The usefulness of my two posts ‘Useful lesson links’ has diminished. The other day I was looking for a specific sporcle and had to roam through both posts. That was inconvenient and time-consuming.
For those who do not know what a sporcle is – well, actually it is a sporcle quiz, I just call it sporcle: Sporcle is a web site full of millions (literally) different kinds of quizzes relating to numerous different topics. And, as with all these kinds of pages, TED for instance, they are overwhelmingly rich in what they have to offer and what you can chose from, so you need to keep a close record of those items you found for yourself or your groups that were of special interest or most enjoyable. Besides being fun, sporcle quizzes are great for visual, topical vocabulary practice.
In Useful lesson links (the first) there is a whole section on sporcles. I will include some of them here again, sorted by topics.
Microsoft Teams has several useful functions, and I enjoy using the platform for my online classes. As already mentioned several times in other post, my absolute favorite is the possibility to share – almost anything – with my course participants.
But then there is the so-called background effect. In the beginning, when we ‘teamed up’ online, I found this function useful as well, even funny at times, when people became creative with their own background images (one of them created a background that made him look like he was sitting in a Star Wars spaceship – spectacular!).
One great benefit of online teaching is the ability to share the internet. I have used this a lot. We played online escape rooms together, shared and discussed articles, images and charts, Ted talks, you tube videos etc.
In one session, using google maps, we went to our respective homes. We went to Spanish villages, home towns in Germany or the US; in one session we looked at the respective places people live at currently in Hannover. We ‘showed’ a new employee around the city, introduced her to places to see, or things to do. It was quite enjoyable and sometimes also fairly personal when we shared background stories of where our families live or lived, why some of us wanted to move or were not happy with where they lived.
Looking around via street view offers a special experience, an experience that can be supplemented by a few rounds of Geoguessr.
It was and is interesting to observe how focusses have changed and concerns shifted over the last 18 months. From the beginnings of the crisis (that I documented on extensively), over the long phases of lockdown – settling into things, kind of – to now: a time of discussions on future work models, so-called ‘New Normals’, frustrated managers, new concepts of leadership, jobs quit, and life models reconsidered, to mention just a few.
Below I will post those links that I have shared most the last weeks and months.