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.
There are many ways to express that books are an essential part of our life. Using books as building materials is not necessarily the good way. Street art with books in focus, without killing any, is one of the best.
Tweet from Earth Pics (screenshot preserved for when it gets taken down). Retweeted over 1,000 times in the first hour.
Seth Dixon's insight:
This is a real island...well, sort of. It is an island off the coast of Thailand (most certainly not Ireland) and there is no castle on the top. Photoshopping and easy file sharing make it harder to assess the validity of online resources (this fantastic digital manipulation is the work of Jan Oliehoek). Most students start their research with online sources. This isn't to pretend that that I've never mistakenly assumed that some online content was accurate when it wasn't true; I think we all have. I think that it's an important conversation to have with our students so they can be more critical consumers of online information and use some geographic skills to assess the quality of that information.
If you teach English in any English speaking country your students are more likely to hear native people talking. If you teach English in any other place (such as in Italy) what happens when your students run into the real English language?
Foreign language teachers often lack sufficient understanding of the nature of dyslexia and the difficulties it causes in foreign language learning and are not familiar with the relevant teaching techniques and methods to further the language learning processes of dyslexic students.
This site offers a collection of freely accessible self-study materials for EFL teachers working with dyslexic learners.
We take it for granted as English language teachers that we need to develop our students’ reading skills, but in most cases the nearest our students get to reading online is a printed version of a web page pre selected by their teacher. At best they may actually get to see a pre selected page on the screen of a computer, but is this enough to really develop their digital literacies?
An article Nik Peachey wrote in 2010, but which is still relevant today (perhaps more than ever) now that the facilities certainly do exist in many places to push students (and teachers) to do more to develop digital reading skills.
This A-Z of Top eLearning Trends infographic is a fantastic resource for modern teachers. It covers concepts you should know when integrating technology into the classroom.
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Writing used to be strictly an in-school activity. Now, kids do 40 percent of their writing outside of school. Called “life writing,” young adults’ social writing spans texts, tweets, social media, and blogs -- and all of it’s making kids more literate.
The Web offers huge opportunities to improve any foreign language you’re learning, from news stories, blog posts, comments and all that content. So, find sites with your favourite topics and read them regularly. Phraseum will help you save and organize all useful sentences you come across while reading, in order to learn them later. You can organize your clips by tags (situation, meaning …) and personal categories (your projects, meetings …) You can also search for and re-save phrases that others have saved or discover phrases that match the topics of your interests in your Phrase feed.
The latest language knowledge statistics for Europe. Find out which languages are most widely spoken in Europe, see how it's evolving from one generation to another, and compare mother tongue vs. learned.