Education is not to reform
students or amuse them or to
make them expert technicians.
It is to unsettle their minds, widen
their horizons, inflame ther intellect,
teach them to think straight,
if possible "
Robert M. Hutchins.
Most important of all, is to see the big amount of activities that we can have for our learners of all ages. They are graded for all the main learning skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. For the younger ones, we can create flashcards, puzzles, matching exercises and similar. For the older ones, we can create traditional tasks like : scrambled sentences and gap-filling exercises that can have clues to help them find an answer.These traditional type of exercises are usually more attractive when you provide them online. Students may also create their own tasks for another student to solve. This is a step in their autonomy as learners .All in all, the opportunities are endless, we just need to be aware of them and learn about their educative and meaningfull advantages.
This week we also learned about ANVILL( A National Virtual Lannguage Lab ) This speech based-tool offers a wide range of opportunities for teachers and students. It seems that you can have everything grouped in one place. I learned about its features and possibilities at the site http://ylclab.uoregon.edu/groups/anvillhelp/wiki/fb6ef/Core_Tools.html. Its designer is Jeff Magoto, director of the Yamada Language Center in the University of Oregon. I am grateful of the big amount of infomation he provided about this course management system that may, definitely, be a great improvement in the English class. We also had to check our partner ' s draft report for the final project . It is interesting to see the good ideas my peers are coming up with
Well another working week ended...I started classes at
school this week and I believe I am becoming as busy
as my colleagues have been since the beginning of this
course. Although I have not told my second graders
about the blog yet, they liked the idea of having more
technological tools in class. I also like the idea that this
course is not over yet. I am waiting for another good and
interesting week to start !