An Electronic Magazine by Omar Villarreal and Marina Kirac (c)
Year 3                    Number 47                                     February 10th  2001
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being SHARED.
Hello everyone!  Another holiday week. For many of us one of the last before the 
beginning of make-ups (in cases, endless varieties of these) , department meetings, staff meetings, and the like. But let us enjoy the sunshine (and the heat!!) while the going is good. Relax and SHARE....
We wanted to start this issue with a heart-warming message from two teachers (and SHARERS) from dear old San Miguel de Tucumán :  
Dear Omar,
We want to thank you and Marina for the SHARE´s we get every week. We imagine it is  a very hard task for both of you, but we know you do this because you love your job.
It's very important for us English teachers in Argentina to have something like SHARE to keep in  close contact with each other.
Thanks for everything, for lending  your shoulderfor us to lean on, your ears to listen to our voices and, what's more important, for encouraging us to continue with this sacred profession.
Go Ahead!
Elsa and Susana  
Susana del Valle Arevalo
1.- Bernieh´s Corner: On Manageable Books.
2.- An Invitation from Oxford University Press. 
3.- What Tree did you fall from?
4.- Longman Calendar for February.
5.- The Jewish Museum of Buenos Aire.
6.- The Longest Place Name.
7.- The Challenges of Educational Technology.
8.- Course at the Creative Learning Centre.  
9.- News from Cambridge University Press.  
10.-A little bit of Humour. 
11.- Marketing for English Institutes and Schools.
12- Postgraduate Studies at UNQUI
13.-Multiple Intelligencies in Padua.
14.-Professional Development in Lomas
15.-Omar´s Tour of the Litoral.   
16.-Omar and Annie´s Tour of Provincia de Buenos Aires.


Hello, fine people!

Some info and an article for you...
"Educate the Children" is a website whose contents allegedly covers the whole of the U.K. National Curriculum, using the latest teaching and learning strategies. Currently it features 2500 lesson plans, worksheets and articles distributed along 6 "zones": Parent Zone, Info Zone, Teacher Zone, Learning Zone, Web Guide, and Discussions.
As an example of the contents you'll find there, I've selected the following article where an author and ex-librarian tells us some aspects involved in choosing (and writing) books that entice children into reading.
Hazel Townson, author of more than 50 books for children lists the requirements of a book so that it is accessible to reluctant readers.  Use the guidelines
_book.htm to audit your own classroom and school library and choose books that the children will want to read.
"The Manageable Book" by Hazel Townson (excerpted).
Some years ago I worked as a librarian in charge of Young People's
Services for a part of Greater Manchester.  In that capacity I had to
supervise the buying of books for 9 children's libraries and to advise on
the contents of 110 school and college libraries.  I made it my business to
spend time with the young readers, asking them whether or not they had
enjoyed the books they'd borrowed.  To my dismay I found that far too many
of them had abandoned their chosen titles, either for lack of interest or
because they had found the going too difficult.  I decided I needed to
remedy this; to supply a quantity of material specially geared to those who
are not so skilled at reading.  So I drew up a blueprint of what I thought
might be a more manageable book:
1) The child needs first to be attracted to the book, persuaded to reach
it down from the shelf.  Therefore the book must have a tempting title and
a good, colourful cover showing plenty of action and must be displayed
face-forward so that the action can be seen.
2) Having lifted the book down, the child will then flip casually through
it to see whether or not he wants to read it.  So he must find quite large
text - (nothing is more off-putting to a struggling reader than small
print) - and short chapters with exciting chapter headings and lots of
illustrations, one on every page if possible.  These will not only make
progress swifter down the page, but will help with understanding the plot.
3) So now he decides he likes the look of this book and begins to read.
This is where the author must grab attention in the very first paragraph,
involving the child in the story right from the first line.
4) Now involved, he reads to the end of chapter 1. This is where attention
might wane, so a 'cliff-hanger' ending is needed to lead him into the next
chapter. And the next, and the next, until almost before he realises it, he
has reached the end of the book.
5) At the end ideally there should be a twist in the tail which leaves the
reader with a sense of wonder and satisfaction, thus making him more likely
to read another similar book.
6) If the content can also be humorous this is a great advantage. A
chuckling child is a child relaxed and happy. He's enjoying an experience
he'll hopefully want to repeat. Also humorous stories are good ones to
relate to, and to share with, one's friends and a recommendation from
another child is far more valuable than a recommendation from an adult.
Some adults regard humour in children's books as somehow second-rate. Far
from it; humour has enormous power for good. If a child with a particular
problem reads a funny book about someone with the same problem and is made
to laugh at a situation, then he's also laughing at his own problem which
will then seem less significant. In my own books I've used such problems as
hypochondria, bullying, nagging, shyness, anxiety, etc., and have hopefully
made them funny.
7) Good co-operation between author and illustrator is essential. My
favourite illustrator is Tony Ross who adds more to the story via the extra
humorous detail in the pictures.
As I was unable at the time (some 25 years ago) to find books to fit this
blueprint I began to write some myself. There are lots of manageable series
these days, of course, and plenty of scope now for less willing readers.
"Educate the Children" is compiling a list of 'manageable' books for
reluctant or struggling readers.  If you know of a suitable book please email stating as much information about the book as you can, and a paragraph reviewing its suitability and content.
Our dear friend and SHARER, Marina Ulloa sends us her best wishes for the third year of SHARE and  this invitation for all of us:
Oxford University Press is very pleased to announce the Argentinian Tour of
Dr Norman Whitney, author of "Open Doors" and "Dream Team"  who will lecture
on "Turning to Learning" and "Motivation and Success at EGB"
Thursday 15 February, 17:30 to 20:00
Hotel del Jardín - Laprida 463
Registration:  Librería San Francisco -  422-8822
In Salta -(transport:$20 there and back)  Librería San Francisco  431-0892  - SBS - 431-8868.  In Sgo del Estero: Hiperión & CA -  422-5265
Saturday 17 February, 9:30 to 12:30
Colegio Nacional de Monserrat - Obispo Trejo 294
Registration: SBS:  423 6448
Mar del Plata
Monday 19 February, 17:30 to 20:00
Hotel Costa Galana - Boulevard Martimo Peralta Ramos 5725
Registration:  In Mar del plata:  Bookshop: 4736567 - Librería Palito:  4917967
In Tandil: (transport:$13 there and back) The Bookshop: 445593
Wednesday 21 February, 16:30 to 19:00
Colegio San Bartolomé - Tucumán 1257
Registration: SBS:  4261276 - Librera Ameghino: 4471147 - 
Librería Ross: 4485378
Santa Fe
Thursday 22 February, 9:30 to 11:15 - Advice Summer Seminar
Registration: Advice Bookshop - 4533392
Buenos Aires
Saturday 24 February, 9:30 to 12:30
Auditorio San Agustín, Universidad Catlica Argentina -
Alicia Moreau de Justo 1300 (esq.Belgrano)
Registration: In Buenos Aires: KEL Ediciones:  4717-5603 ext. 102
SBS:  4821- 0206 - OUP  4312-7300 ext. 230 / 274
In La Plata (check transport facilities) Librería Best 4247226
OUP also announces the visit of Ms Stephanie Richards, Teacher Training Manager for Oxford University Press (UK). Ms Richards PGCE in TEFL from the University of Leicester, has given talks and seminars in more than forty countries around the world.
Motivating Teenagers / ELT Tried and Tested
Monday 19 February, 18:00 to 20:00 - Universidad de Champagnat - Belgrano 721
Registration: CIL  4201266 - Rubén Simoncini Libros 4202988
ELT Tried and Tested / Business Focus
Tuesday 20 February, 17:30 to 19:30 - Colegio San Bartolomé - Belgrano 721
Registration: SBS 426-1276/424-1822
Buenos Aires   
ELT Tried and Tested / Business Focus
Wednesday 21 February, 9:30 to 12:00  - Librera El Ateneo - Florida 340
Registration: OUP 4312-7300 ext. 230 / 274
Lomas de Zamora     
ELT Tried and Tested
Thursday 22 February , 18:00 to 20:00 - Colegio Modelo Lomas - Fonrouge 141
Registration:  KEL Ediciones 4717-5603 ext 102 / OUP  4312-7300 ext. 230 /274
ELT Tried and Tested
Thursday 22 February, 9:30 to 11:30 Universidad Luján - Cruce Rutas 5 y 7.
Registration: The Bookworm Shop - Mariano Moreno 991- Luján 425085 /
ELT Tried and Tested / Business Focus
Friday 23 February, 18:00 to 20:00
Librera Blackpool Cerro de las Rosas
Registration: Blackpool  4237172 / 4246959
All seminars are free of charge. Registration closes two days before each event.
Our good friend and founding SHARER, Elida Messina, 
sends us this contribution. Says she : "find your birthday, look up the definition of the tree below and ... learn something else about yourself. 
In line with Celtic astrology and an excellent resource to teach adjectives and 
abstract nouns, don´t you think?" 
Dec 23 to Jan 01 -  Apple Tree 
Jan 01 to Jan 11 -   Fir Tree 
Jan 12 to Jan 24 -  Elm Tree 
Jan 25 to Feb 03 - Cypress Tree 
Feb 04 to Feb 08 - Poplar Tree 
Feb 09 to Feb 18 - Cedar Tree 
Feb 19 to Feb 28 - Pine Tree 
Mar 01 to Mar 10 - Weeping Willow Tree 
Mar 11 to Mar 20 - Lime Tree 
Mar 21 -                 Oak Tree 
Mar 22 to Mar 31 - Hazelnut Tree 
Apr 01 to Apr 10 -   Rowan Tree 
Apr 11 to Apr 20 -   Maple Tree 
Apr 21 to Apr 30 -  Walnut Tree 
May 01 to May 14 -  Poplar Tree 
May 15 to May 24 -  Chestnut Tree 
May 25 to Jun 03 -  Ash Tree 
Jun 04 to Jun 13 -   Hornbeam Tree 
Jun 14 to Jun 23 -   Fig Tree 
Jun 24 -                  Birch Tree 
Jun 25 to Jul 04 -   Apple Tree 
Jul 05 to Jul 14 -     Fir Tree 
Jul 15 to Jul 25 -     Elm Tree 
Jul 26 to Aug 04 -   Cypress Tree 
Aug 05 to Aug 13 -  Poplar Tree 
Aug 14 to Aug 23 -  Cedar Tree 
Aug 24 to Sep 02 -  Pine Tree 
Sep 03 to Sep 12 -  Weeping Willow Tree 
Sep 13 to Sep 22 -  Lime Tree 
Sep 23 -                  Olive Tree 
Sep 24 to Oct 03 -  Hazelnut Tree 
Oct 04 to Oct 13 -   Rowan Tree 
Oct 14 to Oct 23 -   Maple Tree 
Oct 24 to Nov 11 -   Walnut Tree 
Nov 12 to Nov 21 -   Chestnut Tree 
Nov 22 to Dec 01 -   Ash Tree 
Dec 02 to Dec 11 -    Hornbeam Tree 
Dec 12 to Dec 21 -    Fig Tree 
Dec 22 -                   Beech Tree 
APPLE TREE (Love) - of slight build, lots of charm, appeal, and  attraction, pleasant aura, flirtatious, adventurous, sensitive, always in  love, wants to love and be loved, faithful and tender partner, very  generous, scientific talents, lives for today, a carefree philosopher with  imagination. 

ASH TREE ( Ambition) - uncommonly attractive, vivacious, impulsive,  demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, talented,  likes to play with fate, can be egotistic, very reliable and trustworthy,  faithful and prudent lover, sometimes brains rule over the heart, but  takes partnership very seriously. 

BEECH TREE (Creative) - has good taste, concerned about its looks,  materialistic, good organization of life and career, economical, good  leader, takes no unnecessary risks, reasonable, splendid lifetime  companion, keen on keeping fit (diets, sports, etc.) 

BIRCH TREE (Inspiration) - vivacious, attractive, elegant, friendly,  unpretentious, modest, does not like anything in excess, abhors the  vulgar, 
loves life in nature and in calm, not very passionate, full of  imagination, little ambition, creates a calm and content atmosphere. 

CEDAR TREE(  Confidence) - of rare beauty, knows how to adapt, likes  luxury, of good health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on  others,  self-confident, determined, impatient, likes to impress others, many  talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waiting for the one true love,  able  to make quick decisions. 

CHESTNUT TREE (Honesty) - of unusual beauty, does not want to impress, 
well-developed sense of justice, vivacious, interested, a born diplomat,  but irritates easily and sensitive in company, often due to a lack of self  confidence, acts sometimes superior, feels not understood loves only once,  has difficulties in finding a partner. 

CYPRESS TREE ( Faithfulness) - strong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give, content, optimistic, craves money and acknowledgment,  hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied, faithful,  quick-tempered, unruly, pedantic, and careless. 
ELM TREE ( Noble-mindedness) - pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, modest  demands, tends not to forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, likes making decisions for others,  noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical. 
FIG TREE (Sensibility) - very strong, a bit self-willed, independent,  does not allow contradiction or arguments, loves life, its family,  children and animals, a bit of a social butterfly, good sense of humor,  likes idleness and laziness, of practical talent and intelligence. 
FIR TREE( Mystery) - extraordinary taste, dignity, sophisticated, loves anything beautiful, moody, stubborn, tends to egoism but cares for  those  close to them, rather modest, very ambitious, talented, industrious,  uncontented lover, many friends, many foes, very reliable 
HAZELNUT TREE ( The Extraordinary) - charming, undemanding, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody, and capricious lover, honest, and tolerant partner,  precise sense of judgment. 

HORNBEAM TREE ( Good Taste) - of cool beauty, cares for its looks and 
condition, good taste, is not egoistic, makes life as comfortable as  possible, leads a reasonable and disciplined life, looks for kindness and  acknowledgement in an emotional partner, dreams of unusual lovers, is  seldom happy with its feelings, mistrusts most people, is never sure of  its decisions, very conscientious. 
LIME TREE ( Doubt) - accepts what life dishes out in a composed way,  hates fighting, stress, and labor, dislikes laziness and idleness, soft  and relenting, makes sacrifices for friends, many talents but not  tenacious  enough to make them blossom, often wailing and complaining, very jealous  but loyal. 

MAPLE TREE (Independence of Mind) - no ordinary person, full of imagination 
and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-confident,  hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, has many complexities,  good  memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress. 

OAK TREE ( Bravery) - robust nature, courageous, strong, relenting, independent, sensible, does not like change, keeps its feet on the ground,  person of action. 
OLIVE TREE ( Wisdom) - loves sun, warmth and kind feelings, reasonable, 
balanced, avoids aggression and violence, tolerant, cheerful, calm,  well-developed sense of justice, sensitive, empathetic, free of jealousy,  loves to read and the company of sophisticated people. 

PINE TREE ( Particular) - loves agreeable company, very robust, knows how 
to make life comfortable, very active, natural, good companion, but seldom 
friendly, falls easily in love but its passion burns out quickly, gives up  easily, everything disappointments until it finds its ideal, trustworthy,  practical. 

POPLAR TREE ( Uncertainty) - looks very decorative, not very  self-confident, 
only courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings,  very 
choosy, often lonely, great animosity, artistic nature, good organizer,  tends 
to lean toward philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership  seriously. 

ROWAN TREE ( Sensitivity) - full of charm, cheerful, gifted without  egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest, and even  complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic,  passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive. 
WALNUT TREE ( Passion) - unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts,  often egotistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions,  spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon  partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very  jealous and passionate, no compromise. 

WEEPING WILLOW (Melancholy) - beautiful but full of melancholy,  attractive, very empathetic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful, loves  to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is  not easy to live with, demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but  finds sometimes an anchoring partner. 


Our dear SHARER, Virginia Ursa from Pearson Education writes to us
Dear Omar,
Welcome back!  We are glad to SHARE with you our February and March events . Wishing you the very best for this year 2001.
LONGMAN DAYSThe Educational Representative in each area will assist 
teachers with all the Longman materials and resources.
Thursday, February 15 - 17:00hs. to 20:00hs.
Mar de Ajó. venue: to be confirmed.
Saturday, February 17  9:30hs. to 13:00hs.
Villa Gesell Librería Azul Marina: Av 3 y Paseo 115  - 46-5689
Tuesday, February 20 17:00hs. to 20:00hs.
Bariloche - Librera La Barca: Mitre 131 - Galería Wilson -  42-3170
Thursday, February 22 - 18:00hs. to 20:30hs.
Neuquén Librera Galerna: Ant. Argentina 1111
Friday, February 23  10:00hs. to 12:00hs - 16:30hs. to 20:30hs.
Rio Cuarto - Córdoba - Librería Superior: Constitucion 730  - 462-6492
Friday, February 23 16:00hs. to 19:00hs.
Martinez, Pcia Bs As - ACME Martinez: Vicente Lpez 117
Saturday, February 24 -  10:00hs. to 13:00hs.
La Plata. Librería The House: Calle 6 N 1093
Monday, February 26 -  10:30hs. to 13:30hs.
Lomas de Zamora.  Librería Casa del Sol: Laprida 183
Monday, February 26  16:00hs. to 19:00hs.
Capital Federal- Librería Casa Mario: JB Alberdi 6694 -  4687-3320/4364/3131
Tuesday, February 27 -  16:00hs. to 20:00hs.
Córdoba, capital - Maidana Libros: Velez Sarsfield 1 -  422-8764
Tuesday, February 27 -  16:30hs. to 19:30hs.
Escobar  -  Organización Escolar: Tapia de Cruz 314 -  43-0238
Tuesday, February 27 - 17:00hs. to 19:00hs.
Ciudad de Santa Fé - Alicia Libros: San Martn 2546 -  455-5252/5018
Tuesday, February 27  16:00hs. to 19:00hs.
Capital Federal  Librería  Casassa y Lorenzo: P. Morón 3254 -  4501-4848/9596
Wednesday, February 28  -  16:30hs. to 19:30hs.
Pilar - Organización Escolar: Ituzaingó  633
Wednesday, February 28 - 17:00hs. to 19:00hs.
Paraná -  Códice Libros: San Martin 664  - 431-6149
Wednesday, February 28 - 16:00hs. to 19:00hs.
Capital Federal - Librería Peluffo : Corrientes 4276 -  4862-2164/3558
Feb & March 2001 - Calendar of Events.
Friday, February 16 -  10:00hs. to 12:30hs. - Product Buzz for EGB Presentation.
General Madariaga - Colegio San José: Sarmiento 1275
Friday, February 16 - 18:00hs. to 20:30hs. - Product Buzz for EGB Presentation.
Pinamar  Azul Marina: Av.3 y Paseo 115 - 46-5689
Monday, February 19 - 18:00hs. to 20:30hs.-  World Club Presentation
Rosario : SBS Rosario: Sta Fe 1340
Tuesday, February 20 -  9:00hs. to 12:00hs.  Stories in the Language Classroom  Córdoba-  Librería Collino: San Luis 99
Wednesday, February 21 -  18:00hs. to 20:30hs. -  New English Parade
Mendoza -  Colegio ICEI: Gral. Paz 531
Friday, February 23 - 18:00hs. to 20:30hs. -  World Club Presentation
Capital Federal-  SBS Belgrano: V. de Obligado 2382
Saturday, February 24 - 18:00hs. to 20:30hs. - New English Parade & Balloons
Capital Federal - SBS Palermo: Cnel Diaz 1745
Monday, February 26 - 18:00hs. to 20:30hs. Product Buzz for EGB Presentation
Tres Arroyos - Colegio Nuestra Señora de Luján: Belgrano 164
Wednesday, February 28 - 11:00hs. to 12:30hs.  - 2do Encuentro Docente : Nurturing Teenager Motivation in Learning EFL - Prof. Adriana Turrín 
Adrogué . -  Casa Municipal de la Cultura de Almirante Brown. Sala 3.
Registration: Boutique del Libro 4214-1643



Our dear SHARER Lily Aplert sends us this piece of information about the Jewish Museum of Buenos Aires.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the The Jewish Museum of Buenos Aires exhibits the history  of the Jews in Argentina  through objects,documents and testimonies of the settlers and their families. It includes an art gallery where paintings,sculptures and prints  representing jewish issues are on display.
It is located on Libertad 769 (near the corner of Avenida Córdoba)in the city of Buenos Aires, and is part of  a group of communities of the Jewish congregation of the Argentine Republic. This congregation is the oldest Jewish community in Argentina. (1862)
Visits: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30   to  6:00  pm -
Guided tours in English and in Spanish at  4:00 and 5:00 pm .
Visits to the Synagogue (at your request) Libertad 785 are also included.
Large groups (15 persons or more) please advise beforehand in order to provide more bilingual guides.
Free admission. Contributions gladly accepted.


Our Maria Isabel Rodriguez from Resistencia, Chaco, sends us this interesting bit about really long names.

This is the name of a town in North Wales. The name translates as "The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio's of the red cave" in Welsh, has long claimed the fame of having the longest name in the world.
However, there is a hill in New Zealand called:
This Maori mouthful translates into English as "the place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as 'landeater,' played his flute to his loved one." I consider this a lean short-story, however, and have serious reservations about giving New Zealand the gold, especially without photographic evidence. But you may count it if you like.
However, before you make up your mind, consider the favorite of the Guinness Book of Records, the name of Bangkok (Krungthep) in Thai:
Krungthepmahanakonbowornratanakosinmahintarayudyaya- mahadiloponoparatanarajthaniburiromudomrajniwesmahasatarn-
The translation here is pretty much the unabridged history of the city rather than a word.
krungthep mahanakhon amorn rattanakosin
The land of angels, the great city of immortality, various of divine gems,
mahintara yudthaya mahadilok pohp noparat rajathanee bureerom
the great angelic land unconquerable, land of nine noble gems, the royal city, the pleasant capital,
udomrajniwes mahasatarn amorn pimarn avaltarnsatit
place of the grand royal palace, forever land of angels and reincarnated spirits,
sakatattiya visanukram prasit
predestined and created by the highest devas.
Thankyoufor your contributiondearChabelaand keeponSHARING!!!!
A dear SHARER from Quilmes, Marisa Fernandez Ciani,
has sent us this very interesting article by Prof. Chris Debe,  Harvard University.   
Six Challenges for Educational Technology 
Children are the future. If we hope to solve the world's major problems --
achieving world peace, healthy lives, economic development, and global
sustainability -- we must provide richer learning opportunities for the world's children. An educated and creative population is, without a doubt, the best path to global health, wealth, and peace.
But throughout today's world, educational practices are woefully outdated.
Even as scientific and technological advances have radically transformed
agriculture, medicine, and industry, the way children learn has remained
largely unchanged, based on ideas inherited from previous centuries.
New digital technologies are now providing an historic opportunity for
fundamental and global-scale changes in children's learning and education.
Just as advances in biotechnologies made possible the "green revolution" in
agriculture, digital technologies are making possible a "learning revolution"
in education. We believe that these new digital technologies can (and should)
transform not only how children learn, but also what children learn, and who
they learn with.
How children learn. Digital technologies can enable children to become more
active and independent learners, taking charge of their own learning through
direct exploration, expression, and experience. The focus shifts from "being
taught" to "learning."
What children learn. Much of what children learn in schools today was designed for the era of paper-and-pencil. With new digital technologies, children can undertake projects (and learn concepts) that were seen as too complex for children in the pre-digital era.
Who children learn with. Global connectedness can enable new "knowledge-building communities" in which children (and adults) around the globe collaborate on projects and learn from one another. These efforts require new multicultural, multilingual, and multimodal approaches to learning.
Guiding Principles
These changes will not happen automatically. Although declining costs will make digital technologies increasingly available to children around the world, access to computers and Internet connections is not enough. Many of the software products that are being developed for children today serve to narrow, rather than broaden, children's intellectual horizons. To create a true learning revolution, we must create technologies that support a new vision of learning and a new vision of children.
In our work towards this goal, we are guided by the following principles:
Direct exploration. The traditional view is that children learn about the world directly (by crawling, touching, chewing -- that is, by exploring) until preschool, but then they need to be "taught" more advanced ideas. Our goal is to develop digital technologies that enable children to continue to learn ever more advanced ideas by direct exploration and experimentation. For example, children who live in remote villages should be able to contribute directly to their community's agricultural efforts by using computers connected globally to the Internet, and locally to sensors, to run experiments on the quality of soil, air, and vegetation.
Direct expression. New media will enable children to relate their own stories
and ideas -- and relate them to a much broader and more diverse audience --
rather than having adults do the talking for them. The traditional view is that children should focus on "absorbing" ideas from adults, not on expressing their own ideas. Even what children know about themselves and their culture is what they hear from adults. Our goal is to go beyond this traditional view and develop digital technologies that enable children to express themselves to others through storytelling, communicating, designing, and inventing in new ways -- in effect, to find their own voice.
Direct experience. In the future, children will no longer rely only on their parents for reports of the great big world out there. Instead, they will experience it directly through their own personal contacts with other people around the globe. Through electronic eyes and ears, they will be able to see how the other side of the world looks and sounds. This experience will diminish the impact of national frontiers, although local cultures -- what children experience in their own schoolyards and homes -- will remain important. Perhaps most important, children will develop a different sense of themselves as intellectual agents -- as valuable members of real and virtual communities. Children will become accustomed to expressing themselves across boundaries of geography, culture, language, and age.
Multicultural. Most technologies support only a limited set of cultural styles and approaches. With global connectedness comes both a need and an opportunity for more encompassing approaches, encouraging participation by children from all different cultures. Our goal is to develop new digital technologies that provide multiple paths of entry and multiple patterns of use, while also encouraging children around the world to share and learn about one another's cultural traditions.
Multilingual. To date, the great variety of languages spoken around the world
has been perceived as a major obstacle to the development of a global
community. With global connectedness comes an ever greater need for children
to "speak a common language," and an ever greater opportunity for children to
learn more about one another's languages -- and about language in general.
Our goal is to develop new tools that enable children to communicate with one
another across linguistic boundaries, while supporting their learning of other languages, and enhancing the value of their own.
Multimodal. The channels of communication between children and computers have
been extremely limited: keystrokes and mouse clicks in one direction, text and graphics in the other. By enabling computers to understand and produce gestures and other forms of nonverbal communication, we will enrich the nature of the interaction between children and computers. By the same token, computers that understand verbal and nonverbal communication can open up computing to a broader range of ages and cultural traditions (including non-literate people). That is, children who cannot (yet) type, can certainly speak and gesture in the direction of their computer, and understand the speech and gesture that the computer returns.
Other suggested reading:
Creating a Learning Revolution
Nicholas Negroponte, Mitchel Resnick, Justine Cassell
(MIT Media Lab)
Visit the source of this article by Professor Chris Debe: The Educational CyberPlayGround <>
New York Times, USA Today, MSNBC Hot Site Pick Awards
[DUC]Diversity University Collaboratory ISSN:1529-7861
Our dear SHARER, Mónica Dominguez, Head of of Creative Learning Centre, for the Personal and Professional Development of Teachers, sents us her warmest wishes for a succesful new year with SHARE and the following announcement :  
As from Saturday April 21 from 10:30 to 13:30, Prof. Mónica Domínguez will be presenting a unique monthly lecture/workshop on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences  and how to implement it in the Language lesson, aimed at  teachers and advanced college students who need innovation and change based on solid ground.
There will be  follow -up sessions on the 3rd Saturday of every month for the participants to deepen their knowledge of the theory and to work on their own Multiple Intelligencies project related to their working contexts. They will learn how to implement a more personalized curriculumn, instruction and assessment.
A more pluralistic view of education leads to a more pluralistic, and therefore, a more humane world.
Venue: Ayacucho 1411  Dto 6   Cap. Fed.
Fee: $ 25  for one workshop       $ 45 for two workshops
The workshops can be run at your own school or institute as well.
Information and enrolment : / Te: 4823-6941
Mónica is an Joaquín V. González graduate and she completed her specialization in Methodology and Teacher Development in 1995.
She has studied Methodology, Drama, The Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Neuro-Linguistic Programming in Argentina, England, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. She is a Lecturer in Methodology at "Profesorado del Sagrado Corazón" .
Our dear SHARER Andy Paz has been promoted to the position of  CUP Manager for Argentina to replace another enthusiastic supporter of SHARE Ms Elena Dorado who left CUP at the end of December to pursue other interesting activities outside ELT.
We will certainly miss Elena´s everyday presence in our tiny little world of ELT
but we will certainly keep on counting on her as the true friend she certainly is.
Our sincere congratulations to Andy and our very best wishes in her new position.
Andy and her team announce the following events for February 2001 :
Ciudad de Buenos Aires - Centro
19/02/01 Objective First Certificate.
10 - 11 hs.    KEL Ediciones, M. T. de Alvear 1369.
23/02/01  Join In, A Multiple-Intelligence Course for 8 to 11 year olds.
9.30 - 11   hs. Acme Agency, Suipacha 245 1st floor.
28/02/01 Cambridge English Worldwide, A task-based, cross-curricular course
9.30  - 10.30  hs. Estari Libros,  Viamonte 2052.
Ciudad de Buenos Aires - Palermo
21/02/01 Objective First Certificate.
10 - 11 hs. SBS, Coronel Diaz 1745.
Ciudad de Buenos Aires - Flores
22/02/01 .Join In, A Multiple-Intelligence Course for 8 to 11 year olds.
15.30  - 17 hs. SBS, Juan Bautista Alberdi 2380.
27/02/01  Language in Use,  pre-intermediate level, new edition.
10.30 - 11.30 hs. Acme Agency, Camacuá 87.
 Ciudad de Buenos Aires - Belgrano
21/02/01 .Playway to English, activating young learner's multiple intelligences
14 - 15.30 hs. KEL Ediciones, Conde 1990.
21/02/01 Starters, Movers and Flyers,  a collection of colurful practice
tests specially prepared  for publication by UCLES.
15.30 - 16 hs. KEL Ediciones, Conde 1990.
02/03/01 Join In, A Multiple-Intelligence Course for 8 to 11 year olds.
10 - 11.30 hs.SBS, Vuelta de Obligado 2382.
23/02/01 Objective First Certificate.
15 - 16 hs. KEL Ediciones, Emilio Frers 2228. .
28/02/01 Join In, A Multiple-Intelligence Course for 8 to 11 year olds.
15 - 16.30 hs. Acme Agency, Vicente Lopez 117.
19/02/01 Cambridge English Worldwide, a task-based, cross-curricular course
15.30 - 16.30 hs. Acme Agency, Moreno 573.  
Lomas de Zamora
20/02/01 Cambridge English for Schools,  built around a task-based approach,
it is suitable for mixed-ability groups.
14.30 - 16 hs. KEL Ediciones, Italia 172.
Ramos Mejia
27/02/01 Cambridge English Worldwide, a task-based, cross-curricular course
15.30 - 16.30 hs. Libreria Guardia, Belgrano 139.
01/03/01 Join In, A Multiple-Intelligence Course for 8 to 11 year olds.
10 - 11.30 hs. Bridge English, Av. Gaona 1810.
San Martin
02/03/01 Cambridge English Worldwide, a task-based, cross-curricular course
15.30 - 16.30 hs. Libreria Garabombo, Ayacucho 2136.
La Plata
26/02/01 Objective First Certificate.
10.30 - 11.30 hs. Links School of English, Calle n 588 1 piso.
Enrolment presentations in Bs As:  Cambridge tel. 011 - 4322-5040  / 4328-7648
e-mail: (in subject write: "February and March
presentations") Enrolment presentations in La Plata  : tel. (0221) 4247226



Our dear friend and SHARER, Claudia Pisani sends us this tongue-in-cheek decalogue:
Things not to say to police officers:
1.   Sorry, Officer, I didn't realize my radar detector wasn't plugged in.
2.   Aren't you the guy from the Village People?
3.   Hey, you must've been doin' about 125 mph to keep up with me. Good job!
4.   I was trying to keep up with traffic. I know there are no other cars around.   
      That's how far ahead of me they are
5.   I thought you had to be in good physical condition to be a police officer.
6.   You're not gonna check the trunk, are you?
7.   I pay your salary!
8.   Gee, Officer! That's terrific. The last officer only gave me a warning, too!
9.   Do you know why you pulled me over? Okay, just so one of us does.
10. When the Officer says "Gee Son....Your eyes look red, have you been
     drinking?" You probably shouldn't respond with, "Gee Officer your eyes look 
     glazed, have you been eating doughnuts?"

Thank you, Claude for your contribution.


Cecilia Maguire - Director Operativo de Acuarell Operadores Culturales writes to us to announce a series of presentations by our dear SHARER Laura Lewin.
Marketing for English Institutes and Schools    by Lic. Laura Lewin
Would you like to ...
Attract more and better students?
Increase student satisfaction with the institution
Motivate your staff and create a feeling of belonging ?
Improve your programs?
Attract financial support?
Make sound decisions about services, pricing, scheduling and advertising?
Easy-to-follow- techniques and the steps to apply them.
When?             Saturday, 24 February,  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where?           Cabildo Suite- Cabildo 1950 - BA.
Fee?                80   (  Special fees for schools and institutions $ 70 )
Teachers' Refresher Course : Motivate Yourself!
by Lic Laura Lewin
A practical course designed to motivate teachers who want to gain new ideas which will work in their classroom and broaden their range of options for the future.
The 9-hour course will be made up of different workshops :
(a) Encouraging Motivation
(b) Making Grammar Fun
(c) English through songs and movies  
Where? :    ADADER - Juan B. Justo 836 - Mendoza
When?:       March 9, 2001      9.00am to 5.00pm
Further information, please contact :                                              
ACUARELL Te: 4371-3677 -  or
or in Mendoza 15-5077512.                         


Our dear SHARER Iliana Graziano, Director of American Forum, sent us her monthly electronic magazine "American Forum" ( if you wish to subscribe visit her
web page: ). Iliana informed us that :
"La Universidad Nacional de Quilmes (Roque S enz Pea 180 - Bernal, Buenos Aires) dictará  a partir del mes de mayo un posgrado en "Inmigración, Identidad Nacional y Educación en Perspectiva Comparada: Argentina y los Estados Unidos" dictado por la Dra. Mara Bjerg.
Son sus objetivos: Analizar el problema de la conformación de identidades nacionales desde perspectivas conceptuales y disciplinares múltiples y despertar en los alumnos el interés por pensar y analizar problemas en perspectiva comparada."
Información complementaria  Srta. Patricia Gutti, Vicerrectorado de Posgrado Tel. 4365-7137 o e-mail:


Our dear SHARER, Cecilia Ramirez is , as she says " ...ready for another year". She writes to us:

We announce our first 2001 workshop:
"Applying Multiple Intelligences in the Class of English"
on February 23rd from 10:00 to 13:00 hours  at CR Language School
 Ayacucho 610 (- ex 1385) San Antonio de Padua.
Fee: $ 20  - A full set of Multiple Intelligencies  lessons will be provided.
Facilitator: Cecilia Ramirez - Lecturer in Methods I and II as well as Language and Culture . She is currently doing the MI course of Harvard University. She is the author of " Tales for the Beholder" and is currently  working on a new book on MI with her team.
To register e-mail   or phone: 0220 4859714
Our dear SHARERS Liliana Orsi - Patricia Orsi, Past-Chairs ESP IS ARtesol, invite all SHARERS to the first On Going PDS session for 2001 that will be held on February 10th from 9am to 1pm at Rainbow Practical English Teaching Center in Lomas de Zamora.
The topic will be Teaching with Video and Designing our Own Materials and the
session will be conducted by Patricia and Liliana
If you would like to participate, please contact: ARTESOL
or Rain
bow Practical English Teaching Center - Saenz 341 - Lomas de Zamora
4243-6570 - E-mail:
Visit:  Http://
All best wishes to our two dear neighbours!

Macmillan Heinemann and Advice Bookshop announce Omar´s Tour of Santa Fé,
Entre Ríos, Corrientes, Misiones, Chaco and Formosa :
by Prof. OmarVillarreal 
Is it a just a question of possessing the right teaching strategies or the  necessary conservation instinct ?
How to make the most of those 40 minute lessons with around 40 teenagers
in Secondary School (EGB3 and Polimodal).
This lecture will be illustrated with practical and concrete applications for the "real" classroom.  
Monday 12th  February  
POSADAS, Misiones      Facultad de  Formación Docente   9:00  a 12:00 hs
CORRIENTES                Instituto Privado San José          17:00 a 20:00 hs
Tuesday 12th  February         
RESISTENCIA, Chaco    Sala Telecom                               9:00   a 12:00 hs
SAENZ PEÑA, Chaco       Instituto Juan Mantovani             17:00 a 20:00 hs
Wednesday 14th February  
FORMOSA                         Colegio Privado "Alas"               9:00 a 12:00 hs
RCONQUISTA, Sta Fé      Escuela de Comercio                  17:00 a 20:00 hs
Thursday 15th February
SAN JUSTO, Sta Fé          Escuela Normal Nro 1                9:00 a 12:00 hs
RAFAELA, Sta Fé               Escuela Medio 429                     17:00 a 20:00 hs
Friday 16th February         
SAN FRANCISCO, Cba      Colegio Superior "San Martín"    9:00 a 12:00 hs
VICTORIA, Entre Ríos      Inst. Privado "John Kennedy"      17:00 a 20:00 hs
Saturday 17th February         
PARANÁ                            Escuela Provincial 109                  9:00 a 12:00 hs
Registration :  All events are admission free                            
For the events in Posadas, Corrientes, Resistencia and Roque Saenz Peña   
Advice Corrientes- Mendoza 429 - 03783-436034
For the events in Reconquista -San Justo:  
Advice Santa Fé - Avda San Martín 3031 - 0342-4533392                                 
For the event in Rafaela 
Advice Rafaela  -  Brown 239 - 03492- 430852
For the event in San Francisco 
Librería Collino - San Luís 99 -  03564- 432659
For the events in Victoria and Paraná .
Advice Paraná - 26 de Junio 214 - 0343-4316100
Wednesday 21st February     
CONCORDIA, Entre Ríos    Escuela "Crear"                        9:00 a 12:00 hs
CHAJARÍ, Entre Ríos         Complejo Educativo Multinivel   17:00 a 20:00 hs
Thursday 22nd February          
GUALEGUAYCHU, E.R         Inst Prof. "Sedes Sapientiae"   9:00 a 12:00 hs
VILAGUAY, Entre Ríos        Escuela Normal Superior          17:00 a 20:00 hs
Friday 23rd February     
SANTA FE                          Advice Summer Seminar
Registration :  All events are admission free                            
For the event in Villaguay
Advice Paraná - 26 de Junio 214 - 0343-4316100
For the events in Concordia, Chajarí and Gualeguaychú 
Advice Concordia - San Luís 594 - 0345-4216604

For details on Omar´s Presentation in Rosario on 1st of March, please contact (011)4711- 5111 extension 125 or e.mail to



Macmillan Heinemann announce the Buenos Aires Tour of Omar Villarreal and Ana Mónica Altamirano:


Powerful new ideas to make this your best year in teaching.  The most up-to-date theory of language  teaching and learning made easy and plenty of practical examples for EGB2, EGB3 & Polimodal.

Annie Altamirano, M.A. University of London, is a Methods Lecturer at Instituto Superior del Profesorado Juan XXIII - Bahá Blanca and is the author of "Jump into English" , Macmillan Heinemann´s new course for EGB 2.

Coronel Dorrego 
Tuesday 27th  February  /  8:30 - 13:00 hours
Registration : Centro de Enseñanza de Idioma Inglés 02921-452844
Mar de Ajó 
Wednesday 28th
 February / 9:00 - 13:00 hours
Registration & Venue : Escuela Siglo XXI – La Margarita 240 
02257- 421915 (10- 12.00 hs)
Registration : IADI 02257-461470
Wednesday 28th
 February  / 17:00 - 21:00 hours
Venue : ISFD Nro 168  Cramer 60 
Registration : 02241-424413  
Gral Villegas
Wednesday 7th March  / 9:00 - 13:00 hours
Registration Instituto IPEI Arenales 269 - 03388-421719 or  03388- 421172
Venue : Colegio Nacional de Gral Villegas (Biblioteca) 
Rivadavia 582- 03388- 421262
Wednesday 7th March / 17:00 - 21:00 hours
Registration : Instituto W. Shakespeare 02362-429203-
Lidia Martinez - Instituto Boston -
25 de Mayo
Thursday 8th March  / 9:00 - 13:00 hours
Registration: 02345- 463607 - Cristina  Günther
All the events are admission free -  Further information with the local organizers or at SPBOOKS  or 011-4244-2798 / 011-243-1972


Time to say goodbye. This, for many, is a very special  week. Next Wednesday is
St.Valentine´s Day. Let us make a very special week for all.
Let us tell a friend that we love him or her.
We wanted to leave this week´s parting words to a very dear friend from Catamarca, José Luís García:   
                        My Oath to you
When you are sad,................ I will dry  your tears.
When you are scared,..........I will comfort  your fears.
When you are worried,.......I will give you  hope.
When you are confused,.....I will help  you cope.
And when you are lost,.....  And can't see  the light.
I shall be your beacon....... Shining ever  so bright
This is my oath......................  I ledge till  the end.
Why you may ask?..............   Because you're my  friend.
Dear SHARERS, This Wednesday and always
Omar and Marina

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