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blog recommendations

Posted by Illya on 30 March 2008

Here are two blogs which I can recommend you to follow regularly.

The first is 

Nik  has a blog which is regularly updated and chock full of sites and internet freeware useful for teachers. It’s very simple to find past posts of interest because he has tagged them with key words for easy access. For example, if you click on the link to videos, you will find 15 entries. You will find one particularly intersting one under ‘Creating multi-media stories‘. Here he describes Photo story 3, gives a few possiblities of how it could be used, and then gives his opinion about what he likes and the problems.

The second one is from Larry Ferlazzo: 

He also has a compilation of useful sites for the teacher, and has even taken the effort to make several ‘best of’ lists. If you go to the best-of series, you’ll find such topics as music sites for English learning, k-12 sites, and many other.

If you want to follow these blogs and be regularly updated without having to go to the site each time to see what’s new, which is certainly a good idea, then go to blogging 101 and find out more about RSS. These function a bit like e-mails, letting you know whenever there is an update in the blogs you have chosen to follow.

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A course offer from Comenius

Posted by Illya on 1 March 2008

I just got this offer for a 7-day course in my mailbox and perhaps a couple of  you, dear readers, may find this worth your time in nearby (relatively speaking!) Heidelberg.


‘Designing activities for the 2.0 Language Classroom’

(A Comenius professional development course)


In conjunction with the Utrecht University SummerSchool the Faculties

of Education of Heidelberg and Utrecht Universities of Applied

Sciences offer a 7-day, international course exploring WEB 2.0

applications such as Wiki and Weblogging, real-time communication and

the LanguageQuest format for integrating the World Wide Web into

classroom teaching.

Besides, the course location in the brand-new building of the Faculty

of Education in Utrecht, the Netherlands, allows for demonstration of

good practices of and personal training in the use of Interactive

Whiteboards. Intended participants are practising (student) language

teachers, teacher trainers and materials developers. Persons eligible

for EU Comenius Grants can apply at their National Agency for

compensation of costs for travel, accomodation and course fees.

The deadline for grant applications is March 31.

More information available at:



Ton Koenraad

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