More Flowgrams Posted

I’ve posted three examples of Flowgrams my students have created as part of their studying the U.S. Bill of Rights (and similar documents from other countries).  In their short presentations they highlighted what they felt were the most important human rights.


New Voicethread project by Toyo Gakuen University students posted

Hello everyone!

I’ve just posted a voicethread project by my students in a class called Interest-based English: Music on the Student Showcase blog. The topic is music genres. I hope you’ll take a look and add your comments. If possbile, it’d be great if you could have your students watch the presentation and add their questions and comments too.


List of Participants in Sister Classes’ Project

Teachers and students from a variety of countries around the world are taking part in a sister classes’ project.  This was started in 2008 with a group from Kuwait, the U.S.A., Romania, Hungary, Argentina, Venezuela and Brazil.  Since then, it has expanded to include people from other countries, e.g. Spain, Mexico and Russia.

Students are able to display their work online in the Student showcase blog. Short movies, paragraphs, voice threads, flowgrams and more are displayed there.  Then anyone can post comments on their work and/or take part in student forums.

The project aims to develop the students’ knowledge of other countries and cultures, and their writing and computing skills.  Teachers taking part in the project also develop their computing skills.  It is an interesting way to show everyone we are all part of the global village.

Name Location Start Institution Ages Blog/Homepage
Berta Venezuela
Dot Kuwait

GMT +2

Kuwait University
18 to 35 ELU Science

ELU Science homepage


Dot MacKenzie

Homepage for 161 and 162 students

Kids’ Writing, Malaysia

Displays written work by Malaysian students and teachers


Provides information for Malaysian teachers and students

Hands across the Oceans

Displays work for university students

Kuwait University

Older blog for KU students

Elena Delgado Mexico
Guillermo Lopez Pereira, Colombia Aug Guillermo

Guillermo (WordPress)

Hala Sudan Nov
Isabel Neves Portugal Mid Sept
Ismail Fayed UAE
Larry Ferlazzo USA Sept Larry Ferlazzo
Lisa Stornes Norway Lisa
Maria R Di Monaco
Michael Stout Japan Oct Michael
Mona Bran Romania University of Timisoara 18-19 Class blog
Pau De Las Heras Spain Mid Sept IES




(43 students)

Class blog
Ronaldo Brazil Ronaldo
S Gray Alaska, USA Sept Alaska standard time
Sebastian Mercado Argentina Sebastian
Sister classes Student Showcase

This is our student blog. You can subscribe using an RSS reader for the posts here

Student Showcase comments.

If you don’t use an RSS feeder, you can subscribe to the posts by email, but have to go to the blog to do it. You’ll see info on the right side. However, you can’t subscribe to the Student Forum comments, so I would suggest that once a class has left comments there, teachers let the rest of us know.

Sister classes teachers’ blog

This is our teacher’s blog. You can subscribe using an RSS reader for the posts here.

Tibor Prievara Hungary
Victor Kirllin Russia

Toyo Gakuen students post to the Sister Classes Forum

Hello again everyone,

Today in my Homestay English class most of the students managed to post a thread on the Sister Classes Forum. Their posts are about their hometowns. Talking about one’s hometown was a topic in their textbook. So, it relates to to the syllabus. I decided it would be better for them to post their own threads. I thought it would be easier for your students to comment on the posts that way. I’m going to try to have my students comment on the threads started by your students. The problem is that some of the posts are very long with contributions by many students. It’s going to be difficult to get the students to read the posts. They’ll look at all the text and just give up before they start. If I can, I’ll use diigo or something else to highlight some of the posts to help the students.

Anyway, I hope your students will comment on my students’ posts. My students are looking forward to it.


Finally getting started at Toyo Gakuen University in Japan

Hello everyone!

Thank you for all the great things you’ve contributed to this project. My classes are finally getting started on it.

I posted a new discussion thread on the Student forum as an example for my students in the Homestay English class. Yesterday, the lesson was about communicating with the homestay family. We talked about explaining one’s home town. I decided that the Student Forum would be a great way for my students to practice this. Most are finished their draft and will be posting to the forum in next Wednesday’s class. Thanks to Maria in Spain for joining the discussion.

My students in the Music class are starting their voicethread project about music genres. Hopefully I will be able to post it in about 2 weeks. Once I do I hope that your students join the voicethread conversation.

Recently we had a festival at our university. I have tried to insert some photos here but alas I’ve failed. So, I’ll try again later.



Hi, you all!

This is Pau from Spain. Just a  couple of things.

In SHOWCASE: I can only see one post from Kuwait by Ahmed.Is it so? Is there only one?

And I can’t see the presentations from Mexico. Do I have to do something special?

Somthing else, we posted in the FORUM because we thought it was there where we were expected to introduce ourselves. Perhaps we should have started by doing it in the SHOWCASE adding some nice photographs…..

By the way,Larry,my students are answering the questions your students posed. I hope they will be on the cyberspace this week. And some Urban Tribes presentations which I’ll upload in the SHOWCASE if that’s ok. We will be adding some photos to  our Introductions as well but I can’t say when!!!

Love from beautiful Tarragona, in Spain!


I’ll Be Posting Student Work Next Week

Hi, Everybody,

I wanted to let everybody know that i’ll be posting some student presentations at the Student Showcase blog next week sometime.  However, as an experiment, they will be presentations made with a web tool called Flowgram and not Voice Thread.  Flowgram lets you leave written comments, and they’re planning on adding voice comments, but they haven’t gotten to that point yet.

In order to leave comments in the Flowgram itself you have to register with Flowgram.  But, if your students want to leave comments on the presentations, they can just use the Edublogs comments section by writing their name and their email address.  They don’t have to be registered with Edublogs in order to leave a comment on posts in our blog, though they have to be registered and logged-in to participate in the Student Forum.

Each Flowgram will consist of about seven slides with text and audio narration.  Student will be sharing what they’ve learned in our study of the “first” Americans and European explorers.  In addition, they’ll be sharing about their own ethnic culture and which early settlers most reflect their family’s reason for coming to the United States.

I hope that is clear.  Let’s see how it goes.

Posting To The Student Forum

I thought people might find it useful to see, in writing, the sequence necessary in order for students to post in the Student Forum.  Pau and I (Larry) are just beginning to use it — since my US History ESL students are just now learning about Columbus and the conquistadors, they are going to write questions about them to Pau’s students in Spain.

First, each student needs to register at the Edublogs homepage, just like each teacher did.  They should click the box saying they just want a user name.  They should also make sure the “remember” box is not clicked.

They will then receive an activation code at their email, which they should click on.

Then, when they want to post on the student forum, they should first go to the Edublogs home page and sign-in.  Then they go to the Student Showcase blog and click on Student Forum.  They then click on the the “thread” of conversation they want to participate in, or start a new thread, and start typing.

If they want to make a comment on presentations that are posted in the body of the blog by individual classes and do not want to leave an audio comment on that Voice Thread, they can just leave a written comment in the comments section of that presentation and do not have to be signed into Edublogs.

Some teachers have checked out the Vaestro audio chatboard I’ve set-up.  I think that works very well, too, so am interested in having my class engage with others if and when you’re interested.