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Best tools and reflections to introduce creative and collaborative learning in education... especially in ESL
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Warmers and fillers for the online classroom - EnglishUp

Warmers and fillers for the online classroom - EnglishUp | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

The online classroom can at times seem like a very cold space and building a supportive and friendly environment for students while getting a clear idea of their capabilities can be quite challenging. Having some zero preparation activities up your sleeve to get students speaking can be a real benefit. 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 26, 2014 5:02 AM

Some tips for worming up the online classroom.

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50 Apps for the Foreign Language Classroom - teachingwithipad.org

50 Apps for the Foreign Language Classroom - teachingwithipad.org | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

"I enjoy discussing iPad and other edtech resources with my colleague and friend Sylvia Duckworth almost every week through Twitter. Sylvia is a leader in the French teaching community in Canada, and has created an enormous amount of resources for language teachers to use. I asked her if she wanted to collaborate on this post, and she quickly agreed to do so. Below is a list of iPad apps that we both use in our language classrooms. The ones marked with an * are the essential, must-have ones. We have divided the list into two categories: Content consumption apps and content creation apps."

 


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Interesting collection of well-chosen apps for the classroom or even for home with Mum and Dad!!

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Sprites - Create Infographics

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Sprites is a free tool for creating beautiful animated infographics for the Web.

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Very easy tool to create infographics... use it to show information and describe it. Good for ELT!! Make students speak!!

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Raluca Luana Gaiseanu's curator insight, May 28, 2014 3:47 AM

Keep searching for a good free infographic tool, that will make my "life" easier. Today, Sprites is tested :) Brand new app, so let's criticize. :D

Amy Burns's curator insight, June 3, 2014 6:18 AM

Interesting variation on infographic creations.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, June 4, 2014 5:55 PM
Easy to Use

With a good set of visual elements and built-in themes composing your infographic becomes super-easy.

Free and Open

The basic version of Sprites is absolutely free for everybody and all infographics are released under Creative Commons license.

Embracing the Web

Everything in Sprites is 100% HTML5-based and plugin-free. There's no Flash or any other proprietary technology used.

Fully Scalable

Sprites infographics utilize the newest responsive design techniques and should look good on pretty much any device.

Mobile-Ready

We try to make Sprites infographics shine on as many platforms as possible. You can already try it on your iPhone and iPad.

Developer-Friendly

The JavaScript SDK plus the guidelines on making your own themes are available atgithub.com/spritesapp.

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A new writing app for the L2 classroom

A new writing app for the L2 classroom | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
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Who says we can't improve our writing with apps?

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mary m martin's curator insight, May 7, 2014 1:12 PM

Great writing app for middle school and high school students.

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Buried treasure from the BBC: Pronunciation activities

Buried treasure from the BBC: Pronunciation activities | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
I was hunting around the Aladdin's cave that is the BBC Learning English website and stumbled across these two gems - "Better speaking" and "First sight, second thoughts", which are both great reso...

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 20, 2014 4:49 AM

A little buried criticism of the BBC site here - lots of materials/resources, but not always easy to find ...

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engVid · Learn English for Free

engVid · Learn English for Free | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Learn English for free with hundreds of video lessons by experienced native-speaker teachers. English Grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, IELTS, TOEFL, writing, and more.
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EngVid... another good possibility to practice listening skills. Many free interesting videos!!

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Marta Torán's curator insight, February 25, 2014 2:17 PM

Aprender inglés gratis con cientos de video lecciones con profesores nativos.

HHBK's curator insight, October 9, 2014 4:03 PM

Video

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Transcribe audio from interviews

Transcribe audio from interviews | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
A free HTML5 app to take the pain out of transcribing interviews. Useful for journalists, academics and anyone else transcribing audio. And it's open source, too.

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Emma Lozano's curator insight, February 10, 2014 2:47 PM

Herramienta para transcribir vídeos y audio.

Aguilar Dominique's curator insight, February 26, 2014 1:28 PM

Indispensable et fabuleux pour faciliter les interviews .

Les plans de relève lors de départs en retraite s'en trouvent facilités.

Eva Lacroix's curator insight, March 12, 2014 1:28 PM

Un outil permettant de réaliser assez rapidement et de façon très simple des transcriptions. Je ne sais pas si c'est limité en durée / poids, mais aussi bien l'audio que la vidéo semble fonctionner. Génial quoi !

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50 Resources to Use Animation as a Teaching Tool

50 Resources to Use Animation as a Teaching Tool | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

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Very good article with links to useful sites for those who believe innovation and motivation can go hand in hand.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 17, 2014 5:23 AM

Create your own animations for your classes using these tools.

Dr. Gordon Dahlby's curator insight, January 17, 2014 9:38 AM

Would like to see the list pruned to those software programs and applications in an age-appropriate list for students to use to represent/explore their own learning.  Animation makers, not consumers.

Tonya D Harris's curator insight, January 27, 2014 5:49 PM

List of recommended resources to" purchase" for amination teaching tools under $50 and some are free. Good source for ideas you can use. 

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English news and easy articles for students of English

English news and easy articles for students of English | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
We write news in three different levels of English. We want to help you understand English more. Now all students can enjoy reading and listening to news.

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A nice way to enhance our students' reading skills through the language of news... Thanks, Sue Dreger!!

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Susan's comment, December 10, 2013 3:45 AM
You're welcome everyone!
Helen Davies's comment, December 10, 2013 6:46 AM
Hmm - I may be wrong but this seems to be a paying resource - just discovered this after signing up.
Judith Morais's curator insight, December 28, 2013 7:22 PM

This is one resource I will be using. The three levels are quite distinct. level 1has a few difficult words. I'd be interested to see what level 0 looks like (they are working on that now).

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Reviews of Safe Sites for Children | Best Kids Websites

Reviews of Safe Sites for Children | Best Kids Websites | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Reviews of the safest & highest quality sites for children. Categories include math, dinosaurs, homework help, history, parents, sports & science.
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Apps galore... very well categorized and with clear guides to search for them... a good source of information!!

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Voice of America - Learn American English with VOA Learning English

Voice of America - Learn American English with VOA Learning English | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Learn American English with English language lessons from Voice of America. VOA Learning English helps you learn English with vocabulary, listening and comprehension lessons through daily news and interactive English learning activities.

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I'm a Britenglish lover ;-) , but this site offers very good resources for learners... Worth using!!

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Katja Kranjec's curator insight, October 12, 2013 10:58 AM

Students can practise their English by reading adapted news articles and listening to captioned videos.

Jorge Leal's curator insight, November 27, 2013 2:44 PM

I tried it

Gary Harwell's curator insight, December 4, 2013 12:41 AM

Are we making this resource av ailable for our students?

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The 23 Best Game-Based Education Resources for 2014 | Edudemic

The 23 Best Game-Based Education Resources for 2014 | Edudemic | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Edudemic has covered game-based learning and gamification in the classroom on numerous occasions in the past. When learning becomes a game, it’s an enjoyable, effective experience for students and teachers alike. We’ve curated 23 of the best game-based education resources for 2014. If your class hasn’t gotten its game on yet, then now is the time.

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The more background we have, the better the outcome!

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, November 18, 2014 3:04 PM

This article shares over 20 different game-based resources to help you get started with adding game elements into your courses. Have you added any of these to your courses already?

Luigina Sgarro's curator insight, December 5, 2014 4:38 AM

Enjoy learning!

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, January 8, 9:53 PM

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/melaniestegman/immune-defense-video-game-join-the-oldest-battle-o is missing here.

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Learn It In 5 - Home

Learn It In 5 - Home | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
How-To videos that help you learn what is Web 2.0, and strategies for using Web 2.0 technology in the digital classroom - all in 5 minutes or less
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A very good source of inspiration!!

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Top 10 Websites for Teaching Grammar To Your Students

Top 10 Websites for Teaching Grammar To Your Students | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Here is a list of top ten websites for teaching or learning grammar lessons.

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Useful list, indeed!!

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Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, May 24, 2014 7:30 PM

They are very helpful.

Mita Jordan's curator insight, June 1, 2014 4:28 AM

A quite useful list

John O'Connor's curator insight, February 7, 7:09 PM

Some useful sites to link to your flipped classroom activities.

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Anglotopia.net - The Website for People Who Love Britain - Anglophiles

Anglotopia.net - The Website for People Who Love Britain - Anglophiles | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
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That's for me!!! And also for teachers and learners!!
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Tackk — Content Creation + Sharing

Tackk — Content Creation + Sharing | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Quickly publish and share your message with one simple page. No signup, just easy, beautiful design.

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Time for thoughts and ideas clearly expressed!!

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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, March 31, 2014 4:29 PM

A new social media venue to offer the things I love to share. Visit me at Art and Bytes on tackk.com.

Denise Cruz's curator insight, April 4, 2014 2:51 PM

Ms. Cruz's students

Amy Boyce Malloy's curator insight, April 11, 2014 1:04 PM

Another tool to check out! #contentmarketing

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10 Major Technology Trends in Education -- THE Journal

10 Major Technology Trends in Education -- THE Journal | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
According to the latest data, video for homework is on the rise; mobile computing is "beyond the tipping point"; and most kids don't use traditional computers to connect to the Internet at home. Those are just three of the major trends revealed in the 2013 Speak Up Survey from Project Tomorrow.

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Wayan Eka Budiartha's curator insight, March 6, 2014 4:56 AM

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Monty Bell's curator insight, March 6, 2014 10:23 AM

Most of this we already know, but the data helps clarify for educators the need to look forward and how tech is woven into what we do, how we teach and how we learn. 

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, March 7, 2014 10:21 AM

Interesting ideas about where education is headed!  Keeping up with the technology may be difficult but necessary.  

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Learn English | Australia Plus

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With a focus on Asia and the Pacific, Radio Australia offers an Australian perspective. Our content on radio, web, mobile and through social media encourages conversation and the sharing of ideas between Australians and the diverse people and cultures of the Asia Pacific.
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A diverse range of free resources covering different ESL/EFL skills... worth a look!!

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BBC - Skillswise - English

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BBC Skillswise enables adults to improve reading, writing and number skills. Level one and entry level three literacy and numeracy resources - worksheets, quizzes and games.
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The British Library

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The British Library’s collections on Flickr Commons offer access to millions of public domain images, which we encourage you to explore and re-use. The release of these collections into the public...
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Images galore! A chance to find copyright-free images for our projects or even for our students' narrative!!

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Game-Based Learning: Resource Roundup

Game-Based Learning: Resource Roundup | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Resources by Topic:

Games in the Classroom
Tips and Tools to Get Started
Using Games for Learning and Assessment
Engaging Students with Innovative Programs
Games for Social Good
Straightforward Ga
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Good compendium of articles and links in a comprehensive showcase of all we need to understand the use of videogames in the classroom.

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Made With Play: Game-Based Learning Resources

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Edutopia's Made With Play series takes a look at game-like learning principles in action and commercial games in real classrooms -- and offers tips and tools for bringing them into your own practice.
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Very good pool of articles and resources for teachers who want to introduce games in their students' learning process.

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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, November 15, 2013 6:45 AM

Useful articles for proactive teachers

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free lesson plans

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Free lesson plans for teachers and students of English as a second language, with interesting articles, great videos, new vocabulary and idioms, learning and teaching tips, and so much more

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Good source of materials and ideas!!!! Thanks, Sue!!

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Susan's curator insight, July 10, 2013 8:00 AM

I can't resist putting this site up here even if it's more geared towards teaching English and not so much anything 'techy'.  It's really well done and the author has done a great job of personalising the lessons and finding topics which will genuinely engage the reader.  If you consider that all the resources are online and there are some videos within the lessons, it may just pass as techy?  In any case, a good resource is a good resource so I hope some of you teachers find it a good scoop!