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Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: Why You Should Give Edmodo A Try

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: Why You Should Give Edmodo A Try | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Recently I attended the North Carolina Technology In Education Society's (NCTIES) Annual Conference. Each year it gets bigger and bigger and we try to find more and more ways to engage with the attendees to make the conference more meaningful and to carry on conversations beyond just the sessions. So this year we did something new. We partnered with Edmodo to create the NCTIES community. This was something they had done with FETC and had great success with so we were eager to see how it would work for us.

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Five technology skills every student should learn | eSchool News

Five technology skills every student should learn | eSchool News | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
What are the most critical technology skills for students to learn? We recently asked our readers this question, and here's what they had to say.
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The Sad Reality Of Education Technology | Edudemic

The Sad Reality Of Education Technology | Edudemic | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

In case you haven’t noticed yet, we are in the midst of the largest technological revolution in decades. The proliferation of wireless computing and personal technological devices capable of accessing the world has created a new landscape that schools must be aware of now. This isn’t like the other waves that have come across the proverbial bow of education.

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Real Life Language Learning | AvatarGeneration

Real Life Language Learning | AvatarGeneration | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Real Life Language Learning is one resource that could be beneficial for individuals looking to improve and experience language learning online.
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Free Technology for Teachers: A Free Complete Guide to Evernote

Free Technology for Teachers: A Free Complete Guide to Evernote | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Evernote is currently my favorite service for note-taking and bookmarking. I have Evernote installed on my iPad, my Android Tablets, my phone, my computers, and I have the Evernote web clipper installed in all of my browsers. Because of Evernote's versatility I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good note-taking and bookmarking tool. One question that I often hear from first-time Evernote users is, there's so many options, where do I start? Make Use Of has just released a new guide that will answer that question and many more

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100 Ways To Use Facebook In Your Classroom | Edudemic

100 Ways To Use Facebook In Your Classroom | Edudemic | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Facebook cannot be ignored. So it’s surprising that we don’t talk about it more on Edudemic and other edtech sites, right? It has a sort of stigma that it’s not for educational purposes. All that’s about to change thanks to these 100 ways you can use Facebook in your classroom to actually learn!

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What I Won't Do on the First Day of School

What I Won't Do on the First Day of School | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Ahh, teachers in America are getting excited, nervous, anxious now that the first day of school is inching ever closer.  People are sharing classroom photos, ideas, as well as posts on what they intend to do on the first day of school.  These always give me such inspiration for change, such as this one by the fantastic Larry Ferlazzo, but I started to think, so what do I not want to do on the first day of school?

This year, I promise my students to not:

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50 Apps Students Will Be Using In Your Classroom | Edudemic

50 Apps Students Will Be Using In Your Classroom | Edudemic | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Aren’t smartphones just the best? Considering how easy they so often render daily life, even cash-strapped students and families might consider them a valuable investment this back-to-school season. Especially when one looks at the number of applications available to better organize classes, events, activities, and basic needs as well as supplement classroom lessons.

Androids, iPhones, and the like might be pricy, but they definitely pay off. Read on to check out our picks for the very best smartphone apps that can help students this back-to-school season.

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Ozge Karaoglu's Blog - Welcome Back to School with Ice-Breaker WebTools

Ozge Karaoglu's Blog - Welcome Back to School with Ice-Breaker WebTools | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Summer holiday is already over and it’s school time for many of us again. If you are thinking of integrating technology into your lessons this year,  here are some ideas to start the new year with some techie icebreaker and warmer tools.

Read more: http://ozgekaraoglu.edublogs.org/2012/09/03/welcome-back-to-school-with-ice-breaker-webtools/#ixzz25WBTXgpV

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The 2 Hottest Educational Social Networks You’re Not Yet Using | Edudemic

The 2 Hottest Educational Social Networks You’re Not Yet Using | Edudemic | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

The world of edtech is abuzz this week thanks to a smattering of exciting news. First, we hadStanford creating an entirely new position and office for online learning. Now something that signals a seismic shift in the edtech world.

Companies and startups alike are jumping feet-first into the edtech world, hoping to connect educators like never before. They’re doing this by creating their very own social networks with functionality that rivals Facebook and Twitter. But it all has an educational twist, making it clear that we’re going to keep seeing more and more organizations vying for the valuable attention of teachers, administrators, and students.

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What Research Tells Us About Immersion

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By Tara Williams Fortune Over nearly half a century, research on language immersion education has heralded benefits such as academic achievement, language and literacy development in two or more langu...
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EdTech Discovery iPad App Campaign Launched to Support Innovative Teachers

EdTech Discovery iPad App Campaign Launched to Support Innovative Teachers | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

AvatarGeneration.com has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund an educational technology discovery app, edtech:ED. The app allows innovative educators to discover new educational technologies, and provides a platform for developers to showcase their educational apps, web tools, learning games and virtual worlds to their target audience.
AvatarGeneration hope to raise $20,000 to develop the edtech:ED app and are asking developers and interested parties to contribute funds on Indiegogo in return for app ‘perks’. These include a copy of the app, a special preview before public launch and a featured listing for developers. To support the campaign for edtech:ED, visit AvatarGeneration’s indiegogo’s page: http://www.indiegogo.com/avatargeneration  

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Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling

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Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, September 5, 2012 12:29 AM
Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories focus on a specific topic and contain a particular point of view. However, as the name implies, digital stories usually contain some mixture of computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips and/or music. Digital stories can vary in length, but most of the stories used in education typically last between two and ten minutes. The topics that are used in Digital Storytelling range from personal tales to the recounting of historical events, from exploring life in one's own community to the search for life in other corners of the universe, and literally, everything in between. A great way to begin learning about Digital Storytelling is by watching the following video introduction to Digital Storytelling.
According to Bernard Robin, at the University of Houston, she states in her Power Point presentation that the educational uses of digital storytelling are immeasurable. She clearly shows that if this type of technology is used appropriately by classroom teachers its results will be effective in helping students with research skills, writing skills, organizational skills, technology skills, presentational skills, interviewing skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, and assessment skills. She also mentions that students will learn information from digital storytelling that will influence and improve their digital, global, technology, visual, and information literacy skills. The questions that arise around the practicality of using such technology have lead others to write about how digital storytelling can be integrated into the classroom to allow students to construct their own learning. In an article in Library Media Connection (2003) titled, What’s Your Digital Story? the authors explain that when we integrate digital storytelling into classroom projects we also enable students to construct their own stories. This pursuit requires students to become active participants instead of passive viewers. They further state that when students structure in narrative stories they are more likely to remember this information and commit it to memory as it is believed that our brains are wired in narrative stories and the construction of these stories help us to better cope with conflict and give us the ability to put incongruity into neat little packages we call stories. There is also reason to believe that by producing digital stories students become more critical when viewing media such as television, computers, and video games. They can now see how easy it can be to manipulate images and text to produce information that is less than truthful.
According to (Barrett, 2006) she sees digital storytelling as a means of creating a reflective portfolio that ties into a new type of learning environment whereas the instruction is student centered with multi-sensory stimulation. As students work collaboratively exchanging information in an active mode with real opportunity they develop and use critical thinking skills. The new learning environment has application because it is authentic and the learning is not isolated or out of context. She states that students will be able to:

• Communicate using a variety of media and formats
• Access and exchange information in a variety of ways
• Compile, organize, analyze, and synthesize information
• Draw conclusions and make generalizations based on information gathered
• Know content and be able to locate additional information as needed
• Become self-directed learners
• Collaborate and cooperate in team efforts
• Interact with others in ethical and appropriate ways

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20 Dead Simple Classroom Management Ideas, Tricks, and Tips

20 Dead Simple Classroom Management Ideas, Tricks, and Tips | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
I have written extensively in the past about classroom management and I admit I have glossed over some things while belaboring other points way beyond the point of exhaustion.
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With nearly 10M members, Edmodo goes back to school with new version

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With nearly 10 million members, Edmodo is on Wednesday rolling out an updated version, with an improved user interface and richer functionality.
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12 Things Students Should Never Do on Social Media

12 Things Students Should Never Do on Social Media | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
The last thing young people want is another set of rules. But these days, social media comes with great responsibility.
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Tech Tools for Teachers: Social-bookmarking

Tech Tools for Teachers: Social-bookmarking | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Nik Peachey explores social-bookmarking and how we can use it to save bookmarks online to access them from any computer.
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Linguist List - Reviews Available for the Book

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Review of Teaching Languages to Students with Specific Learning Differences

Reviewer: James Rock
Book Title: Teaching Languages to Students with Specific Learning Differences
Book Author: Judit Kormos / Anne Margaret Smith
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
LL Issue: 23.3662

 

Review:
AUTHORS: Judit Kormos & Anne Margaret Smith
TITLE: Teaching Languages to Students with Specific Learning Differences
PUBLISHER: Multilingual Matters
YEAR: 2012

James Rock, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Università Cattolica
del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy

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What To Do When You Hate Teaching

What To Do When You Hate Teaching | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Disillusionment is common to most of us involved in the teaching profession. We all deal with it at one point or another.
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10 Ideas for Classroom Video Projects | open thinking

10 Ideas for Classroom Video Projects | open thinking | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

“… ten years ago, not one student in a hundred, nay, one in a thousand, could have produced videos like this. It’s a whole new skill, a vital and important skill, and one utterly necessary not simply from the perspective of creating but also of comprehending video communication today.” (Stephen Downes)

If you follow my Twitter-stream, you know that I spend a lot of time viewing, collecting & sharing videos. In this post, I share ideas on certain types of videos that I’ve gathered and how educators might use related methods or styles to engage students in constructing and deconstructing media while becoming critical consumers and producers of digital media.

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How to make friends and influence people - a teacher's guide

How to make friends and influence people - a teacher's guide | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
First day in a new teaching job?Read David Didau's tips for settling in to a school and connecting with new colleagues...
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Edmodo vs Blogging

Edmodo vs Blogging | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

When introducing transformative teaching practices involving technology, you have to be careful not to overload the senses of the tech novices on your staff. What took über geeks like me a couple of hours to master can take a life time for others. This year at my school we’ve begun to dip our toes into the waters of online communication (some staff are already swimming while others are still sitting on the edge thinking they’ll drown without support). We’ve introduced both Edmodo and blogging to varying degrees this year. Grade 6 embraced Edmodo from the start and used it in many ways, following in the footsteps of a trial program I began with some of the current teachers last year. Grade 5 came to the party a bit later and are working towards good practices with support from current teachers who were part of the trial last year. Grade 3 and 4 have recently jumped on board and are currently in the experimental stage, with some of the more tech savvy trying out more advanced features.

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50 Top Sources To Become A Better Teacher

50 Top Sources To Become A Better Teacher | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Teachers may spend their days imparting knowledge to others, but that doesn’t mean they should stop learning themselves.
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8 Great New Educational Web Tools for Teachers

8 Great New Educational Web Tools for Teachers | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Here is a wrap-up of this week 's educational web 2.0 tools we have discovered in several other blogs and websites and because of our time constraints we could not review them in single posts. Again the purpose is to help you keep updated about the new web tools relevant in the educational ecosystem.

Check out the list below and let us know what you think :

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Tip of the day for Supply Teachers

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Teaching resources

There are a number of teaching resources on the internet.
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