About lacimetta

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

My DREAM VACATION

This morning in class we did a role-play activity: you were at a Travel Agency and, as a Travel Agent you planned an itinerary in the location chosen by your client.

Now we can add also a video, made entirely by you, to your appealing itineraries

Follow my instructions and you will be surprised by how easy it is to make a video, once you’ve got the ideas and you commit. First of all I want to give you 2 examples of videos made by other students for the task “if I had 40 days of vacation”

STEP 1: prepare the IMAGES you want to use by choosing images that have no copyright but are FREE to be used – Creative Commons.

Here’s the link to the websites you can use to download images .https://pikwizard.com https://www.pexels.com https://www.photosforclass.com https://pixabay.com/?pk=904&prev http://pics.tech4learning.com 

STEP 2: Write the script of your video recording.   

STEP 3: Choose the app you want to use (Aobe Spark Video or others)(

or make a Power Point and then use ScreenCastomatic to record from your PC.

Here’s may tutorial for ADOBE SPARK VIDEO & Quick Time

I cannot wait to see your wonderful videos and listen to your voices. Do not be ashamed, it’s perfectly normal to feel embarrassed 😉

PASTE THE LINK OF YOUR VIDEO AS A COMMENT

WHY is 1984 a prophetic novel?

With my presentation in class, you entered a new world, a totalitarian state as foreseen by George Orwell’s 1984. “Don’t speak, don’t show your emotions! Big Brother is watching you! The following video is a very effective supplement for studying 1984, with footage taken from the movie by M.Radford.

The next video is a quick and easy 1984 synopsis, analysis, and discussion of the main characters and themes in the novel.

The man who wrote this prophetic novel was George Orwell. Watch this video to integrate the biography you have studied in your text-book.

As, in these days, the term “Orwellian” is rather abused, I found very interesting and knowledgeable the following video by TedEd. After watching it can you now define what the correct meaning of the word ORWELLIAN is? WRITE IT DOWN IN YOUR NOTEBOOK.

Here’s the trailer of 1984, the movie from Orwell’s novel. Is this the future we want?

I now cannot help embedding the stunning, mind-blowing Apple’s commercial that introduced the Apple Macintosh Computer to the world by explicitly referring to Orwell’s novel. It was shown & broadcasted during the Superbowl in 1984. Apple is always one step beyond the others, don’t you think? 😉

What do you think is the message of the advertisement?

Is the ad effective also for those who don’t know the novel or does it need a certain amount of…education? LEAVE A COMMENT.

One of the best novels I’ve read in the last years is without any doubts, The Circle by Dave Eggars. (2013)If you like this genre you must read it, I highly recommend it. (The New York Times’ review).We’ll watch it together 🙂

Last but not least for those who love music, the Eurythmics and Annie Lennox have created the soundtrack of the movie and the song SEXCRIME. Enjoy!

Lyrics:  Can I take this for granted/With your eyes over me?/In this place/This wintery home/I know there’s always someone in/Sexcrime/Sexcrime
Nineteen eighty four/And so I face the wall/Turn my back against it all/How I wish I’d been unborn/Wish I was unliving here/Sexcrime/Sexcrime
Nineteen eighty four/I’ll pull the bricks down/One by one/Leave a big hole in the wall/Just where you are looking in.

I want to end this post by adding an excerpt from the movie “Detachment  (2011), an American drama film about the high school education system directed by Tony Kaye,  the director of American History X. I think this scene is fantastic to remind us of the importance of education & knowledge to avoid the dangers of a totalitarian society and regime, like the one depicted by G.Orwell. It can also help you comment & reflect on the novel we’re reading in class and Apple’s advertisement.

“Assimilate ubiquitously. DOUBLETHINK. 
To deliberately believe in lies, while knowing they’re false.
Examples of this in everyday life: “Oh, I need to be pretty to be happy. I need surgery to be pretty. I need to be thin, famous, fashionable.” Our young men today are being told that women are whores, bitches, things to be screwed, beaten, shit on, and shamed. This is a marketing holocaust. Twenty-fours hours a day for the rest of our lives, the powers that be are hard at work dumbing us to death.
So to defend ourselves, and fight against assimilating this dullness into our thought processes, we must learn to read. To stimulate our own imagination, to cultivate our own consciousness, our own belief systems. We all need skills to defend, to preserve, our own minds.”

WE ALL NEED THIS, TO DEFEND AND PRESERVE OUR OWN MIND!!”