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Monday, 16 October 2017

GOOGLE DOCS SPREADSHEETS and NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS

When a team has to find and select specific information, it is a good idea to divide work. However, this sometimes leads to different organizational problems: one uses a format, another person uses another format. Preparing a google drive spreedsheet altogether is a good idea to avoid such problems, and then each member of the team will do his or her work, but everybody else will see and follow every other student's progress.

Let's see a practical case. I want you to get information about the Nobel Prize Winners throughout the last  21 years. You are 21 people, so this should be quite easy if you divide work properly.


This is the spreadsheet you have to complete.

When you finish, take time to look at the result. Have a look at all the Nobels and choose the Nobel who has drawn your attention and write a complete and personal article about that person. Select relevant information about the person, information that will explain why you chose them.



Monday, 2 October 2017

TUENTI / FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM / WHATSAPP

Hello. Today you are going to start working on your second article. Nowadays it is a fact that most teenagers (but not only teenagers) have an account in social websites like Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Logging in these webs has become a routine in the lives of most of them. That's why your second article will deal with this issue. I would like you to reflect on the following questions:


1. ADVANTAGES OF SOCIAL WEBS LIKE INSTAGRAM / FACEBOOK / TWITTER

2. DISADVANTAGES OF SOCIAL WEBS LIKE INSTAGRAM/ FACEBOOK / TWITTER

3. DIFFERENT MEANINGS OF “A FRIEND”IN REALITY AND IN THE WEBSITES

4. WHAT DO YOU DO TO GUARANTEE YOUR PRIVACY IN THESE SOCIAL WEBSITES?

5. IF YOU COULD, WHAT SUGGESTIONS WOULD YOU MAKE TO THE SITE OWNERS?

In order to put your reflections together,  click here, make a copy of the document, give it your name and fill in the document. Write down as many ideas as you can think of.

Once the document is complete, you will be ready to start writing your second article.

Friday, 29 September 2017

timetable

First use Google drive spreadsheets to create your school timetable. Minimum requirements:
  • Times column
  • Weekdays row
  • Each subject in a different background colour
  • Breaktime row (narrower than the rest)
  • Lunch row (narrower than the rest)
  • Bold letters and centred alineation

Secondly, share it with me (edition permission) and with the rest of the group (viewing permission).

Finally, make a link from your blog to your timetable and insert it in your "Link List" in the sidebar of your blog.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

HOW TO MAKE LINK LISTS

Hi students!

You have already finished writing your first article for your blog, and in doing that, you have used dictionaries, you have learned how to insert pictures, how to embed videos etc...

Today, you are going to learn how to include a list of links to useful webpages  in your blog. As an example, you will all include LASKOICT s a useful page.
Follow these steps:

  • Go to your blog's dashboard.
  • Click on LAYOUT.
  • You will find a schematic structure of your blog's main page. Decide where you will include this list and choose ADD A GADGET. 
  • You will now see a long list of gadgets you can include in your blog. Choose LINK LIST by Blogger.


  • Put a title for this new section of your blog: useful links, interesting links, etc...
  • Write the name of the page: LASKOICT, and the URL address: www.laskenglish.blogspot.com.
  • Then SAVE the information. View your blog now and see the result.
Do the same now with LASKENGLISH and with at least 8 more links which you find will be necessary for your work (ikasgune, dictionaries...).

Friday, 15 September 2017

Your first article!

Congratulations, your blogs look great now!! But they are so empty!

Today, you will start writing an article on one of these topics:

  • Teenagers vs adults. Reasons for conflict.
  • Nature, environment, ecology... (What should we do to keep it safe? What dangers do we see? What could we do in our everyday life?... etc.)
  • Travelling in Europe or around the world. Tell us about any foreign country you have been to (why do you recommend it or why you don't), or if you haven't been to any, tell us which one you would like to visit and why.
  • Musical instruments, music genres or music groups. (Why you have decided to talk about this, personal opinion about everything, recommendations, ...)
  • Cultural differences in the world (religious differences, shocking traditions, women around the world, children around the world...)
  • Refugees and immigrants. It is a hot issue nowadays.


Your article should include a bit of factual information (objective information) about the topic BUT SPECIALLY a personal view of the topic: your opinion about that information, or your personal experience, ...

You will never use other people's information as if it was yours. You will provide links to all the sources you use.

Take some time today to think
 

 and decide on the topic you will choose, surf the net to get ideas... and once your decision has been made, send me an email and tell me about it.

You will have 3 or 4 days to do this task (it will depend on how busy you are, of course!).  Google translation tools are not recommended.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Changing the appearance of our blog

Today you will learn how to change the appearance of your blog . You will be able to change your templates, colours and fonts (type and size). In order to do this, go to your dashboard and click on TEMPLATE. Then choose CUSTOMIZE. Play and experiment with the different options until you are really pleased with what you see.


In any case, there's always time to change it again later on, so don't worry!

Other basic setting options

Now, you will choose your preferences concerning some setting options.So, in your dashboard, click on Settings, and a new menu will drop down:
  • In the BASIC option,  you can change the title of your blog, you will decide who the authors of your blog will be, apart from you, and who the readers of your blog will be. You'll be able to change the URL too.
    As regards authors, you must make me one of the authors (anaiktak@gmail.com), and give me administrator privileges, too. In this way, I will be able to edit (correct) your work. Remember your blog is your notebook now!
    As for readers, choose ANYBODY. In this way all the readers from Laskenglish, for example, will be your readers, too.
  • In the POSTS AND COMMENTS option,  you will decide whether you will enable comments, who will be able to comment, and whether you will moderate those comments before publishing or not. 
  • In the LANGUAGE AND FORMATTING option you will choose the format for the dates, timestamps, language to use...

This is enough concerning settings.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Create a group of contacts in Gmail

Hi, In our first class you completed a form about your ICT competence, and you also told me what your email address is.

Now, we will create a group of contacts where we will include all the members of the class, including the teacher. My address is: anaiktak@gmail.com

There are different ways of creating a group of contacts, but this is probably the easiest one:
  • I will send you an email with the addresses of all the members of the class.
  • Copy these addresses.
  • Then go to contacts.
  • Create a new group. Call it ICT students
  • Open the group, and click on "add contacts". Paste all the addresses in the window that appears, and your group will be created. Don't forget to include me in the group.

Friday, 8 September 2017

How to create your own blog.

Today we are going to learn how to create our own blog with blogger. This blog will be your notebook for this subject. Here is a link to the instructions you have to follow to create your blog.

Once you have created the blog, write a welcome message.
Remember that all Laskenglish readers may become your readers  as soon as I have linked your blogs to LaskoICT.

Thursday, 7 September 2017