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Voice #237 on an edventure

Once in a while someone catches me off-guard and this is one of those times. Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft, runs a personal blog, www.dailyedventures.com, where he speaks to “heroes in education worldwide”.

Each day the blog features an interview with someone in the education sector: “teachers, school leaders, policy-makers, business leaders, celebrities, NGO leaders, researchers – people who have embraced enhancing education as a core facet in their lives.” Anthony tries to find out who these people are, what inspires them, what frustrates them, and what hopes they hold for the future of education.

So, when I was contacted to participate, how can I possibly refuse, right?

You can read about the interview here.

Chiew Pang on Anthony Salcito's heroes in education blog
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Blog Challenge – This is my truth!

This is a video response to Dave Dodgson’s blog challenge, where we are invited to say 5 facts about ourselves, but two of which are lies. Then, we, in turn, invite our readers/viewers to identify the lies.

This, apart from it being fun, has a significant pedagogical value. Truth or Lie has been a rather popular activity in the EFL classrooms all around the world, but why you don’t take it a step further, considering what a techy world we’re living in right now?

Invite your students to do what Dave & I have done – ask them to record themselves telling us five things about themselves – 3 are true, and two aren’t. Play it to the class and the rest have to guess. Also, as Dave suggested in his post, put them in the spot and allow the others the chance to ask questions. If you haven’t read the post, I’d suggest you do it now!

I also explained how this activity could be used in the CLIL classroom. Click here to see it.