Skyping Discussions






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I’m thinking about a new challenge. This year thanks to twitter and my PLN, I and my students experienced wonderful things. We had global projects and skype chats now I’m thinking to move it one step further.

Sometimes we organise debates in the class. I thought maybe we could do it using skype but then I realised we would need judges and a winner team so I gave up with this idea. Now I’m thinking to find classes for my classes to discuss a given topic.

They can read and research and then we can talk about it. 5 students for each class, a student can have maximum 90 seconds. Student As sit face to face, one of them speaks and then the other. Then they leave the seats to student Bs.At the end of each session each class writes a report and prepares a post activity on the topic using one of the web 2.0 tools.

I know we have a curriculum but may be we can arrange a discussion at the beginning of each month. This can give them a chance to chat with other teenagers and I strongly belive that these types of activities will boost their confidence.

My students will be grade 10,11 and 12. They are intermediate to upper-intermediate. Let’s think about the topics before September.

We can start a wiki and add the recordings and explanations there.

Would you like to join me? Please RT this post and drop me a line here.

Chaos on my blog

Well, I’m not happy with the look of my blog. I used Blue Zinfandel Enhanced by Brian Gardne which is very modern,simple and easy to look and read. However, I wanted something more energetic and decided to make a change.

Changes are sometimes very good and they save us. Don’t we change our hair colour or hairstyle when we feel depressed, bored or can not find anything to change in our lives so I changed the look of my blog and chose Notepad Chaos by Evan Eckard. It is lively, energetic and cute but now I find it too chaotic. I don’t want to change the appearance of my blog once a month. Yet I feel this one is not for me so for the last time (I hope) I will change it.

What I want:

three columns: but most of the themes I like have 2 columns so I think I’ll choose one of them.

colour: I want a white or pale white look. I find black difficult to read. However, some black themes are just gorgeous.

something like a notebook: yay but some themes are so beige which is not something I want for my blog.

personal: I must love it and it should say something about me. (I don’t know what, though)

Anyway, if you are reading this post, it means that I have finally found what I’ve been looking for and will keep it.

ps: and at last it’s ready… but I feel like I look for a different colour lipstick for a long time and back home with what I’ve already had…