August 29, 2011

Presentation in Buenos Aires

This is my second time in Buenos Aires and the more I discover about the city, the more I like it.

I´ve come to Argentina accepting Andressa Cardoso´s invitation for a joint presentation at ABS International Conference. Andressa lives in Goiânia, in the state of Goiás, I, on the other hand, live in Uberlândia, about 350 kms from where she lives.

Then, ¨How did you two prepare your presentation?¨ Cláudio Azevedo asked. ¨With Technology, my friend.¨ For the last 3 months, Andressa and I have been having frequent meetings in skype deciding what to present and sharing what each of us had prepared so far. We also built a wiki as support material to offer to attendees. We only met face to face, a few hours before our jont presentation in Buenos Aires.

Our chosen topic was ¨Homework assignments using Web 2.0¨. Andressa started the presentation talking about some theoretical background related to homework assignment and then I presented ¨The 10 Tasks Challenge¨, a project developed with my students last semester.

August 28, 2011

Presentation in La Plata - Argentina

I´ve been in Argentina since the 24th August and have been enjoying myself so much I had no time to blog about it. On 25th, I took a bus close to the obelisk and traveled to La Plata to meet dear friend Nelba.

I´ve known Nelba Quintana since 2006 through the internet but had never had the chance to meet her f2f. Her invitation to present at the Language Institute of the University of La Plata came as a GREAT surprise. I was welcomed with beautiful flowers, warm smiles and friendly hugs. So glad, Argentinians like hugging like Brazilians do. Susana Canelo, another webhead, traveled quite a long distance to meet us there as well.

The three of us, Nelba, Susana and I  were thrilled. La Plata is a beautiful city about 60 kms from Buenos Aires. Loved the many wonderful buildings they have, all in an European style. As soon as I took out my camera to take shots of first buildings we visited, I discovered I had forgotten to charge my camera battery, can you believe that? Well, dear Susana, became the official photographer.

After a very pleasant lunch, we arrived at ESCUELA DE LINGUAS and I  got ready for my presentation ¨Developing the 4 Skills with Webtools¨.

The presentation, based on my second book , is about different webtools teachers can use to develop the 4 skills in language learning: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

This is the powerpoint material I promised to share.

Nelba and Susana, thank you so much for the great time in La Plata.

August 18, 2011

My new ALL-IN-ONE Webpage

Ispired by #RSCON3, and after having seen some examples, I decided to make my own webpage using WIX.COM. I didn´t find it very easy to use but with patience and persistance you can do quite a good job.


Free website - Powered By

These are other pages using different sites:
- Vicky Saumell
- Brad Patterson
- Carla Arena

If you want to make your page with WIX, this tutorial might help you.

August 17, 2011

VOKI Interviews Educators- Ana Maria Menezes

Last week, I was surprised to receive an e-mail from VOKI, a site I've often used with students and blogged about, asking for an interview about how I've been using VOKI with my students.

This is a Kwout screenshot of the VOKI BLOG with the interview:

This is the video I produced answering their questions.

I apologize for the buzzing sound in the background.

August 7, 2011

Guest post: Finding "APPiness"

This is how everything started:
Camila Sousa and I sending messages to each other. Camila lives in Chicago and I, in Brazil.

- Ana, you've got to see the fabulous apps I've been exploring for the ipad.
- I have an idea, Camila, why don't you write a guest post for my blog telling us all about it?

I'm very pleased to host Camila's post just below. Check out her fantastic blog " 2 Teach is 2 touch lives 4 ever"

Thank you to Ana Maria at LifeFeast who invited me to write a guest post for her blog. I am very happy to be sharing with you all. Those who know me understand that my philosophy and motto is - Sharing is caring! :-)

I have been researching apps because the school district I work at is implementing a program that provides iPads for all 6th grade students and, believe it or not, they get to take their devices home!! I know, right?? These kids are so lucky!! I wish I was studying there. LOL I am the Technology Facilitator so I get to help them learn to use their iPads. It has been great hopping from site to site and  finding some amazing educators' blogs, wikis and social media pages that review apps or just list them.

These are the free educational apps I have been collecting and sharing with the district staff I work with. I am very "APPy" to be sharing them with you all. My suggestions are based on schools I am currently working with.

Free Educational Apps

You can also find a list of educators' blogs with their app recommendation on my online bookmarking website.

August 5, 2011

Next Presentation: EdmodoCon11 - The 10 tasks Challenge

Dear Lifefeast readers,

I'm very glad to invite all of you to attend the first EDMODO virtual conference (EdmodoCon11)  where Educators from different corners of the world will share how they have been using Edmodo with students.

My presentation will be about using webtools to assign homework. I'll be presenting a project I developed last semester with my students where apart from assigning the traditional homework, that is, workbook exercises and writings, students had to carry out 10 tasks using different webtools.

EdmodoCon 11
10 August (Wednesday)
Sessions start at 10:30 AM Eastern Time (11:30 in Brazil)and go on until 8:30 PM ET (9:30 in Brazil)

MY SESSION WILL BE AT 5:00 PM ET ( 6:00 PM in Brazil)
Hope to see many of you there.
You can  regitster for EdmodoCon11  HERE.
Click HERE to attend the sessions.

August 3, 2011

Twitter Fountain: share tweets with the same tags

This is a great way to share tweets with the same keyword or hashtag.

1. Click on SETTINGS at the bottom of the animation image

2. Type the Keyword or hashtag, select the animation type, speed. Click SAVE SETTINGS.

3. Click SHARE to grab the embed code for publishing

First, I tried one with the Keyword "anamariacult", my webname.

Then, one with the hashtag #EdmodoCon , a Virtual Conference taking place next week, 10 August.