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Best tools and reflections to introduce creative and collaborative learning in education... especially in ESL
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Contra la personalización de la educación a través de la tecnología

Contra la personalización de la educación a través de la tecnología | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Una moda nos vende la tecnología educativa como el remedio para personalizar la educación de los niños, adaptando el ritmo del aprendizaje y los contenidos impartidos a base de vídeos, evaluaciones automáticas y adaptaciones de los entrenamientos y ejercicios a las competencias alcanzadas.


Via Marta Torán
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Food for thought... real facts to take into account... ICT must be used wisely, not as a swiss knife
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Marta Torán's curator insight, September 2, 8:29 AM

Excelente artículo de José Cuerva.


Trata del cambio de paradigma necesario en la Educación. No basta con incluir la tecnología en un modelo anticuado.


El aprendizaje social como solución. Ya lo sabemos porque, como nos cuenta José, lo hemos practicado y experimentado. Con profesores excepcionales o con aprendizajes especiales.


Genial!

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What Is Microlearning And What Are The Most Important Microlearning Features?

What Is Microlearning And What Are The Most Important Microlearning Features? | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Get a Free PDF Download on Microlearning Features! Get the Free eBook - Microlearning: A Beginner’s Guide To Powerful Corporate Training, by CommLab India.

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Microlearning cannot be neglected... it has come here to stay, and this article gives some good tips about it!
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How Making Kindness a Priority Benefits Students

How Making Kindness a Priority Benefits Students | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Achievement is considered a higher priority than caring for others, according to kids surveyed. But having a school and family culture that values kindness can
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Innovation? New ESL methodology?... nope, pure common sense! KINDNESS
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We The Educators

We The Educators | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
A new conversation about the future of public education.
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Food for thought... not exactly creativity, not exactly ICT, nor ESL.. but everyone should give it a read!
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Why students love a game-based learning experience by SUSANNAH HOLZ

Why students love a game-based learning experience by SUSANNAH HOLZ | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Gamification in learning is an established trend, and uses the core elements of what make games fun – mastery, narrative, instant feedback, competition, and reward, to create new ways for learners to internalize information.That's why students simply love a game-based learning experience.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Just in case you had doubts... let's play and learn!!!
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, March 21, 10:37 PM

Check this out! Thanks to Tom D'Amico. 

Gemma Ballarín's curator insight, March 22, 5:30 AM
gamification

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 25, 1:06 PM
This should not come as a surprise. Students enjoy play.
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 Ken Robinson on the ‘Learning Revolution’ (EdSurge News) By Mary Jo Madda

 Ken Robinson on the ‘Learning Revolution’ (EdSurge News) By Mary Jo Madda | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
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Always nourishing!!!!!
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Gemma Ballarín's curator insight, March 1, 6:37 AM
learning revolution

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 3, 4:07 PM
It is not the schools that fail. It is people running schools and deciding what should be done in each classroom. Not only do they fail the children, they fail teachers. We confuse reform for transforming schools.
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Why The Art of Speaking Should Be Taught Alongside Math and Literacy

Why The Art of Speaking Should Be Taught Alongside Math and Literacy | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Oral communication skills are often overlooked in school in favor of math, reading and writing. But this London school has put it front and center with amazing
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Good reflection... and necessary!
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Strategies for Developing Critical Thinking in EFL

Strategies for Developing Critical Thinking in EFL | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
This paper focuses on three sets of research-supported teaching strategies which are useful in promoting CT and applicable to EFL classrooms; that is, explicit instruction, teacher questioning, as well as active and cooperative learning strategies. Meanwhile, common features of effective CT instruction are discussed, which aims to illuminate instructional strategies for CT at a macro level.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 1, 2016 4:30 AM

An important area, so well worth reading.

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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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Dr. 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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Smartphones won’t make your kids dumb. We think.

Smartphones won’t make your kids dumb. We think. | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

When radio arrived, it too was deemed a menace, blamed for distracting children from their homework. A 1936 article in Gramophone magazine reported that youngsters had “developed the habit of dividing attention between the humdrum preparation of their school assignments and the compelling excitement of the loudspeaker”.


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Good reflection. Wirth reading. Misusage shouldn't yield into banning a methodology.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 24, 2016 4:08 AM

Nothing much changes.

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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 | Scoop.it

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!
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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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The Creative Classroom: Why We Must Teach With Imagination

The Creative Classroom: Why We Must Teach With Imagination | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Let's have a look at some of the actions that make up a creative classroom, a place where teaching and learning comes from the imagination.
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All teachers should make sure there's more than a pinch of this in their performance!
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Multitasking Is a Myth, and to Attempt It Comes at a Neurobiological Cost

Multitasking is a myth, says McGill University Psychology Professor Daniel Levitin. Switching focus across tasks comes at a neurological cost, depletin

Via Nik Peachey
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Maybe everything is much simpler than what we have got to think... maybe all this flaw about the power of the brain is just to say that we have a powerful tool inside our head, but it is meant to be used at a sensible pace... after all, that sounds like... common sense?
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 17, 2016 4:41 AM

Interesting perspective.

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Mobile Learning Should Disrupt What ‘School’ Is - TeachThought PD

Mobile Learning Should Disrupt What ‘School’ Is - TeachThought PD | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

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Good basic article with the main ideas when it comes to imagining mobile learning... imagining the future school
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Maruja Romero's curator insight, August 31, 8:17 AM
El beneficio de la educación móvil va más allá de la individualización del aprendizaje.
 
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Building an Edtech Ecosystem in your Classroom

Building an Edtech Ecosystem in your Classroom | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

"Students having access to technology is, of course, the first step in creating a thriving edtech ecosystem. However, once technology becomes readily available, teachers must create their own landscape in which students are free to explore, create and grow."


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Good tips to start with clear ideas
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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, June 30, 5:06 AM
Building an Edtech Ecosystem in your Classroom
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Why Professors Shouldn’t Ban Smartphones

Why Professors Shouldn’t Ban Smartphones | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

"As smartphones have become more common, educators have struggled with the question of what to do with smartphones in the classroom. For K-12 educators, the answer has been to ban smartphones from the classroom completely."


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Obvious statements? Maybe, but still necessary to be mentioned!!! Good easy read on the need to incorporate mobile devices in our classrooms!
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Nataliacp's curator insight, May 29, 1:01 PM
A study conducted by researchers in Singapore found that undergraduate students who were allowed to keep their phones with them actually scored better on tasks that measured their cognitive functioning. Even when they weren’t allowed to use their phones, students who were allowed to keep their phones in their pockets performed better than students whose phones were confiscated. 

As teachers, we need to take into account in which moments it is necessary to use the cell phones within the classrooms and which situations is essential confiscate them. Furthermore, we need to consider the age of the students and the subject that we are teaching.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, June 22, 9:50 AM
Why Professors Shouldn’t Ban Smartphones
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7 ways edtech boosts student confidence in the classroom by NA’AMA Y. ROSENBERG

7 ways edtech boosts student confidence in the classroom by NA’AMA Y. ROSENBERG | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
From reviewing questions in groups to personal avatars for shy students, these edtech-enabled actions can boost student confidence in learning.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Student confidence: Paramount element in learning. ICT in education definitely fosters self-esteem... properly implemented, of course!
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 10, 9:07 PM

Thanks to Tom D'Amico.

Anna Mclean's curator insight, April 12, 7:39 PM
Technology in the classroom can meet the needs of students in a personal non-threatening way.
 
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25 Tips For Teaching With Apps

25 Tips For Teaching With Apps | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

"We’ve done tips in the past for teaching with tablets. This one is similar, so there is some overlap, but this has more to do with apps specifically. Below are 25 tips for teaching with apps. Let us know in the comments what we missed."


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Extremely useful tips for newcoming teachers embracing this methodology
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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, March 10, 9:09 AM
This is a good review on a "How to" to assist with independent learning with guided focus within a 21st Century teaching and learning environment.
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, March 14, 6:06 AM
J'ai vraiment bien aimé l'article et les astuces qu'ils donner pour enseigner avec les tablettes.
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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.

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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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Should Smartphones Be Banned From Classrooms?

Should Smartphones Be Banned From Classrooms? | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
From middle schools to colleges, cellphones’ adverse effects on student achievement may outweigh their potential as a learning tool.
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The Paradox of Classroom Technology

The Paradox of Classroom Technology | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

While the pervasive use of tablets, smartphones, laptops and digital education content is expanding around us, in the classroom, students are not actively using these technologies for learning—even within well-equipped classrooms where access is not the problem. AdvancED® research has found that examples of technology being put to use by students to strengthen learning are barely evident in classrooms today.


Via Nik Peachey
Ricard Garcia's insight:
This is a painful truth... a problem institutions must face and fight... otherwise, the gap between schools and society will become larger.
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Ana Luisa Lozano's curator insight, August 30, 2016 12:39 PM
Once again, the importance of teachers´ role and its influence on students´ Learning... 
Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, August 31, 2016 4:27 AM
You are so right Nik.... not surprised either.... (though I keep on believing that things will change :-)
shazia.wj's curator insight, October 17, 2016 5:56 AM
The Paradox of Classroom Technology
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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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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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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 17, 2016 1:21 AM

Not really technology related but still very relevant to learning.

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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?


Via Nik Peachey
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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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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, June 11, 2016 7:19 AM
Great resources worth adding to your teaching and learning library.
oscareruiz123@gmail.com's curator insight, June 1, 1:07 PM
As technology evolves we have to evolve too and adjust our techniques so we can take advantage of those.
Juan Juan's curator insight, August 29, 12:15 AM
Have you ever wondered what is it that make us teachers from a different era? and our role? This article will not only explain you the challenges that technology has brought to us, but t also provide us with examples, links and tools to enhance our teaching practice and teach accordingly to the context we live in currently. Become friends with technology in your classes, with cellphones out in students hands and with all the learning they bring to your students. 
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11 Underlying Assumptions Of Digital Literacy

11 Underlying Assumptions Of Digital Literacy | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
11 Underlying Assumptions Of Digital Literacy

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