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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mobile Learning, VR and Instagram

Hi guys! 

It's been a while!

Here's what I have been doing in the past few months:

Researching the use of affordable VR (Virtual Reality) and the integration with class purposes for the different age ranges.

In August I took part of IV Congresso Brasileiro de Recursos Digitais na Educação (IVCBRDE)
IV Brazilian Congress of Digital Resources in Education at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in São Paulo, Brazil.

There I presented my classroom practice of promoting students' collaboration via mobile to develop their discourse and enhance the brainstorming phase of the classes on the first day. And a hands on workshop on the last day.
The theme was:
'Mobile phones and productive classroom collaboration' 

Research that also granted me a scholarship to present at IATEFL LTSIG (Learning Technologies Special Interest Group) for the 2016 conference.
Here's the register of my experience in LTSIG blog:

As a passionate EdTech teacher, there's always an innovative approach to potentialize the learning process and to promote the inclusion of students with disabilities.

Here's the link to my research on the use of mobile resources to promote the independence of the blind or visually impaired students:

Apps for Independence and Inclusion

This case study was presented both in IATEFL Manchester in 2015 and in Seminário Amplifica_Florianópolis in 2016.

Now the blog has an Instagram account to share photos of the ongoing EdTech and mobile- based activities !     Follow us!  

On-the-go updates will be shared there :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

IATEFL Birmingham 2016_Learning Technologies PCE

PCE stands for Pre Conference Event. 
The IATEFL Learning Technologies Special Interest Group (LTSIG) PCE event took place at Aston University this year.

Here are the highlights of the presentations I attended:

Gordon Lewis

Using tech in a way most teachers can follow

Get teachers to go from early adopters to early majority plans have to go this way in order not to scare people off.
Target professional development in order to go through early adopters to move on.

Nellie Deutsch
Technology with teens : 
Distraction or Engagement?

Check game plataform Tenacity 

Jo Hayes
Flipping Talk ! 5 Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned

On her work experience producing programmes at BBC Learn English Kids

Kaylan Chattopadhyay      
Tech easy with Penflip, Draft and Novlet
Great tools presented by Kaylan Chattopadhyay.

Rolf Tynan
How to tech it easy with Storybird

Collaborative storytelling with Storybird

Jammie Keddie You tube youth culture
Young people are reinventing video
There are many cultures coming out of youtube such as skywalking.
Youtubers usually have a huge number of followers.
There’s a clear evolution if you observe from when they started, up to now.
Young people are commanding a huge number of followers or subs (subscribers).

Monday, January 25, 2016

Google Docs & Classroom Collaboration using Mobile Devices

In this video, I share my  successful experience of having students (adult and teenagers) enhance their lexical and communicative skills by collaborating in real time using the app Google Docs in their mobile phones. 

I show the evolution of their first drafts and attempts to their current usage and how that has impacted their written and oral production.

Just to contextualize my practice, I am a teacher of English as a foreign language (EFL) in São Paulo, Brazil.
Over the course of twenty years of classroom practice, I have given classes to all CEFR levels from A1 to C2, children, teenagers and adult learners.

I have been an EdTech blogger since 2011 and have very intensely researched apps to enhance both self study and classroom experience of students and teachers.
I am an enthusiast of using tech resources in my classroom practice, as long as they have a clear learning purpose.

Here's the video with my participation in the 30 Goals On Line Conference
where I explain how the idea came up and the step by step + purposes to using docs in my classroom practice.
I want to thank +Shelly Sanchez Terrell and +Jake Duncan for the opportunity and the support.
Google Docs is a free app available for both iOS and Android operational systems.


How about giving it a try? If you feel like, share your experience in the comments below.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween fun with TV series & Cartoon

It's Halloween Week !!!!

Here's a selection of popular world wide TV shows in their Halloween episodes.
Below the selected scenes and a quick activity which is a treat.

Firstly, some background information on the celebration. If possible students can scan the qr code below and check the infographic in their handheld device. 

Halloween Infographic

The Big Bang Theory (Halloween Prank)

 Activity: Students watch this hilarious scene and match the typical Halloween pranks.
They use the words in the box to complete the pranks mentioned by Sheldon.

  witch’s /blood/haunted/walls /ghostly

A ________ moan
The  _______cackle
The ________dripping _______
How are the people who play tricks on Halloween called ?      P_________

 Modern Family 
(season 2 episode 6 Halloween)
A Family who loves celebrating Halloween but are having some arguments...

  ***  HALLOWEEN KIDS  ***

   Peppa pig - Fancy dress party

Match the characters and their costume:

1.dinosaur    2.pirate    3.witch   4.carrot     5.fairy princess   6.clown    7.nurse
George(   ) Susie (     ) Peppa (    )  Danny(    )    Candy(     )      Rebecca(     )     Pedro(     )
Who has the best costume ? __________
Halloween Song :  Skeleton bonés
More on Halloween sitcoms and activities
***   Happy Halloween   ***
Follow me  @Rach_Gonzaga
                    +Raquel Ribeiro Prado Gonzaga 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Brazil Summit Featuring Google for Education

Brazil Summit Featuring Google for Education was held at St. Nicholas School on May 16 & 17, 2015..
This two-day high-intensity event focused on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education (and other Google tools) to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.
The sessions catered for the different levels of expertise with educational technology, ranging from basic and intermediate to advanced and leadership.
More detailed information on the event site
Global Calendar of 2015 Summits
EdTech Summits throughout 2015
I presented three sessions: *Collaborative work with the app Google Docs
                                         *Google Docs in mobile environment: possibilities 
                                         *Google Docs & collaboration in mobile devices

Saturday, April 11, 2015

IATEFL 2015 Highlights

It's been an amazing opportunity to be here in Manchester to take part in IATEFL 2015.

I intend to share here some key points from the talks and workshops I manage to watch.
It's important to highlight the fact that even being far away,  you can follow the conference on line at
Also,  follow the Twitter feeds @iateflonline

Day 1 April 11th:
Opening from the IATEFL President, Carol Read.

Plenary Session with   Donald Freeman : Frozen  in thought?  How we think and what we do  in ELT.
He brings up the concept of Distributed responsibility (teacher & students), as opposed to Shared responsibility and uses the metaphor of  a chess game:
One action shapes the action of what comes next.
Concept of boundaries :
Rethinking Proficiency as plural- proficiencies, multiple literacies.
Reframe and challenge our myths as English teachers.

Communicating communicative competence- Peter Rutherford
Knowing what to say and how to say depending on the context.
discourse seen from four perspectives:
He explained the usage of photo radar charts .The idea came from video game pro evolution soccer.
Very often there are unrealistic expectations from the part of the students,  so  it's important dealing with them and the charts can certainly help.

How social media is changing the DNA of professional development  
Ann Foreman

There are many possibilities when it comes to using Social Media and it certainly gives professional development a point of need.
Teachers should move from only keeping up to date to participating more actively.
She mentions that ELT bloggers have inspired her classes with the ideas they blog about.
Teachers need to build an online presence,a network.
The importance of using social media for Professional Development (Social Media & CPD)
She mentions the website

Emotional engagement for adult students   Herbert Puchta
In learning our brain doesn't reward  us for understanding. Achievement is rewarding.
Adult learners need to have a perception of relevance when it comes to what they're studying.
Learning a skill is not simply a behaviour or a mental process. Appropriation has a connotation of
challenging the students.
The impact of emotional engagement in learning is highly important.
Recent findings in in cognitive science indicate the brain is "an organ of emotion".

IELTS Academic reading skills needed for IELTS success  Pauline Cullen

She mentions the importance  of going beyond test-taking strategies and focusing on developing the language skills required for the different question types.
Listening evidence to improve oral health.
Search strategies / Core skills required by the reading task:
*first sift : scan systematically
*second sift :  read further to assess relevance
*detailed reading
*understand paraphrase and choosing information to use

Warmth-recognition-sense of belonging: a framework for success  Karina Nazzari

The schools are expected to establish an environment which is conductive to enhance students' development in a more holistic perspective.
The learning process is a result of active interactions within the school environment.
Students have to feel that the school is a safe environment.
Three elements: empowering students, cognitive development and creativity
The importance of praising the effort, not the person when giving classes.
Empathy plays a key role in establishing bond.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Connecting Classrooms_Brasil-Inglaterra

Connecting Classrooms

Estão abertas as inscrições para o Connecting Classrooms - programa do British Council que une salas de aula do mundo inteiro, apoiando o aprendizado de assuntos globais. Para participar, professores brasileiros devem elaborar um plano de trabalho com uma escola no Reino Unido, escolhida dentro do programa.

Sobre o Connecting Classrooms
O Connecting Classrooms reúne cerca de 5.200 instituições de ensino de 184 países. Os principais objetivos são formar cidadãos globais preparados para o mercado de trabalho e fornecer ferramentas e recursos para o professor transformar positivamente a sala de aula.
Para saber mais, acesse:

                                Mais informações Connecting Classrooms British Council Brasil-Inglaterra

“O professor é fundamental para o desenvolvimento do programa na escola. Ele tem a chance de conhecer professores de outros países, trocar boas práticas educacionais e desafios”, explica Fernanda de Medeiros, diretora adjunta do British Council. Ela afirma também que os professores estrangeiros ficam impressionados com a criatividade dos brasileiros ao criar e desenvolver os projetos juntos.

Escola Brasileira que participou do projeto: 

Sobre o British Council O British Council é a organização internacional do Reino Unido para oportunidades educacionais e relações culturais. Seu trabalho busca estabelecer a troca de experiências e criar laços através do intercâmbio de conhecimento e de ideias entre pessoas ao redor do mundo. Atua em cinco áreas: Educação, Língua Inglesa, Artes, Esportes e Exames. A organização está presente em mais de 100 países, com parceiros como os governos em diversas instâncias, organizações não governamentais e iniciativa privada. No Brasil, tem escritórios em Rio de Janeiro, Recife e São Paulo. Para mais informações, visite o site