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Best tools and reflections to introduce creative and collaborative learning in education... especially in ESL
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A Handy Infographic Featuring 10 Things Every Teacher Should be Able to Do on Google Classroom

A Handy Infographic Featuring 10 Things Every Teacher Should be Able to Do on Google Classroom | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Google Classroom: A world of possibilities everyone should be familiar with
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Allan Tsuda's curator insight, May 29, 7:07 PM
Google Classroom 101.
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Google Classroom: A world of possibilities everyone should be familiar with
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Advancing Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation: Policy Brief - Office of Educational Technology

Advancing Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation: Policy Brief - Office of Educational Technology | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Education believes it is important that all programs responsible for pre-service teacher training prepare all graduates to effectively select, evaluate, and use appropriate technologies and resources to create experiences that advance student engagement and learning. We call upon leaders of teacher preparation programs to engage in concerted, programmatic shifts in their …
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The main TO DO's when considering edtech teacher training. Good ideas that should not be neglected!!
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15 Ideas to Ensure That Project Based Learning is Grounded in Content and Standards by Michael Gorman

15 Ideas to Ensure That Project Based Learning is Grounded in Content and Standards by Michael Gorman | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
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Good tips to give solid foundations to PBL... best way to prove it is not just playing time
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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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The Evolving Role of the Teacher

The Evolving Role of the Teacher | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

More teachers today are providing opportunities for their students to connect and learn in powerful ways. There is an increasing focus on collaboration, competency-based learning, use of open resources, project-based learning, and learning environments are shifting to support these new opportunities. These shifts are accelerated by access to technology that has transformed how we learn and interact with one another.


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Relevant ideas to be considered!
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Silvia Uzal Rguez.'s curator insight, December 14, 2016 4:40 PM
#SCEUNED16
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, December 16, 2016 8:36 AM
This is a new paradigm shift within ESL /ELL role of the teacher.
Almudena's curator insight, December 26, 2016 4:11 AM
The role of the teacher
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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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5 clear tips for those who still fear taking the big leap!
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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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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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Native English-speaking teachers: always the right choice? | British Council

Native English-speaking teachers: always the right choice? | British Council | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
There are perceptions that native speakers of English make better English language teachers.
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In complete agreement!! Well, it couldn't b otherwise ;-)
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myk's curator insight, March 25, 2016 5:46 PM
In complete agreement!! Well, it couldn't b otherwise ;-)
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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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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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Sharp online student has smart advice for Blended Teachers

Sharp online student has smart advice for Blended Teachers | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Editors' Note: We asked San Jose high school sophomore Audrey Mullen to share how she and her peers actually use various edtech tools and how they really feel about their teachers’ blended learning approaches. The result is a straight-from-the-source playbook that no blend ed teacher--or entrepreneu

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Extremely realistic, and honestly useful for us teachers!!!!

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, October 6, 2015 5:39 AM

Well worth reading....

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, October 6, 2015 1:40 PM

I don't like the snide tone of this article, but the advice is dead on! 

NancyEvans@ATS-LU's curator insight, October 7, 2015 2:49 PM

This insightful student says a lot about facilitating a blended class.

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Creativity in the English language classroom | EnglishAgenda | British Council

Creativity in the English language classroom | EnglishAgenda | British Council | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

The activities will help teachers to explore the role of creativity in the classroom both in the sense of helping students to express their unique creative identity and also by helping them to think about and use language in a creative way. The activities are suitable for a broad range of students from young to old and from low to higher levels and can be used alongside your existing syllabus and course materials to enhance your students’ experience of learning English.


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Zarah Gagatiga's curator insight, July 30, 2015 9:11 PM

This is GOOD. Get it! It's free!

 

Pilar Moral's curator insight, August 3, 2015 7:24 AM

A free ebook.

Angela Mitchell's curator insight, August 5, 2015 7:12 PM

A free ebook.

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Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach

Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
A mountain of evidence indicates that educators have been painfully slow to use technology to change and improve the ways they teach.

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Honest self-criticism is always healthy!!

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Debbie Rogers's curator insight, June 11, 2015 3:27 PM

let go, jump in, unleash your students and enjoy the excitement of young minds!

Scott Holcomb's curator insight, June 11, 2015 4:25 PM

Great read...

online4ed's curator insight, June 13, 2015 9:28 AM

How are you making your classes more student-centered through the use of technology tools?  

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How modern technology evolved from established teaching methods

How modern technology evolved from established teaching methods | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Helping to demonstrate the evolution of teaching and technology, we’ve created the following infographic to shed some light on how modern technology is helping some teachers give their tried and trusted learning practices a new lease of life.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 15, 1:19 AM

A little bit optimistic.

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How Pineapple Charts Revolutionize Professional Development

How Pineapple Charts Revolutionize Professional Development | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
As one-size-fits-all PD fades away, more personalized professional development models have emerged. The Pineapple Chart may be the greatest of them all.
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Nothing new here, just a way to see how we can share our innovation, our projects... nice way, indeed!!!
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Lee Hall's curator insight, April 10, 11:18 AM
Easy to implement idea for providing PD to teachers. 
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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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Tour Builder - Bobby Lake

Check out how Teacher Bobby Lake uses Tour Builder to bring together education and technology. Watch the video to see how he brings history to life for hi
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If you skip the Gym part, the video is really inspiring ;-)
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5 Mistakes in Using Videos for eLearning Courses Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

5 Mistakes in Using Videos for eLearning Courses Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
The 5 Mistakes in Using Video for eLearning Courses Infographic presents five mistakes you should avoid when utilizing videos for your curriculum.

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5 mistakes many of us have made... good idea to have them together as a reminder :-)
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 25, 2016 10:45 AM

Short, on point course videos work.  However, there are some basic mistakes to avoid. This infographic informs succinctly.

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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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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?


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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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The Seven Types of Creative Teachers

The Seven Types of Creative Teachers | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
When you the word “creative,” you might think of a painter or a playwright or an author or a photographer or a filmmaker or a chef. In other words, yo...
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Let's take a closer look on how we innovate... or let's just check if we do
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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, March 8, 2016 3:10 AM
Let's take a closer look on how we innovate... or let's just check if we do
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Ten Reasons New Teachers Aren't Using Technology | Spencer Ideas

Ten Reasons New Teachers Aren't Using Technology | Spencer Ideas | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

When asked about the importance of educational technology, only a few rated it as important. I'd love to say that this is because technology has become normal and ubiquitous. However, that doesn't seem to be the case. Many of the future teachers said things like, "technology is a great thing when it works," or "I did fine without technology" or even "I think it's distracting to real learning."


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As Nik Peachey says... it does not apply only to new teachers

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 10, 2015 1:01 AM

I don't think this just applies to new teachers.

Kim Flintoff's comment, November 10, 2015 9:13 PM
I'll just about bet the answers aren't much different than when I asked in 2001...
Ra's curator insight, November 14, 2015 7:12 PM

Good discussion starter for educators to look at their practice and those that are training the teachers. 

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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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The Ultimate Guide to Gamifying Your Classroom | Edudemic

The Ultimate Guide to Gamifying Your Classroom | Edudemic | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Gamification is the process by which teachers use video game design principals in learning environments. The effects are increased student engagement, class wide enjoyment of academic lessons, and high levels of buy-in, even from your most reluctant learners.

When gamifying a classroom there are several things you’ll need to consider. The first is content, as in what are you trying to teach? Like any lesson or unit plan, you’ll need to figure out how to organize and assess new material. You’ll also need to consider your students. What kind of learners are they? What information do they already know? You’ll need to have a basic understanding of your students’ technology skills and how much support each student may need. You’ll want to consider putting together a training manual or some other support system for students who may need extra help. You’ll also need to consider your own comfort level with technology and the actual technology available to you. These considerations may lead you to designing your own game, or relying one a template or already built quest.

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A good summary with everything there is to know about gamification.

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Mª Jesús García S.M.'s curator insight, October 2, 2015 1:37 AM

#Gammification

Very interesting considerations

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Why online teaching liberates ESL teachers

Why online teaching liberates ESL teachers | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Inspired by her talk at Innovate ELT, guest blogger Jaime Miller of English Success Academy looks at the reasons and pluses for getting into teaching online.

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Worth reading!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 19, 2015 7:41 AM

Nice blog post about being an online English teacher.