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The advantages of imaginary friends The British Psychological Society Dr Karen Majors Chartered Educational Psychologist, Barking and Dagenham Educational Psychology Service and Dr Ed Baines, Senior Lecturer in Psychology from the Institute of...
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Foreign language teachers often lack sufficient understanding of the nature of dyslexia and the difficulties it causes in foreign language learning and are not familiar with the relevant teaching techniques and methods to further the language learning processes of dyslexic students. Therefore the preparation of teacher training materials for this target group of language learners is both timely and highly needed.
This site contains a free 10 unit course for teachers of English as a foreign language and helps them to support students in their classroom who have dyslexia.
Very interesting, online materials.
A recent 93-page report on online education, conducted by SRI International for the Department of Education, has a starchy academic title, but a most intriguing conclusion: “On average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.”
Online learning outcomes
A good and interesting article
I understand that this may be an average, however I hope that it is kept in mund that this is not true for many students. I for one have to print out my online notes in order to use them to the best of my ability. Also, even if this is true, I believe that face- to - interaction is being lost in this technological age. but it is still as important as it has always been and that needs to be remembered - Justine Pearce
What do EFL learners think about working with mobile devices in the classroom? Does it make them more motivated? Do they participate more in class? Does it
so - were we right?
Is your professional development beset by superficiality or gluttony? Repent now and focus on what really matters - learning quality
Sound advice for those engaged facilities tasting and supporting the CPD of teachers.
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Switching from a traditional classroom to a flipped classroom can be daunting because there are a lack of effective models. So, what should an effective flipped classroom look like? In our experience, effective flipped classrooms share many of these characteristics:
This is part 3 of a very good series onwhy you should flip your class and how to do it
Very useful article with some great suggestions worth reading.
This paper aims to propose a repository of pre-use evaluation criteria for language teachers who wish to introduce e-books or e-textbooks to their own teaching practices. By selectively using a set of such criteria, they will be able to evaluate to what extent a given e-book/e-textbook lends itself to utilisation within their own teaching contex.
Rather long but a useful set of criteria.
The most effective school systems in the world design their schools so that teachers spendsubstantial portions of their day working alongside other educators to think through challengestogether. Teachers, librarians, literacy coaches, principals, school leaders, families, communitymembers, and policymakers all can help address the challenges in literacy education today.
Useful report, particularly the recommendation for more collaboration between educators.
Collaboration should be coveted in schools
Video tutorials have been available to educators for many years. However, there is currently great momentum for using video resources for “flipped learning”.
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While much has been written about the use of learning technologies generally and about ePortfolios in particular, there has been a lack of robust evidence about their added value for enhancing student learning opportunities. A case study of the integration of ePortfolios into a professional development master’s program in a Higher Education Institution in Ireland is presented, and added value in terms of the creative learning process is explored.
Looks like a useful read.
Nice that my session on Sacred Cows in ELT was picked as a highlight!
Having fun during my session at the EnglishUK Teachers' Conference
MailDrop provides free disposable e-mail addresses for use in web forms, app signups, or any other place you'd like to protect your privacy.
This is a great tool to use if you or your students use a lot of web based apps that you need to sign up for.
Good for school activities that request parent response.
The Guardian (blog) Primary teachers' best tips for language lessons The Guardian (blog) This is particularly interesting when there are learners who have languages other than English as their mother tongue as it allows comparison with a number of...
Create amazing presentations for free in just a few minutes and turn your ideas into stunning live stories!
A tool for impressive presentations.
pour soigner la forme sans courir...de risques
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages
I have been using text to speech almost exclusively for reading articles on the web, newspapers, and courese reading for a course in Leadership I am taking at Case Western Reserve University. I love the e-readers ( Read and Write Gold; Kindle, and Audio books) because I can jack up the speed and read with my ears as fast as non dyslexics who are fluent readers read with their eyes. We need to understand the 'cost' of eye reading to dyslexic students even when they "graduate" from OG or Wilson: the burden of phonological processing is too high in terms of fatigue. If we don't make the technology more available and acceptable in schools we will deny intelligent students with print challenges the opportunity to study in college, graduate or professional schools.
I still read paper books. Right now I am reading A light in August by Faulkner. It is on my night stand and it is a wonderful if slow experience for me. For some, print will never 'fall away' and allow for effortless decoding and pholonological recoding.--Lou
"Understanding how reading on paper is different from reading on screens requires some explanation of how the brain interprets written language. We often think of reading as a cerebral activity concerned with the abstract—with thoughts and ideas, tone and themes, metaphors and motifs. As far as our brains are concerned, however, text is a tangible part of the physical world we inhabit. In fact, the brain essentially regards letters as physical objects because it does not really have another way of understanding them. As Wolf explains in her book Proust and the Squid, we are not born with brain circuits dedicated to reading. After all, we did not invent writing until relatively recently in our evolutionary history, around the fourth millennium B.C. So the human brain improvises a brand-new circuit for reading by weaving together various regions of neural tissue devoted to other abilities, such as spoken language, motor coordination and vision..."
Check out the debate.
Here's our take on some popular approaches to Presentation Design seen in some work by great presenters. Enjoy! Download here for a Tweet!: http://goo.gl/eV54K
This works as a great summary reminder of tools, tips and tricks to make you communication (not just presenations!) more compelling
Great ideas to present in an engaging style.
Een mooi overzicht van de technieken gebruikt door een aantal bekende presentatoren: Kawasaki, Lessig, Godin, Jobs.
Sure, some kids will ignore the video. “The same kids who don’t currently do their homework will not watch the lecture,” says McCammon. “But as you start making your class more engaging, kids who don’t usually do their homework will start doing it because they want to participate in the class.” Kids write questions down while they’re watching the video, and then the first 10 minutes of class is for discussion of what they’ve seen. Then kids spend the remaining 50 minutes working in teams of four to solve problems.
A good in-depth article about flipping the classroom.
Jusst like some of my earlier scoops this model "flips" the classroom. But this classroom is "flipped" with a twist. Technology is integrated at every step. So does this still make the "flipped classroom" a good model? Or does the integration of technology take away from the experience? Technology- Help or Hinderance?
Here's a list with links to journals in language teaching and applied linguistics which deal with topics of interest to teachers, trainers and researchers, free of charge.