Insights and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2 (06.13)
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Daphne Koller: What we're learning from online education

Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free -- not just as a service, but as a way to research how people...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Daphne Koller is one of the co-founders of COURSERA - a provider of free online courses from reputable universities. Here, she discusses the benefits that students have reaped from attending the courses and what has been learned by this experience in terms of online education.

Coursera offers some excellent courses on  a huge range of topics so if you're interested in taking a course yourself, it maybe worth checking out.

https://www.coursera.org/ 

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Daniel Moix's curator insight, June 13, 2013 10:25 AM

"This allows us to break away from the one-size-fits-all model of education and allows students to follow a much more personalized curriculum."  Students who have grown up to be active consumers of course content fit this model.  How do we... rehabilitiate?... our nontraditional students for whom active learning is frightening and uncomfortable?

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Hoadley's 3 Laws Of Education Technology - Edudemic

Hoadley's 3 Laws Of Education Technology - Edudemic | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it
Do you know Hoadley's 3 Laws of Education Technology? They're important to grasp and great for all connected educators and students.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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 Christopher Hoadley, Associate Professor and Program Director; Digital Media Design for Learning, Games for Learning, and Educational Communication and Technology from NYU, gives some simple advice to follow with respect to the use of technology in the classroom.
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The Day | Explaining Matters | Welcome

The Day | Explaining Matters | Welcome | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it
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This site has real potential for use in the Secondary classroom, especially for language and cross-curricular projects. It has been designed for modern foreign language learners, including English language learners.

The site claims to be the first current affairs daily news site for teachers and learners.

There is a limited free trial but subscription is necessary for continued use. The good news is that the subscription rate is less that one pound! Well worth the investment. To view a video which explains how it works click on this link: http://www.theday.co.uk/pdf/resources/theday_how_to_use.pdf

(Sourced on The Guardian Teacher Network Community website)

 

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Bringing Metacognition into the Classroom

Bringing Metacognition into the Classroom | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it

Towards the end of the 9pm. #ELTchat discussion on Twitter yesterday, @Sandymillin asked for ideas of how to develop skills, rather than just practicing them, at intermediate level – as a means of...

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Here's a blog to keep an eye on by Lizzie Pinard.

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Three Women Freed After Years in Captivity

Three Women Freed After Years in Captivity | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it
Listen and Write - Language Dictation
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This US based site is a bit like Lyrics Training but it also has news reports on current topics. Registration is free. Best for  Upper Secondary level or Adults  due to the nature of some of the content.

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A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson: How is Technology Transforming Education?

A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson: How is Technology Transforming Education? | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it
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Haiku Deck How-To: Images - Finding, Using and Reusing Them

Haiku Deck features tons of beautiful, high-quality pictures to make your stories come to life. Learn how to save the best images as favorites, find ones you've…
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A great tool for any visual presentation. I intend to use it next year!

 

For a tutoral video on how it works click on the link: http://vimeo.com/67253988 ;  

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Game for science - Virtual world devoted to science, technology and free educational games online

Game for science - Virtual world devoted to science, technology and free educational games online | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it
Discover GAME FOR SCIENCE: A free multiplayer virtual world entirely dedicated to science.
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This is an interesting site for secondary Science students. It's a virtual world where students can discover facts and learn about science topics. Students create an avatar that enters a science cafe, makes friends, reads about interesting facts and answers questions. The great thing is that it allows students to choose where they want to go inside this virtual world and thereby choose their own learning path. Well worth investigating.

 

Researchers have found that students tend to remember facts more accurately if they encounter information in a narrative construction -embedded in a story rather than in a list or factsheet*. This game site appears to have applied narrative construct (story) and technology to learning.

 

Carey, B. (2007) This is Your Life (and How You Tell it. The New York Times. Melanie Green http://www.unc.edu/~mcgreen/research.html. Chapter 2 “The Gamification of Learning and Instruction.

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Free online tutorial for using ScoopIt

Free online tutorial for using ScoopIt | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it
Free online Scoop It tutorial for teachers and students. TeacherTrainingVideos.com provides free step by step camtasia screencasts that take you through a whole range of ict and web2.0 tools
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If you are interested in creating your own Scoopit, watch Russell Stannard's tutorial on how to do it.

I've just been sent this link and so it has come a little late for me but I've still learned loads. Thanks Russell!

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Inanimate Alice - Homepage

Inanimate Alice - Homepage | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it
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Have a look at this digital novel - the first you can see, hear and play - which is taking the world of ELT by storm. This webpage was presented at the TATE, Liverpool in 2011 but only recently has its potential for ELT teaching been recognised.

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ELTons | EnglishAgenda | British Council

ELTons | EnglishAgenda | British Council | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it
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If anyone is interested in watching the ELTons ceremony, you can view it here. It's interesting to learn about what's happening in the world of ELT and innovation. Lots of our authors and some well known faces and Macmillan speakers are there too. Good to see them there!

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Menco Platform - Exploring tomorrow's education, today

Menco Platform - Exploring tomorrow's education, today | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it

An investigation into educational trends in technology.

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More mature students prefer distance learning

More mature students prefer distance learning | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it
The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) ran a survey of people aged 50 and over this spring, and the report of their findings, entitled Older People’s Learning in 2012 has rece...
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This NACE report is food for thought. As the population ages, it is likely learning for matures will have a greater impact on educational options and curriculum design.

English language learning for the Third Age is one of the themes for the BC conference, Bilbao, Spain 2013.

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Has Technology Killed Cursive Handwriting? - Mashable

Has Technology Killed Cursive Handwriting? - Mashable | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it
Has Technology Killed Cursive Handwriting?
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With the expanding use of keyboards, it seems that the days of cursive handwriting may be numbered. When was the last time you wrote a paragraph in your own handwriting with curly loops included? According to this blog, there is a move in the US (it is a voluntary scheme in up to 45 states) to make cursive handwriting a core part of the curriculum. Perhaps this is a trend to watch out for?

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Subtitle, Caption and Translate Any Video with Amara / Universal Subtitles

Amara is a free web-based service that allows anyone to easily sub-title and add captions to any video. 

 

As long as you have a URL of a published video, Amara makes it very easy to caption it. The clip may be on a video sharing site or embedded in custom video player and Amara can still get to it.

 

Amara is made up of three main parts:

 

a) A subtitle creation and viewing tool (aka the widget)


b) A collaborative subtitling website

 

c) An open protocol for subtitle search/delivery

 

All tools inside Amara are free and open-source.


Via Robin Good, 173 Sud, michel verstrepen, Gust MEES, Ricard Garcia, Emilia Carrillo, dinelecoeur
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This tool makes video more acessible for EAL learners. Of course, we could create captions with the tools in  Youtube.

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IATEFL

IATEFL | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it
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To view some of the talks given at IATEFL Liverpool 2013 click here. You'll find plenary talks and some key speaker talks.

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Computer Learner Corpora: Analysing Interlanguage Errors in Synchronous and Asynchronous Communication

Computer Learner Corpora: Analysing Interlanguage Errors in Synchronous and Asynchronous Communication | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it

The synchronous and asynchronous communication analysed was part of the MiLC Corpus, a multilingual learner corpus of texts written by language learners from different language backgrounds. The main research questions centred on the differences in the amount and types of errors found in both the synchronous and asynchronous modes of communication, and whether different L1 groups committed certain errors more than their counterparts from other mother tongue backgrounds.


Via Nik Peachey
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To read about research on the frequency and type of errors made by language learners from different L1 backgrounds check this out. The research was carried out by three teachers at the University of Valencia. A full copy of the report is available in PDF.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 6, 2013 5:21 PM

Interesting research

Casey Anley's curator insight, June 10, 2013 4:38 AM

I've always wondered about this, as I often notice many errors when children  post on our blog, but not as many when writing in class,...can SMS and chat rooms be blamed?

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Top 10 Most Popular Apps for Kids Learning to Read - Awesome Kids Apps

Top 10 Most Popular Apps for Kids Learning to Read - Awesome Kids Apps | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it

If your child is learning to read, apps can help! Lots of apps focus on helping kids learn to read - this article shows you ten of our favorites!

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There are loads and loads of Apps for learning. I'm slowly trying more and more out in order to evaluate their usefulness for language learning. If you know any that are absolute must-haves for children learning English, please let me know. :)

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EnglishCentral.com

EnglishCentral.com | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it
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English Central has video clips from news shows and movies, and also shows the dialogues as text as the words are spoken. Users are then prompted to repeat the words, and the online software “scores” how well the student has pronounced those words. The free site takes into account the particular native accent of the speaker. Users can register on their own, or a teacher can create an online classroom to monitor student work. (http://www.englishcentral.com/en/videos)

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Cell Structures - Introduction to Cells

Cell Structures - Introduction to Cells | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it
Cell Structures - Introduction to Cells - Educational videos and games for K-12 school kids
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This science video on Cells comes from www.neok12.com a website that has a comprehensive collection of videos, lessons and games for learners to view which helps bring the real world into the classroom. There are a range of topics and subjects available.

 

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View Great Art For Free On These 6 Inspiring Websites

View Great Art For Free On These 6 Inspiring Websites | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it
The Internet’s boom brought many great things with it, including access to places we might otherwise never visit. This accessibility goes hand in hand with the fact we don’t leave our chairs as much as we used to; and why should we?
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In this website article from Makeuseof.com you can find 6 websites for showcasing, or facilitating art projects in the classroom. Google Art is obviously one of the better ones but there are other great resources for any Art teacher to use.

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Collaborative Learning: A Changing World

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See how classroom technology tools in the future will take learning beyond classroom walls and add exciting new dimensions to student collaboration. This is clearly publicity for SMART but it does give an indication of the direction educational technology appears to be going in.

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Peruvian English Teachers Network - Inspire, innovate, empower, and transform.

Peruvian English Teachers Network - Inspire, innovate, empower, and transform. | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it
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This is an academic and social network that aims to 'inspire, innovate, empower, & transform' all English teachers professional development.

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4 Visual Guides To Bloom's Taxonomy Apps - Edudemic

4 Visual Guides To Bloom's Taxonomy Apps - Edudemic | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it

Today, we're looking at some apps and web tools that address the Bloom's taxonomy objectives - helping bring Mr. Bloom into the 21st century.

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Here's another one from Edudemic.com which comes via Shelly Terrell's blog.

 

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IATEFL Webinar 22nd June - Penny Ur

IATEFL Webinar 22nd June  - Penny Ur | Insights  and Tools 4 Teaching, Issue 2       (06.13) | Scoop.it
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Webinar on Critical Thinking Skills

Do keep an eye out for this series of IATEFL Webinars. The next one is scheduled  for 22nd June and will be given by Penny Ur on Critical Thinking Skills.

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