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“Gamification is using game-based mechanics, aesthetics and game thinking to engage people, motivate action, promote learning, and solve problems.”
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"In a 31-minute RSA video David Crystal dispels five myths surrounding today's wired youth and the impact on language."
Symbaloo...A place where you can organize and share your favorite websites. How do you like Symbaloo?
Glogster.com - Poster yourself - Make your interactive poster easily and share it with friends. Mix Images, Text, Music and Video. It is fantastic!
Las destrezas orales son cada vez más importantes en el proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje de una lengua (incluida la materna).
"... Which made me think: we invest a lot in the learning opportunities afforded by conversation (it’s a core tenet of the dogme approach, after all). Yet conversations in classrooms are necessarily constrained, both by the relative immobility of the participants and by the lack of the kind of stimuli you get simply by taking a walk. ..."
In short, classroom talk (as Leo van Lier has frequently observed) is challenged in terms of contingency and affordances. By contingency, I mean a sense of connectedness – where everything that is said is connected both to what has already been said, and to the context in which it is said – taking context to mean everything from the ‘here-and-now’ to the ‘then-and-there’, i.e. the knowledge and experience that the speakers have in common.
The social media ecosystem is now so extensive and encompassing that I thought that it would be best to stand back and reflect on some significant events and evolutionary social networks that could make a difference in 2012 that are impacting how...
Detailed list with many links (on Tumblr) on how teachers of Spanish can use Twitter in their classes
Sound familiar? "The first few weeks of an open online course are the most disorienting. As a learner, you approach the course with expectations that have been defined by previous learning experiences. You look for readings ... Let go of those expectations. An open online course is quite different. You create your own spaces of interaction ..."
A great quote! "Each of the sensemaking artifacts produced by participants becomes a node in a growing learning and knowledge networks."
Top 100 classroom tools of '11! Definitely haven't heard of some of these and am eager to try them out!
I had the opportunity to speak to Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay. Two educators who are making a difference in their students’ lives as well as thousands of other students and teachers from around the world.
"These two amazing women are the co-founders of the Flat Classroom Project and have co-authored the book “Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time“, due to be released in February 2012. Don’t miss out listening to these dynamic and passionate teachers with concrete advice for any teacher embarking on global education and flattening of their classroom."
The goal of the RIA project is to create tools that are informed by language acquisition research, and engage language learners in active learning.
RIAs are Tools: The RIA programs should be used as tools. There is no content in them, there is only functionality.The same tool can be used by an advanced Spanish teacher, an introductory Japanese teacher, and a remedial ESL teacher.
In the same vein, the same tool can be used to support a variety of language teaching methodologies. One teacher might want to use the interactive exercise creator SMILE to build grammar-translation quizzes. Another might want to have students work together in teams to create games, for the whole class to play together later. The tool simply provides the interactivity. How it is used is up to the teacher.
Over the past year, major U.S. social-media services have made some serious inroads into Japan. Here are some recent developments.