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The Innovative Educator: 5 Reasons to Allow Students to Use Cell Phones in Class

The Innovative Educator: 5 Reasons to Allow Students to Use Cell Phones in Class | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

This morning, a discussion between members of my PLN on Plurk got me thinking about rules in school that ban cell phone usage.  In today's post I'm going to explore five reasons why banning cell phones in schools is bad policy and detrimental for our students.

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Siani Katerina's comment, July 8, 2012 7:43 PM
les? ;)
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Using Storify for learning

Storify is now a noun and a verb.

At Storify you can gather stories, quotes, pictures, videos and web pages. If you need to create your stories with pictures and videos away from your desktop, there’s a free iPad app for that. 

You can use as a blog, to accomplish your assignments, and to organize thoughts for a paper or project. Above all collaborate and don't forget to share a lot.

 


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A test too far: New language tests for migrants

A test too far: New language tests for migrants | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Migrants' Rights Network (MRN) | Language tests for citizenship being introduced with the new family migration rules will discriminate against the poorest and most vulnerable. The level of the tests is too high and will potentially prevent many from gaining settlement and citizenship in the UK.


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Do smart devices make smart kids?

Do smart devices make smart kids? | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Will touch screens help make our children smarter?


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1 Year Later- Why Teachers Should Join Twitter…What I have Learned as a Twitter Newbie

1 Year Later- Why Teachers Should Join Twitter…What I have Learned as a Twitter Newbie | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
What is the first thing you think of when you think of Twitter?  Most people think of a popular social networking site that people use for socializing, sharing random opinions and befriending cool ...

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Beth Crumpler's comment, July 8, 2012 10:28 PM
Evdokia you are welcome. Thanks for the rescoop. Michel, thanks for the rescoop as well.
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Some educators question if whiteboards, other high-tech tools raise achievement

Some educators question if whiteboards, other high-tech tools raise achievement | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Driving the boom is a surge in federal funding for such products, the industry's aggressive marketing and an idea axiomatic in the world of education reform: that to prepare students kids for the 21st century, schools must embrace the technologies that are the media of modern life.

Increasingly, though, another view is emerging: that the money schools spend on instructional gizmos isn't necessarily making things better, just different.


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Creativity is Great | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

Creativity is Great | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

This lesson is all about creativity and innovation. Students start with a discussion which leads into a vocabulary task and reading activities. The lesson focuses on using the past simple and present perfect.

Level: B1+

Age group: Older teens/adults

Timing: 60 - 90 minutes


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Twitter is the common dude’s RSS reader, new discovery tools show

Twitter is the common dude’s RSS reader, new discovery tools show | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

The crux of the matter is simple: Around half of Twitter users are using the service as a supersimplified RSS reader, not as a mechanism for broadcasting their own thoughts to an uncaring world. Since the company wants to grow — and wants to continue to grow more mainstream — it’s in its best interests to make Twitter the simplest, best RSS reader anyone could ask for. And today’s announcements about finding and following topics take the product a bit closer to that goal.


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LearnEnglish Sports World

Get LearnEnglish Sports World on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Use Technology to Inspire Students in Language Arts

Free Technology for Teachers: Use Technology to Inspire Students in Language Arts | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

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A nice collection of Facebook Tutorials - A Brighter Web

A nice collection of Facebook Tutorials - A Brighter Web | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

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The Official Content Curation Tools Universe Map

The Official Content Curation Tools Universe Map | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Everytime I see a new post or article claiming to list the best content curation tools I know I am in for some disappointment.

 

Most of these lists just pick up names from other lists without even bothering to check, test or verify what these tools actually do, whether they are still available. Unfortunately the rush to put out "curated" list of tools and services has created more misinformation than useful lists. 

 

But if you, like me, are on the lookout for new and effective tools to curate your own content or the one of your customers, I have created a comprehensive map of all the curation tools available online and I keep it fresh and updated almost on a daily basis.

 

The map presently lists over 250 content curation tools which you can navigate much more easily than it was possible on my earlier versions of this map.

 

On the right side of the map you will find all of the news and content curation tools available online today. On the left side, you can find bookmarking, link lists builders, clippers and lots of tools to operate with RSS feeds (which are still at the heart of a curator's job).

Full map: http://bit.ly/ContentCurationUniverse  

Share it. 


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Mike Ellsworth's comment, October 10, 2012 10:23 PM
Mala, thanks for the reScoop and many thanks to Robin Good for the crazy good mindmap!
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Mala, thanks for the reScoop and many thanks to Robin Good for the crazy good mindmap!
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The 20 Features Teachers Should Know about The 21st Century Classroom

The 20 Features Teachers Should Know about The 21st Century Classroom | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

We have been talking a lot about the 21st century skills teacher need to have but what about the 21st century classroom ? Do we know how it looks like ? How much of technology is used there and why should there be any technology it  after all ? These are questions that Open Colleges is trying to anwser in their awesome infographic below.

Honestly I was thinking that the Flipped Classroom is the type of classroom we will have in the future but I don't think I am right so far. But no matter what kind of classroom we have , there will always be a lot of amount of technology in it.

Edudemic has also helped in the realization of this infographic and it even summarized its key elements in the following bullets :

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50,000 (And Counting) Education Apps Worth Knowing About | Edudemic

50,000 (And Counting) Education Apps Worth Knowing About | Edudemic | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Are you looking for a directory on educational apps? Edudemic and FindTheBest have collaborated and created a list that allows you to search and find educational apps. You may narrow results by age and content rating, sort by product (iDevices and Android), adjust based on price, filter by size of download and more. To go directly to the the Compare Education Apps site (which also includes a buying guide): 

http://apps.edudemic.com/#.


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Using Evernote in School : A Collection of Links | Doug Woods

Using Evernote in School : A Collection of Links | Doug Woods | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

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All Time Best Useful Tricks About Google Search : Search Google like A Pro | TechFlashed

All Time Best Useful Tricks About Google Search : Search Google like A Pro | TechFlashed | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

"Google is the only place where one could find solution to many problems . Millions of users search google everyday. Now the question is how you can search google to get accurate results that are very much close to your google query .You can easily Enhance your google search experience by following some tips and tricks.You must know the following search tricks to get better and quality results from Google search..."


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Two Awesome Videos for Teachers to Watch

Two Awesome Videos for Teachers to Watch | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Watching videos of relevant interest is a major part of our professional development. Although a video might sometimes take you more time than would a written article, still there are many benifts these multimeida clips provide and most important of them all is engagement.


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Bookmarklet Combiner - A Simple Online Tool To Combine Several Bookmarklets Into One

Bookmarklet Combiner - A Simple Online Tool To Combine Several Bookmarklets Into One | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

 

Bookmarklet Combiner is a simple online tool which allows you to combine several bookmarklets into one. It allows you to specify how the bookmarklets are to combine, with two modes available:


+ Combine and run all bookmarklets at one

+ Show a menu for the user to select which bookmarklet to run

 

Link : http://goo.gl/R3g6j


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Screenshot Captor

Screenshot Captor | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Screenshot Captor is a best-in-class tool for grabbing, manipulating, annotating, and sharing screenshots. It's different from other screenshot utilities in several notable ways...


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The Myth of Learning Styles

The Myth of Learning Styles | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

The most popular current conception of learning styles equates style with the preferred bodily sense through which one receives information, whether it be visual, auditory, or kinesthetic (for some reason, no one claims that there are tactile or olfactory learners). We use this sensory definition of learning styles in the examples below, but our conclusions apply equally to other definitions.


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Linda Alexander's comment, July 9, 2012 8:29 AM
While many valid points were certainly made, the article doesn't bust any myths. Foremost, too many folks are capitalizing on learning style books and programs that are not grounded in scientific evidence and may actually harm the way we "think about thinking" and classroom learning. We need to move beyond popular psychology, left and right brain divisions, and attempts to number specific learning styles; theories and programs not thoroughly vetted by evidenced-based research or the cognitive sciences. The brain is far more complex, holistic and malleable than generally believed today. The continual efforts to divide and conquer brain functionality limits the way we view human intelligence, creativity and sparking individual potential. Nonetheless, most of us readily admit we've generally advanced in our thinking with kudos to some of the early learning styles and multiple intelligence myth busters. Moreover, we continue to learn more about processing skills, learning and intelligence in ways that will open doors for children and serve positive purposes in classrooms....
Ken Morrison's comment, July 14, 2012 8:45 PM
HI Mr. Dempsey.
Thank you for the many rescoops. It looks like you have a few great Scoop.it sites started. Best of luck to you. I will return to your sites in the future. I like what I see.
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Environment Cards

Environment Cards | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

There are some topics that come up in almost every textbook and at almost every level. The environment is one of those topics. This resource helps make that lesson/topic just a little bit more interesting.


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ToonDoo - World's fastest way to create cartoons!

ToonDoo - World's fastest way to create cartoons! | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Cartoons are a very interesting and powerful way to teach and especially for learners when the creator of the cartoons knows how to use them on an efficient way...

 

Gust MEES: e.g.: create cartoons on a "dialogue way" so you can display the questions your learners asked you and you give the answers also as the "master avatar" in your cartoons, visually learning... As people don't have anymore that much time to learn and are stressed, cartoons are THAT way to teach... Time saving, but efficient ;)

 

I use cartoons also for teaching IT-Security, check here:

 

http://gustmeesen.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/why-ict-security-why-the-need-to-secure-a-computer/

 


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AR SPOT: An Augmented-Reality Programming Environment for Children | Augmented Environments Lab

AR SPOT: An Augmented-Reality Programming Environment for Children | Augmented Environments Lab | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

AR SPOT is an augmented-reality authoring environment for children. An extension of MIT’s Scratch project, this environment allows children to create experiences that mix real and virtual elements. Children can display virtual objects on a real-world scene observed through a video camera, and they can control the virtual world through interactions between physical objects.


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