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On-line course – educational blogging

Posted by Illya on 4 May 2012

These on-line courses are beginning to become a regular part of the ETAS program, albeit with a certian irregularity.

This time it will be not just Jenny from Argentina, but Barbara in Japan (JELT) bringing her group of teachers in on the fun during the entire month of June (4 weeks)

In addition, we will be focussing on the young learners (widely defined!). This means that we will have a chance for some real collaboration and I’m sure there will be eye-opening experiences for all.

This time, however, we in Switzerland are not just blogging for ourselves and our classes, there is now an added dimension.

The ETAS has been supporting the Matopo School Project for some time now as you can see on the Matopo blog. It’s been a success and is now supported by the Roger Federer Foundation– Now how cool is that!!!

And so the project has been expanded to help the weekest chain in the link- the girls. Although they may be sent to primary school, generally their school career is finished at the end of this time. Girls- education a girl and you educate a family. Now the aims of the project have increased. It is now to send 10 girls to secondary school for 3 years. It takes 600 US$ per girl per year.

All proceeds from this on-line course will go to the project- Send a girl to secondary school.

How long can we send one girl to school on this course? It is totally up to the participants as all fees (excluding ETAS membership) will go straight to this project.

I will keep you up to date as to how much money has been collected.

Take a course, learn something new, give a girl an education!

I leave you with a moving video from Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee — of her own life’s transformation, and of the untapped potential of girls around the world. Can we transform the world by unlocking the greatness of girls?


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Keeping on top of it all

Posted by Illya on 1 May 2012

A while ago wrote about e-books. Since then I’ve reached out and discovered enhanced e-books.Enhanced by sound, video, links, etc. The first I saw of this when I went digging was a book which had been filmed. Clips of the film had been added to the book as had background information in print and in the form of interviews.

In a matter of months I no longer had to dig. These enhanced books were being developed, not just for enjoyment, but for learning. You can find them in the form of apps for your i-devices, your smartphone or tablet. And the prognosis is that they will find their way into the classroom within the next 5 years. This means that every learner will have access to one or bring their own to class.

This means we will have a steep learning curve, especially for those teachers who previously have avoided the issue of technology in the classroom. However, we already have a similar situation. In my classes with adults there is no sinlge participant without a cell phone. Most of these are smartphones, therefore, technically cabable of most of what a tablet can do, such as displaying e-books, enhanced books, playing videos, recording voice, showing links, etc.

You can see where this might go by watching the video below. If we don’t want to fall behind, we need to be aware of the developments and overcome our fears of technology.

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Easy summer listening

Posted by Illya on 12 July 2008

If you are reading this around the time it’s been posted, then you are probaly home for at least part of the summer holiday with a bit of time on your hands next to cleaning up the office (which is what I’m busy doing)

So, I’d like to invite you to the NECC 2008 Webcasts (National Educational Computing Conference)

There are some very interesting and thought-provoking webcasts (audio and video broadcasting) about learning and pedagogics in today’s digital world.

You will need to sign up, but it is a short process of about 2 seconds and  the only result being that you can watch and listen to the webcasts.

Feel free to leave a comment about any which really struck a note in you.

And happy summer!

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Exeter follow-up 2

Posted by Illya on 22 April 2008

Join Exeter on-line homepage to watch and listen to 15 different workshops and numerous interviews, inlcuding one from a dear friend, who says why SIGs are so important in IATEFL. You could certainly say the same applies for ETAS!

Here are a few more I hope you will enjoy.

Marion WIlliams, President of the IATEFL, introduces people responsible for bringing EXETER to you on-line. A big applause!!!

Gavin Dudeney and Julian Wing talk about the future of EXETER ONLINE . We really appreciate your work guys!

Here’s a truly international interview for you. I really enjoy the enthusiasm of this multicultural group. In these interviews with Hornby scholars you will get an idea of some of the workshops which took place and the research they are involved in.

And here is one about gender issues by Silvija and Jaroslaw.

Of course, there are many more, and I hope you will have a look at them. I’ll add another post with more links in the meanwhile.

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Exeter online follow-up

Posted by Illya on 17 April 2008

You can now find several workshops and interviews from Exeter on-line, so grab your i-pod, mp3-player or take some time in front of the computer and give it a listen!

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Exeter online!

Posted by Illya on 3 April 2008

Since many of you are bound to home and cannot take few days off to go to Exeter for the IATEFL conference, you may be happy to know that you don’t need to be left out!

Here is the blurb:

As with Aberdeen Online, there’ll be video recordings of workshops, moderated forums and photo albums and a lot more. This year we’ll also be *live* streaming several plenary sessions!

What else is new?
It’s a new-look site. The first time you visit the site, you’ll need to create your own free user account – there are online tutorials and handy tips to help users update their profiles.

Just go to:  to join in the virtual fun!

See you in Exeter 🙂

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Tips for using powerpoint presentations

Posted by Illya on 22 January 2008

Up til now I’ve concentrated on online skills. However, there is much more to learning technology than that.

Here I’m sure you will find some very useful advice on giving  good powerpoint presentations.

Enjoy 🙂

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Merry Christmas!

Posted by Illya on 21 December 2007

My attention was brought to this wonderful musical video.

Wishing all readers of this blog a wonderful holiday time!

Your learning technologies SIG coordinator

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Christmas reading on Teacher’s TV

Posted by Illya on 14 December 2007

Reading Aloud with Michael Rosen – Christmas Special

This is a fun video for before Christmas.

Here is the synopsis taken from Teachers TV:
Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen unwraps a selection of literary treats, including a rare and exclusive interview with Raymond Briggs, creator of The Snowman.

Rosen also reports on the enduing appeal of the pantomime, with a behind the scenes look at a production of The Pied Piper of Hamlyn and tips on how to stage your very own school panto.

Meanwhile, the Charles Dickens Christmas legacy is explored with a visit to a elegant town house in Bloomsbury, London, where Dickens and his family once lived.

Also in this programme:

* critic Julia Eccleshare shares her top children’s books for Christmas
* an alternative Christmas message, prepared by students at a school in Birmingham, provides a great opportunity to encourage speaking, listening and writing skills
* Michael continues his Poetry in Motion crusade to make poetry fun in the classroom

Published: 11 December 2007
You might also be interested in the book project on teachers tv, which can be found here:


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Things to do for the summer

Posted by Illya on 3 July 2007

The sun did not shine.
It was too wet to play.
So we sat in the house
All that cold, cold, wet day.

(Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat)

If the weather gets you down and boredom strikes, here are a few things you can do when it’s too wet to play.

IF you want to brush up on your techno-knowledge the following site is an excellent place to start. There are tutorials and videos and a whole bunch of ideas:

Look at the following blog and set up your own class blog. Remember to scroll down and start with lesson 1:

Watch a presentation about Web 2.0 tools, and you can listen too!

Watch one of the videos below in the right column.

Think about taking a course. The next ones begin in September.

Finally, a bit of fun for those who teach kids, make your own comics 🙂

Now I wish all visitors a warm summer. More in a couple of weeks! B-)

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