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Needless to say, just because you can easily find images online doesn’t mean they are free to use. As teachers, we have a duty to teach students about PLAGIARISM and to respect COPYRIGHT.

In my blog for students, I talked about using images for projects without infringing copyright.

See here.


FREE RANGE STOCK Images licensed under  Equalicense: you can use them for both commercial and non-commercial purposs in any setting. Obviously, you can’t sell them !!!!


See the image below  – Prince’s Street and Scott Monument (no trees🙁 🙁 🙁 ) X

NGA (National Gallery of Art) repository with 51,000 open access digital images available free of charge for download and use


RIJKS MUSEUM – an absolutely fantastic website letting you not only explore the museum collections, but also create your own collection (good for art projects) HERE.



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  1. The History of art in 3 minutes
  2. What are elements of art.
  3. What are principles of art.
  4. How to look at art.

HISTORY OF ART (in 3 minutes) 


WHAT ARE THE ELEMENTS OF ART watch a video by btsanglais

THE PRINCIPLES OF ART (by Lisa Marder ThoughtCo.)

or use the image of both by Beata


Analyse this fantastic infographics by Grant Snider.

check this worksheet  here

or use the visual by Beata

Watch and learn how to look at art with Khan Academy:

Use a presentation


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“Start your Project Based lessons with a good driving question” – this is what you will find in every resource on PBL.  Hard as it might be to create, the driving question is paramount for project based learning as it provides its purpose and sets its context.  So, ask yourself, what you will be focusing on with your students. Is it trying to find the best solution to the problem? If yes, is it abstract and academic or practical and concrete? Is it provocative and leading to discourse? Is it expected to inspire discussion or present and/or establish claim? Will it be one question for the whole class/team or a number of individual questions related to individual projects?

Researching materials on PBL and the Driving Question might prove a really daunting task. So, for a start, why don’t you check out the the ones I found particularly useful, not too lengthy and really inspiring.

  • AN ONLINE COURSE: A couple of years go I completed a PBL course with School Education Gateway. Although the course concluded, you can still use the resources HERE.
  • A WEBSITE: An absolutely fantastic website You for Youth with tonnes of information about PBL, rubrics, worksheets and tools of different kind.
  • AN ARTICLE: An article “In search of the driving question” by Andrew Miller on Edutopia investigating a number of types of driving question and what we should remember about while creating it. 
  • A CHECKLIST (an many more) which you can find on Tony Vincent’s fantastic blog.  


Have a look at the visual which, hopefully, will help you remember what a good driving question should be like.





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Professional development with ADOBE? For FREEEEE?

“Choose from dozens of free collaborative courses, taught by educators for educators, to learn how to integrate creativity into your curriculum and take your skills to the next level.” 1

The only thing you have to do is to create a free Adobe ID (Adobe Account). You can do it HERE

Some of these courses might seem more useful than the others. Below the table, you can find how I am planning to utilise the skills I will, hopefully, develop on my English classes.

Certifying Adobe Skills in the Classroom You’ll explore the value of the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) program, and learn how to integrate Adobe certification into your curriculum. Self – paced
Get Started with Publishing using Adobe InDesign Learn the basics of publishing; create and teach students to create business card, students ID cards, e-documents; photo books, e-books and many, many more. Self – paced

60 Second Documentaries with Adobe Premiere Rush

Learn how to incorporate 60 second documentaries in your curriculum 10 hours; From  September 9, 2019  and runs until October 4, 2019
Photojournalism Learn the basics of photojournalism to create amazing photographic stories 10 hours, COURSE BEGINS JUN 24, 2019
Podcasting Learn the technical skills to create your own podcasts with Adobe Audition 10 hours, COURSE BEGINS JUN 10, 2019
Publishing for Educators using Adobe InDesign Learn how to teach your students the design and technical skills they need to use digital publishing in their projects. Start publishing yourself 😊 25 hours;  The course opens on June 3, 2019 and runs until July 19, 2019
Video for Educators Learn to create your  create your own video projects with Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects The course opens on  April 1, 2019 and runs until May 17, 2019
Explainer Videos Learn the technical skills to create your own explainer videos with Adobe Premiere Rush 10 hours, COURSE BEGINS MAY 27, 2019
Spark Train the Trainer Lear how to successfully design and deliver effective professional development with Adobe Spark. Create your own CPD and share with colleagues. 15 hours, STARTS APR 29, 2019
Train the Trainer Level 1, 2 and 3 Gain the knowledge and skills to successfully design and deliver effective professional development with Adobe tools. 10, 30 and 35 hours respectively; The course opened on February 4, 2019 and runs until May 3, 2019
Infographics in Adobe Illustrator Learn how to create infographics. 10 hours; The course opens on April 15, 2019 and runs until May 10, 2019
Visual Effects for Educators using Adobe After Effects  The technical skills to create your own visual effect projects and  gain a collection of teaching materials for use with your students 25 hours; advanced; STARTS JAN 21, 2019
Mobile Photography for Educators using Adobe Lightroom CC How to enhance your programme with elements of mobile photography 25 hours; COURSE BEGINS SEP 23, 2019


Get Started with Publishing using

Adobe InDesignFOR Educators using Adobe InDesign

With my students: posters,  digital magazines, eBooks.

As a teacher: interactive pdfs with lesson plans

60 Second Documentaries with Adobe Premiere Rush

With my students: create a road show


Photojournalism With my students: digital stories; interactive articles
Explainer Videos

With my students: how-to video clips

As a teacher: how-to video clips with instructions on a range of programs or projects

Infographics in Adobe Illustrator

With my students: infographics; charts; posters

As a teacher: infographics; classroom rules;

Mobile Photography for Educators using Adobe Lightroom CC With my students: digital stories; interactive articles; writing on “DESCRIBE….” …


STUDENTS and TEACHERS can save 65% on Creative Cloud. CHECK THIS OUT. 



Let your students get VISUAL

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Together with my students I decided that the product of a series of lessons on DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP (see this post) will be a visual (poster, leaflet, flyer) with DOs and DON’Ts. Although there is a number of very good tools, we decided on a choice of four.

Below a wee overview and a selection of students’ work.


a short introductory clip from on what Adobe Sparks is. You can enrol for the whole course.

Watch a short tutorial by Richard Byrne:



 have a look how Jen Jonson created a beautiful infographics in google drawing

easy, fast, efficient, user super-friendly, FREE option is more than enough for your classwork

VIDEOS: your students can upload videos, add text , icons, music or voice without any sophisticated skills 🙂



in-house G-drive app; you can create: diagrams, posters, drawings; mindmaps, or concept maps;

good for individual work as well as collaborative project

FOR TEACHERS: just ditch a coursebook (joking) and prepare your own dynamic interactive lessons including videos for



a tutorial on how to use Canva – one of the best tools for any visuals

A drag-and-drop tool enabling you to produce wonderful visuals. Available as a stand-alone desktop tool or an in-built app (in G-Drive).

absolutely fantastic program using a drag-and-drop format, full of free icons, banners, templates, pictures, you name it. FREE version is enough;

a piece of advice: apparently, not good if you want to create a trademark and use it. Copyright issues. But for school use it is absolutely fine. If you want to find out more about legal issues, read an article by N. Styles here.

You can produce brochures, leaflets, banners as well as documents such as CVs, magazines or certificates.  FREE option full of templates, icons or images.



SPARKS – gold medal for the VIDEO creation tools and for the fact that is is really FREE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CANVA – gold medal for fantastic tools for static iamges/visuals

GOOGLE DRAWINGS – gold medal just because it’s google (joking,joking) – for simplicity and collaboration option

LUCIDPRESS – gold medal for simplicity and wide range of free tools

Below, simple visuals created by my students on DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP 





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In the process of planning a class project on DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP: DOs & DON’Ts which involved designing visuals (infographics, flyers, posters etc.), I decided that some of my students might benefit from more assistance/advice on which tools/programs to use and how to use them.

As time was (and always is) of the essence (15 minutes between my classes), I prepared very short video clips demonstrating quickly and without elaborate explanation, how to navigate inside these programs, using SCREENCASTIFY.  


Please, have a look at the three short video clips done in no more than 15 minutes. No special equipment, no need for installing desktop tools. Just a chrome extension. FREE VERSION of the program.

And finally, a screencast (at the bottom) of you actually can do inside screencastify.

You can:

  • share (see the image) on Youtube or G-Drive
  • download your clip
  • get a shareable link
  • embed to any blog/website etc.
  • edit
  • let others post comments

A short overview from


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Digital Citizenship in plain English: norms, rules and regulations applied when using technology appropriately and in a responsible way.

See other definitions:

  • Digital citizenship is about confident and positive engagement with digital technologies. (….)”
  • “(…) the quality of a response to membership in digital community (….)”
  • ” (…) Digital citizenship empowers people to reap the benefits of digital technology in a safe and effective way(…)”

THE SEMANTICS OF DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP – elements, dimensions, pillars, core values, competences …… 

Digital Citizenship poster highlighting the nine elements of Digital Citizenship as defined by Dr. Mike Ribble, by Fractus learning

Digital Etiquette electronic standards of conduct or procedure.
Digital Communication electronic exchange of information
Digital Literacy process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology
Digital Access full electronic participation in society
Digital Commerce electronic buying and selling of goods
Digital Law electronic responsibility for actions and deeds
Digital Rights & Responsibilities those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world
Digital Health & Wellness physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world
Digital Security (self-protection) electronic precautions to guarantee safety


The DQ (The Digital Intelligence Quotient) Institute identified eight core digital citizenship competencies constituting DQ.

Visit the the DQ Institute website here for more information and resources.

An absolutely fantastic website The Digital Teacher Cambridge features an interactive diagram of six areas: DIGITAL WORLD, DIGITAL CLASSROOM, DIGITAL TEACHER, DESIGNING LEARNING, DELIVERING LEARNING and EVALUATING LEARNING. Find out more about The Cambridge English Digital Framework for Language Teachers HERE.

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DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP AGREEMENT – three, FREE TO DOWNLOAD, documents  published by Global Digital Citizenship Foundation HERE.

And my favourite Be Internet Awesome Pledge by google. 


  • POSTERS on the wall with tips (available free for downloading and printing HERE)
  • Collection of POSTERS from
  • Free classroom poster: I am a digital age learner
  • Free poster (British Council)




MOOCs for teachers of English as a foreign language….. and not only.

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Techniques for Teaching Adjectives and Adjective Clauses (Coursera) University of California. STARTS on 18 February2019 

This is the second course in the Teach English: Intermediate Grammar specialization. In this course, you will learn how to effectively teach adjectives, adjective phrases, and adjective clauses to your students. MORE HERE

Teach English Now! Technology Enriched Teaching (Coursera) Arizona State University STARTS on 18 February2019 

This course focuses on the key concepts you need in order to effectively integrate technology into your teaching, without letting it overshadow language learning. MORE HERE.

Teaching Tips for Tricky English Grammar (Coursera) University of California. STARTS on 18 February2019 

You will learn about some specific problems students have learning intermediate grammar. You will learn why students have trouble with this tricky grammar and find out new ways to help students conquer it. MORE HERE.

Instructional Learning and Technology (OpenLearning) University of Technology, Malaysia STARTS on 01 March 2019

This course presents the principles and the concept of Educational Technology, Instructional and Learning Technology as well as the teaching and learning process. It also deals with the utilization of Instructional Media from the conventional to the most up-to-date digital media. MORE HERE.

Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started (FutureLearn) University of Leeds STARTS on 18 February2019

If you are working in further education, skills training, vocational education, workplace learning, lifelong learning or adult education, this free online course is designed to help you understand the benefits of blended learning and how to make more effective use of technology to support your learners. MORE HERE.


Technology or not technology – that is the question :)

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As Bill Gates said “technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important”. And, it is up to the teacher to decide what technology and which tools will enhance the process of learning and teaching.

The padlet below features the examples of technology and a collection of tools I find particularly useful in the areas such as: CLASS MANAGEMENT, COLLABORATION, PROJECT & INQUIRY BASED APPROACH and others. As the work on this padlet is ongoing, it will be updated on a regular basis.

Feel free to comment.♥

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Why we should use INFOGRAPHICS

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INFOGRAPHIC is a visual representation/interpretation of factual data, knowledge or informative text. The benefits of infographics in classroom are obvious. They are visually attractive and engaging and make sometimes dry content more “digestible”. They encourage students’ critical thinking and help develop their digital competencies. They can be used by students and teachers in a range of ways – for creating timelines or personal profiles, for promoting, advertising and raising awareness or for demonstrating and interpreting factual information, just to name a The pdf document below was created in three different programs – canva, pikchart and, my favourite – The three last pages show work done by students in


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Before we go on a fully deserved summer break, please, let me share with you a couple ideas that you might find useful if you are thinking about enhancing your classes with the use of technology without spending too much time on it. On the contrary, you will save time doing that. And this is only a taster without going into detail how to use these programs.



Ask yourself a question –

What type of classes do I teach?


Class sessions take

place 100% in a traditional classroom. Technology is hardly ever used.


2face model

Class sessions take place in a traditional classroom,

but technology is used to facilitate activities, deliver content,

and/or assess students.


Blended model

Internet-based activities comprise more than 50%

of the content and instruction

Nearly all or all instruction, interaction, and activities take place online Online model


The technique that works very well for both – hybrid and blended models, is FLIPPING a class. Instead of teaching them and asking to practise at home, you ask them to learn/get familiar with the content independently and practice will take place in class.  

Watch a short video explaining what a FLIPPED CLASS/CLASSROOM is.

There are tons of tools for flipping your lessons. I would like to encourage you to familiarise with the three. This is how I rate them but it is entirely my opinion. Plus, the more you practise with the program, the more you like or dislike it so these stars might look different in the future 🙂  

***** Blendspace

**** Google Classroom

** Tacck

I prepared the same set of tasks that NC4 students will have to do before our 1st meeting at college in these three programs. Please, ignore the content (dates, names of teachers, the quiz is short just for demonstration).

BLENDSPACE – this is what it looks like and you can access the class HERE.  It’s, basically speaking, the work that you want your students to do before a face2face class.


  • You can attach document in Word, pdf or directly from G-drive as google docs
  • You can attach images in various formats
  • You can attach links to videos, images, documents without worrying about breaching COPYRIGHT
  • You can make short quizzes


Google CLASSROOM – it is a bit similar to Moodle but more intuitive and more visually attractive.

Here is what it looks like – a 9-second clip

QUESTIONS – students will be able to post their answers and/or comment on other answers

ASSIGNMENTS – it’s basically what you want students to do as preparation for next classes or homework. You will be able to see who did and who didn’t submit the assignment. You will be able to comment on students’ work and give them grades/marks.

ANNOUNCEMENTS – it is basically speaking communication with students, passing messages, reminding of things


  • You can attach document in Word, pdf or directly from G-drive as google docs
  • You can attach images in various formats
  • You can attach links to videos, images, documents without worrying about breaching COPYRIGHT
  • You can comment on and grade students’ work
  • You can schedule your posts (you can prepare them earlier and set the date they will be visible for students)


I’m still discovering new features of Google Classroom so maybe soon it will be a 5-star platform 🙂

There are a lot of google classroom tutorials so, please, watch this short clip to see what it offers.

TACCK – you can access it here

As you will notice, I couldn’t upload pdf or word documents. Also, when I tried to upload an image, I kept getting messages about no space.

It’s a brilliant tool for creating presentations for example. I’m still finding out about its features.


So, have a look and enjoy. And if this seems overwhelming a bit, why don’t you try creating your own simple flip using TEDEd. Find a video, create a series of questions and flip it!!!!! I haven’t used this program myself but I used mini lessons prepared by others. For example this one about pronouns me, myself and I  

Thank you,


TOOLS useful for PBL lessons.

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PADLET is a fantastic and  extremely simple tool that I have been using for several of years with all classes I teach, but especially NC4 YL. It is one of these tools that you can never get bored with. PADLET is excellent for both individual and group tasks. It works like a sheet of paper where you can put anything (images, videos, documents, text) anywhere, from any device (pcs, tablets, phones).

What did I use PADLET  for with my students:

Click on the title.

  1. For saying HELLO to each other 
  2. For expressing opinions about Brexit (speaking)
  3. For reflecting on QUOTES FROM SHAKESPEARE
  4. For talking about EXTINCT LANGUAGES
  6. For writing HAIKU
  7. For writing RECIPES
  8. For writing about TRADITIONS
  9. For writing about WORK PLACEMENT

and many more.

Below, a short overview how to use it in a video by Richard Byrne (technology in teaching guru).


Popplet is a free online tool that allows you to create mind mapping and brainstorming diagrams. A free version is rather limited and it lets you create 5 popplets. But, if you don’t plan storing live popplets, a free option should be more than enough. Plus, you can export them as a jpg or pdf file if you want to save your students’ work. It’s an excellent tool for mindmapping and presentations for individual, class/group or pairwork. The tools allows you to use a range of formats such as video, word, pdf. Unfortunately, you can’t attach any audio file. At least for the time being.

What did I use POPPLET  for with my students:

For a collaborative class project THE MUSEUMS OF EDINBURGH (class trip)

  1. For individual presentation COUNTRIES (students shared their popplets with me)
  2. For group presentations on INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN

I also used popplet whilst studying with teaching English with technology course for presentations:

  1. In collaboration with my partner Sayed – Dos and DON’Ts on TECHNOLOGY IN CLASS 
  2. Individual – HOW TO USE VIDEO in CLASS

You can make your popplet totally private or totally public. There is a collection of public popplets you can use freely although you need to check whether the content is appropriate. No copyright issues unless you are inserting a physical file.


Finally EASEL.LY –  a program not maybe as attractive as Glogster but FREE.

You can either build your own infographic by dragging and dropping pre-made design elements on the in-built canvas or you can use a blank canvas or build upon one of’s themes. If doesn’t have enough pre-made elements for you, you can upload your own graphics to include in your infographic. Your completed infographic can be exported and saved as PNG, JPG, PDG, and SVG files.

I’ve come across it quite recently and used it, successfully in my opinion, with my students, for EMPLOYERS’ ENGAGEMENT EVENT in June 2016.



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DO NOT GIVE UP. Help your mind to become a GROWTH MIND and build your confidence.

3 tips to boost your confidence  an excellent Self-Awareness video that might be used for listening comprehension, note taking etc.

An excellent article about the value of making mistakes.





save the trees – go paperless !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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save the trees – go paperless !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Going paperless – a dream or a real possibility? I am currently using Planbook and Box for communication and storage. I have my Blog which students can use for extended learning. So other steps or what different steps should I take to go paperless? Which platform would be the best option for my students?



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Listening to Music Daniel Foster via Compfight

Intermediate+ listening. New vocabulary introduced. Each listening accompanied by a comprehension or vocabulary activity.

This is an excellent site full of stories on a wide range of topics. Every story has a pdf transcript with language notes attached.

Intermediate to Advanced Students. News stories with vocabulary and comprehension exercises.



A collection of various short listening recordings at a range of levels accompanied by tests and transcripts.