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Meaningful activities using QR Codes


It’s colorful. It’s magical. It’s MYSTERIOUS. It will mesmerize your students for the whole class period. Eighth graders will swoon, and ninth graders might start out as skeptics (“Why can’t we just do this on a worksheet?”), but fear not! Before long, they will fall prey to the magic as well. And the best part? They are actually LEARNING. So, what is this magical tool, you might ask?


It’s the magic of a cube. Yep. A cube.

Just insert a QR code on each side, and presto! Like magic, you can turn any activity into an engaging learning quest. Furthermore, QR codes are an easy way to differentiate content, process, and product without making it obvious to your students that you are doing so. If this sounds magical to you, read on for some different ways to incorporate QR cube codes into…

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My neglected blog that seemed to be an obstacle to my access to TECHNO CLILL blog is now my safety in this last step of my difficult adventure. It was a path full of interesting discoveries, but so tiring that more than once; I thought to stop my journey. I didn’t like to surrender after so much work, therefore I decided to keep hard and go on. What I had seen and discovered was too interesting to renounce. If I had to start the same journey, I wouldn’t travel alone as I did. A more frequent use of social networks would have helped.

I can’t really name my best discovery because it was all so interesting. I tried to do that, but I didn’t manage to find the space in an environment I couldn’t handle properly…The infographic, I mean. I found very instructive all the papers and articles and I plan to watch all the webinars I couldn’t follow live.



I would like to signal TECHNOCLIL Blog I discover it quite late in my learning path towards CLIL competence. We don’t always see the right way

Extensive Reading.As English teachers, we should definitely give the right relevance to this activity.Let’s follow the precious advice of this interesting article.

Oxford University Press

To celebrate the launch of Project fourth edition, Domino author, Nina Prentice explores the relevance of extensive reading in the upper primary classroom.

School is generally about hierarchies and rules. The teacher is the authority on and dispenser of the syllabus. Students are novices. Their purpose is to consume and learn the year’s programme of study and satisfy the requirements of the examination system.

But, if we believe that learning is not just about passing exams, our classrooms need not follow this pattern. We can break the traditional roles of ‘teacher’ and ‘student’ following our set tasks and duties quite easily. All we need is a library of graded readers and the enthusiasm and passion to read extensively alongside our class.

The transformation is astonishing. Discussion and debate become the norm. Students, even those who are less able or confident, participate enthusiastically because when people respond to personal reading…

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These daring men and women have made the world a smaller place. Thanks to their guts and sweat, we know the Earth is round, life exists in the depth’s of the sea and that the view from space is spectacular. – Corey Binns

Sorgente: The Top 10 Intrepid Explorers

Last week I read a post called ‘Let’s ban PowerPoint in lectures – it makes students more stupid and professors more boring.’ The author also described PowerPoint as being: “Not f…

Sorgente: 10 PowerPoint Tips for Teachers

Un’utilissima presentazione su Edmodo che di recente ho inziato ad usare nelle mie classi.


Marco Paletta di Roma mi segnala la pubblicazione dell’ottima presentazione di Michele Maffucci di Torino (qui il suo blog). Per aiutare la disseminazione di pratiche virtuose e grazie alla licenza Creative Commons generosamente scelta dall’autore, faccio l’embedding della sua presentazione da Slideshare.

Faccio notare che è qui possibile vedere la nuova interfaccia per l’iscrizione (il mio video è ormai superato) e soprattutto la procedura per la verifica degli insegnanti, che è un po’ farraginosa ma è una misura di protezione che in una piattaforma di queste dimensioni (attualmente ci sono più di 43 milioni di utenti) non può mancare.

L’iscrizione a Edmodo – ovvero la creazione di un account da insegnante – è trattata dalla Slide 15 alla 28. Dalla Slide 29 alla 35 trovate un dettagliata descrizione di come “verificarsi”, ovvero fornire prova che si è veramente un’insegnante. Sotto alla presentazione di Maffucci trovate l’indice degli…

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Here’s my production for week 3. Aim of this presentation is to provide a frame for a collaborative school project.


I’m back

After five years of inactivity, thanks to the great stimulus of ICT4ELT course I’m attending, I’ve decided to retrieve this forgotten site that I opened in 2011. I set it after a train course at school, but I soon gave it up as I’ve never enjoyed showing off, exposing my thoughts to a public audience and I had no time to improve my poor technical competence.

For some days I’ve been asking to myself whether to give it a new life. Now, here I am. I have to redesign this space, even though my competences haven’t increased at all. In fact, at the time I learned some HTLM language, which I have completely forgotten.

To be honest, I must say that last two weeks I learned a lot of new things and a new world is opening to me. Though, as teachers we know that learning doesn’t mean competence… I want to be positive, that’s not always my mood, but I rely on the support of the wonderful team of educators of ICT4ELT2016 community.

What kind of blog is it going to be? At the moment I’m going to let it be a personal blog, but certainly I will have to transform it in an educational  one if I want it to survive.

I’m back

Saremo presto inutili?

Saremo presto inutili? Nonostante il crescente dispregio  a cui siamo continuamente sottoposti, credo proprio di no! Anzi, oggi più di ieri, i nostri ragazzi hanno bisogno di essere guidati ad orientarsi nell’enorme quantità incontrollata di informazioni in cui sono immersi o a cui possono accedere. Certamente dobbiamo essere capaci di ridisegnare il nostro ruolo e metterci al passo con i tempi.