Collaborative idea generation for ELT

Archive for October, 2011

Facebook page

Infinite ELT Ideas now has a facebook page. Click on the link to ‘like’ it. I will post links to new prompts there each Wednesday. Please tell your teaching friends and colleagues about it! Thank you 🙂

An Education wordcloud

I made this using Tagxedo for my class on Monday and thought other teachers might find it useful. I’ve included the list of words I put in too.

Education word cloudThe words are:

education education education

at~school at~university at~college

teacher pupil student classmate headteacher principal professor tutor

take~an~exam pass~an~exam fail~an~exam

study learn know teach educate

graduate
degree

revise

schools~break~up

topic subject
course

seminar lecture tutorial

grant fee

mark grade

state~school
public~school
private~school
primary~school
secondary~school
nursery~school

term semester

teacher’s~pet

play~truant skive

assignment notes

do~homework

research

academic

work~out~the~answers

get~your~ideas~across

correct~the~answers

What would you do with this wordcloud in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. There are no wrong ideas!

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Tripline

Tripline is a great website I found out about through Twitter. You can use it to create personalised maps showing individual locations or a longer journey, including adding photos and extra information about the places. It requires you to sign in, but it’s free and you can link it to your facebook account so you don’t have to remember extra passwords. You can also browse other people’s maps without logging in.

Here is a map I made showing all the places I visited on my year abroad in 2006 and 2007. I haven’t managed to add photos to it yet, as I haven’t had time, but one day I hope I will.

What would you do with this website in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. There are no wrong ideas!

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Wallace and Gromit / Intellectual Property Office

The Intellectual Property Office are in charge of copyrights, patents and trademarks (among other things) issued and managed in the UK. Together with Aardman Animations, the creators of Wallace and Gromit, they put together an exhibition combining some of Wallace’s most entertaining inventions and information about what intellectual property is. It was fun and engaging, and best of all, I got some postcards to bring home. I saw it at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, and there will be more prompts from there in the future, so watch this space.

Front

Wallace postcard

BackInnovation is everywhereMore fronts

Gromit postcardsTheir backs

Gromit backs

How would you use these postcards in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context they are used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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Roald Dahl

I picked up this bookmark on a recent visit to the Seven Stories museum of children’s books with Lizzie Pinard. We spent a brilliant two hours there, and I would highly recommend it to anyone in or around Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.

Roald Dahl bookmark

How would you use this bookmark in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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