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How Do Digital Portfolios Help Students Learn?

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Digital Digital student portfolios can provide what other assessment tools cannot: Real, unabridged, minimally processed artifacts of learning that make sense to all the learners in the classroom, including the teacher. Technology used in this way can bring us as close as we can get to peering inside our students’ hearts and minds to find out what they currently know and are able to do.


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I've been wanting to integrate digital portfolios for language learners into my rolling-enrolment school for some time. With the growth in longer term academic year course students, this could be a realistic goal...And some good ideas here for how portfolios can help students learn.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 8, 8:12 AM

Digital portfolios for students. Well worth looking in to.

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Interesting research, including the impact on student outcomes of continuous teacher learning in a supportive collaborative environment.

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The Connected Educator: It Begins with Collaboration

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Connected educators model collaboration, learning, and growth for their students by embracing those same qualities in their own professional development.
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Managing people we don't recruit

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  Most LTO (Language Teaching Organisation) managers work very hard at trying to build a team of enthusiastic, professional and hardworking people. This team will usually be formed of people w...
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A good reminder that even though we try, people tend not to change - some good tips here from Fiona Thomas on working with people we don't recruit.

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Embracing Messy Learning

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I am slowly learning to embrace the struggles that students experience as they engage with authentic work. If I don't allow learning to be messy, I eliminate authentic experiences for students as thinkers and creators. I find it important to regularly remind myself that frustration leads to insights and that learning is not necessarily the equivalent of mastery.


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The messy learning described here mirrors the struggles and frustrations our Learners face in communicative classrooms - a inherent part of the process of learning a language.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 8, 8:14 AM

Interesting article. I'm a big fan of messy learning myself.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 8, 9:46 PM

Learning is messy. It is a recurring process which is always recommencing itself.

 

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magnus sandberg's curator insight, August 9, 4:24 AM

The article is good, but what I really love is the term "messy learning" itself. So much teaching in school has the ideal of creating clairity and being systematic in every part of the learning process. But that is simply not how learning happens. We need to embrace the messyness!

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How to get the most out of your DOS

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Directors of studies can be a mixed bunch. I've had a few; the one who'll always be there to lend and ear or help out, the one who is useless with admin, the business person who's guiding mantra is...
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Some good tips here.

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eBook Review: Managing Education in the Digital Age

eBook Review: Managing Education in the Digital Age | Be The DOS | Scoop.it

The prose is clear and authoritative. I’d recommend it to anyone contemplating doing what’s laid out in the sub-title: choosing, setting up and running successful online courses.

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Good review by Pete Sharma of Andy Hockley and Fiona Thomas's new eBook

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How could SLA research inform EdTech?

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The criteria for evaluating the worth of any language learning software must include some assessment of its fitness for purpose. That is to say, does it facilitate learning? But how do you measure ...
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Really great post including a simple summary of key SLA research criteria and how they might be applied to evaluate EdTech

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A guide to pseudo-science in ELT

A guide to pseudo-science in ELT | Be The DOS | Scoop.it

This talk will focus on aspects of English language teaching which have little or no scientific credibility. Practices such as neuro-linguistic programming, learning styles, multiples intelligences and brain gym will be examined. This talk will ask why, despite the evidence, these approaches/methods remain popular.

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The Myth Of Learning Styles - Edudemic

The Myth Of Learning Styles - Edudemic | Be The DOS | Scoop.it
After several years of writing for Edudemic, I'd have to say that one of the most controversial topics we've ever written about is the concept of different learning styles.
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Advocate or adversary...check out the arguments here in this great info graphic
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Infographics

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A collection of infographics related to technology and education.
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If you like using infographics to reflect on education / technology - then Nik Peachey's Pinterest page is worth a visit.

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Leading CPD Effectively | Teacher Development Trust

When professional learning is carried out well, it is the most effective tool for raising pupil attainment, closing gaps, and improving morale. Every member of senior leadership should see it as a priority, not just the CPD coordinator, because research shows that leadership time spent encouraging and participating in professional development is the most effective at improving pupil outcomes. Here at the Teacher Development Trust we’ve been scouring the international research and best-practice to identify the key features of the most effective CPD.

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Upcoming Events - LAMSIG

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An event of all ELT professionals with an interest in technology - London, November 28-29.

Great line-up of speakers including Nickly Hockly, Nik Peachey, Fiona Thomas, Shaun Wilden and Philip Kerr. 

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Hot Topics Across Borders in ELT

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Saturday, 18 October 2014 at 14:00 -Sunday, 19 October 2014 at 15:30 (BST)  Join us for our first IATEFL Web Conference, which as its title suggests, will focus on the "hot topics" that have pre-occupied the ELT profession over the past year or more.
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How Do Digital Portfolios Help Students Learn?

How Do Digital Portfolios Help Students Learn? | Be The DOS | Scoop.it

Digital Digital student portfolios can provide what other assessment tools cannot: Real, unabridged, minimally processed artifacts of learning that make sense to all the learners in the classroom, including the teacher. Technology used in this way can bring us as close as we can get to peering inside our students’ hearts and minds to find out what they currently know and are able to do.


Via Nik Peachey
Josh Round's insight:

I've been wanting to integrate digital portfolios for language learners into my rolling-enrolment school for some time. With the growth in longer term academic year course students, this could be a realistic goal...And some good ideas here for how portfolios can help students learn.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 8, 8:12 AM

Digital portfolios for students. Well worth looking in to.

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Giving feedback to English language learners

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IH London teachers stress the importance of listening to learners as their language develops in order to provide useful feedback.
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Really useful and practical article on perhaps the key part of a lesson - working with emerging language and upgrading Learners' linguistic abilities.

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Learnification

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The language of ‘learners’ and ‘learning’ focusses our attention on process – how something is learnt. This was a much-needed corrective after an uninterrupted history of focussing on end-products, but the corollary is that it has become very easy to forget not only about the content of language learning, but also its purposes and the social relationships through which it takes place.
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A good read. It is easy, as Kerr say, to get 'caught up in the business of levels and scales and measuring learning outcomes' and forget that learning has wider purposes.

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Having an aim is the key to achieving your best - Kaiser Hal

Having an aim is the key to achieving your best - Kaiser Hal | Be The DOS | Scoop.it
I've been doing some lesson observations recently. I'm not a big fan of this sort of thing - they confuse the developmental with the authoritarian and they lead to teachers and managers getting mor...
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I agree with the underlying point here - be transparent about pedagogy with your learners, be clear about the whys and the hows of language learning.
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ELF Pronunciation

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Ideas for teachers and students interested in pronunciation for English as a Lingua Franca
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Share this with your teachers, it prompts us to ask some really interesting questions about teaching pronunciation.

 

For example, how many of us tend to include a Pronunciation Needs Analysis with our students? We tend to make the general assumption that students need to reach a standard model (RP?) but do they? And do they even understand what kind of pronunciation needs they have?

 

This blog, and its authors Laura Patsko and Katy Simpson, provides clear guidance for your reflection on this area, and excellent resources to use with your students to create a more transparent and relevant approach to teaching pronunciation.

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Why we should be afraid of the big bad wolf: Sugata Mitra and the neoliberal takeover in sheep's clothing

Why we should be afraid of the big bad wolf: Sugata Mitra and the neoliberal takeover in sheep's clothing | Be The DOS | Scoop.it
The proliferation of blog posts that have followed in the wake of Sugata Mitra's keynote speech at IATEFL Harrogate last Saturday morning is almost as remarkable as the fact that such a controversi...
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For a debate on the hottest topic in ELT, go no further than Hugh Dellar's post where the argument continues in the comments with views from Scott Thornbury, Philip Kerr, Paul Emmerson, Lindsay Clandfield, and more...

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Conferences...why bother?

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I'll tell you why, if you are someone who is wondering if ELT conferences are worth it.  Worth the money (and very often it is teachers who self fund to attend).  Worth the time (you may have to us...
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What's your CPD level?

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In a recent interview, to be published soon at SEETA, I said: ... how can you possibly measure and grade teacher development? Teacher development is messy, it's contingent. Moreover, it is highly s...
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What every school needs from a digital strategy

What every school needs from a digital strategy | Be The DOS | Scoop.it
Last September I started a new role as Assistant Principal at Surbiton High School. My brief is the school’s digital strategy. Now, I’m not the first to be appointed to lead a school’s digital stra...
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A useful looking blog if you are thinking about how best to integrate technology, tablets and so on into your school.

 

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Adaptive Learning in ELT

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There is a good chance that many readers will have only the haziest idea of what adaptive learning is. There is a much better chance that most English language teachers, especially those working in post-secondary education, will feel the impact of adaptive learning on their professional lives in the next few years. According to Time magazine, it is a ‘hot concept, embraced by education reformers‘, which is ‘poised to reshape education’[1]. According to the educational news website, Education Dive, there is ‘no hotter segment in ed tech right now’[2].
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Looks an interesting theme to keep an eye...

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