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41 Resources, Tools, And Apps To Improve Writing Skills

41 Resources, Tools, And Apps To Improve Writing Skills | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

"41 Resources, Tools, And Apps To Improve Writing Skills by Tom Vander Ark first appeared on gettingsmart.com  


Via Juan Jesús Baño Egea, Leona Ungerer, Ken Morrison
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Who says using computers is not good for kids writing skills? These apps will certainly help get rid of that myth.

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, January 3, 2013 1:57 PM

A very nice collection of tech tools to help writing teachers

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Introducing Monkseaton/Spaced Learning - YouTube

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Climate Revolution

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Free Technology for Teachers: An Interactive Atlas of the Valley of the Kings

Free Technology for Teachers: An Interactive Atlas of the Valley of the Kings | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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Great way to begin teaching Ancient Egypt. An interactive site explaining the Valley of the Kings.

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Grammar matters and should be taught – differently

Grammar matters and should be taught – differently | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
I’m going to put it out there - most teachers don’t know enough about how the English language works [aka grammar], and this inevitably impacts upon student literacy outcomes. There are grammar pundits…
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Hooray for getting rid of grammar workbooks that straight jacket kids' language capacity and creativity. The author here is asserting that teachers need to teach grammar as part of literature and embedded in the everyday texts that they give students. She also Rgues for more explicit teaching and professional development of teachers who teach English. I wholeheartedly agree and do admit that my knowledge of how to teach grammar in text can improve too. 

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Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen

Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Ah, listening, the neglected literacy skill. I know when I was a high school English teacher this was not necessarily a primary focus; I was too busy honing the more measurable literacy skills -- r
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There are some great strategies here to get students listening more attentively in class. We have all been guilty of repeating things in class and this article shows us why we shouldn't do so. I particularly like the paraphrasing to a partner strategy as it allows time for understanding to develop and for students to fully come to grips with information.

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Girl with a Lesson Plan

Girl with a Lesson Plan | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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“ Literary Periods with a Timeline
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I LOVEEEE THIS.
I don’t know why, but I am obsessed with the evolution of literature through history. I love love...
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An infographic showing the history of literature.

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The Remarkable Power Of Visual Metaphors To Make Us More Creative

Figurative images, such as an illuminated or a blown bulb, can improve our insights--but they can also dim them.
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Metaphorical thinking can be more creative. Showing people visual metaphors linked in our culture to creativity, like light bulbs, actually makes them more creative. Amazing findings.

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What I Learned Watching 150 Hours of TED Talks

What I Learned Watching 150 Hours of TED Talks | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“The most popular talks shared three common attributes.”
Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Three common factors that makes TED talks so inspiring and persuasive. These can be used in any persuasive situation.
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20 Study Hacks to Improve Your Memory

20 Study Hacks to Improve Your Memory | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
We’ve scoured our brains and the internet for the best study hacks to help your brain remember information quicker and easier and ultimately help you do better in your exams. 1.
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Some more tips for effective study.

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Getting feedback right.

Getting feedback right. | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

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A collection of articles by David Didau on feedback.

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Collins English Dictionary | Always Free Online

Collins English Dictionary | Always Free Online | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“ The official Collins English Dictionary online. Comprehensive and authoritative, rely on Collins for up-to-date English with insights into language trends and usage.”
Via Patty Ball
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While we often need a dictionary, and an online one in that respect is not any better than a book, it is a useful site with features that you can use in lessons. Word of the day for example, could begin a writing lesson.
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35 Ways to Use Google Apps in the Classroom NEW - Google Drive

35 Ways to Use Google Apps in the Classroom NEW - Google Drive | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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A handy slideshow showing some applications for Google tools.

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Larry Ferlazzo - Creating The Conditions For Self-Motivated Students | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

Larry Ferlazzo - Creating The Conditions For Self-Motivated Students | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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Motivation is a key factor in learning effectively. While we cannot say that we can motivate others we can, as this piece by Larry Ferlazzo discusses, create the conditions for students to motivate themselves.

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How to make marking more efficient: three new techniques for teachers

How to make marking more efficient: three new techniques for teachers | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
English teacher Andrew Tharby shares his advice on how to significantly reduce the time spent marking while improving the quality of feedback for students
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There has to be a better way of marking. English teachers in particular, seem to have to spend an inordinate amount of time marking student work. This post has some suggestions for making it not only easier, but more effective. We all know students need feedback but how often do you sit for hours for them only to look at a a mark and then put it down? Good feedback can avoid this and force students to take responsibility for their own progress. 

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Busting the learning myths - Telegraph

Busting the learning myths - Telegraph | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Author and educationalist Daisy Christodoulou says long-term memory is the key to learning. Teacher Tom Payne agrees
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There is time for chalk and talk. This article looks at the importance of teacher knowledge and their  recitation of facts and information to their students. Any good teacher knows that we have to tell them things. They cannot do it all by osmosis or inquiry. There is an important place for both the sage on the stage and the guide on the side.

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Historical Figures' Letterheads

Letters have changed the world, from Churchill's letters to Roosevelt during World War II to Martin Luther King's letter from Birmingham jail. Here at MOO, we wondered how those letters would have looked today. To reimagine how iconic figures could have branded themselves in the modern world, our creative team have designed unique Letterheads and Business Cards for some of the most famous letter writers in history, capturing each identity in a set of stationery.
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Historical figures ' business cards and letterheads as imagined by MOO.

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Interpretive Discussion: A Route Into Textual Interpretation

Interpretive Discussion: A Route Into Textual Interpretation | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Professor Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon extols the virtues of interpretive discussion for enhancing the understanding of curricular material, as opposed to more-restrictive forms of instruction.
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This approach is similar to Socratic Circles that I am doing with my year 7 students. It is a great way to put focus on interpretive skills, active listening and discussion skills and on constructing knowledge. The focus is on questioning the text and then listening for different interpretations in order to broaden understanding.

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Denise Lombardo's curator insight, April 18, 6:07 PM

A worthwhile approach for anyone seeking to develop more meaningful questioning and discussions in their classrooms.

Denise Lombardo's comment, April 18, 6:08 PM
Thanks Louise...always great stuff from you!
Louise Robinson-Lay's comment, April 18, 10:36 PM
Thank you for your kind words Denise. I often get them from other clever people :)
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Why (And How) Teachers And Students Should Backchannel - Edudemic

Why (And How) Teachers And Students Should Backchannel - Edudemic | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
What is a backchannel you ask? A backchannel is a conversation that takes place alongside an activity or event. In most cases, this happens using a digital or mobile device. There are many different ways you can backchannel. You could use Twitter, Today’s Meet, or Google Moderator just to name a few. Having a backchannel …
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Using the back channel is a great way to gain insight and get feedback on lessons.

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Why and how should you optimize academic articles for search engines? - Open Science

Why and how should you optimize academic articles for search engines? - Open Science | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Academic Search Engine Optimization is just a set of a few tips that which could help you to get views, downloads and citations.

Via Nader Ale Ebrahim, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Some tips for using SEO to get articles more widely read.

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Brainstorm in Progress: Connectivism, Neuroscience, and Education

Brainstorm in Progress: Connectivism, Neuroscience, and Education | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Our knowledge, and sometimes lack of knowledge, about how brains work is discussed in this article. The author goes on to discuss how concept mapping encourages deeper learning.
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gemma correll and her merry band of misfits: the sad truth about being a woman in the public eye

gemma correll and her merry band of misfits: the sad truth about being a woman in the public eye | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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A cartoon dealing with conceptions of gender in the media..

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How to Create Your Study Plan for 2014

How to Create Your Study Plan for 2014 | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
To approach studying in 2014 on the right foot, you need to organize and plan your study from step one. In this post, we share some tips that will help you create an effective study plan.
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Creating a plan for study makes it more focused and effective.

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7 Important Tips for Providing Effective Feedback to Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Important Tips for Providing Effective Feedback to Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

Via Kleri S., Kathrin Jäger
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It's all about effective feedback. Enough said.
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Why students should set and mark their own homework

Why students should set and mark their own homework | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Teacher Mark Creasy has turned the traditional concept of homework on it's head by tasking his students with the administration and assessment. Here's how it works
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I really like this concept. Homework is  often such a battleground, I have had students become anxious around it and parents want more and more seeing it as giving their children a competitive edge.  This is a good solution to a complex problem. It also individualizes instruction and creates a situation where students take responsibility for their own work. They select from a series of possible tasks and then reflect on them.  It also allows for more creativity rather than the drill and skill approach that many well-meaning parents equate with good learning.

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Acclaimed comics artists publish powerful anthology of stories to combat Michael Gove's 'jingoistic' interpretation of WW1

Acclaimed comics artists publish powerful anthology of stories to combat Michael Gove's 'jingoistic' interpretation of WW1 | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
The architects of the First World War are put on trial in the Hague and deserting soldiers celebrated in a graphic novel produced by Britain’s leading comic artists designed to undermine “jingoistic” commemorations of the conflict’s centenary.
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The graphic novel form has gone so far beyond superheroes. This anthology deals with stories of The Great War from soldiers' perspectives.

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Sweeping Away a Search History

Sweeping Away a Search History | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
A person’s online search history contains a wealth of personal information. Here are some tips to stem the flow.
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Interesting reading. Your search history reveals a lot about you. Some of it innocuous, some of it potentially damaging. Here's how to get some control back over what is stored about you and how to avoid that storage in the future.

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