Scratching the Surface

I’ve just started a project with some 5th and 6th class pupils using Scratch.  For the uninitiated, Scratch is a visual programming language that is similar to building virtual Lego.​  I’ll try and explain a little better. When you open Scratch, you are faced with a cartoon cat and the user’s job is to get him to do things.  For example, you can move him left or right, make him…

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Avatars in Language Learning? Try VOKI

Avatars are very much in vogue at this season. I have been using an an avatar generator called VOKI recently, having seen it’s use mentioned in this Teachers TV video. After login, the user takes three steps to creating a voki: 1. choose an avatar from a variety of human and animal forms, customise it and its background – this is the fun and engaging part 2. add a speaking…

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New English Language Support Website

The English Language Support Programme has recently launched its website at www.elsp.ie.  This website has been designed for post-primary and mainstream subject teachers and their students.  On this site you will find a comprehensive range of activities which will help you to access all subject areas of the Junior Certificate curriculum.  These activities can be downloaded and printed and are suitable for both classroom activity and self-study. Though primarily designed…

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