Thursday, 19 April 2012

Continuous PD (professional development)...

At the very beginning, I would like that to say that I am really glad to have friends from all over the world especially those ones who studied with me at the University of Oregon. They are all true experts. I also want to point out that I am so happy of being able to access to many rewarding web tools which are very constructive for learning and teaching English.

At first, I would like to say a few words about Grammar movies. They are all very useful and helpful both for teachers and students. The movies are consisted of interesting and motivating clips which explains grammar in every detail. They are also illustrated with examples, e.g. how and when to use a certain tense. If you want to use them in your teaching process, you can just visit this page at Grammar movies

On the other hand, there are also tips how to build positive relationship with English Language Learners. If you want to find more about the tips, just click here Seven Tips for Building Positive Relationships with English Language Learners,

I would also recommend a Word Dynamo. It is very interesting site for students where they can improve their vocabulary by doing the quizzes. It is very motivating and all levels of English are included. All quizzes are scored, too. Here is the address: How many words do you know? | Word Dynamo,

I also want to remind you of Webinars which are very rewarding and helpful for teachers. There are many of them and teachers can find a lot about new methods and ways of teaching. They can also make their teaching process more appealing and motivating where both students and teachers can contribute to better ways of gaining new knowledge. If you want do your professional development, here are some addresses where you can do it:
1) Classroom 2.0 LIVE -

I warmly recommend you to attend the webinars because the professional development is very important part for all teachers.

Best regards

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Continuous learning...

As the continuation of my knowledge upgrading, I will add some other things which are very rewarding both for students and teachers. These things are very good for improvement of many skills like writing, reading, speaking and vocabulary. At the very beginning, I will add How many words do you know? | Word Dynamo It is very interesting site where one can learn a lot of it. At the same time, one can expend his/her vocabulary. There are many interesting and constructive quizzes and one can also create his/her own quiz. When you finish the quiz, you can see your score and level of your performance. On the other side, there is a dictionary. The dictionary is consisted of many languages so one can use it if there is misunderstanding of the words.Here is a home page of Word Dynamo:

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As the second part of my career development, I also attend the Webinars which are given for free from all over the world. As I mentioned in my previous post, I mostly attend the Webinars at There are many useful and helpful seminars where you can find a lot of web tools which can help you improve your learning and teaching environment. They are also rewarding for teachers and for their professional development. The seminar is consisted of many constructive web tools which can help both teachers and students. In this way, students can enhance many skills which are necessary for them to know English better. Here is the seminar's replay: View the webinar and get your free eBook here

The most important thing is that all these seminars are free. You can watch and attend them without paying any dime. 
Just visit the site and you can gain a lot of knowledge. Here is the URL:

Best regards


Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Going ahead

At the very beginning, I must admit that I needed some rest after the course completion. On the other hand, I am missing the course so much but I hope that I will attend other courses in the future. Fortunately, there is a group on Facebook created by Nando where we all from the course share our ideas and we also give the suggestions. 
I would like to thank to Nando for giving me some instructions about the Webinars. As regards the Webinars, I must also admit that this is something really new to me. At the first, I was really confused but as the time goes by I am managing to keep in touch with all conferencing events. The first Webinnar I joined to is Classroom 2.0.

Welcome to, the social network for those interested in  Web 2.0, Social Media, and Participative Technologies in the classroom. We encourage you to sign up to participate in the great discussions here, to receive event notifications, and to find and connect with colleagues. We have over 65,000 members from 188 countries!
Classroom 2.0 is a free, community-supported network. We especially hope that those who are "beginners" will find this a supportive comfortable place to start being part of the digital dialog. Because of spammers, we have to approve all memberships here. While your membership is pending you are still welcome to peruse the site or attend any events!

Once your membership is approved, you can introduce yourself to the whole network by going to
the introductory forum message. Please also feel free to explore! Here are some starting tips and a "Tour of Classroom 2.0" Elluminate recording, or you can ask help of a "host."  

This is very rewarding for all teachers because there are many constructive and helpful seminars where you can actively participate. The seminars also have many interesting and exciting threads which are useful for teaching and learning processes. There is also Social Learning Summit which will be on April 21st. Here are some pieces of information if you want to participate.

The Social Learning Summit - April 21st, 2012

We are very pleased to announce the call for participation for the worldwide 2012 Social Learning Summit, a one-day virtual conference being held as a partnership of Classroom 2.0 and the Discovery Educator Network, on Saturday, April 21st, 2012. This is a free event, with a focus on inclusion and participation. All sessions will be publicly available to attend through the online Blackboard Collaborate platform.
The conference theme is the use of social media and Web 2.0 in teaching and learning, and the conference URL is To be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, please make sure you are a member here at Classroom 2.0. This will also allow you to correspond with the presenters and other members, and to comment on sessions and discussions.
  • The call for presentations is open and is HERE.
  • Presentations proposals that have been submitted and which are still pending can be seen HERE.
  • Accepted proposals can be seen HERE (if your session has been accepted but you didn't receive an email with additional instructions, please contact .
Sessions will be 30 minutes in length, and can focus on practical classroom application or pedagogical frameworks or both. Please do not submit a session if your are a vendor or a vendor representative. While presentation proposals will be accepted through April 7th, session acceptances will start to be issued on March 26th, at which time presenters will be given a chance to use a scheduling calendar to pick an available time to present. All sessions will be held in Blackboard Collaborate (previously Elluminate), and training sessions will be available both "live" and in recorded form.
We particularly encourage those who are working on (or have completed!) chapters or the 5th-anniversary Classroom 2.0 book project to present, and for those presenting to consider producing a book chapter! Because this adds preparation time, we are extending the book chapter deadline from this Thursday, March 15th, to the date of the conference, April 21st. For those who have already submitted their chapters (and what a great batch we have received so far!), we'll arrange some special treatment for you as a reward for your good work!

Please let others know about the conference! Artwork / logos are HERE.
On the other hand, there is also another a Webinar at  Register for Upcoming Webinars Now.
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iPads in the Classroom
You Just Got an iPad: Now What?
Using Your iPad to Make Movies on the Go!
Google Apps Made Easy
Getting to Know Google Chrome Apps
Using Google Maps for Virtual Journeys
Student Projects and Free Tech Tools
Student Projects that Promote 21st Century Skills
Publish a Book as a Class Project
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Kimberly from SimpleK12PS - Make sure to join the webinars a little early so I can give
you a special shoutout!

PPS - Forward this email to your friends so they can attend live
webinars for free too, and register on our webinars page:
Thanks to Nando for forwarding me this information. It is great thing to have such people around ourselves. 
I hope that you will all attend some of these Webinars and I look forward to see you there. Just join, it is very rewarding.

Best regards