Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Winners Education shares a Writing Project with Newtown Middle School, PA, USA

Mr McNulty, the Tech teacher at Newtown Middle School has set up Google Docs for us to write our essays on here: http://www.crsd.org/Page/37407

This is how we'll share our essays.
-Create a google account (email and Google+)
-Log in the above page
-We will form 12 GROUPS made up of  a studet of the Greek team and some students from the US team.
Greek students in each group:
Group 1: Ellie 
Group 2:  Flora
Group 3:  Rafaella
Group 4:  Aldo 
Group 5   Dimos 
Group 6:   John 
Group 7:   Manos
Group 8:   Panos 
Group 9:  Simon 
Group 10: Stamatis
Group 11: Thalis
Group 12: Theo 

-Winners Education students: Write your essay in your GROUP doc.
The subject of the essay is:
What factors can cause teenagers to behave badly?
How can parents deal with teenagers who often get in trouble?
Write an essay giving your opinions and explaining your views.
REMEMBER to folow the guide in your class blog
-Newtown Middle High students: Correct and mark the essay according to the guide above


Monday, 18 November 2013

Write Away!

Today we are discussing ECCE witing

ELI, the institute organising the exams has issued these guidelines to
point candidates to the right direction.

In order for candidates to receive at least a Low Pass (LP) on the ECCE Writing Section, they need to be able to do the following (Level C descriptors on the ELI-UM Scoring Scale):
• adequately develop an argument (content and development)
• convey their ideas clearly, which should be adequately organized, using standard connectors appropriately
though somewhat mechanically (organization and connection of ideas)
• use a sufficient range of grammar and vocabulary to fulfill the task though they may make errors in
grammar or vocabulary that do not interfere with reader’s comprehension (linguistic range and control)
• display an adequate sense of audience and purpose for writing, generally allowing the reader to follow
their text (communicative effect)

As you follow this process, your letters/ essays will become better and better:
STEP 1: LETTER: Understanding the prompt
             -read it carefully
             - underline key language in order to ensure thorough understanding
             -tell your partner in your own words what the prompt is about

            ESSAY:  Understanding the essay task:
            -read the essay task (Task B) and
            -underline key language.
            -think about what the task is asking you
            -explain it in your own words
(e.g. to decide whether students should be allowed
to give gifts to teachers, or to decide whether they would use their own car or take public
transportation to get to their school or workplace, or to decide whether public and private
resources should be used to support development in locations where natural disasters could
occur, etc.).

STEP 3: Understanding the focus question and brainstorming on the topic:
           -brainstorm on how you would answer it.
          -elicit ideas, suggestions, arguments and examples

STEP 4: Eliciting and/or providing topic-related vocabulary:

STEP 5: Brainstorming on how to organize the letter or essay and creating an outline

STEP 6: Organizing ideas within each paragraph


Thursday, 14 November 2013

Design a website and strike GOLD!

Our group in Edmoo  for this year is GVC1314.
Here's our teams URL:   https://edmo.do/j/7vrixv
and code:  fhr9sa

Join Edmodo and become members of the team
Then introduce yourselves as you can see other members of the team doing
Ready, set, we are ready to go!

We are NASA collaborators!

As we speak the Internatiomnal Space Station is in orbit!
Our school has been given permission to ask the Station to take photos of the Earth for us!
Which place of the planet would you like to take a picture of?

Here's what you do to take YOUR photos
1. Log in the EarthKam website

2. Login under MISSION LOGIN using "winners" as username and "hFfqgGiJ" as password

3. In the next page click on "Image Request"

4. Chose the orbit that goes over the Earth spot you want to take a picture of.
The orbits for November 14th are Orbits 1806-1820.
The first orbit deadline is: Orbit 1806 at 16:49:46 GMT
The last orbit deadline is: Orbit 1810- 1820 at 23:00:00 GMT

The orbits for November 15th are Orbits 1821-1838.
The first orbit deadline is: Orbit 1821 at 16:03:23 GMT
The last orbit deadline is: Orbit 1826-1838 at 23:00:00 GMT

5. Place the red marker on the spot of the map that you want to photograph and click submit
(Remember to chose a RED orbit that shows where the International Space Station will be during daylight.
All the information you need for step 7 appears on the screen. Click "Submit"

6. In the next screen enter one of your codewords.

7. Fill in the information from th previous page.
Remember to give your photo the name "winners+your name"

*. Click "Submit" and ISS is at YOUR service!
Your photo will appear in the Gallery section as soon as it's taken!

Grab your codes and take your camera with you!

The Broken Telephone

There are 3 changes in Indirect Speech:
1. reference words

2. Tenses

3.Word Order in questions
 a. Yes/No questions

b. Wh- questions

How ...well-broken is YOUR telephone?
Let's practice here
Summative Assessment here

Thursday, 7 November 2013

HANGOUT with a NASA Scientist!

How much do you know about dinosaurs?
Can you answer these questions?
Today we are going to learn facts about them and how they disappeared from an expert.We will Hangout with NASA Scientist Jim Adams who will speak on Asteroids and Dinosaurs.
Adams is one of NASA's brilliant minds and is responsible for the development of several key technologies including Ion Propulsion, Radioisotope Power Systems and P-238 production strategies. He also serves as the Deputy Director of the Planetary Science Division, overseeing the Discovery, New Frontiers, Lunar Science and Mars programs

Here's the video of the Hangout we had in Google+ today!

Thursday, 31 October 2013

The first car was manufactured by Tom Ford

Now let's practice here

Homer is said to have murdered Marge because his dinner wasn't prepared on time.
Practise more....murder sentences here

I got my hair cut by a Kung-Fu master!
What did you get done? Learn more and practise here

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

If I were Leonardo di Caprio....

Everything you always wanted to know but didn't want to ask!!!
The MOST AMAZING Conditionals video ever!!!

Now, how about some practice?
You can find activties here. (Go for the 3-star ones)
 and here for mixed conditionals 

How about a song?
It's your song Flora

Monday, 21 October 2013

Peach or pitch?

We keep improving our pronounciation in English. Today we work with short and long vowels.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

I stopped to smoke or I stopped smoking?

Rule no 4....

Visual QR Code make qr code

Now, let's remember Infinitives vs Gerunds and do the activities online

Do exercise 1-4 and the Quiz at the bottom of this page

Now, some fun with pronounciation with Jase!

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Dear Sam,

Today we'll look into our writing skills.
How many times have you written informal letters or emails?
Is there any part of them you haven't mastered yet?
Well, here's a VERY comrehensive guide to help you remember every detail.
You also need to remember that at B2 level, using vocubulary adds to your score!
(Why else would you study vocabulary from the companion???)
Bear These tips in mind when writing. Chose some sentences to use routinely, so as to enrich your writing!!!

Our pronounciation practice goes on today with sylable stress.

It's your choice!

Monday, 23 September 2013

We are....


Who are you going to be?

Visual QR Code Color QR Code

Today we're going to review how to talk about the future.
Fist, study these tutorials

Future Continous/ Future Perfect in this video

Now, you can practise doing activities
1. mixed future tenses (beginner)
2. mixed future tenses (advanced)

Now, A song to practise the future tense

Here is a song by the Black Eyed Peas to practise the future tense and your pronunciation.
First, listen to the song and pay attention to the lyrics

Activity 1: Now go to the lyricstraining website to fill in the blanks in the song lyrics:
Activity 2: Finally, go to the Black Eyed Peas official website. Find the latest news about them and write about them in a comment to this post. You can also include your opinion about this band, your favourite songs, etc.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

All about ME!

We, B2 class, decide..... Rule no 1
Visual QR Code qrcode design

In  the previous class we discussed that YOU are in the epicentre this year! So let's talk about... you!
 What do you want the team to know about you?
What are your hobbies, favourite bands, songs, holiday places, cartoon heroes, or anything else you want to share.
YOU chose how to present yourself in a FUN way! Here are a few ideas and of course you are free to use any other way you want!
  1. Create a Pinterest board with 10 pins that summarize them.
  2. Create a 30 second podcast that introduces themselves. Then you can present them or play them on separate devices in class as an audio gallery.
  3. Write a blog post in the classroom blog  introducing yourself to the rest of the classroom.
  4. Create a quick comic strip to describe yourself or to recreate a recent funny moment in your life.
  5. Create a word cloud to describe yourself and share with the rest of the class.
  6. Create your own Voki avatar that introduces yourself to the class. It's going to be even funnier when you are creative with the backgrounds, characters and details of the avatar to reflect your own personality and preferences.
  7. Create graffiti online that speaks to your interests and personality and share with the class.
  8. Have students create mashup videos of yourself with Weavly to introduce their interests to the class.
  9. Have students create GeoSettr challenges of 5 places they have visited and share with the class
  10. Research your birth date in history and share interesting events with the class.

Today, we will look at Past Tenses
Watch the videos and tutorials and then do the activities here and here

The fastest guy gets to listen to his choice today!