09
November
2015

Exploring "SNAPGUIDE"

This month’s site Website Watch features SNAPGUIDE, a free iOS application that allows you to create and share step-by-step "how to guides."

Snapguide allows one to create a guide and publish it online, using mobile devices with a combination of photographs, videos and text to explain how to do something in a clear and understandable step-by-step format.  It is a source of information on  how-to’s for categories from food and crafts, to repairs and DIY projects, and much more. But it also has great potential for use in a language classroom.

Categories: Web Watch

21
October
2015

So what is the RR all about?

RR - Macrat’s new online resource centre: waiting for you to download worksheets that are ready-for-use in the classroom or in an exam paper.

The original Resource Rendezvous (RR) was conceptualised by Macrat in Johannesburg many years ago. Teachers were encouraged to share their original worksheets with other teachers, while discussing educational matters over a cup of tea. Macrat was blown away by the wonderful resources produced by teachers.

Teaching English can be extremely time consuming as finding suitable passages for comprehensions or summaries, and setting language, literature or writing exams takes a lot of time. Finding just the right extract can be maddening when you are under pressure to get things done.  While we can’t always offer you a cup of tea, we would like to continue the tradition of sharing creative and inspiring resources with teachers.

The goal of Macrat’s new online ‘Resource Rendezvous’ (RR) is to publish ready-to-use worksheets that will - in some small way - take the pressure off teachers. The worksheets are short, specific, and affordable. They are available as ‘unsecure’ PDFs which means that you can cut and paste the content, and adapt them to your needs.

Although the range is currently small, Macrat will add to the list every month, so keep your eyes on our website, or get updates in our monthly newsletters. Sign up here.

Macrat would like to take the original concept even further: if you have any specific needs or requests, please let us know and we will see if we can find material to accommodate you. We are not making any promises, but let us see if we can assist you.

We know you will enjoy using these resources and we look forward to hearing from you.

The Macrat Team

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30
September
2015

What’s the purpose of Blogging in the classroom?

Technology ‘rules’ the world and it most certainly plays a most vital role in the lives of learners. How can you harness their fascination with their hand-held devices to improve the overall classroom experience?

Categories: Technology Trends

02
September
2015

Apps to use in the classroom

GRAPHITE

This month’s site Website Watch features GRAPHITE (www.graphite.org), a free platform from Common Sense Education that helps you discover the best apps, games, and websites for your classroom. A great place to find new tools for back-to-school!

Categories: Web Watch

02
September
2015

Absolutely!

Making sense of 'Absolution'

While the year swirls to a close, perhaps you too, dear teacher, are aware that the falcons cannot hear the falconers … At least, not when it comes to ‘Absolution.’

“This book sucks!”

“Why can’t it be written in the proper order?”
“And they don’t even remember properly or tell the whole truth …”

“They’re sooooo messed up!”

Such was the conversation between two extra lesson pupils. I have to admit that what they said all had merit. What I asked them was quite simply, “Isn’t that the nature of memory?”

There was a startling silence.

I filled it. This is how:

Categories: Macrat Musings

25
August
2015

What can we do to promote literacy?

We celebrate book week this month, 7 – 13 Sept. In addition, we are reminded on International Literacy Day (8 Sept), that approximately 776 million adults worldwide can't write their own name or read a line from a book.   

How can each one of us make a difference when the need is so great?

Categories: Macrat Musings

11
August
2015

The politics of 'Coriolanus'

The author of Macrat's study manual for 'Coriolanus' tells us why she thinks the novel should be studied in South Africa.

When I heard that Coriolanus had been set for IEB Matric study for 2016-17 I was surprised. Even less well known than The Winter’s Tale, it is one of Shakespeare’s last plays. When I spoke to several academics about it they all said it was a ‘wonderful play’ but did not expand on why.

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11
August
2015

Teachers need feedback Part 2 (2015)

Feedback to improve your teaching style

Often teachers only get one word of feedback a year: “satisfactory”.  With no feedback, no coaching, there’s just no way to improve.

Bill Gates suggests that even great teachers can get better with smart feedback — and lays out a program from his foundation to bring it to every classroom.
Watch this excellent video.

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