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Nik Peachey: How I use social media for my professional development

Nik Peachey: How I use social media for my professional development | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

The issue of how we use social media for our own development as teachers and as digitally skilled individuals is of vital importance, not just because it can enable us to keep developing as teachers through the content, ideas, resources and above all people it gives us access to, but also because the way we use digital media for our own development should guide and influence the way we use it with our students and build their digital literacies and communication skills.

 

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How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn

How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Everyone loves to hear they did a great job. And perhaps your student really did nail this latest assignment. But the problem with “great job” is this: it’s not specific. There is no indication of what was done that was successful, and no information about how to replicate this success in future projects. ...

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Adapting texts for use in the English language classroom

Adapting texts for use in the English language classroom | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Nathan Hall: The other day, Jen Artan was asking me about finding authentic reading material for my class that wasn't too difficult. The comment was from a blog post I had written about Frequency Level Checker and so I thought it might be a good time to go through my steps in adapting material for my classroom. I…

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Personalized Learning: What It Really Is and Why It Really Matters

Personalized Learning: What It Really Is and Why It Really Matters | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Let's be honest: as an academic term of art, personalized learning is horrible. It has almost no descriptive value. What does it mean to "personalize" learning? Isn't learning, which is done by individual learners, inherently personal? What would it mean to personalize learning? And who would want unpersonalized learning?


The authors offer a framework—based on three years of campus visits—for thinking about (1) the circumstances under which personalized learning can help students and (2) the best way to evaluate the real educational value for products that are marketed under the personalized learning banner.

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Knowing the Difference Between Digital Skills and Digital Literacies, and Teaching Both

Knowing the Difference Between Digital Skills and Digital Literacies, and Teaching Both | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

We often hear people talk about the importance of digital knowledge for 21st-century learners. Unfortunately, many focus on skills rather than literacies. Digital skills focus on what and how. Digital literacy focuses on why, when, who, and for whom.

For example, teaching digital skills would include showing students how to download images from the Internet and insert them into PowerPoint slides or webpages. Digital literacy would focus on helping students choose appropriate images, recognize copyright licensing, and cite or get permissions, in addition to reminding students to use alternative text for images to support those with visual disabilities. ...

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16 skills students need to learn today to thrive tomorrow

16 skills students need to learn today to thrive tomorrow | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Will classes in curiosity, problem-solving and creative thinking soon be on the curriculum? ...

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16 skills students need to learn today to thrive tomorrow

16 skills students need to learn today to thrive tomorrow | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

The gap between the skills people learn and the skills people need is becoming more obvious, as traditional learning falls short of equipping students with the knowledge they need to thrive.

Today's job candidates must be able to collaborate, communicate and solve problems – skills developed mainly through social and emotional learning (SEL). Combined with traditional skills, this social and emotional proficiency will equip students to succeed in the evolving digital economy.

What skills will be needed most? ...

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How to Rock at Writing Essential Questions

How to Rock at Writing Essential Questions | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Mastering the art of writing essential questions is a worthwhile pursuit for any teacher. One of the essential shifts in modern learning is students becoming creators of knowledge. This means moving from answering the questions to questioning the answers. It’s about the quest of pursuing an answer to a question that isn’t easily answered. This is, of course, the essence of an essential question.

A good essential question is central to any lesson. It’s important when writing essential questions to inspire deep levels of thinking. They must foster a desire to discover the truth behind the question. We want to make the student excited to go on that journey. ...

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11 Free Backchannel & Informal Assessment Tools Compared in One Chart

11 Free Backchannel & Informal Assessment Tools Compared in One Chart | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

 A chart  by Richard Byrne comparing 11 backchannel and informal assessment tools with links to video tutorials on each of the tools featured in the chart. 

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We Need to Rewrite the Textbook on How to Teach Teachers

We Need to Rewrite the Textbook on How to Teach Teachers | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Only 15 percent had more than a single page devoted to evidence-based practices; the remainder contained either zero or only a few sentences on methods that have been backed up by the decades of scientific findings that exist in the field of educational psychology.

 


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Sharon Berman's curator insight, February 13, 7:49 PM

Even though the article is long, and does seem to repeat what it is saying, this is an interesting read.  Why are our teachers not being taught so that they can support the needs of our children in the 21st century.  We need to come up with more engaging ways of exciting our children about learning, and about their futures, so that they see tertiary education as more than just a ticket......

Alexandra Koukoumialou's curator insight, February 15, 2:46 AM

Research finds that teacher training has to be based on hands-on experience! Theorising is not enough!!!

Julie Cumming-Debrot's curator insight, February 15, 7:12 AM

There is indeed much room for improvement.  Already putting the student at the centre would be a good start.

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The Cruelty of Teachers and the Greed of Course Providers

The Cruelty of Teachers and the Greed of Course Providers | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Food for thought


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Educators Moving from a Fixed to a Growth Mindset

Educators Moving from a Fixed to a Growth Mindset | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

It is a myth that we operate under a set of oppressive bureaucratic constraints. In reality, teachers have a great deal of autonomy in the work they chose to do in their classrooms. In most cases it is our culture that provides the constraints. For individual teachers, trying out new practices and pedagogy is risky business and both our culture, and our reliance on hierarchy, provide the ideal barriers for change not to occur.

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Ready to Learn? The Key Is Listening With Intention

Ready to Learn? The Key Is Listening With Intention | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Listening and observing can be passive activities—in one ear and out the other, as our mothers used to say. Or they can be rich, active, intense experiences that lead to serious learning. ...

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Helping Kids Take Criticism Constructively (Even When It Isn't Constructive)

Helping Kids Take Criticism Constructively (Even When It Isn't Constructive) | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

We all face criticism, both constructive and destructive, but how we deal with that criticism determines whether we persevere and learn from experience or crumple under the weight of our own self-loathing and despair. Receiving feedback is a skill, and like most skills, it requires practice, and a willingness to change and improve. 


In an attempt to make feedback palatable for children, we construct feedback sandwiches of critical meat between slices of fluffy and comforting praise.


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Teaching Languages to Students with Learning Challenges: The Role of Technology

Teaching Languages to Students with Learning Challenges: The Role of Technology | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Imagine being told by your Italian teacher, “If you sit in the back of the class, keep quiet, and do other work, I’ll pass you.” Imagine being this student: “I took Hebrew, but I couldn’t keep up, so I just stopped going to class.” Or these students: “I took three years of Spanish in high school. Most of it went out the other ear.” “Some words I have trouble enunciating. For example, ‘enunciate.’” “I have dyslexia. As a child people couldn’t understand me. I did speech therapy for many years.” “I become overwhelmed if I am falling behind and I sort of give up like I always did.” “I don’t find it easy to talk to others the same age.”

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Why Social Media Education Is Needed In Schools

Why Social Media Education Is Needed In Schools | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it
Social media is an intimate part of a large majority of tweens' and teens' lives. The following graphs about teens' social media use come from Pew Research's Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015: For young people, social media is not an add-on nor an extracurricular activity. Social media is like eating, bathing, talking. It…
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To what extent does Bloom’s taxonomy actually apply to foreign language teaching and learning?

To what extent does Bloom’s taxonomy actually apply to foreign language teaching and learning? | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it
Bloom’s taxonomy of higher order thinking skills has acquired a mythological status, amongst educators. It is one of those reference frameworks that teachers adhere to with some sort of blind allegiance and which, in 25 years of teaching, I have never heard anyone question or criticize. Yet, it is far from perfect and, as I…
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When Does Real Learning Happen?

When Does Real Learning Happen? | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it
Learning, the real learning, happens… When you are intentional about learning When you are driven by an intrinsic need to advance and not only by external triggers and rewards. When you ask more questions to get to the WHY of things (and then to what and how) When you carry an open frame of mind
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Artificial intelligence and language

Artificial intelligence and language | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

We can ask Siri or Google or Cortana simple questions and they will answer, but everyone who’s used that technology eventually comes away disappointed. The reason these software programs leave so much to be desired comes down to language. This is where natural language processing (NLP) comes into play. Artificial intelligence can grasp the meaning of simple language, and speak back to you, but it is limited by its literal interpretations of our questions. A computer can know the definition of a word, but it doesn’t understand the meaning of words within a larger context.

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4 Strategies for Teaching Students How to Revise

4 Strategies for Teaching Students How to Revise | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it
During revision, students should work closely together, share often, discuss models, add details, delete the unnecessary, and rearrange for clarity and effect.
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Self-Regulation: The Other 21st Century Skills

Self-Regulation: The Other 21st Century Skills | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

#Self-regulation is one of the hottest topics. This blog gives some good reflection and ideas for practice. How do you teach self-regulation? 


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Lihi Telem's curator insight, January 20, 1:29 AM

מאמר מעניין וחשוב על הנושא של ניהול עצמי בלמידה ובכלל כחלק ממכלול של מיומנויות נוספות על המוכרות לנו במאה ה-21

Tasia Thompson's curator insight, January 24, 5:03 PM

We try to teach this as educators, but self regulation is also a skill most parents  try desperately to teach their teens and young adult college kids so that they will have a fighting chance to be successful/"make it" in this competitive world. 

Eduard Lorda's curator insight, January 28, 4:09 AM

#skills #recursos

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8 Principles of the Enlightened Digital Citizen

8 Principles of the Enlightened Digital Citizen | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

The term digital citizenship is too often narrowed down to issues of online safety. Don’t give your passwords to people. Don’t give out personal information to strangers. Look both ways before crossing the digital street. Yes, those are certainly part of a safe life in a digital context, but there is so much more to digital citizenship than talks about safety. ...

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42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects

42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it
42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects
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The Future Belongs to the Curious: How Are We Bringing Curiosity Into School?

The Future Belongs to the Curious: How Are We Bringing Curiosity Into School? | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it
What is curiosity? The word is associated with the irregular form of the Latin verb cura, which can mean worry or care about or cure. The word closest in meaning is inquisitive, which also has a Latin root: quaere, to search into, to seek. (How Can Teachers Foster Curiosity?) Curiosity is the quest for new…
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