Penzu : A great free online diary and personal journaling tool

https://penzu.com/home

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The role of keeping diaries and personal journals in learning a second language has always been appreciated. For years, I have advised students who want to improve their writing to keep diaries, and I still do . This time with  a slight difference though. Keeping a digital diary is what we have been practising for years now and t
here are some available web tool for that such as OneNote ( http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/onenote/default.aspx), Evernote (http://evernote.com/intl/tr/) , and WordPress as well as the good old pen and paper. However, I personallt believe Penzu is totally different from then all in that it brings almost the same taste the tradition diaries. 
 
 
I have been usinpenzu 01g Penzu with my students for a couple of years now and what I have observed is that students love working with Penzu no matter whether they are working with it individually, in groups or as a class.  You can check out on the website how it is used  personally 🙂 
 
 
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There are some tutorial videos on how you can activate, use and facilitate Penzu and Penzu Classroom has also been available for some time now. 
 
Here are some different ways how I have facilitated Penzu in my classes :
  • In A1 and A2 levels, students keep their Penzu diaries to practise writing by telling about themselves and others, describing themselves and others, describing their rooms, or their cities , narrating their past experiences. In these levels , I always  value the importance of pair work, so I ask them to keep pairs a  writing diary for themselves.  the two students in the pair check each other’s writing and finally I check  their entries .
  • I also encourage my students to keep their own dairies where they can attach photos or insert videos that they have shot through their mobiles. The good thing about Penzu is that you can allow whoever you like to see and / or edit your entries. Once I remember keeping  a class writing Penzu with my A2 writing class . The content of that Penzu was the completed above average writing tasks of students ,and believe it or not  my students competed with each other so that their task was chosen to be worthy of being displayed onthe class Penzu. What I was trying to do, though, was to provide them with a writing reference book based on their own tasks whcih they can go refer to while they were revising for the final exam 🙂
  • In B1, B2 and C1 levels , Penzu has served  perfectly well as my students’ writing portfolio where they keep all their drafts and essay finals 🙂
  • In one of my repeating A2  classes I had to keep more than one Penzu as they liked it very much and wanted me to keep a seperate for posting the homework , assignments and tasks as well as the anser keys :))

Below is the link where you have access to Penzu tutorial videos and the introductory video to Penzu.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=penzu

 
 
 
 

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