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Best tools and reflections to introduce creative and collaborative learning in education... especially in ESL
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Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
School 21 develops confident students who can articulate their thoughts and learning with strategies like discussion guidelines and roles and structured talk tasks.
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Nice article giving those useful tips we always need to Foster orality in the classroom
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Helping Struggling Students Build a Growth Mindset via Edutopia

Helping Struggling Students Build a Growth Mindset via Edutopia | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Veteran researchers present five strategies—like maintaining success files and allowing choice—to help struggling students develop a positive attitude needed for success.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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We need to make sure the issues shown in this article are a basic part of our teaching approach
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Jan Stoner's curator insight, January 26, 3:41 PM
Interesting idea on keeping a success file. 
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How a Classroom Game Becomes an Embedded Assessment

How a Classroom Game Becomes an Embedded Assessment | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Ross Flatt, a sixth grade teacher at Quest to Learn, demonstrates how studying geography with Galactic Mappers can be a viable strategy for embedding assessment in a classroom game.
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An enlightening read!!
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Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities

Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Six key rules for student engagement include making it meaningful, fostering efficacy, autonomy support, collaborative learning, establishing positive teacher-student relationships, and mastery orientations.
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Very good article, as usual in Edutopia. A nice reflection on engagement... and learning

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Mila's curator insight, December 17, 2015 2:16 AM

Yes, I am a teacher, so I have to study every day too. Now I will be able to help my students better, and you? 

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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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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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Project-Based Learning and Gamification: Two Great Tastes That Go Great Together | Edutopia

Project-Based Learning and Gamification: Two Great Tastes That Go Great Together | Edutopia | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Prepping for a gamified unit of study or project is very different than prepping for your traditional, linear model. Here are some tips on how to do it.
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Interesting text... blending two powerful methodologies...

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How Storytelling Inspires Children to Learn English

How Storytelling Inspires Children to Learn English | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
When you engage your English-language learners through the power, fun, and sharing of narrative, the formal elements of language acquisition will follow more easily.
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I could not agree more!!!!

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What Makes a Great School Leader?

What Makes a Great School Leader? | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
This is the time of year when, for many different reasons, some teachers consider taking positions at other schools. I've received a number of calls from friends and colleagues this spring asking for
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10 Social Media Tips for Reaching World Language Learners

10 Social Media Tips for Reaching World Language Learners | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
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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Game-Based Learning: Resource Roundup

Game-Based Learning: Resource Roundup | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Resources by Topic:

Games in the Classroom
Tips and Tools to Get Started
Using Games for Learning and Assessment
Engaging Students with Innovative Programs
Games for Social Good
Straightforward Ga
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Good compendium of articles and links in a comprehensive showcase of all we need to understand the use of videogames in the classroom.

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K-5 iPad Apps to Evaluate Creating: Part Six of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy

K-5 iPad Apps to Evaluate Creating: Part Six of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Diane Darrow (@dianedarrow on Twitter) is an information media specialist at Bel Aire Elementary in Tiburon, CA. This is the sixth of a series she's doing on iPad apps and Bloom's revised taxonomy
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Apps and Bloom... the necessary bond to progress :-)

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Eight Ways to Use Video With English Language Learners

Eight Ways to Use Video With English Language Learners | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

"I like the way you use videos with us -- you get us moving, talking, writing and speaking. The problem is you make us think too much."
-- "John," one of our English Language Learner students

 

We can think of far worse things a student might say to us, and John's comment demonstrates our perspective on using video with English Language Learners (and, for that matter, with all students) -- research and our experience show that it can be a very effective learning tool, but it has to be used as an active one. The word "active" comes from the Latin "actus," which means "a doing, a driving." Here are some strategies for using video with ELLs that reflect those words and avoid the danger of just sitting back and watching the screen.

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Smartphones: From Toy to Tool

Smartphones: From Toy to Tool | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Since students already have smartphones in hand, why not build classroom activities around them? Be sure all stakeholders are on board, and set some ground rules.
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A nice article on the use of mobile phones in education. Worth reading, especioally for those who are planning to use mobile devices for the first time.
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Full STEAM Ahead: Why Arts Are Essential in a STEM Education

Full STEAM Ahead: Why Arts Are Essential in a STEM Education | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Educators can bring creative people into STEM fields by showing students the creativity in what they're doing and how it lets them explore their own creative interests.
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Still a long way to go... An "A" often neglected!
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New Tools for Interactive Fiction and Engaged Writing

New Tools for Interactive Fiction and Engaged Writing | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
An interactive storytelling tool called Twine hooks students into deeper learning through the empathy of creating a choice-filled historical narrative with multiple outcomes.

Via Skip Zalneraitis, Eva Buyuksimkesyan
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Very good article on interactive storytelling: Ideas, resources and tools!!
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Hadley Garcia's curator insight, July 6, 2:21 PM
Twine me parece un recurso súper interesante, se puede usar en español y los estudiantes pueden escribir cuentos interactivos para luego compartir con sus compañeros... me encanta.
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5-Minute Film Festival: 8 Videos for ELL Classrooms

5-Minute Film Festival: 8 Videos for ELL Classrooms | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Videos can be a highly effective tool for teaching and learning English when used strategically. Check out these 8 videos to use with ELLs in the classroom.
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Very useful!!!! Don't you miss it!!!

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Toni's curator insight, December 21, 2015 5:03 PM
A variety of useful sources for videos. Including descriptions on the sites and content.
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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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Gamification: Engaging Students With Narrative | Edutopia

Gamification: Engaging Students With Narrative | Edutopia | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Gamify a classroom by introducing a fun narrative, reframing assignments to fit into that narrative, and making students care about the outcome.
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Ambitious, but highly rewarding approach, I bet

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Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves | Edutopia

Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves | Edutopia | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Consider using autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance as practical classroom strategies to reinforce the intrinsic motivation students need for making the most of their learning.
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A very interesting article on motivation. Very useful for primary teachers.

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8 Play-Based Strategies to Engage Youth in Learning

8 Play-Based Strategies to Engage Youth in Learning | Creative 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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Modifying the Flipped Classroom: The "In-Class" Version

Modifying the Flipped Classroom: The "In-Class" Version | Creative 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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A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom - Edutopia

A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom - Edutopia | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

"Before we talk social media, let's talk about the relevance of social media by taking a quiz. Which of the following is most likely to be true?"


Via John Evans
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Social Media... Why are we sooo afraid of using it in class?

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Marianne Hart's curator insight, March 3, 2014 10:46 AM

Quiz!!!

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, March 3, 2014 12:32 PM

Guía de Medios Sociales Para El aula.

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Made With Play: Game-Based Learning Resources

Made With Play: Game-Based Learning Resources | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Edutopia's Made With Play series takes a look at game-like learning principles in action and commercial games in real classrooms -- and offers tips and tools for bringing them into your own practice.
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Very good pool of articles and resources for teachers who want to introduce games in their students' learning process.

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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, November 15, 2013 6:45 AM

Useful articles for proactive teachers

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Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement

Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
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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