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'Speaking key to language fluency'

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A language teaching expert has stressed that speaking is the most crucial skill to master the fluency of a language.
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Speaking: Paramount challenge!

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Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves

Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves | 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

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How to use content curation in helping our students build their learning an enrich it.

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Audrey's curator insight, March 21, 7:30 PM

Curating is about finding and selecting information in order to learn about a subject. Youngsters can be encouraged to do this  pre-school.  This motivational 21st century skill can be encouraged at home. with educational games toys and and books which stimulates interest.  For example children can learn about  science by interacting with Chemistry Lab; Horrible Science - explosive experiments; Newton's Cradle and Science Museum.  By the time they get to school they are already full of curiosity and ready to increase their knowledge.  Audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 30, 9:27 AM

By Robin Good,

Here's a short first-hand report highlighting how an 8th grade social studies class teacher (Terri Inloes) has fully leveraged the content curation potential to let her students dive, discover and make sense of topics (in this case social reform movements) that they had not studied before. All by themselves.


Here the steps taken to make this happen:


a) By using the Question Formulation Technique, the teacher prepared pairs of photographs representing each of the reform movements, one picture dating back to the late 19th century, and another representing where that social reform movement stands in today’s society. 


b) After checking out all of the photos, students settled on the pair of pictures that most caught their interest.


c) They brainstormed and refined a set of specific questions, and then shared their thinking with the class. 

d) With the feedback received they selected the topic which they would curate. 

e) At this point students planned their research strategies. By using 5 different graphic organizers from the book Q Tasks, by Carol Koechlin and Sandi Zwaan, students were allowed to choose the one that they thought would help them the most in planning their keyword search strategies. 


f) Students were assigned WordPress blogs and provided basic instructions on how to use them to 

curate and publish their research work.


g) Discovery and real learning kicked in as students proceeded in collaborative groups to research and document their chosen topic. 


You can see some of the outcomes that this assignment produced right here:


General Conclusions

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/2014/02/24/conclusion-3/


Voting Rights Inequality

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/


Mental Health Treatment
http://tmsorangementalhealthcaretreatments.d20blogs.org/


Prohibition Acts

http://tmsorangeprohibitionacts.d20blogs.org/ 

 



A very inspiring example of content curation can be effectively applied in the classroom with impressive results. 


Highly recommended. 9/10


Thanks to Nancy White of Innovations in Education for participating, writing and reporting about it.

 Thanks to Robin Good for the fine summary in this insight.
The ideas here offer a great classroom challenge to students.{Monica}
Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 8, 2:57 PM

Important 21st century skills

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Open Textbook - An Open Resource on Digital Literacy for Educators, Teachers and Schools

Open Textbook - An Open Resource on Digital Literacy for Educators, Teachers and Schools | 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

There are practical guides to help facilitate accessibility for a wide audience and a visual map of resources that are hyperlinked to content to aid navigation. Suggestions of how to use this resource are offered as starting points for you to explore the themes, issues, literature and content and there is guidance to help you re-use this content within your own practice.


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Digital literacy for teachers... let us not forget it is as important as students'

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delta14's curator insight, March 12, 11:04 PM

Se ofrece una colección de materiales didácticos , así como guías de utilización de libre uso con la característica de que se pueden adecuar al contexto de trabajo.

Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, March 13, 9:51 AM

Wonderful Open Textbook.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, March 13, 8:10 PM

It looks like a great starting place for teaching and learning resources for your educational environment.

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50 Resources to Use Animation as a Teaching Tool

50 Resources to Use Animation as a Teaching Tool | 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, 5:23 AM

Create your own animations for your classes using these tools.

Dr. Gordon Dahlby's curator insight, January 17, 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, 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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The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects

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"We’ve clarified the difference between projects and project-based learning before. Projects are about the product, while project-based learning is about the process."


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Easy approach, reeeeeally useful!!

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David Donat's curator insight, November 4, 2013 2:11 PM

Quatre paraules per explicar l'essència de l'aprenentatge basat en projectes (PBL) a partir d'una bona infografia difosa des de Twiter (https://twitter.com/paulscurtis/status/390188798618771456/photo/1) en la que s'incideix en les diferències respecte d'alguns "projectes" que de vegades emprenem des dels centres educatius.

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, November 11, 2013 8:31 AM

Not research per se, but it's an interesting prompt towards thinking carefully about uilding projects for education. There are may things to think about to make a project a really good, worthwhile learning experience. 

Miles McGeehan's curator insight, November 11, 2013 10:28 AM

I completely concur.  Excellent graphic.

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What 'Connected Education' Looks Like: 28 Examples From Teachers All Over

What 'Connected Education' Looks Like: 28 Examples From Teachers All Over | 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Steal these ideas! We invited anyone who has ever blogged for The Learning Network to post an example of “connected teaching” or “connected learning.” Read their wonderful responses, then tell us how you’d answer the question.
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Splendid examples!!

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Nik's QuickShout: Create Online Social Interaction Around Videos

Nik's QuickShout: Create Online Social Interaction Around Videos | 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Grockit provides a really simple and fast way to build social tasks and interaction around any video from YouTube and it does it in a way that is much more suitable for delivery to students, as the interface removes many of the distractions that a direct link to YouTube would include.


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Nik provides with a very good set of guidelines in the use of Grockit... a tool teachers should seriously consider

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 30, 2013 3:43 AM

Some tips and instructions on how to make video a bit more interactive.

roberto gilli's comment, September 30, 2013 4:04 AM
The idea is good but I fear that the interface is too complex. Firt I should focus on the video and later on Q&A and discussions.
robyns tut's curator insight, September 30, 2013 6:39 AM

This could help with the education article. About how people learn, it's a new twist on interactive learning.    -tanah

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Creating interactive video on the iPad

Creating interactive video on the iPad | 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

I think this kind of tool can be really beneficial for creating flipped learning or video orientated learning as the speaker can guide learners to various learning resources on the web. They can also embed visual support for language learners such as text and images and even write over the video as though it were a whiteboard.


Via Nik Peachey
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Good tool indeed!! Thanks, Nik!! Creative and fostering commitment to create solid materials for teaching and learning!

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Diana Montes's curator insight, September 9, 2013 2:25 PM

Una poderosa App con la que se puede hacer video para enseñar, para los que tienen Ipad  :D

Dionisio Perez's curator insight, September 18, 2013 9:23 PM

La creatividad usando las nuevas tecnologías.

Ali Anani's curator insight, January 17, 12:54 AM

Videos are growing exponentially in importance as an effective communication tool.

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5 Videos That Describe New Learning

5 Videos That Describe New Learning | 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
These five videos help describe new learning, including project-based learning, game-based learning, and mobile learning.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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And they are really worth watching!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 8, 2013 12:11 PM

Learning is learning.

LundTechIntegration's curator insight, August 9, 2013 10:06 AM

Great videos that inspire us to help our kids become 21st Century Learners. 

Tom McGuire's comment, August 10, 2013 9:46 AM
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PD Anytime -10 Education Podcasts from EdReach

PD Anytime -10 Education Podcasts from EdReach | 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Because you don’t need anything more than a computer, a mic and internet access, more and more stakeholders in education are finding the value in not only listening, but recording great podcasts.
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Educational podcasts are an inspiring source of information always at hand. here's a good list of some of these podcasts for us to listen to anywhere anytime.

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Five Reasons I Love Using QR Codes in My Classroom

Five Reasons I Love Using QR Codes in My Classroom | 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
There are so many tools that educators can use to get students interested and engaged in their work. Like most teachers today, I integrate technology into my instruction everyday. I'm lucky to work i
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Good initial insight for newbies!!

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Dating game

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Nice way to introduce dating as a communicative issue!

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Susan Kelly's curator insight, May 15, 2013 6:50 AM

My students seem too shy to tackle this, even though our current unit is on men and women, dating and such.

James Ramirez's curator insight, November 7, 2013 4:52 PM

Seems interesting

And fun

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Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion | Video on TED.com

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect...
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A talk every teacher MUST watch!! Future teachers should take it as their main leading light! Good for Rita!!!

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Modifying the Flipped Classroom: The "In-Class" Version

Modifying the Flipped Classroom: The "In-Class" Version | 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
So. You've tried flipping your class, and it didn't go well. Or you've heard about flipping and want to try the approach, but you're pretty sure it won't work in your school. Don't give up yet -- wit
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A different approach to the flipped classroom.

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Minecraft en el aula | Nuevas tecnologías aplicadas a la educación | Educa con TIC

Minecraft en el aula | Nuevas tecnologías aplicadas a la educación | Educa con TIC | 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
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Good example of best practices. How to use Minecraft in the classroom (in Spanish)

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10 Social Media Tips for Reaching World Language Learners

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Feeling outdated, not connected, or even totally lost in the digital age? Well, let me assure you, droning on and on about grammatical structures is a surefire way to quickly lose student interest in
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As the intro says... time to move on and take up a more dynamic approach... this article by edutopia provides with a solid springboard for rookies.

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Introducing Tablets with Google Play for Education

Schools in Hillsborough, New Jersey were among the first to try out Nexus 7 tablets with Google Play for Education. See the difference it made for students, ...
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Time for the great leap forward!!!!

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Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement

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A twelve-year teaching veteran and a California regional Teacher of the Year, Heather Wolpert-Gawron's musings on educational policy, curriculum design, and daily school life can also be read at www
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A must for those who still have doubts about coming changes... (Coming?... They are here!!!)

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Learning Language Through Drama

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Drama is a great way to help English Language Learners (ELL). Watch a video that shows how Ms. Ellis uses drama to promote English language development to her ELL students.
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Inspiration and ideas galore!!

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All Things Google eBook ~ Teq

All Things Google eBook ~ Teq | 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Teq’s latest eBook! Whether you’re brand new to Google’s education tools or are just looking for some extra tips and tricks, this eBook will help you make the most of all things Google in your classroom!

This eBook contains information on:

Improving your Google SearchUsing Google DriveAssessments with Google FormsHow to use Google Earth

Free registration required
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Ideas galore!!

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Santosh Kumar Nair's comment, September 26, 2013 11:43 PM
Please send me the url / facebook page from where I can download.
TWoA_IT's comment, September 27, 2013 12:16 AM
http://teq.sites.hubspot.com/all-things-google-ebook-0?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9XV4l_LioB5GJXvv2fKbk6FvIAH2j7UZjSpOefIyRyJ-zIgMSh6DSbItrdgEMxoOaeRDuPA5MCNE3aYbG5ZwsOj4JOJg&_hsmi=10373108
Mack James's curator insight, September 28, 2013 5:50 AM

Using google to enhance learning in the classroom. GREAT INFORMATION !!!!

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TED winner Mitra warns teachers to be ready for change

TED winner Mitra warns teachers to be ready for change | 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Newcastle, the United Kingdom. This is where Sugata Mitra, this year’s TED award winner lives and teaches. Thanks to him, millions of children in the poorest areas of the world are now…

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Like it or not, things are moving in one direction, and that is where Mitra is pointing at!

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Alexandra Guité's comment, August 17, 2013 1:01 PM
So inspiring!
Alexandra Guité's curator insight, August 17, 2013 1:02 PM

"Professor Mitra is a Physicist and teaches Educational Technology at Newcastle University. Some years ago he had a revolutionary idea: “The Hole in the wall”. He installed computers in the streets of the slums of India and observed that children organize by themselves and learn naturally. So have we all a teacher’s soul inside us?''

Daniel Moix's curator insight, August 18, 2013 9:39 AM

The Granny Cloud.  What an inspiring notion!

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Learning Theories for the Digital Age

A slidedeck created for the ELESIG webinar on 9 May, 2013 hosted by Nottingham University
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Food for thought! Nice presentation with some good ideas on the different learning theories en vogue today.

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Are Kids Who Make Their Own Video Games Better Prepared For The Digital Future?

Are Kids Who Make Their Own Video Games Better Prepared For The Digital Future? | 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
"Stemville" a game created by STEM challenge winner, Nicolas Badila (Middle School). It is easier than you might think for kids to make their own video games. Gamestar Mechanic is a great web based place for younger children to start.
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Good reflection... how far must we go with games in learning? As far as possible!

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Future Models of Learning - Debate

Future Models of Learning - Debate | 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Does new technology conflict with or complement established teaching and learning? What is the impact on the teaching profession as we have traditionally known it? Will the power of the internet, with new innovations such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), create an unstoppable ‘avalanche’ of education reform, or are these reforms a false revolution? Can the value of face-to-face quality learning and student-teacher relationships ever really be questioned, at any level of education? Will the class room, lecture theatre, and traditional notion of education space – schools and universities – be usurped by a screen, online and distance learning, or alternative spaces such as the workplace, home, or concert-hall?


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Food for thought! I think we can't underestimate these new trends breaking into our classrooms... at least in order to be able to see if they will definitely come here to stay.

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, June 18, 2013 9:48 PM

The discussion is more than a hour so make sure you're comfortable before you start viewing.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 3, 2013 11:03 AM

It should complement. Art and the French language provide a word for what should happen: bricolage. Bricolage is the blending of two materials, in this case traditional and new pedagogy, in ways that might infuse them. A philosophical approach might to use Gadamer and Vico to discuss sensus communis which is the common sense of a community based on wisdom and creativity.

 

The format is interesting as it is similar to a Ethnograhic Futures Research format gone viral.

Pamela Bartar's curator insight, July 5, 2013 4:27 AM

expert knowledge for everybody - remembers me on the recent past of creativity and makes me think on Berlin.....

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10 Reasons why Songs with Subtitles make Sense | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC


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It's never too late to go over basics... nice article!

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