Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Let's visit our friends from Slovenia!!!

Select three students from Slovenia and visit their blogs. Say hi and make new friends.....

Countryside Management group created blogs

Maja Š.:
David Č.:
Valter J. :
Nejc G. :
Matej V. :
Luka K. :
Martin C. :
Sabrina Ž.:
Rok L. :
Primož K.:
Simona Š.

The informatics group opened blogs

Andrej B.
Gregor B.
Aljaž Č.
Valentina F.
Biljana J.
Goran J.
Borut K.
Patrik K.
Kristjan K.
Dajana K.
Tomaž M.
Rok M.
Špela O.
Aljaž O.
Uroš O.
Matej P.
Jaka P.
Andraž P.
Andrej R.
Andrej Š.
Vanja T.
Tomi U.
Borut V.
Teja Č.
Tjaša V.
Barbara K.
Matjaž K.
Vito S.
Saša G.

Mechatronics students opened blogs

Jan O.
Borut S.
Davorin M.
Boštjan K.
Uroš K.
Barbara B.
Anže K.
Jani G.
Jaka V.
Gregor K.
Damir H.
Nejc L.
Robert N.
Emanuel K.
Slavko K.
Tomaž J.
Erik B.
Janoš V.
Alan P.
Jan U.
Erik O.
Danijel R.
Damjan V.
Klemen I.
Darjan L.
Darjan T.
Boštjan B.
Goran G.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Halloween!!! What's your opinion?

Halloween, or Hallowe'en, is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, Halloween festivals, bonfires, costume parties, visiting "haunted houses" and viewing horror films. Halloween originated from the Pagan festival Samhain, celebrated among the Celts of Ireland and Great Britain. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century. Halloween is now celebrated in several parts of the western world, most commonly in Ireland, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In many Latin American countries, it is known as Noche de las Brujas (Night of the Witches).

Some people say....
It's Halloween! It's Halloween! The moon is full and bright And we shall see what can't be seen On any other night. Skeletons and ghosts and ghouls, Grinning goblins fighting duels, Werewolves rising from their tombs, Witches on their magic brooms. In masks and gown we haunt the street And knock on doors for trick or treat. Tonight we are the king and queen, For oh tonight it's Halloween! -Jack Prelutsky

Common Halloween characters include ghosts, ghouls, witches, vampires, bats, owls, crows, vultures, haunted houses, pumpkinmen, black cats, aliens, spiders, goblins, zombies, mummies, skeletons, and demons. Particularly in America, symbolism is inspired by classic horror films, which contain fictional figures like Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and The Mummy. More modern horror antagonists like Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Leatherface, Jason Voorhees, and the Jigsaw Killer have also become associated with the holiday. Homes are often decorated with these symbols around Halloween.

Black and orange are the traditional colors of Halloween.[20]

* This was taken from wikipedia

What about Venezuela? Slovenia? Argentina? or Abudabi? Tell us.... What do you do to celebrate?

Send a Halloween card to your friends...... go to:
This is mine...

Watch this video from the New York Time about halloween

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

K12 Online Conference 2007

The 2006 K-12 Online Conference provides outstanding opportunities for free, collaborative, accessible professional learning for educators around the globe. As you know we are participating in this very important on line Conference. You can find us in Classroom 2.0.. The presenters are Vance Stevens, Nelba Quintana, Doris Molero, Saša Sirk, and Rita Zeinstejer and our presentation is
“Motivating Student Writers by Fostering Collaboration through Tagging and Aggregating”
When describing our presentation you can read...
The presenters play with boundaries through the simple expedient of having student bloggers in different countries tag their blog posts with the unique tag term writingmatrix. Searching on that tag in Technorati, the student bloggers in four locations in three different countries have managed to locate one another’s posts, leave comments for one another, and have subsequently interacted in other ways as well. The presenters explain how they started the project and how it has branched into other online and even face to face activities involving the students in the participant countries. The presentation is made not only through the voices of the presenters, but with the students themselves lending their voices through their blogs and videos.

Here, you can watch and listen to or just listen to our presentation

Also, Wesley Fryer podcasted a great on comment about our presentation. Thanks Wesley for your kind words.
Of course... Thanks to our students... they are the most important since they are our inspiration..a warm hug to you all!!!! Teachers and students make the world of education go around and using web 2.0 tools connect them to have F.U.N!!!!

Keep on shining an blogging!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Blog Action Day! Save the world save your big house!!!

Blog action day? what-s that? another interesting question... well, here it-s the answer...
On October 15th - Blog Action Day, bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone's mind. Environment!!! What do you think about it? should we be concerned with what-s happening in the world?

Today in class, we talked about Blog Action Day and the environment..... We all know that Planet Earth is our big house and whatever happens to the planet is important to us. We are responsible for what happens in our house. Since the Earth is our house we should keep it clean and beautiful. Global warming is affecting our house. Ice is melting and the water level in seas and rivers is raising to a point that the weather is going extreme and extreme weather is causing a lot of damage and death all around our big house. What can we do to stop global warming?
  • Recycling
  • carpooling
  • stop polluting
  • act, care, be awared
  • Saving energy... turning off the lights when we go out a room... for example
This is what "Arthus" a 14 year-old student from Vermont has to say about environmental ideas.... Check it out!

Do you have more ideas? let us know by leaving a comment...

In honor of Blog Action Day, Blogger-s people wanted to highlight some of the many Blogger-powered blogs that are focused on the environment, climate change, and sustainability. Want to see more Blog Action Day participants from around the web? Find them on Blog Search.
  • Cleantech Blog - Commentary on technologies, news, and issues relating to next generation energy and the environment.
  • The Conscious Earth - Earth-centered news for the health of air, water, habitat and the fight against global warming.
  • Earth Meanders - Earth essays placing environmental sustainability within the context of other contemporary issues.
  • Environmental Action Blog - Current environmental issues and green energy news.
  • The Future is Green - Thoughts on the coming of a society that is in balance with nature.
  • The Green Skeptic - Devoted to challenging assumptions about how we live on the earth and protect our environment.
  • Haute*Nature - Ecologically based creative ideas, art & green products for your children, home and lifestyle, blending style with sustainability.
  • The Lazy Environmentalist - Sustainable living made easy.
  • Lights Out America - A grassroots community group organizing nationwide energy savings events.
  • The Nature Writers of Texas - The best nature writing from the newspaper, magazine, blog and book authors of the Lone Star State.
  • Rachel Carson Centennial Book Club - Considering the legacy of Rachel Carson's literary and scientific contributions with a different book each month.
  • Sustainablog - News, information and personal meanderings related to environmental and economic sustainability, green and sustainable business, and environmental politics.
  • These Come From Trees - An experiment in environmentalism, viral marketing, and user interface design with the goal of reducing consumer waste paper.

I am Superman. What Super Hero are you?

Your results:

You are Superman
You are mild-mannered, good,
strong and you love to help others.

Superman 70%

Green Lantern 70%

Robin 70%

Wonder Woman 60%

Spider-Man 50%

The Flash 50%

Iron Man 45%

Supergirl 40%

Hulk 35%

Catwoman 20%

Batman 20%

Click here to take the "Which Superhero am I?" quiz...

I have to tell that.... that's my exact description... What about you? take the Super Hero Quiz and let us know which one you are.... by leaving a comment in our class blog.

Keep on shining! My superheroes!!!!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

My first Meme!!

Hello, everybody! Meme... what-s that? that was exactly my question when I read a post called My first Meme at Teacher Nelba Quintana-s blog. She got it from her student María Luján's meme. So, a meme is an idea which spreads. Digging a little short for: Multitasking Extensible Messaging Environment. If you want to know more about memes, you can visit Chris Garret-s blog

All you have to do to follow our meme is to answer to the question How did you get started to use Internet? and pass it to two more friends to continue spreading their answers... it-s like a virus... you get it and you pass it to your friends....

This is my answer to Nelba-s Meme ...... and my first Meme!!!!

Hi, my dear Nelba! How did I get started? well, I was doing my postgrade studies on Educational informatics back in 2002, at that time educative software was ruling and using internet was 1.0. But something great happened... I found Webheads in Action... my dear webheads taught me everything I know about the internet and how to use it to teach. That was in 2003, that year I had the oportunity to meet some of my best friends and brothers and sisters. Dafne as you know is from venezuela and she-s one one my fairy godmothers... I have several (Karen Garcia, Susan Nyrop, Buthaina, Teresa and of course Vance - the godfather) when I started everything they told me was like a fantasy or magical... it feels the same way now, though. Throught webhads I found you and now we are working together in this wonderful project Writingmatrix.

First I joined the Weabheads in Action community of practice which is a Yahoo Group for EFL teachers. Of course, I started using chat often and loved being closed to my new friends when I needed them the most. I remember my first chat experience in a public chat room.... it was awful... nobody wanted to talk to me... and when they finally did, one person told me if my id name standed for Doris 3 machos... I was really shocked and what was worst was that my husband was reading over my shoulder and he said what are you doing, this chat thing is really dangerous, don-t do it again. That-s way it-s better to have your own friends in your messenger list. It worked really good.

Next I created my own website using frontpage to design it (You can look at it here ). Later, I started my own Yahoo groups for my different classes. Finally, Web 2.0 arrived and webheads started working with blogs. I started my first blog thanks to Vance Stevens and his invitation to join his course about Multiliteracies (here is my first blog).

What-s for tomorrow? I think we-ll keep on connecting people, teaching, sharing and learning. A hug!

* I pass this meme to Alejandro Araujo, Juan Carlos Ulluoa and Cristina Velasco

if you want to leave your meme.. post it here and in your blog... don-t forget to pass it to three more friends... (pingback)

This is Orianna-s meme
This is a friend from Slovenia
Velišček Matej

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Level 6 Blogs!!!! A little tour!

Homemade Lemonade!

Watch the video and read the transcript. Try making this delicious drink ........ bring some to class to share.

To find more recipes like this go or to Visual Recipes

What about you? what-s your favorite recipe? Can you cook? what kind of food can you cook?
Venezuelan Recipes.... Here!!!! Let's prepare some Corn Pancakes!!! Love them! What about you?

Monday, October 8, 2007

Did you get your Rubella vaccination?

Stopping Rubella in URBE!

Rubella is an infection caused by a virus. Congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) is an important cause of severe birth defects. When a woman is infected with the rubella virus early in pregnancy, she has a 90% chance of passing the virus on to her fetus. This can cause the death of the fetus, or it may cause CRS. Even though it is a mild childhood illness CRS causes many birth defects. Deafness is the most common, but CRS can also cause defects in the eyes, heart, and brain. It is estimated that there are 700 000 deaths due to CRS each year.

Mild reactions to the vaccines include:

  • Fever: As with the single-antigen measles vaccine, about 5% to 15% of children develop a mild fever within five to 12 days of receiving the vaccine.
  • Rash: Again as with the measles vaccine, about one in 20 children develop a mild rash about five to 12 days after being immunized.

* info taken from World Health Organization at

Have you got your vaccination against Rubella? No!!! What are you waiting for?

Level 5 S511

Stephanie Acosta
Orlando Carrizo
Maria Pineda
Mayen martinez
Roberto Boscan
Juan Carlos Ulloa
Robert Olivares
Tibahire Arandia
Leliuscris Cisneros
Abraham Corona
Carlos Barquero
Maria paula Ramirez
Karina Gonzalez
Eliana Matheus
Luis Nuñez
Daniella Hernandez
Kelly Ocando
Joalis Huguett
Gustavo Ocando

Announcing Bloggers for the sep-dec2007 trimester!!!

Well, finally they are: Let's start with

Alejandro Araujo...
Cristina Velasco:
Johann Nuñez:
Anabell Ayala:
Eric Sanchez:
Roberto Roman:
Ludim Pereira:
Deyjos Carruci: my blog
Maria Zerpa Blanco:
Manuel Hidalgo:
Luis Enrique Govea Diaz:
Ileana Yoris:
Anna Perdomo
Luis Barroso
Angela fernandez
Melvin Jhonson
Ileana Yoris

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Join our Writingmatrix Map!

Hello, everybody! This is our Writingmatrix Map, please add your photo and join our map. You can copy the code and add it you your own blog!

All you have to do is to click on add yourself, make sure you move your pin to Maracaibo or whereever you are... upload your photo and write a short message to our writingmatrix friends in the world.