 'Learn to Flip & Blend with Technology' MOOC.

Timetable of Live Sessions:

3 November 2014: Blend, Flip & Boost Your Teaching Up

Live Session Highlights:

Introducing blended learning through flipped classrooms, teamwork and project based learning methodology, all linked together via ICT

17 November 2014: Shape Your Online Classroom & Blend it with Hands-on Projects

Live Session Highlights:

Setting up a virtual classroom using Edu 2.0, combine it with learning challenges, team blogs and collaborative classroom blog

1 December 2014: Flip, Blend and Wrap it all up!

Live Session Highlights:

Surviving through face-to-face lessons, combined with a virtual classroom at Edu 2.0, and through collaborative project blogging challenges




We are looking forward to sharing with you all. Please come, join us and share!

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Monday, 27 October 2014

Halloween Festive Webmix

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The Symbaloo Edu team has designed this fun webmix with with everything from costumes to DIY projects, to celebrate the creepy date with your students.

Enjoy it!


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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Learning to micro teach in pairs

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On 20 October 2014, Tauseef Farook and myself were invited to a series of micro-teaching sessions to learn how to deliver a micro-teaching lesson. Tauseef and I had never met before but we were both attending this live session at WizIQ, hosted by Dr. Nellie Deutsch, from IT4ALL.

The session was part of a series of live lessons in preparation to be able to teach online, in pairs; an e-training initiative starting in November 2014, fostered by IT4ALL at WizIQ. 

It was an amazing experience, as it clearly showed the beauty of virtual professional life. How could you meet other teachers from the other end of the world and get ready to teach with them, apart from online? No other way! That’s the perfect added value of online teaching.


The session started with an overall introduction by the host, and then the attendants were just paired up to practice in breakout rooms for 15 minutes.

During that quarter of an hour, Tauseef and I discovered quite a few things about each other and discussed about challenges and benefits of micro teaching in pairs, as well as resources to acccomplish that type of teaching successfully. That was the proposal. After that time, we were taken back to the main room where the rest of the session was taking place.

And this is how Tauseef and I met, first time ever, and we discovered that both of us are ESL teachers, into ICT, and love our profession. We very quickly decided that one would tip at the chat room while the other would write conclusions on the whiteboard. That was the first outcome of micro-teaching in pairs: agreement!

Now, we are inviting you to have a look at our tips and conclusions, drafted in 15 minutes by two teachers who had not even known of the existence of each other until 20 October 2014. 

Isn’t it awesome? I thought it was fully enjoyable and inspiring!



So, first, the challenges to micro teach in pairs: reaching agreements, having a mind to bring together our different approaches. Finding a common topic to teach. Finding common time together, skipping time zones and so on, to plan, schedule, create, and so forth, and finally, finding a good way to engage and motivate learners in our online paired up lessons.

The benefits of micro teaching in pairs are quite obvious: team work is better, and richer than single teaching. Two minds are bound to produce double work than one. The workload is shared, so it runs more smoothly and we can support each other, putting into the lesson the best skill each one has.
Apart from that we can encourage each other if one might feel down and build the confidence for weak points to get stronger.

As regards resources to get ready for micro teaching in pairs and presenting, Google drive is a good option, to edit and create together, as it does not matter where you are based, you can still work together as if it were real time. That leads us to the design of presentations, tutorials and so forth inside our common Drive. And, finally, offering students real life situations, like the one we have just lived, is a good chance to make them understand the value of that being taught.

Thanks a million for your attention and to Dr. Nellie for the chance of finding each other and enlarging our professional teaching community.




Now, on 24 October, we feel ready to present our conclusions to the world. Come and join us!


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