Monday, February 25, 2008

Exploring Voicethread

Hi again,
EVO sessions are over but I'm still lurking behind.I still have tons of daily digests to read and digest:) in my mailbox. I 'm planning to go over them slowly whenever I find time. I'll comment on the tools I found useful in all three sessions I participated. I want to start with voicethread. To be honest, I wasn't so aware of some nice tools to record students' voices and create a discussion. In BAW we explored some other voicetools but the most impressive one is voicethread. It's very user-friendly both for the students and teachers.It doesn't take a lot of time to sign up.We did some acitivites about it both in BAW and Advanced Tips &Tricks and I loved voicethread .However, I needed to try it with my students so I created a voicethread about online advertising and embedded it to my new class wiki in order to see how my sts would think.They just loved it and it didn't take a lot for them to get used to it. I'm also planning to use some other new tools to see which ones are more suitable to my teaching context.I want to ask my readers some questions in the end of my post.
1-If you use voicethread or other voicetools how do you use them?
2-Do you know any other voicetools which have better features than voicethread?
3-Can you post some voicethreads or discussions that you created with your students?
(The one I created is embedded in my class wiki.You 'll find it if you can visit
and leave your own comments there.
Looking forward to your ideas

Monday, February 4, 2008

Five things B4educators participants don't know about me

Hi again bloggers ,

I'm a little late again to post this assignment I guess.It was really nice to discover the importance of tagging and RSS feeds in week3 .In this post I'm going to mention five things that you don't know about me .

The first thing that will make you surprised is that I started to speak when I was only six months old.Not only my mother but also other people who know my childhood say this is true.They also note that I started to utter sentences instead of single words.I know this is unbeliavable but I remember as got older (when I was two),I started correcting everyone's grammatical mistakes.Maybe it was a sign to show that I had the potential to be a language teacher:))

The second thing that you probably don't know about me is also about my childhood.I was a really strange child.Instead of watching cartoons,I preferred watching news .Therefore I knew all of the prime ministers and presidents of almost all countries.I remember people asking me the names of some countries' prime ministers and presidents:))
The third thing that you guys don't know about me is that,I was really good at science and maths when I was an elementary and a high school student.Many people were surprised to have seen that I have chosen a different career rather than being a scientist.

Another thing that will surprise you is that I never wanted to be a teacher.Instead of being a teacher I wanted to study political science or international relations.Even when I was a sophomore I thought I could change my deparment and study something different.However,I liked teaching English when I was a junior (thanks to my professors) as it was a part of my teaching practicum.I really dicovered that teaching was the thing that I really wanted .I 'm really to happy to have changed my mind.I love teaching.

The last thing that will make you surprised is I'm addicted to sports.I think I can't live without doing sports.I used to play basketball,voleyball and swim. It's the way I get rid of my stress and worries and feel refreshed.I'm really into fitness these days .I go to the gym whenever I have free time .It's really hard as I have quite hectic schedule but impossible is nothing,if you really want to achieve something.

I hope you find the five things I mentioned about myself interesting :)I'm looking forward to reading your comments.Please keep my blog posted:)

Happy blogging &Best wishes