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Using avatars and virtual environments in learning: What do they have to offer?

Whilst acknowledging the limitations of this small scale study in terms of its ‘generalisabilty’, initial data suggests that when an inquiry learning model is combined with the use of avatar-based virtual environments for the presentation of unit outcomes, a powerful, motivating, and educationally valuable learning opportunity can be created for students. The important elements of this include the identification of a ‘real world’ context upon which the inquiry can be based (and outcomes communicated), the adoption of student-led approaches to the identification of questions or problems to be investigated, the use of collaborative small group or pair structures in the development of outcomes, and the availability of flexible and ‘customisable’ software which best affords the opportunity to communicate outcomes in a way (and using content) suited
to intended audiences. Within such an approach, data again suggests that clear opportunities exist for students to further their capabilities in the competencies of Thinking and Relating to others (Ministry of Education, 2007). However, the study also indicates that the extent to which this can occur is reliant upon the pedagogical approach and stance of the teacher in terms of their views on ‘ownership’ of learning, and their adoption of organisational structures such as collaborative groupings.


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Deborah Banker's curator insight, March 27, 2013 7:50 AM

Very nice article on the use of virtual worlds.

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Graphic on 21st Century Pedagogy ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Graphic on 21st Century Pedagogy ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | English Classroom | Scoop.it
RT @ict4champions: Awesome Graphic on 21st Century Pedagogy ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/83nyeP4joj

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Pierre Levy's curator insight, March 31, 2013 3:56 PM

Design and PKM are lacking here...

Deborah Arnold's comment, April 15, 2013 4:45 AM
Très bonne idée. Ok pour vous évaluer la-dessus, si vous l'accompagnez d'éléments de réflexion et d'analyse.
Morgane Massart's curator insight, April 26, 2013 7:52 AM

A suivre...

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9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning

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9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning...these are really well done, simple and to the point but provocative and compelling.

 

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President Obama’s 2012 victory speech

President Obama’s 2012 victory speech | English Classroom | Scoop.it
I've been meaning to put together a lesson like this for a while now, so, on the heels of the US election, I thought I'd strike while the iron's still hot.
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14 Steps to Meaningful Student Blogging

14 Steps to Meaningful Student Blogging | English Classroom | Scoop.it

So you have heard about blogging with your students and you are considering taking the plunge but just not sure what or how to do it? I am here to tell you; blogging with my students has been one of the most enriching educational experiences we have had this year, and that says a lot. So to get you started, here is what I have learned


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9 Amazing Word Cloud Generators For The Classroom …Word Clouds in Education Series: Part 3

9 Amazing Word Cloud Generators For The Classroom …Word Clouds in Education Series: Part 3 | English Classroom | Scoop.it
Welcome to a series of posts devoted to the use of Word Clouds. I know you will find new information… whether you are a seasoned user of word clouds, or brand new. I am certain you will enjoy rea...
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Great Infographics for Language Teachers - Quotation Marks and Punctuation

Great Infographics for Language Teachers  - Quotation Marks and Punctuation | English Classroom | Scoop.it

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VocabGrabber : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

VocabGrabber lets you automatically create lists of vocabulary from any text.
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Collablogatorium: The Art of Critical Thinking with Store Receipts

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Critical Thinking - a Wiki by Howard Rheingold

A wiki with lots of useful info on how to implement critical thinking in the classroom

 


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CristinaSkyBox: From Me to We - Collaborative Writing

CristinaSkyBox: From Me to We - Collaborative Writing | English Classroom | Scoop.it

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Let's Learn IT's curator insight, February 14, 2013 1:37 PM

Nice suggestions

Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, March 10, 2013 9:06 AM
Thank you! Glad you found it useful.
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16 Ways To Say "I LIKE IT"

English lesson - 16 different ways to say "I Like It" This is a video from Luke's English Podcast - a podcast for learners of English. Use the podcast to stu...
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Teresa Carvalho's comment, June 8, 2013 7:55 AM
Thanks for sharing, Carla. I just loved it!
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The World in Words | PRI's The World

The World in Words | PRI's The World | English Classroom | Scoop.it
The World in Words focuses on language. We cover everything from bilingual education to the globalization of English to untranslatable foreign phrases. You’ll learn how to insult someone in Icelandic, among other things.
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The Rise of Google [Infographic]

The Rise of Google [Infographic] | English Classroom | Scoop.it
Did you know that Google raked in $50 billion in 2012? It has come a long way its early days, back when it was known as BackRub.

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, December 14, 2013 2:32 PM

Funny. On the day of the Facebook offering I heard major players discuss how they were doubling down on Google while limiting their Facebook investments confirming a trend everyone in my tribe of Internet marketers felt - Google's resurgence. Great infographic here showing just how broad, wide and powerful Google's "resurgence' is and we are only half way through the second act.

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Curation for Teachers [Infographic]

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In Professional Learning in the Digital Age: The Educator's Guide to User-Generated Learning, Kristen Swanson shows educators how to enhance their pro...

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Rosie Peel's curator insight, June 8, 2013 12:07 AM

This is very insightful when creating an effective, authentic and reliable curation collection.  It is resources like this one that I feel will benefit others in their teaching and learning journey.

Dorothy Minor's curator insight, July 8, 2013 12:29 PM

This infographic provides insight into showing how to enhance learning. Critical thinking is an important skill in today's world. Students need encouragement in taking ownership of their own learning. We can find ways to encourage students from this link.

Daniel Jimenez Zulic's curator insight, August 3, 2013 9:04 AM

Ya en el esquema se ve como ir mejorando la practica, seleccion y calificacion de los sitios y contenidos.

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One day in - Sao Paulo

One day in - Sao Paulo | English Classroom | Scoop.it
One day in this Brazilian city moves across contrasting worlds of wealth and poverty, from the motogirls to the nightlife entrepreneurs.
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Collablogatorium: What Yo Yo Ma Has to Teach Educators

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How do/could you use a resource such as #eltpics? (An #eltchat summary) | Shaun Wilden

How do/could you use a resource such as #eltpics? (An #eltchat summary) | Shaun Wilden | English Classroom | Scoop.it
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Four Creative Commons Photo Sites You Should Know About

Four Creative Commons Photo Sites You Should Know About | English Classroom | Scoop.it
Grabbing images from Google is one of the easiest things there is to do. You simply search, copy, paste. A no-brainer. However, when using someone else’s photos, how do you know if you have p...
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Monica Berra's comment, March 13, 2013 1:47 PM
Thanks for finding this Jason
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IF only » Lesson Plan: Galatea (Upper-Intermediate)

IF only » Lesson Plan: Galatea (Upper-Intermediate) | English Classroom | Scoop.it
Game: Galatea by Emily Short (2000)Level: Upper-IntermediateTime needed to play: 45 - 60 minutes;...
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Historypin | Tours & Collections

Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together to share glimpses of the past and build up the story of human history.
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A step towards critical thinking | 4C in ELT

A step towards critical thinking | 4C in ELT | English Classroom | Scoop.it

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take a photo and....

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The eltpics ideas site for teachers...
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English with Music ~ Sharing Learning

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FunSongs for iPad on the iTunes App Store

Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about FunSongs on the App Store. Download FunSongs and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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