Creative Tools... and ESL
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Best tools and reflections to introduce creative and collaborative learning in education... especially in ESL
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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 |

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!
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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Kahoot! | Game-based blended learning & classroom response system

Kahoot! | Game-based blended learning & classroom response system | Creative Tools... and ESL |
Kahoot! is a classroom response system which creates an engaging learning space, through a game-based digital pedagogy. Kahoot!
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A different way to make our students interact with their peers. Quizzes and tasks as challenging activities!

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 13, 2013 12:16 PM

Looks like an intriguing tool for those comfortable with mobile systems.  

Kim-Daniel Vattøy's curator insight, March 23, 2014 8:08 AM

Mobile-assisted language learning has the potential to broaden the scope of varied and creative teaching. 

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Strategies for interacting with students

Strategies for interacting with students | Creative Tools... and ESL |

Shona Whyte:

Phil Chappell has distilled this list of do's and don'ts for teachers interested in promoting learner interaction in the language classroom from Mercer and Howe's (2012) paper in Learning, Culture and Social Interaction (as he says, "publicly available for now," the link is in his blog post):


- use some ‘open’ questions to explore students’ ideas
- encourage students to put knowledge into their own words (while also offering them new vocabulary to accommodate new ideas)
- press students to elaborate and justify their views, e.g. ‘How did you know that?’, ‘Why?’, ‘Can you say a bit more?’
- allow students extended turns to express their thoughts and reveal their misunderstandings
- hold back demonstrations or explanations until the ideas of some students have been heard (so that explanations can be linked to what has been said and to issues raised)
- give students enough time to construct thoughtful answers to questions, rather than moving quickly on if they are hesitant
- use whole class discussion to help students see the point and purpose of their study of a topic
- at least sometimes, allow students’ comments to shift the direction of a discussion (and even, perhaps, of a lesson!)
- ‘model’ ways of using language to conduct rational arguments, so that students can learn by example. (Mercer & Howe, 2012, pp. 17-18).


Phil Chappell has much more to say about this in his blog post, as well as other teaching and research references.

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Curriculet - Build interaction around digital text

Curriculet - Build interaction around digital text | Creative Tools... and ESL |

Curriculet’s digital reading platform allows teachers to enrich reading by embedding their questions, quizzes and rich media directly into the reading.

Via Nik Peachey
Ricard Garcia's insight:

Amazingly easy to use. A good way to turn reading comprehension into something catchy!

Patrizia Tirel's curator insight, March 6, 2014 2:19 AM

Super...I tried once with with scrible, curriculet sounds the right tool to interact with students! I must try it....

Alexandra Koukoumialou's curator insight, March 6, 2014 3:16 AM

Definitely worth trying!

lharvey's curator insight, March 9, 2014 1:04 PM

Appears to be geared mostly toward secondary at this time.  Would love to see upper elementary text added.

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Label 59 : Add interaction to images.

Label 59 : Add interaction to images. | Creative Tools... and ESL |

Label 59 is an online browser based application that lets you label any image interactively. With its rich annotation toolset. The free version allows you to create upto 10 slides with interactive features. This is a nice tool for adding interactivity to images and using language to describe parts or processes.

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