Author: Marija Petreska

marija-petreskaMarija Petreska (@teachermarija) Republic of Macedonia I have been teaching English as a second language for ten years. I work with students from 10-14 years. I have been teaching a paperless classroom for four years and I am eager to learn about new tools and applications.

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Marija Petreska: Flipboard in the Classroom

by Marija Petreska Expert Educator Columnist, Macedonia Last weekend a tech geek had a birthday and what does one get a geek for a birthday but a geeky cake. His favorite app was Flipboard and somewhere in the middle of the discussion with the baker when a choice had to be made whether it should be a red base with white letters or a white base with red square on,  it dawned to me that I can think of at least half a dozen ways how to use Flipboard in the classroom. No, I’m not going to write about what magazines to follow in an English language classroom but rather share some tips and ideas how to create your own magazines and be followed. The first step is creating a magazine or magazines. You can have one for each grade, or topic, or one for each social network account that you’ll use and even each student can have his own magazine which would be like creating e portfolios.

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Marija Petreska: Dear Reader- I Won!

by Marija Petreska Expert Educator Columnist, Macedonia And here is why: 1. Round Up the Usual Suspects Aim: past simple and past continuous Level: pre-intermediate, intermediate Time: 15-20 minutes Preparation: Create collaborative OneNote Detective book, download Camscanner and Toca Hair Salon Me or this wWindows 8 Toca Salon app Create a OneNote collaborative detective notebook. Have a section for each criminal case you are about to investigate and a different page for each witness questioned signed by all the detectives working on the case. Use Camscanner for attaching digital signatures on the official reports.Divide the students into pairs. Assign roles of police officers and witnesses. Brainstorm yes/no questions for the witnesses. Have students practice asking and answering questions in pairs. Was the thief tall?Were his clothes formal?Use OneNote to leave audio notes of the interrogation. Once the students finish the audience have them create an image of the suspect and attach it to the page. The suspect wore a wig and accessories so he/she wouldn’t be recognized, so I suggest Toca Hair Salon Me for …

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Marija Petreska: Swaying Tweets

by Marija Petreska Expert Educator Columnist, Republic of Macedonia So that your classroom is fully twitterized and your tweets are Swayed into a story, make sure all your students create twitter accounts. Be careful twitter is not for students under 13, so I suggest informing parents and school authorities before you start and an official consent on both sides is advisable. I’m an English language teacher so my ideas will go in that direction, but I’m sure you can all find something interesting, or that my ideas might grow into new ones you can use. 1. This first idea comes from a book called Meet the Marks This is an amazing way to teach punctuation. Encourage students to become any punctuation mark for a moment. They are to write short 140 character stories about who they are and what they do. Make sure you think of a hashtag name like #wethemarks and use it in every tweet. That will help you search the short stories in Sway and put them chronologically on your We the …

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Marija Petreska- Introducing My Column!

by Marija Petreska Expert Educator Columnist, Macedonia My column will be all about sharing tips, ideas and examples of how we use Windows 8 apps in our classroom. You are about to taste an amazing story of how I transformed a tech free classroom games into tech spiced activities. Just to make it clearer I’ll give you a sniff of what it will smell like Have you ever done a miming game? It’s super fun, right? But haven’t you been in a situation where a student keeps on miming and no one can guess what he is doing? And they get so bored that they suggest playing something else. Well, I found a quick solution to this. How about using Vine for playing a mime game? They won’t be obliged to do the same mime over and over again, you just tap on the screen to record and share it with the class via Edmodo. They can guess as much as they like and keep on guessing when they get home. The best part is …