"I went home last week and did everything one normally does over the holidays: I got together with my family and, in the spirit of Christmas, grilled my teenage cousins about what apps they're using on their iPhones.
They named two of the usual suspects, Snapchat and Instagram. They laughed in my face when I asked what they thought about Facebook. "It's for moms," one explained to me.
Insightful, but not out of the ordinary. Then my 13-year-old cousin asked me if I knew what AirDrop was."
Facebook is an excellent resource for ESL students! Click here to read about some of our favorite Facebook pages for English language learners! If you are a teacher, check out our Top Facebook Pages for English Language Teachers.
Technology allows me to assess my students in ways that simply was not possible formerly. I can see at the tap of a screen or a click of a button what level each student has attained and I can then plan accordingly. Differentiated instruction really becomes achievable with such technology, not only in the level of tasks set, but in the way in which students can tackle their work.
We expect our children to develop these skills. We integrate these skills in our every day lessons so that our students can grow and expand their knowledge. We create spaces so that our students can create and collaborate, whether it is a physical space or a virtual space. We expect our students to be good digital citizens, using devices, programs, and tools responsibly. We want our students to ask questions and explore for answers. We expect our students to learn, grow, and then reflect on that learning.
Pinterest is a popular resource for English language learners! You can find there worksheets, activities, articles and tips. Click here to read about some of our favorite Pinterest Boards for ESL students.
Animated GIFs. You see them everywhere, usually as a response, reaction or qualifier that adds extra oomph to any statement. For the longest time GIFs have been associated with the Internet’s funny bone, but now brands are finding ways to incorporate this form of visual content into their marketing. After all, GIFs occupy a space between images and video that leaves much room for exploration. Here we’ll review 12 tools to get you started with creating, discovering and hosting GIFs. Some of the tools below require a bit more practice to master, but you’re guaranteed to find something that’s right for your GIF needs. 1. Giffing Tool This is a Windows tool that allows you to create customized GIFS. With features like trimming video frames, adding text, and quality settings adjustments you can be well on your way to creating a library of GIFs that you can go back... keep reading
Traditional college instruction is part of a well-established tradition that has remained fairly unchanged over time. Becoming an instructor in this environment has meant conformity to teaching standards that have also remained fairly unchanged.
A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes designed to engage students more deeply in their learning.
Have you thought about becoming an online teacher of English? Emma Segev, second time winner of British Council's Teaching English blog award, gives some practical tips and useful websites for getting started.
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