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Blended Learning in English Language Teaching: Course Design and Implementation

Blended learning is an area of ELT that continues to be of interest to practitioners in the field. Despite this, little can be found in the literature on blended learning course design or detailed descriptions provided of blends used in ELT contexts. This publication, which contains twenty case studies from around the world, addresses this deficit by illustrating blends being employed on EAP, ESP, Teacher Development and general EFL courses.


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Karen Johnson's comment, May 9, 2013 3:57 PM
Sorry the link disappeared, I picked this one up instead http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/sites/ec/files/D057_Blended%20learning_FINAL_WEB%20ONLY_v2.pdf
Mel A Az's comment, May 9, 2013 9:59 PM
TQ!
Daniluke Sky Walker's curator insight, August 14, 2013 12:04 PM

I love this Topic!

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The 6 Characteristics Of Modern Online Language Learning - Edudemic

The 6 Characteristics Of Modern Online Language Learning - Edudemic | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it

[Excerpt]: "As a former foreign-language teacher, I often look at the tools available to teachers now and wonder how my teaching might have been different if I had the same tools when I was teaching. While I wasn’t exactly teaching during the dark ages, the most technology we used in class was in a group language lab where the students would complete listening exercises from software that came bundled with their textbooks. My classes were highly focused on functional speaking in the language, but we still had to teach to a book/grammar based curriculum."

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See also the original Spanish MOOC site at http://spanishmooc.com/course-materials/

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Exploiting Infographics for ELT || Nik's QuickShout

Exploiting Infographics for ELT || Nik's QuickShout | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it
For a while now I have been increasingly interested in using infographics in the design of the learning materials and courses I create for students and teachers. For those of you who haven't encountered the term 'infographic' ...

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Visual, visual, visual ...

A post by a classroom language teacher and teacher trainer, Nik Peachey.

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Create a Classroom or School Google+ Community

Create a Classroom or School Google+ Community | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it
Google+ Community A Google+ community is a forum where people with common interests come together to interact on the Web. This would be an ideal tool for schools who use Google Apps in Education.

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This is the third time that Google+ Communities have hit my radar this week, all from dependable sources.  Definitely inching up the "to do, when time" list!

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vananh.com's comment, April 20, 2013 7:36 AM
Oh, when did you start to use this in your school? Paul ?
carfrasa's curator insight, April 22, 2013 8:28 AM

Alcuni spunti per usare Google+ nell'insegnamento

Lily Bolig's comment, April 23, 2013 1:46 AM
I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but I'm definitely interested!
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IATEFL Liverpool 2013 Online Registered Bloggers

IATEFL Liverpool 2013 Online Registered Bloggers | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it

A great opportunity to join (or begin by just browsing) the growing cadre of "networked language professionals" out there - @sarspri

 

[excerpt]: "This year the British Council is inviting all ELT bloggers interested in reporting on this year's annual IATEFL conference.

 

Would you like to join them?

First, you do not have to be attending the IATEFL conference in Liverpool to accept this invitation - in fact, we want to encourage bloggers to 'attend virtually' (or follow our online coverage) and share their experience with other teachers from around the world.


What it involves:

A Liverpool Online Registered Blogger will be expected to write 2 or 3 blog posts - (or more if you like!) during the conference about the video content (streamed or recorded interviews or video sessions) published on the Liverpool Online site: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2013


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codeswitch : NPR

codeswitch : NPR | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it

Codeswitching in the news!   Interesting collection of interviews and resources.

Tagline for this new series and site: "News from the frontiers of race, ethnicity and culture from NPR."

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22 Ways to Apply Blooms Taxonomy to Twitter ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

22 Ways to Apply Blooms Taxonomy to Twitter ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it

[excerpt]: "I have been writing profusely on Blooms Taxonomy here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning but have never thought that Twitter can be tied to it until I came across this wonderful graphic from Teachbytes. Honestly I am so much inspired by the great work Aditi has been doing in her blog and particularly  this idea of connecting Twitter to Blooms Taxonomy has got me in AWE. Have a look at this graphic and share it with your colleagues. I am pretty sure you will love as much as I did."


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ChronoOps: Survive the FuturePast

ChronoOps: Survive the FuturePast | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it
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Short trailer video that introduces your mission (coming back from 2070 ...). 

See also a full set of screenshots from the ChronoOps ARIS game:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/1980215@N22/pool/

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ARIS - Mobile Learning Experiences - Creating educational games on the iPhone

ARIS - Mobile Learning Experiences - Creating educational games on the iPhone | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it
ARIS is a open-source tool for creating mobile learning games, stories, documentaries, place-based learning activities, citizen science and citizen journalism activities.

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Steve mentioned an ARIS-based project in his talk yesterday (ChronoOps - Portland mobile, place-based game).  ARIS is the platform used to create the iOS game.

 

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Takako Kobayashi's curator insight, January 7, 2013 4:07 PM

ARIS

Takako Kobayashi's curator insight, January 28, 2013 12:54 AM

Expanding to our final project "Digital Storytelling," this technology can be used for scavers hunt
Furthermore, this technology will be helpful for other mobile-learning. 

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The ethics of resurrecting extinct species

The ethics of resurrecting extinct species | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it
At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.

Via Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain
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Content-based instruction (CBI) anyone? 

Check out the ScoopIt topic "Science Reading for the ELA classroom"

http://www.scoop.it/t/science-reading-for-the-ela-classroom

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Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's curator insight, April 9, 2013 12:19 PM

This is a good article for middle school - minimal Tier 3 vocabular, but some, minimal prior knowledge required (animals mentioned can be easily Googled), and multiple specific points raised.  In other words, it can be used to spur on a variety of research / writing topics: ethics, science, government regulation...  And the last sentence uses the phrase "slippery slope" - doesn't get better than that!

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Ideas for English Language Learners | What Does It Mean to Be a Citizen? - New York Times (blog)

Ideas for English Language Learners | What Does It Mean to Be a Citizen? - New York Times (blog) | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it

New York Times (blog) Ideas for English Language Learners | What Does It Mean to Be a Citizen? New York Times (blog) ... second-term agenda: perfect timing for a citizenship-themed edition of Larry Ferlazzo's monthly collection of lesson ideas.


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Written feedback via EDMODO | Life Feast [screencasts - EFL]

Written feedback via EDMODO | Life Feast [screencasts - EFL] | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it

[Excerpt]: "This is why I like Edmodo so much. It's a free platform for educators which makes our lives so much easier.  I'd like to share some video tutorials, a dear friend from Goiania (Brazil), Edmilson Chagas, has created to show other teachers how he's been using the site to give feedback to his students."

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Includes links to three screencast tutorials about using Edmodo as a course platform.

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Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics

Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Must-read article on ClutterMuseum.com by Leslie M-B, exploring in depth the opportunity to have students master their selected topics by "curating" them, rather than by reading and memorizing facts about them.

 

Here is a good reference where to look them up: http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/P21_Framework_Definitions.pdf (put together by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills)

 

Recommended. Good stuff. 9/10

(Image credit: Behance.net)

 

 


Via Robin Good, João Greno Brogueira, Amanda McAndrew, Official AndreasCY, LaiaJoana, Rui Guimarães Lima, Ramon Aragon, Paulo Simões, Kathrin Jäger
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 13, 2013 7:43 PM

I had a similar conversation yesterday and as I prepare my lit review this thinking has emerged. It is less about content and more about skills, attitudes, habits, practices, etc. in learning.

Priscilla Der's curator insight, April 6, 10:12 PM

This article is a reminder that as we are curating content as teachers so are students. Rather then memorizing or reciting textbook facts, students should be able to steer and set their own learning goals (this is where PBL) comes into mind. 

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How to turn students into curators.

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My favourite TV show

My favourite TV show | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it
In my first lesson with my B2 Upper Intermediate group way back at the start of January, I found out that all of the students were fans of American TV series. We brainstormed the series they watche...

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Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, May 13, 2013 6:06 PM
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Mixie me: demonstrating comprehension

Mixie me: demonstrating comprehension | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it

[Excerpt]: "Comprehension is often not what it appears to be. I think we've proven this. When students believe they are showing their comprehension, they often are just regurgitating words from the text. Equally troubling, this may include plagiarised segments or at minimum, senseless strings of quotes. Where we could simply practice answering comprehension questions continually, I’ve found it worthwhile to show how different answers indicate different levels of textual comprehension."


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Detailed practical classroom activity (with a dash of theory) by an ELT blogger, Tyson Seburn.

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Discussing Genetic Engineering in ELT/EAP - resources & activities

Discussing Genetic Engineering in ELT/EAP - resources & activities | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it

[Excerpt]: "Genetic engineering covers a wide range of topic areas and depending on the knowledge and the background of the students they sometimes need an introduction to genetic engineering.  Below are a variety of resources that can be used to discuss and explore genetic engineering.  Some of these resources are suitable for ELT and some become more technical for an EAP/ESL setting ... "


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The post ends with this quote: "There are many other resouces for genetic engineering but these are the ones my learners have generally responded to the best." 

 

These aren't random Google search results, but things that a classroom teacher has actually tried out with her students.  This has "Osaka Science" written all over it ...

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Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, May 7, 2013 6:21 PM
Great!!!!!
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Integrating ICT into the MFL classroom: blog by a language teacher

Integrating ICT into the MFL classroom: blog by a language teacher | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it
Joe Dale offers practical tips and advice on using ICT to enhance the teaching of modern foreign languages

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Mural.ly May Be The Mind Mapping Tool You’ve Been Waiting For

Mural.ly May Be The Mind Mapping Tool You’ve Been Waiting For | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it

Mural.ly is a new tool (still in beta, launched last week) that is a cross between Prezi and mind maps. It’s easy to use and share what you create (perfect for most students, teachers, and parents) but the real beauty of mural.ly is in its lack of structure.


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Another addition to the mind mapping toolkit

 

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, March 11, 2013 9:09 AM

Nice and catchy way to get your students to defend and describe ideas... it can be turned into a highly powerful communicative environment... make students describe their Mural.ly in front of the class!

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Language Teachers Change the World - Jaymee Martin

What's a trade fair?   Watch this Kumar Trade Fair video by Jaymee Martin, with images by yours truly and twik.

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Grenoble workshop on telecollaboration and uni-collaboration.eu

Grenoble workshop on telecollaboration and uni-collaboration.eu | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it

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Steve mentioned the uni-collaboration.eu project during his talk yesterday at MIIS.  More info: www.uni-collaboration.eu 

 

See also the INTENT project (the source of this Scoop, via Robert O'Dowd!)

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Robert O'Dowd's curator insight, April 8, 2013 6:25 AM

The second of the INTENT project's four regional workshops on telecollaboration and using the www.uni-collaboration.eu platform took place on Friday 5 April at the University of Grenoble in France. Over 35 participants from France, Switzerland, Belgium and Morocco took part in the event. Find out about our two remaining workshops in Poland and the UK here: http://intent-project.eu/?q=node/36

Shona Whyte's curator insight, April 10, 2013 3:07 AM

EU project on university-level telecollaboration.

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My IATEFL Glasgow Diary Part 11 – Steven Thorne's Plenary ...

My IATEFL Glasgow Diary Part 11 – Steven Thorne's Plenary ... | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it
In addition to the acre of tree that were planted to set off IATEFL Glasgow's carbon footprint, there were 2300 delegates, 100000 online attendees, 26 scholarships, 5 plenaries, 14 evening events, 500 presentations, and 650 ...
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A well done blog post about another Steve Thorne plenary talk.

Watch it online here:

http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2012/sessions/2012-03-22/plenary-session-steven-l-thorne

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Audio Recording Apps for iPad ~ review

Audio Recording Apps for iPad ~ review | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it

Excerpt: "The huge importance of iPad as a learning and teaching device lies in the fact that it can be used as a fundamental media production tool with students  inside the classroom. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has been tapping into some of the areas and ways teachers and educators can use iPad both constructively and productively. We have , for instance, reviewed apps for video creation , apps for storytelling, reading apps, apps to improve writing, and the list goes on.

Today, we are providing you with another great set of iPad productive apps but this time for recording and generating audio clips and messages to share with students . Check out the list below and let us know what you think of it."

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Useful intro to potential resources for CD project contexts that contain class sets of iPads for student learning.

 

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A Vision for Interactive Writing, Student Publishing, and Digital Portfolios in the Classroom || Wes Fryer - Moving at the Speed of Creativity

A Vision for Interactive Writing, Student Publishing, and Digital Portfolios in the Classroom || Wes Fryer - Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it

[Excerpt]: "These are my notes from Matt Hardy‘s WONDERFUL presentation on February 9th on Classroom 2.0 Live about Blogging in the classroom and the platform he co-founded, KidBlog! The official title of his presentation was “Using Kidblog to Document Student Learning.”

I listened to the audio-only version of this presentation available via the iTunes-U channel of Classroom 2.0 Live. I titled this post “A Vision for Interactive Writing, Student Publishing, and Digital Portfolios in the Classroom” because that summarizes a lot of the ideas Matt shared in this preso. If you’re not aware of Classroom 2.0 Live, definitely check out their website and try to attend their Saturday morning LIVE sessions! If you miss a session, however, the archives are GREAT to download and enjoy afterwards! For more resources related to interactive writing and student blogging, check out the “Interactive Writing” page of “Mapping Media to the Common Core.”"


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Moving beyond kids as contributors to a class blog to being authors in their own independent spaces.

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Developing the 4 Skills with Webtools | ebook by Ana Maria Menezes [EFL Brazil]

Developing the 4 Skills with Webtools | ebook by Ana Maria Menezes [EFL Brazil] | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it

[Excerpt]: "Next week, we celebrate teacher's day in Brazil, so as a gift to fellow teachers, I've decided to share for free the online version of the e-book I wrote in 2011. As an EFL teacher, I've always explored Webtools with an eye to the possible activities the tools afford.

"Developing the 4 Skills with Webtools"  brings a selection of 45 webtools which can be used to practise the 4 skills. Of course, many of the tools allow students to develop language as a whole, however, by bringing the tools in categories ( reading, writing, listening and speaking) , my intention is to help teachers select a tool based on what they would like their students to do."

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A free e-book created by an EFL teacher in Brazil, available online via Issuu or in print via Lulu.

 

See more EFL teaching resource handouts on Issuu by EFLclassroom:
http://issuu.com/eflclassroom/docs

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Wordle + VoiceThread + Ipad || Life Feast [EFL blogger from Brazil]

Wordle + VoiceThread + Ipad || Life Feast [EFL blogger from Brazil] | Curricular Connections | Scoop.it

[Excerpt]: "This is what I proposed to my students today:

1. First, I opened her voice thread on the IWB and played the recordings for them.
2. Then, I assigned a different verb to each student and asked them to make a sentence using Gerund or Infinitive. I monitored helping them out with their sentences.
3. I gave them a hand-out with a grammar exercise on the same topic and asked students to complete the exercise in class. Meanwhile, I would use my iPad to move round the class to record each student reading their own sentences ( I used the voicethread app for recording) . To make it faster, all students used my voice thread account.
4. After I had saved all recordings, I played their recordings on the IWB for everyone to listen to.

Impressions? I would definitely do this again. Students were involved and seemed to have enjoyed listening to all the sentences in class."

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An example of a Voicethread with student responses, created by an EFL teacher in Brazil.  Assignment = creating and recording sentences based on a Wordle word cloud.

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Domitilla Enders's curator insight, March 18, 2013 9:12 AM

 

Technology embraces EFL in a Brazil classroom.