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eLearning Guild Research: What Are the Benefits of Social Learning? by Patti Shank : Learning Solutions Magazine

eLearning Guild Research: What Are the Benefits of Social Learning? by Patti Shank : Learning Solutions Magazine | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Many people think social learning is new. You know … you have a question and post it on Twitter and someone posts an answer. Or you have a discussion in one of your grad classes using a discussion forum. There are two issues with this way of thinking. The first one, as Ben Betts explains so humorously at the beginning of the new Guild research report, Social Learning: Answers to Eight Crucial Questions:

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Teachers can make ebooks for free with QuarkXpress

Teachers can make ebooks for free with QuarkXpress | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Teachers can download QuarkXpress, worth nearly £1,000, for free in new offer...
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Beyond Beiber: Twitter improves student learning

Beyond Beiber: Twitter improves student learning | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Twitter, best known as the 140-character social-networking site where Justin Beiber and Lady Gaga chit-chat with fans, has become a new literary format that is improving student learning, a new study argues.
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Dropbox Giving Away 3GB Free To Anyone With .edu Address | Edudemic

Dropbox Giving Away 3GB Free To Anyone With .edu Address | Edudemic | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Dropbox is literally one of the most used apps and web tools in education today. That’s according to a recent review we at Edudemic did. So it’s no surprise that Dropbox has noticed this … and wants to keep the edu-train rolling.

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The New 10 YouTube Educational Gurus

The New 10 YouTube Educational Gurus | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

It was not long ago since we posted here about the contest launched by YouTube in partnership with Khan Academy. They both were looking for some bright and inspiring educational content creators who have " what it takes to build a global classroom ". Two of my readers here have applied (there might probably be more but these two have sent me their video contributions) and one of them was initially accepted in the first selection that listed 1000 candidates but was eliminated in the final selection.

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EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press Release - Teachers' salaries reduced or frozen in growing number of European countries

EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press Release - Teachers' salaries reduced or frozen in growing number of European countries | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
European Commission - Press Release - European Commission Press release Brussels, 5 October 2012 Sixteen European countries have reduced or frozen teachers' salaries in response to the economic downturn.
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4 Twitter Superheroes Every Teacher Should Know About | Edudemic

4 Twitter Superheroes Every Teacher Should Know About | Edudemic | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

I am relatively new to the world of Twitter chats, but I have to say, I’m in love.

Let’s face it—teachers out there often work in isolation, even in today’s “collaborative” world. We struggle to find the time to collaborate, often rushing through the process, then we hole ourselves up in our rooms trying to work through lunch

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TEFL Lesson Ideas: Using maps & technology in class…more interesting than it sounds!

TEFL Lesson Ideas: Using maps & technology in class…more interesting than it sounds! | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
A lifetime of thoughts about maps! And how to use them in class from tefltecher legend, Ian James (@ij64) in the first of a series of guest blogs.
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Blogging Tips for Teachers | The Cornerstone

Blogging Tips for Teachers | The Cornerstone | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
What's Here This page shares ideas for educators to use in creating websites with teaching resources.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Common Curriculum Helps You Create Common Core Lesson Plans

Free Technology for Teachers: Common Curriculum Helps You Create Common Core Lesson Plans | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Common Curriculum is a new online lesson planning resource that aims to help you align your lessons to Common Core standards. In Common Curriculum you can enter your courses and write your lesson plans. After you enter a lesson plan into your Common Curriculum planner you can click "search for standard" to have Common Curriculum search for Common Core standards that might match your lesson plan. The more text that you include in your lesson plan the more likely Common Curriculum is to find Common Core standards that match your lesson plans

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We Are Teachers

We Are Teachers | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
WeAreTeachers is a powerful online community for teachers with thousands of teacher-submitted teaching ideas, offering a unique forum for innovation and collaboration amongst educators.
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20+ Tools To Supercharge Your Dropbox

20+ Tools To Supercharge Your Dropbox | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Dropbox is a powerful cloud service but it is more than just a website for online storage. Dropbox has many apps that work together with it to enhance your Dropbox experience. Besides automatically backing up your website to Dropbox, some of these apps or third party services will allow you to create a simple website with Dropbox, help you automatically organize your Dropbox files, and even let you email file attachments directly to your Dropbox account.


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Teachers Guide on The Use of ePortfolios in Education | Diigo

Teachers Guide on The Use of ePortfolios in Education | Diigo | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Have you ever thought of teaching your students how to create an ePortfolio ? Well if you have not then it is about time to take the idea seriously. There are actually several reasons why you should encourage students to create their own ePortfolios but before we delve into them let me just briefly define what an ePortfolio is.


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6 Great Note-Taking Tools for Students and Teachers

6 Great Note-Taking Tools for Students and Teachers | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
6 fantastic note-taking tools for taking and sharing notes in education.
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How teachers use social media in the classroom to beef up instruction

How teachers use social media in the classroom to beef up instruction | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Sites like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are helping teachers and students communicate and share knowledge.
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Classroom Newspaper Google Docs Style!

Classroom Newspaper Google Docs Style! | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Great Ideas! Love the idea of uploading newspaper to Youblisher. Turns it into a flippable page newspaper.


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Rachel Marker's curator insight, September 27, 2013 11:30 PM

Could replace monthly newsletter. Student written!

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What Does Student Blogging Exactly Do?

What Does Student Blogging Exactly Do? | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

As a proponent of student blogging I am often asked what it "does" for my students. The thing is, it does quite a bit.

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Protect Your Eyes from Computer Screens

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Protect Your Eyes from Computer Screens | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago The Atlantic had a story about the Vision Council's recent report on digital eye strain. The sixteen page report (link opens as PDF) includes a couple of graphics that show you how you can reduce the strain on your eyes when working on your computer or smartphone. I've inserted the graphics below. To get the full size version of the graphics you will have to download the PDF.

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30 of your Britishisms used by Americans

30 of your Britishisms used by Americans | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
The Magazine's recent article about the Britishisation of American English prompted readers to respond with examples of their own.
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Brain Research: Adolescents Learn More in Cooperative Groups | MiddleWeb

Brain Research: Adolescents Learn More in Cooperative Groups | MiddleWeb | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Judy Willis, a neurologist & middle grades teacher, says adolescent brains learn more through interactive, interdependent group work.

Did you know that "peer group influence plays an important developmental role in the psychosocial process of separation from parents"? What does this mean to teachers of middle school students? That "interactive, interdependent group work" helps middle school students "build happy, learning brains."

This post will help you learn more about brain science, successful group work, how to plan for success, provides some researched-based guidelines and more.


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When it comes to adolescents brain development in our western society today we can rely on school systems to play a large role in this. In this article is talks about how cooperative work groups in middle schools are the best ways for children to learn (Willis, 2012). I found this article to relate very closely to an academic journal I read comparing social development in pre schoolers in a values education program (Dereli-Iman, E, 2014, p.263). In the experiment of the academic journal researches found that children put into the values education program had better social development and less behavioural issues  (Dereli-Iman, E, 2014, p.263).  Even though this article of cooperative groups deals with middle schools students, it proves to say that cooperative learning groups gets all children involved, and forms for the greatest  levels of conceptual learning  (Dereli-Iman, E, 2014, p.263). In the text book Exploring Psychology in Modules, they state that day care is an area that has a huge impact on a child's development (Myers & Myers, 2008, p. 148). As Whetten stated, good quality child care is a warm and stimulations place for children, and poor child care is boring for this children making them unresponsive (Myers & Myers, 2008, p. 149). From these three articles you can see that schooling for children plays a huge role in brain development, and it is important to make sure they are in a good environment. Thought the author of this article, Judy Willis did not use a lot of scientific reasoning and proof in her article I found her findings and background to be very impressive. It would have made the article a little bit better if she would have added in some statistics to back up her reasoning about cooperative groups (Willis, 2012). A possible diverse group that would be effected through cooperative learning are kids from other countries who do not speak the foreign language. If a child was put into a cooperative group and was not able to converse with the other children it could possibly lead to negative outcomes for that student. 


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Myers, D. G., & Myers, D. G. (2008). Exploring psychology in modules. New York, NY: Worth Publishers.

 

Willis, J. (2012, September 14). Brain Research: Adolescents Learn More in Cooperative Groups | MiddleWeb. Retrieved from http://www.middleweb.com/2847/how-to-build-happy-brains/


Dereli-İman, E. (2014). The Effect of the Values Education Programme on 5.5-6 year old children’s social development: social skills, psycho-social development and social problem solving skills. Kuram Ve Uygulamada Eğitim Bilimleri, 14(1), 262-268. 

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Supportive middle school teaching strategies like cooperative learning, class celebrations, and community-school collaborations lower stress and increase resilience in students and create HAPPY MIDDLE-SCHOOL BRAINS, neuro-imaging shows.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Quickly Share Large Files Through Just Beam It

Free Technology for Teachers: Quickly Share Large Files Through Just Beam It | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Just Beam It is a free service for quickly sharing files up to 2GB in size. To transfer a file to someone else just drag a file from your desktop to Just Beam It in your browser. After dragging and dropping your file Just Beam It will generate a link to it that you can share with anyone

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Children Learning English Affectively: Affective warm ups and wrap ups for young learners

Children Learning English Affectively: Affective warm ups and wrap ups for young learners | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

As soon as I started my career as an English teacher at Seven, I fell in love with warm ups and wrap ups. My passion was so big that I created a list with over 100 warm ups that I had in my locker for everybody to see, which led for my peers to call me the Warm up man! As old habits die hard, I'm here writing this post about this very important part of a language class.

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How to Create an eBook from Wikipedia Articles

How to Create an eBook from Wikipedia Articles | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
You can bundle your favorite Wikipedia articles in a nicely formatted ebook and read it offline on any mobile phone, ebook reader or Tablet.

 

You can use iBooks on your iPhone and iPad to read these Wikipedia ebooks while the free Aldiko Book Reader app is a recommended option for reading ePUB files on an Android device. Kindle doesn’t support ePUB files but there workarounds available.


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Find out how strong your vocabulary is and learn new words at Vocabulary.com.

Find out how strong your vocabulary is and learn new words at Vocabulary.com. | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Vocabulary.com helps you learn new words, play games that improve your vocabulary, and explore language.

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