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Video Tools for Teachers - Digital Video

This presentation is based on my book - Digital Video - A manual for language teachers. It covers a range of uses for video in language learning as both communication and content. A number of tools are presented and a range of activities.


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A plethora of great resources for the language teacher !!!  Love them!

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Tips: Making the Most of Your Booktalks

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"Here are some tips for making the most of your booktalks. These tips will work with students at any grade level."

 

Great way to promote reading!


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BJ Neary's comment, October 8, 2012 7:27 PM
Loved this, thanks!
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Same - thanks for the comment. :)
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The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun

The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun | Education | Scoop.it
Yes, strong literacy skills help students get good grades and, eventually, good jobs. But schools shouldn't forget to emphasize the joy of getting lost in a book.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 16, 2013 6:49 AM

and this is where your school librarian fits in...

BJ Neary's curator insight, November 17, 2013 3:18 PM

A great article, let kids read what they want and it will benefit them throughout their lives.

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Dive In: A book guide for struggling and reluctant readers - Barrington Stoke

Dive In: A book guide for struggling and reluctant readers - Barrington Stoke | Education | Scoop.it
We were delighted when Dyslexia Action approached us with a view to working together on a guide to choosing books for struggling or reluctant readers, or those with dyslexia.

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IELTS and newspapers -

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Advice on and how and why to use newspapers to improve reading and vocabulary skills for IELTS, with suggested practice exercises and useful links

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Brigid's curator insight, March 9, 2014 10:45 AM

Read a news article each day 

www. breakingnewsenglish.com

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Some handy links here to remind us to do this regularly

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Robert Fisk: Our addiction to the internet is as harmful as any drug – and what passes for comment these days is often simply foul abuse

Robert Fisk: Our addiction to the internet is as harmful as any drug – and what passes for comment these days is often simply foul abuse | Education | Scoop.it
Something is rotten in the state of technology. I only realised the extent of this when I wrote last year about an Irish government minister who had committed suicide just before Christmas 2012, partly because – according to his brother at the graveside – he had received so many abusive messages on the internet. The response from those claiming to be “readers” of this newspaper was 1) to suggest that the brother was lying; 2) that the minister deserved to die because of his policies (which included cuts in care homes); and 3) to condemn the dead minister for not being thoughtful enough to postpone his suicide until after Christmas.

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Does handwriting matter? What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

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Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.

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Digitally Demonstrating Good [Digital] Writing

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Last year, I briefly discussed how to create digital portfolios using Google Docs. I explained how to create them, but spent little time on why our students should create them. Yet understanding th...

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Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion | Video on TED.com

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect...

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, May 5, 2013 12:15 PM

 

BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO!

 

Any teacher worth his or her salt knows the truth Rita Pierson shares in this absolutely inspiring talk.

 

I found this video on this page where the title in giant letters was

WATCH: How A Teacher Encouraged Her Students With An 'F'

"http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rita-f-pierson/student-teacher-relationships_b_3203159.html'

 

I was  a bit off put by my assumptions based upon the talk's title. I immediately flashed to an experience I had with a high school math teacher in a local district who told parents at a back to school night that he purposely made the first test of the year so hard that every student would start the year with an "F" in the gradebook.

 

When asked why in the world he would do such a thing, his response was, "Because I want every one of them to think they need me."

 

Unfortunately, by the time kids get to high-school they have, like it or not, developed a belief that there are subjects they just "aren't any good at."

 

And, many high-school kids who believe they "aren't any good at" ________ have already developed mechanisms for dealing with "failure." One of which is to give up at the first sign of "Here we go again. I knew I wasn't any good at _________."

 

Literary study is no different. By the time they get to high school, many kids who just can't "see" what those crazy literature teachers are telling them is "between the lines" just sort of give up on believing it's even worth the effort to try. This is particularly true when reading works like those of Shakespeare where reading and understanding what's "on the lines" is challenging enough... or perhaps too challenging for more than we suspect is true.

 

But, turning the frustrated into the encouraged is an art that we all should take as a highest level professional skill. 

 

It takes practice, particularly when, as Pierson reminds us, teaching isn't always easy.

 

Loved this line...

"And while you won't like them all, the key is, they can never, ever know it. So teachers become great actors and great actresses, and we come to work when we don't feel like it, and we're listening to policy that doesn't make sense, and we teach anyway. We teach anyway, because that's what we do."

 

 

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Billy Collins - An Evening Of Poetry At The White House

Billy Collins reads his poems Forgetfulness and The Lanyard during An Evening Of Poetry At The White House - Hosted by President and Mrs. Obama - 11 May 2011...

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, May 23, 2013 1:27 PM

Following my earlier post today about  The Curse of Reading and Forgetting.

 

I offer this charming favorite and somewhat disturbingly reassuring poem called "Forgetfulness," by Billy Collins.

 

If you teach literary reading you may be amused. Perhaps a bit disturbed and hopefully reassured.

 

Must watch if you haven't read or seen "Forgetfulness."

 

By the way, there are actually two poems in the video, the second was my favorite poem to share with my creative writing class just prior to Mother's Day.

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Library Way

Images of literary-themed bronze sidewalk insets along Library Way, located on East 41st Street between Park Ave and Fifth Ave in New York City. All images © Gregg LeFevre.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, May 22, 2013 11:14 AM

Oh MY! This is one of those fortunate finds that leaves me hyperventilating!

 

What an incredible concept and what an incredible photographic documentation of that concept.

 

TRUST ME. You're going to want to marinate in these images.

 

Be sure to click on the outward pointing arrows in the lower right corner of the graphic above to see the images in full screen mode.

 

IF THE GRAPHIC DOES NOT SHOW ON YOUR COMPUTER, CLICK THE HEADLINE "LIBRARY WAY."

 

WOW!~

 

Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy... and wonder how many ways you might base an engaging literary reading experience for your students upon the concept and /or upon the images.

 

 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

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Free Stock Photos, Royalty - Free & Unlimited Downloads

Free Stock Photos, Royalty - Free & Unlimited Downloads | Education | Scoop.it
Free stock photos, images, and pictures available with a royalty-free license in high resolutions for unlimited, instant downloads...

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SteveSpanglerScience - YouTube

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Videos and cool science experiments from Steve Spangler and SteveSpanglerScience.com...

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How To Read A Book: 3 Strategies For Critical Reading

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How To Read A Book: 3 Strategies For Critical Reading

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The Reading Rules | bigbookcase

The Reading Rules | bigbookcase | Education | Scoop.it

Australian teacher librarian Karen Powers excellent tips on "everything you need to know about turning your child into a reader".  Her blog also includes book reviews and top 10 booklists.


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How to get Children Reading for Pleasure

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"This UKEdChat session explored how teachers encourage children to read for pleasure, looking at strategies that work in all educational settings."


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How do I search in Google using the reading level filter? | The Spectronics Blog

How do I search in Google using the reading level filter? | The Spectronics Blog | Education | Scoop.it
The Reading Level feature in Google is a great tool to filter results based on three broad reading level categories: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced.

To access and use...

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, November 24, 2014 12:18 PM

24 November 2014

 

Did you know it is possible to search Google by reading level?

 

Once again a confirmation of one of my favorite truisms...

 

"The more you know the more you know how little you know."

 

I've been a fan of Google's advanced search features for some time. Yet I have no idea why I never discovered this feature. 

 

The question is, "How might a teacher employ this feature positively without imposing a potentially negative self-opinion upon students with lesser literacy skills?" 

 

It is certainly an advantage to struggling readers to be able to narrow search results to resources within the reach of a student's zone of proximal development. Yet, at the same time if that student, as is often the case, is already sensitive to having inadequate literacy skills, might it be a delicate balancing act on the part of the teacher to present this skill as an advantage rather than another "negative label" the student attaches to him or herself?

 

Perhaps, the solution is to change the paradigm. The ability to adjust reading level may be as valuable to all students as it certainly would be for struggling readers. I've certainly encountered students with admirable literacy skills finding themselves quite challenged by search results that require advanced degree-level understandings, particularly in the area of "professional jargon." 

 

And, if this is the case, then simply presenting the ability to adjust the reading level results of a Google search as a valuable search tool for anyone might bring difficult text within that student's zone of proximal development. 

 

If I were teaching any material where my students might be expected to do their own research as might be the case in a flipped classroom, I'd be certain to share this "trick" with parents as well. 

 

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For those using Macs, there is similar tool that few people discover on their own. To the right of the Apple menu is a menu with the name of the browser. (Safari, Chrome) In that menu there is a choice called "Services."

 

There are actually many services available here, so if you haven't yet done so, select "Services Preferences..." to indicate which services you want to turn on. Once you've identified the desired services, you will see them in this menu any time you've selected some text on a website. 

 

One of the many services is called "Summarize." Rather than filter the search results by reading level, this allows you to select a level of summarization for any selected text via a sliding bar that reduces the amount of text shown with 100% meaning "show me the text as is," and 1% meaning "reduce the summary as much as possible." 

 

An interesting aspect of Apple's summarization feature is that the summarization whether extensively reduced or minimally reduced, can be saved as a text file, a sticky note, or even as an audio file.

 

Truthfully, I'm not certain how either Google's approach or Apple's approach does what each does. There is no doubt that whatever the algorithms are by which technology can make these determinations, there is room for some doubt. Perhaps similar to computerized translations, we might well keep in mind that these features might have a very valuable place in our students' repertoire of learning skills, while at the same time they may also have limitations in terms of accuracy.

 

I suppose my position would be, "If these tools bring students closer to a greater understanding than they might have had without them, then those students are better off than they would have been had they been confronted with text that was "too frustrating" and therefore less beneficial and perhaps even counter-productive.

 

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WATCH: A Beautiful Robin Williams Tribute, In Williams' Own Voice

WATCH: A Beautiful Robin Williams Tribute, In Williams' Own Voice | Education | Scoop.it
This poem honoring the late Robin Williams is beautifully touching on its own. In the hands of Jim Meskimen, the author of the poem and a talented voice actor, it's a masterpiece.

"I've been thinking about Robin Williams all week long, and .....

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, August 16, 2014 11:29 AM

16 August 2014

 

It may not be what you might expect. But the headline is perfectly accurate. And any literary loving teacher of poetry really ought to consider sharing this ASAP. A lesson in poetry's deep power to reach both the mind and heart.

 

Your students are ready for this.

 

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How to encourage students to read for pleasure: teachers share their top tips

How to encourage students to read for pleasure: teachers share their top tips | Education | Scoop.it
While students might trudge through set texts in lessons, how can teachers inspire them to open a book when they get home? Martin Williams explores interesting initiatives developed by teachers

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Free Phonics Printable Worksheets

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Sunflower Foundation's curator insight, July 31, 2013 1:10 AM

Excellent resource for anyone learning to read English, whether as first or second language.

Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, September 30, 2013 11:33 AM
Just great!!!!
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Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion | Video on TED.com

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect...

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, May 5, 2013 12:15 PM

 

BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO!

 

Any teacher worth his or her salt knows the truth Rita Pierson shares in this absolutely inspiring talk.

 

I found this video on this page where the title in giant letters was

WATCH: How A Teacher Encouraged Her Students With An 'F'

"http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rita-f-pierson/student-teacher-relationships_b_3203159.html'

 

I was  a bit off put by my assumptions based upon the talk's title. I immediately flashed to an experience I had with a high school math teacher in a local district who told parents at a back to school night that he purposely made the first test of the year so hard that every student would start the year with an "F" in the gradebook.

 

When asked why in the world he would do such a thing, his response was, "Because I want every one of them to think they need me."

 

Unfortunately, by the time kids get to high-school they have, like it or not, developed a belief that there are subjects they just "aren't any good at."

 

And, many high-school kids who believe they "aren't any good at" ________ have already developed mechanisms for dealing with "failure." One of which is to give up at the first sign of "Here we go again. I knew I wasn't any good at _________."

 

Literary study is no different. By the time they get to high school, many kids who just can't "see" what those crazy literature teachers are telling them is "between the lines" just sort of give up on believing it's even worth the effort to try. This is particularly true when reading works like those of Shakespeare where reading and understanding what's "on the lines" is challenging enough... or perhaps too challenging for more than we suspect is true.

 

But, turning the frustrated into the encouraged is an art that we all should take as a highest level professional skill. 

 

It takes practice, particularly when, as Pierson reminds us, teaching isn't always easy.

 

Loved this line...

"And while you won't like them all, the key is, they can never, ever know it. So teachers become great actors and great actresses, and we come to work when we don't feel like it, and we're listening to policy that doesn't make sense, and we teach anyway. We teach anyway, because that's what we do."

 

 

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Library Way

Images of literary-themed bronze sidewalk insets along Library Way, located on East 41st Street between Park Ave and Fifth Ave in New York City. All images © Gregg LeFevre.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, May 22, 2013 11:14 AM

Oh MY! This is one of those fortunate finds that leaves me hyperventilating!

 

What an incredible concept and what an incredible photographic documentation of that concept.

 

TRUST ME. You're going to want to marinate in these images.

 

Be sure to click on the outward pointing arrows in the lower right corner of the graphic above to see the images in full screen mode.

 

IF THE GRAPHIC DOES NOT SHOW ON YOUR COMPUTER, CLICK THE HEADLINE "LIBRARY WAY."

 

WOW!~

 

Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy... and wonder how many ways you might base an engaging literary reading experience for your students upon the concept and /or upon the images.

 

 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

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Tumbleweed - pretty felt floral wreath PATTERN - May Blossom

Tumbleweed - pretty felt floral wreath PATTERN - May Blossom | Education | Scoop.it
Tumbleweed - this is a lovely felt wreath PATTERN from May Blossom. The wreath is made from linen and the poinsettia flowers are made from felt. There are
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Free Stock Photos, Royalty - Free & Unlimited Downloads

Free Stock Photos, Royalty - Free & Unlimited Downloads | Education | Scoop.it

I travel with a heavy suitcase. Over my 35-year career as a public school teacher and educator at Expeditionary Learning, I have been obsessed with collecting student work of remarkable quality..."


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