Tuesday, 29 December 2009

LLT - where are we? Find us on the Google Map

I've created an LLT google map with all the members' data. Sometimes finding where you come from was quite challenging, especially for small towns. So, check if I was right!

It was interesting for me to see from how many countries we come from, and still we seem to have the same problems and the same hopes, and we put the same effort in order to give our best to the pupils.

Monday, 28 December 2009

Excellence Award for LLT


Hi friends, I'm very proud to tell you that during the eTwinning Conference in Florence, in December, LLT was awarded between the 20 best Italian projects of 2009.

LLT also got a special award of "excellence", for the use of ICT in peer education among teachers.

This is the link to the Italian =( article:



I thank you all for the good work and for your constant support during these months


Laura

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Our eTwinning "best practices"


Hi everybody, since some of our members are new to eTwinning, I was asked to create a virtual "gallery" of our best eTwinning projects. This could give more visibility to our students' work and also hopefully provide new eTwinners with some inspiration.

Could you add as a comment the link to your public twinspaces?

Thanks a lot and... nice webquest to everyone !!!
Here is mine and Monika's first eTwinning:
Sharing our World - Condividere il Mondo:

Sunday, 8 November 2009

International Day for Tolerance

Do you organize something at school arround the 16th November? This year our students are meeting a woman - one of the 'Children of the Holokaust'. If you are interested in this subject, you can find many materials in http://www.dzieciholocaustu.org.pl/szab51.php?s=index3.php
Anna

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Two new web tools in Folder 1.6

Check out these two new web tools in Folder 1.6 - BEFUNKY and bubbl.us!







Thursday, 5 November 2009

A link to a blog

Hi again
Am posting a link to a blog of teachers on a Comenius teacher training course - might be interesting to teachers who wish to apply for grants - this one was in Lancaster, summer 2007, and gives an idea of what we experienced as participants. Sorry for sending two posts in a few min, just forgot to paste the link in prev post.

http://comeniuslancaster.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2007-12-23T16%3A49%3A00%2B01%3A00&max-results=7

testing the blog options

Hi everyone

This is my first post here and am finding my way still! Flu days in Bulgarian schools this week, hence more time to be blogging.
re your Q about a new project or sticking to the old one - I am one of those erratic 'contributors', so for me it would be better to keep the virtual space meeting points we are used to - it's just easier.

However, I find it a bit confusing with the two options for communication - two questions: I guess this blog is replacing(?) the twinspace forum. And twinspace remains the place for uploading stuff in folders? How different would this blog uploads be from the ones in the twinspace? Maybe we would find out this together... In my experience with another etwinning project, the twinspace was just like a library storing our contributions, but not very friendly/cosy for interactions. The blogs we kept instead served more immediate needs of updating partners of what has been done/uploaded and sharing opinions in the comments section. I hope more people find their way with this blog - am just wondering how much free quota for uploads there is here....

Good luck!

Tanya M (BG)

Monday, 2 November 2009

eTwinning Poll: keep the old TwinSpace, or open a new Project? Tell us your opinion


Hello everybody, I'm happy to see we're meeting here in the blog.

I'm just willing to ask you a question about a topic we've been discussing with Monika for a while.

What are we going to do with LLT?

1) Are we going on in the old TwinSpace, uploading our new materials there, and maybe opening a forum or a website for the project?

2) Or are we going to close the project and open a new one, maybe a group project?


Let us know your idea. I just put here my pros and cons:


Option 1) Pros: we all know how to work on the old TwinSpace, plus it would be difficult to remove all materials and upload them somewhere else. In a new website we could create a better forum and hopefully meet more often there! Cons: the TwinSpace is crowded and it's starting to get too narrow for us. Creating a new website is time-consuming!


Option 2) Pros: we could re-build our team, keeping only the teachers still interested (we are almost 70 in the TwinSpace, but much fewer when it comes to sharing ideas, materials and so on!). Cons: the new TwinSpace is a bit confusing and not very user-friendly in my opinion. Plus, nobody really knows how group-projects will work.


Ok, we're very very interested in your comments. We know this project needs to have a new start, so be free to tell us your ideas. Of course, we'll eventually do what the majority thinks it's best.

Tiny schools/ Decreasing schools

photo by remoto 13 en FLICKR

This post was inspired by Agnetta's post about her school. It reminded me of a problem we have here in Spain in rural regions: Many Primary schools have to close due to lack of children in the villages.
I used to work in a Secondary School which received pupils from little villages, and I could see how most of them were the only young people left in their villages and that they sadly enough left the village for good when they went to study to the University or moved to the capital for seeking better opportunities.
Do you have the same problem in your countries? How do the authorities deal with it?
I am also curious about the methods used by teachers of this kind of school who must work with pupils of different ages and levels. I hope you find the topic interesting enough.
For those who can read Spanish I include this link where you can find an example.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Gigantes y cabezudos 2



This is for telling all of you who couldn't see the photos in my last post that I have already fixed it.I include here a video where you can see other popular feature of Zaragoza feasts. It is the "jota" dance , a typical dance so popular that it is included in this zarzuela (Spanish opereta) whose tittle is "Gigantes and cabezudos" . I bet you do not need me to present the singer. I hope you enjoy it.

If you ever happen to visit my town during the feast (around october the 12th) you'll be able to attend many exhibitions of jota .

By the way, I am very happy because thanks to my error I have learned something I did not now: This kind of parade is not unique of Zaragoza. You can find it too in other Spanish towns: Toledo, Getafe, Alcalá de Henares or Santoña and more. What about other European countries? Do you know something similar?

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Monday, 19 October 2009

Big man keep our world clean!



Our preschoolers have made a poster designs that represent Earth in the future. Their messages were written by educators, that "we are small, but our designs we want to speak on our behalf.
Children want to live in a clean environment and peace. They call the big man to keep the world clean for the followers.

Big man keep our world clean!

Welcome to our Kindergarten

http://www.slide.com/r/GEsCBvgZ1z_6fth1sc6l6fOWG8mviH1g

Friday, 16 October 2009

Gigantes y Cabezudos



Gigantes
As we are celebrating the feast of Pilar these days, which is the greatest celebration of Zaragoza, I added these photos of one of the most popular events of this festival: the walk of Gigantes ( giants)and Cabezudos (big headed chaps). Each day they go through the streets of the city chasing the kids and trying to frighten them.They are very popular. I hope your pupils will like them as much as Zaragoza's children do.


Cabezudo (foto de Óscar Galván en Flickr)
Regards from Zaragoza, Elena

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Blog Action Day 2009: Climate Change - it's time to take action!




Today at school we talked about the problems connected with climate change. And we created posters and slogans against it. We think the people with power have to change things soon. And people with the power to vote and to protest have to convince them to act NOW !!!
Samira Varallo, Alessia Spedale, School "Arnolfo di Cambio" Casole d'Elsa


Blog Action Day 2009: Drawings against the Climate Change
















Valeria Labruna, Agata Leal, Matteo Caiazzo & Nicola Mazur, Jacub Lysakowsky & Mattia Caliò
http://www.blogactionday.org/




School "Arnolfo di Cambio" Casole d'Elsa





A game for your class


« The Greenhouse effect »
« The climate changes! What about you? »

Play-action in class.

The teacher:

1. Paints the Earth on the blackboard.
2. Puts a globe on a chair in the middle of the class.
3. Places the chairs for the pupils around the globe in Π formation.
4. Have colored chalks, sponges and cellophane (one transparent and two orange-colored).
5. Brings photos from factories, arid soil, wind generators…

Action

Teacher:
We shall study a type of energy, which we use in our house… because we have many… appliances and then we receive a…huge bill!
What type of energy is it?
Pupils:
Electricity.
Teacher:
What electrical appliances can you think of? (Brainstorming)
Pupils:
Refrigerator, washing machine…
Teacher:
Come and write them around the earth on the board.
I΄ll begin.
(He writes refrigerator and paints three small clouds with CO2 - Carbon Dioxide inside).
· The first cloud-CO2 comes from the factory which produced the refrigerator.
· The second cloud-CO2 is for the automobile which carried the appliance home and
· The third one stands for the CO2 that is produced when the power plant uses lignite.
(The teacher gives the chalk to a pupil. Then the whole class takes turns in drawing electrical appliances and clouds around the globe following the above-mentioned procedure)

Teacher:
-I will explain what is happening here in a few minutes.
(The teacher approaches the globe in the middle of the class, handing the transparent cellophane and explaining).
1. If a planet lacks atmosphere, its temperature rises during the day. But at night it is very-very low because heat escapes into space.
2. If a planet has atmosphere like the Earth, (he extends the transparent cellophane around the Globe slowly), temperature rises during the day. But at night it doesn’t fall very much because the atmosphere withholds parts of the heat, so it’s friendly for life. This is called:

“The Greenhouse Effect”
And it is very good for us!!! And our life!!!
3. As far as the gas that is called carbon dioxide (CO2) is concerned, we must keep in mind that … it can withhold a lot of heat. So all these clouds around the Earth can trap large amounts of heat (the teacher slowly unfolds the orange-colored cellophane around the Globe), and the temperature of our planet keeps rising … (He extends the second orange cellophane slowly) and…The Greenhouse Effect increases continuously. (He shows relevant pictures saying):
4. -The climate changes…
5. -Αrctic ice melts…2007 is IPY: international polar year…
6. -Desert expands…
(The teacher takes a sponge, approaches the globe and embraces it)
· -Our planet is getting hotter and hotter!!!
· -Just like us, during summer time, when we enter our car after a bath in the sea!!!
· What can we do? What is your opinion? (Brainstorming)

Pupils:
(The teacher listens to their opinions. He might give them a little boost if necessary.)
-Turn the lights off before leaving the room
-Turn the tap off while brushing our teeth
-Plant trees as they absorb the CO2
-Walk more
-Use bags made of cloth instead of plastic ones
-Use green and renewable sources of energy: solar, wind, waves…

Teacher:
So you suggest:
1. Conserving Energy!!!
2. Green-Renewable Energy!!!
Ok. Very good!
Look what I am going to do and then you will continue…
(The teacher, holding a sponge on his hand, touches the Globe and gives a promise :)
· I will come on foot at school every morning!
· I will not use my car so I will not send exhaust-gases out in the atmosphere…so I may …rub out …some clouds around our Earth!!!
(The teacher erases some clouds from the board and stretches his hand with the sponge to a pupil)
· It’s your turn now…

(Every pupil, takes the sponge, touches the Globe, gives a promise, rubs out some clouds and gives the sponge to another pupil…
So when the earth on board is completely clean as it was in the beginning the teacher asks:
Are we going to leave our earth covered?
(He slowly uncovers the globe from the orange cellophane and leaves the transparent one-Atmosphere).

-Our planet is happy now!!!
- We can help our Earth by making minor changes in our everyday routine!!!
-We deserve a big applause!!!

Bibliographie : http://www.cres.gr/ http://www.windday.eu/ http://www.managenergy.net/

At home:
Each student can draw renewable sources of energy:

Solar - wind - geothermic - hydroelectric - of waves - tidal

Or verbs in the imperative form:

Turn off - walk - plant - change - recycle - decide…

And then they can place the projects on the announcement board in their classroom.

Stop the climate change!











Matteo Casati & Clara Pini, Samira Varallo & Vanessa Pelosi, Gianluca Ventura, Hiroshi Yuki Ionut Dragomir, Valerio Mansueto & Livia Salvini: our slogans against the climate change!
School "Arnolfo di Cambio" Casole d'Elsa, Italy

Greetings from Sweden


Hello everybody,

glad to meet you! I am Agneta, teaching at the smallest school in the world (?) We have 8 students in 6th-9th grades - and only boys! And at the whole school (1st-9th Grade) there are 25 pupils. A rather special situation, isn't it? I hardly dare tell people how few we are... I teach social scienece, history, geography, religion, english and art. At the picture you can see some of our us visting our National Park; Björnlandet.
Agneta

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

15/10/2009!

Hello partners,

tomorrow is the day of "Climate change"

if you want have a look at:

http://www.blogactionday.org/

Marika

Greetings from Korinth-Greece




Good luck to our Blog! Thanks Laura and Monica!


Best regards from Greece!

Monday, 12 October 2009


Together with Monika and the "eTwinning Team" in Siena... to talk about our new ideas and projects!

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Hello from Greece!

I'm Irene Pateraki and I'm in this project from last year. This year I'm in a new school in Palaio Psychiko in Athens. I sent you a presentation I made for our school:

Saturday, 10 October 2009

New blog


Dear Colleagues,

together with Monika we decided to create this blog in order to talk about our eTwinning project LLT and to share our ideas, problems and experiences.

I hope this one will be another pleasant and useful virtual place where we can meet and talk.

Thanks a lot for your brilliant work during our first year together. And now... let's go on !!!

I'm looking forward to reading your posts here as well,


Laura