Eduardo Lina: Teacher, Trainer, Moodler

Eduardo Lina: Teacher, Trainer, Moodler

Oct 6, 2018

What are the MOE Moodle Platform Icons?

 I have been asked whether there will eventually be a new and updated nationwide, fully online "How to use Moodle in the English Classroom Workshop". I don't know yet, but the effort is being made to turn this "out of the box" proposal into reality. In the meantime, and in order to make colleagues less daunted by the idea of ever working with Moodle, allow me to introduce you to one of its most useful "ingredients": The Moodle Icons. They will make Moodle tasty (and easy) to try. Have a great week!

Sep 30, 2018

Assistive or enabling technology and "Lesson" in Moodle

We, teachers, teach Special Need pupils in each and every course we have. The law in Israel requires that we grant "accessibility" to these pupils. Here is where Assistive or enabling technology comes in very handy.

This video introduces the Launch ATbar in The Israel Ministry of Education Moodle Platform, which pupils can use in their computers and/or Mobile devices without downloading anything whatsoever). and a Moodle Activity called lesson which enables teachers to introduce material and test understanding in a sequence.

 The BIG news this year is that every teacher in the Israeli school system can request and have access to their Moodle Learning Environment (should they want to, it'a one for every course they teach!). KUDOS for the MOE people who have made this possible.

Sep 25, 2018

Breaking News: You can request your MOE Moodle Platform!

Hi! This can be a change maker in terms of EFL DIgital Pedagogy.
Besides helping pupils work on all 4 skills, teachers and pupils can work on PBL, PPBL, Literature, etc. To mention a few examples, you can upload content arranged the way you see fit, use it, re-use it, change it, hide it, and more.

I am aware that Moodle has a "bad name" among some people, but it does not deserve it. It's no secret that I am crazy about Moodle, but then up until now, only those teachers who teach in schools that work with Mashov and wanted to could give Moodle a try (I heard ORT schools can access their Moodle, too, but I am not sure whether this is true).

You can use the many digital tools Moodle has and many others such as Google tools, Microsoft's and more.

Aug 14, 2018

The Common Sense Education Facebook group

Following my subscription to the Common Sense Education website, I have just been accepted into the Common Sense Education Facebook group. I find it so good that I have even decided to try my luck and contribute something. 

Aug 11, 2018

Learning activities: "Become a Thinking YouTuber"

English as Foreign Language Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking activities using some Google presentations

Our pupils share a lot of content on Social Media (mostly on "Whatsapp", but also on YouTube). As teachers of English, we can make them aware to post wisely and help them improve their English. The activities attached here may help us do so.

It is common knowledge that YouTube has become the platform where many teenagers become celebrities. Teens spend more time watching YouTube videos than TV, so most are passive watchers, but some are active creators. We can engage them to learn English creatively by taking up the topic of posting on YoutTube.

While helping every one of our pupils become celebrities is an unrealistic goal (and perhaps not a wise one), it is realistic to assume that creating their own Youtube channel can benefit them in many ways:  they can upload their own videos in English and become more proficient in both English and Digital Technologies. The following Google Presentations are one way I  will try to do so this year with 10th, 11th and 12th-grade pupils at The Six-Year Kugel High School in Holon, Israel.

The first Google presentation is meant to raise pupils' awareness that it is important to think before they post (wherever they do so). The content is based on a Common Sense Education and Flocabulary video (I wish to stress that I have not made an unauthorized copy that would infringe copyright.) - Link to the "Think Before You Post" Google Presentation

"Becoming a Thinking Youtuber" is the second Google Presentation of the series aimed at both introducing “Youtube Creators [Creator Academy]” to EFL learners. While some the contents have been adapted from the Youtube Creators channel, I have also adapted activities suggested in the book "Video in Action". Link to the "Becoming a Thinking Youtuber" Google Presentation.

"Subscribers" is the third in the series and continues the work done on the previous two presentations. While many of the activities are guided ones, there is much room for creative pupils' input (check, for instance, the "It's your turn" slide. Link to the Subscribers Google Presentation. 

"Why branding matters" is the last of the series (at least, so far). It follows the same pattern as the other presentations. Link to the Why branding matters Google Presentation.

Note: There is one more lesson on the Youtube Creators channel devoted to Copyright. Since it is important that those of our pupils who do want to become YouTubers learn how to do so well, we have to suggest they take the free Youtube Creators course. It will teach them the subject and help them to learn English. We Israelis like to have two for the price of one, don't we?

This Common Sense Education document will, I hope, help me get my pupils to work in groups better


Aug 9, 2018

Channel Trailer

I have finally created my YouTube Channel Trailer and customized the Channel. It was high time I did it, indeed!