January 12, 2016

The Time Project - 24 hours online event for students worldwide

Time Project Selfie Commemorative Banner
On 27 November 2015 I had the pleasure to organize a Time Project Day in our secondary school of Gimnazija Bernardina Frankopana; an intercultural 24 hours online event for students worldwide. This was Time Project's 20th anniversary and it was the first time for our school to participate in this event. There were 17 students (15-18 years of age) and 2 teachers from our school who wanted to be a part of various activities organized by the Time Headquarters. 

Time project school team - 2015
Our school participated in Pre-Selfie Activity, Videoconferences and "Unite the Nations" quiz. It was a fantastic experience for both students and teachers with more than 10 video conferences with students from Canada, India, Indonesia, Russia, Netherlands, Turkey, Colombia. The Time Project day started at 1.00 am in our Croatian local time and it was fun to see the time zone differences.

If you want to participate in the next year's Time Project Event learn more about it on Time Project official website.

Here is a short Animoto video clip of this year's Time Project event held in our school.


Our students really had a great time and here is the article written by one of our girls who describes the projects experience and her joy of winning the 5th place in answering Unite the Nations" quiz questions. It is a true student's point of view and I hope it will inspire your students and you to join us next year on December 2nd 2016 for yet another - 21st Time Project Event!


For the 20th time, The Time Project was held worldwide. Out of 80 schools that participated in this project, even two Croatian schools made it to the top five, and our school, Gimnazija Bernardina Frankopana, took the fifth place. As a group, we are very happy of our achievement, because it is in fact, our first time participating in this project.
You'd think that staying inside your school the whole night would give you goosebumps, but it didn't though, the school only looks scary at daytime, with all the professors around, but at night(and with great company) it is just fine. We all gathered at the entrance around 1 am and settled ourselves in PASCH. In a flash, we got our laptops out and went online in the classroom(I finally got the password!). 

Everyone was told to bring some snacks and something to drink with them, so we put all of it on the „sacred table of foods“ we were to eat from the whole night. Our professor gave us our assignments with certain country's questions that we had to answer until the next morning. We were also split into two groups: one group was supposed to have video conferences with many students from other countries and the other one was to answer the questions about these foreign countries. 

Distributing tasks
We had to answer 325 questions in total, and I must say that Taiwan really gave us a headache. I'm not even sure if we answered all of their questions. After we had gotten our assignments, we all settled down in our own corners, some working in groups and some being lone wolves. Anyway, the first coffee of the night was made in an instant, but „mister my coffee must be perfect“ didn't quite like it, so we gave it another shot. In the end, the coffee was fine, but because of a reason I am not supposed to share here, the coffee was gone around 3am. I, myself, had fallen asleep by 4 am. My „beloved“ friends with whom I was to share the pain of not having any caffeine, tried to pull me out of the classroom, along with my mattress, so I would wake up in the hallway. They failed because I had entangled my legs around the table legs I was sleeping next to. (I was working on my assignment on that little table in The PASCH classroom and I was basically sitting on the floor and my legs were under the table so I guess you get the picture). I must say that their disappointment made me question our friendship, hahaha. After I woke up, I continued to work on my assignment just like everyone else had been doing while I was asleep. The morning was close to come when we were almost done with our answers. Some of the guys went to get us coffee around 7 am and that coffee saved me from passing out (I am very weak, I know). By the time we finished, we were all a bit grumpy and were teasing the group that was having video conferences. We would wave our hands in front of the camera or just stand in the background and grin like idiots. 


Some just loved to have fun as well!

The last video conference was the best(they do say sugar comes at the end) and if I am not mistaken, it was a video chat with Netherlands. Our and their groups started talking about politics and it was really interesting to listen to them go on about the global problems. If we had people sitting in the government like these guys, we wouldn't have any issues. Unfortunately, the chat was finished and we started packing our things. The day was Friday and it was 12 pm. The 20th Time Project was officially over for our school. We had 10 video conferences with students from 6 different countries in less than 10 hours. I think I would call this a SUCCESS and teacher Smolčec says it very often. After that inspiring night we just went home to get some sleep.

Even though nobody got any rest that night, we all had great fun and I think that this really connected us to youngsters just like us all around the globe. This was truly a wonderful experience and I hope this project will carry on in our school in the years to come and that the next generations will experience the same sense of unity we had felt that night. I just hope that Mrs Smolčec will carry on with this and that she will also agree to have me next year.                                                  (Dora H. - age 15)

The last memorable selfie - one of many taken during the event.

Teachers with their great students!

February 1, 2015

December 2, 2014

Experimenting with a new Polling tools

A new polling tool I discovered - Flisti.com

It can be easily embeded into a blog or website.

And here is the link to the poll I created. Please try to answer the simple quetsion.

What videos do you mostly watch on youtube?

August 7, 2014

Are You Ready to Be Wowed #iTDiMOOC?

Challenges are tests. Either you pass them and celebrate moving one step ahead or just surrender and stay still in your place. Since I opened my door to the online virtual world of wonders, my professional development as a teacher and my whole life have changed a lot. (Ayat Tawel, ELT teacher, iTDi Associate from Egypt)

I can only totally agree with the above quote written by my dear colleague Ayat Tawel. She has recently published a wonderful blog post for iTDi.pro - on the topic of Challenges, Projects and Opportunities and this has reminded me of how I got started. To tell you the truth, Ayat's story and mine are very similar. We both started at TESOL EVO session Becoming a Webhead in 2011 and somehow we ended up doing so many online things: learning, sharing, meeting wonderful and committed educators worldwide because we are #PD fanatics, as I have been told!

This summer it is all about PD. There have been many great and inspirational free online events. And now, at the moment it is all about #iTDiMOOC, a free four week online course that is happening at WiziQ. It has gathered so many wonderful teachers who are willing to share their ideas with everyone.

I presented at the iTDiMOOC as well, together with my dear colleague and a friend Marcia Lima, about our mutual (still in progress) BRAZ+CRO project. Marcia has written a wonderful post about it which you can read here.

If you want to invest more into your own personal development than #iTDiMOOC is the place for you.

Join the movement and follow it on Twitter and Facebook as well.

 HAVE a happy learning and get your own personal badge :) 

July 17, 2014

What a fantastic #EDU weekend with #RSCON5

It would be hard to summarize a three day free online event known as Reform Symposium Conference #RSCON5 with just one post, but I am sure this message is the one we can ALL agree with  Be inspired to inspire!

A screenshot from Hayfa Majdoub presentation "ICT in the EFL Classroom"

If you ask me why, the answer is simple. This conference was the first one I encountered after becoming a Webhead and stepped in the online world of ELT. It was the one to INSPIRE me even more! Let me put it this way; the organizers, the presenters, the wonderful participants and educators from all the parts of the world were the one who showed me that the best way to learn is to share your ideas, to motivate and to inspire, whether with just one slide or a word, a small project or a lesson idea, you will for sure find the way to those who are willing to try! Maybe they will follow your examples, maybe they will get an idea and try to do similar things, but you will for sure meet some new friends, new colleagues and bond friendships that could last for years. 

My first conference was #RSCON3 in 2011. I was just an active participant who carried her laptop around the house. You can check that old blog post here. But I don't know what happened and in 2014 for #RSCON5 I somehow ended up on the other side, helping presenters, moderating and working with wonderful team of online colleagues/ladies - my #PLN.

Heike Philip(GER), Shelly Sanchez Terrell(USA), Peggy George(USA), Marcia Lima(BRAZ) and me (CRO)

The annual Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON) took place July 11-13th with an Author Spotlight Pre-Conference Event on July 10th. The online global event featured 50+ presentations, 11 keynote speakers3 panel discussions, a tech/app swapalooza, and plenary, Dean Shareski(Taken from Reform Symposium website - Future of Education - Ning)

My husband and kids supported me, esp. the older son, who was invited to present as a 10 year old non-native English speaker, a young youtuber who shared his vision and insight about "Minecraft" in education. He shared his insight on how he learned English, video editing and even presenting through games and youtube tutorials. It was nice to see messages from participants and educators saying that we can even learn from the kids. So true!

There were many interesting presentations for everyone. We could hear keynote speakers and presenters talking about humanity, students voice, bridging gaps with students, online projects, use of ICT in EFL class, poetry reading, rap singing, gamifications, flipping classrooms etc.

Just a small insight - find more screenshots Reform Symposium eConference Google+ website

Thank you Shelly! My pleasure!

It was very exciting, to be a part of it all, because as a Lifelong Learner it is hard to stay away from such wonderful events. As an organizer I am happy we cheered our presenters and participants with lovely badges and certificates made by Shelly and Peggy. 

Mine are here.

My #RSCON5 badges and certificate :)))

Hope I motivated you to listen to at least one of the recordings. Try to join us in future for new & interesting miniCONs. You can find the recordings of all the sessions here.

I will finish this post with the official #RSCON5 team song by @tastenspilerr ft. TamaraS.