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Best tools and reflections to introduce creative and collaborative learning in education... especially in ESL
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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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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, 2016 4:30 AM

An important area, so well worth reading.

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, September 2, 2016 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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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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Helen Teague's curator insight, November 2, 2016 12:07 PM
With effective monitoring, mobile devices can be integrated into courses and classroom time
Yeison Ossa Trejos's curator insight, November 2, 2016 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. 
Sebastián Vásquez's curator insight, December 4, 2016 6:07 PM
One of the most common expressions that I use to listen to nowadays is "put your cellphone away". Many teacher deal in their daily basis with students distracted by their phones and most of time they take desperate actions towards this situations which leads to a rough environment and affects the atmosphere of the classroom. In fact, one need we have in this current days is that of creating students perception towards the use of this devices which is not  a short way to walk but neither impossible. Providing the conditions and raising awareness about other possible uses into the classroom as well as raising curiosity to what is happening in the classroom will increase the possibilities of obtaining better behaviors in terms of technology. Our task then is to start thinking of strategies to implement since the very basis of the students academic life.
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Smartphones won’t make your kids dumb. We think.

Smartphones won’t make your kids dumb. We think. | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

When radio arrived, it too was deemed a menace, blamed for distracting children from their homework. A 1936 article in Gramophone magazine reported that youngsters had “developed the habit of dividing attention between the humdrum preparation of their school assignments and the compelling excitement of the loudspeaker”.


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Good reflection. Wirth reading. Misusage shouldn't yield into banning a methodology.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 24, 2016 4:08 AM

Nothing much changes.

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Interactive video platforms are the future of online learning

Interactive video platforms are the future of online learning | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Despite the leaps in technology that surround us, online learning is still not the success story that it should be. The old-school approach continues to produce better results. With today’s technology, there is no reason online learning can’t be revamped to compete with its traditional counterpart. Interactive video platforms can indeed enhance students’ experiences and increase engagement and retention.


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A deep insight into a real scenario. Good read!
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Mary Elizabeth McNabb's curator insight, June 13, 2016 12:54 PM
It seems that the design of the learning experience makes the difference.
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The Creative Classroom: Why We Must Teach With Imagination

The Creative Classroom: Why We Must Teach With Imagination | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Let's have a look at some of the actions that make up a creative classroom, a place where teaching and learning comes from the imagination.
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All teachers should make sure there's more than a pinch of this in their performance!
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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, May 30, 2016 7:43 AM
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Multitasking Is a Myth, and to Attempt It Comes at a Neurobiological Cost

Multitasking is a myth, says McGill University Psychology Professor Daniel Levitin. Switching focus across tasks comes at a neurological cost, depletin

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Maybe everything is much simpler than what we have got to think... maybe all this flaw about the power of the brain is just to say that we have a powerful tool inside our head, but it is meant to be used at a sensible pace... after all, that sounds like... common sense?
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 17, 2016 4:41 AM

Interesting perspective.

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How a Classroom Game Becomes an Embedded Assessment

How a Classroom Game Becomes an Embedded Assessment | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Ross Flatt, a sixth grade teacher at Quest to Learn, demonstrates how studying geography with Galactic Mappers can be a viable strategy for embedding assessment in a classroom game.
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Using Virtual Reality In Education - eLearning Industry

Using Virtual Reality In Education - eLearning Industry | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Want to know about the usage of Virtual Reality In Education? Check how we can use augmented reality and Virtual Reality In Education.

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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, April 5, 2016 6:30 AM
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Can we learn a second language like we learned our first? | British Council

Can we learn a second language like we learned our first? | British Council | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Robert William McCaul, winner (with Marek Kiczkowiak) of the TeachingEnglish blog award, examines the influential ideas of linguist Stephen Krashen
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16 skills students need to learn today to thrive tomorrow

16 skills students need to learn today to thrive tomorrow | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Will classes in curiosity, problem-solving and creative thinking soon be on the curriculum? Our latest report thinks it should.

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A good article that only comes to prove how demanding we must be with our educational systems!

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What’s More Effective: Gamification or Game-based Learning?

What’s More Effective: Gamification or Game-based Learning? | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
The world of learning and development is changing dramatically and at long last, learning managers are discovering where the real key to success lies. It’s not about robust reporting or compliance (although they’re also pretty important) – if you want your learning programme to deliver great results, you need to focus on the people taking the learning content – the learners themselves.

Learner engagement is everything. As more and more L&D professionals realise this, the appetite for solutions that encourage engagement has increased enormously. Enter our friends gamification and game-based learning! With so many priorities vying for your attention, you probably don’t want to spend weeks and months choosing between the two approaches. You want to know which one will work better and we’re only too happy to help you out!

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Not everyone knows the difference!! A must read for many!
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Helen Teague's curator insight, March 4, 2016 9:57 AM
"learner engagement is everything"
Ramon Pavia's curator insight, March 11, 2016 2:04 AM
Not everyone knows the difference!! A must read for many!
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The Simple Human Interactions That Make Learning Possible

The Simple Human Interactions That Make Learning Possible | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Nothing will ever take the place of one person actually being with another person. Let’s not get so fascinated by what technology can do that we forget what it can’t do. A computer can help you learn to spell “H-U-G,” but it can never know the risks or the joy of actually giving or receiving one. It’s through relationships that we grow best–and learn best.


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Indeed!!! Soooo true!

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, January 31, 2016 8:57 AM

adicionar sua visão ...

Web 2.0 for ELT's curator insight, February 1, 2016 2:21 AM

It is the combination that works best! 

Dinah Galligo's curator insight, February 1, 2016 5:39 AM

Rien ne remplacera jamais les relations humaines !

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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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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, 2016 12:39 PM
Once again, the importance of teachers´ role and its influence on students´ Learning... 
Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, August 31, 2016 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, 2016 5:56 AM
The Paradox of Classroom Technology
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'Teachers must embrace new technology or risk becoming obsolete'

'Teachers must embrace new technology or risk becoming obsolete' | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Teachers residing in schools were the keepers of information. Schools determined who got what information and when they got it. Information for kids was determined and dispensed by the teacher. Control and compliance were the keys to the information and allowed for the orderly distribution of content. This was education for centuries.

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This is a kind warning for those concerned... the need to bridge the gap is there, and it is paramount!!
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 26, 2016 1:40 AM

I don't think it's a question of 'risk'.

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How to make a good teacher

How to make a good teacher | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Teaching is a mass profession: it cannot grab all the top graduates, year after year. When poor teachers are fired, new ones are needed—and they will have been trained in the very same system that failed to make fine teachers out of their predecessors.

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I utter agreement!!! No more excuses!!
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Ten innovations that have changed English language teaching

Ten innovations that have changed English language teaching | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

English language teaching is evolving all the time, particularly alongside advances in technology. But what changes have had the biggest impact on teachers in recent years?


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Well... some other things could be added, but quite rigt in some points... I'm missing the storytelling bit here!
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 5, 2016 1:37 AM

Nice to get a mention here.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, June 11, 2016 7:19 AM
Great resources worth adding to your teaching and learning library.
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11 Underlying Assumptions Of Digital Literacy

11 Underlying Assumptions Of Digital Literacy | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
11 Underlying Assumptions Of Digital Literacy

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The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom | Edudemic

The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom | Edudemic | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Educational technology has its pluses and minuses. It’s up to teachers, administrators, and district personnel to decide whether the good outweighs the bad.

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Nothing new... but worth refreshing!
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Cristina Sánchez Galán's curator insight, April 27, 2016 1:03 PM

Utilizar las Nuevas Tecnologías en la escuela de forma responsable.

Luis Ocampo's curator insight, April 27, 2016 8:44 PM
There are adavantages and disadvantages of implementing technology in the classroom. One of these advantages is that we can find countless resources for enhacing the learning process and making our lessons more fun and effective. However, technology can also be a distraction if the teacher does not know how to implement it in the correct way.
Filipe Cálix's curator insight, May 1, 2016 4:55 PM
Nem receitas nem verdades absolutas. Conhecer o contexto, ponderar e decidir com sensatez é o mínimo exigível quando se trata de agir em favor da educação.
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5 Elements of Crafting a Compelling Story

5 Elements of Crafting a Compelling Story | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
If you want to captivate readers of non-fiction, you need to know how to craft compelling stories. Read this article to find out exactly how to do craft stories.
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A very interesting article about storytellin, especially for UPF master students who will be teaching next year
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Native English-speaking teachers: always the right choice? | British Council

Native English-speaking teachers: always the right choice? | British Council | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
There are perceptions that native speakers of English make better English language teachers.
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In complete agreement!! Well, it couldn't b otherwise ;-)
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myk's curator insight, March 25, 2016 5:46 PM
In complete agreement!! Well, it couldn't b otherwise ;-)
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Supporting Deeper Learning in the Classroom

Supporting Deeper Learning in the Classroom | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
For today’s students to effectively compete in the global workforce, they must develop the skills, understandings, and mindsets necessary to prepare them for the careers and challenges of tomorrow. This means more than learning to read and write – it means being able to master academic content and apply that knowledge across contexts in a meaningful way.

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Good visual approach into a more inovative teaching focus. Download the complete report as an ebook.

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Peta White's curator insight, March 19, 2016 3:55 AM

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Atika MOKHFI's curator insight, March 20, 2016 6:07 AM

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Dr. Caroline B. Laurens's curator insight, March 25, 2016 6:26 AM

Download the complete report as an ebook.

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The Seven Types of Creative Teachers

The Seven Types of Creative Teachers | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
When you the word “creative,” you might think of a painter or a playwright or an author or a photographer or a filmmaker or a chef. In other words, yo...
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Let's take a closer look on how we innovate... or let's just check if we do
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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, March 8, 2016 3:10 AM
Let's take a closer look on how we innovate... or let's just check if we do
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Building an Educational App? Read This First (EdSurge News)

Building an Educational App? Read This First (EdSurge News) | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Over the next four years, nearly a billion students will enter middle and high school, and if recent projections are accurate, most of them will have a smartphone in their pocket. These students will decide what apps they use and when they use them, and could potentially take large parts of their education into their own hands.

Despite this potential, there are few break-out apps that cater directly to students. The education app charts are led by games and classroom tools, and the largest student-focused apps—Duolingo, Quizlet, and recently PhotoMath—only serve a thin slice of student needs, leaving huge potential for new entrants.

We’ve spent the last two years at Socratic studying how students learn with the Internet. In hopes of inspiring the development of more student-focused apps, we’d like to share some of our insights about how students use their phones while studying today.

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Interesting report... very solid!!

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Jukka Sormunen's curator insight, February 28, 2016 4:14 AM

Main points and some thoughts from Klassikka.


  1. Battery life is everything

  2. Photos are the quickest way to share content

  3. Students treat their phones like a tutor, not a textbook

  4. Today’s educational content is painful to consume on mobile devices

  5. Friends teach each other over chat


We are using already fourth school year OnEdu learning solution and going to start using next generation OnEdu 2.0 platform in next few weeks among first schools in the World and hope meet as platform users the most keypoints which @cjpedregal mentioned in his blog post. There is also good pings for publishers and learning material creators.


Also to keep in mind that Mobie Ltd. offers also Mobile Tablets for students which are great from k12 to University level. Students have been very happy with their hybrid solution like Mobie M11. Powerful Windows 10, easy to carry, good camera and battery life is for full day of study in University.


We think in Klassikka that OnEdu is the best solution out there and so is IMAILE.EU in it`s report where they compared 72 learning platforms in the World. OnEdu is on top 5 now in the World and is the only one from EU area.If interested more about report, ask @mobieoy


OnEdu is also only platform where publishers are creating html5 mobile friendly materials for students and OnEdu Social platform itself works like facebook to allowing students make groups and having conversations with you mate students.


OnEdu offers school large variation on publishing Mobile friendly Zine publications like school newspaper, teacher preparation publications, school guidebooks, safety booklets and what is most powerful for students, they can do it themselves! In @klassikka we have more than 50 different publication at the moment and that comes with extra costs in OnEdu learning platform.


Here is some school magazines created by students to look up.

https://klassikka.onedu.fi/web/non-solum-julkaisut-2014-2015/

Sylvain Verstrepen's curator insight, February 28, 2016 12:51 PM

ajoutez votre perspicacité ...

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, February 28, 2016 3:55 PM

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