Thursday, December 3, 2009

Better writing with technology



A new BBC survey shows that children that read and use blogs and other social media tend to write better.

It seems that they essential writing skills get better as they are more exposed to forms of language and get involved at the same time.

According to Jonathan Douglas, of the British National Literacy Trust, the more forms of communication helps students learn the difference between different types of writing and knowing when to use "yours sincerely" instead of "love and kisses" for example.

The results are striking given that most people believe that social media doesn't help students write at all, making them actually lose interest in writing as a whole.

This goes to show how important it is to consider how technology can and should be used in education and learning.

For the full article click here.

Homage to pure Brazilian football magic

I couldn't help but posting this video here.

As an avid lover of football and an aficionado of Brazilian football artistry, I was delighted to watch this video and revive wonderful memories of a team that needed no trophy to win my heart and eternal admiration.

Even those who are not very fond of the game will have to give in to such mastery and finesse.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sorry might be too late




Still on the Copenhagen Conference, now being referred to as COP 15.

NGOs Greenpeace and Tcktcktck have created photos of current world leaders apologizing for not doing anything about the environment in the year 2020.

The question is: will anyone really be sorry?

Language note:

In the posters, Presidents Obama and Lula and other world leaders are confessing their mea culpa by saying they could have done something but they didn't.

What should they have done before in the recent past?

What should they do now?

Imagine we are in the year 2020. What would have happened if the world leaders had/had not done something about climate change when they had the chance?