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The International Children’s Digital Library Offers Free eBooks for Kids in Over 40 Languages

The International Children’s Digital Library Offers Free eBooks for Kids in Over 40 Languages | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it
For all of the free literature and essays available online, a surprisingly small amount is geared toward children. Even less is aimed at children who speak foreign languages.
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How To Use Smartphones for Oral Homework in Language Classes

How To Use Smartphones for Oral Homework in Language Classes | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it
As a modern language teacher, I often find myself trying to balance the need to know that they 'have it' with the practical realities of a language class.

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Invisible technology: visible benefits in the classroom - Telegraph

Invisible technology: visible benefits in the classroom - Telegraph | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it
With the prevalence of mobile devices in the classroom, Simon Hay explains that it's only a matter of time before ubiquitous computing becomes a reality in education
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'I'm in Birmingham but my students are global'

'I'm in Birmingham but my students are global' | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it
Managing a lesson online for hundreds of apprentices in nine different countries including Russia and China is enough to challenge the best of teachers.

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20 reasons why every EFL learner should have an iPad | TEFL ...

20 reasons why every EFL learner should have an iPad | TEFL ... | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it
Mobile technology is changing the face of education, and opening up new opportunities for both teachers and learners. In this post, I give 20 reasons why iPads in particular are becoming indispensable tools for English ...
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Bloom's Digital - Web 2.0

Bloom's Digital - Web 2.0 | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it
TOUCH this image to discover its story. Image tagging powered by ThingLink

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Gilles Le Page's curator insight, March 1, 2014 1:41 AM

Visuel !

Siti Noraisha Mohamed Senin's curator insight, March 3, 2014 9:01 AM

Bloom's Taxonomy accompanied with useful websites that make it easier to carry out the various levels.

Maria Richards's curator insight, March 29, 2014 4:31 PM

A brilliant tool for all educators.

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How colleges can save money on copyright without breaking the law

How colleges can save money on copyright without breaking the law | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it
Ditch the photocopying and colleges could save thousands of pounds on licence agreements, says copyright adviser Alan Rae
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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it

These teachers see the internet and digital technologies such as social networking sites, cell phones and texting, generally facilitating teens’ personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging teens to write more often in more formats than may have been the case in prior generations.  At the same time, they describe the unique challenges of teaching writing in the digital age, including the “creep” of informal style into formal writing assignments and the need to better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use.


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CECI Jean-François's curator insight, November 10, 2014 2:49 AM

Enquête sur la litteracie numerique, des chiffres intéressants...

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 9, 2015 9:38 AM

I definitely see the need to "better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use."

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, January 12, 2015 9:46 PM

This study provides insight into the issues teachers see, positive and negative, regarding the ways in which digital tools impact student writing. Overall, they see many benefits, but there are specific areas of concern.

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Create a newspaper, brochure, booklet, flyer

Create a newspaper, brochure, booklet, flyer | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it

EZ to create!


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Graham Brown-Martin : 'We continue to use technology to reinforce 19th century teaching practice'

Graham Brown-Martin : 'We continue to use technology to reinforce 19th century teaching practice' | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it
The new WISE Publication, to be released in 2014, will focus on the link between new technologies and learning.

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Anne-Laure Delpech's curator insight, August 28, 2013 4:34 AM

from the article : 

"However I feel the issue is more complex than our ability to create these new technologies. Rather it is our capacity as a society to embrace and do the right things with them that is the biggest challenge."

 

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Diane Ravitch: 3 Dubious Uses of Technology in Schools: Scientific American

Diane Ravitch: 3 Dubious Uses of Technology in Schools: Scientific American | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it

There are literally thousands of Internet-savvy teachers who regularly exchange ideas about enlivening classrooms to heighten student engagement in learning.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 12, 2013 3:12 AM

Interesting article on the darker side of how educational technology is being used.

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Cíntia Rabello's curator insight, August 13, 2013 10:07 AM

Great food for thought!

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Teaching the NSA files and data security – news and resources round up

Teaching the NSA files and data security – news and resources round up | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it
A collection of links and teaching resources to help your students understand revelations about the NSA gathering user information and data protection issues
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Writing - Old Style Newspaper Template

Writing - Old Style Newspaper Template | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it
This is an old style newspaper template for InDesign CS6. It is 11.25×17.25 inches (includes bleed) and in CMYK. It has 10 page designs.


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4 reasons to be happy about the end of teaching | City A.M.

4 reasons to be happy about the end of teaching | City A.M. | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it

A Whitehall unit has been set up to look at how children can be taught by computers that use algorithms to pace work according to the ability of the individual.
Hancock's move echoes the work of Sugata Mitra, whose 1999 Hole in the Wall experiment championed the ability of children to use technology to effectively to teach themselves and retain information.

A Whitehall unit has been set up to look at how children can be taught by computers that use algorithms to pace work according to the ability of the individual. 

Hancock's move echoes the work of Sugata Mitra, whose 1999 Hole in the Wall experiment championed the ability of children to use technology to effectively to teach themselves and retain information.

- See more at: http://www.cityam.com/blog/1387211628/4-reasons-be-happy-about-end-teaching#sthash.PCXrTI3s.dpuf

A Whitehall unit has been set up to look at how children can be taught by computers that use algorithms to pace work according to the ability of the individual. 

Hancock's move echoes the work of Sugata Mitra, whose 1999 Hole in the Wall experiment championed the ability of children to use technology to effectively to teach themselves and retain information.

- See more at: http://www.cityam.com/blog/1387211628/4-reasons-be-happy-about-end-teaching#sthash.PCXrTI3s.dpuf


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 18, 2013 3:01 AM

Actually this sounds nothing like the work of Sugata Mitra and totally misses the point. Again this looks like the UK government totally failing to understand anything related to education except how to make it cheaper and charge more for it.

Kibet Koskei's curator insight, December 19, 2013 5:56 AM

Education is one of the largest indusrties in the World, and With Education Going Online with New web technologies, we must be prepared to equip our Students with knowledge which will help them face the real world. Get more at www.firstandfastcapital.com

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Free Online Grammar Check, Plagiarism, Spelling, and More

Free Online Grammar Check, Plagiarism, Spelling, and More | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it
Grammar, Plagiarism, and Spelling Check; Free Online Proofreading; No Downloads...Allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them before your teacher does...

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MFaculty's curator insight, December 24, 2013 11:02 PM

I just 'test drove' this online application - it was very fast and accurately caught my spelling errors. As a basic tool for students, I think it is, or will be, one that they can use before they turn to the writing tutors. I don't advocate trying to replace professional writing tutors with this (or any other) online tool, but it would certainly reduce the number of common errors made in student writings.

 

Since it is a free service, I would recommend educators consider giving it a test drive in their writing courses to determine whether or not any value is added in doing so. While there are plenty of word processing tools avialble for students to use in order to hone in on their writing, this one is free and seems to adequately, and quickly, perform the basics.

 

Not really an endorsement, as much as a recommendation for other to consider testing for themselves.

ella88's curator insight, January 29, 2014 5:09 PM

Many studies have addressed the issue of identifying the different dimensions of culture. In the presentations concerning culture by Madlin Reck and Anne Tornow the ways in which national culture may influence management processes, including Hofstede’s dimensions of culture have been discussed extensively (Luthans & Doh, 2012).

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Afghanistan and the Taliban: Before, After and Now

The Kite Runner was set in the years 1975-2001. Everything during these years went from being peaceful, to bad, to even worse. The Taliban during these fateful years have taken control of Afghanistan and its government. They were thought of as heroes to the people of their once peaceful country, but their way of controlling their government is sadistic. In the present, they are even involved in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

During 1975, Afghanistan was a quiet place to live. There were economic hardships, but the residents of this pleasant country got through it. Kabul is the capital city of Afghanistan. It had the most economy problems in the country. Most of them were poverty difficulties. The president of this country at the time was Daoud Khan. Then, when winter came along, resistance towards communists began. Amir from The Kite Runner even knew of these communist attempts to rule his country. “Huddled together in the dining room and waiting for the sun to rise, none of us had any notion that a way of life had ended.” (Hosseini 36). The Afghan Islamist part of the resistance was favored by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States instead of the Afghan traditionalist and royalist parts. The uprising has just begun for the communist takeover in Afghanistan.

In 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Even Amir from The Kite Runner even knew about this before it all happened. “And then in December 1979, when Russian tanks would roll into the very same streets where Hassan and I played, bringing the death of the Afghanistan I knew”(Hosseini 36) The Taliban during this time were thought of as refugees and were part of a resistance movement to expel the Russian troops from their country. The United States and Pakistan provided financial and military support so the Afghans could win against the Soviet soldiers. Despite the fact that there were civilians in Kabul, the Afghans did not care and used missiles, provided by the United States, to drop on the city resulting in civilian casualties and killed Soviet troops. In 1989, Ahmed Shah Massoud, took over Kabul as new leader. They ended up overthrowing President Sayid Mohammed Najibullah, who headed the Afghan government. In 1994, the Taliban were more powerful because Pakistan favored them and did everything in their power to support them. “Pakistan support for the Taliban is based on strong religious and ethnic bonds between the Taliban and Pakistan” (Amghar, Web 6). The militants of the Taliban are Sunni Muslim Pashtuns. They are thirteen percent of Pakistan’s population. They are basically most of the Taliban in general.

In 1996, Osama Bin Laden moved from Sudan to Afghanistan and met with Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban’s leader. “Bin Laden was involved in the bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998” (Amghar, Web 6). On September 11th, 2001, Bin laden prompted the bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This resulted in the United States asking the Taliban to immediately hand over Bin Laden. General Pervez Musharraf, president of Pakistan, told the U.S. that he would support the capturing of Bin Laden. Instead, they couldn’t take down Bin Laden and Al Qaeda because of the ethnic and religious ties with the Taliban. Basically, Pakistan let the Taliban do what like to the people in there cites by robbing them and raping women. “The Taliban were exceedingly ignorant, which made them cruel” (Arbabzadah, Web 1). The Taliban used to be heroes to the people of the country, but now they are just plain evil. In The Kite Runner, Amir’s friend Farid said the Taliban would look for any excuse for violence. Amir bought a fake beard because it is considered a sin to shave and that all men should have beards. He saw Kabul during this time and was unfamiliar with it as it is not how it used to be when he was a kid. Afghanistan is just plagued by the Taliban with no hope for escape.

 

 In conclusion, the Taliban before, after, and now are a deadly force to reckon with. I have to say that religion has a strong connection with them as they think of most things as sins. Amir from The Kite Runner depicts Afghanistan as a peaceful state. Now, he thinks of it as a wasteland that is ruled by a stubborn government with a false sense of religion. In my opinion, as much as I hate the Taliban, they must be removed from Afghanistan and Pakistan because they can cause a lot of trouble for those countries and can stir up many civil wars within those countries.

 

 

Works Cited

Amghar, Adderrahim. "Home." The Resurgence of the Taliban in Pakistan. Nazareth College, 2014. Web. 01 May 2014.

Arbabzadah, Nushin. "The 1980s Mujahideen, the Taliban and the Shifting Idea of Jihad." Theguardian.com. Guardian News and Media, 28 Apr. 2011. Web. 01 May 2014.

Bai, Laxmi. "Security Research Review." : Volume 1(3) Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Afghanistan. Bharat-Rakshak, 2005. Web. 01 May 2014.

Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York: Riverhead, 2003.

 

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Online Education as an Agent of Transformation

Online Education as an Agent of Transformation | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it
Online education is beginning to show itself as a disruptive innovation, introducing more convenient and affordable services that can transform sectors.

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How to Help Teachers Use Technology in the Classroom

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Recent reports (from The Chronicle of Higher Education and Walden University [PDF], for example) point to teachers' continuing difficulties integrating technology into classroom learning. Despit...

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The Six Best YouTube URL Tricks

The Six Best YouTube URL Tricks | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it
YouTube is already one of the best video services online and there are plenty of tricks to make it work for you. Some of the best ones, though, can be done purely from the URL bar.

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Technology in language learning | British Council Voices

Technology in language learning | British Council Voices | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it
Gary Motteram, editor of Innovations in learning technologies for English language teaching, explains how the arrival of digital technologies in the classroom has helped learning.
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11 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a Tech Teacher

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11 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a Tech Teacher

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The 10 Most Popular Teacher Tools Being Used This Year - Edudemic

The 10 Most Popular Teacher Tools Being Used This Year - Edudemic | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it
What are some of the most popular teacher tools being used this year? You may not know them all ... but hopefully you recognize at least some of them!

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liz deskins's curator insight, September 8, 2013 8:34 AM

I knew "of" all of them but haven't tried them all.  How about you?

Cindy Rogers's curator insight, September 8, 2013 10:45 AM

How many do you use?  I've tried them all and actively use 7 (or a similar option) on a daily basis!

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5 Flipped Classroom Issues (And Solutions) For Teachers - Edudemic

5 Flipped Classroom Issues (And Solutions) For Teachers - Edudemic | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it

by Beth Holland

 

"Have you been thinking about flipping your classroom this fall? Flipping can let you make the most of face-to-face time with your students. Rather than taking class time to introduce content and using homework to review concepts, flip the process so that students gain basic knowledge at home and then create, collaborate, and make connections in school.

 

"Creating video used to be out of reach for most teachers. It was expensive and required skills that could take years to master. Fortunately, it is easier and faster than ever to create videos for your students, especially with iPad. It also plays a big part in flipping your class, as it provides students with multimodal access to content and the ability to progress at their own pace. By giving students the opportunity to view and playback lessons via video, you free up class time for more cognitively difficult tasks. At EdTechTeacher, we have worked with many educators on flipping their classes and have noticed some common issues that often thwart their initial forays."

 

 


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PollSnack | Online survey software, web poll & questionnaire tool

PollSnack | Online survey software, web poll & questionnaire tool | EFL and ESL Techno Skills | Scoop.it

PollSnack is an easy to use online poll & survey software that allows you to create and publish questionnaires and then view the answers in real time.


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Fabiola Hermosilla Alegria's curator insight, August 14, 2013 8:42 PM

Excelente para mi tesis de magister!!

Casey Anley's curator insight, August 21, 2013 6:23 AM

 Now THIS is awesome: Introducing POLLSNACK - a funky format for polls and surveys that learners could use in their projects, or you could use in the classroom to gauge interest or collect information!

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, January 23, 2014 4:25 PM

Online survey tool used by teachers - would it work for you?