Sunday, December 30, 2007

Venezuelan ChristmasTraditions!

These are some of the Christmas tress and mangers from the houses in my street. The kids are called "Los Farolitos". Teacher Margarita goes out with the kids and together visit every house that has a manger and sing Christmas carols to our Baby Jesus. In Venezuela we called him Niño Jesus and he is the one kids write letters to ask for presents and good things for their families. The song is called Mi Burrito Sabanero. This was my favorite song when I was a little girl and still is.

Con mi burrito sabanero
voy camino de Belén
Con mi burrito sabanero
voy camino de Belén
si me ven si me ven
voy camino de Belén
si me ven si me ven
voy camino de Belén

El lucerito mañanero
ilumina mi sendero
El lucerito mañanero
ilumina mi sendero
si me ven si me ven
voy camino de Belén
si me ven si me ven
voy camino de Belén

Con mi cuatrico voy cantando
mi burrito va trotando
con mi cuatrico voy cantando
mi burrito va trotando
si me ven si me ven
voy camino de Belén
si me ven si me ven
voy camino de Belén

Tuqui Tuqui Tuquituqui
Tuquituqui Tu qui Tu
Apúrate mi burrito
que ya vamos a llegar
Tuqui Tuqui Tuquituqui
Tuquituqui Tu qui Tu
apúrate mi burrito
vamos a ver a Jesús


Thursday, December 27, 2007

A message for the New Year

Get your own flash movie here!

Lisa posted this beautiful message. I read it and loved it so much I had to share it with you all. You can read Lisa's Blog THE ULTIMATE YES.
It's a great blog... enjoy your reading..

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

International Collaboration

Hello everybody! Busy Christmas time, I guess. Well, It's never late to wish you all the best Christmas time and an wonderful new year.

New year will bring you the opportunity to join a wonderful international community to meet and interact with students from the world.

All you have to do is to click in the link to join . Hope to see you all there!

A question to finish: What do you usually do to celebrate Christmas?

Thursday, December 6, 2007

A time line!!!!

This is Cristian Solis's time line! he put this slide show together to show important moments in his life..... Way to go Cristian!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Edward's Free hugs video!

Well, this is what our partner Edward Garcia put together in a wonderful video. The music is great, too. I loved it. Please, visit Edward-s blog and leave a comment on his great video!

You can visit his blog here:

"Will You Be There"

Hold Me
Like The River Jordan
And I Will Then Say To Thee
You Are My Friend

Carry Me
Like You Are My Brother
Love Me Like A Mother
Will You Be There?

Tell Me Will You Hold Me
When Wrong, Will You Skold Me
When Lost Will You Find Me?

But They Told Me
A Man Should Be Faithful
And Walk When Not Able
And Fight Till The End
But I'm Only Human

Everyone's Taking Control Of Me
Seems That The World's
Got A Role For Me
I'm So Confused
Will You Show To Me
You'll Be There For Me
And Care Enough To Bear Me

Hold Me
Lay Your Head Lowly
Softly Then Boldly
Carry Me There

Lead Me
Love Me And Feed Me
Kiss Me And Free Me
I Will Feel Blessed

Carry Me Boldly
Lift Me Up Slowly
Carry Me There

Save Me
Heal Me And Bathe Me
Softly You Say To Me
I Will Be There

Lift Me
Lift Me Up Slowly
Carry Me Boldly
Show Me You Care

Hold Me
Lay Your Head Lowly
Softly Then Boldly
Carry Me There

Need Me
Love Me And Feed Me
Kiss Me And Free Me
I Will Feel Blessed

In Our Darkest Hour
In My Deepest Despair
Will You Still Care?
Will You Be There?
In My Trials
And My Tripulations
Through Our Doubts
And Frustrations
In My Violence
In My Turbulence
Through My Fear
And My Confessions
In My Anguish And My Pain
Through My Joy And My Sorrow
In The Promise Of Another Tomorrow
I'll Never Let You Part
For You're Always In My Heart.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Study skills!

Here you have some tips to help you study and get better grades in all your subjects. This list of tips was published by Julia G Jhonson at The Apple

1. Learn to focus while you work. Turn off the phone, music, and other distractions.
2. Use your class time wisely so that you will not have as much work to do at home.
3. Always do your homework. Record the assignments you have before you leave class.
4. Write it down! Take notes in class and as you read.
5. Do not delay learning. Learn the material the first time you see it.
6. Get in the habit of quizzing yourself as you study.
7. Don’t try to cram. Keeping up is far easier than frantically trying to catch up.
8. Make and use flashcards.
9. Get organized and stay that way.
10. Believe in yourself. Have confidence that you can achieve your dreams.
11. Review your class notes within 24 hours.
12. Use colors to help you learn. Write on colored paper or use a bright ink or highlighter.
13. “Looking it over” is a waste of time. Write it down, call it out to a friend, sing it, say it over and over…don’t just stare at the page and daydream.
14. Use your biological clock to your advantage. Study when you are most alert.
15. Plan your work and work your plan.
16. Pay attention when your teacher talks.
17. Make up your work right away when you have been absent.
18. Ask for help when you need it.
19. Take good notes in class and while you read. Then, study those notes.
20. When you study notes, mark them up. Underline or circle key points. Draw arrows to connect facts…whatever works for you.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Chinita's Day!

Today is Chinita's day! What a Day! Let's celebrate our lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquira and visit her at her house La Basilica. Let's adore her and ask her to protect us and look after us.

November 18th is a very important day in our state. Today there will be many activities all around the state and specially here in Maracaibo. People will remember and rejoice in Chinita's honor.

Reading on wikipedia, we can find her story:

An old lady made a living by washing other people's clothes, a job she did every morning at the shores of the lake. On November 18th 1709 she took a bulk of clothes, and as usual, went to the lake to start washing them. This old lady was at her chores when she saw a wooden board floating towards her. She picked it up thinking that it might be of some use. When she finished her work, she went home carrying the clothes, the board and a small vase with fresh water. She then placed the board on top of the vase. Then, she noticed a small figure in the board but couldn't tell what it was.She fell asleep, and when she áwoke up it was already late and dark. She decided to go to a local grocery store to buy some candles. On her way back a small gathering of people had formed outside her house, and after coming closer she noted that her home was filled with light. After entering she and some of the neighbors witnessed the small wooden board floating in the air surrounded by light with a bright crisp image of the Virgin Mary. At this, everyone was amazed and called the event a miracle.

Since that day the street where she lived was renamed "El Milagro" which means Miracle in Spanish, and to this day it is one of the most important streets in the neighborhood of "El Saladillo" in the city of Maracaibo. To this day the wood with the image on it can still be seen in the Basilica in Maracaibo.Legend has it that the government decided that the wood with the image belonged in the capital city, Caracas. So they ordered it moved. As the soldiers following the order carried the image away from Maracaibo it got heavier and heavier until finally no one could lift it. They returned it to the basilica in Maracaibo where it has remained with the belief that no one can remove it.

The people of Maracaibo celebrate the Festival of La Chinita in November with an all night party. One of the main city streets, Bella Vista, is closed for several blocks and the city puts lights along the whole street. The lights stay up for months, until after Christmas. There are stages set up, sponsored by the government and businesses around the city. There are firework shows and street vendors, and hundreds of thousands of people line the streets and celebrate all night.

"Our Lady of Rosario of Chiquinquirá." Wikipedia. Wikipedia, 2007. 18 Nov. 2007.

Also, one important part of the celebration is selecting a beauty queen for the fair. Here you can see the candidates of this year. This year's winner was Leilany Nava.

Of course, sports are present in the celebration. There is one important game today. EL juego de Baseball de la Chinita. Last year we won... let's pray our lady to help us today... Chinita hacenos el milagrito de que ganen las Aguilas otra vez..... God bless our Chinita and our baseball team Aguilas del Zulia. Go team!!!!

Another big thing in the Feria is the bull fight (La Corrida de Toros)... I personally don't like it but a lot of people like going to the bullfight ring and yell "Ole". This is a tradition that comes from Spain and in my opinion it is horrible... I'm against torture and violence. But that's just me.

Now, what's your opinion about our fair? Did you enjoy our fair this year? Tell us what you did to enferiarte? Where did you go? how was it? What did you like the most? What you didn't like... if there's something you didn't like...

Looking forward to reading all the stories from this year celebration.

And Chinita....... Gloria a ti casta Señora! Happy Day!

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed working on this posting in honor to my chinita!

Saturday, November 17, 2007


“SUMANDO PASOS PARA TU VIDA” Adding steps to you life!!!

Last October 24th (Rafael Urdaneta's birthday) 800 students from Urbe walked for two hours and ten minutes a distance of 8 kilometers to participate in the XV Urbe 2007 Marathon. Students walked on Delicias Ave., Universidad Ave., Bella Vista Ave. and Circunvalación No. 2 to finish back in URBE 2 hours later. The idea is to support health and the practice of sports. This activity was promoted by Direccion de Deportes. We want to thank you guys for helping our students and personnel at URBE to stay healthy.

Checking the Dirección de Deportes site I found out that in URBE we have different sport clubs: dancing therapy or bailoterapia, aikido, basketball, ping pong, softball, volleyball, baseball, soccer, taebox, chess, and kicking ball. Visit their site and find out when those clubs get to together and join them.

Here you can see a slide show of the activity.

Now, what about you? Do you play any sports? what sports do you like or don't like? Do you watch sports on TV?

Announcing leveling and Intensive courses!

Hi, there!
This is to let you know that the dates to register for the Leveling test (pruebas extraordinarias) and the Intensive courses (cursos intensivos) are already posted at URBE's ESL page, if you are interested in taking these exams or registering to the intensive course go there and get all the info you need.

Improve your Communication Skills!!

Hi, there! I found this wonderfull powerpoint presentation and wanted to share it with you... It's full of great tips to improve your communication skills in English.

Enjoy and if you have any comments.....

Velvet Revolution... a little bit of History!

A little bit of History.... to inspire people who love freedom, pluralism and living in peace! Read the following entrance and check on the new vocabulary. I took this from, a great source of information... it's like an encyclopedia that get references from several encyclopedias...

The "Velvet Revolution" (Czech: sametová revoluce, Slovak: nežná revolúcia) (November 16December 29 1989) refers to a non-violent revolution in Czechoslovakia that saw the overthrow of the Marxist-Leninist government there.[1]
On November 17, 1989, a peaceful student demonstration in Prague was suppressed by riot police. That event sparked a series of popular demonstrations from November 19 to late December. By November 20 the number of peaceful protesters assembled in Prague had swelled from 200,000 the previous day to an estimated half-million. A two hour general strike, involving all citizens of Czechoslovakia, was held on November 27.

With the collapse of other Communist governments, and increasing street protests, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia announced on November 28 that it would relinquish power and dismantle the single-party state. Barbed wire and other obstructions were removed from the border with West Germany and Austria in early December. On December 10, President Gustáv Husák appointed the first largely non-Communist government in Czechoslovakia since 1948, and resigned. Alexander Dubček was elected speaker of the federal parliament on December 28 and Václav Havel the President of Czechoslovakia on December 29 1989.
In June 1990 the first democratic elections since 1946 were held in Czechoslovakia, resulting in the country's first completely non-Communist government in over forty years.

Well.... do we have any questions or comments... let's us know...the usual way!

Keep on shining and blogging!

"Velvet Revolution." Wikipedia. Wikipedia, 2007. 17 Nov. 2007.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Free Writing Course!

Hello, my dear students! I got this Invitation from Ruth Vilmi, an excellent teacher who dedicates to help students with their writing. If your level of English is upper-intermediate or advanced English, you are invited to join!

This is what she wrote......

English course starting now - free for this round

Hi Online Colleagues and Friends!

My online IWE English course is starting right now, this week, and lasting six weeks. If you are interested in joining for free and writing with Japanese, French and possibly some Argentinian and German students, please register and join Round 55. Try the test section first, and then write an introduction telling about yourself.

I've started a forum with a message called 'Finnish and international students write your introductions here'. You simply reply to my message. Others have started so you get get ideas from them.

I can discuss this more later, but please send an introduction this week if you wish to join. We're a bit short of European partners for the Japanese now.

If you have a class of students with upper-intermediate or advanced English skills they can join too free-of-charge for this round - but everyone who registers must be committed to doing the tasks for six weeks..

See you online soon!

Ruth Vilmi
Ruth Vilmi Online Education Ltd
E-learning, language checking and translation services
Company Web page:
Ruth's Blog:
Art gallery:

Monday, November 12, 2007

Free hugs at urbe_0003

Free hugs at urbe_0003
Video sent by doris3m

EFL Fun at URBE... Free hugs for the world!

Last thurdsday 8th of November we had our free hugs fun. This is the video.. it's a little long but we didn't want to leave anybody out. What do you think of the video? For those who were there with us... Did you like giving hugs and getting hugs back? Would you do it next semester? For the ones who weren't there.... close your eyes and now imagine the people in the video hugging you.... a Virtual hug is better than nothing.. it isn't as powerful as the real hug but ........ for sure it made you smile. A warm hug for everybody.... this video is dedicated to all of us... we need more hugs in our lives.

Remenber you don't have to wait for a teacher to tell you about all of this... go ahead go find someone to hug!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

November 14th ... World Diabetes Day!

Celebrate the first United Nations observed World Diabetes Day

On December 20 2006, the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a landmark Resolution recognizing diabetes as a chronic, debilitating and costly disease. The Resolution designates World Diabetes Day as a United Nations Day to be observed every year starting in 2007.

The UN Resolution makes World Diabetes Day stronger than ever and provides the opportunity for a significant increase in the visibility of the campaign and an increase in government and media participation on or around November 14. The Resolution will ensure even greater reach for awareness-raising activities throughout the diabetes world.

The theme of this year's World Diabetes Day campaign is Diabetes in Children and Adolescents.Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood. It can strike children at any age, including pre-school children and even toddlers. Yet diabetes in children is often diagnosed late, when the child has diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), or it is misdiagnosed completely. In many parts of the world, insulin, the main life-saving medication that children with diabetes need to survive, is not available (or is available but remains inaccessible for reasons of economy, geography or constraints on supply). As a consequence, many children die of diabetes, particularly in low and middle-income countries. Those closest to the child - family, school staff, family doctor - may not be aware of the ominous signs. The World Diabetes Day 2007 and 2008 campaigns set out to challenge this and firmly establish the message that ‘no child should die of diabetes'.

Venezuela is also participating in this world campaign. On November 14, a lot of buildings around the world are going to be lighten up with blue lights and the logo of the campaign to raise awareness on this terrible disease.
Those are the buildings or landmarks that are getting blue next wednesday. Also, Hospital Tower at the Centro Medico Docente la Trinidad, in Caracas

What do you know about diabetes? do you or any member of your family have it? Is this campaign important?

Monday, November 5, 2007

Free hugs...

Student Blogs Sept-Dec 2007

Teacher Sasha asked where our blogs are.... so here we are....

Level 6 Students

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

Level 4 Students

Cindy Vilchez
Carlos Montiel
Alfonso Moreno
Hilmary Briceño
Gianni leal
Andrea Arteaga
Edurdo Rumbos
Oscar Herrera
Zara Parra
Yubisay Roa
Carlos Atencio
Argilio Torbello
Danny Rodriguez
Roxeli Mejia
Maryori Quintero
Frank Campos
Paul Mejia

Julio Coronado
Andres serrudo
Maria Araque
Gerald Prado
Kurt Ocken
Silvia Nuñez
Freddy Gonzalez
Eric Rodriguez
Hadi Kanafani
Luis Martinez
Daniel Ocando
yanina alvillar:
Daniela Carvajal
Jose Revilla
Jesus Rincon
Alirio Rincon
Pedro Luzardo
Hector fuenmayor
Joel Fuenmayor

Yelitza Ortiz
Fabiola Mejias
Michelle Morales
Susana Nieto
Yenifer Paz
Janice Haynes
Karisol Arrieta
Angel Parra
Aldrey Lopez
Luis Aguilar
Liliana Marcano
Viviana Villalobos
Georgina Sanchez
Patricia Urdaneta
Angela Serrano
Rene Lovera
Maria Rodriguez
Daniel Harris
Kenneth Muñoz
Gustavo Valecillos
Greysi Morales
Alejandro Quintero

Daine Chavez

Gabriela Melendez
Olena Martinez
Adrian Pirela
Ernesto Rincon
Juan Estrada
Rafael Martinez
Julia Acosta
Jose Abreu
Rony Villalobos
Henry Morillo

Ormary Oria
Jennifer Torres
Maria Agreda
Leonardo Añez
Simon Mendoza
Marylian Echeverria
Desiree Rivas
Christian Solis
Edmar Gonzalez

Jacqueline Urdaneta
Maria Aranguibel
Duverley Rodriguez
Juan Acosta
Gianni Lombardi
Orianna Gonzalez
Jose Marcano
Ronald Gelvez
Edinson Talavera
Andreina di Giovanni
Sergio Fuenmayor
Fiorella Rojas
Yuglenis Cardenas

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Abrazo en Familia WeeK!

People, people! We are celebrating hugs this week! Abrazo en Familia is a tradition in Venezuela that takes place during the second week of November. Catholic schools all over the country celebrate this wonderful festivity talking about the meaning of living in a FAMILY!

This is a great opportunity to hug everybody. Here, in URBE! This week students and teachers from the ESL Center will be emulating Juan Mann and his brighten a day campaign of FREE HUGS! Get ready to hug each other and celebrate Abrazo en Familia Week.

All you have to do is to stand up with arms wide open and hug or hug back members of this family.... URBE Family! Happy Free Hug Week to everybody! We are going to make a video and take lots of photos to post here. Hope to see you around! Everybody is invited! Bring your FREE HUGS sign!

Here is Juan Mann's story! To read more go to his website

Brighten Up A Strangers Day 'Free Hugs'. - Click here for the funniest movie of the week

All The Same lyrics
by Sick Puppies.

I don't mind where you come from
As long as you come to me
I don't like illusions I can't see
Them clearly

I don't care no I wouldn't dare
To fix the twist in you
You've shown me eventually
What you'll do

I don't mind...
I don't care...
As long as you're here

Go ahead tell me you'll leave again
You'll just come back running
Holding your scarred heart in hand
It's all the same
And I'll take you for who you are
If you take me for everything
Do it all over again
It's all the same

Hours slide and days go by
Till you decide to come
And in between it always seems too long
All of a sudden

And I have the skill, yeah I have the will
To breathe you in while I can
However long you stay
Is all that I am
[ All The Same lyrics found on ]

I don't mind...
I don't care...
As long as you're here

Go ahead tell me you'll leave again
You'll just come back running
Holding your scarred heart in hand
It's all the same
And I'll take you for who you are
If you take me for everything
Do it all over again
It's always the same

Wrong or right
Black or white
If I close my eyes
It's all the same

In my life
The compromise
I close my eyes
It's all the same

Go ahead say it you're leaving
You'll just come back running
Holding your scarred heart in hand
It's all the same
And I'll take you for who you are
If you take me for everything
Do it all over again
It's all the same

Here, we have another great video... so we get inspired

FREE HUGS - Brisbane 13-April-2007 - These bloopers are hilarious

This is another personality test!!!!

I got this by visiting Bili's blog. Bili is one of Sasha's student.

Well, there it is... now it's your turn...

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