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Make or Do? English ESL Grammar Vocabulary Pronunciation Rap with Fluency MC! - YouTube

Fluency MC builds vocab in English with the 3Rs: Relax, Repeat, Remember. Follow Collo and Fluency MC: http://www.facebook.com/FluencyMC http://twitter.com/F...
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For the right audicence - great!  Those horrid expressions which require 'do' or 'make' and that students never know.  Might be worth getting students to make their own rap after researching some expressions  but, like I said, for the right age group.

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Testing times for English teaching firm as it taps examination market - ecns

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Testing times for English teaching firm as it taps examination market
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A new test!  I wonder a) what it's like (I guess I'll have to take a good look);  b) how effective it is and c) if it is more fun than IELTS which I have taught - and hated!  Actually, they haven't finished designing it and it seems to be aimed at the Chinese market.  Currently free... but watch this space.  Obviously people are already saying it will not produce accurate results but this might be a case of sour grapes.  Perhaps TOEFL, TOEIC and IELTS have had global domination for too long

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EDpuzzle

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Make any video your lesson. Edit a video by cropping it, adding your voice or embedding questions. Then, track your students with powerful hassle-free analytics.

Via Ricardo Martín Ramirez 
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well now... this looks interesting.  How many times have I wanted to edit a video... maybe now I can

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A linguist's history of the foods you love - Vox

A linguist's history of the foods you love - Vox | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
A linguist's history of the foods you love
Vox
Just as the custom was dying out, they started this tradition of drinking to your health at English dinner parties. And they ... The clues they found were the use of past tense way beyond what's normal.
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You could generate a very nice lesson from here.

Either, a discussion before reading or asking students to research the origins of the foolds by themselves online and then comparing with the article.  Just a thought.....

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alphabetical wordlist for engineers (134700 Technical Terms / words) in german-english / english-german (vocabulary) (German Edition) - Kindle edition by Markus Wagner. Reference Kindle eBooks @ Am...

alphabetical wordlist for engineers (134700 Technical Terms / words) in german-english / english-german (vocabulary) (German Edition) - Kindle edition by Markus Wagner. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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I bet somebody can use this.  This is the tech.stuff we teachers find so hard to research. 

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A thousand words for death - The Guardian

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A thousand words for death
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An Anglo-Saxon equivalent to the Monty Python scriptwriters would have had more than 40 expressions in Old English to choose from.
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Interesting but rather morbid article.

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OCR software for text recognition. OCR PDF conversion software

OCR software for text recognition. OCR PDF conversion software | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
ABBYY FineReader 12 is OCR software for text recognition, which turns scans, PDFs and digital photographs into searchable and editable documents. Unmatched OCR software text recognition accuracy and conversion eliminate document retyping and reformatting
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I tried some of the freebies but came to the conclusion that a profressional software packet might save time and effort in the long run.  It costs €129.- but you can have a free trial, which I am going to be testing soon. 

If anybody else tests it, please let me know how you got on.

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Top 5 Free OCR Software You Should Know

Top 5 Free OCR Software You Should Know | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
In this article, top 5 free OCR apps are introduced. So you can choose the one that meets your requirement.
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OCR  Optical Text Recognition:

Daunting... exams to write and you'd like to scan an FCE page but maybe alter it a bit and personalise it for your classes.  Scanning means getting a pdf, which you can't edit.  Here are some ideas for downloads that would enable you to edit and alter a text.

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ThingLink for Video - YouTube: adding tags and information to a video.

ThingLink for Video - YouTube:  adding tags and information to a video. | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
A tutorial to learn how to use ThingLink for Video

Via Gust MEES
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the tutorial is pretty clear... what I don't know is if there might be copyright issues when you tag a video like this, unless of course it's your own video

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A tutorial to learn how to use ThingLink for Video.

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The EFL SMARTblog: Real English: Monty Python "Dead Parrot" Sketch - Idioms for "Dead" and "Broken"

The EFL SMARTblog: Real English: Monty Python "Dead Parrot" Sketch - Idioms for "Dead" and "Broken" | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
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The all-time favourite Monty Python sketch.  Wonderful as entertainment, great for teaching English!

 

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21 Amazing Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Google

21 Amazing Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Google | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
You'll be a master of the internet with these awesome Google hacks.
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I'll bet you didn't know ALL these tricks!

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What the grammar gurus don't get about how we learn - The Conversation

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What the grammar gurus don't get about how we learn
The Conversation
Sticklers beware. marymuses, CC BY-NC-SA. Sticklers beware.
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well now, there are some interesting facts in this little article!

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TED-Ed | Lessons Worth Sharing | teaching english

TED-Ed | Lessons Worth Sharing | teaching english | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
Use engaging videos on TED-Ed to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch based on any video from YouTube.
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Magisto - Magical Video Editor

Magisto - Magical Video Editor | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
Isn't video editing too complicated and time consuming? Magical video editing. In a click!
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I wasn't really looking for a video editor like this... more an editor that can do things with a youtube video (cut, add information etc) but this looks interesting anyway.  Perhaps more for private than for educational use.

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How to set up a website for your small business and get it on Google

How to set up a website for your small business and get it on Google | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
Your fledgling business's online presence can be make-or-break for its future, so it's worth doing all you can to make it look good
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very interesting....

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Teaching English with e-books from Oxford Learner’s Bookshelf

Teaching English with e-books from Oxford Learner’s Bookshelf | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
Shaun Wilden, a freelance teacher trainer and expert in online tutoring, shares his advice for teachers new to using digital coursebooks in the classroom and offers practical guidance for getting t...
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the future is becoming the present...

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Whitewashing a farmer's vocabulary. Alberta, Canada

Whitewashing a farmer's vocabulary. Alberta, Canada | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
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It seems we can no longer say what we mean...  how to make a word disappear..

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Quiz-Busters Plenary and Revision Quiz from teachers-direct

Quiz-Busters Plenary and Revision Quiz from teachers-direct | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
Teachers Direct is a supply teaching agency providing daily and long term supply primary teachers and secondary teachers to schools and teaching jobs overseas to non-UK teachers.
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This is SUCH fun, and you can really target student vocabulary needs. 

Each quiz has twenty questions and you can tailor your Quiz Buster to recent or older vocabulary.  Re-shuffle the board and play again until the students know the words.

Here is one I did for my BEC Vantage business class:

http://www.teachers-direct.co.uk/resources/quiz-busters/quiz-busters-game.aspx?game_id=120929

 

Try it and you'll all love it!  You need your PC in class and some way of getting the pictures over a beamer and you're away.

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Skype - Stereo Mix - YouTube /Play Student CD over Skype

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After hours of asking round and surfing the web I finally discovered how to play a CD recording to a student when teaching via Skype.  Here is one of the videos that helped me on my way.  The thing you need to know first is that you have to 'rip' your CD onto your computer (I used Windows Media Player) and then when you fiddle with your sound settings, it works and you have full control over what is being listened to!

Good luck.  It took me about 10 days to figure it out - perhaps you'll manage in 10 minutes.

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The EFL SMARTblog: Teaching and Learning Styles - What makes a good teacher? How do you like to learn?

The EFL SMARTblog: Teaching and Learning Styles - What makes a good teacher? How do you like to learn? | Articles re. education | Scoop.it

Via David Mainwood / EFL SMARTblog
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this is great but possible the second video is not working, so here is the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0M4DibD1Lg

 

Some really usable ideas here for teachers and students. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHapv0Tv7vM#t=67  is the first video,  just in case..

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The Top 100 Tools to Capture, Edit, Publish and Distribute Video Online

The Top 100 Tools to Capture, Edit, Publish and Distribute Video Online | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
The best tools and services to capture, edit, publish and distribute video online.

Via Robin Good
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Thanks to the collector, Robin Good, of this great list.  I'm sure many people will be interested to learn about all these sites

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Daniel Morgenstern's curator insight, January 8, 1:56 PM

100 outils pour capturer, éditer, publier et distribuer les vidéos en ligne. 

Mª Jesús García S.M.'s curator insight, January 13, 1:58 AM

Awfully good list!

Tdutec Innovación Educativa's curator insight, January 25, 11:51 AM

añada su visión ...

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How we kill languages and fail our cleverest children - The Conversation

How we kill languages and fail our cleverest children - The Conversation | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
How we kill languages and fail our cleverest children The Conversation We give them the same national tests that we give native English speakers, despite the fact they are only part way through their English language learning journey to academic...
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How very true.

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Alternatives to Prezi and PowerPoint - The Ultimate List

Alternatives to Prezi and PowerPoint - The Ultimate List | Articles re. education | Scoop.it
I found this great article about Prezi alternatives by emaze.
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Apparently, there is more to presentations than just PowerPoint!

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Some Words You Never Knew Existed - LifeHacker India

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Some Words You Never Knew Existed
LifeHacker India
English is a funny language. There are thousands of words, and no matter how good the vocabulary, no one can claim to know every single word of this mesmerising language.
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Well, well, well...

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