Social Media Surfing – a collection of resources

Inspired by the previous lecture in my Digital Competence course, I did some web-surfing on how to use social media in the classroom. And there really is an OCEAN of possibilities. I therefore decided to collect some of the resources I found to perhaps save some of you  from getting lost at sea.. Les meir

«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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«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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Make every class ”LEGEN….wait for it….DARY!”

Those of you who have ever seen the TV show ”How I Met Your Mother” will recognize these words. Barney Stinson is one of the most popular characters, and is particularly known for his awesomeness. Personally, I have seen ALL the episodes, and would consider my self a big fan! I therefore became very interested when I came across an article on eLearningIndustry.com about what teachers can learn from Barney Stinson. And I must confess, I would like to be legendary…So here are 5 tips from Mr. Stinson to all teachers out there:

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Facebook – also a place to find teaching resources?

The picture is retrieved from: http://imgur.com/gallery/y17y5uu

The picture is retrieved from: http://imgur.com/gallery/y17y5uu

I felt like writing my next post in English. Hope those of you who prefer reading in Norwegian don´t become too alarmed, startled or taken aback! 😉

You see, I came across a page called Really-Learn-English.com where they list the (in their opinion) top 15 Facebook pages for English language teachers. As many of you might have discovered already, Facebook is not only useful for keeping in touch with you friends. It can also be an excellent place for collecting and sharing teaching resource, and a great way of interacting with new communities of teachers all over the world. I follow many of these myself, and find it very useful and inspirational for collecting ideas.

In addition the page itself is a great place to find teaching resources such as short stories, grammar exercises, educational videos, pronunciation and vocabulary tasks, writing tips, various games and more!

Perhaps you have a few minutes to check it out?

Click on the picture to see the page!

Click on the picture to see the page!