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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

mindmaps

Mind maps are diagrams used to classify, visualize, generate and structure ideas. We use them to study for exams; to make presentations etc...Today we are going to work with a digital application to create mind maps easily. It is mind42.com .


You are going to create your own mind map. These are some ideas for your mind maps (but feel free to create a mind map about any other topic):

  • Any topic from your Social Science class.
  • Music styles and/or most important bands or singers.
  • Sports and/or most famous sportsmen or sportswomen.
  • Literature genres and most representative writers.
  • Political parties and most representative politicians.
  • Urban tribes and main features.
  • Animal species.
  • The univers, galaxies etc...
  • Films and/or actors/actresses
  • ....
In order to create these mind maps, you will go to mind42.com and sign up (create an account). Then you will see the mind map manager. Click on "new mind map" and start experimenting. Include pictures and videos in your mindmap and links to relevant pages or interesting documents. Play with colours as well. Remember that your texts in a mind map should be short, schematical.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Loose ends about your article on social websites

Dear students

I am back again, and I have been looking at your articles about social websites. Here are some comments I want to make on them:
  • Some of you haven't finished this article.
  • Some of you have finished but haven't published the article
  • Some of you haven't used any visuals (images, videos, graphics...) to make the post more attractive.
  • Some of you have made an incredible amount of grammar mistakes.
  • Some of you haven't connected your ideas with proper connectors: you have written schematically
  • Some of you have copied definitions of certain concepts (social network; cyberbullying...) but without sense.

If this is your case, please, review what you have written and try to improve your post. For grammar mistakes, disconnected ideas or meaningless definitions, I recommend reading what you have written. You will realise that you have made some of the mistakes. Sharing the revision task with a friend is a good idea to find grammar mistakes and solve them.

Most typical grammar mistakes: verbs (past, present...), singular / plural verbs and nouns, forgetting subjects, unfinished sentences... You can copy the text to a word processor and use correctors. They don't correct everything but they help.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

TUENTI / FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM / WHATSAPP

Hello. Today I can't be with you in class, but 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.

Monday, 10 October 2016

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.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

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 LASKENGLISH and LASKOICT as useful blogs.

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 8 more links which you find will be necessary for your work (ikasgune, dictionaries...).