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Archive for October, 2010

More IWB tools from Triptico

A while back I wrote a post about Word Magnets, a great IWB tool from that clever man David at Triptico. On re-visiting the site recently, I was struck by how many excellent resources are available on the site. Often just clever packaging in Flash of simple everyday things, there are tools to fit many classroom situations.

I particularly like the random student selector, which will generate lots of tension! Or the score board for team games. There is a nice simple but very clear timer which will count up or down and, for quick activities, a one minute countdown timer. For teaching the time, there is a clock that will generate random times – a simple idea brilliantly done. For those Rolf Harris ‘can you tell what it is yet?’ situations, you can use the image spotlight. If you want a calculator for the IWB, you’ve got one. And then there’s Draft It, one of those tools you think there must be a use for …..

All in all, a really useful site that will help out in lots of situations. And just to show I’m not biased, you might also be interested in what the Sandfields site has to offer, too.



Jose Picardo Visit

We really enjoyed the visit of Jose Picardo to KEVI last Thursday when he gave a presentation to the MFL faculty, not forgetting our classicists. It was great to hear someone with his experience talk about just a few of the possibilities for integrating Web 2.0 into our teaching and learning. Some of the things he covered are in the clip below.

I for one came away with a fresh determination to make use of some of the tools now at our disposal. If you need a reason why, Jose puts the case pretty effectively in another presentation:

Thanks, Jose, for inspiring us.


ten things german

Some earlier posts here made mention of the work I was doing during my sabbatical about 18 months ago. My intention was to create a website based around resources for learning (or teaching) German grammar. It may have taken rather longer than anticipated, but a website of sorts has finally seen the light of day at www.tenthingsgerman.com.

ten things german home page

It may not be quite the imaginative, exciting site I had in my head, but sometimes ambitions have to be compromised to fit the realities of available time. That said, I like to think that at least some of the explanations of various aspects of German grammar have at least a flicker of originality about them and may fill a little gap somewhere out there in the big wide world of language learning.