Saturday, December 29, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Made using Animoto video player. I'd like to thank Langwitches for putting me onto this. The only drawback is that you are limited to 30 second videos on the free edition. Still, it produces great results.
Music is Finally by The Sunday Runners
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
I popped into the centre to get Lydia's Xmas presents and whilst walking through the streets took the opportunity to grab a few shots. Call me cynical but it seemed that the whole place was full of people trying desperately to get shoppers to part with cash be it the form of charity, begging or ridiculous consumption.
Maybe the Puritans were right after all?
Time has not been kind to Damien Hirst. The once Wunderkind of the British art scene has been forced to seek alternative employment.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I remember me and David, the founder of Kantalk talked about how this could be used in language learning and I expressed the concern that getting complete strangers to chat at length is a bit difficult. I thought that the service would work better if people could talk about a particular topic or theme.
Now Kantalk has introduced an extra service in which anyone can invite others to follow a lesson plan. If you are feeling creative then why not add your one of your own? I added this one earlier today based on something I posted on the blog.
Today was Lydia's last day at school before the they closed for the Christmas holidays and the kids put on a show for the parents. As you can see father Christmas was there handing out...cups? Oh well, it's the thought that counts.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Indeed without these people I think that there would have been little chance of me having ever reached university. We all went to a school where such aspirations were not encouraged. Had it not been for the example of Richard and the others who made being good at school something acceptable I doubt I would have been able to overcome the peer pressure that led most kids to drop out at 16.
What I remember most about Richard was his intelligence. Not so much fierce as positively ferocious. He was able to shine at just about anything he chose to do that in turn led him to a very independent, sometimes infuriating single - mindedness.
After we finished university and I came to Greece we gradually lost contact and news from and about him grew scarcer and scarcer. I'm just so mad that I had to wait for an event like this to find out more about what he had been doing.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Yesterday there were massive demonstrations and strikes throughout Greece as people protested against proposed government changes to the state pension system. Thessaloniki was no exception as one of the biggest marches I ever seen snaked it's way around the centre of the city.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
see here in Greek and here in English). Thessaloniki was no exception as one of the biggest marches I ever seen snaked it's way around the centre of the city.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
"Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?"
Monday, December 10, 2007
This week we worked on our news presentation skills. Actually, it was her idea. And I thought that this would be a great way to practice our language skills by reading out the news.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
The other application is Voicethread which also allows you to add the spoken word to your blog. I haven't tried it out yet but it looks very interesting and beautifully designed. Thanks to Joe Dale for that. As he says;
"Jo Rhys-Jones creator of the Ning network Talkabout Primary MFL has written a great post on ideas for using VoiceThread for teaching primary languages which beautifully exemplifies some of the potential of this powerful tool.
- using the doodler feature to label, annotate, trace a route on a town plan and play games such as noughts and crosses
- differentiating according to ability
- encouraging independent work in the target language
- reinforcing adjectival agreement
- creating evidence of pupils' work
- engaging pupils with technology
- encouraging pupils to leave comments in a moderated environment
- singing a rhyme using a picture prompt
- using authentic digital photos from the country whose language you are learning
- as a prompt for discussion
- describing the weather using an authentic image from the net
- creating a dialogue or open ended text from a picture prompt
- inviting your partner school to comment on a protected VoiceThread
- letting pupils choose the images that appear in the VoiceThread
- scanning in or photographing images pupils create themselves."