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Posts tagged ‘cultural’

Scale of the Universe

The Scale of the Universe

Chris Wilson recommended an amazing tool called ‘The Scale of the Universe’. It starts off at human scale, and you can zoom in and zoom out to the extremes of the scale of the universe.

What would you do with this tool 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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Newspaper adverts

For April, I have planned a month of advert-themed prompts on Infinite ELT Ideas. Here is the first:

I saw these two adverts very soon one after the other before a film at the cinema last week. They advertise two famous newspapers in the UK, The Sun and The Guardian.

While writing this post, I also found a satirical reworking of The Guardian video as if made by The Sun.

What would you do with these videos (separately or together) 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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What makes Britain British

Recently the British television channel Channel 4 created a programme called ‘Make Bradford British‘. It has had very mixed reviews and prompted a lot of debate about multiculturalism, as well as looking at the controversial Citizenship test which those wanting to settle permanently in the UK or claim British citizenship must pass.

On one page of the accompanying website they published a word cloud of tweets shared under the hashtag #MakesYouBritish. This is a screen capture of the results as I write this (the map is updated every minute):

What makes you British wordcloud

Sam Shepherd tweeted the link to the website and suggested using it in class, which makes it perfect as an Infinite ELT Ideas prompt.

What would you do with these words 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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Men rule movie trailers

Men rule movie trailers

This video appeared in the BBC online magazine on 6th March 2012. It looks at the roles of men and women in the movie trailer industry.

What would you do with this video 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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PS Thanks to everyone on Twitter who tested the video for me 🙂

The Beatles

Everybody has heard of The Beatles, and I’m sure many of us have used one of their songs in our classrooms at some point.

The Beatles

Image from Wikipedia

What would you do with this image or any Beatles song or story 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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Windows & Doors

What would you do with these pictures in your classroom?

(Click on the image above to see the full set)

This is a set from the Flickr #eltpics stream.  Find out how to join in with #eltpics and take a look at some of the 40+ sets that we have created together so far. All of the pictures (including the ones above) are shared under a creative commons licence, meaning that they are available for teachers to use in their classrooms without having to worry about breaching copyright.

You can make any assumptions you like about the context they are used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. There are no bad ideas!

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BBC Homepage

I’m sure all of us have visited the BBC homepage at some point – I know I go there at least twice a day. It’s a rich source of authentic teaching materials.

What would you do with it 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 answers!

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What people eat around the world

Jamie Keddie tweeted this link on Twitter a couple of weeks ago. It’s a set of pictures published by Time magazine showing families from around the family with all of the food they eat in a week laid out around them. The pictures are absolutely fascinating, not just because of the food but also because of where the photos are taken, and I think would make a really rich source of material for your classroom. They are taken from the book Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio.

Hungry Planet book cover

What would you do with these pictures 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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Alice’s Bucket List

Screenshot from Alice's bucket list blog (click on the picture to go to the blog)

I just came across this blog today via my flatmate and @neilhimself (Neil Gaiman) on Twitter. Click on the picture to access the blog (I can’t embed it here due to WordPress restrictions). It’s very emotional and I think it could create a lot of discussion and ideas in class. If you have any ideas how to help Alice achieve any of the things on her bucket list, you could contact her and let her know.

What would you do with this blog in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below.

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