About lacimetta

English teacher, mum, blogger, interested in Web 2.0 and its impact on learning, education & literature.

1M: climate change

Hi! After having learnt in class the new vocabulary about the climate and the environment I would like to share with you a lovely video that reminds us of the BEAUTY of our planet Earth we need to preserve.

The next is a very interesting video from Ted, a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading that started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. The video by Mike Biddle is about recycling plastic not electrical waste but it’s pretty interesting and it well introduces the idea and goal of our module & project. ( NB: You can activate the subtitles in Italian or English by clicking on the ∇)

  • Take down some notes: Have you learnt anything new or anything you hadn’t thought about before?

Now let’s listen to the funny video by Jack Johnson THE 3 RS which is right about the topic of recycling. Did you know this song?

I took the next photos while I lived in Ireland but I’m sure you can find similar depressing sights also here in Italy or in Pordenone. I really hope they will make you think over the  importance of cooperating to preserve our environment, to reduce pollution & make our planet a better place. It’s not that difficult if you spread the word as regards the utmost significance of recycling not only paper, glass & plastic but also all electrical appliances. It’s your right to have a better future  and to say NO to this shame.

HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES DUMPED at the side of the road.

HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES DUMPED at the side of the road.

A fridge stranded on Howth beach. What a shameful sight!

A fridge stranded on Howth beach. What a shameful sight!

To end up my post I would like to share with you two stunning photography websites by Chris Jordan. The first is called Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption & left me speechless. Each image portrays a specific quantity of some kind of waste such as e-waste, mobile phones, cigarette butts, cell phone chargers, circuit boards, bullet casings, diodes, glass you name it!: VISUALIZING MERE NUMBERS MAKE THOSE REALITIES SOOOOO DAMN REAL! It thus makes us realize how important it is to preserve our environment!

The second website depicts images of MASS CONSUMPTION like the  one million plastic cups, the number used on airline flights in the US every six hours or the 106,000aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds or 400,000 plastic bottle caps, equal to the average number of plastic bottles consumed in the United States every minute. Choose the photo on the right, click and then ZOOM in the image. It’s just amazing!!


Last but not least there’s a MOVIE DISRUPTION that lasts 52 m’ and I really recommend watching it. If you click on CC you can put the subtitles in Italian. Here’s the link to the page or below here is embedded.

“DISRUPTION” – a film by KELLY NYKS & JARED P. SCOTT from Disruption on Vimeo.

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It’s about time to get ready to go to Dublin and we can’t wait!! I want to start this post with an old Irish blessing I cherish so much

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand

Well before leaving for Malahide ( close to where I lived for two years from 2004 to 2006 and where I left  a part of my heart) and  the Irish College of Englishthe students have chosen who to work with, and the topic to gather some information on. They’ve written and shared their choices on their LMS Schoology and have now published their works on a Padlet I created.  TOPICS:

  • The Emerald Island. Geography & weather;
  • Dublin’s main attractions;
  • Malahide;
  • Irish food;
  • Irish sport;
  • Irish music.
  • I added something on literature and Irish movies :)

Tomorrow they’ll do their presentations in class. Most have chosen to create Emaze presentations. I cannot wait! We’ll then share our works with the students of 2F who’s coming with us. Here’s their work :)