Saturday, August 18, 2007

‘e-Tools n Tips’

Dr Elizabeth Hanson-Smith posted at our webheads in Action Yahoo Group this announcement: Australian Flexible Learning offers some neat free seminars online. This notice relates to the next series to be offered.

‘e-Tools n Tips’
These ‘how to’ sessions are especially for those NEW to e-learning. There are 8 sessions on moblogs, podcasting, virtual worlds, social bookmarking, personal learning spaces, digital storytelling, video in e-learning, and wikis and blogs.

ALL of these sessions are FREE and require NO REGISTRATION.

You simply join the sessions using the relevant URLs found on the Networks site at: There you'll find more information about the online seminars:

All sessions are live synchronous ones using the virtual classroom, Elluminate.

‘Live Conversation’
This is a synchronous session using Elluminate associated with the lead article of Edition 14 of The Knowledge Tree e-journal –

When: TUESDAY 21 AUGUST 2 – 3pm AESTWhere: or

Content: What is ‘connected intelligence’ ? What is its impact on learning in organisations? How can you use some ‘connecting intelligence’ tools, such as ‘Facebook’? For the answers to these and other intriguing questions, join the live conversation! To read the article before the session go to:

Help with Elluminate
To participate in an Elluminate session your computer will need to be configured to run the Elluminate software. To download Elluminate and to configure your computer click this link – Configuration RoomYou need a microphone and speakers to interact in the Elluminate virtual classroom. In some cases, you will need to contact your IT people to open ports on firewalls. Documents on accessing, using and giving information to IT professionals on Elluminate is on the Networks site (scroll down the page):

An upcoming practice session in using Elluminate is on - -THURSDAY 23 August, 12 – 1pm AEST

Also, for ‘hands on ‘ assistance at any time, do not hesitate to contact the Networks Team –

Email: networks@flexiblele auPhone: +61 2 6207 4832 Jyothi Jayaram

Kind regards

BaxterE-learning Networks Project Manager

Supporting e-learning projects for the Australian Flexible Learning Framework

» Paper Blogging - more ideas! Mobile Learning

I found this wonderful idea on how to teach what blogging is about, using a paper based task... I found it at mlearning posted by Leonard Low. Leonard has a great blog dedicated to mobile devices and how to teach using mobile phones, PDAs, etc.

This is the description of the task
» Paper Blogging - more ideas! Mobile Learning

Here you can find Papper blogging task.

Also if you'd like to participate in an online seminar you can join Leonard Low, who will be explaining what MOBLOGS are:

MOBLOGS (Images, Audio and Video)
Presenter: Leonard Low, Canberra Institute of Technology

When: Monday 3 September at 12:00pm to 1:00pm AEST
Where: Access the session at least 15mins before the session start time here or go to

What is a moblog?
Try it out!
Why would someone use a moblog in education?
Overview of various sites which enable simple moblogging (using various media)
Creating customised (and more flexible) moblogs by connecting your social web services
Advanced moblogging techniques: geotagging and locoblogging

Who: Leonard is Educational Technology Strategist at the Canberra Institute of Technology. He is author of the Mobile Learning Blog (, ACT Representative on the E-Standards Experts Group (EEG), and was Lead Researcher for the EEG's Standards for M-Learning project. Leonard has over ten years of experience in flexible learning as a student, teacher, manager, administrator and developer, and combines these perspectives in his work in flexible and mobile learning.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

My Friend Karen Garcia

My friend Karen Garcia is a special lady. She's been my fairy godmother and on line sister for the last three or four years. She's from Puerto Rico, originally but she lives in Massachusetts right now. I met her when I joined the Webheads in Action Community. I was participating in an online conf at LearningTimes, when I heard that beautiful Puerto Rican voice of her for the first time. It was such a nice, cantarina (like a song) voice, it felt really good and I nmediately liked her. At that time I was a newie to the online world. She helped me and adopted me, tutored me, advised me, and make me be a better teacher.

I visited her blog The Guru speaks, today and found this beautiful picture that I want to share with you today. This picture belongs to ROSA IBARRA, paintings/obra:

The angel in this picture represents at least to me all the love and friendship Karen Garcia has given this online teacher from Venezuela. I'm writing this post as an homenage to you my dear Angel Friend.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

World Press Freedom Day

Today is an important day. World Press Freedom Day! I looked for this topic at wikipedia and this what I found:

World Press Freedom Day is a day designated by the United Nations to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and to remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Also I found this at the unesco site:

“The rights to life and to liberty and integrity and security of person and also to freedom of expression are fundamental human rights that are recognized and guaranteed by international conventions and instruments.” (UNESCO Resolution, General Conference 1997)

UNESCO marks World Press Freedom Day by conferring the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize on a deserving individual, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially when this has been achieved in the face of danger.

The Prize is named in honour of Guillermo Cano Isaza, a Colombian journalist who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper, El Espectador, in Bogotá, on 17 December 1986. Cano's writings had offended Colombia's powerful drug barons.

Unfortunately, today in my country we are facing the possibility of an important televison channel to be closed. This channel was denied the possibility of continuing working by the President of the Republic himself. His argument to do this, it is just that this channel is "golpista" and it's always denouncing what's wrong in his goverment. This is really serious. If RCTV is closed, Press Freedom will be diminished in our country. I just would like to ask our president for his reconsidering of this decision of closing RCTV and support ofthe strengtening of Free Press in Venezuela. It's important to remember that RCTV has been with us ,Venezuelans, for 53 years and they have been the same channel in every goverment. You can watch RCTV on line here:
Happy Day to journalist and free thinkers and

Saturday, April 21, 2007

WritingMatrix Project!

Well, my good friend Vance Stevens have invited a group of teachers from different parts of the world to blog with my students and have my students blogging with all the students in the other countries. So, we said yes... and this is the result:

My students from levels, 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8 set up their blogs as final projects to reflect on what they learned over the trimester courses at URBE. (January-April 2007)

Please, visit and leave a comment to give them the opportunity to keep on blogging, sharing, and learning. To visit them, go to our class blog.

Congratulations to all new bloggers and their progress in EFL!

Keep on shining!


Monday, April 09, 2007

A funny image!

One of my favorite photoblogs is The daily dose of Imagery. Today's photo was great but what I liked the most was the comment.....

The author says " Apparently if you're missing a leg or a shoulder, you can't enter St. Peter's in Vatican City. Sorry Cherry Darling!

What do you think about the photo and the comment? leave your comment here or go to Sam Javanrouh's photoblog, read the comments there and leave a message.

Here you can see his work....

Keep on shining!

Monday, March 19, 2007

A POEM for Women!

A poem about violence against women and girls, for International Women's Day (8 March). This was taken from:

By Abena Busia

We are all mothers,
and we have that fire within us,
of powerful women
whose spirits are so angry
we can laugh beauty into life
and still make you taste
the salty tears of our knowledge-
For we are not tortured
we have seen beyond your lies and disguises,
and we have mastered the language of words,
we have mastered speech
And know
we have also seen ourselves raw
and naked piece by piece until our flesh lies flayed
with blood on our own hands.
What terrible thing can you do us
which we have not done to ourselves?
What can you tell us
which we didn’t deceive ourselves with
a long time ago?
You cannot know how long we cried
until we laughed
over the broken pieces of our dreams.
shattered us into such fragments
we had to unearth ourselves piece by piece,
to recover with our own hands such unexpected relics
even we wondered
how we could hold such treasure.
Yes, we have conceived
to forge our mutilated hopes
beyond your imaginings
to declare the pain of our deliverance:
So do not even ask,
do not ask what it is we are labouring with this time;
Dreamers remember their dreams
when they are disturbed-
And you shall not escape
what we will make
of the broken pieces of our lives.

Abena Busia is the daughter of the late Kofi Busia, a former Prime Minister of Ghana. In her poem “Liberation” she lyrically describes the plight of women and their power to overcome violence and be free.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Let's play this interesting GAME!

Samorost is an adventure game that is full of clicky puzzles and beautifully rendered scenes mixed with animations and various gadgetry. The soundtrack is delightful with sound effects and music to fit the mood of the surrealistic adventure. It's not very long, but will keep you busy for just the right amount of time. Enjoy this masterpiece of creativity and interactive art. There are two games so far Samorost and Samorost2. I've played the second one and I loved it.

Samorost 2 is about a little white gnome whose dog has been kidnapped by the aliens. Your mission is to rescue the poor puppy.

Here you can find tricks and hints to play the game. Have lots of fun! Tell us how you liked the game... leave us a message.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

My friend Elsa Pereira is back in town!!!!

Dr. Elsa Pereira is back! This is to welcome her and let her know how happy we are because she's back. Welcome my dear friend! Lots of projects are waiting for you. In Elsa's honor I want to share this wonderfull song with you all..and remember keep shining, keep smiling!!

Dionne and Friends, a one-off collaboration among Dionne Warwick featuring Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder , won Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, as well as Song of the Year for its writers, Bacharach and Bayer Sager.

Here you have the lyrics..... so let's sing together!!!!

That’s What Friends Are For

Performed by Elton John, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight and Steve Wonder

And I never thought I'd feel this way
And as far as I'm concerned
I'm glad I got the chance to say
That I do believe I love you

And if I should ever go away
Well then close your eyes and try
To feel the way we do today
And then if you can remember

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That's what friends are for
For/In good times and/in bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
That's what friends are for

Well you came and opened me
And now there's so much more I see
And so by the way I thank you

And then for the times when we're apart
Well then close your eyes and know
These words are coming from my hearts
And then if you can remember

** Repeat three times

Well, my dear friend Elsita..... Keep smiling, keep shining......Knowing you can always count on me, for sure!

Do you have a comment about the song? Please, share it with us!

Friday, March 02, 2007

Saturday, February 24, 2007's Guide to the TOEFL® Test Podcast's Guide to the TOEFL® Test Podcast

A Super Teacher!

Teacher Alejandro Romero received a recognition for his work as a teacher, dentist and young Venezuelan. Congratulations on your Dia de la Juventud medal!

Keep on shining!


CI42 Blogs!!!

Congratulations to CI42 students. They just finished their level 4. Here you can visit their blogs and read what they did during their classes. This was their first time blogging. Most them did a good job! Some of them still have to check on their work and review some of their writings. Anyway, what matters it's that they tried to communicate their ideas and learned to used BLOGS to record their work. Here, there are the links to their blogs:
Please, visit their blogs and leave a comment.... Let's support our fellow students!


Thursday, February 22, 2007

Aiden Yeh's Speech Class podcast!

This is another great PODCAST site. Here you can listen to more students having their voices heard. So, hurry up.... let's start having our voices heard, too!

Click here to get your own player.

The Bardwell Road Centre Podcast

Hi! This is to introduce you to "PODCASTS" Podcats are short radio programs made by common people like you and me. In this posting I'm really happy to introduce a group of students and teachers from Bardwell Road Centre in England, who record and post to the internet a series of short podcasts. They are basically short interviews on different topics. Here you have an example:

Click here to get your own player.

To visit their postcast site go to:
The Bardwell Road Centre Podcast

Well, have fun listening to these students who are like you in this adventure of learning a new language. Hope you like it!


Monday, February 19, 2007

Quiz: Your Romantic Attachment Style!

This a BONUS TASK!!!!!

I know we're a little late on Valentine's Day! But, this an interesting article I found around the web and thought that maybe one or two of you could be interested in these things related to love - romantic love! Well, hope you have fun reading and taking this quiz.... The quiz is to find out what l kind of relater you are: Pursuer, avoider or secure. After you finish taking the quiz, remember to comeback here and leave a comment. We'll be delighted on reading what you have to say....

To take the quiz just click on the following link:
Tango: Your Romantic Attachment Style -- Yahoo! Personals

Here we have some love birds!
Dario and Merly

Nelson and Marla

Marlon and Gaby

Jose and Anita

Keep on shining!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Multiliterate Doris: A Photo blog task!!!!!!

Multiliterate Doris: A Photo blog task!!!!!!

A Photo blog task!!!!!!

Hi, there! I've been looking at photos and found great ones. So, this is the plan... please, go to Joan's trip to South Wales! Look at her photos, read her story and answer the following questions:

  1. Where did Joan go on her little trip?
  2. How long did she travel?
  3. Where did she start her trip?
  4. What did she do first?
  5. What can you do at the Bay Development in Cardiff?
  6. What Civic building is at the center of Cardiff?
  7. What can you do at the dockside?
  8. What's there in Penarth? Where's Penarth, exactly?
  9. What two island can you see from Penarth?
  10. Where did Joan go after visiting Penarth?
  11. What can you see there?
  12. Where did Joan and her friends sit?
  13. What can you see along the grassy cliff tops?
  14. What's a cliff and are there any cliffs in Ogmore-by-sea?
  15. What other seaside town did they visit after Ogmore-by-sea?
  16. What did they see there?
  17. What do they lifeboat service do there?
  18. What other places did they see along the South Wales coast?
  19. Where did they stopped briefly?
  20. What did they do in Llangennith?
  21. What do her friends have in Llangennith?
  22. What did they do after checking out the beaches and sand dunes?
  23. What's your opinion about Joan's trip?
  24. Would you like to go with her?
After you finish answering the questions above:
Have fun and enjoy the photos.... traveling virtually around the world and practicing your English!

Keep on shining!

Monday, February 05, 2007

Two talented musicians!

Nelson and Mayuya (his guitar)!

Hello, my name is Nelson Luis and I´m here to talk about my talents. I play basketball and soccer. My favorite basketball team is LosAngeles Lakers. I love this team!. I play acoustic guitar and electric guitar, and play music with my twin brother. He plays the drums. I can sing very well but I am a Shy person.


Victor and his bass guitar

My name is Victor Marquez and my hobby is to play the bass guitar, I have my own bass guitar and I have been playing it for two years, I play it everyday in my room so I can have some privacy. My favourite music band is "Dream theater" my favourite bass player plays there and is my inspiration to play, his name is Jhon Myung my favourite song to play is called "the ytsejam". My bass is a 4 stringed fretted bass. My bass brand is "phil pro", before I play bass I used to play keyboards but I just did't like it because I had to study a lot of different keys pattern and I didn't want to play guitar because there are a lot of guitar players in the world and I though that the bass guitars would be a good option an I liked it. My dream is to become a known bass player and play in a great band and be a good musician, I play my bass with two friends that play the electricguitar and the drums almost every saturday a few hours just to have some fun and I think t is the best talent I can do.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Talent Show

Cool Slideshows

Last week we had our Talent Show week! Students from Level 2 told and showed their classmates what they could do very well. We had a lot of fun and the desserts were delicious! Among the talented people we had, flamenco dancers, Boxing lessons, art exhibitions, radio announcers, performers "payasitas", an archer that's in Zulia's Archery Team, Arabic dancing, Rock musicians and singers, a wonderfull chello player who is in our Orquesta Juvenil del Zulia, lots of cooks, volleyball, tennis, soccer, ping pong players and future writers. Congratulations to everybody! You did and excellent job! My talented students!

Monday, January 22, 2007

A video Activity!

Watch the video and write your opinion about it. Use your imagination and write a different ending for this video. The best ending get a surprise reward! Please, don't forget to include your name and session.

Here you can read the lyrics in English

Because I'm a Girl

I just can't understand the ways
Of all the men and their mistakes
You give them all your heart
And then they rip it all away

You told me how much you loved me
And how our love was meant to be
And I believed in you
I thought that you would set me free

You should've just told me the truth
That I wasn't the girl for you
Still, I didn't have a clue
So my heart depended on you, whoa

Although I'll say I hate you now
Though I'll shout and curse you out
I'll always have love for you
Because I am a girl

Been told a man will leave you cold
Get sick of you and bored
I know that it's no lie
I gave my all, still I just cry

Never again will I be fooled
To give my all when nothing's true
I won't be played again
But I will fall in love again



I loved you so
Now you leave me in the cold
How could this be
I thought that you'd only love me

Into the night
I will pray that you're alright
You hurt me so
I just can't let you go

You took advantage of my willingness
To do anything for love
Now I'm the only one in pain
Will you please take it all away

Never thought being born a girl
How I can love you and be burned
And now I will build a wall
To never get torn again

(CHORUS) [2x]

Here you can read and listen to the English version of this song: Because I'm a girl in English

Visit this community of love! Here you can find love poems in English.... Valentine is coming soon

to write you comment click on comment.... just right down here.

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