Sunday, 30 August 2009

Children see, Children do.

This video speaks for itself.

Very thought provoking as a parent and an educator. I'm taking it as a challenge at the start of a new academic year.

My Avatar Editor

Thanks to the lovely Joe Dale who has just blogged it, I have discovered this marvellous site called My Avatar Editor.

My Avatar Editor enables you to design your own avatar for use as your ID on, say, Twitter or for a tool like Voicethread or as your 'online persona' on your blog.

As Joe points out, it's also great when teaching personal descriptions - either pupils are given a range of people to describe - see below - or are given descriptions and asked to make the avatar to match.

You could also use them to inspire pupils to creativity - eg characters for stories; to demonstrate feelings; talk in the style of....

Great fun! Not sure my hair is quite right though....

BTW - I'm the one at the top, not the very scary Granny ;o)

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Mrs Jones room

Whilst writing an article on storytelling for a future publication, I found a song I'd downloaded to which I wanted to refer. As often happens, I couldn't recall whether I'd been sent it by a friend, downloaded it from a fora or found it online.

After a bit of searching - which took me once more to the wonderful West Sussex GFL language resources - I found that it had come from a site called MrsJonesRoom. When I approached the eponymous MrsJones for permission to use the song, she was very accomodating and pointed me towards other Spanish resources on her page.

I've had a look at some of the links and particularly like the downloadable mini books and the songs, complete with sound files of the tunes! There are even some Spanish Disney songs - great for EDL? Sadly there are a number of 'dead' links which is a shame but it's well worth a look.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009


Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Ich liebe die Schweiz

Just back from 11 days in Switzerland. Had a great time with my family exploring and investigating, and have to say that I am missing the mountains and lakes already. Absolutely stunning! My photos don't really do justice to the beauty of Interlaken and the surrounding area but here are a few of my favourites.

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