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Going Mobile - a conclusion!

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Hello again!

As you know form my previous post, I was doing the Going Mobile course by TheConsultants-e.com and well, it's come to an end now and I'm sad it has finished because I loved every minute of it. Module 2 of the course was very hands on with lots of articles, tools to explore, pair and group work, and so what better way to learn than to do things yourself and then share your own experiences during the process, what your context is and what you're doing while also learning from others on the course about the same things. What I Iike the most about online learning and from good online courses is that they provided you with the opportunity to learn with and from others while acquiring new knowledge through the exploration of content, tools and theory via experimentation.
Module 2 also offered the possibility to meet virtually at a video conference to discuss the different topics and tasks, share experiences with both challenges and triumphs. It is not always possible …

Going Mobile - a must do course!

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I'm really excited about the new online course I'm doing as a student: TheConsultants-e.comGoing Mobile course with Lindsay Clansdfield astutor. The course is divided into two modules and runs over 20 days. As with most online courses it is asynchronous so participants can log in when convenient and engage with the tasks and other participants in the different fora. This course came out of Nicky Hockly and Gavin Dudeney's super interesting book: Going Mobile - yes same name!

We're in the middle of the Module 1 and I really like how all the different tasks are clearly related, interesting and above all hands-on!  This is my type of course as you get to see the content, explore it, do something with it and then discuss it/share it with the other participants on the course. One of the things that I enjoy the most about online learning is that you usually get to do the course with people from all over the world, different levels of expertise, experiences and stories to tell…

A year of big changes!

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2018 is coming to an end and so I've realised it's been a year of big changes in many ways. 

Academically - I feel really satisfied with all the learning done this year! In my last post I shared I had started the IH London Diploma in Academic Management and well, I finished it in Aug and got a Distinction, so I couldn't be more pleased. It was hard but a rewarding experience and I learnt lots both from my tutor Maureen McGarvey and my classmates.

I also completed a few very interesting MOOCS: Culture of Services: A New Perspective on Customer Relations with EdXand the University of Kyoto. It was a real help during the IH London Diploma above.
The next course was a Udemy online course: Become a SuperLearner2: Speed Reading and Boost your Memory, which I enjoyed a lot too. And the last one, also online, by Trinity College London - Excellent in Education: Quest for the Best: Teaching and Learning Vocabulary which I also enjoyed a lot. There were lots of interesting materials and …

Genyally - it's simply great

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I came across Genially just recently thorugh a Twitter post by Nick Peachey and I simnply loved it. I think it's got a lot of potential for presenting information in a nice and visual way for our students.  Nick's great Genially presentation on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs here (there are links to Nick's social media at the end of the presentation) is a wonderful example of how you can use it.

I have now created a Teacher account and will start exploring it asap as I can see it can be very useful for me as a teacher trainer and learner myself. I'll keep you posted as I'll report soon on how I use it while reviewing it from a teacher's point of view.


Google Keep - a must keep!

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I came across Google Keep not long ago and it's been an incredibly flexible tool so I decided to write a short entry here to share what I've been using it for and how useful it's been. There are other programs out there to make notes and organise one's ideas, commitments, etc., like EverNote, OneNote, Swipes and many more. Jimmy Daly's blog post here offers up to 14 different ones!

As I said earlier, I've been using Google Keep and it's been really simple to use and very useful so I would definitely recommend it to anyone doing lots of different things and wanting to be able to make, classify, find, edit, etc., notes in their daily lives.  As I have several roles besides my full time job, Google Keep is helping me organise all those extra commitments I have easily as you can create labels for the different categories you need and also colour code them.  They're accessible to you anywhere you go and so it's easy to keep track of all the different thi…

Here we go again!

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Hello!

It's been four months since my last post and I must confess it's been hectic to say the least. This is, of course, no excuse for my absence so here's an update on all the things I've been working on since then.  As regards my full time job, it's going well and as usual I'm enjoying it immensely. I think it's great when you can honestly say you do want to go to work in the morning so in spite of the usual ups and down we all go through, things are going well and changes are ahead as my role is changing from DoS to Academic Manager with a more supervisory capacity, but still very involved in the academics of the school and of course, Teacher Training and Development, which is my true love.

My external activities are also thriving and this year I started working for IDP as a language consultant so a very exciting opportunity from which I'm learning lots and also traveling a bit more! Language assessment can be said to be my second true love and as s…

Time to come back!

It's 2017 already and time does fly when one is having fun! I finished my MA in September last year and it seems like it was yesterday when I got the great news that I had got a Distinction. After that, it's all been really busy with new projects, courses, training, assessing, inspecting and examining! You name it!  I wanted to get on to a PhD, but it's all been so busy - enjoyable and challenging at the same time - that I have decided to have a short break and dedicate myself to all the different projects ahead of me.
I'm back now and looking forward to getting back into creating videos, trying out apps and tools and briefly writing about them so stay tuned!