Social media behavior in real life?

I am currently in a Twitter mode. Spending lots of time finding new and interesting people to follow, reading funny tweets and keeping myself updated on different topics. Somewhere along the way I suddenly remembered a YouTube clip I saw a while back. A comment on Twitter as a threat to the English language and the way we communicate perhaps?

How would it be if we talk the way we tweet? 

And how about Facebook. What if we starting acting the same way we do in social media in real life?

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Hypertekstar – forklart gjennom eit intervju med meg sjølv

På forrige studiesamling lærte eg om hypertekstar. Det viste seg at eg eigentleg visste litt om kva det var fra før, eg kjende berre ikkje til omgrepet «hypertekst» i særleg stor grad. Når eg no i etterkant skulle sette meg til å lese meir teori om saken og skrive om det på bloggen grubla eg litt på taktikken eg skulle velge. Eg lærte jo mykje på samlinga, men det var óg nokre ting eg framleis lurte på. Så korleis skulle eg finne fram att kunnskapen eg allereie hadde i tillegg til å tilegne meg ny? Idé! Kanskje eg kunne lage eit lite intervju med meg sjølv? Kanskje litt teit, men da kunne eg undervegs stilt spørsmål eg lurer på, også prøve å finne svar på desse. Kanskje det kan vere spørsmål som andre også lurer på? Vel, som tenkt – så gjort! Her er altså eit intervju med meg sjølv om hypertekstar!

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#RabbitProofFence #SubstituteBrilliance #Twitter

As a variety of social medias are highly relevant for my 16/17 year olds, I have been scratching my head thinking I should try and use it in the classroom sometime. In a purposeful and educational way obviously, since it it very much exists there already on a daily basis. One of the medias I find particularly interesting is Twitter, which my collegue Lektor Hernesvold has blogged about on different occasions. So when she was substituting for me last week, guess what! She brought it into the classroom for me, and I LOVED IT! After the students had finished watching the film Rabbit Proof Fence she asked them to simply tweet about it (on ITL though, but still), and I could not stop smiling at my students comments. Here are some of my favorites:

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”If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow”

Innovation in education takes time, and there are a lot of new techniques and digital tools that we as teachers should know something about and preferably put into use. We cannot teach in the same way we were taught, because  today’s children were simply born in a different time – as illustrated by the headline quote by John Dewey (picture). So let’s take a trip down memory lane and how far we have come in using technology and digital tools to create successful learners.

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It´s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

Something I stumbled across the other day was danah boyd’s (yes, without capital letters, that’s how she writes her name) book It´s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. And this book is as fresh as it gets, it was published March 3rd 2014. She is an ethnographer and a researcher, and she has studied how young people use social media as part of their everyday lives. The brilliant part of this is that she in fact has made her book FREE and available as a PDF. Les meir

Trying out collective writing in the classroom

Yesterday, my students were going to work on Aboriginal Australians and learn more about the history of the Stolen Generation. I find this topic very interesting, so I had a lot of ideas about how I wanted to approach the three lessons at hand. I had found a variety of resources that I could use, but as always, the problem isn´t really to find suggestions for contents in a lesson, but to limit myself and finding out what would be the best approach. I wanted them to read something, do some writing, some oral activities, as well as perhaps listen and practice communication skills. And in addition, try out a digital tool.

The choice landed on using NDLA´s tool for collective writing, and use this approach to working with texts as a starting point.

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«Hello person I’ve never met before! Here’s a high-five!»

A few days ago I felt like taking a study-break with the Kid President. I have previously posted his pep-talk to teachers and students here (which we all should see from time to time), but this time I came across his list of 20 things we should say (or do) more often. Like for instance giving people more high-fives! It came to mind that many of the words from his list is simply basic politeness phrases and useful expressions in your everyday life, and for that reason important for ESL learners as well. I therefore brought it into the classroom for my special needs students, and here´s how it went!

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What foreign languages sounds like to non-native speakers

Scandinavians are often great with languages, but this girl takes it to a whole other level. She isn´t speaking any real foreign tongue in this video! She has simply made up the words, but studied the intonation and phonology of the different languages. Even though I don´t speak most of these languages myself, it would say that it sounds completely native like and quite impressive!

Perhaps something to use in class to illustrate the importance of pronunciation, intonation and phonology when speaking a foreign language?

Watch the video here and be AMAZED!

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«The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time»

Christopher is 15 and lives in Swindon with his father. He has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. He is obsessed with maths, science and Sherlock Holmes but finds it hard to understand other people. When he discovers a dead dog on a neighbour’s lawn he decides to solve the mystery and write a detective thriller about it. As in all good detective stories, however, the more he unearths, the deeper the mystery gets – for both Christopher and the rest of his family. (Source: The Guardia


I just finished the final page of Mark Haddon´s best selling novel «The Curious Insident of the Dog in the Night-Time», and I LOVED IT!  I simply HAD to write a blog post about it with my warmest recommendations for all readers out there! I particularly liked it from a teacher´s perspective because you can actually learn a lot about children with Autism and Asberger´s syndrome, and you get do dive into their way of thinking.

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20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools | Ditch That Textbook

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Google Apps are collaborative, which makes them highly powerful. They offer opportunities for students to engage unlike ever before. Here are 20 ideas.

Lena Leirdal«s insight:

Wow! I had no idea Google had so many useful apps for educational use! Not sure I would vote to «ditch that textbook» in total, but I am definately going to have a closer look at these possibilities. Check out this list with 20 concrete ideas for classroom use (documents, presentations, spreadsheet, drawings, forms, sites, moderator and other apps)!

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