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20 easy ways to collaborate globally with your class now

20 easy ways to collaborate globally with your class now | Internet Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
Using video call tools like Skype or Google Hangouts, students can connect with people, places and experiences. Here are 20 ways to do it.
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Haiku Deck Classroom: Unlimited Presentation Creation - Class Tech Tips

Haiku Deck Classroom: Unlimited Presentation Creation - Class Tech Tips | Internet Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
Haiku Deck Classroom offers unlimited presentation creation, advanced privacy settings, offline presentation viewing and printing, and more.
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5 Features of Google Slides You Should Know

5 handy Google Slides features that everyone can use.
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12 tips for using Google Apps with young students

12 tips for using Google Apps with young students | Internet Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
Google Apps is only for older students? Not so, according to kindergarten teacher Christine Pinto! She offers Google tips for littles.
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Paper Camera Reviews | edshelf

Paper Camera Reviews | edshelf | Internet Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
See the world through a new, original, stylish and captivating lens, have a wonder in your own home and discover how cool is now your world, like a real life painting! You can take photos or record videos, and it’s all magically done in real time, no delays, no post processing! This is the ultimate …
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Diseña tu propio PLE

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Sue Waters, editora de The Edublogger, comparte desde su wiki un interesante manual para iniciarse en la construcción de un Entorno Personal de Aprendizaje.


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Seesaw Features

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Seesaw is a simple way to build a digital portfolio in any K-12 classroom.
With built-in content creation tools and seamless sharing with parents,
Seesaw is perfect for every classroom! 
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16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms

16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms | Internet Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
Your students probably already use these tools to write papers or create presentations, but they could be doing other projects you may not have thought of.
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Chrome App and Extension Database | Shake Up Learning

Chrome App and Extension Database | Shake Up Learning | Internet Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
I have put together a Google Chrome App and Extension Database for Teachers and Students that is loaded with apps and extensions for productivity and classroom integration. I found a #GoogleChrome Gold Mine! #googleedu Click To Tweet The Chrome Apps & Extensions Database For a while, I have kept a list of my favorite apps …
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20+ Tools and Apps for Creating Visually Appealing Mind Maps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Free Puzzlemaker | Digital textbooks and standards-aligned educational resources

Free Puzzlemaker | Digital textbooks and standards-aligned educational resources | Internet Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
Discovery Education's Puzzlemaker provides teachers, students, and parents, the tools necessary to create crossword, puzzles, word search puzzles, mazes and more online!
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ELSA - Your virtual pronunciation coach

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ELSA is a mobile application that functions as a personal coach to help English learners around the world speak English more correctly and confidently
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Free Technology for Teachers: Download Your Videos - Knowmia and ScreenChomp Close In Three Days

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5 Apps para convertir las fotos en dibujos animados y cómics - Nerdilandia

5 Apps para convertir las fotos en dibujos animados y cómics - Nerdilandia | Internet Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
Una genial lista con 6 aplicaciones para convertir las fotos en dibujos animados y cómics
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10 Ways to Use Google Drawings in the Classroom

10 Ways to Use Google Drawings in the Classroom | Internet Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
Here are 10 Fantastic Ways for Teachers and Students to Use Google Drawings in the Classroom!
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Grammar Lessons, Videos and Activities from GrammarFlip - Class Tech Tips

Grammar Lessons, Videos and Activities from GrammarFlip - Class Tech Tips | Internet Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
GrammarFlip is a self-paced, instructional program that offers engaging grammar lessons. It has 50+ instructional videos, plus exercises and activities.
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mysimpleshow - create your own explainer video in minutes

It has never been easier to create your own explainer video. mysimpleshow transforms any text into an animated video you will love.
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Ditch That Textbook

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Ditch That Textbook is all about teaching with less reliance on the textbook with an emphasis on using technology and creative teaching ideas.
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Teaching with Graphic Novels 

Teaching with Graphic Novels  | Internet Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
Modern graphic novels have emerged as effective teaching tools that help improve literacy, explain complex concepts, and get students excited about reading.

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HCL's curator insight, August 14, 7:07 PM
Graphic novels can provide students with a number of reading benefits because of their unique style and presentation... they can improve literacy, explain complex concepts, and get students excited about reading.
Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, August 15, 2:29 AM

"Visual Storytelling Can Build Non-Visual Reading Skills


Although often grouped together, a graphic novel is not the same as a comic book. Unlike the Sunday comic stripes or short serialized superhero stories, graphic novels contain all of the aspects of any school-assigned book: a beginning, a middle, an end, conflict, character development, resolution, and many other literary characteristics. However, graphic novels often use panels and images to also tell the story.

“The most significant difference from a comic is that the graphic novel’s text is both written and visual,” English teacher Cat Turner explained to the National Council of Teachers of English. “Every part of each frame plays a role in the interpretation of the text, and hence, graphic novels actually demand sophisticated readers.”

 

This more diverse and complex style of storytelling may be especially beneficial to students who struggle with large sections of text. The combinations of short lines of text and images throughout may deliver the same information to a student as a lengthy paragraph, but feel more palatable.

 

Due to space limitations in a panel on on the page, graphic novels also showcase efficient writing, mirroring a habit that readers can practice themselves. The unique combination of image and text can also improve comprehension and even vocabulary, as students have more context to derive their clues from. The School Library Journal noted one example of graphic novels in the classroom where an educator gave half the class Hamlet as the traditional text and the rest the graphic novelization. Those who read the graphic novel spent almost one fewer hour reading and scored higher on a comprehension quiz later.

 

Some educators argue that reading through images can be just as important as learning to read through text, particularly with the proliferation of visual media. Graphic novels also provide nontraditional learners an opportunity to get excited about reading and thrive via the mixed medium.

 

“Graphic novels can be a way in for students who are difficult to reach through traditional texts,” educational publisher Scholastic explained. “Even those deemed poor readers willingly and enthusiastically gravitate toward these books. Readers who are not interested in reading or who, despite being capable of reading, prefer gaming or watching media, can be pulled into a story by the visual elements of graphic novels.”

 

When Graphic Novels Are Too Graphic
One of the major criticism over graphic novels is the depiction of violent, graphic, racy, or scandalous images. Some of the most famous graphic novels, such as the Watchmen and Persepolis, feature scenes or stories of serious violence.

 

However, advocates of graphic novels argue that the issue is often not with the content but the presentation. As SLJ noted, the problem may be what researcher Steven Cary calls the “naked buns” effect. This is a paradox where the text of the phrase “naked buns” is not perceived as offensive or indecent while the illustration of the phrase would be. It is the image not the concept that can lead to controversy.

 

In the past, the graphic memoir Fun Home has faced controversy when it was assigned as reading for college students due to its depiction of sex. Fellow autobiographical graphic novel Persepolis has also been protested when assigned to middle school students because of a scene involving torture. Following the “naked buns” argument, this content may only be seen as more offensive than traditional novels because of its illustration of the concepts versus its discussion of them.

However, many books that have been banned or censored throughout history in U.S. are now looked at as literary masterpieces and assigned regularly, such as The Canterbury Tales , The Grapes of Wrath , and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn .

 

 

Ways to Begin Integrating Comics Into Curriculum
Graphic novels can provide students with a number of reading benefits because of their unique style and presentation, but this also makes it more difficult for educators to incorporate these works into their curriculum.

 

Shelley Hong Xu, associate professor in the department of teacher education at California State University, Long Beach, recommended that teachers start slow and learn more about graphic novels in general, according to the NCTE. Xu advocates for educators to spend time reading a graphic novel and noting their own comprehension skills.

 

“I think that every preservice and inservice teacher needs to experience this activity in order to better understand literacy knowledge and skills that students use with reading comics and graphic novels,” Xu said.

 

Teachers should also learn about the genre of graphic novels and what their students are most interested in learning or what their experience with the genre is. There are a number of graphic novels that are directly focused on historic events and may act as teaching tools on their own, but there are many others that would be meritless in the classroom.

 

Teachers who want to incorporate graphic novels into the curriculum should also expect some pushback from parents and administrators, Xu argued. Educators should explain how these texts can help students reach their education goals, improve reading comprehension, and provide other benefits. Students may be less likely to push back about the inclusion of graphic novels in class, but educators should be prepared to coach students on how to read graphic novels and deal with other difficulties that may arise.

 

Although graphic novels are unlikely to cure modern reading issues in the classroom, their unique style of storytelling and more exciting visual medium can help address specific pain points by attracting a wider variety of readers, leading to more consistent recreational reading and creating healthy reading habits."

Tina Jameson's curator insight, August 18, 7:08 PM
An interesting assessment of the effectiveness of using and analyzing graphic novels in the classroom, and of the controversial nature of the material that may also face educators.  However the writer of the article clearly sees the value of using graphic novels as a teaching tool.
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8 Dinosaur Apps and Websites for Students - Class Tech Tips

8 Dinosaur Apps and Websites for Students - Class Tech Tips | Internet Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
Want to help students build background knowledge before a read aloud or make connections to a science unit? Dig into this list of dinosaur apps & websites.
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english-conversation-classes - ESL Speaking

english-conversation-classes - ESL Speaking | Internet Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
If you teach English conversation, you’ll need to check out these activities, lesson plans and tips. Related
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14 Tools for Effective Classroom Collaboration - More Than A Tech

14 Tools for Effective Classroom Collaboration - More Than A Tech | Internet Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
Guest Post by Hannah Lewis 14 Tools for Effective Classroom Collaboration Classroom collaboration is all about working as a team on an academic project. Whether it is about sharing notes, …
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5 Great Web Tools for Creating Video Lessons ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Great Web Tools for Creating Video Lessons ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Internet Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
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6 Good Educational iPad Apps Free Today ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Good Educational iPad Apps Free Today ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Internet Tools for Language Learning | Scoop.it
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