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Best tools and reflections to introduce creative and collaborative learning in education... especially in ESL
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Create interactive worksheets with wizer.me

Create interactive worksheets with wizer.me | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Blending worksheets


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Great tool for creating interactive worksheets with embeded multimedia. Rich outcomes!

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Craig Van Ham's curator insight, March 24, 8:31 PM

Great tool for creating interactive worksheets with embeded multimedia.

Jeroen Rougoor's curator insight, March 29, 2:10 AM

Great tool for creating interactive worksheets with embeded multimedia.

Tessa van Zadelhoff's curator insight, March 31, 3:21 AM

Great tool for creating interactive worksheets with embeded multimedia.

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Finland Will Become the First Country in the World to Get Rid of All School Subjects

Finland Will Become the First Country in the World to Get Rid of All School Subjects | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
This is a real revolution in education.

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Time for debate... too bad we can't move forward in time and see how next generation learns after these dramatic changes... I personally believe this is the way!!
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Paula Weir's curator insight, November 15, 9:12 AM
Curious Changes 
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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, November 16, 5:11 AM

Post very interesting, revealing some aspects that I did not know about education in Finland. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish, more about continuing education can be read in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com

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The Digital Skills Metro Map

The Digital Skills Metro Map | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

All Aboard is rising to the challenge identified in the national Digital Roadmap of building our ‘digital capacity,’ not just in terms of infrastructure, but also in terms of people, their skills, their levels of confidence and their ability to critique and challenge pre-conceptions.


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Mind boggling maybe, but quite comprehensive
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Helen Wybrants's curator insight, November 12, 4:32 AM
Getting embedded at last
Jacques Lebègue's curator insight, November 12, 4:38 AM
Tous les points fondamentaux du digital  en une seule carte interactive!
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, November 14, 5:02 AM
Idéé originale pour représenter les compétences digitales.
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5 Mistakes in Using Videos for eLearning Courses Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

5 Mistakes in Using Videos for eLearning Courses Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
The 5 Mistakes in Using Video for eLearning Courses Infographic presents five mistakes you should avoid when utilizing videos for your curriculum.

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5 mistakes many of us have made... good idea to have them together as a reminder :-)
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 25, 10:45 AM

Short, on point course videos work.  However, there are some basic mistakes to avoid. This infographic informs succinctly.

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The Simpsons VR

The Simpsons VR | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

To celebrate the series’ 600th episode, The Simpsons and Google have come together to create a special Virtual Reality experience. Produced with Google Spotlight Stories, The Simpsons couch gag, “Planet of the Couches,” is available on both Android and iOS. View it with any Google Cardboard viewer for the full VR experience.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 17, 4:41 AM

The Simpsons go VR. How could this be anything but educational?

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The magic of QR codes in the classroom - Karen Mensing

Teaching is both a science and an art, and many teachers around the world spend endless hours perfecting their professional practice. At TEDActive 2013, a few teachers from the United States offer some tricks of the trade they've learned (and continue to hone) along the way.

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Miguel Angel Perez Alvarez's curator insight, October 14, 11:38 AM
Hemos trabajado mucho con códigos para realidad aumentada como Zappar, pero no hay que olvidar los códigos QR. Aquí una charla sobre su uso en educación. #tecedu
GwynethJones's curator insight, October 16, 1:55 PM

I am so proud of my GTAWA sweet friend Karen here! AND also honored and proud she used my QR Code tree in her preso! GREAT TEdX Video!

Gina Minks's curator insight, October 23, 10:44 PM
How can you increase patron engagement with QR codes?
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Why The Art of Speaking Should Be Taught Alongside Math and Literacy

Why The Art of Speaking Should Be Taught Alongside Math and Literacy | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Oral communication skills are often overlooked in school in favor of math, reading and writing. But this London school has put it front and center with amazing
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Good reflection... and necessary!
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TES Teach with Blendspace | Create & Find Free Multimedia Lessons

TES Teach with Blendspace | Create & Find Free Multimedia Lessons | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Make learning fun with TES Teach with Blendspace, the free and easy edtech tool teachers love for lessons, projects, presentations, and more. No planning needed.
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A nice tool to create engaging materials for our students!
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12 herramientas online para crear animaciones sin conocimientos avanzados

12 herramientas online para crear animaciones sin conocimientos avanzados | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Con estos servicios podrás crear animaciones y videos animados sin saber programación. 


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very useful scoop!!! Give it a look!!
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Drawing Europe

Drawing Europe | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
"Politiken has taken the extraordinary step of asking 28 leading newspapers from the (still) 28 EU countries to let one of their cartoonists solve this task: Give us your interpretation of the European Community at this moment — and in the light of Brexit. • Politiken has launched this pan-European media initiative in order to demonstrate the kind of community, solidarity and cooperation that EU leaders find it difficult to maintain and develop at the moment. 

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A good source of inspiration to have our students thinking and interpreting what they see on th cartoons about a very rellevant topic such as Brexit
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Full STEAM Ahead: Why Arts Are Essential in a STEM Education

Full STEAM Ahead: Why Arts Are Essential in a STEM Education | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Educators can bring creative people into STEM fields by showing students the creativity in what they're doing and how it lets them explore their own creative interests.
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Still a long way to go... An "A" often neglected!
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Should Smartphones Be Banned From Classrooms?

Should Smartphones Be Banned From Classrooms? | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
From middle schools to colleges, cellphones’ adverse effects on student achievement may outweigh their potential as a learning tool.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Google Expeditions Will Soon Be Available to iPad Users

Free Technology for Teachers: Google Expeditions Will Soon Be Available to iPad Users | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Last week Google released another round of updates to their Expeditions program. Expeditions is the virtual reality program that lets students experience immersive views of more than 200 places including the International Space Station, coral reefs, the Taj Mahal, and the White House.

Currently, to experience Expeditions you must have a Google Cardboard viewer and a supported Android device. According to last week's Google for Education blog post, soon you will be able to experience Expeditions on iPads. On your iPad you will be able to use full screen mode to view the Expeditions virtual field trips.

Via John Evans
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That may be an important breakthrough, as it would be to integrate all iOS devices, not only iPads.
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Prometheus's curator insight, August 23, 10:49 PM
Virtual field trips...more ways to explore
Lee Hall's curator insight, August 24, 9:34 AM
Google has added to Expeditions. Cardboard viewers are not very expensive and there are instructions on line for making your own. 
Matt Cuming's curator insight, August 25, 7:10 AM
This will be great for when you don't have time to leave the class but want to give some context to work and help reinforce work in a realistic way.
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Does Gamification Education Really Improve Learning?

Does Gamification Education Really Improve Learning? | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Students are used to playing games, earning badges for successfully completing challenges and sharing their wins with friends. The challenge of winning a level or beating an obstacle can keep them working until they can earn that achievement. Why not put that natural affinity for gaming to use with games that teach?

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Margarita Saucedo's curator insight, November 18, 10:43 AM
Para grupos de adultos es un reto para el docente
Danielarv's curator insight, November 18, 2:31 PM
You can find the answer of this question in this article which have enough arguments to believe that gamification really improve learning. One of the arguments is that games can increase the motivation through the challenge; for example, the challenge of winning a level make that the students can keep working. However; is necessary that teachers choose an appropriate educational game in order to integrate it in the lesson plan. If you want more about the others arguments to this question, you can click on it.
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, November 21, 1:05 PM
This doesn't settle the question, but it provides a few thoughts worth considering. 
 
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How Finland broke every rule — and created a top school system - The Hechinger Report

How Finland broke every rule — and created a top school system - The Hechinger Report | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Spend five minutes in Jussi Hietava’s fourth-grade math class in remote, rural Finland, and you may learn all you need to know about education reform – if you want results, try doing the opposite of what American “education reformers” think we should do in classrooms.


Instead of control, competition, stress, standardized testing, screen-based schools and loosened teacher qualifications, try warmth, collaboration, and highly professionalized, teacher-led encouragement and assessment.


At the University of Eastern Finland’s Normaalikoulu teacher training school in Joensuu, Finland, you can see Hietava’s students enjoying the cutting-edge concept of “personalized learning.”

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Finland

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Personalized+Learning

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, November 7, 8:09 PM
Spend five minutes in Jussi Hietava’s fourth-grade math class in remote, rural Finland, and you may learn all you need to know about education reform – if you want results, try doing the opposite of what American “education reformers” think we should do in classrooms.


Instead of control, competition, stress, standardized testing, screen-based schools and loosened teacher qualifications, try warmth, collaboration, and highly professionalized, teacher-led encouragement and assessment.


At the University of Eastern Finland’s Normaalikoulu teacher training school in Joensuu, Finland, you can see Hietava’s students enjoying the cutting-edge concept of “personalized learning.”

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Finland

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Personalized+Learning

 

Olaia Baquedano's curator insight, November 9, 2:34 PM
Tene mucho que aprender #SCEUNED16 - The Hechinger Repor... | @scoopit via @knolinfos http://sco.lt/...
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5 Ways Teachers Can Encourage Deeper Learning With Personal Devices (EdSurge News)

5 Ways Teachers Can Encourage Deeper Learning With Personal Devices (EdSurge News) | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
To ban or not to ban, that is always the question when it comes to personal devices in the classroom. But rather than fight this uphill battle (Generation Alpha is forecasted to be more technological than any previous), let's figure out how to leverage these little machines. If used intentionally, m

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5 clear tips for those who still fear taking the big leap!
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Silvia Martinelli's curator insight, November 1, 9:15 AM
En momentos en que en la Pcia. de Bs.As. se permite el uso de celulares... qué hacemos con ellos? 

Helen Teague's curator insight, November 2, 12:07 PM
With effective monitoring, mobile devices can be integrated into courses and classroom time
Yeison Ossa Trejos's curator insight, November 2, 12:45 PM
From my point of view, personal devices such cell phones, tablets, ipads, among others, can be a huge risk if we allow students to use them in the classroom. However, it is also true that we as teachers should try to find useful ways to incorporate these potential resources into our lessons if we want to increase learner involvement and motivation while at the same time improving time management, teacher-student interaction, meaningful learning and real-time provision of feedback. 

All these educational factors can be simultaneously addressed if teachers take some time to do a little research on the web to find out the countless activities that digital devices allow them to perform along with your students both in and outside the classroom. 
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Design Interactive Place-Based Learning with Virtual Reality

Design Interactive Place-Based Learning with Virtual Reality | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
At the most basic level, one way to embrace ‘Genius Loci’, the spirit of a place, is to provide students with opportunities to tell digital stories about local areas of interest powered by ThingLink’s interactive 360 image editor. The tool provides a seamless way for students to capture learning on the go through mobile devices, and it offers a platform for constructing deep digital stories.

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Incredibly powerful, a real useful tool in the hands of an imaginative teacher and creative students!!!
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 21, 5:15 AM

A really interesting article with some great example activities.

Trevor Corso's curator insight, October 25, 9:36 AM
Definitely something new to build on VR.  I think we will be seeing more and more of this as the technology progresses.
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What is Phenomenon-Based Learning? | #Finland does it WHY NOT WE!? #Europe #LEARNing2LEARN #PracTICE

What is Phenomenon-Based Learning? | #Finland does it WHY NOT WE!? #Europe #LEARNing2LEARN #PracTICE | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

What is Phenomenon-Based Learning?

Finland will go through a new education reform that will take over in the academic year 2016-2017. Phenomenon-Based Learning will be complementing Finland’s traditional subjects. The Phenomenon or Topic Based Learning is being planned to be conducted over periods during the year and could be paced in projects – is the old new in Finland’s education. For more than three decades, Finnish schools have had a form of Phenomenon-Based Learning. What will change in 2016-2017 is that it will be obligatory in all basic schools for seven to 16-year-olds.

Phenomenon-Based Learning tackles real-world scenarios holistically from different subject areas’ perspectives. This method will entail a rich learning experience, which is relevant to learners’ lives. The interdisciplinary learning could be conducted in a simple way, by linking similar knowledge areas between different subjects and introducing them at the same slot of the academic year.

 

This develops awareness of how curricula intersect to form the broader frame of knowledge. A more sophisticated interdisciplinary approach, such as Phenomenon-Based Learning occurs when we go beyond simply linking different subjects to applying, organising centers and essential questions to plan topic teaching. One example could be the questions students have about a topic such as the importance of the European Union. To answer these questions knowledge and skills from economics, history, geography and languages are to be integrated.

 


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An upgraded approach to PBL? Worth reading
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Matt Manfredi's curator insight, October 13, 3:03 AM
Phenomenon-Based Learning
Marina Pérez Sabio's curator insight, October 13, 5:22 PM
#SCEUNED16 Phenomenon-based learning
Corina Barbu's curator insight, November 26, 12:53 PM
#SCEUNED16 WHAT IS PHENOMENON
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90 aplicaciones Android para profesores

90 aplicaciones Android para profesores | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Ahora que va a comenzar el curso escolar y que muchos profesores estarán pensando en utilizar tabletas con sistema operativo Android pueden apoyarse en su planificación en este listado de aplicaciones organizadas por categorías.


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Andrea López Pontes's curator insight, October 31, 11:17 AM
#SCEUNED16
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#SCEUNED16
Paco Gascón's curator insight, November 27, 6:43 PM
No todas menparecen útiles pero considero que muchas de ellas son imprescindibles
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Formative

Formative | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
A platform for real-time formative assessments + a FREE next-generation student response system.
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Another interesting platform to create content. In this case it is only present in web format.
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Halloween Magnetic Poetry with Google Drawings!

Halloween Magnetic Poetry with Google Drawings! | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Who's ready for a little Halloween fun with Google Drawings? I've created a Halloween-themed magnetic poetry template with Google Drawings for you and your students. There are nearly 100 words in this one, so adapt the words that are appropriate for your grade levels. You can use this as an independent activity, or take it a step further and make it a collaborative activity and see how the poetry evolves. You can use the "magnets" included, or even add your own text boxes to extend the activity.

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Easy and handy!!!
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basil60's curator insight, October 1, 4:27 PM
Halloween might be that big "down under", but some great ideas that could be adapted for other big events. Like football grand finals.....
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What’s Going On in This Picture - The Learning Network

What’s Going On in This Picture - The Learning Network | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
We are excited to begin our fifth year of What’s Going On in This Picture?, and we are thrilled that it continues to be one of the most popular features we offer. Teachers tell us they use it for everything from helping students strengthen their skills in finding evidence to encouraging English language-learning students to practice speaking aloud.

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Always a nice activity... make students look and analyse!
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 14, 9:46 AM

Great series of image based materials for discussion and writing.

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Kahoot en clase, primeros pasos para gamificar el aprendizaje 

Kahoot en clase, primeros pasos para gamificar el aprendizaje  | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Utilizar Kahoot en clase es una forma extraordinaria para gamificar el aprendizaje. Lo que es una prueba lineal y aburrida para los alumnos podemos convertirlo en algo divertido, donde la competición y el juego están en primer lugar… y si te diviertes, aprendes más.
Imagina tener acceso a cientos de paquetes de preguntas, con temáticas de lo más diverso y que se adaptan a todo tipo de niveles y edades. En Kahoot podremos plantear concursos con estas preguntas y que nuestros alumnos se unan a jugar y disfrutar. ¿Cómo empezar a utilizar Kahoot!? Sigue leyendo para descubrirlo.

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An extremely good introduction on the use of Kahoot... in Spanish
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António Leça Domingues's curator insight, September 15, 4:47 AM
Gamificação da sala de aula.
Floridalia Acosta's curator insight, September 15, 6:49 AM
Las bondades del juego, a través de las aplicaciones y el ingenio de maestros fantásticos.  Realmente, cuando generas actividades medidas con tiempo, puntajes, uso de medios móviles entre otros, tu clase se transforma! Una herramienta como Kahoot permite dar nuestros primeros pasos en el tema de gamificación (aprender jugando), crear, compartir, reconstruir; es cosa de atreverse a reutilizar y generar.  La súper recomiendo!
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Strategies for Developing Critical Thinking in EFL

Strategies for Developing Critical Thinking in EFL | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
This paper focuses on three sets of research-supported teaching strategies which are useful in promoting CT and applicable to EFL classrooms; that is, explicit instruction, teacher questioning, as well as active and cooperative learning strategies. Meanwhile, common features of effective CT instruction are discussed, which aims to illuminate instructional strategies for CT at a macro level.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 1, 4:30 AM

An important area, so well worth reading.

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, September 2, 7:35 AM
Useful post, presenting an interesting concept. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in continuing education, please visit http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
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The Paradox of Classroom Technology

The Paradox of Classroom Technology | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

While the pervasive use of tablets, smartphones, laptops and digital education content is expanding around us, in the classroom, students are not actively using these technologies for learning—even within well-equipped classrooms where access is not the problem. AdvancED® research has found that examples of technology being put to use by students to strengthen learning are barely evident in classrooms today.


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This is a painful truth... a problem institutions must face and fight... otherwise, the gap between schools and society will become larger.
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Ana Luisa Lozano's curator insight, August 30, 12:39 PM
Once again, the importance of teachers´ role and its influence on students´ Learning... 
Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, August 31, 4:27 AM
You are so right Nik.... not surprised either.... (though I keep on believing that things will change :-)
shazia.wj's curator insight, October 17, 5:56 AM
The Paradox of Classroom Technology
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Play "The Fiscal Ship" and make your own plan to keep U.S. debt from rising

Play "The Fiscal Ship" and make your own plan to keep U.S. debt from rising | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Play "The Fiscal Ship" and make your own plan to keep U.S. debt from rising
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It may seem a game for US children, but English tecahers could make good use of it! Lots of vocabulary but clear and easy structures!
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