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ESL Advent Calendar 2012

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A free Christmas themed English activity every day from Dec 1 till Christmas Eve.

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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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Reflect on Learning with a Portfolio Defense

Reflect on Learning with a Portfolio Defense | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it
A portfolio defense is a crucial step that crystallizes learning and transforms it from singular concepts into deeply interconnected growth. Learn how it's done.
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Reading in English Can Be A Pleasure – Let’s Show Our Learners How

Reading in English Can Be A Pleasure – Let’s Show Our Learners How | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Apart from English fluency practice, the area most students want to concentrate on is improving and expanding their English vocabulary. The activities we normally do together vary from collocations, idiomatic expressions, word formation, phrasal verbs, and identifying vocabulary in reading texts. ...

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How to Help Our Learners Discover English

How to Help Our Learners Discover English | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Gordana Popovic  writes about the discovery technique i.e. the ways to encourage students “to work out for themselves how language forms are constructed and used”. How does it work? ...

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5 Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools

5 Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Vicki Davis: I thought I could read my students' body language. I was wrong. As an experiment, I used Socrative when I taught binary numbers. What I learned forever changed my views on being a better teacher.

 

With tools like Socrative, Kahoot, Zaption, Chatzy, and Plickers, teachers can use tech for immediate feedback about how students are learning and understanding the lesson. ...

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16 Ways Your Brain Is Sabotaging Your Effort To Learn

16 Ways Your Brain Is Sabotaging Your Effort To Learn | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

The human brain is our best friend, and our worst enemy, and unless we keep one eye peeled, it can hijack our learning completely. ...


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Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention

Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it
Holding students' attention is about activating the right neural network. Strategies include recognizing how focus feels, giving incentives, and adjusting the pace of your teaching.
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What kids want in books - The kids & family reading report

What kids want in books - The kids & family reading report | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Letting children choose what they want to read helps foster a lifelong love for reading. 


The Kids & Family Reading Report surveyed 1,026 parents of  US children aged six to 17, plus one child aged six to 17 from the same household. The biannual report is conducted by Scholastic and managed by YouGov, using GfK’s KnowledgePanel.


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Shanahan on Literacy: Why Reading Strategies Usually Don't Help the Better Readers

Shanahan on Literacy: Why Reading Strategies Usually Don't Help the Better Readers | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Readers read strategically only when they have difficulty making sense of a text. ...

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Infographic: How writing affects your brain

Infographic: How writing affects your brain | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it
This infographic explains how writing helps your memory, how your brain reacts when it hears a story, why clichés are forgettable and more.

Via Jeff Domansky, Elaine Roberts, Ph.D, Ivon Prefontaine, Vineta Erzen
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Just as reading transforms us, so can writing impact and improve us. Whether reading or writing, or listening or speaking, our use of words matters.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 27, 2014 7:17 PM

There are a number of educators who think we should do away with cursive writing. The infographic provides some food for thought.

 

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Audrey's curator insight, January 4, 6:05 PM

You activate many areas of your brain when you tell a story.  There are so many areas in education where students can use stories to remember details of information needed for writing  exam answers.  Stories are visual,  can be auditory; you can introduce smells and engage with whatever you are writing about. 

 

The whole brain becomes stimulated with a person's own  record of the information.  How can you forget?


Go to www.hotmoodle.com  for story writing information.

 

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Seven ways schools kill the love of reading in kids — and 4 principles to help restore it

Seven ways schools kill the love of reading in kids — and 4 principles to help restore it | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Why don’t more kids love (or even like) to read? This post by Alfie Kohn explains all the ways that school actually kills a desire to read in many kids, and how that can be remedied.  

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Big Data & Education (Video)

How can Big Data facilitate the EdTech path to a new educational era? Downlaod the Snapshot here: http://bit.ly/MindCET-BigData

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Peer Observations

Peer Observations | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Peer observations seem to be both under-valued and unwelcomed.  Are we as teachers simply protecting our oversized egos from being judged in our own classrooms? ...

 

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Libraries are reinventing themselves as content becomes more accessible online and their role becomes less about housing tomes and more about connecting learners and constructing knowledge. 

They become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration. ...

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50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media

50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Social media can enhance differentiated instruction if the tools are selected with a careful eye on individual students' readiness, interests, and learning profiles. ...

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Semantic Feature Analysis

Semantic Feature Analysis | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it
The semantic feature analysis strategy uses a grid to help kids explore how sets of things are related to one another. By completing and analyzing the grid, students are able to see connections, make predictions and master important concepts. This strategy enhances comprehension and vocabulary skills.
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Any colour you like: Learner autonomy and choice

Any colour you like: Learner autonomy and choice | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Some of the best work American author Daniel Pink has done has been around intrinsic motivation. In his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Pink argues that the strongest urges to do anything significant come from within. The secret to motivational success lies in autonomy, and our desire to be self directed. ...

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Tweeting the Read-Aloud: Engaging and Motivating Readers

Tweeting the Read-Aloud: Engaging and Motivating Readers | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it
Engage young readers by showing them the value of composing and sending tweets to authors whose books they've enjoyed during a read-aloud.
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How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning (And What You Can Learn From Them)

How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning (And What You Can Learn From Them) | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

In less than a decade, mobile technology has spread to the furthest corners of the planet. Of the estimated 7 billion people on Earth, 6 billion now have access to a working mobile phone. 

 

How schools respond to the growth of mobile devices will affect generations of students and their readiness for college and the workforce. It will also impact how well teachers, administrators, and staff do their jobs. We must all do our best to ensure that accessibility and quality remain top priorities as technology develops.

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Collaborative Learning Builds Deeper Understanding

Collaborative Learning Builds Deeper Understanding | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it
Encouraging students to reach out to one another to solve problems not only builds collaboration skills but leads to deeper learning and understanding.
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Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard?

Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard? | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it
Computers may dominate our lives, but mastery of penmanship brings us important cognitive benefits, research suggests
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Why Formative Assessments Matter

Why Formative Assessments Matter | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Formative assessments are simply little gauges or indicators of how students are progressing towards a learning goal. It could be anything from a simple conversation to something like a clickers or response via a website. It is the formative assessments throughout learning that give us the indication we are headed down the right path with our learning or whether we should take a right turn to get back on track. The use of the formative assessments help teachers understand where their students are and, more importantly, where their teaching is.

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Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play: How Libraries Reach Kids Before They Can Read

Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play: How Libraries Reach Kids Before They Can Read | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it

Literacy begins at home — there are a number of simple things parents can do with their young children to help them get ready to read. But parents can't do it all alone, and that's where community services, especially libraries, come in. ...

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Why Curiosity Enhances Learning

Why Curiosity Enhances Learning | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it
A neurological study has shown that curiosity makes our brains more receptive for learning, and that as we learn, we enjoy the sensation of learning.
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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do | Languages, ICT, education | Scoop.it
This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list - see below.  Some have "alw...
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