I would like to share my blog post that I’ve written for
Cambridge University Press. You can read it here.
It has been a very long time since I have added a new blog post on my blog. Inside I was feeling so guilty and this is the first fact about myself! I am again very thankful to Burcu, a very creative educator, for tagging me on the blog challenge because she made me come back and write a new post. I think Burcu has a very powerful effect for inspiring people around her or people who follows her.
I didn’t have a chance to meet with some of the bloggers that were tagged in 1:1 but now I get to know them more. That’s why 11 is a great number because it reflects 1:1 to me. If you want to join here is what you need to do:
- Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
- Share 11 random facts about yourself.
- Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
- List 11 bloggers.
- Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you.
11 Random facts about me:
I have been teaching for 15 years but my 2-year-old son Ali teaches me how to be a better educator. I have to admit that the questions that are asked by the parents are not meaningless anymore.
I didn’t want to be a teacher when I was in university but now I really love being an ELT teacher. Also I feel honored while speaking at the conferences.
I really get so excited when I think of my new responsibility for being the product champion for Kid’s Box 2nd edition. I will be very busy to be a part of this project but I am really dying for it to start in January. (When I first heard of the term ‘product champion’, I made fun of it and didn’t know that there was something like this!)
I am expecting big changes in my life in 2014. 2013 was a hard year for me.
I don’t know how to ride a bike and I am so scared of trying it.
I really like butterflies. I am a Turkish coffee addict.
I like Facebook, I don’t like Twitter. I use Twitter but I find it difficult to follow the tweets, I guess it is a bit complicated for me.
Using technology in education has made a big change in my whole life.
I never want to work anywhere else but I want to own an educational organisations company.
My most favorite place on earth is Bodrum, one day I will start living there.
My answers to Burcu’s 11 Questions
1.What would you be if you weren’t a teacher?
2 .Choose three adjectives that your students (or colleagues) would use to tell someone about you.
Patient, calm, strong (said my collegues, İlksen, Sandy and Betül)
3.What would you be if you were an animal? Why?
Butterfly because it is very colorful.
4. If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?
To be able to read other people’s minds (when you want to)
5. What kind of people you find most difficult to work with?
The selfish ones.
6. What is your biggest dream?
To own a educational organisation company.
7. Is there a book/a person /etc. that you think changed your life? What/Who was it? How did it/she/he change your life?
My son, Ali.
8.Is there a piece of technology that you cannot live without? What is it?
9. What would your advice be to a new teacher?
Be consistent, create a network and never forget that you were a student one day.
10. What is your biggest strength as an educator?
As an educator my mind never stops thinking about new projects and I am an innovative person.
11.What is your favorite quote?
HAVE A GREAT NEW YEAR,
For a large majority of learners, the ultimate goal of studying is to be able to communicate in a new language. If you do not wish to lean completely on non-verbal skills, mastering vocabulary is not just important, but crucial in a foreign language environment.
Teaching and learning these vocabulary is never easy. Children need to be exposed to a wide range of vocabulary and they are expected to remember the meaning of the words and use them in the right context.
Vocabulary is learned through focused, conscious study, but even more commonly in an indirect manner through listening and reading, using context clues to figure out the meaning. (Nation, Paul (1990). Teaching and Learning Vocabulary. Newbury House, New York)
For the summer holiday teachers can give a list of applications to practice vocabulary. This way, the students will build their vocabulary knowledge with fun. Here are some of them;
Wee Kids ABC offers word puzzles and games that will entertain and amuse your child. At the same time, it will strengthen his letter and word recognition skills.
Kid’s Vocabulary Look, listen, say, read, spell
Give your student aged 3-7 a head start with this interactive vocabulary learning app. Your student will learn new vocabulary using our 4 step method based on modern teaching methodology.
Power Vocab Kids Students will master over 600 challenging words using our smart software that uses adaptive learning techniques to build a lasting vocabulary. This app is specifically helpful for smart kids who are looking to substantially enhance their vocabulary into top tier.
Wordalation Vocab Builder makes learning new vocabulary words fun and easy. This Appulearn app has hundreds of words that appear on English tests like the SAT, GRE and GMAT.You can even save words to your personal list with the click of a button.
Word Learner helps you build and retain a strong vocabulary.
Great for GRE, CAT, CMAT, XAT, SAT, GMAT, etc.
This free app has the following features:
1.A collection of 380 words categorized as Beginner/Expert.
2.Dictionary with Filter-Based Search.
Grammaropolis (ios ) Fast-paced game reinforces knowledge of parts of speech.
It has been a long time that I couldn’t write any blog posts because I was trying to organize my talk for Edulearn 13, Barcelona. The title of my session is “FOSTERING THE ESSENCE OF INTEGRATION OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE ESL CLASS”. It has been very busy three weeks of research and reading articles and books about technology and integration. Google Books and Google Scholar helped me a lot with finding a variety of books and articles. Integrated e-learning edited by Wim Jochems, Rob Koper, Jeroen Van Merrienboer was the most significant book that I was reading. Today I am finished with my preparations and please wish me luck!
According to ISTE National Education Technology Standards the objectives are:
1. Creativity and Innovation- Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
2. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making- Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
3. Technology Operations and Concepts- Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.
Making movies does not take a lot of time which can bring your lessons to life. There are many websites, applications and tools available online which can bring enthusiasm in your class. By just using your photos you can create videos that engage with your curriculum.
Kerpoof The Kerpoof website is owned and operated by the Walt Disney Company. What is Kerpoof? The answer to that is not so simple. Kerpoof is all about having fun, discovering things, and being creative.
GoAnimate ” GoAnimate is the world’s #1 “do-it-yourself” animated video site. “They allow everyone to make videos quickly and easily, without having to draw or download anything. Click, Drag, Action!
Wimpy Kid Create different animations of Wimpy Kid
Little Directors Little Director is a safe site for kids to make their own movies, share with friends and enhance their imaginations.
Arthur Movie Maker Buster’s making a movie. Can you help him fix it the way he wants?
Masher Masher lets you easily create a video by mixing together video clips, music tracks, and photos all for free.
Stupeflix Mix photos, video, music. Create stunning videos in seconds.
Mini Movie Makers Teaching kids the right way to make movies.
Kid’s Vid Kids’ Vid is an instructional web site that gives teachers and students the tools necessary to implement video production in the classroom.
Visit the Liverpool Online website and watch the 50 sessions recorded at the IATEFL Liverpool conference!
Blabberize is a very easy application that allows you to speak through a picture. Blabberize can be used for projects such as having students create biographies, retell stories, make and send messages to each other, present their work or for e-portfolio activities. Students can also be interviewers or reporters and they can blabberize.
All you need is to upload a picture and record your voice on it. If you don’t want to record your voice, you can also upload something that you have already recorded or record by using your phone. You can share or download your Blabber.
It sometimes is very difficult for some shy students to express themselves or to present their work in front of their teacher and friends. Using Blabberize gives these students an opportunity to express themselves. I think it encourages students to speak more and as a teachers isn’t this all we want?
“Once seen as incompatible, the connections between Dogme ELT and EdTech are becoming clear to a new generation of educators. In this session they are talking about what these approaches have in common, and – using practical examples – show how they can be blended to make bottom-up, experiential, collaborative learning a classroom reality.”
Burcu Akyol and Luke Meddings presented this session on the second day of the conference. In this session I found my own story of being connected like Burcu. By saying ‘connected’ Burcu means using Facebook, Twitter or other social networks for professional developmental purposes. Using search engines for reaching out the knowledge in the classroom. Through blogs parents can see their children pretty much as it happens without having to wait. And most importantly giving reasons to people to connect is another idea that makes me really excited. Where ideas meet is really an exciting place!
IATEFL 2013, Liverpool started yesterday and I was still very excited for being here at the conference. Almost five hundred speakers and thousands of English teachers were present at the Liverpool BT Convention center.
The conference started with Prof. David Crystal’s plenary session which was about the blends in the English language. Unfortunately, the session was very crowded, so I did not have the chance to be in the auditorium. Luckily, there was another session that you could ask questions to Prof. David Crystal, this gave me a chance to understand what he expressed during his talk. “Blends are natural consequences of a language dynamics and they should not be treated as extra or unwanted elements of a language.” he says.