Tuesday, June 30, 2009

OK, I'm back! E-learning stuff podcasts

I'm finally back in Singapore and at work and alsmot there with work and study! It's been reallty hectic! Ok, I just wanted to share a Podcast that I subscribed too and have found extremely usedful.
E-learning stuff - very interesting discussions for bus rides or while walking or travelling anywhere!

Bye for now and I hope you enjoy them!!


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Is 'FOLLOW' the same as an RSS Feed?

I jus discovered that if one wants to follow this blog, all they have to do is click on FOLLOW a sshown in the picture. I know a very simple step, but I'm new to blogging and this I hadn't noticed. My question now is: Is this following the same as the RSS Feed? My first thoughts are that it is not as more than ever the RSS feed icon is clearly dentifiable and very orange so, I'd say it is not, in which case.... I still need help as to why and how do I add that feed to my blog!!!

I already went to settings and added the Subscribe+ gadget but it fails to appear on the homepage. What is it that I'm not doing? I'm really going crazy here as I've read and re-read all the instructions and watched the videos too many times! Help, I need somebody, help, not just anybody!!!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Tech, Sites, RSS Feeds Update!!

Hey there!

Right, as you know I'd decided to use my blog as an-e-portoflio of all the work we've been doing so far on the course. Well, I started adding single posts for all the great tools we've been using lately. Needless to say, this takes a lot of time, so I decided to add all my favourite sites, new RSS feeds to relevant sites of my interest and experiment a little with the blog tools too so I gave it a face-lift already!!! Hope you like it!


Thursday, June 18, 2009

My webpage in netvibes - is this a blog?

Well, after watching Nick Peachey's video yesetrday on pageflakes and blogs, I went on and created my webpage too.

I still fail to clearly understand what the difference between a blog and a webpage is - maybe they're both the same and just hosted by different platforms... I still have to figure this out. Anyways, I'm determined to make of this blog my personal portfolio so this is just one more thing I need to get to grips with. If any of you can help me out here, THANKS!

My favourite website ever!!!

Like you, I have visited so many sites lately that I've lost count. However, the one that has become my favourite without a shadow of a doubt is Russell Stannard's Teacher Training Videos! He really deserves the prize he got! Check it out!

Screen capture that rocks! JING

Here's a link to Techsmith's website and the video showing how it works!

It's free, it's easy and it allows you to capture screen shots and also video, plus you can annotate!!!

Super cool! And useful for teachers and trainers, huh? Any ideas on how to use it?

Experimenting with Voicethread

Here's a link to my first voicethread to which you were already invited. I'm just adding links to all the work we have been doing on the course, so that I can have it all in one page - my blog! This is cool! Blogging rocks!!! :-)

ICT Course Podcasts

I also created podcasts for the first 3 sessions of the ICT course I mentioned before and made them available on PoDomatic. The idea behind it was that of exposing them to the podcasts after having mentioned them briefly in oe of the sessions and having set some research homework before actually asking them to produce their own for sessions 4 and 5 either using Audacity or Podomatic. ON the first run of the course we didn't have enough tme to do this so I'm looking forward to doing it on the next one in a few weeks'e time.

My ICT Blog in 21classes for my ICT trainees


Here's a link to the blog I created in 21classes (an edublog) to use hands-on with my trainees on the How to Use ICT in your Lessons course at BC Singapore.

There is not much going on now as the courses finished and I use it to give trainees first-hand experience of blogs, but there's enough evidence of what they did on the last course.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

MY work and hobbies

I work at British Council Singapore and more specifically in the TDC or Teacher Development Centre. I'm a tutor on CELTA, Young Learner Extension to CELTA courses as well as on other TT courses we offer known as KiTi Courses (Know it, teach it) - Pronunciation, Grammar, ICT in your Lessons, Phonics and Early Reading Skills, IWB Training Workshops, Reading Skills Comprehension for, How to be an Effective Tutor and many others.

In my free time, I like to go running or swimming. I'm a member of a small gym at Traders Hotel here in Singapore which is across from my office :)

Who am I?

Hi there!

I'm 37 years old and I love learning new things and languages, eating pasta and running and swimming. I also love travelling. I speak fluent Spanish and Italian. I can also get by in French and Portuguese. I'd like to live in a German or French speaking country to learn/improve the language(s). This picture was taken last year in Mallorca, in Spain, where I lived for 2 years from June 06 to July 08 and until I relocated to Singapore with British Council. Needless to say, I also love good wine, especially, Chianti and Barolo!