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Gradual reforms the best way for Saudi Arabia - gulfnews.com

Gradual reforms the best way for Saudi Arabia - gulfnews.com | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it
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Gradual reforms the best way for Saudi Arabia
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Saudi Arabia made the historic decision to allow women to enter the Shura Council last week.
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Practice Speaking English with ESL Robots

Practice Speaking English with ESL Robots | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it
More than 1,500 ESL/EFL conversations with audio, free for students to use in class and out of class.
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The advent of bots...

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30 Myths About eLearning That Need To Die In 2013

30 Myths About eLearning That Need To Die In 2013 | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it
I think I've heard most of these, and I'm sure you've heard many of them too. Do you try to change people's minds....or do you just say ..."OK....whatever...." Are the myths dying....or are they still around?
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Shard builder plans world's tallest skyscraper in Saudi Arabia - The Guardian

Shard builder plans world's tallest skyscraper in Saudi Arabia - The Guardian | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it
The Guardian Shard builder plans world's tallest skyscraper in Saudi Arabia The Guardian Oil-rich Saudi Arabia is undertaking multi-billion dollar projects to improve its infrastructure and meet its massive housing needs, spending over $400bn...
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Reach for the skyyyyyy - Woody in Toy Story

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Research-based proof that students use cell phones for LEARNING

Research-based proof that students use cell phones for LEARNING | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it

A new study conducted by TRU provides a body of research which supports the idea that students use cell phones to learn, and also that schools are not acknowledging or supporting them fully, yet.

 


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Alfredo Calderon's curator insight, February 21, 2013 4:52 AM

Evidencia de que los celulares inteligentes pueden apoyar el aprendizaje... ¿Cuaál será la excusa ahora para no permitir su uso en la sala daclases?

Toni Thompson's curator insight, February 22, 2013 3:47 AM

Proof at last that mobile technology can enhance learning..... please make use of learners mobile devices, don't ban them!

Adam Lenaarts's comment, February 22, 2013 4:28 AM
Of course a Verizon study is gonna promote the use of mobile devices and shift the debate in favour of the BYOD (Bring your own device) advocates.
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My Resource Cloud

My Resource Cloud | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it
My Resource Cloud - Offering high quality cloud based education resources with full learning platform integration.
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More language resources than you can shake a stick at.

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A Must Have Guide on Using Twitter in your Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching

A Must Have Guide on Using Twitter in your Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it
Another great Twitter resource for educators.This is a special guide full of tips, tutorials, and ways other teachers are using Twitter. Click on any title to access the article.
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Infographic: 10 Principles for Effective Vocabulary Instruction

Infographic: 10 Principles for Effective Vocabulary Instruction | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it
View and share this image from @TtMadridTEFL and hosted by Ow.ly (Awesome #poster on the 'DO's' and 'DON'Ts' of #teaching #vocabulary!
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New World Notes: Versu, the Artificial Intelligence-Powered, Tablet-Based Interactive Fiction Platform from Linden Lab, is Now Live

New World Notes: Versu, the Artificial Intelligence-Powered, Tablet-Based Interactive Fiction Platform from Linden Lab, is Now Live | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it
Versu is now live and available for the iPad, and as we suspected, it's an interactive fiction platform developed by award-winning interactive fiction writer Emily Short and acclaimed game AI programmer Richard Evans, whose company Linden Lab...

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Here comes everything.

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Joe Pereira's curator insight, February 14, 2013 7:11 PM

Emily Short is involved. Must be good!

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Playfic

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Interactive Fiction Gaming from a browser.

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The Difference Between Differentiation And Personalized Learning

The Difference Between Differentiation And Personalized Learning | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it
The Difference Between Differentiation And Personalized Learning

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INTERLINK is all about Personalized Learning. Article has an excellent chart showing the difference.

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O is for Outcomes

O is for Outcomes | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it
I have to say at the outset that I have an almost pathological horror of testing and assessment. All my worst teaching and teacher training experiences relate directly to issues of assessment.  I d...

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The necessary evil of testing?

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English Raven: E-Learning Design Matters: Portfolio discovery as a path to more independent learning

English Raven: E-Learning Design Matters: Portfolio discovery as a path to more independent learning | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it
Around the middle of last year I featured a post on this blog titled Literacy: Freedom of Choice can be complicated..., in which I demonstrated some of the tools and applications I was experimenting with to foster more in the...
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Informs so much of what we are doing...

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Five Ways to Reduce Fears about E-Learning | Digital Delights - Digital Tribes

Five Ways to Reduce Fears about E-Learning | Digital Delights - Digital Tribes | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it
Fear can be a crippling emotion that prevents us from taking even the very steps that could most likely improve our lives.
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Teaching to the Text Message

Teaching to the Text Message | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it
Learning to write concisely is a valuable skill, and more in tune with the world’s conversation.
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Writing concisely.

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eLearning Guild Research: Reconsidering Bloom's Taxonomy (Old AND New) by Patti Shank : Learning Solutions Magazine

eLearning Guild Research: Reconsidering Bloom's Taxonomy (Old AND New) by Patti Shank : Learning Solutions Magazine | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it
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Thanks to Gary Harwell for this one.

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Teaching Ahead of the Curve: Creating Connected Classrooms | Educational Technology, E-Learning & Pedagogy

Teaching Ahead of the Curve: Creating Connected Classrooms | Educational Technology, E-Learning & Pedagogy | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it
Teaching Ahead of the Curve: Creating Connected Classrooms on Educational Technology, E-Learning & Pedagogy curated by Tim Scholze (RT @scholzet: Teaching Ahead of the Curve: Creating Connected Classrooms | @scoopit via @AnaCristinaPrts
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Why E-Learning Alone Just Isn't Enough | E-Learning Academy

Why E-Learning Alone Just Isn't Enough | E-Learning Academy | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it
E-Learning has limitations in effecting behavioural change. Let's not rely on assessment feedback alone. Managers have a coaching role to play.
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Heads Up English | ESL Lessons - Do You Dictate?

Heads Up English | ESL Lessons - Do You Dictate? | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it
Article about dictation in the ESL classroom and how to make it interesting. (Are you a dictator in your #ESL #EFL class? http://t.co/bdV4xTH6yL)
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IF only - Interactive Fiction and teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL/TESOL)

IF only - Interactive Fiction and teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL/TESOL) | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it
Interactive Fiction and teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL/TESOL)
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Things are certainly moving forward.

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Read/Write/Play: Interactive Fiction at the Story Sharing Web Conference

Read/Write/Play: Interactive Fiction at the Story Sharing Web Conference | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it

IF Only: Interactive Fiction and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL/TESOL)


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Joe Pereira's curator insight, February 15, 2013 9:48 AM

I recently gave a presentation on using Interactive Fiction for language learning at the 1st Story Sharing Web Conference, organised by the British Council, Turkey. The term ‘Digital Storytelling’ appeared in many of the presentation titles - and if Interactive Fiction isn’t a form of Digital Storytelling – and possibly even THE FIRST form of digital storytelling, well then I don’t know what is!

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Top 5 Introductory Interactive Fiction Games

Top 5 Introductory Interactive Fiction Games | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it
Top 5 Introductory Interactive Fiction Games, Five independent games to ease in first time players.
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Interactive Fiction Game Design - Inform in the English Classroom | CrookedLetter.org

Interactive Fiction Game Design - Inform in the English Classroom | CrookedLetter.org | EFL in Saudi Arabia | Scoop.it

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My Masters project was based on this.

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Joe Pereira's curator insight, February 13, 2013 7:21 PM

A great example of getting English students to write their own IF using the natural language IF authoring tool Inform.

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Infographics introduction

InformationGraphics a.k.a. Infographics

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Great for presentations,  yes?

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, February 15, 2013 5:51 AM

A neat presentation on infographics, appropriate for beginners and students who just want to start with their first infographic.

The slideshow gives the definition, types and examples of various infographics.

Warren Williams's curator insight, February 16, 2013 5:04 PM

Good for beginners to understand where and how to start