Wednesday, February 29, 2012

And the Oscar goes to...

An Academy Award is an award bestowed by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence of professions in the film industry, including directors, actors and writers. The Oscar statuette is officially named the Academy Award of Merit and is one of nine types of Academy Awards. The formal ceremony at which the Awards of Merit are presented is one of the most prominent award cereemonies in the world, and is televised live in more than 100 countries annually, however, the first broadcast was not televised. It is also the oldest award ceremony in the media! Its equivalents, the Grammy Awards (for music), Emmy Awards (for television) and Tony Awards (for theatre) are modeled after the Academy. The first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929, at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood to honor outstanding film achievements of the 1927/1928 film season. The 84th Academy Awards, honoring films in 2011, was held at the Hollywood and Highland Center on February 26, 2012.
In, Wikipedia

If you want to know more about the Academy Awards History, dive in and explore the ultimate Oscar timeline of past winners and memotable moments @Oscar History

This year's winners: 
Christopher Plummer, best supporting actor for his role in 'Beginners';
Octavia Spencer, best supporting actress for her role in 'The Help';
Meryl Streep, best actress for her role in 'The Iron Lady';
Jean Dujardin, best actor for his role in 'The Artist'.

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To know more about the winners, the Red Carpet, 2012 Oscar highlights, official portraits, best dressed and In Memoriam, go to

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Nessie - 'cute' or 'terrifying' monster?

 cartoon by Marc            
photo credit: Extra Medium via photopin cc

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The monster of Loch Ness

Pictures via Google Images
Loch Ness Lake is located in the North of Scotland and is one of a series of interlinked lochs (lakes) which run along the Great Glen. The Great Glen is a distinctive incision which runs across the country and represents a large geological fault zone. For many years it has been supposed that there is a large dinosaur-like "monster" resident in Loch Ness. The evidence for its existence are a series of sightings of a plesiosaur-like dinosaur throughout the last 100 years. The case has occasionally been supported by indistinct photographic evidence.

However, several scientific studies have been conducted, including thorough sonar surveys of the loch, and these have not revealed any presence of such a "monster". The size of this monster is 12 - 15 m (40-50 ft) and it has a long, snake-like neck. It is populary believed to be female and is fondly called NessieRegardless of the truth, the suggestion of the Monster's existence makes Loch Ness one of Scotland's top tourist attractions. 
Source: 'The Loch Ness Monster'(abridged and adapted)

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The mystery of Stonehenge

Monday, February 27, 2012

Stonehenge in cartoons

... by Mark Parisi
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Friday, February 24, 2012

The Mystery of Stonehenge

Photo credit: Skippi 1234, via flickr
Stonehenge is surely Britain's greatest national icon, symbolizing mystery, power and endurance. Its original purpose is unclear to us, but some have speculated that it was a temple made for the worship of ancient eart deities. It has been called an astronomical observatory for marking significant events on the prehistoric calendar. Others claim that it was a sacred site for the burial of high-ranking citizens from the societies of long ago. While we can't say with any degree of certainty what it was for, we can say that it wasn't constructed for any casual purpose. Only something very important to the ancients would have been worth the effort and investment that it took to construct Stonehenge. Read more @Britannia History

Photo credit: Vass, via flickr
The true meaning of this ancient creation has been lost in the mists of time. Was Stonehenge a temple for sun worship? A healing centre? A burial site? Or perhaps a huge calendar? How did our ancestors manage to carry the mighty stones from so far away and then, using only the most primitive tools, build this amazing structure? Surrounded by mystery, Stonehenge never fails to impress. Read more @ English Heritage
For an unforgettable family day out, visit the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge. Located near Salisbury in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, it is a highlight of the South West England. Go to Visitor Information to know more about the location, opening times and tickets!

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Dear Math, part II

               ... and don't ask either!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

2012 - the end of days

Will the world end in 2012? If so, how and why?
Well, ten months from now, we shall find out whether 2012 is the end of days... or NOT!

The Mayan calendar finishes one of its great cycles in December 2012, which has fueled countless theories about the end of the world on December 21, 2012 at 11:11(UTC). One theory suggests a galactic alignment which would create chaos on Earth because of the gravitational effect between the Sun and the Black hole called Sagittarius A, which is located at the center of our galaxy. Another theory involves a 'polar shift', which means a reversal of the north and south magnetic poles. Scientists believe that the Earth is overdue for a geomagnetic reversal. However this can take up to 5,000 years to complete and does not start on any particular date.

Just a new beginning... NASA scientists have been thoroughly studying and analyzing the possibility of the Earth ending in 2012, but concludes that 21st December 2012 it will be nothing more than a normal December solsticeThere is simply no scientific evidence to support any claims of an apocalypse on Earth in December 2012.
No planetary alignment... In response to theories about planetary alignments leading to an apocalypse on Earth on December 21, 2012, the scientists say no planetary alignments will occur in the next few decades. But even if they did, the effects on our planet would be negligible. NASA also say the 'polar shift' theory is totally impossible. Although continents move slowly throughout time, a magnetic reversal is very unlikely to happen in the next few millennia and wouldn’t cause any harm to life on Earth. The scientists' conclusion is that the end of the Mayan calendar does not imply the end of the world, only the end of the Mayan long-count period. The 'long count' is a part of the Maya calendar shaped like a wheel. When we reach the end of the wheel, it will simply turn to the beginning again, just like our modern Gregorian calendar starts again every January 1.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pancake Day

'Pancake Day (otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday) is the day before Lent. Lent is the 40-day-long period running up to Easter during which Christians traditionally fasted. During Lent it used to be forbidden to eat any dairy products, so Pancake Day therefore evolved from the need to eat up any rich ingredients before the abstinence of Lent. The Pancake race is a tradition started in Olney, Buckinghamshire, UK, way back in 1445. The aim of the race is simple: run as fast as you can while tossing a pancake with a frying pan. This requires a certain amount of skill to avoid breaking the pancake! The course in Olney is 415 yards long, starting at the Bull Hotel and finishing at the Parish Church.'
                                                                                         In PANCAKE DAY

Photos via Google Images

Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between 3 February and 9 March. This year, Pancake Day is on Tuesday 21 February.
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Monday, February 20, 2012

Carnival in England

'The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event which since 1964 has taken place on the streets of Notting Hill, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, UK, each AUGUST, over two days - the August bank holiday Monday and the day beforehand. It is led by members of the West Indian community, particularly the Trinidadian and Tobagonian British population or 'Trinis', many of whom have lived in the area since the 1950's. The Carnival has attracted up to 2 million people in the past, making it the second largest street festival in the world, after the Rio Carnival held in Brazil. (...)'                                                                                                     
Read more @ wikipedia

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Valentine's Day @PineTree

'Love was in the air' @PineTree School, last tuesday...
To be more accurate, love was online!... Students wrote their messages on the web wiki, as asked! And so did the teachers, at the teachers' room, on a spot provided for the writing of messages, love quotes or funny poems. Love was in the air and so were many smiles... For each smile I saw in the members of the school community, I felt this was an activity worth doing!

                                                                              photo credits: Céu Leça

My deepest thanks to all the students and fellow workers that have made this day a very special day!...  And to our 'EVT' teachers Jaques, Sandy and Elisabete, I can only say:
'Roses are red, violets are blue
Your Art is Impressive
and so are You!'...

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Students' captions for SID pictures

Students were asked to write captions for the picture below. They worked in small groups and here is the result!...  Even though this activity was not a contest, I asked them which caption(s) they preferred.

                        image credits: The Daring Librarian via photopin cc
The 1st and the last ones were the most voted by the class. They were also my favourite... These captions were written by 10th form students:

Keep your life safe!... Defend your privacy!...
You are better alone than with people you don't know!
You think you are looking for someone, don't you? Stop!... It's not safe!...
Be safe, don't talk to strangers!... They are dangerous!
Keep your life safe!... Defend your privacy!...
So you think you are safe on the Internet... THINK right and say STOP! 
Don't get into dangerous situations!... Appearances are mischievious!
Internet is dangerous, so be careful! You don't know everything about it!
Don't want to fall in a hole. Stop, watch and learn! Go for internet safety!

The following captions were written by 11th form students divided in groups of 4/5 students. The last two were the most voted!...
Don't go into anonymous ways on the web!... Yoooh!... Take care!
Say STOP and open your eyes to the world out there!...
Stop before it's too late!
Stop now! Once you're there, it's too late!
Stop to Report!
Safety... Tension... Operation... Protection... REPORT ABUSE!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

It's Valentine's Day!...

Look at this picture!...
Humans are not the only ones that celebrate Valentine's Day...

photo credit: Richard Austin
See more @ MailOnline!... 
And have a gr8t Valentine's Day!...

Friday, February 10, 2012

Math is simple!

Found pic via Google Images 

Look! The equation is simple!
If I have 5 bottles in one hand and 6 bottles in another, what do I have?
A drinking problem?
No!!!! The answer is eleven bottles! Eleven!!!
That's still a lot! You should maybe look into counselling!...

Enjoy your weekend!
Try not to spend it correcting tests!
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Thursday, February 09, 2012

St. Valentine's Countdown

PineTree School is getting ready for Saint Valentine's Day!...

photo credit: n!ck. via photopin cc

This year, the GR330 teachers have decided to create a web wiki, in which students are asked to write their valentine messages to the one(s) they love and appreciate!... 
Students may either create their own message, or access any quotations page and choose the one they think best fits their purpose!...

'Come live in my heart and pay no rent', by Samuel Lover, is one of my favourite love quotes!...
You can read more @ ILoveYouQuote.

This one is also so cute: 'In school they taught me that
                                      1 hour = 60 minutes
                                      1 min = 60 seconds
                                      But they never told me that
                                      1 second without you = 100 years'  

Let's see how creative, or how in love, our students are!... 

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Her Majesty and The Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL), the highest level of professional American football in the United States, culminating a season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year. This game is held at a selected site, usually a city that hosts an NFL team. The Super Bowl uses Roman numerals to identify each game, rather than the year in which it is held.

The day on which the Super Bowl is played, now considered by some an American national holiday, is called 'Super Bowl Sunday'. It is the second-largest day for US food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day. In addition, The Super Bowl has frequently been the most watched American television broadcast of the year. The Super Bowl is also among the most watched sporting events in the world, mostly due to North American audiences. Because of its high viewership, commercial airtime during the Super Bowl broadcast is the most expensive of the year because the viewing count of the Super Bowl is an average of 100,000,000 people every year. Due to the high cost of investing in advertising on the Super Bowl, companies regularly develop their most expensive advertisements for this broadcast. As a result, watching and discussing the broadcast's commercials has become a significant aspect of the event. In addition, many popular singers and musicians have performed during the event's pre-game and halftime ceremonies because of the exposure. In,                                                                                                                                                                 
photo credits: Mark Humphrey

This year, Super Bowl XLVI took place in Indianopolis, at Lucas Oil Stadium, on February 5th. The New York Giants won against the Patriots: 21 - 17. Madonna was the Halftime Performer, and she had an audience of nearly three million more viewers than the game itself. The singer's halftime performance  was seen by 114.0 million viewers, nearly 4 million more than last year's performance featuring the Black Eyed Peas. It is the most watched Super Bowl Half-time Show featuring entertainment. Bruce Springsteen attracted 95,7 million viewers. Read more @

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Internet Safety

A suggestion to talk to your students about this topic!...

Ask them to write a slogan for this picture.
Make a contest if you have competitive students!...
Publish their sentences either in your school page, moodle, blog, 
facebook page or whatever platform or social net you have access to...
It makes all sense to post their work online, bearing in mind the topic!...

photo credit: The Daring Librarian via photopin cc

Safer Internet Day

SID - February 7th

This video is about a young girl who is chatting to a man she does not know. The man asks her to meet him and she does. She really likes the man and thinks he makes her feel special. But is that really the truth? You should never chat or meet up with people online if you do not know them!... Or you should always tell an adult or someone you trust if something goes wrong!...
Remember!!! YOU are in control and you DON'T have to do anything you don't want to do!

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Monday, February 06, 2012

60 years of the Queen's reign

To mark 60 years of the Queen's reign, the Diamond Jubilee takes place this year, 2012. The celebrations will centre around an extended weekend on 2 - 5 June. February 6th celebrates Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne, back in 1952. The Coronation took place in Westminster Abbey, June 2nd 1953. Crowds of people viewed the procession all along the route, despite heavy rain. The ceremony was also broadcast on radio around the world and, at the Queen's request, on television for the first time. 
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Saturday, February 04, 2012

FB is 8 years old

'Understanding people is not a waste of time.' 

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"What the CIA failed to do in 60 years, Zuck has done in 7: knowing what 800 million people - more than 10% of the world's population - think, read and listen to, plus who they know, what they like and where they live, travel, vote, shop, worship. U.S. users spend more time on Facebook - on average 6.3 hours a month - than on any other site. (...)" Read more @ FORBES
Person of the Year 2010
For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them, for creating a new system of exchanging information and for changing how we live our lives, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is TIME's 2010 Person of the Year.

                                 Two of a kind

Mark Zuckerberg's opinion about SOPA and PIPA:
"The internet is the most powerful tool we have for creating a more open and connected world. We can't let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the internet's development. Facebook opposes SOPA and PIPA, and we will continue to oppose any laws that will hurt the internet." Read more @ Mark Zuckerberg FB page
Facebook and the Stock Market
"Facebook, created in 2004 by the then teenage Mark Zuckerberg, is now planning to float on the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq. It hopes it is worth $100bn (...)." Read more @ THE GUARDIAN

Congratulations, Facebook!
Keep rolling, Mark Zuckerberg!
And by the way, FB's newest TIMELINE rocks!!!... 
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Friday, February 03, 2012

Word of the day

Perfect for the topic Media Multi-tasking!...

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Thursday, February 02, 2012

La Chandeleur vs Groundhog Day

Today, PineTree School celebrates 'La Chandeleur'. The French teachers, together with the 'CEF - Empregado de Mesa' students and others, will prepare and serve the so tasty crepes, which symbolically represent the sun.

photo credit: Theresa Thompson via photopin cc

"Canada and USA celebrate on this day, February 2nd, a similar holiday: the Groundhog Day!... According to ancient folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter-like weather will soon end. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedely see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks. Modern customs of the holiday involve celebrations where early morning festivals are held to watch the groundhog emerging from its burrow." 
Read more @ Groundhog_Day

In case you want to prepare crepes at home, here goes a recipe suggested by Babeth, a French woman living on the French riviera and loving America, writer of the blog La vie in English: "I don't have any Groundhog cookies recipe for you, but let me give you my secret crepe one!" 
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Enjoy your crepes and leave some for the groundhog, in case it leaves its burrow!... 
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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Digital Learning Day

Did you know that...
                               ... February 1st is the Digital Learning Day?


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