I live everyday like it’s 1958

I live everyday like it’s 1958

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

  • This is who I am
  • You should do what you like
  • People will stop dead in their tracks
  • A juke box
  • A chocolate sundae
  • I found my authentic self
  • They got married in 1955
  • It was built in 1953
  • Keeping it authentic
  • A smile comes on everybody’s face
  • It was built to last forever
  • It feels so normal to me now
  • Secondhand
  • Thrift store
  • True vintage
  • Another one of my favourites
  • It was given to me by the original owner
  • Everybody is weird in their own way
  • Everybody is nerdy about something
3 Minute English #7 – English Pubs

3 Minute English #7 – English Pubs

[Loescher Editore Video]

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

  • One of the oldest pubs in the UK.
  • Over a thousand years ago
  • The word pub is short for a public house.
  • In other words a house open to everybody to meet
  • Pubs need a license to sell alcoholic drinks
  • To young people under 18
  • UNIT 2
  • Full of ornaments and curios objects.
  • Pubs, sell wine, soft drinks and naturally different types of beer
  • The beer is served in half pints or pints
  • An ideal place to relax and chat
  • Whether you stand or sit at a table and read
  • Traditional British dishes such as fish and chips
Let’s take you on an African Safari LIVE now

Let’s take you on an African Safari LIVE now

WildEarth’s safariLIVE is an award winning, expert hosted LIVE safari, broadcast directly from the African wilderness into your home.

Available on both the internet and television, this show enables you to interact with an expert game ranger in real time.

Safari vehicles, guides on foot, drones, balloons, rovers and remote cams are all searching for their favorite characters.

Completely unscripted and unpredictable – this show is reality TV as it is supposed to be. Authentic and REAL.

SUNRISE SAFARI

 

Monday to Sunday

Central African Time (CAT): 06:30am – 09:30am

East African Time (EAT): 07:30am – 10:30am

Eastern Standard Time (EST): 00:30am – 03:30am

 

SUNSET SAFARI

Monday to Sunday

Central African Time (CAT): 15:00pm – 18:00pm

East African Time (EAT): 16:00pm – 19:00pm

Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EST): 09:00am – 12:00pm

 

When safariLIVE isn’t live, you can view the feed from the Djuma Waterhole camera, from the heart of Djuma Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand/greater Kruger National Park area.

Are you working from home?

Are you working from home?

William Hanson

As many of us are going to be working from home for some time, etiquette coach William Hanson from The English Manner gives some suggested tips as to how to effectively video conference from home with colleagues and co-workers.

More English manner tips HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

  •  Executive Director of The English Manner
  • Working from home
  • Foreseeable future
  • Video conference etiquette
  • Well lit
  • The angle is good
  • The sound and the connection is spot on
  • That’s what you want to aim for
  • The person on the conference
  • Focus on what you are saying
  • Neutral and dull as possible
  • Some of the mistakes that people make
  • Dianna, are you still there
  • I can see you.. hello….
  • The angle is critical
  • The lens of the camera pointing directly at your eyes
  • Devices with cameras built into them
  • The last ten or more years
  • Lighting is key
  • Please test it in advance
  •  An anonymous whistle blower on the news
  • The person you’re speaking to
  • It’s taking up a bit of their time
  • Shut the door
  • Before you start
  • Dressing to impress
  • Nobody works from home in a suit
  • This is too much and this is too little
  • What to do and what not to do when we video conference from home
  • I hope you stay safe and healthy
Essay writing TIPS

Essay writing TIPS

Edith Cowan University 

The future of high-tech education

The future of high-tech education

A growing number of classrooms in China are equipped with artificial-intelligence cameras and brain-wave trackers. While many parents and teachers see them as tools to improve grades, they’ve become some children’s worst nightmare (#WallStreetJournal)

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

Primary school
Pay attention
Head band
Levels of concentration
A global leader in artificial intelligence (AI)
A cashless economy
Facial recognition
The future of high-tech education
Chips that track their locations
Surveillance cameras that monitor how often students yawn

Netizens (The term netizen is a portmanteau of the words Internet and citizen, as in a “citizen of the net” or “net citizen.” It describes a person actively involved in online communities or the Internet in general)

Parental consent
AI Education
Boost student’s grades
The government has poured billions into the project
Bringing together tech giants, startups and schools
Exclusive access
To see first-hand how AI tech is being used in the classroom
A brainwave sensing gadget
Students practice meditation
The device is made in China
Sent in real time to the teacher
A report is generated
10 minute intervals
The reports are detailed
One of our reports tried on the device
A new technology
A neuroscientist
It is usually by doctors in hospitals and labs
It affects the signal
Despite the chances for false readings
Students have become more disciplined
They pay better attention in class
Study harder and achieve higher scores
A new kind of pressure for students
Government funded research projects
No privacy protection at all
Experts and citizens alike are sounding alarms
Future generations
Lesson plan here 

Are you wild about cats and wild dogs?

Are you wild about cats and wild dogs?

During the nationwide lockdown, the Endangered Wildlife Trust  will be offering a series of free webinars (times indicated in South Africa Standard Time ‎(UTC+2)‎,  allowing you to discover the outdoors, indoors. Be the first to know about upcoming Wild Chats by signing up to their mailing list   for more information. Zoom  link will be shared the day before each talk.

Social Distancing – What does it mean?

Social Distancing – What does it mean?

We explore one of the most widely used phrases of the past couple of weeks, social distancing.
What does it mean? Is it important? Should we care? These kids will explain!
We also give you 6 tips on how to navigate this unique period we are all facing.

***UPDATE: At the time of filming, 3 feet (1 metre)  was the recommended distance for Social Distancing. It has since been updated to 6 feet (2 metres) .***

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video

Should we abide by it
Minimizing the contact we have with other people
Reduce the spread of the virus
The intent behind social distancing is to slow the rate of the epidemic
To flatten the curve
It will help the health care system
Overcrowding our hospitals
Get control of the virus
Professional sporting events are being suspended for a period of time
We are being asked to socially distance ourselves from other people
It can save thousands of lives today
You are doing your part

Help flatten the curve
Use this time to explore, discover and create

6 Simple tips
Wash your hands often
Cover your cough
Don’t touch your face
Stay at least 2 metres away from people
Get outside –  Avoid close contact with people in public
Connect remotely, thanks to technology you can still interact with them remotely

 

In it together

In it together

Green Renaissance

The last few weeks have been a roller coaster of intense emotions. All of us, all over the world, have had to start to change the way we do things. Many have cut back on travel plans, some are avoiding crowded spaces, and most have dropped handshakes and hugs for elbow bumps and foot shakes.

As hard as it might be for some of us right now, it seems that what we need is more empathy, understanding, and compassion for one another. Most of us are some version of scared – this is a change and a big change. Like with any change, we don’t know what will happen and how it will turn out. But what we do know for sure, is that we can’t really do too much without each other.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

The conductor is not just a time beater
It has different elements to it
We are going to make music
It’s not a shouting match
Taking the rubbish out
It’s a calling
Infectious energy
Your fellow musicians
A positive vibe
We need positive vibes these days
Ode to Joy
Everybody knows the tune
I could not imagine the world without music
I would like to be a fly on the wall
There you go
Nature is such a powerful force
Belting down with rain
An amazing show of power
The purpose of life
To live life that is full of interesting things
Not stuck in a rut
Read about new things
Be interested
Have you heart open for new ideas
Seeking perfection

 

3 000 Villages to discover

3 000 Villages to discover

 

visit Greece

Bustling cities, small traditional villages, breathtaking nature, rich culture, archaeological sites, mesmerizing islands, culinary treats and recipes form a fascinating destination. Enjoy Greece all year round, as each season has something special to offer. Uncover Greece’s hidden treasures   HERE

Let’s take you on an African Safari LIVE now

Let’s take you on an African Safari LIVE now

#safarilive

Jump onto a LIVE, interactive African safari. Twice a day our expert guides invite you to explore the African wilderness in safari vehicles and on foot. Together, we will search for everything from elephants and lions to flowers and landscapes.

Interact with your guide by asking questions through #safarilive on Twitter or via the chat stream located to the right of the feed on YouTube.

UPDATE: As of Tuesday, 01 May:
The Sunrise drive runs from 06:30 – 09:30 local time, which means start times of 00:30 EST, 21:30 PST, 05:30 in the UK [BST], 06:30 in Central Europe, and 15:30 Sydney time.
Our Sunset Safari runs from 15:00 – 18:00 local time, which means start times of 09:00 EST, 06:00 PST, 14:00 in the UK [BST], 15:00 in Central Europe, and 00:00 Sydney time.

Every week, on a Saturday Sunset Safari we bring you safariLIVES – a weekly catch up with all our favourite Big Cat stars. Catch safariLIVES from 16:00-18:00 local time, which means start times of 10:00 EST, 07:00 PST, 15:00 in the UK [BST], 16:00 in Central Europe, and 01:00 Sydney time

When safariLIVE isn’t live, you can view the feed from the Djuma Waterhole camera, from the heart of Djuma Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand/greater Kruger National Park area.

READ MORE

Apartment Therapy – Small Spaces

Apartment Therapy – Small Spaces

 [apartment therapy]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Less to clean
  • Easier to maintain things
  • Functionality – Everything has a purpose
  • I have to have a bunch of things
  • Pots and pans
  • Re-do the kitchen
  • We live in the kitchen
  • Sliding doors
  • We have a little bit of privacy
  • The kitty litter box
  • My stuff stays closer to the floor and his stuff stays closer to the ceiling
  • You only surround yourself with things you love
  • There is no room for extra stuff you don’t need
Where there’s a will, there’s a way #19

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #19

[Primitive Technology ]

Primitive Technology: Iron prills – Creating Iron prills from scratch

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.” READ MORE

The world’s grandest open-air university -Athens, Greece

The world’s grandest open-air university -Athens, Greece

[Visit Greece]

Daily Mail praises Athens for its architecture, academia and history and characterizes the Greek capital as the grandest open-air university in the world.

In an article by David Constable, the popular English newspaper underlines that the city is steeped in history with ancient ruins to explore at every turn, lists the Acropolis and the Arch of Hadrian among the must-visit sites, calls it home to an impressive dynasty of athletes and describes the Athenian visit experience as follows:

Walking the cobblestone pathway of Europe’s largest archaeological park in Athens is a rewarding history lesson in the world’s grandest open-air university.

There are no fees. No professors. No homework. You don’t even have to attend everyday, just as and when there’s an itch of intrigue.

Like Rome, Athens surrounds you with the ancient: the Acropolis, the Theatre of Dionysus, Herodes Atticus, Arch of Hadrian and the Athenian Trilogy. It’s the crumbling Meccano kit of empires built and empires destroyed.

No other country can boast such a dynasty of athletes, Titans and Gigantes. And it’s the Greek history and landscapes, even more than empirical brick-and-mortar that jointly built the modern Greece we know today.

Here is a country rooted in our consciousness, whether we’ve visited it or not. The names of ancient Gods and Goddesses are taught to us at an early age, and the epistemology of their philosophers still widely referenced in society today.”

Read full story here
[Tornosnews]

More posts on Greece

Keep the stories of the past alive

Keep the stories of the past alive

Great big story

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

• A rich tradition
• None is more intricate than that of the Miao
• To document their history, legends and culture
• It uses incredibly intricate stitching
• Some garments take years to complete
• Preserving this tradition is incredibly important

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #18

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #18

[Primitive Technology ]

Primitive Technology: Wood Ash Cement – Creating wood ash cement from scratch

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.” READ MORE

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #17

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #17

[Primitive Technology ]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.” READ MORE

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #16

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #16

[Primitive Technology ]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.” READ MORE

You can’t love the ocean without wanting to protect it

You can’t love the ocean without wanting to protect it

Green Renaissance

‘A good well lived life is one where you’re able to pursue your passions and do something you feel strongly about. Rehabilitation is just the most exciting thing. When you see an animal just doing what it does and engaging with you, priorities really do get put in place.’ – Talitha Noble

Talitha works in the Turtle Rehabilitation Unit at Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa. She nurses sick or injured turtles back to health, and then releases them into the wild again. Thanks for all that you do for these beautiful creatures Talitha.

Lexical chunks to learn from video :

• A good well lived life
• Pursue your passions
• Do something you feel strongly about
• Doing what it does
• Engaging with you
• Deadlines or what you’ve got to do
• Experience of being able to interact
• A sea turtle
• My happiest place is the sea
• The consequence of what we are doing
• As a species we should be a lot more embarrassed
• You can’t love the ocean without wanting to protect it
• Hands-on interact with these amazing animals
• It’s just a dream come true
• Not earn a single cent
• I get to wear mermaid leggings

Turtle Rehabilitation South Africa

Find out more by visiting the Two Oceans Aquarium HERE

Immerse yourself in it

Immerse yourself in it

world economic forum

Vocabulary chunks to learn :

• Learn a new language
• Listening to it
• Passive learning
• Distinguish between different sounds
• More effective
• Attend language classes
• Improve your skills
• A combination of active and passive learning
• The best method to use
• Picking up a new language
• Immerse yourself in it
• Surround yourself with the new language

The Louvre

The Louvre

Paris Tourisme

How well do you really know the most famous museum in the world?

Visit the Louvre Museum

In the heart of the former home of the King’s of France, stands the famous glass pyramids of Pei (extremely controversial in 1988). A few feet away, the artist Anselm Kiefer is installed in the northern staircase of la Cour carrée, for contemporary art also has a place inside the museum. A full program of temporary exhibitions, film projections and concerts makes the Louvre a fascinating place to be.

READ MORE

be responsible

be responsible

“Never before has the issue of plastics in our oceans received so much attention on a global scale. Plastics|SA, the umbrella organization representing the entire South African plastics value chain, signed The Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter, also known as the “Joint Declaration” in 2011. According to this declaration, we are committed to doing everything in our power to help protect our marine life from plastic and other packaging materials which are threatening their natural habitats and therefore also their survival,” READ MORE

3 Minute English #4

3 Minute English #4

[BBC Learning English]

Vocabulary chunks

whirlwind romance – romantic relationship which develops quickly

tying the knot – getting married (informal)

blind date – romantic meeting of people who don’t know each other

fell in love – became romantically attached (to someone)

engagement – promise of marriage

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #15

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #15

[Primitive Technology ]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.” READ MORE

Listen #3

Listen #3

Bernie Krause

Ecologist and musician Bernie Krause has made it his life’s work to record the planet’s vanishing soundscapes. Here’s why we need to tune into the environment. Read more HERE

Without sound…there would be no music, no legend, no voice to stir the soul, evoke the memory, or transport the spirit! From the songs of humpback whales and the screams of Rwanda’s mountain gorillas to the groan of shifting Arctic glaciers or the rumble of an approaching storm, Wild Sanctuary albums, installations, and recognized authority in the field of natural sounds is authentic, adventurous, and inspiring. Within a changing world, what you listen to matters!

Visit Wild Sanctuary HERE

Horse of the woods

Horse of the woods

 

 
[Visit Scotland]

“Scotland is blessed with an abundance of marvellous creatures great and small which inhabit land, water and air. Here is an introduction to one of the native Scottish species which features in our fantastic Scottish Wildlife Series ebook.

Meet the capercaillie, one of the most iconic Scottish wildlife species, and yet also one of its most elusive. This large wood grouse inhabits Scottish native pinewoods and conifer plantations. The male of the species, with its inky plumage, fanned tail, gleaning turquoise breast and crimson fringed eyes, is a particularly striking sight.

Unfortunately the increasingly scarcity of these habitats makes spotting these birds quite difficult. So much so in fact, that it faces a real possibility of extinction and currently features on the ‘Red List’. But there is still a chance you could catch sight of one! Even if you’re more likely to hear rather than see it.

During the ‘lekking’ or mating season which lasts from around March to the end of June, listen carefully and you might hear the distinctive call of the male – best described a low-decimal series of ‘clicks and ‘pops’ – to lure potential mates. Autumn is also a prime time to try a catch a glimpse of these shy birds before they vanish to hibernate for the winter.

Download our Scottish Wildlife Series ebook now to learn more fascinating facts about these magnificent birds and five other favourite Scottish animals.”

Learn more about Scotland’s wildlife : HERE

 

Listen #3 – The last song

Listen #3 – The last song

Hashem Al-ghaili

The last of the Hawaiian ‘oos’ this small bird is now presumed to be Extinct following no further sightings since 1985 READ MORE

Learn more HERE

FREE Education resources for teachers HERE

Easter in Greece

Easter in Greece

[rick steves]

Watch the full one-hour special HERE

Taking you on a spring journey through Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland, Italy, and Greece, “Rick Steves’ European Easter” celebrates this 2,000-year-old story in a variety of cultures. You’ll feel the emotion of this special time as the Passion of Christ unfolds during Holy Week. We’ll join Andalusians carrying parade floats, Greek priests tossing showers of flower petals, and villagers blessing olive branches, plus feasting, fireworks, and more. Exploring a rich and fascinating mix of traditions — from its pagan roots to its glorious finale — “Rick Steves’ European Easter” sheds new light on this timeless holiday. Released 2016.

How do you drink your coffee?

How do you drink your coffee?

William Hanson

Join etiquette expert William Hanson to learn about the many different accoutrements in the world of proper coffee making.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• A nation of tea drinkers

• Proper coffee
• Which requires all these accoutrements
• First thing in the morning
• Coffee beans
• Fresh ground coffee
• Cafetière
• A coffee cup
• It is completely round
• A dinner party
• Wide awake
• Demitas cup
• Demitas spoon
• A brown sugar
• A molasses sugar
• Serving milk
• Frothed milk
• Froth away until your heart’s content
• Don’t dunk it in your coffee ‘cause that is common
• Ready ground beans

Get face to face with art – let your selfie lead you

Get face to face with art – let your selfie lead you

[Google Arts and Culture]

Take a selfie and give the experiment a try HERE. Now available in Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Singapore and parts of the US. Stay tuned as we try to expand and improve!

How do you drink your afternoon tea?

How do you drink your afternoon tea?

William Hanson

Leading UK etiquette coach and broadcaster William Hanson demonstrates the correct way to enjoy afternoon tea.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• A traditional English afternoon tea
• The napkin
• Place it on your lap
• Loose leaf tea
• A tea strainer
• When it comes to stirring
• Back and forth
• Round and round
• Creating an awful racket
• Break the scones with our hands in two
• Put the jam on first and the cream on last
• Do as you please
• Never sandwich the two together
• A pastry fork
• Upturned in the right hand
• Dab your mouth not wipe
• How to have afternoon tea the correct way

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #14

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #14

[Primitive Technology ]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.” READ MORE

I love to learn, I love to educate myself

I love to learn, I love to educate myself

OurKidsNet

“Montessori is not a one-child-fits-all approach to education, children are encouraged to learn at their own pace and as a result teachers often find that students show better academic performance, emotional maturity and social skills. In fact many go on to lead exceptional lives.

Freedom within limits. This phrase is often used when describing one of the key components of a Montessori school — children learn best when they are given the reins to their education. In that respect Montessori schools are structured to allow students to have an active say in what, when and how they learn, with older students as mentors and teachers as helpful guides. Special thanks to Humberside Montessori School.”

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video

• Very different from the traditional classroom
• Children move around
• They choose their own activities
• They know what they need to do
• The class is divided from 3 to 6 year olds
• The lower elementary is 6-9 year olds
• The upper elementary is 9-12 year olds
• You have this age mix
• Children can progress
• Helping everyone out
• Become a real leader within the classroom
• The teacher is a link to the classroom
• The whole class helps to run the whole environment
• There are no tests, no marks, no grades
• The teacher’s role is to figure out what this child knows and how well they know it
• Purposeful activities
• They have a love of learning
• I love to learn, I love to work, I love to educate myself
• Involve the children at home in what we call practical life
• Handwriting shopping lists
• Real life living
• Help build the child’s self esteem, self-confidence
• Feel good about themselves
• They need to be involved
• The develop their self-discipline and self-will
• Every child should flourish within a Montessori Classroom

Trust

Trust

Google for Education

Compared to their counterparts in the United States and beyond, Finnish students start school later in life, go home earlier each day, and do less homework. So what makes their education system one of the finest in the world? It all comes down to one simple but powerful concept : trust.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video
• We have less homework
• Shorter school days
• Kids don’t start school until they are seven
• How do we do it?
• Trusting teachers
• Trusting schools and municipalities
• Teachers are independent
• If you want to build trust you have to give space and freedom
• It’s an ongoing discussion
• Every teacher writes a curriculum
• A common vision
• Parents, principals and teachers work together
• Students take more responsibility of their learning
• To plan, to set goals, to evaluate
• Students should be in the centre of learning
• Teachers should facilitate and activate student
• The relationship between the teacher and student

We are all connected

We are all connected

WWF South Africa

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video

• Everything on our planet works together
• We need to take care of our environment
• Nurture our marine resources
• Advance renewable energy
• Promote responsible farming
• Encourage low-carbon transport
• Develop sustainable business
• Conserve our natural heritage
• Choose ethical labels
• Be wise with our water
• Safeguard our endangered species
• We are all connected

Look up #13 – Live now

Look up #13 – Live now

[LabofOrnithology]

This FeederWatch cam is located in the Treman Bird Feeding Garden at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Perched on the edge of both Sapsucker Woods and its 10-acre pond, these feeders attract both forest species like chickadees and woodpeckers as well as some species that prefer open environments near water like Red-winged Blackbirds.

Watch LIVE at  All About Birds  for news, updates, and more information about the pond and its surroundings.

The world of birds at your fingertips HERE

Learning not for school – but for life

Learning not for school – but for life

Explore the Finnish education system and its success factors.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :
• Lifelong learning begins in early childhood
• High-quality education
• Equal learning opportunities
• Education is free
• Guidance and counseling
• Forward-looking learning methods
• Advanced digital applications to engage learners
• Coding, reading, writing and arithmetic
• Out of the classroom, into the world
• Vocational education and training
• Straight to work life
• Capable and committed teachers
• 100% of Finnish teachers hold a Master’s degree
• Teacher-student interaction
• Lifelong learning is encouraged
• Learning not for school – but for life

Follow Van Gogh

Follow Van Gogh

Van Gogh Museum

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• Our journey has begun
• Following the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh
• We observed his work
• We speak of what it must have been like
• Dark moist soil
• Following after his past
• Our senses opening up
• Feeling the connection with nature
• A growing awareness of our day-to-day existence
• Inspired by the past
• The way his work came to life
• This is our story – what does yours look like?

Dive

Dive

Atlantic Edge Films

Footage taken in FalseBay (South Africa) amongst the Kelp forests. See the variety of Shark species including the Seven Gill Shark and the Stripped Cat Shark.

Atlantic Edge Films specialises in underwater filming, marine logistics and has an extensive stock footage library of 4-8k footage. Based in False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa they have a wealth of marine wildlife right on their doorstep – including numerous species of whales, dolphins, seals, marine birds, fish and of course sharks – lots of sharks!
They are experts at filming Great White Shark behaviour, both above and below the water, whether with or without a cage.
Their work is often featured on the BBC, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and National Geographic Channel.  READ MORE 

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #13

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #13

 

[Primitive Technology ] 

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

What is Greatness?

What is Greatness?

 

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

 

  • There are no grand celebrations here, no speeches, no bright lights, but there are great athletes
  • The truth is greatness is for all of us
  • Greatness is not in one special place and it’s not in one special person
  • Greatness is wherever somebody is trying to find it.
Look up #12

Look up #12

[LabofOrnithology]

Birds can use their feathers for much more than flight. In some species, for example, they produce sound. The secondary wing feathers of the male Club-Winged Manakin, a bird from South America, are large and rigid. He strikes them together at about 107 times per second to create a buzzing sound, which is used during courtship displays.

The world of birds at your fingertips HERE

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #12

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #12

 

[Primitive Technology ] 

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

Every bird counts

Every bird counts

[labofornithology]

Global tools for birders, critical data for science

Record the birds you see
Keep track of your bird lists
Explore dynamic maps and graphs
Share your sightings and join the eBird community
Contribute to science and conservation

Explore a region HERE

Read more at eBird  HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

• Put them all in one place
• We would transform birding
• Science and conservation
• Make them available to educators
• Where you are birding
• It’s grown
• To understand the movements and needs of birds at a global scale
• The best birding hotspots
• Generate species distribution channels
• Better conservation strategies
• Opening the door to the future of better bird conservation
• And this is just the beginning
• A free open access system
• Easy to use, fun and rewarding
• Get started all for free
• A global team of people
• Share your passion for birds
• Be a part of it

Have you ever had breakfast with giraffes?

Have you ever had breakfast with giraffes?

 [Seeker Stories]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • A split second
  • A man-eater
  • It messes with your sense of scale
  • A conservation biologist
  • A free roaming sanctuary
  • It was modeled on a Scottish hunting lodge
  • It became involved in giraffe conservation
  • A breeding program
  • To help fund the project the owners run a hotel
  • Up-close and personal
  • Soulful creatures
  • You really get a sense of that when you are up-close
  • 9 different sub species of giraffes
  • They are being poached out of existence for their tusks and for their horns
  • Highly endangered
  • Their  numbers have plummeted in recent years
  • Snap a shot
  • Downloaded my photos
  • Coming back year after year
  • Add this to your bucket list
More of Robin Moore’s photos  :  Robin Moore
Visit Giraffe Manor  : Giraffe Manor 
lexical chunks – engvid- videos for the classroom
Open minds see no borders

Open minds see no borders

[let’s open our world]

Do you believe there is hope for the future? The world can be beautiful and open, if we want it. These children from around the world came together and discovered they are more alike than they ever imagined.

In the film “Dear mom and dad”, we document what happens when 48 children from 12 different countries meet at a CISV camp funded by momondo and run by CISV. We asked the children to write to their parents how they see the world in the beginning and the end of the camp. We are proud and honoured to have been able to document the beautiful feelings and thoughts shared by the children.

They don’t come from the same culture, speak the same language or wear the same clothes, but none of that matters: jokes are shared, hearts are opened and friendships across borders are made. READ MORE

To help spread the message beyond the camp, momondo has also created two FREE educational school activities, designed in partnership with CISV and based on activities run in CISV camps, to help children understand the importance of mutual tolerance and respect.  

The CLASSROOM  KITS are also available in Spanish, Portuguese, and Brazilian Portuguese (versions in other languages will be available in 2018), and you can download them HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video : 

• To my dear family
• I was terrified of being away from home
• I felt insecure and nervous
• So much more different
• Meet them for the first time
• Getting to know them
• We are more alike
• We all get along
• People from a lot  of different places
• It does not matter how we are outside
• We are all humans
• Respect is the key
• There is hope for the future

‘Tis the season to be jolly #15

‘Tis the season to be jolly #15

London

The UK capital has switched on the Christmas lights and London’s Hyde Park has been transformed into a winter wonderland. There are decorations and gifts galore in all the stores.

Stockholm

Above all, Christmas in Stockholm means candlelight and hearty food. As it gets dark here early, the city puts on an impressive light show. Typically Swedish: glögg, spicy gingerbread and Yule goats.

Germany

Stollen, spiced mulled wine and gingerbread: For many in Germany, these items symbolize Christmas time. But how did these treats come to represent the holidays? Experts say the answer dates back to the 14th century.

Gift giving

Gift giving is a big part of Christmas. The Viadrina Museum in Frankfurt an der Oder is now devoting an entire exhibition to this custom. Presents from decades past are on display.

Ornaments for the Christmas tree

In the 19th century, a glassblower from Lauscha decided to use glass to make ornaments for the Christmas tree. They soon became a huge success around the world and are still made by hand in Lauscha today.

Christmas Light Display

Rolf Vogt of Lower Saxony doesn’t skimp when it comes to his Christmas lights. He’s spent over 150,000 euros to cover his house in Calle with over half a million colored lights on 4.3 kilometers of cables.

Nuremberg

The southern German town of Nuremberg has been known for its gingerbread since the Middle Ages. It’s a Christmas specialty that can be enjoyed at the local festive “Christkindlesmarkt”.

Russia

It’s Christmas time in Russia, and one Christmas tradition has people braving the cold for hours on end. Competitive fishing at Christmas even managed to survive seventy years of Soviet rule. Who will catch the elusive “Christmas fish” this year?

Amsterdam

During the advent season Amsterdam’s canals are illuminated by beautiful lights. Other season’s traditions include drinking eggnog, eating delicious Pepernoten cookies and going ice-skating in front of the Rijksmuseum.

Prague

Zurich

During advent in Zurich, the city lights up like a Christmas tree. It’s a magical place, with its market, circus, and of course, cheese fondue. And what better way to digest than a stroll through the brightly-lit city?

 

Look deep into nature

Look deep into nature

 

[Green Renaissance]

“I believe with all my heart that we can create cities and towns that are functioning like a forest. How to really thrive on this planet is all around us.” – Sue Swain

Follow more of Sue’s work in the field of biomimicry HERE

 Visit Green Renaissance HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• Sustainability

• The least favorite word in the English language

• It is so limited

• Shame I’m sorry hear that

• You are just hanging in there

• Nature is so much more vibrant than that

• Critically important it’s regenerative

• That’s what we should be striving for, is regenerative living

• They are sharing one particular territory

• There is no waste at all

• We have made chemicals combine

• 3.8 billion years

• The earth can’t recognize it can’t’ assimilate it can’t break it down

• We are acting like aliens

• I believe with all my heart

• The blue print is here

• How to thrive on this planet

• We need to ask nature what we should be doing

• You need to get out into nature

• You need to reconnect

• No patch of nature is too small

• To actually start you journey of discovery

• We are capable of so much more as a species

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #11

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #11

 

[Primitive Technology ] 

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

Trees can fly

Trees can fly

  [Hoshincu]

How to make Air Bonsai :

  [Hoshincu]

“A Japanese firm called Hoshinchu is producing kits for customers to produce their own floating versions of tiny house plants called Air Bonsai.

The tiny trees contain spongy balls of moss that contain magnets that sit above a porcelain base that similarly contain magnets which repel those found in the moss. 

How do the trees float :

The Air Bonsai kit is made up of two parts – an ‘energy base’ and the ‘little star’ which floats a few centimetres above the base.

The ‘stars’ are spongy balls of moss 2.3-inches (6cm) across containing magnets weighing around 250 grams

The porcelain base contains magnets and a rotating mechanism and is connected to the mains by an AC adapter.

The magnets repel each other to create the illusion of levitation. 

To plant the trees, customers poke a hole in the ball and add the cutting of the plant or a seedling. 

The website shows a number of bonsai trees which have been grown for a number of years spinning off the ground.

An additional pot is available in the form of a lava stone, instead of the moss ball.”

[Daily Mail UK]
Look up #11

Look up #11

[LabofOrnithology]

Bird parents build nests of all different shapes and sizes to keep their young safe and warm. Bald Eagles, for example, build massive structures out of twigs that can be over 5 feet in diameter. Hummingbirds, such as this Cuban Emerald have a much more discreet approach. The cup-shaped nests they construct out of materials such as leaves and spiderwebs are only slightly bigger than a quarter and typically house two eggs weighing less than a gram a piece.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #10

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #10

 

[Primitive Technology ] 

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

Designed by nature

Designed by nature

[Great Big Story]

In the forestry hills of Big Sur, California, Jayson Fann weaves, bends and shapes eucalyptus and willow branches into incredible human-sized nests. Each of these “earthly temples” weighs in at over 100,000 pounds, often requiring heavy-duty equipment to aid in transportation and construction. Now, Fann is using his nests as an educational tool, helping students discover their ability to shape and create their environment, all the while strengthening their connection with nature.

Visit Jayson HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

• A nest is a place where you have a sense of protection and strength
• An Earth Temple
• A Nature Temple
• Not one branch is the same
• To bring out the best of those shapes with each other
• I’m a nest builder
• An intuitive process of just gathering branches
• Building forts
• As big as one hundred thousand pounds of wood
• Gathering all the wood
• A chainsaw to cut wood
• A machete to cut off all the excess leaves
• I asses what kind of shapes I have
• Creating the foundation and the infrastructure
• I can weave in and around
• The trunk of the tree, all the way down to the very smallest twig and branch
• Transporting them across the country
• I use cranes and forklifts and different kinds of equipment
• All over the country
• An educational setting
• An educator
• Out into nature, interacting with nature
• The nest is something that can almost have grown out of the ground

 

 

This is the most epic thing in the world

This is the most epic thing in the world

 

#safarilive

Jump on the back and join a LIVE African Safari. Twice a day expert guides invite you to come along and drive through the African bush in search of the Big Five as well as smaller animals.

Interact with your ranger by asking questions through #safarilive on Twitter or via the chat stream to the right of the feed on YouTube.

UPDATE: As of Friday, 22 September:
The Sunrise drive runs from 05:30 – 08:30 local time, which means start times of 11:30 EDT, 20:30 PDT, 04:30 in the UK, 05:30 in Central Europe (Summer), and 13:30 Sydney time.
Our Sunset Safari runs from 15:30 – 18:30 local time, which means start times of 09:30 EDT, 06:30 PDT, 14:30 in the UK, 15:30 in Central Europe (Summer), and 23:00 Sydney time.

When safariLIVE isn’t live, you can view the feed from the Djuma Waterhole camera, from the heart of Djuma Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand/greater Kruger National Park area.

READ MORE

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #9

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #9

 

[Primitive Technology ] #34 ON TRENDING

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

This is Africa – Join Safari Live everyday at dawn and dusk – experience the wild

This is Africa – Join Safari Live everyday at dawn and dusk – experience the wild

 

#safarilive

East Africa’s Great Migration is famous for many things, most of all the chaotic crossings over the Mara river. Thanks to Panasonic, safariLIVE never missed a second of the action! WE take a closer look at the four permanent cameras stationed at a few of the perilous Mara river crossing points. From wildebeest and zebra to lions and giraffe, these cameras have allowed us to view the incredible Kenyan wildlife like never before!

Read more

This is Africa – Join Safari Live everyday at dawn and dusk – experience the wild

This is Africa – Join Safari Live everyday at dawn and dusk – experience the wild

 

#safarilive

Jump on the back and join a LIVE African Safari. Twice a day our expert guides invite you to come along and drive through the African bush in search of the Big Five as well as smaller animals.

Interact with your ranger by asking questions through #safarilive on Twitter or via the chat stream to the right of the feed on YouTube.

UPDATE: As of Tuesday, 1 August:
The Sunrise drive runs from 06:00 – 09:00 local time, which means start times of 00:00 EDT, 21:00 PDT, 05:00 in the UK, 06:00 in Central Europe (Summer), and 14:00 Sydney time.
Our Sunset Safari runs from 15:00 – 18:00 local time, which means start times of 09:00 EDT, 06:00 PDT, 14:00 in the UK, 15:00 in Central Europe (Summer), and 23:00 Sydney time.

When safariLIVE isn’t live, you can view the feed from the Djuma Waterhole camera, from the heart of Djuma Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand/greater Kruger National Park area.

READ MORE

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #8

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #8

 

[Primitive Technology]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #8

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #8

 

[Primitive Technology]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #7

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #7

 

[Primitive Technology]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

Make the world a better place

Make the world a better place

[magical quote]

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

What is Mandela Day?

Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. It was launched on his birthday, 18 July, in 2009 via a unanimous decision by the UN General Assembly.

“It is in your hands to make of the world a better place,” he said a year earlier, calling on the younger generation to take up this task.

Mandela Day calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place. Each year on 18 July we look back on what has been done, and forward to what will be done

Making every day a Mandela Day celebrates Madiba’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about enduring change.  TAKE ACTION, INSPIRE CHANGE HERE

FREE RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS HERE

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #6

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #6

[Primitive Technology]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #5

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #5

[Primitive Technology]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

Look Up #9

Look Up #9

Great Big Story

 

“With a wingspan up to 10 feet in length, the mighty Andean condor is one of the largest flying birds in the world. Found throughout the Andes Mountains, the condor is a national symbol for many South American countries. This massive bird has a hairless head, which will change color depending on its emotional state. Though the condor can live up to 70 years, its population is in decline, largely due to the destruction of its natural habitat” [Great big Story]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • With wings that spread up to 10ft apart
  • One of the largest flying birds in the world
  • Found throughout the Andes Mountains
  • A national symbol
  • Emotional state
  • Used to attract females
  • With some Condors living for more that 70 years
  • It is a scavenger bird
  • South American coast
  • The population is in decline
  • Due to the destruction of its natural habitat
  • Lead poisoning from carcasses shot by hunters
 

 

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #4

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #4

[Primitive Technology]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

Up close and personal

Up close and personal

  [Great Big story]

Every winter, Norwegian marine biologist Andreas B. Heide sails north in search of whales, especially orcas. He’s not just there to document these incredible creatures from the boat, however—he jumps in and swims right along with them. Orcas are some of the most powerful and intelligent predators on the planet, but by approaching them with respect and establishing trust, Andreas has been able to gain perspective on how they live, interact, and even play. His hope is to increase awareness for conservation efforts by documenting his up-close-and-personal interactions with these surprisingly gentle giants.

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • I was scared to death
  • But it chooses not to
  • I am a sailor, adventurer and marine biologist from Norway
  • It’s harsh and also tremendously beautiful
  • Nature at its very best
  • To make a documentary about orcas and whales in the wild
  • Observe them from a distance
  • They are gentle yet so fast
  • Once you’ve made eye contact with an orca there is no turning back
 
 
Where there’s a will, there’s a way #3

Where there’s a will, there’s a way #3

[Primitive Technology]

Read more about this project HERE

About Primitive Technology

“Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.”  READ MORE

 

Super delicious

Super delicious

 [tiger in a jar]
Beetroot Facts

Beetroot is herbaceous plant that belongs to the family Amaranthaceae. This plant originates from India, Mediterranean areas and Atlantic coast of Europe, but it can be found all over the world today. Beetroot is cultivated mainly because of its high nutritional value. Chemical compounds isolated from beetroot are used in medicine, chemical and food industry. Beetroot was used as ornamental plant in the past. Assyrians were using beetroot in Hanging Gardens of Babylon 800 years BC.
Did you know  :
Beetroot develops leafy stem that can grow 39 to 78 inches in height.
Beetroot has heart-shaped leaves. They are usually 2 to 8 inches long in wild plants and much longer in cultivated varieties.
Most people cultivate beetroot because of its edible root. It develops 55 to 65 days after planting of seed. Root is usually red to purple in color. Unlike other types of vegetables, root contains high quantities of sugar.
Beetroot develops small, green or reddish flowers that appear in dense spikes. Flowers are pollinated by wind.
Fruit of beetroot is called nutlet. It has hard structure and it is arranged in clusters.
Beetroot has high nutritional value. Besides high content of sugar, beetroot is rich source of vitamins B6 and B9 and minerals such as iron, magnesium and potassium.
Beetroot can be used raw, cooked or pickled. It is often used for salads, soups and as an ingredient of dishes made of meat. Beetroot can be also used for the manufacture of wine.
Leaves of beetroot are also edible. Fresh leaves taste like spinach.
Leaves of beetroot were used for binding of wounds in the ancient Greece. Beetroot was popular “mouth freshener” in the past. It was used to eliminate the smell of garlic. Latest medical experiments showed that beetroot lowers blood pressure and increases endurance in athletes. It also prevents development of liver diseases which result from protein deficiency, diabetes or alcohol abuse.
Beetroot juice was used as dye in the past. During the 19th century, women used beetroot for dyeing of hair.
Betain is a substance isolated from beetroot. It is responsible for the purple color of the root. This substance is used in food industry to improve color and taste of desserts, jams, ice-creams, jellies, tomato sauces and breakfast cereals.
Home-made lotion (produced by boiling the beetroot) can be used for the removal of dandruff.
Juice made of beetroot can be used instead of litmus paper to determine acidity or alkalinity of solution. One drop of beetroot juice changes its color in pink in acid solutions and into yellow in alkaline solution.
[soft schools]
How many languages are spoken in your country ?

How many languages are spoken in your country ?

 [World Economic Forum]

 

“Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism

by Anne Merrit   at The Telegraph, 2013

Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for travelling. It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English, says Anne Merritt.

Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.

Below are seven cognitive advantages to learning a foreign language.   Many of these attributes are only apparent in people who speak multiple languages regularly – if you haven’t spoken a foreign tongue since your A levels, your brain might not be reaping these bilingual benefits. However, people who begin language study in their adult lives can still achieve the same levels of fluency as a young learner, and still reap the same mental benefits, too.

You become smarter

Speaking a foreign language improves the functionality of your brain by challenging it to recognise, negotiate meaning, and communicate in different language systems. This skill boosts your ability to negotiate meaning in other problem-solving tasks as well.

Students who study foreign languages tend to score better on standardised tests than their monolingual peers, particularly in the categories of maths, reading, and vocabulary.

Read more

Look Up #4

Look Up #4

Great Big Story

 

The collared aracari is a toucan native to the tropical rainforests of Central and South America. Bright plumage and large colorful bills give these small birds a standout color palette. At just over a foot in length, the collared aracari can weigh up to 10 ounces, but most of that size comes from its bill. Sadly, their population has been decreasing due to deforestation and hunting for the pet trade.

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Native to the Tropical Rainforests
  • A gorgeous rainbow of colors
  • The most distinct feature
  • The upper part
  • Reach just over a foot long and weigh up to 10 ounces
  • They mainly eat fruit but occasionally feed on small insects
  • Their population has been decreasing
  • A combination of deforestation and hunting for the pet trade
 

 

Look Up #3

Look Up #3

Lab of Ornithology

 

In order to fly at peak performance, birds must carefully maintain their feathers. This means removing dirt, excess oil, and parasites. Birds do this by running their bill from the base of a feather to the tip, a process known as preening. In addition to removing debris, preening also realigns feathers, improving their aerodynamic performance. Read more HERE

 [All about birds]

 

Make something that does something

Make something that does something

[Little Bits]

 

WHAT IS  LITTLEBITS?


LittleBits makes a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small.

We set out to reinvent screen time. We succeeded. Announcing the new Gizmos & Gadgets Kit 2nd Edition, available now. It’s the first kit with Bluetooth wireless technology, allowing kids to build inventions AND control them with a smart device. Turn kids’ screen-time addiction into a passion for hands-on inventing, problem-solving and creativity.

Read More HERE

Visit their online shop HERE

 

 

Lara made my life brighter

Lara made my life brighter

 [Lara Guide Dogs]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Tackles the streets
  • A guide dog
  • The Visually impaired
  • Bumping into obstacles
  • The change was so radical
  • Teaching orientation and mobility to blind people
  • To live autonomously
  • A new concept
  • If they are treated with respect

Read more @ Lara Guide-Dog School

I didn’t do my homework because…

I didn’t do my homework because…

[The Story Book Factory]

More Stories

 

An interesting article from Good Schools on homework  : 

There’s a long-running debate on the benefits of homework. The purpose of homework is to bridge the gap between children’s learning at school and at home, but just how relevant is it to the modern generation? We cover the advantages and disadvantages of homework below.

Advantages

  • Children develop time management and study skills: Homework sets children up to manage their time and plan out study schedules, which are very useful skills to have when they enter senior high school years, tertiary study and eventually the workforce. Completing homework early in the schooling years ensures that it becomes a habit — not an inconvenience.
     
  • Students can engage with their studies: Even with the whole day spent at school, allocated class time is not always sufficient when it comes to engaging students with their school work. Setting homework allows students to revise content learnt during the day with a fresh set of eyes and a clear head, away from their friends and other schoolyard distractions. This also provides parents with an opportunity to get involved in their child’s school work, providing assistance and additional insight when needed.

Read more

Connecting classrooms

Connecting classrooms

 [British Council]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • A global education program
  • It gives teachers and pupils a new perspective
  • It has been in existence for over 5 years
  • Linking children and young people
  • They are learning from their Nigerian counterparts
  • There are huge similarities between the schools
  • Our method of teaching is similar
  • How engaging the teaching was
  • A hands-up policy
  • Children were praised positively
  • It was a real pleasure
  • Teachers are developing
  • You are supported by a whole team of teachers
  • I have developed in my own teaching skills
  • I have to make my children more globally aware
  • How I can incorporate that across the curriculum
  • It gives you the chance to lead something  
  • A next step in my teaching career
  • A more culturally rich place
  • How valuable it is for their school and actually for the wider community
  • You get incredible experience
  • I would come back again … and again
British Council Connecting Classrooms – Education – Across the curriculum – English Teaching – Teaching skills
Beet Cake

Beet Cake

 [tiger in a jar]
Beetroot Facts

Beetroot is herbaceous plant that belongs to the family Amaranthaceae. This plant originates from India, Mediterranean areas and Atlantic coast of Europe, but it can be found all over the world today. Beetroot is cultivated mainly because of its high nutritional value. Chemical compounds isolated from beetroot are used in medicine, chemical and food industry. Beetroot was used as ornamental plant in the past. Assyrians were using beetroot in Hanging Gardens of Babylon 800 years BC.
Interesting Beetroot Facts:
Beetroot develops leafy stem that can grow 39 to 78 inches in height.
Beetroot has heart-shaped leaves. They are usually 2 to 8 inches long in wild plants and much longer in cultivated varieties.
Most people cultivate beetroot because of its edible root. It develops 55 to 65 days after planting of seed. Root is usually red to purple in color. Unlike other types of vegetables, root contains high quantities of sugar.
Beetroot develops small, green or reddish flowers that appear in dense spikes. Flowers are pollinated by wind.
Fruit of beetroot is called nutlet. It has hard structure and it is arranged in clusters.
Beetroot has high nutritional value. Besides high content of sugar, beetroot is rich source of vitamins B6 and B9 and minerals such as iron, magnesium and potassium.
Beetroot can be used raw, cooked or pickled. It is often used for salads, soups and as an ingredient of dishes made of meat. Beetroot can be also used for the manufacture of wine.
Leaves of beetroot are also edible. Fresh leaves taste like spinach.
Leaves of beetroot were used for binding of wounds in the ancient Greece. Beetroot was popular “mouth freshener” in the past. It was used to eliminate the smell of garlic. Latest medical experiments showed that beetroot lowers blood pressure and increases endurance in athletes. It also prevents development of liver diseases which result from protein deficiency, diabetes or alcohol abuse.
Beetroot juice was used as dye in the past. During the 19th century, women used beetroot for dyeing of hair.
Betain is a substance isolated from beetroot. It is responsible for the purple color of the root. This substance is used in food industry to improve color and taste of desserts, jams, ice-creams, jellies, tomato sauces and breakfast cereals.
Home-made lotion (produced by boiling the beetroot) can be used for the removal of dandruff.
Juice made of beetroot can be used instead of litmus paper to determine acidity or alkalinity of solution. One drop of beetroot juice changes its color in pink in acid solutions and into yellow in alkaline solution.
[soft schools]
What do you think the world needs more of ?

What do you think the world needs more of ?

Watch the following video :

  (soulpancake)

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

The world needs…

  • More passion
  • Understanding one another
  • Better teachers
  • An interest in people and ideas as opposed to things
  • Women that  are comfortable with their bodies
  • Understanding different cultures
  • Connection, human connection
  • What we need is more of less
  • More smiles
How will you save the drop ?

How will you save the drop ?

Watch the following video :

soulpancake
soulpancake

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • A severe drought
  • Stop a leaking faucet
  • A serious problem
  • I did what I could
  • This is our world and we should try to make it better for everyone
  • It’s imperative that we do these things
Learn Vocabulary in Chunks and not in isolation

Learn Vocabulary in Chunks and not in isolation

I’d like to share an interesting article I read on the site New Indian Express
written byDr Albert P’ Rayan/ Chennai, [rayanal@yahoo.co.uk], published: 25th May 2015

Learn Vocabulary in Chunks and not in Isolation

In traditional classrooms, the focus has always been on teaching words in isolation. As a result, learners know the meanings of many words but they do not know how to use the words appropriately in context. Of late, enhancing learners’ knowledge of chunks of language is emphasised.

What are chunks? Chunks are groups of words or fixed expressions. When we speak or write, we use a lot of phrases, such as by the way, for example, as a result, on the other hand, a kind of, a lot of, at the moment, I mean, you know, at the end of the day, etc. These groups of words or phrases are called chunks of language. Why should learners be taught words in chunks? Research has proved that those who learn vocabulary in chunks learn a language better than those who learn words in isolation. Learners retain vocabulary better when they learn chunks.

Michael Lewis, known for advocating the lexical approach to language teaching, says that native speakers of any language have memorised hundreds of chunks to produce fluent and accurate speech. It is important to expose learners to real communication or authentic speech exchanges in order to help them develop their communication skills.

Knowledge of individual words is essential but what is more important and useful is the knowledge of how to use the words in appropriate contexts. Take the word ‘take’ for example. This word has over a hundred different meanings though the basic meaning is ‘to move something or somebody from one place to another’.

When ‘take’ collocates with different nouns, the meaning of ‘take’ in each ‘take+noun’ collocation is different. Look at these examples: take a bus, take a minute, take a test, take advice, take steps, take offense, take pity, take cover, take heart, take the axe to. Here are the meanings of some of the above ‘take’ collocations:

• take offence: to feel upset because of something someone has said or done

• take pity: to show sympathy for someone because they are in a bad situation

• take the axe to something: to make drastic cuts, particularly in workforce

In the English language there are many phrases and idioms in which the word ‘all’ is part of them. Here are some of the set phrases with ‘all’ and their meanings:

• all balled up: stuck or confused…

• all day long: during the length of the entire day…

• all set: ready: prepared

• all shot to hell: broken; damaged

• all skin and bones: too thin

Chunks appear in many ways: as collocations and idioms, in set phrases (good luck, all the best) and in ‘discourse markers’ (‘as far as I know, by the way).

Source : New Indian Express – Education

A visit to The Acropolis Musuem || Athens, Greece

A visit to The Acropolis Musuem || Athens, Greece

Watch the following videos :

Video 1 :  The Acropolis Museum

Video 2 : The Acroplis Musuem 2

A virtual tour of the museum [click on museum view]  :

https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/collection/acropolis-museum

Official website of the museum :  http://www.theacropolismuseum.gr/

For my students…..Congratulations !

For my students…..Congratulations !

What is Success . . .

Watch the following video :

Success

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

Success …

Means doing a job I love which I feel contributes to society

Happiness in doing what you’re doing

It is really about changing people for the better

Balance your life and work

How my children progress through their lives

Getting a really good internship this summer

Getting my Masters when I was pregnant

 The secret to my success is …

Being able to reach out and connect

Great communication

Trusting my gut … trusting my instincts

Learning more about my field

Always keep evolving, try to renew yourself each day

Surround yourself with those open-minded people

You get to the point where you can accomplish anything

A Virtual School

A Virtual School

Watch the following video :

Virtual School

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

A Virtual School

Schooling at home

Prepare the lessons

People who are experts in their fields

Two requirements we have to meet

A schedule they have to meet

Get on a chat room with your entire class

Talk about their lesson

Traditional brick and mortal school

Work together to achieve success

It’s kind of like email

Learning beyond the classroom

Meet them on field trips

See many different places

Museums, Science Centers, Historical sites

Get to meet people face to face

You get to enjoy activities that involve learning

What can we expose our children to, to make them well-rounded

Global economy

I’m involved in a lot outside of school

I take private voice lessons

You’re not relying solely on the school

I’m able work at my own pace

Get ahead if I want to

Interact with other students

Academic excellence