Themeefy Classrooms

Check out the brand new Classrooms avataar of Themeefy !

Themeefy Notes

EnnuiEngaging students has never been more difficult. Saturated and numb with the classic presentation and assignment models, both teachers and students are looking to break free from the traditional models. Themeefy in its brand new Classrooms avatar allows educators to open up the classroom, making it a dynamic and interactive process.

What’s Different from the regular Themeefy ?

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Themeefy with its dynamic Mag allows educators to move away from the boring PowerPoint presentations and create their own courseware with information curated from the Web along with personal insights in the form of notes. Themeefy has also added a cool new feature, allowing teachers to add MCQ quizzes, which students can complete after going through the Mag.

Breaking away from the traditional classroom model, Themeefy Classrooms also allows educators to implement the Flipped Classroom model much more effectively with the new features in Themeefy Classrooms.

  • Educators can create their own…

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Using Themeefy to teach Foreign Languages

A few months ago, I wrote about a workshop I attended on the use of Social Media in teaching French as a Foreign Language. (Read the post here.) I walked away from the workshop with lots of ideas for class, especially with Themeefy. I have of course experimented with Themeefy in my own classes (you can see the result here). Today, much to my delight, almost accidentally, I stumbled upon a beautiful use of Themeefy by a group of students.

While I don’t have any details of the group, their level or the instructions given to the students, I would say they are students of level A1. The professeur seems to have asked the students to create Themeefy Mags to present a French city and the cultural activities possible over a weekend. (See the Mags embedded here.) All the magazines had the common elements of a map and websites pointing to various places to visit, such as the city museum, theatre etc.

Seeing the magazines made me realize that I had a wonderful use case sitting here right in front of me! One of the most important topics in the beginner’s level in any foreign language is suggesting an outing / proposing an itinerary for a weekend. Themeefy lends itself beautifully to this task. Teachers can ask the students to do the following :

  1. Select a city of their choice. It could be a city previously discussed in class, a city they have heard of or the teacher could suggest a list of cities to work with.
  2. Look up the city on Google and get a map of the city on which they have to later mark the tourist spots they present.
  3. Visit different sites to suggest popular tourist spots & cultural activities during a weekend trip.
  4. Suggest some hotels for a 1 night stay to suit different budgets.
  5. Compile all these sites in their Themeefy Mag entitled : A weekend in…

The exercise would make students visit different sites in the language being learnt, discover cultural aspects of the country (& language) and lead to an excellent repertoire of information that the students can later exchange. Since the Themeefy Mags can easily be embedded in Blogger, Tumblr and self-hosted WordPress blogs, the teacher can then present the student’s work on a class blog, serving as an excellent motivation for the students to work harder on their Mags.

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