"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality" (John Lennon)

Sunday, May 27, 2018

When a photo talks: two ebooks.

As the end of the school year is approaching even the etwinning project are coming to an end.
Class 2 H of the school "L. Da Vinci and O. Nucula" in Terni took part in the etwinning project "When a photo talks" and we have carried out a lot of activities which are summarised in this ebook.

We also created another ebook with stories from all the partner schools involved (Georgia, Ukraine, Greece, Italy (Venice and Terni) and with the aim of celebrating the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
We started this book with a common introduction, common characters different stories and a common end.
Students worked both at school and at home using photos, drawings and writing the story in google docs to be more collaborative and to share their work with all the students involved in the project.

Here is the ebook

It has been an involving and demanding job that all our students carried out with commitment and enthusiasm.

So to all of us

for this 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Anchor charts!

Some days ago, while I was reading some posts on facebook groups for teachers I came across this post here https://www.weareteachers.com/anchor-charts-101-why-and-how-to-use-them-plus-100s-of-ideas/ that is about anchor charts. And I wondered ... what is an anchor chart? Lets read!
So I read the article and it reminded me of mini posters I used to create for my students some years ago but there is a difference: an anchor chart is a mini poster the teacher starts then the students finish, or that teacher and students edit together and even better ... students create it for other students to finish. So ... I decided to create a couple of anchor charts for my first and second year students, I brought them to school, presented them to the students and explained they could create some too.
They can be created using some cardboard and colours and/or using ICT.

Here students will add words under each column. 

These pictures will be cut and pasted in the chart above. 

And to my surprise here is the first anchor chart by one of my students! We will work on it tomorrow in class all together.

Here you see anchor charts on grammar but they can be created on any other topic as well. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Short stories - class I G

Some days ago I published a post about the short stories created by students of class I H and now is the turn of the students of class I G too. 
In both classes we worked in the same way in fact we followed the tips given for the preparation of the Cambridge global story competition you can find at this link http://www.cambridge.org/elt/blog/2017/12/15/enter-story-competition/

This time too the stories have been submitted to the competition and collected in a colourful ebook that you can see below. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Short stories - class I H

Students of class I H of the school "L. Da Vinci - O. Nucula" of Terni created some short stories following the steps suggested from Cambridge University Press within the preparation of the Cambridge global story competition.
(more info here http://www.cambridge.org/elt/blog/2017/12/15/enter-story-competition/)

All the stories have been sent to the competition and we also created a nice ebook and paper book with them so the students will read their stories to their mates at the end or at the beginning of an English lesson.

Here is the ebook.

It's really a great story book: well done!  

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Photostorytelling: an activity from the etwinning project "When a photo talks"

Students of class II H of the school "L. Da Vinci and O. Nucula" in Terni took part in the activity "Photostorytelling" within the etwinning project "When a photo talks".
Here is the final result of this activity which is an ebook with a wonderful collaborative story

Here is the link to the ebook.


To create this ebook all the students from the partner schools chose 5 images from their culture and shared them in a collage in the padlet below. They explained the meaning of the photos and then commented on each other collage.

Creato con Padlet

After that they were divided in teams from different schools and each team had to choose 3 words from the padlet and create a story. To do so they worked in a google doc shared with all the partners.

Using an online tool to write a story collaboratively has been a new experience for our students and they had to get used to it, respect what the other had written and be careful notto delete anything: a new task and a bit of a challenge fro them but also a very nice result!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

When a photo talks: etwinning project of class II H

Students of class II H of the school "L. Da Vinci - O. Nucula" in Terni are involved in an etwinning project called "When a photo talks" together with students from other European countries.
Here are all the schools taking part in the project.

The activities focus on developing the main key competences for lifelong learning as follows:

- Communication (writing and speaking skills) in English and mother Language.
- Digital Competences (the use of ICT tools in the classroom).
- Learning to Learn.
- Social Competences.
- Raise of Awareness of European and Global Citizenship.
- Respect for Diversity (culture, people).
- Cooperation, working together on the same goal -> Protection and Appreciation of Life, Culture, Environment, Tradition.
- Develop of Creative Thinking and Artistic Expression.
- Increase students’ Knowledge about Past, Present and Future.
- New ways of Learning, via Photography.

This project also wants to raise awareness on the importance of each country cultural treasure in the European year of Cultural Heritage. 

Students introduced themselves using a post in a padlet which is an online billboard, then they worked in groups in class and described their school, their town and their Christmas tradition using "talking photos". To create the photos they first took photos then used an app called  PicTalk to add the baloons. 

The students had the chance to collaborate in small groups all of them gave their contribution to the work. 

Here are the results

Our town

Students also created a quiz on their presentation for the students of the other schools. 

Our school

Our Christmas traditions

In the following weeks students will be involved in other collaborative activities and will keep on working on photos. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

LEFT: Learn English with Fine Tunes - eTwinning project 17/18

Students of class II G of the school "L. Da Vinci - O. Nucula" in Terni are working at a new etwinning project this year. 
In this project they will work on songs and will create language activities together with their friends from France and Portugal. 
The main aims are: 
use English as a means of communication among teenagers; 
develop the competence in communicating in a foreign language; 
develop the digital competence with the ICT tools and apps; 
create language activities; 
know more about music styles and genres;
learn to work collaboratively;
know more about other cultures in Europe; 
realize we are part of the EU;
broaden cultural horizon; 
making European friends.

This is the map of our project

After having introduced themselves in a padlet (an online billboard), the students started listening to songs and created activities on them as in the examples below.

Galway girl by Ed Sheeran

Language activities by Italian students

French students worked on the song "My name is Luka" by Suzane Vega and here are their activities.

So all the students of the partner schools will do the activities they prepared for each other.
They will also discuss about their favourite songs and singers, choose and listen to other songs and create more language activities together.

Stay tuned to know more!