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Recently RFSU (The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education) has published video series about sex education in various languages including Turkish and Kurdish for their citizens. The videos include information about both female and male bodies, hymen and virginity, birth control and other related subjects. Before, giving more information, let’s see what RFSU is,

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RFSU is a Swedish non-profit organization that was founded February 24, 1933. It works with public opinion formation on sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as information and education about sexuality and relationships. They work with information, education and advocacy by organizing courses, conferences and debates.

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Now that we know what RFSU is and their purpose, we could talk about the videos they’ve published. As Sweden has become a multi-cultural country which consists many ethnicities they have decided to dub their sex education to various languages such Turkish and Kurdish. After the dubbed videos got released, not only its citizen has shown interest in them but also Turks living in Turkey also has shown interest but why?

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Although Turkey being first country to give right of voting to women, it is one of the most misogynistic countries due to policies of the current government. Currently, in Turkey domestic violence and violence towards women in general is high which leads to deaths of many women. Not only violence but also wrong assumptions towards sex and women are dangerously at high level.

For example, many people in Turkey accepts sex as a taboo and believes that it mustn’t be done before marriage. Therefore, virginity is considered to be a significant trait for a woman but unfortunately people believe that hymen is related to virginity. As a result, even the women who follow this ideology could get blamed on many things from cheating to adultery.

As the act of sex is seen as a taboo, many people do not prefer to talk about it and educate one another. Especially for women, it’s considered very rude to talk about sex or even talk about their period. This very issue leads to mutual ignorance and forms a vicious circle.

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Yet, still government sees sex education inappropriate and such subjects as intimate subjects.

Luckily Sweden has taken action for its Turkish citizens and dubbed their sex education videos. I hope this to be an example for Turkey and its citizens and improve their knowledge with such videos.

Here are the dubbed videos,

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As the technology proggresses the sci-fi slowly becomes our new reality and Virtual Reality is now a part of our new reality. But what is Virtual Reality?

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Virtual reality is, a computer-generated scenario that simulates experience through senses and perception but what does that mean? It means that, after putting the VR headset on, you get teleported into a virtual world in which your head and hand movements will be analyzed and transferred into the VR World with help of the headset and josctick-like devices.psvr-accessories-psvr-move-two-column-01-eu-14oct16.png

My personal VR experience has mostly been on gaming industry. I have played many games with Playstation VR and honestly in all of them I felt amazing, it really is an amazing experience.DSC_0391.JPG

Now the important question is how can we implement this technology into education, especially language education in my case.

First of all, Virtual Reality forms an artificial bubble in which a human can be anywhere and be anyone in the world. As language teachers this is an amazing opportunity to use this tool for giving our students authentic inputs which are crucial in their language learning process but how can we use VR as an authentic input machine?

  1. VR Headset deceives the brain and makes you feel like you’re in the virtual world.
  2. VR Headset comes with headphones and a mic implemented in it which allows us to speak and listen through it.
  3. There are many games are that are developed and being developed for such headsets.

Practicing takes a huge role in language learning and communicating with people is one of the best ways doing it. For a Turkish person finding a person to talk with may be hard in Turkey but not in the virtual world. He/she can play VR Chat and talk with people in there, he/she can walk around virtual cities and complete everyday tasks there, he/she can be abroad without being abroad…

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Since my childhood days to this very present and to the future, learning a new language has always been a passion of mine and Japanese is my favourite among all the languages. So, as a person who lives in İstanbul, Turkey it’s not easy to find a Japanese course considering there is only one in Istanbul which is Japon Kültür in Taksim. Before I attended that course, as a child I was looking for apps to learn Japanese on my device then I found Busuu. But, what is Busuu?

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Busuu is an application and a web-site in which you can practice your target language in an easy way. But how is this possible and why Busuu?

  1. Busuu teaches you by using chunks which are easy to learn therefore boosts motivation of the beginners.2018-05-28 (3).png
  2. Busuu presents new words with images, a great assistance for people who have an ease on graphical-learning.2018-05-28 (2).png
  3. Busuu has voiced dialogues which are meant to support your target subjects on your course. Although they are not very authentic, they can be used for improving your listening skills.2018-05-28 (1).png
  4. Busuu has a social platform integrated in it which allows users to be friends with each other and communicate for their language learning goals.2018-05-28.png
  5. Busuu also allows you to correct other people’s mistakes and errors which eventually forms a friendly environment for everyone.2018-05-28 (4).png
  6. Busuu has short quizzes which are not really hard and if you complete them well, you will be rewarded with berries for positive feedback.2018-05-28 (5).png
  7. Busuu also tracks your progression. 2018-05-28 (6).png
  8. On mobile platforms you can download the courses and continue your studies anywhere and on desktop you could just download PDF files of the chapters and print them.2018-05-28 (7).png

I still remember my first teaching experience, I taught basic Japanese at my school with the help of Busuu 🙂

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Recently I’ve discovered an application called Aurasma as known as HP Reveal. This application provides us tools of augmented reality to insert images or videos beneath of other images.

Now that sounds very good, isn’t it? Features of this application can be used in various aspects of life, especially in education. If you ask why, here are my reasons,

  1. HP Reveal is a free application, everyone can use it.
  2. HP Reveal lets you see the hidden images-videos of only the people that you are following. This prevents unwanted accidents such as finding a dick-pic beneath a cute picture.
  3. As its concept, HP Reveal lets you hide images-videos beneath images. This can be used as an image hunt or a way of learning new words while learning a language.

Now, good things aside, this application is currently nothing but garbage. After HP has taken over this application, it seems like it’s completely abandoned. The application is unstable, the web-site is broken and you may encounter many “privilege” errors while uploading images-videos.

But to give it a try I have made my post there but in order to see my post you have to follow me on the platform. My username is mkd47. After following my channel on the application, scan the image below 🙂

 

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Again during our Material Design class, our teacher has introduced us another great web-site which allows us to make a map of our thoughts!

It may sound as a simple thing, because it is a simple thing but what it provides us is reducing complexity of our thoughts and and transferring them into a sheet of paper in which we can see them in order. Like this,

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Although it is a great service and a decent material designing tool for everyone, it is simply not worth the money it wants. Yes, in order to export your maps into usable formats such as jpg, png and even pdf. If you want to export your maps into such formats, you gotta pay them minimum at least 5 dollars each month!

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But do not worry about it! Because I got you there 🙂 Here, I will explain how to export your mind-maps as jpg and png files.

  1. Make Your Mind-Map
  2. Press on Windows Key on your keyboard and then type “Snipping Tool”2018-05-27 (2).png
  3. Open Snipping Tool and then press on “New”2018-05-27 (3).png
  4. Crop the screen however you want2018-05-27 (4).png
  5. Save the cropped image 2018-05-27 (5).png
  6. Enjoy.

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Months ago our Material Design teacher at university introduced us Second Life, a virtual world in which you can be anyone and be in any place you woud like.

Once you complete your registiration you’re asked to choose your avatar which can be changed later on in game. After downloading the game, you will be spawned in a tutorial zone in which the game will teach you basics of the mechanics. Completing the tutorial is up to you, you can just skip to the game itself and teleport to wherever you would like to. In our case, it will be Istanbul University.

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Thanks to Tuncer Can and his colleagues, we can visit our university even in the virtual world and even engage in activities and and virtual classes there. But, how is this going to contribute to education? There are a few things that I’ve came up with in this matter.

  1. Second Life is accessible anywhere in the world (except North Korea) which allows students to participate in classes anyhwere in the world.
  2. Second Life is free and optional purchases don’t affect the gameplay which forms an equal enviroment for all the players in it.
  3. Second Life’s customization system allows you to make your own avatar, which in return gives the player confidence and reduces social anxiety drastically.
  4. Second Life’s authentic environment could be a great place to practice English and improvise your various communication skills.

Of course, after being introduced to Second Life, we were supposed to participate in it and take a selfie in the game with our character. So, here it is Snapshot_002.png

And here is videogamedunkey’s Second Life Experience,

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After a long week, I really wanted rest all the day but it appeared that I had to escort my little brother to his training ^^

He’s a dedicated basketball player, playing at Darussafaka Ayhan Sahenk Gym and to my surprise, it’s really a good place 🙄 Although the outside of the gym is not that good, the inside is vice versa.

As I was hungry I first looked for a canteen and asked my brother if it’s expensive or not 😂 Well, again to my surprise it wasn’t that expensive, I mean 7 liras for an Ayvalık Toast is a bit too much but still, it’s something 😂

After walking long corridors, seeing many sportsmen and sportswomen, as a computer geek, I’ll not lie but I envied a bit 🙄 Anyway, after those long corridors finally we’ve arrived to the court which is also quite well 😁

After watching kids playing it for 2 hours finally it was time to go home which is what I wanted most at that moment but not going to lie it was a pleasant morning for me 😁

Note: The green team has won the game 😁

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Today was a special day for both me and ELT at Istanbul University as Mr. David Fay from Regional English Language Office of US Embassy paid us a visit to presentate us “Critical Media Literacy in the Digital Age.”

The presentation took place in Sayyad Hassan Pasha Madrassa which is one of the historical buildings in the area. The structure was so beautiful  that it transformed boredom of idleness into pleasure of observation.

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When I heard that the presentation is going to be about Critical Media Literacy I immediately assumed that the examples will be mostly about “don’t believe everything you read on the internet” and I was right to think that as many examples were about it. However it wasn’t a basic presentation, in fact it was really a good presentation with both funny and authentic examples.DSC_0138.JPG

At the end of the presentation I was really satisfied with it and also it was an honour for me to meet such a valuable person.

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