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The Evolving Role of the Teacher

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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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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 10, 12:58 AM

A good simple read.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, Today, 2:12 AM
C'est juste et en plus l'article raconte l'histoire de ce qui se passe en classe pour le montrer.
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An Awesome Infographic on Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

An Awesome Infographic on Bloom's Digital Taxonomy | Computer-Assisted Language Learning for ESP | 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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OFFREDI Didier's curator insight, December 1, 6:18 AM

An Awesome Infographic on Bloom's Digital Taxonomy via @MarkEDeschaine http://sco.lt/...

Kim Flintoff's comment, December 2, 6:33 PM
This model is too simplistic - it really needs some HOTS applied to it - along these lines: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/94/ac/42/94ac420bab0bd20900e8c34d6d8289ae.png
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Playing with Habits of Mind

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The challenge for teachers is to build this understanding in our students. Our task is to enable their intelligence by helping them to understand the habits of mind and to then empower our students to make intelligent choices about the habits they deploy.

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Margarita Saucedo's curator insight, December 2, 10:18 AM
Esto se pude aprovechar y usar un tablero de Pinterest para realizar una actividad con los alumnos
Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, December 3, 7:23 AM

Lucid post, presenting interesting data. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in business management, please visit http://blogwgs.tumblr.com/  

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 5, 1:38 PM
When taught in a way that students can understand them, the habits of mind work very well.
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Digital Citizenship and Documenting Learning

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This is the third post in a series to dig deeper into the relationship between literacy and documenting learning. HOW does documenting learning have an effects on awareness, skills and developing habits around the so called 21st century “Now” literacies.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 24, 5:00 AM

Great attempt to document digital citizenship with some great definitions and visuals.

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Does Gamification Education Really Improve Learning?

Does Gamification Education Really Improve Learning? | Computer-Assisted Language Learning for ESP | Scoop.it
Students are used to playing games, earning badges for successfully completing challenges and sharing their wins with friends. The challenge of winning a level or beating an obstacle can keep them working until they can earn that achievement. Why not put that natural affinity for gaming to use with games that teach?

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Margarita Saucedo's curator insight, November 18, 10:43 AM
Para grupos de adultos es un reto para el docente
Danielarv's curator insight, November 18, 2:31 PM
You can find the answer of this question in this article which have enough arguments to believe that gamification really improve learning. One of the arguments is that games can increase the motivation through the challenge; for example, the challenge of winning a level make that the students can keep working. However; is necessary that teachers choose an appropriate educational game in order to integrate it in the lesson plan. If you want more about the others arguments to this question, you can click on it.
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, November 21, 1:05 PM
This doesn't settle the question, but it provides a few thoughts worth considering. 
 
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Who controls our schools?

Unfortunately, many people today view our schools as a target for private enterprise instead of a valued public good under the control of democratic governance. When media mogul Rupert Murdoch announced in 2010 that News Corp. planned to enter the for-profit K-12 education market, he called it “a $500 billion sector in the U.S. alone that is waiting desperately to be transformed.” (Today that figure is more than $600 billion.) Murdoch is among a small group of billionaires—wealthy heirs, retired and active super wealthy corporate CEOs and successful businesspeople—who have been working for more than two decades to assert more private control over the nation’s
public schools.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 13, 3:13 AM

An important ebook on the creeping privatisation and private control of state schools.

Kevin Morrison's curator insight, November 13, 1:16 PM
I don't know if it is unfortunate, or even wrong to privatize our kids education? I do know that our government has done a horrible job and there defiantly needs to be change in how it works and the changes need to begin at the very core of this critical system. I think government oversight needs to be maintained, but at a level that only monitors it in order to maintain an unbiased and financially fair system of returns.

There is talk like educating our kids should not be for profit and I disagree. If we take a ten thousand foot view, we all profit from a well educated system because we all can agree that today's youths are tomorrows leaders. All we need to do is look around at how poorly our kids are being educated today to see they are not getting an education that is going to make them competitive in today's markets (let alone tomorrow's), and in fact if we keep going with the public education system as it is today we are going to be in big trouble in the not so distant future!

When you look at the 2016 election, far to many kids have been swooned by a bias education system and don't have the critical thinking knowledge to form a solid opinion and instead have been showing how unruly they can be supporting a candidate that is without a question the worst possible choice. We ask ourselves why and the answer is because they are not being taught how to be critical thinkers, government and history classes no longer teach anything that is bad or ugly for fear it may have negative impact on the kids. So they are not learning how fragile our form of government is and don't understand how easy it would be to destroy it.

I believe if k-12 was for profit we could better control what is taught and how it is taught. We could get rid of this ignorant idea that we have to treat our youth with kid gloves because they are too sensitive and might develop some mental dysfunction. The fact is with no kid left behind and this mantra that we need to protect them from the world around them by not allowing them to express themselves freely and without bias. We are creating a system where care dogs, pizza, play dough and crayons are mandatory to help them cope.
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Thinking Critically through Digital Media

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In a world where anyone with an internet connection can access, create and share information, opinions and beliefs, it has become increasingly important that students are not only able to assess the credibility of sources but also to look more deeply at the underlying motivations, beliefs and bias of the creator.
Thinking Critically through Digital Media enables teachers to use authentic materials and digital tools combined with motivating communicative tasks to develop students’ abilities to function as critical and well informed digital citizens.


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Com.it's curator insight, November 10, 3:21 AM
Cuestionemos y cuidemos la credibilidad de nuestra información. Hoy en día es muy común compartir, sin antes verificar. Y verificar tus fuentes e informaciones es uno de los pilares básicos de un periodismo de calidad. 
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Carolina Velásquez's curator insight, November 14, 2:54 PM
It is an interesting book since help teachers to be aware on how digital media is important through tasks and information. The use of this kind of books are useful  because enable teachers to use authentic material combined with several skills to develop student's critical thinking.
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Why Profs Are Spending So Much Time Writing Crap That Nobody Reads

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All of this is very unfortunate. Ideally, the great academic minds of a society should be put to work for the sake of building up that society and addressing its problems. Instead, most Western academics today are using their intellectual capital to answer questions that nobody’s asking on pages that nobody’s reading.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 3, 11:48 PM

Sadly, there's a lot of truth in this.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, November 12, 1:51 AM
Profs and writing
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Researchers Hunt for ‘Secret Sauce’ of Digital Learning Success

Researchers Hunt for ‘Secret Sauce’ of Digital Learning Success | Computer-Assisted Language Learning for ESP | Scoop.it
Though a recipe for success in digital classrooms evades researchers, the report concludes with five key takeaways, highlighting important lessons for technology integration in schools:

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 26, 5:24 AM

Useful short article based on a 60 page research report.

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Education World: Education Survey Finds Majority of Teachers Believe Digital Resources Will Replace Textbooks in the Next Decade

Education World: Education Survey Finds Majority of Teachers Believe Digital Resources Will Replace Textbooks in the Next Decade | Computer-Assisted Language Learning for ESP | Scoop.it

Whether or not teacher opinion about the eradication of textbooks within ten years proves to be true, both teachers and parents agree that teachers are the reason why edtech works.


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Almudena's curator insight, October 18, 1:12 PM
#SCEUNES EDUCACION

Charmaine Thomae's curator insight, October 22, 1:23 PM
The fact of the matter is technology is moving into our classrooms and we need to find a way to incorporate it into learning. 
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Kids Don’t Always Love Technology

Kids Don’t Always Love Technology | Computer-Assisted Language Learning for ESP | Scoop.it
In her article, “I’m a Teacher Who Hates Technology—So Let Me Design the Products,” Ashley Lamb-Sinclair admits, “Usually I integrate technology for technology’s sake, rather than because it truly transforms my experience as an educator or my students’ experiences as students.” To her credit, she concludes with a call-to-action for fellow teachers to get more involved in helping create tech tools that actually work. If teachers aren’t involved, there’s no way that edtech is going to get better!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 3, 12:56 AM

Well worth reading.

Paula Rios's curator insight, October 8, 1:07 PM
As the tittle says kids do not love technology all the time, for instance, in the article the author interviewed some students from primary school and while all agreed that having a tablet or a computer are great help, they all said that doing their homework with these devices makes them take longer to finished it, due to the various distractions they can find on these gadgets, like games or texting, they do not focus on what the students really need to do.
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Exploiting Infographics for Digital Literacy & Critical Thinking

Exploiting Infographics for Digital Literacy & Critical Thinking | Computer-Assisted Language Learning for ESP | Scoop.it

This ebook was designed with English language teachers in mind but should have some value for any teacher who is interested in developing their students’ digital literacy and critical thinking skills.


The book contains a wide range of suggested activities for both the creation and exploitation of infographics in the classroom.
It also helps teachers with tips and advice on how to plan and create infographics and suggestions for which tools to use to produce different types of infographic.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 30, 5:38 AM

My latest ebook in the Digital Classrooms Series.

Ttoo2's curator insight, October 5, 11:39 AM
Infographics are such a great differentiated way for kids to show what they know.  
Susan Kelly's comment, October 14, 8:37 AM
Thanks. I'm eager to read this and wonder if you've included the BIg 6 Information Literacy Skills.
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5 charts that explain the future of education

5 charts that explain the future of education | Computer-Assisted Language Learning for ESP | Scoop.it

The new research shows that as the digital economy transforms the workplace, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills such as collaboration, communication and problem solving will become ever more important as more traditional roles are mechanized.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 21, 6:07 AM

Well worth reading.

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The Neuroscience of Perseverance

The Neuroscience of Perseverance | Computer-Assisted Language Learning for ESP | Scoop.it

To produce more dopamine, get in the habit of setting deadlines and completing goals in a timely manner. Create a daily schedule that includes self-imposed deadlines and stick to it! Use timers, calendars and peer pressure to keep you on track and condition yourself. Partner with a like-minded friend who has similar goals and make a pact that you will hold one another accountable to stay on deadline.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 3, 1:41 AM

Good techniques to help students feel more successful.

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, December 8, 3:52 AM

Useful post, presenting an interesting vision of the theme. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in people management, please visit http://blogwgs.tumblr.com/

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Teachers Create what they Experience

Create a shared vision of teaching and learning. Using learning as a process and not an event. Allow authentic learning through practice, trail, and reflection.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 2, 1:27 AM

Good brief presentation about what's going wrong with educational technology in schools.

Mauricio Ramírez's curator insight, December 3, 7:57 AM
"We can continue to buy new programs and buy new resources, but if we fail to engage teachers and empower them to design better experiences for the kids in our classrooms, I believe we will mess out on the greatest opportunity in educational reform" Katie Martin. This insight made me think about the varied agents who nowadays influence the learning. In fact, it is not only a matter of government or stakeholders, but also a teachers' and parents' responsibility. 

First, I want to address the importance students' voices play towards their own learning process. If we, educators, include learners' own strategies to learn, they will certainly feel much more driven to accomplish the established goals. Moreover, taking advantage of the very wide resources this century has provided us with is not only an opportunity, but rather an obligation for teachers to innovate, to foster learning and to engage learners to be active language users. 

Furthermore, in order to build on the culture of innovation and active learning, we, facilitators, should first have a shared vision, second conceive learning as a process, not an event, and finally go open. Thus, it is paramount to mention that when teachers work together to share their experiences, and are autonomous to make the necessary changes, they will then become effective leaders, leaders who can consider education as a process, and embrace learning as a culture allowing their learners, as well as themselves to EVOLVE. Finally, when challenges come around, they are to be taken. Teachers who take risks are able not only to innovate, but to engage and to make students feel inspired. 

SUCH A PROFOUND TED TALK! 
Martin Debattista's curator insight, December 9, 1:26 AM
Why tech in education fails time and time again.
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Shouldn't lectures be obsolete by now?

Shouldn't lectures be obsolete by now? | Computer-Assisted Language Learning for ESP | Scoop.it
Why would you want to sit through someone telling you something, when so much more information is available at your fingertips whenever you want it?

But when you look at some online courses, instead of revolutionising higher education, they have often simply transported the classic lecture format to an internet audience.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 27, 1:11 AM

Yes. And the boredom is being put online now too.

Ines Bieler's curator insight, November 27, 10:01 AM

Yes. And the boredom is being put online now too.

Derek Thomas's curator insight, December 2, 11:18 AM
So even upgrading to the digital world does little to improve the quality of teaching ? No surprise here really, perhaps there is more to it than that .... ? 
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IATEFL and TESOL International Joint Web Conference 2016

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Joint web conference run by IATEFL and TESOL International, Novermber 2016

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How technology creates facilitative disruption in the classroom

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There is no doubt that technology has the potential to be a major disruptor in the classroom. There are two kinds of disruption: facilitative, or “good”, disruption; and debilitating, or “bad”, disruption. So what matters most is the type of disruption being caused not so much the disruption itself.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 14, 12:46 AM

Interesting short article from David Nunan.

Antonio Bautista's curator insight, November 16, 2:01 AM
Plantea dos situaciones reales: el ordenador no va porque la aplicación no funciona, o el alumno multitasking que está haciendo varias cosas a la vez, entre ellas modificar una foto del profe.
Sebastián Vásquez's curator insight, December 4, 2:39 PM
In agreement with the article, we should encourage our students to think in an innovative way in order to foster their agency for learning and in that way create opportunities for facilitative disruption to take place. Moreover, in order to avoid debilitating disruption is important to always keep in mind that technology should be used as a means, that is as a support or complement and not as a suplement of materials of class. In that way, we would be avoiding to screw everything up when technology fails by having a plan B.
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Critical pedagogy: schools must equip students to challenge the status quo

Critical pedagogy: schools must equip students to challenge the status quo | Computer-Assisted Language Learning for ESP | Scoop.it
Teachers should embrace a radical pedagogy and provoke students to demand equality for themselves and others, argues vice principal Tait Coles

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LundTechIntegration's curator insight, November 11, 9:32 AM
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Alexandra Duarte's curator insight, November 11, 12:28 PM
Absolutely and urgent!!!
Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, November 15, 5:04 AM

Interesting post, presenting a newsworthy concept. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in continuing education, more about the theme in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com

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The Digital Skills Metro Map

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All Aboard is rising to the challenge identified in the national Digital Roadmap of building our ‘digital capacity,’ not just in terms of infrastructure, but also in terms of people, their skills, their levels of confidence and their ability to critique and challenge pre-conceptions.


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Helen Wybrants's curator insight, November 12, 4:32 AM
Getting embedded at last
Jacques Lebègue's curator insight, November 12, 4:38 AM
Tous les points fondamentaux du digital  en une seule carte interactive!
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, November 14, 5:02 AM
Idéé originale pour représenter les compétences digitales.
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Computers have altered children's ability to imagine

Computers have altered children's ability to imagine | Computer-Assisted Language Learning for ESP | Scoop.it

WiFi, its existence, the control of it and access to it is of deep concern to children. Analysis shows that children see it as almost elemental, as immutable as the weather, literally part of the landscape. It’s represented as omnipresent, over-arching and essential to human connection and collaboration, with many of the artworks conveying a sense of wonder and amazement at the power and potential of WiFi.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 3, 12:52 PM

Me too.

Daniel Jäggli's curator insight, November 4, 3:46 AM
"If you don’t know, then you’re not playing with us"
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Questions at the heart of learning

Questions at the heart of learning | Computer-Assisted Language Learning for ESP | Scoop.it
While we seek to maintain power through the control of knowledge and the dissemination of wisdom from above we will miss the opportunities made possible by beautiful questions.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 24, 1:10 AM

Lots to agree with here.

shazia.wj's curator insight, October 25, 12:19 AM
A prudent question is one half of wisdom. #learning #teaching #knowledge
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The Digital Classrooms Series

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Exploiting Infographics follows on from 10 Lessons in Digital Literacy, which is a collection of lesson plans based around infographics, and looks in more depth at the genre and how infographics can be used as both sources of information and as creative learning tasks for students.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 3, 10:11 AM

My series of books to help teachers use technology.

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Teaching for Success online conference

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The British Council's first online CPD conference for teachers and teacher educators. You can register for the conference by visiting http://teachingforsuccess.eventbrite.com

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A Devil’s Dictionary of Educational Technology

A Devil’s Dictionary of Educational Technology | Computer-Assisted Language Learning for ESP | Scoop.it
In the dark and satirical spirit of Ambrose Bierce, I offer the first draft of a Devil's Dictionary for educational technology terms.  May it entertain, and all be forgiven. App, n.  An elegant way to avoid the World Wide Web. Blended learning, n.  The practice of combining digital and analog teaching.  Also referred to as…

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 23, 4:58 AM

I hope this makes you smile.

LLZ Uni Halle's curator insight, September 23, 7:48 AM
;)