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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Embed posts from Facebook into your blog or site

Did you know you can now embed posts from Facebook right into your blog or site. Looking for an idea for a  writing task?

Friday, August 23, 2013


Tricider is a great social voting tool!!! It lets you ask questions during class time and students answer from their smartphones, tablets, laptops, comuters....
You can discuss things, vote, collect ideas and more.
Try it out....
You can use Tricider not only with students. Use Tricider in your teachers meeting to make the meeting more interesting and engaging.
I am planning on using Tricider this year in every end of lesson, so students can share their feelings and thoughts about the lesson. What they've learnt, how they feel, notes and more.
It will be another way to get their feedbacks and change my lesson plans accordingly.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Enhance your pupil's reading by using a fun game - Bluster!

Hello all,

Finally I get to sit and write a bit on my 'well forgotten' blog. I am so sorry for not writing lately (about 6 months, but who counts?!) although I had wanted and planned to do so often I just couldn't find the right time.

Anyhow I am here now and writing.
As you can tell (or not) I have changed the font on the blog, as some of you didn't like the 'old' one or said it was hard to read. Hopefully this one is better (?).

I have recently downloaded an app called bluster! on my ipad and would like to recommend it to all of  you out there. It is a completely free app with a lot of value to the progress of reading especially to our esl/efl students.

Okay so the pupil opens Bluster!

There are 3 empty rectangles and a list of 18-24 words.
The pupil is required to read the words and to choose 3 rhyming words and to drag them into the rectangles.

You know if the pupil reads correctly and/or what are his/her mistakes by looking at the words he/she drags and the time it takes to drag them.

2 more great features are:
1) Playing in a team mode, meaning a team plays against another team . The teams share the same 3 rectangles.
2) Playing in a versus mode, meaning playing as individuals or as a group against another individual or group. The difference is that there are 6 rectangles (3 for each group) and the game is timed.
So give Bluster! a chance and please let me know what you think of it, what your pupils think of it and how you integrate the game in class.

Till next time (hopefully it won't take 6 months)