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5 Amazing Facts About Reading | You Can Improve Your English!

5 Amazing Facts About Reading | You Can Improve Your English! | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

What’s the best way to improve your English? Of course, there are many ways. But big, easy reading is one of the best. And it probably has the most research and evidence to support it.

What is big, easy reading? First, you read lots of books and stories. That’s the big part. And these texts need to be right at your level. That’s the easy part. There are many different ways to talk about big, easy reading. Some people call it a “book flood.” Others call it the book-based approach. 

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Canva – Amazingly simple graphic design for blogs, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers and so much more.

Canva – Amazingly simple graphic design for blogs, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers and so much more. | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Canva makes design simple for everyone. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more.
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Helpful tool to enrich projects!!

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Born to Learn

Born to Learn is the first animation in a fascinating series aimed to provide easy-access to the exciting new discoveries constantly being made about how human minds... this one reflects on education and teenagers.

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Business English learning and teaching with podcasts in English for students learning business English

Business English learning and teaching with podcasts in English for students learning business English | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Business English podcast website for people teaching and learning English
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Nice podcasts and vodcasts. Free audios with membership service offering transcripts and downloadable exercises

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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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Tour Builder - Put your story on the map.

Tour Builder - Put your story on the map. | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Tell your stories with photos, videos and rich text on Google Earth.
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Amazing tool whereby google earth becomes a showcase of stories and journeys

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10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning)

10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning) | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult lear
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It's about engagement!!!

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Pear Deck for presentation and interaction

Pear Deck for presentation and interaction | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Plan and build interactive presentation deck directly from your Google Drive.

Launch a live, interactive session on the projector.

Every Single Learner joins the live session on his or her device and participates. It’s fun, easy, and engaging!


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More power for Google Drive. Interaction and sharing

 

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, October 7, 12:42 PM

Using Pear Deck, design your presentations and engage your students in interactive learning. Works with Google Drive. There are free and paid versions.

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TEDxBarcelonaEducation - TEDxBarcelonaEducation

TEDxBarcelonaEducation - TEDxBarcelonaEducation | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
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A time for sharing. A time to talk about a better education. Jan. 22nd 2015.

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How to Minimize Digital Classroom Distractions

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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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Welcome to Epic, A School Where Students Are Heroes On a Quest

Welcome to Epic, A School Where Students Are Heroes On a Quest | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
At Epic charter middle school in Oakland, students are immersed in a game as soon as they step into the school on the first day.
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Getting Started with Google Classroom - Instructional Tech Talk

Getting Started with Google Classroom - Instructional Tech Talk | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
When we first heard about the new LMS that Google was developing there was a widespread state of excitement – hoping that those who use Google Apps for Education and Google Drive would be rejoicing in the seamless integration of their services with a learning management system interface. Well, now that people are getting access […

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 23, 12:44 AM

Lean and free, will Google give you a course management system with legs? Take it for a walk and see. 

Mª Jesús García S.M.'s curator insight, September 4, 1:31 AM

Google Classroom - Introduction

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Classcraft - Make learning an adventure

Classcraft - Make learning an adventure | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
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If Class Dojo reintroduces the concept of rewards within an ICT environment, Classcraft improves it by turning the classroom into a sci-fi/fantasy role-play scenario. Extremely interesting to investigate!!

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Introducing ClassDojo Messenger!

Introducing ClassDojo Messenger! | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
ClassDojo Messenger: The easiest way for teachers to instantly message with parents
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A different way to communicate with parents and students in a controlled environment.

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8 Play-Based Strategies to Engage Youth in Learning

8 Play-Based Strategies to Engage Youth in Learning | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Play is something that comes naturally to young people, so why not enhance their learning opportunities by engaging them to play with purpose?
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Simple, very clarifying... tips and ideas everyone should always bear in mind.

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10 Reasons Why Students Aren't Using eTextbooks

10 Reasons Why Students Aren't Using eTextbooks | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Here are several reasons why students aren't yet warming up to the idea of e-textbooks today.


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In total agreement!

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, October 17, 9:33 AM

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Audrey's curator insight, October 18, 7:49 AM

It is  much easier to access paper material or material that you can create yourself without the complications of machine equipment, which can be inaccessible. 

 

An important part of learning and using your brain is the ability to be flexible. It will take time to make e text books flexible enough for young people to use them creatively.

Curated by Audrey for http://www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

 

Edgar Mata's curator insight, October 18, 3:29 PM

¿Por qué lo estudiantes no utilizan libros de texto electrónicos?

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How-To: Link Audio Recordings to QR Codes - Class Tech Tips

How-To: Link Audio Recordings to QR Codes - Class Tech Tips | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

"Audio recordings can definitely support students who have trouble reading directions or need extra help with new vocabulary words.  I’ve shared one way to make QR codes talk to students but if you’d like to add your own voice to a QR code, here’s how:"


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Enriching QR codes turns them into an even more powerful educational tool.

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, October 13, 11:46 AM

Here are steps on how to link audio recordings to QR codes. Could this help students "read" their course announcements, by listening to them instead?

Ramon Pavia's curator insight, October 14, 5:38 AM

Awesome educational...

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Clarisketch

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Clarisketch: Images enriched

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Take a snapshot, doodle on it and add some voice... there's some story there!!

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Kaizena · Give Great Feedback

Kaizena · Give Great Feedback | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Track and rate skills in student work

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A nice way to show students how they can improve their writing skills. Really interesting!

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162. SIR KEN ROBINSON: Full body education

162. SIR KEN ROBINSON: Full body education | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Sir Ken Robinson is a leading authority on education and creativity. A former professor of education, he now advises governments and businesses around the world and is one of the most sought-after ...
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Nice work!!!

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The Science of Storytelling

The Science of Storytelling | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Many studies show us that our brains prefer storytelling to facts.When we read facts, only the language parts of our brains work to understand the meaning. When we read a story, the language parts of our brains and any other part of the brain that we would use if we were actually experiencing what we’re reading, light up.This means that it’s easier for us to remember stories than facts. Our brains can't make major distinctions between a story we’re reading about and something we are actually doing....


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One more proof to show how important storytelling may be!

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Sacra Jáimez's curator insight, September 15, 2:10 PM

Sin duda, narrar, contar relatos en unas de ls actividades más atractivas para cualquier clase, en particular las de lenguas. Es algo común a todos los seres hulmanos. Algunos datos a tener en cuenta.

Maria Persson's curator insight, September 30, 6:49 PM

Something about telling our stories can often keep us in loops of despair and darkness but in sharing them these clouds can often lift and lead to empowerment and engagement with the world around us again!

 

This is a great infographic suggesting how physiological aspects are affected by storytelling...believe it or not - do the research and make your own mind up!

 

Commercial aspects aside and the idea of branding, how could this concept work in  educational environments? Need to give this more thought...ideas anyone - very welcome!

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, October 1, 3:55 PM

For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

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Narrable

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Narrable is a storytelling platform for students to use their voices to
share what they're learning in class and experiencing in life.
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Narrable's new version: Narrative created from the students' voices as well as the images they upload. Pure creativity!

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Video Games and the Future of the Textbook

Video Games and the Future of the Textbook | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Curriculum designers are rethinking not only the textbook, but educational content delivery in general.
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Food for thought!!

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Artefactos Multimedia (III): mapas interactivos | Nuevas tecnologías aplicadas a la educación | Educa con TIC

Artefactos Multimedia (III): mapas interactivos | Nuevas tecnologías aplicadas a la educación | Educa con TIC | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
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A very clear explanation in Spanish about the use of geolocalization in education... inspiring and direct!!

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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, September 5, 4:03 AM

Excelentes ideas para docentes experimentales

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Creating interactive narratives

Creating interactive narratives | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, September 3, 1:00 AM


Fiona Milburn talks with Ingrid Kopp, director of Digital Initiatives at the Tribeca Film Institute in New York, about creating interactive narratives.

Simon Staffans's curator insight, September 4, 5:57 AM

Interesting interview.

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A New iPad Game to Teach Argument

A New iPad Game to Teach Argument | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Learn all about Mars Generation One: Argubot Academy, a new iOS tablet game from Educator Innovator partners GlassLab and the National Writing Project. This and more in the latest Educator Innovator newsletter.
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Also good for competent ESL students who are willing to improve their speaking skills

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