sabato 2 giugno 2018

An interesting video from a meeting in Italy- Festival della Didattica

Italian Teachers are struggling teachers. Some find it is difficult to learn about new technologies and apps . However, they are empowering themselves to learn more about new approaches and methodologies.

I was online last week and could find this interesting video where an Italian teacher was explaining about the changes and the approaches that can help us  develop new learning paths. The festival took place in the late winter this year and the speaker, Astrid, was great at explaining what  connects learning and  innovation. Social networks are good at spreading  the ideas and  helping us become familiar with them.

Hopefully, more educators are changing their attitudes. Technologies and innovative  approaches can help us design new  Learning scenarios. Thanks to  this Italian  woman, who is engaged in providing better learning  opportunities and she is sharing her ideas with us.


sabato 5 maggio 2018

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Julia Stephen with Virginia on her lap 1884.jpg

Julia Stephen with Virginia on her lap 1884
By Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (1852-1911) - Smith College Libraries, Leslie Stephen Photo Album, Public Domain, Link

Reading Virginia Woolf's famous book  To the Lighthouse  is still one of the most fascinating  reading experiences I have ever had.

I remember reading the book and focussing on the mother's loving care for her family and how the main protagonist of this  story must have given us some information and similarities with the writer's true family story.  This was one of the many books  I had chosen to study for my English Literature  exams when I was  finishing my university years . It was so nice reading it  and  I loved  Mrs Ramsay and the way she took care of the house and the children.

Listen to this beautiful radio drama based on the novel  and imagine how she must have worked on the  characterization of each member of the family. It is said that the family she described was based on her life and the  children who were in the writer's family. 
What is really great is the way she  creates situations and we get into the beauty of their minds.

What follows are some interesting documents which I have  found online and which I feel can help us read and understand the way of writing which was the peculiarity of  the writer  V.Woolf.

Woolf wrote novels but she worked on the magic power of words and images. I loved the beautiful image of the Lighthouse and I thought that it had a great meaning for the child and the mother who wanted him to be pleased and to experience the  lighthouse.

If you have some free hours and you would like to  read  I think that this book is still one of the best ones I  should spend some time on.

References  and Links

venerdì 20 aprile 2018

Learning about the Past : History seen through Images

You might think that  social networks are not useful but  for educators they can provide a lot of interesting  sources.

Here is  a coloured image  depicting  a burning  Ghetto  in the  Second World War - it is a  document that tells us about the atrocities of  what happened in the  areas  which were occupied by  the Germans .  We can teach about the past also by using  images and  by using   resources which we cannot find  in books.   I feel that  this  a  different  approach to help our  students   think and reflect on  what happened .

giovedì 19 aprile 2018

Those who survived and their message for us today

An interesting  video reminding us what  happened  a long time ago in Poland.

Simcha   Rotem has  a lesson for us  today-  it is  worth sharing :

" Among the  two -legged animals there are  those who are worthy  and those who are not worthy of being called   human  beings"


domenica 15 aprile 2018

Liberation of the Concentration Camp Bergen-Belsen on 15th April 1945

15th April 1945

Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp was liberated.  Today I was online and I came across the Tweet which the Auschwitz Museum had just  posted to remind us about it.The images and the events that occured there  must be remembered by us.  Thousands of people  died there because of the belief - most of them were  Jews  while other people   fighting against the Nazis. 

I visited this camp many years ago, we could not see much about  the  camp but we learnt about the stories of men and women who had  died there.  Among the people who were killed  or died  there we have the famous  young girl whose Diary is still read  today:  Anne Frank.

 I was visitng the camp with my students and an old  Italian man who  had been  imprisoned in Germany and he was  presenting the voice of a person who had survived- many are not living anymore. We learnt how  the war had changed  people and violence had shaped the lives of the many who were living in concentration camps.

Let's remember and  let's work together to make this  world  become a better world today.

Link to the concentration camp:

venerdì 13 aprile 2018

Blendspace My lessons about the Victorian Age

For my fourth year  class in a  Liceo Artistico  I had to design some lessons and tasks about the Victorian Age. Since we have just  11-12 lessons in class  till the end of the school year I decided to create some virtual lesson containers online where my students could work on their own and  learn about the age of Queen Victoria and one of the most important  writers of the time- C.Dickens.

I have often used Google Slides to present my content, this time I chose   Blendspace.
The Platform has enabled me to design a lesson plan with lots of  direct links to videos and materials online that deal with the topic I am going to do in class. I will guide them to read and watch  some documents dealing with the time we are studying and  I would like them to reflect on the many  contrasts of the time in which  Dickens  lived. Most of the tasks will be done from home, I need to rely on the students' working at home as we  have poor internet  connection and now at school we have no whiteboards with  internet connections.

The next step will be to help them speak about the topic and find links among the many events that took place in the long time in which the Queen ruled. It is also possible to add quizzes in the online platform. I will think about  some guided compositions or  quizzes to help the students  study and present what they have learnt.

I  think that  Blendplace is a  nice and versatile tool. If you want to add more documents you might  need to pay for some but when  teachers have access to documents that are shared and  are free , we can easily build a good lesson  for learners.

The gallery offers some nice lessons for   many   school subjects. It is worth trying  them.

Useful links

giovedì 12 aprile 2018

Holocaust Memorial Day

It is time to remember but it is also time to think that  what is happening now after the end of  WWII is something we should  be ashamed of.

It is a tragedy that is happening  in many countries like  Syria and where children are suffering because  adults and  politicians do not  care.


Let's hope we can  make this  a better  world for all the children who are  suffering.  Let's stop wars .