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The new school year is just around the corner!
Videos, flashcards and activities for primary school pupils here
Articles and lesson plans your teenage English language classroom here
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Images here
An animated version of Shakespeare's Hamlet
Shakespeare: Original pronunciation (The Open University)
Music in the time of Shakespeare
Enjoyable English literature through drama and storytelling
After finishing this learning activity the students should be able to:
● improve their knowledge of the English culture
● contextualize it
● get better in the use of the English language and their pronunciation
● develop creativity, when they have to create their own outfits, costumes, sets, shadow puppet theaters
● learn by doing
● increase the respect and acceptance to others
Introducing "The very hungry caterpillar "
This is a classic book by Eric Carle. It is about a sad ugly caterpillar who turns into a beautiful butterfly with the help of her friends. The target audience is the 1st grade students.
Hopefully they will acquire new language, understand spoken English, try to produce and improve the pronunciation and develop creativity.
● Watch the story online being narrated by the writer himself.
● Describe the story and let the children explain the sequence of it.
● Try to dramatize by miming the roles of the caterpillar and her friends.
● Create our own masks in order to dramatize it more realistically (find the patterns on the Net, cut, paint and laminate them).
● Present the dramatization and create a short video to be uploaded on the school's blog.
● The children learn about colors, numbers, feelings, the circle of life.
1. Visibility of system status (the learner is guided what, when and why we take every step)
2. Match between system and the real world (the learner gets to know everyday language and everyday feelings)
3. User control and freedom (the learner has the freedom to express himself/herself in every way)
4. Consistency and standards (doubts but stick on standards)
5. Flexibility and efficiency of use
6. Aesthetic and minimalist design
7. Help users recognize, diagnose, and recover from errors.
8. Interactivity (learn by doing).
9. Team work
Hands on ICT Evaggelia Sariggoli--Educational scenario
The final product of the e- course about Creativity and Innovation.
A distance training course by EEPEK for English Language Teachers tutored by Dr Vasiliki Papaioannou, State School advisor for English language teachers in the prefecture of Magnesia and Dr Niki Lambropoulou, primary school teacher and writer, ONLINE.
A cross curricular approach for the greatest of the Greeks. The students discuss, play, learn, cooperate and create the ‘’Alexander” of today.
Reading Rebecca Usherwood’s article about Flipped Classroom makes us think about the new school year in a month or so.
“………It is common practice in classrooms for teachers to teach a concept at school, then set homework for children to do independently. But, in flipped classrooms, this is the opposite - it is, quite literally, flipped.
The concept is taught at home (often through videos that teachers have either found on the web or filmed themselves) and the work relating to the concept is done at school. The idea is that the children can take the time at home to learn the facts and the essentials about a subject or strategy, then come to school bursting with questions and background knowledge which the teacher can guide them through whilst deepening their learning.
It throws away the more traditional view of children consolidating their learning at home or delving deeper by making a craft project to explain their learning. The classroom becomes the place to work through problems and do more collaborative learning, rather than spending time listening to a teacher explain a concept, delivered in a range of ways, interrupted with other students’ questions. The flipped classroom is one aspect of the ‘flipped learning’ approach - more information on flipped learning can be found in this useful document…………
Coronavirus has changed the way that children have been learning. Many children have been learning solely at home, while others have experienced a mixture of school and home. Either way, school life is not as it was. Huge efforts and changes have been made in schools to prepare videos and resources for children to learn with at home.
As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and the closure of many schools around the globe, we have already been using a lot of the flipped classroom techniques, as learning has been taking place remotely..….We have found a new way to educate, which doesn’t rely on students attending a school and getting their source of education from one teacher. Now is the perfect time to harness what we have learnt from the remote learning experience and build this into our learning experience for students, rather than ignoring all the good work teachers, students and families have been putting in to support this approach…”
Our experience during the lockdown
We used the Flipped Classroom as a way of organising and delivering the learning material in synchronous and asynchronous learning during the Coronavirus lockdown.
We used various Web2.0 tools for different classes and projects.
- spent working on deeper learning.
- More parental involvement before, during and after the lesson.
- Students have already thought about the subject, so will arrive in class with any misconceptions and questions that can be dealt with quickly.
- Lots of the learning was done online.
- Children could ‘practise’ and deepen learning with a teacher in the online classroom.
- Children got access to their teacher twice – at home via the platform/digital class and synchronously via Webex.
- Children could take the lessons at their own pace. They could pause and watch the videos, websites and resources at home, as many times as they wanted, without needing extra time in class. This is particularly useful for students who have slower learning rhythm.
- It allowed students of different learning abilities and styles to excel either verbally or in writing coping with different texts.
- Helped students to understand that teachers are not the only source of information.
- Relies on parental help and students being willing to learn. Both parents and students thought that joining the synchronous or asynchronous meeting was optional rather than obligatory.
- Relies on technology/internet accessibility and connection.
- Not all children learn best through visual learning (different learning styles).
- Flipped homework is still homework!
- It needs to be organised differently and well in advance.
- Relies on students having a good working space at home, without distractions.
- Students need to do the work to understand what will be talked about in the synchronous meeting.
- Parents and children need educating about what it is and how it works.
- Εξ αποστάσεως εκπαίδευση - Εργαλεία επικοινωνίας - Εργαλεία συνεργασίας - Συμβουλές
- Κοινότητες & Ιστολόγια στο ΠΣΔ
- Ηλεκτρονική τάξη - e class
With schools closing during the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, teachers have been tasked with figuring out how to deliver lessons and classroom activities as part of distance learning. Moving from a bricks and mortar classroom to the virtual world was a steep learning curve for many of us, but now as the initial teaching troubles are over, all of us seem to have our virtual classroom and really enjoy it. Online teaching has opened up a whole new teaching and learning opportunity, and I have to admit there are fewer behavioral and discipline problems and students online are more engaged and motivated.
Free access for the coming months. Great resources for primary level learners.
Downloadable worksheets for a variety of English-language themed lessons.
Again, offering free access to materials until June.
Worksheets and lesson plans available for free.
Great resource utilising short film clips on a variety of topics.
Online quizzes covering all manner of topics. Use other people’s quizzes or make your own with the free premium offer.
Learning made fun with a variety of different game options using target language as well as an automatic worksheet generator.