27 December 2011

If you want to learn Phrasal verbs ;)

Search Results for 'acquire' - UsingEnglish.com I found this site is very useful for learning phrasal verbs. For example , I wrote "go" on the empty box and searched it. All prepositions which are used for "go" appeared on the screen. :)

Christmas Vocabulary Game

Christmas Vocabulary Game These games are very enjoyable for learning English. It gives you also orally feedback like "yes!, ups!". When most of us learned something by using our visuality, the things we tried to learn go to our long-term memory. We can easily remember the words with this activity.  Have a good time ! :)

My favorite song! :)

7 December 2011

Alice- chat bot

I chose Alice robot, because it is very easy to access. When I tried to chat with jabberwacky, it was very slow and I had to wait to get the answer.Although jabberwacky has some tools like showing your emotions on the button, Alice is more simple . Two chat boxes has some mistakes that they use some slang like silly. Although this tool can be provided to the students to learn English, those slangs cause them to learn it in a bad way. If a student want to improve his/ her English ,  one has no need for finding a native friend or somebody else. This chat box provides this situation. It is a robot' speech which looks like a human's talk. While I am teaching English, the time for conversation may be limited ,so I can give homework to talk about whatever the topic is with this tool. For example , İf ı taught past tense to the students, I can ask them to talk to the machine  by using past tense ,copy the dialogue and bring it to me. The students can learn from this tool new patterns.
  When I will be a teacher, I want to create a chat bot for me. Therefore students can go into conversation with me. It looks like a real life situation more. Moreover, students can learn the colourful patterns below.

judge: hello 

ALICE: Hi there! 
judge: are you the girl on the photo ? 
ALICE: Yes I am the one and only girl on the photo. 
judge: You look nice. 
ALICE: Thanks judge you look nice too. 
judge: what a nice girl, you are :) 
ALICE: it is a nice girl I am.. I'm glad you find this amusing. 
judge: how old are you? 
ALICE: I was activated in 1995. 
judge: do you like playing voleyball? 
ALICE: I like Julia Roberts. 
judge: but julia roberts doesn't like you. do you know ? 
ALICE: she has a fuzzy brain. No I don't know. Do not.
judge: you are very smart 
ALICE: Yes I am a superintelligent robot. 
judge: do the robots have mind? 
ALICE: Some of them do, I think. 
judge: can you be able to think ? 
ALICE: Naturally I am thinking all the time.
judge: ask me any question 
ALICE: OK, "What is any question ?".
judge: do you have a nickname? 
ALICE: ALICE is a nickname, silly.
judge: did you call me silly? 
ALICE: I called you by your name. 
judge: you are very rude, maniac :D 
ALICE: Thanks for telling me that I am rude maniac.

4 November 2011

23 October 2011

Reflection of Bookr ( http://www.pimpampum.net/bookr/)

I made a book about a tv series and its name is a Vampire diaries in pimpampum web site. I can write comments and put images on bookr from the episodes. Mr. Neufeld gave us an example of our hometown book. This web site is very enjoyable and useful and when I will be a teacher, I can use this site. That is, if I will teach literature lesson, I can put charachters' images from the internet and also I can write descriptions of them. Moreover I can write about the literature text' plot or summary by using some funny pictures.
that is the example:

17 October 2011

Blogger in Draft

This tool is very useful for especialy language learners. By the help of this tool every people can see writing in the blog as a language learning course. When I started to write few or one letter of a word , automatically it completes rest of it. I can learn collocations or which word has or needs which prepositions. Writing here is very enjoyable and also this blogger in draft saves my time. Now I 'm using it while writing and when words stucked in my mind, this helps me to write fluently.Not only this is just for English, but also it is for the other languages. It is easy to use : by just adding "draft."to the beginning of the url of blog web site and after clicking on new post, by choosing pencil tool on the top and right , you start to be a blogger which has more advantages than the other writers on the internet, maybe..  :)


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Data Driven Learning-discussion point

DDL can be applied easily in a classroom. That is ;  up to me, this learning provides the learners that they don't have to think of grammar rules because they learn these rules unconsciously by doing activities. This learning more suitable for group work. However the number of the students shouldn't be so many. Computers and internet have already been used in teaching and learning. For example; concordancing activity let the learners to see how a word can be used with different words or in different ways like lexical approach. Therefore the computer supply some advantages to DDL.

5 October 2011

Reflection of blogging experience

I created a blog for the first time. At the beginning, I was afraid of that what if I cannot understand its tool or how it is working etc.. After the CTE-319 lesson, I find the blog enjoyable and useful. It is so easy to write  ideas or experiences. When I'll be a teacher, I will use this blog. I can work and share my ideas, thoughts, some problems with the students during the lesson and their solutions, some tips and especially  news about education and teaching with the other teachers. I t is like working in collaboration . Day by day , people find new techniques about teaching and new materials. Therefore, it is hard to follow hundreds of web-sides which are related to teaching and teachers. However, I can follow some teachers' blogs and we can keep in touch there. when we heard something new, we can share it there. I can share videos, images, whatever comes to my mind. Moreover as a student, I find it useful again. To know this blog will be read by others, not only by the teacher makes people  more attentive to the blog. People from every part of the world can follow me, may read my reflections  and make comments on my blog. This is an advantage for a student because when I use the blog, I'm situated in a bigger group or a community than a class. This blog make me improve my reading abilities. To make comments and to choose my friends' favorite posts, I have to read their paragraphs. If the assignment is on the blog or on the web,  I have to also improve my research abilities to write somethings on my blog. To conclude,for both  a student and a teacher ,  a blog can incorporate many things.

4 October 2011

A few ways using a blog in teaching

- the teacher can provide to the students latest news about the topics which are related to their lessons.
-the students or the teachers can combine a lot of ideas  about one topic and they can draw a conclusion which includes thoughts and suggestions on the blog.
-for class discussions or arguments , it can be useful.
- in each week, the students can write their ideas about the lesson. for example; what they have learned or  is there any interesting thing in the lesson etc...


      Twitter is getting more popular day by day. I met with twitter months ago, but I didn't  check it everyday. I have been exploring  this web-side. I like some tools of it. Firstly, I can learn my friends' small details or actions which are related to their lives. To illustrate, one of my friends wrote she missed  her mother's cookies. Maybe, I could cook it for her if I want to see my friend happy. Secondly, I like hash-tags. I didn't know what it is. While  searching commands, people or news, I put hash-tag and it makes easier to find what I want to see. Also I can find  people who are interested in same hobbies like me. We can share our ideas or thoughts etc.. with them.
     However, there are some problems which are  related to this web-side. When  I use hash-tag or follow someone,sometimes  it stays same (as if you make no change). This change is seen on the web-side after you renew the page or half an hour later. The other problem is that you cannot express your ideas more than 140 character  . It could be a bit long. Until now, I have discovered  just a few things about twitter . These are what I have found out until now.
      Twitter can be used in teaching. The teacher can keep the class as a community in communication. After the class or before the class,  the teacher can share assignments or new findings about lessons. Also  the students  can share  their knowledge and ideas with each other by using hash-tags.Then the students can develop their literary skills and their language in a funny way. For example, they label their eachothers' names     in twitter and can write something, joke or any idea in English. Fourthly, if the teacher wants them to discuss a topic, the students can discuss it by putting hash-tag and  the group name. Especially college students have i-phones nowadays and they connect the internet and twitter anytime. Therefore  they can join the discussion easily. The other thing is that being 140 character limit in twitter is beneficial for using it in education. the students have to write somethings shortly so they learn to summarize. Finally the teacher make himself or herself available for the students and they reach the students ant time from there. The students may feel better because they can ask questions if they have any ambiguity or curiosity on something.

30 September 2011

reflection of tricider tool


         There are some websides like "http://tricider.com/" and they are for making group decisions .As a teacher, we could use this tool with a class of students. Simply, I could apply for date of make up classes or homework topics. Also I can ask some questions to learn advantages and disadvantages of teaching methods according to them,as an example. When I learn these advantages and disadvantages  which they think, I would try to develop underlying reasons of them and maybe they can change their mind or change their point of view .
        This web side is used for also brainstorming and voting.  I couldn't find any weaknesses for this tool. On the contrary, there are some strengths . Firstly, it makes your life easier  and keeps your time. Whatever idea comes your mind, then you can share it with your friends or colleagues to decide which one is okay for you. Secondly, people interact with each other by asking questions and also they learn different ideas from there. For example, when Mr Neufeld asked: "how can we use technology to teach vocabulary?", I saw interesting ideas which didn't come to my mind.
        When I become a teacher, I will ask some questions to my students. If these questions are too argumentative, I would use this tool to ask this question before my students come to class. There are some shy students or students that have no idea about that topic. Therefore these brainstorming questions with this tool will help them to get the idea of the question and get knowledge. Some may want research it before  answering or giving him/her idea. I believe that I will be a big fan of this tool when I become a teacher.