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Best tools and reflections to introduce creative and collaborative learning in education... especially in ESL
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Sock Puppets

Sock Puppets is a highly engaging app that allows you to create your own stories with virtual sock puppets straight into your iPhone in a very easy and intuitive way.
Add Puppets, scenery, backgrounds and additional objects and start creating your story. The puppets automatically lip-synch to your voice when you touch the record button. Children can create stories and add the characters they prefer. Storytelling is probably the best way to foster writing and reading skills as well as literacy. While recording simply choose a puppet, tap it and that puppet will lip-synch, tap a different puppet and switch auto lip-synching to it. Stories can be as rich as the children’s imagination can reach. Backgrounds can be added to take puppets to different places within the story.
Children can later share their stories across the net, which makes it also highly rewarding.

Sock Puppets is free, although extra features need an upgrade (clips only last 30 sec, which could be enough for very short stories... longer stories need to be cut into different clips)

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Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning

Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

This Working Paper Series scans the globe to illuminate the ways in which mobile technologies can be used to support the United Nations Education for All Goals; respond to the challenges of particular educational contexts; supplement and enrich formal schooling; and make learning more accessible, equitable, personalized and flexible for students everywhere.


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1000 images on the tip of my tongue - trilingual directory to learn idioms

1000 images on the tip of my tongue - trilingual directory to learn idioms | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Understanding and using idioms in a foreign language helps us to communicate in a more realistic way. However, this is a difficult aspect of language learning since they differ a lot from language to language. The website 1000 images on the tip of my tongue will be a great for all those who want to learn to use idiomatic expressions. It includes idiomatic expressions in three languages (Spanish, English and French) illustrated with pictures, audio to learn to pronounce them and games to practice. 


Via Inma Alcázar, Carmen Arias
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Susana Crespo's comment, July 10, 2012 10:27 PM
I find this very interesting
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99 Reasons Teachers Rock | TeachHUB

99 Reasons Teachers Rock | TeachHUB | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Is it really so? Have a look and see why it is


Via Carmen Arias
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How Technology is Changing Students Study Habits

How Technology is Changing Students Study Habits | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

People in their 30s now are born before the technological revolution and have in a way or other learned how to use technology in their life and work. This category of people are called digital immigrants. If you are one of them then take a moment and think back to your university or college days when litttle or no technology was available.

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FlashIssue

This might be a useful tool for learners to assemble their own portfolio of online work, or for presenting the results of a collaborative project.

 

FlashIssue is a web app which allows you to easily assemble a professional-looking newsletter, by bringing together your best content as well as any article available online. 


FlashIssue can read your site RSS feed or for that matter any RSS feed you provide it with and you can pick and select from the stream of items in the feed the ones you want to include in your newsletter.

 

You can search for any topic via an integrated Google Search or provide the URL of a specific web page you want to integrate.

Once done, you can personalize the newsletter with your banner, text introduction and footer and then send it to all of your contacts in Gmail, or to your subscribers lists inside MailChimp, ConstantContact and other mail delivery services.

 

N.B.: A Google Chrome plugin also allows you to easily clip and grab any content directly from any web page and easily integrate it inside your curated newsletter.


Via Robin Good, Shona Whyte
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How a Nobody can become a Somebody

How a Nobody can become a Somebody | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

This is a great post by Raymond Morin on how Social Influence and Curation are tightly interconnected. "The key to influence is based primarily on the quality and relevance of the content offered", he writes, "Only by adding value to the maelstrom of content on the Web can a blogger reveal themselves as an influence within their network".

 

And he finishes with a precious tip: "always ask whether our contents are worth sharing".

 

This is precisely one of the drivers we had for creating Scoop.it: creating Social Media for the rest of us. Not the celebrities or the movie stars (we like them too!) but the people who - in spite of not being famous - had expertise to share. Everyone has a favorite topic they care passionately about and that is worth sharing. 

 

What is yours?


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Jux. An excellent showcase for your content

Jux. An excellent showcase for your content | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Jux is the ultimate place to share your photos, videos, words and more. It's like the IMAX of blogs. 100% immersive content. Zero crap. And of course, a splendid way for students to express their ideas, projects and information!

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Regina Dugan: Why We Should Never Fear Failure

TED Talks "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" asks Regina Dugan, then director of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. A nice talk on failure and learning.

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How Teachers Make Cell Phones Work in the Classroom

How Teachers Make Cell Phones Work in the Classroom | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
In the most ideal class settings, mobile devices disappear into the background, like markers and whiteboards, pencil and paper – not because they’re not being used, but because they’re simply tools.
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Technology Integration — The BYOT Approach | Spark, the Kids+Creativity Network

Technology Integration — The BYOT Approach | Spark, the Kids+Creativity Network | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

The BYOT movement, which stands for “Bring Your Own Technology” has students toting more than just pencils and paper to class — it has them bringing their cellphones, laptops and even their handheld gaming systems into school too. So what exactly does BYOT mean for education, and how is it changing the way we think of tech in the classroom? Let’s take a closer look.

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Technology can sometimes be wasted on English language teaching

Technology can sometimes be wasted on English language teaching | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Most important is the need for a different approach to teacher development that focuses on helping teachers with their own digital literacies. These are the skills to integrate technology into our daily lives and practices. Technology use, just like the language our students learn, needs to focus on things that are useful and that enrich and enable lives.


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MikeMathaess's comment, May 16, 2012 1:56 AM
An interesting article and I must agree. Classroom based technology and inter-active language technology will bring only limited benefits to the language student vis-à-vis deeper cognitive development, unless accompanied with rich tools to develop full social integration skills with information technology and these skills start with the teacher.
Terese Bird's curator insight, December 19, 2012 2:57 AM
Great article. Makes the case for some IT staff to be pedagogically trained... a universal need
Monicaaparicio's curator insight, March 25, 2013 10:09 PM

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Turn Right, Go Left: Practicing Prepositions of Place

Turn Right, Go Left: Practicing Prepositions of Place | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Prepositions of place is one of those topics that can really open up a new world to learners. It is also a topic with lots of details and possibilities for practice and implementation. Here's a list of possible ways to teach them.

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108 Ways to Use Word Clouds in the Classroom…Word Clouds in Education Series: Part 2

108 Ways to Use Word Clouds in the Classroom…Word Clouds in Education Series: Part 2 | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

How to make the best of Wordle and applications akin.


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English Central

English Central | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

It includes a great variety of authentic videos at different levels to improve your vocabulary and pronunciation. After watching/ listening to the video, you can record your own voice and receive feedback on their pronunciation. In addition to this, the site also offers some tools for teachers so that they can invite students, form classes/groups, set curriculum and goals, track students and download reports.


Via Inma Alcázar
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Middle School Survival

Middle School Survival | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Visit the online guide to survival to surviving middle school, inspired by the new book series by Nancy Krulik! Get helpful tips to all your school problems, take quizzes, play MASH online, and more. To use this very week!!!


Via Carmen Arias , Mª Jesús García S.M.
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Web Tools for Teachers by Type - LiveBinder

Web Tools for Teachers by Type - LiveBinder | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Web 2.0 tools organized by type/task.... worth a look, really comprehensive and useful!


Via Lisa Johnson , Elena Elliniadou, michel verstrepen
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Reading Online

This is a collection of recommended reading sources to research to find out more about online reading skills etc.
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Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Follow a National Geographic Expedition to Everest: Live

Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Follow a National Geographic Expedition to Everest: Live | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

"The latest National Geographic magazine in the NG iPad app provides a realtime opportunity to track a current/live expedition to climb Mount Everest."


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Storybird: Providing a Tangible Outcome

Storybird: Providing a Tangible Outcome | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

My fondest memories of school are of the occasions on which I made stuff. When I think about what other aspects of my learning I enjoyed most, I always come back to the basic principle of creativity. Getting me involved in creative tasks that result in tangible outcomes was one of the ways my teachers ensured that I remained engaged and enjoyed the process of learning.


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The Times in Plain English |

The Times in Plain English | | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

News in plain English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) and ESL, information for immigrants and students improving their literacy skills and learning about health, jobs, immigration and other interesting issues.


Via Evdokia Roka, Susan
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Ricard Garcia's comment, May 16, 2012 8:57 AM
Good resource, Sue!!! Un petó!
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The beauty of pollination

Beautiful video in slow motion. A nice example on how to describe what we see. Describing actions, processes, colours, shapes...

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Teaching with Digital Games in the Classroom

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Teacher Attitudes About Digital Games in the Classroom, a survey which sampled teachers from across the country, reports some important baseline findings about overall usage of digital games, and delves into teacher's observations about the beneficial types of learning and social behaviours using games can promote.


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Say What? 3 Tips for Perfecting Pronunciation

Say What? 3 Tips for Perfecting Pronunciation | Create: 2.0 Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Pronunciation is an immense issue for every language learner no matter their age or their level. Here's a list of tips to help our students improve theirs.

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