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20 Reasons to Switch to Google+ [INFOGRAPHIC]

20 Reasons to Switch to Google+ [INFOGRAPHIC] | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Infographic Labs has put together a compelling infographic as to why Google+ is worth your time.
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How To Embed Technology Into The Classroom

How To Embed Technology Into The Classroom | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
My current role is not just to introduce technology to teachers, but to show how to embed that technology so it makes a real difference.
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48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers

48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
A good majority of northern hemisphere and international schools are winding down the 2011-2012 school year and doors will be closing as the students and teachers take off on their summer adventure...
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Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning

Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

"The report, Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning, examines the support that educators and schools will require to implement genuine teaching practices that are personalized for each student. Digital learning, the report argues, can be a major strategy for enabling teachers to meet varied students’ needs while also supporting necessary cultural shifts in teaching.

 

According to the report, learner-centered instruction is personalized, rigorous, and based on college- and career-ready expectations. It is also collaborative, relevant, and flexible, with learning taking place anytime or anywhere. A true shift to a learner-centered environment powered by effective technology requires a strong school culture that embodies, encourages, and focuses on the needs of each student, the report argues. Specifically, Culture Shift maintains that the integration of technology and digital learning, school leadership, and changes in the teaching profession are critical to the transition to this new culture."

 

Download the complete report on this site!


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The power of content curation: Are you doing it right?

The power of content curation: Are you doing it right? | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

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Digital Citizenship Poster for Elementary Classrooms | Common Sense Media

Digital Citizenship Poster for Elementary Classrooms | Common Sense Media | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Turn wired students into great digital citizens

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Δημιουργήστε ένα διαδικτυακό περιοδικό στην τάξη σας!

Δημιουργήστε ένα διαδικτυακό περιοδικό στην τάξη σας! | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Δημιουργήστε ένα διαδικτυακό περιοδικό στην τάξη σας! Δώστε την ευκαιρία στους μαθητές σας να γίνουν τα μέλη σε μία δημιουργική δημοσιογραφική ομάδα!

Η εφαρμογή των περιοδικών Geld verdienen im Internet eTwinning δίνει τη δυνατότητα σε εκπαιδευτικούς που έχουν λογαριασμό στο Πανελλήνιο Σχολικό Δίκτυο και που έχουν ξεκινήσει συνεργασίες με άλλες eTwinning ομάδες του εξωτερικού, να δημιουργήσουν περιοδικά και να προβάλλουν τις συνεργασίες τους.

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Digital storytelling in the classroom

Digital storytelling in the classroom | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

When students create a movie or interactive slide show to tell their story, learning becomes personal. Students can improve their writing, show creativity, and have a voice.


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Tuba Angay-Crowder's comment, June 1, 2012 8:09 AM
I used the same picture at yesterday's digital storytelling presentation for a middle school:) Thank you
Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, June 1, 2012 1:51 PM
Digital Storytelling can be very powerful for many students addressing various types of learning styles and modalities. Digital Storytelling provides meaning to learning through the use of their auditory, visual and kinesthetic skills. Students are also required to use higher order thinking skills in their creativity of their stories.
However, much of the power of Digital Storytelling comes from the collaboration and teamwork process. In a collaborative environment, students are actively engaged in the exchange of ideas and are not only responsible for reaching their own academic goals, but the goals of others in the group. This provides opportunity for students
to think critically, which promotes life long learning.
Digital storytelling is an effective way to engage students in their learning. First of all, it asks for their perspective and validates it as important. Secondly, they get to work in a medium that is relevant and meaningful to their lives (computers). The ability to tell their story in a variety of ways - through sounds, music, graphics, photographs, and
original artwork allows them to express their creativity in ways other than just text. The skills used in creating digital stories requires them to build planning, organizational, and time management skills.
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Virtual worlds among latest trends in language education

Learning a foreign language has long been a high school graduation requirement, but technology has taken language learning to new levels with the availability of interactive websites, apps for handheld devices, and software that can target students’ weak spots.

Technology changes quickly, and recently, a new way of teaching and learning foreign languages has emerged: using virtual worlds, such as Second Life, to increase student engagement and confidence as they build new language skills.

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How To Import Facebook Contacts Into Twitter

How To Import Facebook Contacts Into Twitter | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

This tutorial may be a really good investment of your time especially if you have a large Facebook network.


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Picturebooks in ELT: What does it mean to be a Huey?

Picturebooks in ELT: What does it mean to be a Huey? | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Sandie Mourão, a freelance English language teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer based in Portugal, has this blog on picturebooks for English language teaching.


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Page Rank Myths in Linkbuilding

Page Rank Myths in Linkbuilding | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Myths do not only exist in historic anecdotes but also in the world of Link Building! It is about time that someone clarifies these Myths and rectifies them, to show the self appointed 'experts' out there that Link Building like 2004 is over.
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Easily Increase Your WordPress Site Traffic With These Social Media Plugins!

Easily Increase Your WordPress Site Traffic With These Social Media Plugins! | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
If you are looking for WordPress social media plugins to increase your site traffic, then you should definitely try the following:
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8 Ways Schools Can Stop Bullying | Online Classes

8 Ways Schools Can Stop Bullying | Online Classes | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Schools are taking a stand to address bullying and develop new ways to stop the harassment before it starts.
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Neuroscience & the Classroom - Harvards-Smithsonian

Neuroscience & the Classroom - Harvards-Smithsonian | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Insights drawn from neuroscience not only provide educators with a scientific basis for understanding some of the best practices in teaching, but also offer a new lens through which to look at the problems teachers grapple with every day.


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Dr. Susan Bainbridge's comment, May 29, 2012 12:52 PM
Glad you liked this post. Should be lots more of these types of courses appearing this year.
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Interactive Language Learning with Young Children

Interactive Language Learning with Young Children | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Christina Giannikas owns a chain of private language schools in Southern Greece. Here she talks about the benefits of more interactive classroom experiences. Many teaching approaches have been impl...

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Content Curation Tool Clipboard Opens To All Adding New Feature Boards

Content Curation Tool Clipboard Opens To All Adding New Feature Boards | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Giuseppe Mauriello: I "scooped" this service called Clipboard when it was in private beta, October 15, 2011:

 http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-content-curation/p/548503878/new-powerful-curation-tool-clipboard-saves-pieces-of-web-pages

Today Clipboard, that allows users to save parts of Web pages, is no longer in private beta.

 

From review on The Next Web:

"Clipboard was founded by Gary Flake, who previously founded Microsoft’s Live Labs, Yahoo Research.

 

Flake sees Clipboard as a service closer to Dropbox, then he does Pinterest. While Pinterest is more for vanity sharing, his company is all about capturing the important parts of the web for your own purposes, whether you want to keep your clips private or share them with others.

 

Along with coming out of beta, the site has launched its own feature called “boards”, which Flake tells me was the original concept for the site. Users can now put together all of the things that they clip into a Pinterest-style board and share them publicly or just with specific people.

 

By using Clipboard, you can not only share links, you can share the actual context of what interested you in the first place, with the code from the page completely intact. So if you wanted to clip an IMDB page, all of the links to the actor pages would remain. This beats the current Pinterest experience of simply grabbing an image..."

 

Read full article here: 

http://thenextweb.com/apps/2012/05/31/clipboard-officially-launches-adds-boards-and-could-become-your-new-inbox/

 

Try out it: https://clipboard.com

 


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Paulo Simões's comment, June 1, 2012 4:57 AM
Clipboard is a fantastic tool. One of my favorite for now. I don't see the point of Pinterest.
With Clipboard we grab all what we want. Almost perfect.
Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, June 1, 2012 5:20 AM
Hi Paulo, I agree with you. One of my favorites for me too.
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FCE Use of English Quiz 11 « International House La Spezia's Blog

FCE Use of English Quiz 11 « International House La Spezia's Blog | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
FCE Use of English Quiz 11. May 29, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments. Here is a quiz to help you with Paper 3 part 4. Rewrite the sentences using between 2 and 5 words, including the word in capitals.

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Making the Most of Google Docs: Tips & Lesson Ideas

Making the Most of Google Docs: Tips & Lesson Ideas | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Since attending the Google Teacher Academy in April, I have been trying to learn as much as possible about each Google application. The result? I am realizing how little I actually knew about these tools and how tragically I was underutilizing them!
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PowerPoint’s Presenter mode is presenter’s best friend!

PowerPoint’s Presenter mode is presenter’s best friend! | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

By ‘extending your screen’ (in Windows) and then using Microsoft PowerPoint’s inbuilt ‘Presenter’ mode, your current PowerPoint slide is displayed on the laptop screen as well as your notes section, a timer, upcoming slides and access to other programs and files.


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GraphWords.com - Visualize words!

Graph Words is a free visualization tool to explore English dictionary and thesaurus, helps you to search the meaning of words and other associated words.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Bitly Introduces New Bookmark Options

Free Technology for Teachers: Bitly Introduces New Bookmark Options | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Bitly is the URL shortener that I have been using for years. It's simple to use, especially if you use the bookmarklet, allows you to customize URLs, and offers good statistics about use of your links. I like Bitly so much that I consider it one of the three browser tools all teachers should try. Yesterday, Bitly introduced a slew of new options

 

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4 Do's and 4 Don'ts in Content Curation | Darwin Ecosystem

4 Do's and 4 Don'ts in Content Curation | Darwin Ecosystem | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Excerpted from the article by Nicholas Herold on Darwin Ecosystem Blog:

"There are a lot of great pieces on the techniques and tools of content curation, and almost all of them include some version of do’s and don’ts. 

 

This is the way I think about content curation: If you were a museum curator, you would be thinking about 1. Your audience; 2. Your theme; 3. Find pieces that would work in that context; 4. Acquire the pieces; 5. Plan the space for the exhibit; 6. Advertise, and 7. Install.

 

Obviously there are major differences between curation in a museum and on the Internet.

The most important difference is the time scale: events on the Internet are new every picosecond.

 

In almost every other important respect, the role of the museum curator is the same as that of a content curator on the Internet. The 7 steps above are all the same, except the context is a bit different: you still need to plan how you’re going to exhibit what you’ve acquired.

 

Curation is a tool to get people who are interested in your field to come to you and regard you as a trusted source.

 

First, the Do’s:

1. Do pay attention to your subject: Keep on top of your topic.

2. Do give credit to others where you get stuff from: in a world where SEO credit comes from others, it makes sense to scratch their backs, and give them a reason to scratch yours.

3. Do find interesting content to share.

4. Do share the content in context: It’s not enough to post the relevant content, you have to say why you think this is important. 

 

Now for the Don’ts:

1. Don’t appropriate—curate. This means that you should not take someone else’s work. It’s okay to quote small portions of text or visuals, but grabbing the content and resposting it as you own is appropriating, in other words, stealing. 

2. Don’t forget your audience. A while back I tweeted something that was a bit controversial and unrelated to my topic and lost about a third of my followers. 

3. Don’t pitch your product by pretending it’s the content you’re curating. If someone feels you are only interested in selling, you will lose followers.

4. Don’t give up!

 

Read full original article here:

http://www.darwineco.com/blog/bid/83561/4-Do-s-and-4-Don-ts-in-Content-Curation

 


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