Radio, today VIDEO.😉
Today is the last year of the wonderful month of May.
And, especially for you~~~I made a little video!
I know many of you are busy and prefer listening to watching.
And I promise it won't be the rule!
BUT、today I think I really need to SHOW you, because otherwise it will be hard to explain. 'A picture speaks a thousand words" right?
In this video I am going to show you how to easily create a jam board activity, that you can use interactively, but also as a pdf print.
You will also get the chance to peek into my brain, and experience 'in present continuous', how my ideas develop when I am working and creating stuff. This was a complete coincidence and a bit messy, but as many of you always tell me:
'I want to look into your brain': Here you are!
Entrance fee for this is no money, no likes, no brain surgery either, but
A COMMENT OR QUESTION
on this activity.
Leave your comments below, or if you prefer Facebook, that is fine, too.
👇👇👇See Below how i create a Jamboard👇👇👇
2 excellent games saving me hours
This week I came across two activities that saved me hours of prep time, made my classes lots of fun, and gave the kids a huge amount of practice.
Recently I am not a lot on Social Media. So it doesn't happen without coincidence that I see something and it is "JUST WHAT I NEED".
This week was a week like that.
Maple Leaf Learning Club
Both I came across on "Maple Leaf Learning Club", so let me introduce:
The first one is a card game, you can order on Amazon, and it is called:
READY SET EIGO CARD GAME
Instead of me explaining it, here is the video of how to play it, by the inventor Timothy Hill, himself playing it with his students.
The images are so beautiful and 'clear', the kids loved them, and didn't want to stop playing. I would say, there are many other things you can do with these cards, and you can get even more speaking practice into it.
What I did for example is:
Each kid kept the cards they discarded. In the end when the game was finished, each player made the sentences with their cards again, for example.
'This bus is blue'
'A frog can jump.'
Phonics builder for teachers
The second activity is not a game, but a super hilarious tool for teacher to practice Phonics.
I really really wanted something like this for ages. And I think every teacher who is teaching phonics is craving for something like this.
It is such a simple idea, and we have all made some tools like these ourselves to get the kids practice, but I find it so much hassle and stuff to carry around in that old style way.
So, here is the app This here is a Google Play link, but you get it for iOS devices as well on the app store.
Big shout out to 'The Maple Leaf Learning Club'. So cool ideas here. And of course I also highly recommend the other card games, like 'Ho Ho Ho' 'Faster than', 'Spooky Speedy'.
Check it out!
And here is the video explanation for the app, but this is only for 3 letter words, while the app I am talking about has consonant blends AND AND AND :
Magic e !!!!!!!
how to use jamboard to make worksheets in seconds
A few months ago I have been sharing some templates of Jamboards.
Thanks a lot for trying them. It seems like especially the Demon Slayer one was a big hit with teachers and students, at least here in Japan.
Today I got the question, why do I use Jamboard to create worksheets, instead of Pages (I am a MAC user).
In Jamboard I can create a worksheet in under 3 minutes.
It stays in my Google library as long as I want, and I CAN, if I WANT, use it interactively.
but I CAN also create a pdf file and print it as a worksheet.
It is super easy, and this way I can tailor the worksheets so that they suit my classes, my kids, level and interest wise.
I hate doing the same lesson twice. I think it is unnatural, so, even if I am teaching the same structures in two same aged and leveled classes, the flow and often the material I use is pretty different.
Why would I use Micky Mouse in a class that is into Minions, for example.
So, instead of adjusting my classes to the worksheets I have, I adjust the worksheets to the classes. Easy!
Here a few examples of some simple stuff I made 5 minutes before class. I am not exaggerating with the time here, so you will of course notice that they are absolutely MINIMALISTIC! Bare with me there. If you are more into beauty and design, of course you can spend more time and make them more beautiful, but I am happy to keep it simple and have the kids add inspiration and color!!!
If you are using Jamboard already, it would be great if you could share ONE idea how!
If you aren't and would like to know how to use it, LIKE this post or leave a comment.
Have a great day!
For students AND teachers!
30 years ago I learned Indonesian Language.
I really really liked it, but I only got good, when I travelled over the islands for almost 3 months. It was amazing how easy it was to communicate without any textbook or dictionary. It is such a simple beautiful language.
However, after those three month in 1991 I never ever went there anymore, nor did I meet anyone from Indonesia I could have talked to, nor did I continue studying.
I forgot! At least I thought I had forgotten!
Until I met this app!!!
I started to play, to figure out wether I should suggest the app to my students.
I am not a 'Gamer' at all.
However, this got me! Within 2 weeks of playing I was able to talk for 5 minutes about myself in Indonesian. And those 2 weeks were something like, 15 minutes game (FUN!)/day. No cramming of vocab or studying of grammar.
This was 2019, and obviously with Corona and all that went on I didn't touch the app for more than 1.5 years again, until 3 days ago.
And, surprise, surprise, I am basically where I stopped after just 2 days (30 minutes) of playing.
5 月 2021