Thursday, October 30, 2008

Coming back to Amazonas - A new tech experience!!!

Hi dear all:

I'm so happy to share with you my new tech experience. As some of you might know, the UCV (Universidad Central de Venezuela) has a Distance Education Program called EUS. EUS stands for Estudios Universitarios Supervisados. It is a program offered for about 35 years and it is delivered in five regions of our country: Barcelona, Barquisimeto, Ciudad Bolívar, Puerto Ayacucho and Caracas. This semester I have the great fortune to run 3 English courses in Puerto Ayacucho - Amazonas State. It will be the first time that I use the new technologies with my students. Let's see how this new adventure will work. Meanwhile, I invite you to see some pictures taken during my first visit to Amazonas after 5 long years. Enjoy them!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

My snapshots in Second Life

Dear friends:

Yesterday, something funny happened to my avatar. I was trying new clothing and suddenly I became a man. How come!!!! I cried. But later, I found a place where I could buy another avatar appearance. Well, look at me now. How do you like it? I'm really happy with my new look.
Here are some snapshots of my new SL and the teacher training in Language Lab.
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Monday, October 6, 2008

Do you have a Second Life?

Hi dear friends:

Have you ever heard about Second Life?

I'm not referring to any religious term. I refer to the Web 3.0
Second Life is an amazing 3D virtual space where teachers and students have great opportunities to be creative. In Second Life teachers have the chance to design and create their own teaching materials with just a click. It's really fun! Below you will find some pictures of a Spanish teacher training.

Here is a class with Nelba Quintana, an English teacher from Universidad de la Plata-Argentine. She is developing a game with cubes of different colors.

This is a class with Jennifer Verschoor, a Business English teacher from Buenos Aires -Argentine. She is presenting different kinds of shapes.

Here we are carefully paying attention to teacher Mariale who explains the use of subject pronouns in Spanish.

Here, teacher Dafne González, from Universidad Simón Bolívar, explains how to teach nationalities in Second Life.

Below you see my first mini class in SL. I taught genre and some adjectives. I uploaded images in two TV screens. Teachers Mariale, Magaly and Dafne pretend to be my Spanish students.

Snapshot taken by Dafne González

Here you will see more snapshots taken by Prof. Dafne González (USB), our Spanish teacher trainer.

How to enter Second Life? To join Second Life you just need to download the program and install it in your computer. It is totally free. Then, you have to create your avatar and name it. As soon as your avatar is ready you can start discovering this fantastic 3D-virtual world.

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