I can't believe how time has flown in recent weeks. The Easter holidays, work in the UAE and Doha and all over the UK. It's certainly been busy!
Apologies for the late release of this, my April newsletter. Thank you to everyone who has been checking the newsletter out. With more than 10,000 views per month, it is really humbling to see educators connecting and sharing the ideas within the newsletter.
During my trip to the UAE I got to meet lots of fantastic educators such as many of the team at the JESS (Jumeirah English Speaking School), I also interviewed Steph Bernier of the VISS school from Sharjah and Mark Duncan from 365Edu and so I have some great episodes coming up for the podcast which I cannot wait to share with you!
As with every newsletter we have our regular features:
- a featured resource
- a recommend app with ideas for its use
- a recommended teaching and learning resource
- recommended reading
- blog post of the month
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Recommended app of the month
This month's recommended app is the great free app from the BBC called Civilisations. This app gives the user the chance to explore some of the most important artefacts from human history in augmented reality or in a simple 3D mode.
As you'll see in the video above, the app enables you to see, interact with and hear information about the artefact you're examining. You can zoom in and out and in the AR mode you can move around the object in your own environment. Pressing the book icon at the bottom allows you to read further information about the artefact and there are links to websites with more information on too.
There are five different themes you can explore:
- Early Civilisations
- Human Body
- Progress and Modernity
There are 41 different artefacts that you can explore within the app and more are being added all of the time too. The app is available on iOS, is free and has a 4+ age rating.
Recommended teaching and learning resource
Someone who's blog I've been reading for many years is that of Alex Quigley who is @huntingenglish on Twitter. He has had many different foci on his blog over the years but given his specialist area of English as a subject, a lot of the posts have been around this area focusing often on language acquisition.
In a recent Twitter chat I saw him reference a model called the SEEC model which sounded really useful. SEEC stands for:
Searching for the resource he mentioned on his site brough up a plethora of great resources linked to his new book 'Closing the [vocabulary] gap'.
There are some great ideas and resources here, not just related to the SEEC model and would strongly urge you to check them out, particularly the 'Seven strategies for exploring unfamiliar vocabulary'. I haven't read this book so cannot comment upon it however if it is as good as his previous 'Confident Teacher' book, I'm sure you'll be pleased you got a copy.
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