Friday, February 28, 2014

Celebrate World Book Day on March 6


World Book Day is a "a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. Thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens Ltd, publishers and booksellers, we can send millions of book vouchers to children and young people (more than 14 million, in fact: that’s one for nearly every child aged under eighteen in the country)."  You can find all the information about World Book Day on their website, including  Nursery Resources, Primary Resources, and Secondary Resources.





Thursday, February 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday #3

Create Quiz Boards With FlipQuiz


While perusing the Computer Technology Edmodo group, I came across FlipQuiz, which is currently in beta. Teachers can use FlipQuiz to create quiz boards, which are great for reviewing before a test. Although the board looks like Jeopardy, students do not have to answer in the form of a question. Use the boards in place of flash cards, and students can connect to your board anywhere they have Internet access. Teachers are able to use their boards over and over, and the best part is that it is free!

Monday, February 24, 2014

If You Teach Japanese, Here Are 16 Resources

It's not exactly taught in every American high school, mainly because it is more difficult to learn than Spanish, French or Italian. Japanese can be found on the college level, especially when business majors are looking to work for a Japanese company. A friend of mine who is CPA learned Japanese for his job. At any age, it is a challenging language.



RESOURCES
About Japan-from the Japan Society; from Haiku to Japanese architecture

American Association of Teachers of Japanese

Basics of Japanese Culture

The Japan Foundation- featured Websites and resources

Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese- covers the east coast of the United States

LESSON PLANS / ACTIVITIES / VIDEOS
Basic Phrases in Japanese- mp3 files for students to listen

Complete Guide to Japanese

Japanese Foreign Language Worksheets and Printables for Kids- from Education.com; beginners

Japanese Grammar/Expressions Lessons- many resources from About.com

Japanese Grammar Guide

Japanese Lesson Plans- from TeAchnology- worksheets, puzzles all about Japan

JapanesePod101- large video collection on their youtube channel

Learn Japanese- flash cards, activities, videos







Lesson Plans on Japan- covers art, culture, education, geography, history, literature, politics, religion

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