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Best tools and reflections to introduce creative and collaborative learning in education... especially in ESL
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Tour Builder - Bobby Lake

Check out how Teacher Bobby Lake uses Tour Builder to bring together education and technology. Watch the video to see how he brings history to life for hi
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If you skip the Gym part, the video is really inspiring ;-)
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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, 2016 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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'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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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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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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Ten Reasons New Teachers Aren't Using Technology | Spencer Ideas

Ten Reasons New Teachers Aren't Using Technology | Spencer Ideas | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

When asked about the importance of educational technology, only a few rated it as important. I'd love to say that this is because technology has become normal and ubiquitous. However, that doesn't seem to be the case. Many of the future teachers said things like, "technology is a great thing when it works," or "I did fine without technology" or even "I think it's distracting to real learning."


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As Nik Peachey says... it does not apply only to new teachers

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 10, 2015 1:01 AM

I don't think this just applies to new teachers.

Kim Flintoff's comment, November 10, 2015 9:13 PM
I'll just about bet the answers aren't much different than when I asked in 2001...
Ra's curator insight, November 14, 2015 7:12 PM

Good discussion starter for educators to look at their practice and those that are training the teachers. 

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100 Videos and Counting: Lessons From a Flipped Classroom | Edutopia

100 Videos and Counting: Lessons From a Flipped Classroom | Edutopia | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
After making 100 videos, a veteran flipped learning educator reflects on what he's learned: keep it simple, employ differentiated instruction tools, and respect students' schedules.
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How to flip... sound advice from an expert!

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The Ultimate Guide to Gamifying Your Classroom | Edudemic

The Ultimate Guide to Gamifying Your Classroom | Edudemic | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Gamification is the process by which teachers use video game design principals in learning environments. The effects are increased student engagement, class wide enjoyment of academic lessons, and high levels of buy-in, even from your most reluctant learners.

When gamifying a classroom there are several things you’ll need to consider. The first is content, as in what are you trying to teach? Like any lesson or unit plan, you’ll need to figure out how to organize and assess new material. You’ll also need to consider your students. What kind of learners are they? What information do they already know? You’ll need to have a basic understanding of your students’ technology skills and how much support each student may need. You’ll want to consider putting together a training manual or some other support system for students who may need extra help. You’ll also need to consider your own comfort level with technology and the actual technology available to you. These considerations may lead you to designing your own game, or relying one a template or already built quest.

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A good summary with everything there is to know about gamification.

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Mª Jesús García S.M.'s curator insight, October 2, 2015 1:37 AM

#Gammification

Very interesting considerations

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Why online teaching liberates ESL teachers

Why online teaching liberates ESL teachers | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Inspired by her talk at Innovate ELT, guest blogger Jaime Miller of English Success Academy looks at the reasons and pluses for getting into teaching online.

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Worth reading!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 19, 2015 7:41 AM

Nice blog post about being an online English teacher.

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Warmers and fillers for the online classroom - EnglishUp

Warmers and fillers for the online classroom - EnglishUp | Creative 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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Usefuuuuuuul!!!

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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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How to Minimize Digital Classroom Distractions

How to Minimize Digital Classroom Distractions | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Here are some proven techniques for keeping students from using digital devices inappropriately in your classroom Classroom technologies such as smartphones, tablets, computers, and wireless intern...
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Necessary, indeed!!!

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Designing for Emergence: The Role of the Instructor in Student-Centered Learning

Designing for Emergence: The Role of the Instructor in Student-Centered Learning | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

I believe in student-centered learning, and I believe there is huge potential for this kind of learning to occur in online environments. But the instructor is a key element of that learning, and we need to talk more explicitly about what her role is and the specific ways she negotiates and leverages her authority, guidance, and presence to design learning environments in which emergence is possible.


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That seems to be the way things will happen... time to adapt!!

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Helen Teague's curator insight, August 24, 2014 9:11 PM

Many highlights but especially this post distinguishes between Lave & Wenger’s communities of practiceand Brown & Campione’s communities of learners, explaining that communities of practice emerge naturally because the community members have a common interest, whereas communities of learners are designed by instructors to put students in situations where they will engage in active and distributed learning. --featuring the research of Filitsa Dingyloudi

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 25, 2014 12:02 AM

El aprendizaje centrado en el estudiante.

Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 26, 2014 8:36 AM

Un cuestionamiento interesante: "El aprendizaje centrado en el alumno es una excelente propuesta, pero el instructor es un elemento clave en estas formas de trabajo; es necesario explicitar su rol y las formas en que pondrá en práctica sus orientaciones y presencia en el diseño de ambientes de aprendizaje"

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The Evolving Role of the Teacher

The Evolving Role of the Teacher | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

More teachers today are providing opportunities for their students to connect and learn in powerful ways. There is an increasing focus on collaboration, competency-based learning, use of open resources, project-based learning, and learning environments are shifting to support these new opportunities. These shifts are accelerated by access to technology that has transformed how we learn and interact with one another.


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Relevant ideas to be considered!
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Silvia Uzal Rguez.'s curator insight, December 14, 2016 4:40 PM
#SCEUNED16
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, December 16, 2016 8:36 AM
This is a new paradigm shift within ESL /ELL role of the teacher.
Almudena's curator insight, December 26, 2016 4:11 AM
The role of the teacher
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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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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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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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Strategies and Resources for Supporting English-Language Learners

Strategies and Resources for Supporting English-Language Learners | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
As the number of English-language learners grows, teachers must focus on the most essential content and most efficient delivery of instruction.
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Extremely useful page from our always helpful Edutopian editors!

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Learning by Doing: A Teacher Transitions Into PBL | Edutopia

Learning by Doing: A Teacher Transitions Into PBL | Edutopia | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
For a successful PBL unit, set clear goals, over plan, make students accountable, give concrete deadlines, share rubrics in advance, and reflect on your methods.
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Still hesitant? Here are the basics!! PBL from scratch

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Maria Herrera Chain's curator insight, October 22, 2015 4:49 AM

#SCEUNED15 Que fácil seria si todos lo viéramos así.

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Sharp online student has smart advice for Blended Teachers

Sharp online student has smart advice for Blended Teachers | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Editors' Note: We asked San Jose high school sophomore Audrey Mullen to share how she and her peers actually use various edtech tools and how they really feel about their teachers’ blended learning approaches. The result is a straight-from-the-source playbook that no blend ed teacher--or entrepreneu

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Extremely realistic, and honestly useful for us teachers!!!!

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, October 6, 2015 5:39 AM

Well worth reading....

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, October 6, 2015 1:40 PM

I don't like the snide tone of this article, but the advice is dead on! 

NancyEvans@ATS-LU's curator insight, October 7, 2015 2:49 PM

This insightful student says a lot about facilitating a blended class.

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Creativity in the English language classroom | EnglishAgenda | British Council

Creativity in the English language classroom | EnglishAgenda | British Council | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

The activities will help teachers to explore the role of creativity in the classroom both in the sense of helping students to express their unique creative identity and also by helping them to think about and use language in a creative way. The activities are suitable for a broad range of students from young to old and from low to higher levels and can be used alongside your existing syllabus and course materials to enhance your students’ experience of learning English.


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Zarah Gagatiga's curator insight, July 30, 2015 9:11 PM

This is GOOD. Get it! It's free!

 

Pilar Moral's curator insight, August 3, 2015 7:24 AM

A free ebook.

Angela Mitchell's curator insight, August 5, 2015 7:12 PM

A free ebook.

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Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach

Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
A mountain of evidence indicates that educators have been painfully slow to use technology to change and improve the ways they teach.

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Honest self-criticism is always healthy!!

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Debbie Rogers's curator insight, June 11, 2015 3:27 PM

let go, jump in, unleash your students and enjoy the excitement of young minds!

Scott Holcomb's curator insight, June 11, 2015 4:25 PM

Great read...

online4ed's curator insight, June 13, 2015 9:28 AM

How are you making your classes more student-centered through the use of technology tools?  

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The Technology is Brilliant but the Magic Happens When Teachers Learn to Let Go - TeacherswithApps

The Technology is Brilliant but the Magic Happens When Teachers Learn to Let Go - TeacherswithApps | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
The Technology is Brilliant but the Magic Happens When Teachers Learn to Let Go – I focus on the power of the iPad to increase students’ growth and development, self-reliance and independence, with a strong emphasis on study skills. Yes, content is a covered also, and I choose apps accordingly, yet always knowing that this powerful tool needs the guidance of an instructor who is willing to let go.  I wrote this blog quite awhile back, still seems relevant: I Know My Way Around an iPad. Here I discussed the distinction between knowing how to use an iPad and knowing how to teach lessons to a class of students with iPads in hand.

Actually teaching a class of students with iPads, is a very different scenario than any other tech integration. As comfortable as I am with technology, it is new territory teaching kids when they have the world at their fingertips and the majority of them are way more tech savvy than you or I will ever will be.

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The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning

The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning explains key ideas in game-based learning, pedagogy, implementation, and assessment. This guide makes sense of the available research and provides suggestions for practical use.
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Worth reading. Clear and helpful!

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3 Different Things You Can Do With Google Classroom - Edudemic

3 Different Things You Can Do With Google Classroom - Edudemic | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Google’s advance in the education field has brought to schools around the globe affordable devices and effortless access to educational content. Google’s latest solution for learning is called Google Classroom. Although Google Classroom will be available at the beginning of the school year to all schools that have adopted Google Apps for Education, the Mountain …
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And here is one of the first articles on how to use it!

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