Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas rundown of the most-read posts #2

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Students and teachers are taking some days to relax from school and do some interesting things after Christmas season. 

My Christmas rundown reaches its conclusion with the seven most-read posts of the first semester of 2011.

Google doodle celebrates Jules Verne: Literature, Languages

Verne's stories, written for adolescents as well as adults, caught the enterprising spirit of the 19th century, its uncritical fascination about scientific progress and inventions. (...)

If you are a teacher, you will find creative educational activities and open resources  to motivate students. Read my post, please!

Facebook au collège: Pourquoi pas? Social networks in Education, Cross-curricula

Les ados moins de 13 ans sont sur Facebook! Ils tapent toute la journée, comme tous les copains, en essayant de se rencontrer après les cours, faire les devoirs en groupe, ou sortir en bande, le samedi après-midi. (...)

Que faut-il faire? L' 'éducation' des ados! Apprendre aux jeunes à bien utiliser l'Internet. Et ça peut|doit se faire à l'école, mais aussi  bien à la maison, en famille. (...)

Il y a certainement une utilisation intéressante des réseaux sociaux dans la salle de classe. C'est surprenant la motivation que nos éléves retrouvent dans les cours, en utilisant les réseaux sociaux comme ressource pédagogique. Ils aiment ça. Et ils travaillent bien.

Fate of the World: a SG in schoolEnvironment, Sciences, Geography, Civics

"Fate of the World is a PC strategy game that simulates the real social and environmental impact of global climate change over the next 200 years. The science, the politics, the destruction - it’s all real, and it’s scary." (...)

It's certanly  an excellent game and no doubt an even better educational resource for Environmental education of young citizens at school. (...)

This Serious Games might motivate students' awareness to the problems of the Environment, preparing them to be active ecological citizens.

Rap in Chemistry curriculum? Fantastisc! : Chemistry, Sciences, Music, Cross-curricula

Here you have a fantastic and funny video to share: Rapping elements! Rap?! Yes, you read it well. Rapping elements. (...)

"Many people have heard of Tom Lehrer's 'The Elements' song. One day I decided to search for it online to memorise some stuff about the elements and found out that Daniel 'Harry Potter' Radcliffe had recently recited it on TV. I wondered what he (and the viewers) might have learnt about the elements by listening to it but shock horror...after listening I realised the song hadn't actually told me anything about The Periodic Table, except what's on it! " (...)

As you see, students are very creative if we let them expressing freely. (...)

I'm sure that your students are creative too. In a trans-curriculum - Chemistry, Languages and Music - propose your class to create  some 'rap' songs about different subjects of Chemistry curriculum! Why not! They will really like it. And they will learn like  the rapper on the video did.

My goal is to demonstrate to educators, parents and fellows that  inclusion is possible for kids and citizens with disabilities and to highlight actionable opportunities in the different curricula in school or in the different acts in society  and Citizenship organisations. (...)

Music (Arts), Sports, are offering good experiences for inclusion. I wrote several posts about it. Please search on this blog. (...)

In this case, the holistic immersive approach of music (rock, pop, classical) and the engagement of important and experencied musicians is central to achieving significant transformation, particularly to the lives of the most vulnerable children and citizens.

Gaming to re-engage students in learning: Cross-curricula

Playing is funny and students can learn with pleasure. (...)

There are educators that are introducing games on learning. A good number of them! Perhaps not so many as it would be suitable, but they are spreading the word in different learning web blogs, on Facebook or Twitter.(...)

I realized as other innovative educators realize that traditional elementary and secondary education is not for us, even less for our students. (...)

In part because we feel frustrated by the lack of innovation, agility, and readiness to change in traditional schools, we began to use games as a open educational resource in the classroom. 

Field trips are often an integral part of instructional practices and greatly benefit students’ learning by allowing them to engage with real-world environments. 

Languages matter! : Languages, Minority Languages

Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. So, I think it always important to spread this message.(...)

"Less than a quart of all languages in the world are used in education and in cyber space."

"With today's technology every corner of the world is linked together. The  new generations are globalized."

I really hope that you enjoy every moment of it or discover some new pedagogical ideas to introduce in your school lessons.

I thank you very much to all the colleagues from around the wall that kindly read my blog. 

Happy New Year!

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