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ActiveTextbook | Interactive Textbook Software

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Active Textbook provides educators with the tools to extend and customize digital learning materials, making them truly engaging for effective learning outcomes. Students can interact with customized content and cooperate with their peers using built-in social learning tools available on a variety of computing devices.


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This looks like a great way to transform information to make it your own.

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Angela Artero's comment, April 25, 2013 11:32 PM
Thank Nik for sharing it, it seems a great tool!
Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, June 19, 2013 1:25 PM
Great share!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anne Fox's comment, June 20, 2013 12:26 AM
The price is good compared to other options such as Inkling
I can do this, even with technology.
Using technology is another challenge for EFL teachers in public schools in Mexico, so, go one step at a time. Here's how:
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Authentic materials with beginners: Charlene Polio


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This gives some good ideas to modify authentic materials so even beginners can use the 'real thing'.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 22, 12:27 AM

Why and how for language teachers

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Draft. Write Better.

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Write better with Draft. Easy version control and collaboration to improve your writing.

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This is even easeir than Gogle Docs!

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pohua-chen's curator insight, August 18, 2013 8:09 PM

Good for writing draft

Bart van Maanen's curator insight, August 28, 2013 3:16 AM

Dit is een mooie manier om je met schrijven te helpen, want je kan iemand uitnodigen je tekst te bekijken. Je kunt hem ook annoteren en versie vergelijken.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 12, 12:30 AM

Draft. Write Better.

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10 Emerging Educational Technologies and How They Are Being Used Across the Globe

10 Emerging Educational Technologies and How They Are Being Used Across the Globe | I can do this, even with technology. | Scoop.it

For over a decade, the New Media Consortium (NMC) has been charting the landscape of emerging technologies in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry on a global scale. The NMC’s advisory board includes 750 technology experts and faculty members from colleges and universities in 40 countries, and is supported by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

 


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“In a school that practices learning-literacy, teachers model learning, students learn to teach themselves, and schools educate the community.“ 

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Kylie Joyce's curator insight, August 9, 2013 4:19 AM

After browsing through a couple of the k-12 Horizon reports, I commend the New Media Consortium for looking to the future to see where elearning has the potential to go, as well as showing us what is possible by providing examples of various tools currently in use.

Annie R's comment, September 3, 2013 7:55 PM
i think that the mobile learning section (#2) was very interesting for me. as a student, tablets are very easy and a wonderful way to learn, but we still should be exposed to things like textbooks, instruments, and a pencil. Many children now have been completely consumed in their electronics, I am guilty of complaining when i have to put my iPad down.
John Williams's comment, September 4, 2013 12:54 PM
Annie, I couldn't agree with you more unfortunately I do not see this trend reversing. They are no longer teaching penmanship in school it will soon be a lost are and the text book is losing way to the e-book it is already happening. It is cheaper.(ooppps) cost effective. It is doing a disservice to our youth. I went to an old catholic school in addition to being taught cursive we were taught script also, and a love of books is taught at an early age. Technology is a great tool, but it is just that a tool, it wears out it changes the written word is always the same, The language may change depending on the country but it is the same it does not upgrade a classic is still a classic. A Commador 64 is obsolete, by todays standards.
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Nik's QuickShout: Get Students Checking Grammar and Collocation

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This site looks really helpful for many situations.

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10 Podcasting Projects Every Teacher Should Try

10 Podcasting Projects Every Teacher Should Try | I can do this, even with technology. | Scoop.it

Now that teachers have easy access to tools like Garage Band and iPods that make recording a breeze, podcasting is quickly becoming the latest creative mode of learning and presenting in schools.  Here are ten ideas to try in your classroom today.

 


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Students have many opportunities to speak in their target language. We need to know about those opportunities to get them speaking!

Great ideas here.

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, July 9, 2013 10:42 AM

I like some of these ideas. I'm thinking we could have students make podcast booktalks and have QR codes linking to them in the books or on a display or around the school. Hmm...kids can't use their phones at school, yet. Well, I can always put links to them in our catalog and on the website.

Connie Wise's curator insight, July 22, 2013 9:04 PM

Use podcasting to meet Common Core standards of speaking & writing.

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, August 19, 2013 12:05 PM

Let us know if we can try one of these projects with your class.

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10 big ideas from eduTECH...

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Billed as the biggest educational technology conference in Australia, I note with interest as I sum up the big ideas from EduTECH, that they are not about the technology. These were some of the mes...
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Edna always knows how to say exactly what is on everyone's mind. It's not about the technology,is it?

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The Flipped Class Revealed

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Switching from a traditional classroom to a flipped classroom can be daunting because there are a lack of effective models.  So, what should an effective flipped classroom look like?  In our experience, effective flipped classrooms share many of these characteristics:


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Flipping the classroom even works without technology...printed material can be sent home for class preparation.

 

I have seen results...it really gets EFL students talking in class.

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Sanford Arbogast's curator insight, May 24, 2013 5:34 AM

This is part 3 of a very good series onwhy you should flip your class and how to do it

Angela McCord's curator insight, May 28, 2013 6:47 AM

Good guide!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, June 22, 2013 2:22 PM

 Very useful article with some great suggestions worth reading. 

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Podcast Gallery - The Best Audio and Video Podcasts

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Podcast Gallery is an online directory of the best audio and video podcasts across all genres. You can watch your favorite podcast shows in the browser or download them to your Dropbox or Google Drive.

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This is a great collection of audio files well worth listening to, for people learning ENglish and for people who love these well-known talks and shows and missed them when they were on the air via NPR or PRI, or haven't gone to a TED conference. Check them out.

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Susan's curator insight, April 18, 2013 10:07 AM

Get rid of those horrible mundane CDs! Use podcasts. Much more authentic!

Elsa Escalante's curator insight, April 19, 2013 10:50 AM

This is a site where you can find any kind of podcast, it’s an amazing place to search and share your favorite podcast.

 

It a free site, and you can listen at any time wherever you want, as long you have an internet connection.

 

The podcast are actualized constantly

 

Good thing: Has a wide collection of podcast of different topics

Bad thing: Almost every podcast is in English

 

Rate: 8

Dj Ghostfader's curator insight, May 7, 2013 8:49 PM

Need more exposure for your podcast ? Check this post.

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Mural.ly - Google Docs for Visual People

Mural.ly - Google Docs for Visual People. Thousands of creative people from all over the world are using Mural.ly to grow ideas.

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This lookes incredibly easy to manage...more so than Glogster which needs a very fast connection which sometimes we just don't have in our schools, homes or public plazas. Check it out.

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Ania Zielinska's comment, April 9, 2013 6:47 PM
oops got my canvases mixed up - meant to say http://www.edcanvas.com/
Alessandra's comment, April 9, 2013 8:02 PM
Ania, I don't know if a mobile app is available for apple (it's not for windows yet). It's very smooth, I agree. It reminds me of Prezi and Glogster, as well :)
Nik Peachey's comment, May 7, 2013 4:07 AM
Mural.ly runs natively in the Safari browser on mobile as it's html5 based
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Mix Images and Animation on Your Mobile

Mix Images and Animation on Your Mobile | I can do this, even with technology. | Scoop.it

The app runs on a mobile device and allows users to add animated speaking characters to a selection of backgrounds or to the users' own images. You can then either use text to speech to write a script for the character, or you can record your own voice and the app will lip-synch you text to the character. This is very quick and easy to do. Here's how.


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This is something I've gotta try. During their two week vacation, my students are sharing Voicethreads. This looks like fun! Something new!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 30, 2013 3:10 AM

This is my most recent blog post which includes ideas for activities to get students speaking outside the classroom.

Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 30, 2013 3:11 AM

This is my most recent blog post which includes ideas for activities to get students speaking outside the classroom.

Fiona Price's curator insight, April 1, 2013 11:44 AM

If you liked Xtranormal, ...

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Jeopardy Template | Jeopardy Game | Jeopardy Online Game

Jeopardy Template | Jeopardy Game | Jeopardy Online Game | I can do this, even with technology. | Scoop.it
Make your own jeopardy template easily without PowerPoint, or play jeopardy games created by other people

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This looks like a great way to review vocabulary for TKT exams, concept checks, or turn a boring lesson into a fun one. Check it out.

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Maria Lupandina's comment, March 28, 2013 5:52 AM
Thanks for the link! I use www.jeopardylabs.com
MelodyJenningsBowers's curator insight, March 28, 2013 7:27 PM

I want this to work so badly! I always struggle with getting the powerpoints to function glitch free!

Ellen Graber's comment, March 29, 2013 12:11 PM
I can't wait to try this one out!
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8 Things to Look For in Today's Classroom

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cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by chrisbb@prodigy.net As I think that leaders should be able to describe what they are looking for in schools I have thought of eight things that I really wa...
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I believe that students of today, even though they have been learning in traditional classrooms from a young age and are accustomed to being passive in the classroom as is the case in so many contexts around the world, are ready to have a voice, make a choice, reflect and innovate. Outside the classroom they are critical, so why not give them an oportunity to solve problems, think for themselves, and share their process with the world?

Great post.

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Use Your Voice to Do Even More with Google Docs

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Using screencasts or google drive inbuilt apps to leave voice comments is a good idea to engage learners online and respond to them while correcting their writing.
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I can't wait to use this application in writing projects!

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Roon — The easiest way to blog

Roon — The easiest way to blog | I can do this, even with technology. | Scoop.it

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I can't wait to try this out!

 

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Walter Rubén Tur's comment, August 3, 2013 6:55 PM
hay algún vídeo de cómo utilizarla, en castellano, gracias
Nik Peachey's comment, August 4, 2013 12:11 AM
There's quite a long review and brief tutorial of Roon here: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/roon-is-a-slick-easy-to-use-blogging-platform-you-may-want-to-try/ I particularly like the comment in the summary "Sometimes we get caught up in complex blogging platforms, plugins and more. Roon takes all of that away and ensures that you focus on what matters the most – your words." A rich feature set isn't always an advantage. Roon certainly isn't a competitor to WordPress, but it does make it easy to just get down to writing. For students that can be quite an advantage.
Tracee Orman's curator insight, August 4, 2013 6:14 AM

I just tried Roon out and made a post (on my Mac, by the way). I wanted to try it to see if it was something to share with students. It was pretty easy, though figuring out how to change the title of the post from "Untitled" was frustrating (I assumed the "Header" was the title...not so. You just click on it after you save and can change it in the sidebar.). 

 

I'm not sure what the point of giving your blog a title was when it posts as your user name and never shows your blog title. My advice: use your blog title as your user name. 

 

Not sure if I will use this with my students, but it is a simple and easy format. And free. Here's my simplistic post: http://mrsorman.roon.io/untitled

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Nik's QuickShout: Comparing Texts to Aid Noticing

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When giving a writing assignment which might have all tehs tudents doig ore or less the same thing, this could work. CUrrently, we are putting them up on a sticky wall and comoparig what people write all together. THis only looks at two essays at a time...

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PhotoBlab - Welcome

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An app in which you can take or add some photos, attached some audio or record some sounds, edit the audio to your liking then share it with your own network of followers!
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Wow, this tops Fotobabble, which up to now has been the easiest tool for my students. Accesible from your cellphone, now that makes it convenient for anyone.

 

Thanks Nik for another great tool.

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Flipped Classroom 2.0: Competency Learning With Videos

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The two teachers admit when they started flipping their classrooms they put everything into video form. Now, they’ve taken a step back and realized some things shouldn’t be in lecture form, and therefore shouldn’t be videos either. Instead, the two teachers have embraced what they call mastery learning, with an emphasis on students taking control of their own learning. Instructional videos are an optional part of a bigger move towards asynchronous learning.

 


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It's good to know all sides of teaching techniques.

Flilpping the classroom means more student talk time, more peresonalized teaching and a balanced way to work with competencies. Just keep it balanced.

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Lisa Simmons's curator insight, May 24, 2013 8:24 AM

This is an Interesting article and something to think about for Flipped Classrooms

Adam Lenaarts's curator insight, May 24, 2013 1:23 PM

Interesting ...scaffolding what should be flipped and what not ...

James Wilson's curator insight, September 11, 2013 6:28 AM

A useful insight into the developing attitude towards the Learner Centred approach - "Mastery Learning".

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Why online education is mostly a fantasy

Why online education is mostly a fantasy | I can do this, even with technology. | Scoop.it

In the end, MOOCs and online programs primarily help those who are self motivated to learn, and the vast majority of these people would have figured out how to educate themselves, whether in college or on their own, regardless of whether or not online courses are available.

 


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I am one of those self-motivated learners and I can vouch for the fact that low cost online courses have a high drop out rate.

Last year I took a series of Moodle of Teachers courses, a fantastic series  with ( Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL) that provide a hands on approach to creating, designing, and using Moodle platforms for educational courses. There were 149 people in an orientation course, and only I finished the series of 4 more courses.

 

However, I also studied my Master's online and felt community, structure and lots of support. It can go both ways.

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Jason R Levine's comment, May 3, 2013 1:21 PM
There need not be a dichotomy of online learning and having the personalized attention of a teacher/coach. This article, and others like it, are misguided if their point is that online education will forever remain a fantasy; they are valuable articles in that they correctly note what's limiting and/or dysfunctional now to set us on course to the new "reality" of online and blended learning being superior to traditional "brick and mortar" education.
Mihail Gavrilov's curator insight, May 4, 2013 6:36 AM

интернет-обучение - преимущественно фантазии. Оно подходит только для мотивированных, целеустремленных, склонных к самостоятельному поиску знаний

silvermanmc's curator insight, May 6, 2013 10:56 AM

Learning has almost always been a social endeavor... online learning that approximates such...is potentially more effective... 

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Ten of the best virtual field trips | eSchool News

Ten of the best virtual field trips | eSchool News | I can do this, even with technology. | Scoop.it
To help educators save time, we've chosen these 10 virtual field trips based on their relevancy, depth and quality of resources, and potential for student excitement.
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Field trips are hard work , hard to organize, but well worth the bother. With these virtual field trips you can make them more frequently. Is there someplace you would like to go with your students?

 

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ActiveTextbook | Interactive Textbook Software

ActiveTextbook | Interactive Textbook Software | I can do this, even with technology. | Scoop.it

Active Textbook provides educators with the tools to extend and customize digital learning materials, making them truly engaging for effective learning outcomes. Students can interact with customized content and cooperate with their peers using built-in social learning tools available on a variety of computing devices.


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Ellen Graber's insight:

This looks like a great way to transform information to make it your own.

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Angela Artero's comment, April 25, 2013 11:32 PM
Thank Nik for sharing it, it seems a great tool!
Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, June 19, 2013 1:25 PM
Great share!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anne Fox's comment, June 20, 2013 12:26 AM
The price is good compared to other options such as Inkling
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Millennial Students and Middle-aged Faculty: A Learner-centered Approach | Faculty Focus

Millennial Students and Middle-aged Faculty: A Learner-centered Approach | Faculty Focus | I can do this, even with technology. | Scoop.it
The problem is my age. It relentlessly advances while the faces staring back at me in the classroom remain the same, fixed between late adolescence and early adulthood. In short, I grow old while my students do not.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 25, 2013 4:22 PM

Interesting article that explores compromise between the ways of multitasking digital learners and more traditional reflective approaches.

Ellen Graber's comment, March 29, 2013 12:48 PM
So true!
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Why Twitter and Facebook Are Not Good Instructional Tools

Why Twitter and Facebook Are Not Good Instructional Tools | I can do this, even with technology. | Scoop.it
Once an advocate for using social media applications and cell phones in class, this English teacher has changed his stance on the kinds of technology teachers should incorporate into their instruction.
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Excellent point about technology and how F2F with students generated materials may be more far-reaching than using tech for tech's sake.

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