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How Tough Kids Can Make Us Better Teachers

How Tough Kids Can Make Us Better Teachers | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Early in the school year, Mr. Spriggs asked me to sit in on a conference with his most challenging student. Jon rarely participated appropriately in class, instead drawing attention to himself by "ac
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Sylvain Briol's curator insight, January 12, 2013 3:51 AM

Self-Analysis & Openess 

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A stateless language that Europe must embrace

The language policy in the European Union is both ineffective and hypocritical, and its ideas of linguistic equality and multilingualism are costly and cumbersome illusions. Why have these illusions been kept up for so long?
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Create free websites - SnackWebsites

Create free websites, really easy! Free & easy to set up. Especially developed to work on all mobile devices. No ads.

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Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, January 14, 2013 10:08 PM

Need to try this for starter!

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Pinterest or Delicious: Social Bookmarking Coming back as Digital Curation

Pinterest or Delicious: Social Bookmarking Coming back as Digital Curation | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Lately, we’ve watched as images – from photos to infographics – have taken over the web. As photos take over Facebook newsfeeds and Pinterest explodes, I see so many people trying to accomodate an image-centric process into their digital curation.

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sarspri's curator insight, January 10, 2013 11:27 AM

Useful discussion of visual (Pinterest) versus text (Delicious) and the different purposes and affordances of each one. 

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Don't Miss This Critical Thinking Poster for your Class

Don't Miss This Critical Thinking Poster for your Class | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

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Tracy Webb Sharp's curator insight, January 10, 2013 9:27 PM

Print this for sentence frames

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25 Education Technology Google+ Accounts To Check Out - Edudemic

25 Education Technology Google+ Accounts To Check Out - Edudemic | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
If you're looking to build up your G+ experience, here's some useful education technology Google+ accounts to know about.
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The Best Ways To Use Tech In The Classroom

The Best Ways To Use Tech In The Classroom | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

How do teachers make informed decisions in relation to a balanced use of technology in the classroom? Where can new teachers become better informed about best practices for technology use in the classroom without becoming overwhelmed and discouraged by the overload of information?


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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 10, 2013 10:44 AM

A MUST read!

 

Ken Morrison's curator insight, January 10, 2013 12:32 PM

A wonderful resource for learning how to evaluate technology for possible use in the classroom.  Also, don't forget to note Larry's other links within this text for:  (dead links.  Active links in text)

The Best Places To Learn Web 2.0 Basics

The Best Guides For Helping Teachers Develop Personal Learning Networks

The Best Places To Find Research On Technology & Language Teaching/Learning

 

KEN'S KEY TAKEAWAY:

In addition, studies have found that having students write for an "authentic" audience beyond just the teacher helps them feel motivated to do a better job, and plenty of online opportunities, including communicating with "sister classes" from around the world, can provide those venues, as well as offering exposure to different cultures.

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How come the past of 'go' is 'went?' | OUPblog

How come the past of 'go' is 'went?' | OUPblog | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
By Anatoly Liberman Very long ago, one of our correspondents asked me how irregular forms like good—better and go—went originated.
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6 Google+ Hangouts All About Education Technology - Edudemic

6 Google+ Hangouts All About Education Technology - Edudemic | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Google is wrapping up a lengthy series of Google+ Hangouts that featured notable educators and thought leaders discussing education technology and more.
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Online Powerpoints for Teachers via @freepowerpoint

Online Powerpoints for Teachers via @freepowerpoint | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Presentations in PowerPoint are worldwide widely used by teachers and educators who need to teach different subjects so it is very common to find this kind of presentations.

If you need to download free Online PowerPoints for teachers including PowerPoint templates and backgrounds, but also interesting topics for PowerPoint presentations, then the list below can be very helpful.


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The article provides links to Pete’s PowerPoint Station, World of Teaching, Primary Resource, SlideHunter which are great sites for downloading free PowerPoint presentations for educational use.

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, January 10, 2013 6:02 AM

You can download free PowerPoint presentations for educational use.

María Janeth Ríos's curator insight, January 10, 2013 10:41 AM

More: http://slidehunter.com/

Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, January 23, 2013 11:11 PM

A gr8 repositority of PPT's!

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Mind Your Language Season 1 Episode 1 - The First Lesson (Eng Subs)

Original Airdate : December 30, 1977 Jeremy Brown starts his new job as the teacher of English as a Foreign Language class, and meets his students for the fi...

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David Mainwood / EFL SMARTblog's curator insight, January 5, 2013 1:44 PM

Very old series and not very PC. How much has changed?

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A Pedagogical Framework For Digital Tools - Edudemic

A Pedagogical Framework For Digital Tools - Edudemic | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
We've needed a strong pedagogical framework for digital tools since the introduction of technology into education. Hopefully this helps.

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Google Chromebook - Tips To Master Chrome OS

Google Chromebook - Tips To Master Chrome OS | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Google Chromebook - Tips To Master Chrome OS. Tips for mastering Chrome OS and making the best out of your Chromebook.

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Great info for people who are starting up a Google Chromebook project at their school

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Niels Jakob Pasgaard's curator insight, January 2, 2013 11:00 AM

Great info for people who are starting up a Google Chromebook project at their school

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Free Technology for Teachers: 26 Ways to Use Comics in the Classroom and 5 Free Tools for Creating Comics

Free Technology for Teachers: 26 Ways to Use Comics in the Classroom and 5 Free Tools for Creating Comics | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
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English for everyone is unfair

Knowledge of English has come to be seen as the key talent of the 21st century, a way to perfect an individual’s character and to modernize societies; a central facet of global development. China, ...

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Great Pinterest Tips for Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Pinterest Tips for Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

"Pinterest is a promising visual bookmarking platform. It is gaining in popularity more and more and of course teachers and educators are part of this success for there are now a burgeoning number of  educational boards on Pinterest where you  can get free access to tons of web tools and teaching tips.There are also some great educational Pinners that are  committed to sharing useful resources with their fellow teachers."


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David Tasker's curator insight, January 8, 2013 5:27 PM

Good ideas and links for getting started

Takako Kobayashi's curator insight, January 11, 2013 11:01 PM

Pin

Takako Kobayashi's curator insight, January 25, 2013 11:39 PM

So far I've been using PInterest for my personal things...just for fun.
However, it definitely has the potential for professional use. 

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Language Teaching - Bilingual v Immersion Programs | Edspace

Language Teaching - Bilingual v Immersion Programs | Edspace | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
¿Hablas Inglés? Bạn có nói tiếng Anh? Вы говорите по-английски? هل تتكلم الإنجليزية؟ When we think about l
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PageFlip Free PDF to PowerPoint

PageFlip Free PDF to PowerPoint | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

100% Freeware PageFlip PDF to PowerPoint let you quickly convert much PDF file into an easy-to-view PowerPoint version. It preserves the original layout of text, columns, tables, and even hyperlinks of PDF files to PowerPoint presentation. There’s no need to retype or reformat the converted presentations. Once converted, you can show on your website so that your reader can download directly.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, January 11, 2013 11:13 AM

A handy tool for turning your PDF files into a PowerPoint presentation. Batch conversion. Free download.

Check out Demo presentation, the program creates truly beautiful and functional presentations.

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How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World?

How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World? | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Educators are always striving to find ways to make curriculum relevant in students’ everyday lives. More and more teachers are using social media around les
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Sylvain Briol's curator insight, January 11, 2013 7:59 AM

I guess I'll PLAY with Facebook & Assess Group's voting system for my class on the new technologies in economy in two weeks! Students be ready! http://sco.lt/...

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Do It Yourself Prezi Tutorial

The DIY tutorial requires you to 'Make a copy' of this prezi before continuing.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, January 10, 2013 12:39 PM

Great Prezi tutorial showing how to create frames, layer and position objects, insert and edit images, group items, edit path etc.

Paige Jaeger 's curator insight, January 21, 2013 9:09 AM

If you haven't tried Prezi yet, here's a starter....again. 

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23 Microsoft Free Teaching Tools for Educators

23 Microsoft Free Teaching Tools for Educators | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Are you interested in a list of 23 free teaching tools that you can use in your classroom?
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Grammar Gamble - the online English grammar test

Grammar Gamble - the online English grammar test | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Play Grammar Gamble, the online English grammar quiz, and beat the scores of your friends.

Grammar Gamble is based on the popular classroom activity. Players choose the answer to a grammar question and 'bet' points depending on how confident they are. At the end of the game they can share their final scores on Facebook or Twitter.

 

 


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The School Aranda's curator insight, January 21, 2013 5:55 AM

Betting on grammar? Whatever next. . .

 

 

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Creating Interactive Web-based Exercises in Hot Potatoes (TESL-EJ review)

Creating Interactive Web-based Exercises in Hot Potatoes (TESL-EJ review) | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

"Hot Potatoes is a great freeware program for language teachers to create or upload exercises on their personal websites, class group sites, or on the password-protected Hotpotatoes.net. Creating exercises for learners gives them space to repeatedly practise the target language. Students may also engage in the process of creating the exercises themselves, then sharing their work on a class group site for others to access. Previous studies point to the need for learners to be provided with opportunities for language input, making language salient, and focusing on form (Chapelle, 2001; Ellis, 2005). Having students create exercises may allow them to both learn the concepts and practise their language skills through the creation of the exercise (Erben, Ban, & Castaneda, 2009)."


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The Taxonomy of Social Media | Social Media Today

Every educator has studied Bloom’s Taxonomy. Variations have been suggested and adjustments made over the years but we are all familiar with the concept and visuals associated with it.

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Interesting article on different uses of social media

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Niels Jakob Pasgaard's curator insight, December 16, 2012 10:55 AM

Interesting article on different uses of social media

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Dropr : Multimedia Portfolio Collective

Dropr : Multimedia Portfolio Collective | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Dropr is where nice people share and find some creative stuff.

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Kathleen Cercone's curator insight, January 12, 2013 1:52 PM

Looks very interesting