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Apple launch new iPad 'Apps for Teachers' section - Mark Anderson's Blog

Apple launch new iPad 'Apps for Teachers' section - Mark Anderson's Blog | ELT publishing | Scoop.it

"Further recognition of the massive adoption of iPad by so many schools around the world, Apple have just launched two new sections on their iPad App Store. One section is aimed at teachers and parents with apps for the children, broken down in to different age groups and learning activities. "


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But are these apps really any good for education?

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, October 5, 2013 3:12 PM

Definitely worth looking at fro Teachers. Thx John

Scott Langston's curator insight, October 5, 2013 9:37 PM
Apple have recognised the particular market we represent.
Ralph Springett's curator insight, October 6, 2013 3:51 PM

Good, but for teachers in New Zealand the curriculum and professional development still needs to be connecged to these resources. Teachers can do this, of course, but wouldn't it be nice if there were some resources available which make those connections?

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Observations of the ESL and ELT Publishing Sector

Observations of the ESL and ELT Publishing Sector | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
For educational publishers, ESL/ELT/World Language content and products are
experiencing a surge as the industry grows with English Language Teaching a
recognized global profession.  A few recent observations of this surge in
ESL/ELT/World Language instruction include

* ELT Journal published by Oxford Journals celebrated its 70th year in
publication with the January 2016 issue
* More than 4500 job opportunities are posted on LinkedIn related to
ESL, ELT, or World Languages
* Our globalized, Internet-connected world has resulted in accredited
(and unaccredited) TEFL / TESOL courses springing up with
increasingly competitive salaries advertised

Traditional publishers as well as non-traditional educational start-up
companies are creating curricula to educate instructors and students with
ESL. Cenveo Publisher Services recently completed two particularly
noteworthy engagements worth mentioning:


National Geographic Learning: High-End ESL Production With Hybrid Workflow
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Thank you!   Background

World Class: Expanding English Fluency is a two-level series from National
Geographic Learning (a division of Cengage Learning) for high-intermediate
and advanced English language learners. This integrated-skills program uses
National Geographic content, images, and video to help learners expand
their overall fluency while developing the tools and strategies necessary
for effective, real-world communication. National Geographic Learning
recognized that a streamlined workflow solution was required to develop and
produce the student book, assessment, teacher guide, and corresponding
digital content in a cost-effective manner.

Solution

Cenveo Publisher Services developed creative page design templates for the
World Class series and a streamlined workflow process to produce final
content. A large collection of corresponding photography was managed and
brought into a workflow that carefully aligned images with content. ESL
subject matter experts copyedited and proofread the series under the
direction of a senior project manager. Cengage Learning received regular
reports on content and production status.

Results

The team at Cenveo Publisher Services implemented a hybrid workflow
solution, comprising onshore and off-shore resources. Working closely,
project management and production were handled in New Delhi. Editorial
tasks, including copyediting and proofreading, were handled by Cenveo’s
onshore subject matter experts. Pages were drafted in India and a dedicated
design team in Fort Washington, PA finalized the creative page design.
Cenveo’s photo research team worked closely with the design and production
teams to find appropriate photos for the program. Student texts,
accompanying teacher editions, and ancillaries were produced simultaneously
with a hybrid workflow solution that economized on both time and costs.
Utilizing the strengths of each location at the right time in the content
workflow resulted in a successful series.

  Learn More ESL Learn More Name * Name First Name Last Name Company *
Title Email Address * Phone * Phone Country (###) ### #### Tell us a little
about your ESL/ELT publishing program Thank you!

“The ESL specialists and production team at Cenveo Publisher Services
were a key component of our World Class series’ success. The editorial
and production staff took complete ownership of the production workflow
and provided detailed reports to our team.”

— Michael Burggren, Senior Director of Production, National Geographic
Learning

GVE Online Education: Reinventing ESL Instruction With Innovative eLearning
Solutions Background

Golden Voice English (GVE) Online Education has reinvented English as a
Second Language (ESL) courses using innovative technology and elearning.
Seeking a fresh and engaging way for children in China to learn fluent
English, GVE created a web-based platform with curricula for grades 1
through 9. By transforming the method and delivery of English instruction,
GVE brings to market a resource that provides interactivity, structured
curriculum, and accessibility to fluent English speakers.

Unlike other English language elearning programs, GVEprovides a
comprehensive curriculum that captivates students with animated lessons and
interactive support from teachers in China and access to English-fluent
tutors located in North America. Students gain self-confidence in their
English language listening and speaking abilities. They can test their
pronunciation and speaking skills by comparing their own voices to
native-speakers.

Cenveo Publisher Services partnered with GVE to bring their vision of a
transformative elearning solution to market. In just 6 months, GVE went
from concept to operational product with Cenveo’s assembly of creative,
editorial, technology, and instructional design teams.

Solution

To provide an engaging way for Chinese students in grades 1 through 9 to
understand, read, write, listen to, and speak English, GVE and Cenveo
Publisher Services created comprehensive curricula synced directly to the
Chinese ESL classroom curricula. Each grade has two parts and each part has
nine units, eight unit assessments, and four “Just for Fun” activities. The
scope of the entire project is truly impressive with

* 700+ animations
* 324 interactive listening excercises
* 324 speaking activities
* 252 grammar, reading, and writing exercises
* 72 “Just for Fun” activities
* 144 unit assessments
* 9 midterm exams
* 9 final exams

There is an additional, 3-lesson short course designed to keep students
engaged in their English studes over the summer and winter breaks. The
short course content covers the less academic topics of travel, culture,
and leisure-time activities.

With deep experience in full-service development for ESL, ELT, and World
Language products, Cenveo gathered a team of writers and editors to support
the project. Sample content was conceived, written, and sent to GVE for
review. Simultaneously, instructional design and technology teams in
Cenveo’s digital learning division prototyped and presented animations and
interactives to bring the developed content to life.

Results

Cenveo Publisher Services brought together a global team of subject matter
experts, experienced writers, instructional designers, creatives, and
technologists to work with GVE in support of its groundbreaking and
comprehensive ESL program in China. Weekly classes are now provided using
graphics and animation that make learning fun while following the Chinese
school system’s educational approach.

Cenveo’s editorialand digital learning gurus created plot-oriented,
character-based, storytelling instructional materials that are changing the
way Chinese school children learn English and prepare for the English
section of the Zhongkao exam. The pedagogical approach for online learning
produced by GVE, provides an interactive technologic application that
enhances listening and speaking skills and is already receiving industry
accolades and media attention after just a few months on the market.

 

“The Cenveo Publisher Services team really understands the needs of
students and teachers involved with learning English as a second
language. They understand language pedagogy and inserted it into the
content they helped develop and produce!”

— Kevin Wu, President and CEO, GVE Online Education
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Mix and Match Your Assessment Techniques to Boost Performance Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Mix and Match Your Assessment Techniques to Boost Performance Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
"Ready to shake things up and give your learners a performance boost? Check out the Mix & Match Your Assessment Techniques to Boost Performance Infographic for ideas on how to mix and match assessment techniques for your next training program."

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Diana Jonas-Dwyer's curator insight, December 13, 2015 8:43 PM

Good summary of formative and summative assessments

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#Education #Assessment #Infographics

Judih Weinstein Haggai's curator insight, December 15, 2015 11:01 PM

I like this list of tasks - all seem valid and have tried most of them. Great to have them on this infographic

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Language learning platform Duolingo launches in the Arab world - Wamda

Language learning platform Duolingo launches in the Arab world - Wamda | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
The language-learning platform Duolingo has launched in the Arab world, allowing Arabic speakers to learn English through free exercises, games and exams.…
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Duolingo keeps on growing

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How agile can we be? An editorial perspective – Part 2 of 3

How agile can we be? An editorial perspective – Part 2 of 3 | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
In the first part of this mini-series we discussed the complexities of ELT publishing – focusing on publishers’ growing need to get courses to market quickly without losing quality. To do this, the...
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Good point about style guides. A one off 'final' style guide just doesn't work in many of the projects I'm working on and needs to be a collaborative document, particularly during the first stages of a project.

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How did this become the biggest tech talk at LBF?!

How did this become the biggest tech talk at LBF?! | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
When I penned a few thoughts about what I saw happening within the publishing industry trends back in January, I never expected it to get such a reaction. I have subsequently been inundated with requests for follow up conversations, and a whole variety of curious off the wall initiatives as a result.
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Some interesting points to think about, particularly, from my point of view, the nature of relationships between publishers and companies such as Ixxus. I've seen more evidence of the mode of collaboration that Steve criticizes, rather than the longer term partnership he recommends. I can't help agreeing with the fact that short term efforts seem to produce little, certainly no rapid changes anyway.

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The economic impact of bad meetings

The economic impact of bad meetings | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
You get invited to a meeting by a person you don't really know, about a project you've barely heard of, and you're not sure why. 'Click.' You accept anyway. Find out just how much time this simple ...
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Oh don't get me started: no agenda, no minutes, no purpose, too many people, people arriving late, cancelling or requesting postponements... And as for people using email badly? Humph!! :)
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Inside Steve Jobs schools: swapping books for iPads

Inside Steve Jobs schools: swapping books for iPads | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
Schools in the Netherlands have shunned textbooks and only use Apple tablets for teaching and learning. A year in, journalist Sarah Marsh investigates how pupils and teachers are faring
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The thing that is most interesting to me is the way that the school has redesigned the whole teacher system, facilitated by the use of the iPads. They haven't just added iPads to a 'normal' school. 

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This Is Sure Interesting: "Google May Start Handing Out Gmail Accounts to Kids"

This Is Sure Interesting: "Google May Start Handing Out Gmail Accounts to Kids" | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
Google May Start Handing Out Gmail Accounts to Kids just appeared in the Atlantic. Here's how it begins: Google may be going kid-friendly. The tech giant is allegedly planning to offer accounts to ...
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This would make a difference to how primary teachers could interact with students to develop a more blended approach to learning. 

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Digital literacies in the language classroom

Digital literacies in the language classroom | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
Gavin Dudeney gives us snapshot of digital literacies and what they mean for English language teachers.
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What do digital literacies mean for ELT publishers? To what extent will we have to offer content, guidance, solutions for the development of these things within the language teaching materials we produce? 

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School starting age: the evidence | University of Cambridge

School starting age: the evidence | University of Cambridge | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
In England children now start formal schooling, and the formal teaching of literacy and numeracy at the age of four.  A recent letter signed by around 130 early childhood education experts, including myself, published in the Daily Telegraph  (11 Sept 2013) advocated an extension of informal, play-based pre-school provision and a delay to the start of formal ‘schooling’ in England from the current effective start until the age of seven (in line with a number of other European countries who currently have higher levels of academic achievement and child well-being).
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A we continue to publish more materials for very young learners, it would be wise to consider this information.

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Why Publishers Are Making a Push for EPUB3 Now | Digital Book World

Why Publishers Are Making a Push for EPUB3 Now | Digital Book World | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced a major initiative to accelerate adoption of EPUB3 earlier this week. This latest version of EPUB, the
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This article is almost a year old, but doesn't seem out-of-date. EPUB3 is still a term that many editors hear, but don't understand and many are probably scared to look like they're a bit backward if they ask! This article provides a good overview.  

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The Michel Thomas Method - The Natural Way to Learn a New Language

The Michel Thomas Method - The Natural Way to Learn a New Language | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
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Is this, and other courses of its kind (see Rosetta Stone, BBC publishing etc), not what the self-study edtech stuff like Voxy, Busuu and Duolingo are competing with? To what extent have these decades old courses held back the march of private ELT institutes? Not much, I'd say. 

 

So, as the ELT industry has largely ignored the bookshop shelves stacked with self-study language learning materials all this time, should we really be so bothered about the latest edtech versions of these things? Or do teachers just continue suggesting that students can use these materials to support their classroom learning?

 

Unless these edtech upstarts can sell large scale to schools, then will they really make inroads into the ELT market? 

 

I'm waiting to be convinced, I must say.

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Project manager or editor? | Publishing matters

Project manager or editor? | Publishing matters | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
Once editors were guarantors of quality in an uncharted sea, but now we're part of a content pipeline. How does this focus on managing projects affect the job?
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Online courses are a disruptive force for the education sector, study finds

“Among the various e-learning methodologies, learning through MOOCs is gaining momentum across the globe."

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Big money, quiet storm – the silent revolution in education publishing | Publishing Technology

Big money, quiet storm – the silent revolution in education publishing | Publishing Technology | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
Article focusing on the US market suggests that 'big publisher' market share may soon be diminished by book rentals, cheap resales and low cost alternatives.
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Blended Learning at MIT


Via Fiona Harvey
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A useful and interesting summary of some of the important points to consider when developing a blended course.

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David Bramley's curator insight, July 6, 2015 12:47 PM

This post is from 2012, but I guess MIT would want to claim they were ahead of the game!

 

I like it because it looks at a definition of blended learning and poses design questions.  But I particularly like the, 'Pre-course - Course - Post-course model it suggests, with the Course element having face-to-face interaction.  Looking at blended design in this way can help answer the question:  What is the best use of the face-to-face time I have available?

Steven E Teator's curator insight, July 19, 2015 10:05 AM

This research paper provides a more detailed account of Blended Learning.  It discusses real world examples that can easy be applied to the Flipped Classroom.

Karen Olges's curator insight, July 27, 2015 9:52 AM

MIT sponsored Scratch and my students just thrive with that to learn the basics of computer science. Very important!

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10 Common Misconceptions About The Flipped Classroom

10 Common Misconceptions About The Flipped Classroom | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
10 Common Misconceptions About The Flipped Classroom
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Richard Whiteside's curator insight, February 17, 2014 6:44 AM

Some good points and advice here about the flipped classroom.

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Macmillan-Springer Mega Merger Impact on Publishing

Macmillan-Springer Mega Merger Impact on Publishing | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
With a market including behemoths like Wiley and Wolters Kluwer, it seems logical for other publishers to join forces to take a bigger slice of the pie.
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Not sure how this will affect ELT but it does make Macmillan an even more massive entity.

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Mobile-assisted Language Learning | The International Research Foundation for English Language Education

Mobile-assisted Language Learning | The International Research Foundation for English Language Education | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
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A new batch of research papers, including an interesting looking one from Nicky Hockley: The teacher as designer of mobile-based classroom learning experiences.

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The Educators - Episode guide - BBC Radio 4

The Educators - Episode guide - BBC Radio 4 | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
Sarah Montague interviews the people whose ideas are challenging the future of education.
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Discussion of key educational issues with experts in the field. Should prove to be interesting. 

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ARTICLE: ELT eBook Sales up 14% in Q1

ARTICLE: ELT eBook Sales up 14% in Q1 | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
Sales of ebooks in the UK have continued to grow in the early part of 2014, even as ebook sales growth has tapered in the U.S. Ebook sales are up 10.5% in

Via John Chrimes
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I'd love to see a breakdown of what people are buying!

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John Chrimes's curator insight, August 1, 2014 9:53 AM

No immovable objects in the way of this unstoppable force. eBooks are exploding. Smashwords + Kindle mean you can DIY. Get writing!

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Student Data, Algorithms, Ideology, and Identity-less-ness

Student Data, Algorithms, Ideology, and Identity-less-ness | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
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Quote: "But what caught my eye, particularly in light of just having heard Tressie’s talk, was this response from Ferreira: “We can help students understand their learning history without knowing their identity.”


Is such a thing even possible? (Is such a thing desirable?) Can you have a learning history and not have an identity? Aren't these inextricable?"


Some interesting thoughts in here on 'personalization' and 'identity' in algorithm-based adaptive learning technology.

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HTML5, The Future — And Now — of Publishing | Digital Book World

HTML5, The Future — And Now — of Publishing | Digital Book World | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
While there is still some debate and discussion, I believe the war is over and HTML5 is the future of digital publishing. Whether the HTML is packaged in an
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When explaining our new digital components it's often important to explain HTML5 and why it's important. It often. This article gives a good overview.

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A 10 minute intro to...: Dogme Business English

A 10 minute intro to...: Dogme Business English | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
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Self-published dogme-based book on teaching business English. SHould take about 10 minutes to read. Interesting, whether you consider yourself a 'dogme teacher' or not.

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Facing the currently unknown

Facing the currently unknown | ELT publishing | Scoop.it
Trying to find creative ways to motivate, enthuse and help our pupils to love languages
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Interesting blog by a teacher of Spanish in the UK state sector. Let's not restrict ourselves to ELT bloggers, people. Latest post focuses on an experiment in flipping the classroom.

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