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The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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The author has put a lot of work into this post. There are some excellent resources here and all neatly organized under literacy skill headings. I'm sure many of these skills are things you possess already and use on a regular basis and others may be new to you. Do you need them all?

I believe it depends on your teaching context and what digital tools and resouces are relevant for your students and yourself. We can't have expertise across the board, but we should develop our digital literacy skills where they are required and assist our students in buliding on theirs as well.

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Designing Business English programmes 1

Designing Business English programmes 1 | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
As you all know, for the past several decades, English has grown into the primary language for international communication.
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Some useful tips and links here to help you design a Business English programme. It provides tips concerning  customising course content to suit students' needs. When I have new students I always commence with a needs analysis and of course assessing their present literacy skills. I think it's also important to keep asking for feedback in relation to content during the course i.e. whether it relates to their branch of work and can they identify with it. It's a constant process of adapting and shaping the design of the course but I feel the effort is worth it. Helps to keep motivation levels high.

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Business studies teacher resources organised by curriculum topic | Business Case Studies

Business studies teacher resources organised by curriculum topic | Business Case Studies | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Useful resources here for those of you teaching Business English. 

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Present.me | Free online video presentation software | Make a slideshow with your powerpoint & web cam

Present.me | Free online video presentation software | Make a slideshow with your powerpoint & web cam | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Present.me - the video presentation platform. Spread your ideas, not just your PowerPoint, Prezi, Keynote or PDF. No software to install, all you need is your slides, a webcam and YOU!
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Till now I've used Jing to send my students feedback, or activities to be done at home, or in preparation for the next lesson. And they use it to present work to me and fellow students. But after having explored Present.me  I can foresee the potential that this tool has for language learning. when you've recorded something, there are various share possibilities such as email and an embed code. I always find the latter useful for uploading work to blogs or websites. As with many tools the plan is freemium but they offer special prices for education. Depending on how often you anticipate using it the free plan might be adequate. It does however,  lack privacy settings. 

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Welcome | Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Welcome | Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Access information on more than 200,000 objects in Te Papa's collections. Get up close to our collections through collected specimens and thousands of zoomable images.
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Always useful to have access to images that are downloadable for teaching purposes. Helpful having an advanced search function here.

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Vocaroo | Online voice recorder

Vocaroo | Online voice recorder | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Vocaroo is a quick and easy way to share voice messages over the interwebs.
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As a language teacher I use audio recording tools quite frequently with students and for various purposes e.g. creating language tasks; archiving their recordings for analytical and comparative purposes; getting students to record interviews or short narratives which are then exchanged with other students for peer analysis or converted into texts, utilised for reported speech; feedback purposes etc. The list is endless.

 

My favourites at the moment are Voxopop, which is great for creating private / public discussions, and Vocaroo. The latter is web-based and very simple to use. But what I particularly like about it is the ability to save recordings in several formats such as mp3 and as QR codes. The mp3 recordings I file in iTunes and I use selected recordings as QR codes. I find the QR codes useful as they enable me to be more creative with pair or group lesson activities and give me the freedom to move around the class and provide support where needed, while students are engaged in activities.  I can also prepare a lot of work in advance and file it online and in print. RedLaser is the app I use for reading codes and to date I haven't had any technical issues at all.

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Legal English Dictionary

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A useful online dictionary for business English students and in particular those needing legal English. Click on a word and it will appear in context and with audio. Students can record themselves and check their pronunciation against this recording for self-study purposes; choose a word and work with collocations; choose a word and change it's form and create their own sentences etc.There's so much that you can do with dictionaries. It just takes a bit of creativity. Encourage your students to come up with some activities themselves to promote the development of their own vocabulary.This site has many other resources but to access them fully it comes at a monthly rate.

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Learning Theory v5 - What are the established learning theories?

Learning Theory v5 - What are the established learning theories? | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
This Concept Map, created with IHMC CmapTools, has information related to: Learning Theory v5, Organisation Kolb, Psychology Vygotsky, Psychology Bloom, Piaget genetic epistemology, Psychology Skinner, Montessori constructivism, Dewey constructivism, radical constructivism Knowledge as mental representation: 1a. Knowledge is not passively received either through the senses or by way of communication; 1b. Knowledge is actively built up by the cognising subject; 2a. The function of cognition is adaptive, in the biological sense of the term, tending towards fit or viability; 2b Cognition serves the subject’s organization of the experiential world, not the discovery of an objective ontological reality., social constructivism connectivism, Taylor Organisation, Holt homeschooling, unschooling, constructivism radical constructivism, Kolb experiental learning, Montessori Montessori education, Social anthropology Lave & Wenger, Vygotsky zone of proximal development, Lave & Wenger situated learning, Education Illich, scientific pedagogy Education based on science that modified and improved the individual., communities of practice Groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.

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Learning theories are a valuable toolbox to have. I think it's helpful as a teacher to keep learning theory in mind when designing lessons as they aid in being able to justify, why you're doing what you're doing, at any particular time. They are also useful when seeking solutions to problems that may arise with learning in class. It's interesting to follow their development and of course the debates concerning newer theories on the scene, such as George Siemens (2004) theory of Connectivism which is concerned with learning networks. Stephen Downes' ( 2012) essays on Connectivism and Connective Knowledge take an in-depth look at this and are an interesting read which promote critical reflection on beliefs about learning and knowledge.

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I love infographics like this that depict the 10,000 foot view to show the overall subject, the various theories or parts, and how the pieces fit together and influence one another.

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Paper Rater | Features

Paper Rater | Features | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Features of our free online proofreading system: grammar check, spelling, style, plagiarism, and more.
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Paper Rater is a useful toolkit that can aid in helping with the improvement  of writing skills at a range of levels. It is something that students can use on their own but I would recommend running  through the tools with them in order to explain how it can be utilized and how the affordances of the tool can be best put to use. For example, when you submit a text into the Proofreading Tool it provides quite a detailed analysis of writing style; readability; suggestions concerning word choice and use of grammar and so forth. If a student understands what all these points  mean on the written report then of course there is a good chance that they will benefit. However,  if they just click automatically on highlighted sections and let them be corrected without thinking critically about the changes then their learning experience will not be of the same quality.

 

Some other useful tools here are the Vocabulary Builder and the Confused Words Quiz. Worth looking at.

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Oxford Text Checker | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com

Oxford Text Checker at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com. The Oxford Text Checker will check the vocabulary in any text against the Oxford 3000 word list. See more at oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com.
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The Oxford 3000 is a helpful tool for checking the appropriacy of texts for students in relation to their level of language learning. This online resource has quite a few tools to aid students in improving their vocabulary and pronunciation. It's worth browsing through.

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Blended Learning in English Language Teaching: Course Design and Implementation

Blended learning is an area of ELT that continues to be of interest to practitioners in the field. Despite this, little can be found in the literature on blended learning course design or detailed descriptions provided of blends used in ELT contexts. This publication, which contains twenty case studies from around the world, addresses this deficit by illustrating blends being employed on EAP, ESP, Teacher Development and general EFL courses.

 

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Very proud to have written one of the case studies (pages 65 -75) for this book. It explores the award winning Blended Learning in ELT teacher training course I designed for Bell Educational Services.

 

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Marie Arndt's curator insight, February 6, 9:28 PM

I agree Nick, about the lack of BL solutions available. I am working on a BL module 'English for engineering students. BTW, good plug for your contribution/

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How to use graded readers | Black Cat Readers

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Practical tips and resources here concerning the use of Black Cat graded readers for language learning, although many of the tips are of course useful for graded readers in general. There are also some interactive quizzes for language learners to make use of and additional resources for teachers.

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The Comprehensive Google Drive Guide for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Comprehensive Google Drive Guide for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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I use Google Drive extensively with my virtual students as it provides us with a collaborative writing space that we use both synchronously and asynchronously. In my context, language teaching, I've found it to be extremely useful for a range of writing activities

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Using blogs to create web-based English courses

Using blogs to create web-based English courses | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Sean Dowling, an Educational Technology Coordinator, looks at whether blogs can be used to deliver web-based English language courses, using an example from his own experience. In my previous posts...
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Movenote

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To date I've been using Jing to provide my students with feedback but I've just discovered Movenote and think this has a lot of potential as well. It syncs with Google Drive and Gmail and has diverse sharing possibilities. As my online students all use Google Drive it's an effective tool for them as well to present their work. It's promoted as a tool to present documents but of course can be used for a variety of purposes. Very simple to use, it's free,  web-based and also available as an app.  Worth testing.

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The Missing Guide for Google Hangout Video Calls - Zapier

The Missing Guide for Google Hangout Video Calls - Zapier | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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A very useful Google Hangout guide here. I teach online via Skype but use Google Hangout and Facetime as Plan B and C if I have technical issues. Google Hangout has quite a few third party applications that are useful for collaborative work and I like being able to connect to Google Drive. The easy access to YouTube for educational purposes is also a plus point.

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Grammar videos | LearnEnglishTeens

Grammar videos | LearnEnglishTeens | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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These are short videos created for the purpose of grammar practice. Subtitles are provided and the grammar that is being introduced is highlighted. Explanations are provided.

 

These videos can be used in a variety of ways e.g. you could initially introduce the grammar by example or through a text, then let the students listen to the video and see if they can hear how it is being used and finally, let them watch the video with subtitles and explore how it is being used and why. As a follow-up they can engage in a speaking activity to reinforce what has been learned.

 

They can of course use these resources on their own but discuss learning strategies with them so that they can work with the content efficiently. When working with students, I use very short chunks  of video material.  3-4 minutes of video can easily fill a 60 minute language lesson. Break it down and design engaging activities based on the content and activities that will aid your students in achieving the  learning objectives. 

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6 Shifts in Education Driven by Technology -- THE Journal

6 Shifts in Education Driven by Technology -- THE Journal | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Six critical shifts are happening in education right now that are being driven, at least in part, by technology. According to preliminary findings from an upcoming report, these changes affect everything from the role of the teacher to a rethinking of how schools themselves work.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 3, 11:29 PM

A good short summary from the Horizon report. Check out the report here: http://cdn.nmc.org/media/2014-horizon-k12-preview.pdf

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A good report

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VideoNot.es: The easiest way to take notes synchronized with videos!

VideoNot.es: The easiest way to take notes synchronized with videos! | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
The easiest way to take notes synchronized with videos!
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This tools enables you to upload videos from a range of sites such as Coursera and You Tube and then take synchronized notes. This means that as you create a note, a time is allocated to it and by clicking on a particular note you'll be able to link back to that part of the video. VideoNot.es syncs automatically with Google Drive so you can access your notes and videos from there. You can also send your notes to Evernote. It's very simple to use and easy to see the potential for both teachers and students. 

 

I came across this tool through Russell Stannard's eNewsletter. Russell creates training videos for teachers and has just uploaded  a short series relating to VideoNot.es. If you're interested you can view the VideoNot.es recordings at www.teachertrainingvideos.com Click on 'latest videos' in the menu bar at the top of his page and you'll find yourself in the right place.

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iPad Basics Students Need to Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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30 slides presented here with some very useful and practical tips for iPad users. 

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Nik's Learning Technology Blog: Creating social phrasebooks with Phraseum

Nik's Learning Technology Blog: Creating social phrasebooks with Phraseum | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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I agree with Nik,  this seems like a useful tool for both teachers and students. It means being able to personalise vocabulary lists and putting words or phrases into a context that is meaningful for the individual, as opposed to utilising dry, decontextualised vocabulary lists that can be found at the end of some ELT course books. I also like the idea that learner autonomy and learner engagement can be promoted here.

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Tour

Tour | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Use engaging videos on TED-Ed to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch based on any video from YouTube.
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A useful platform for any teachers wanting to customize lessons that are based around videos. It's by no means exclusively for language learning. Plenty of resources here for students to access on their own as well. 

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360 Degree Aerial Panorama | 3D Virtual Tours Around the World | Photos of the Most Interesting Places on the Earth | AirPano.com

360 Degree Aerial Panorama | 3D Virtual Tours Around the World | Photos of the Most Interesting Places on the Earth | AirPano.com | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
AirPano is a non-commercial project focused on high resolution 3D aerial panoramas. The AirPano team is a group of Russian photographers and panorama enthusiasts. During the next 2-3 years, we plan to shoot a variety of aerial panoramas and create virtual 3D tours of the most interesting places of our planet.
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Beautiful aerial 3D panoramas and videos of a number of places around the world. This could put to use in the English language classroom when working with topics such as travel, places of interest, the seven world wonders, directions, seasons, cultural topics etc. Texts are provided so several literacy skills can be honed. It's also compatible with the iPad and Android. Worth browsing through.

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Take the 360 deg aerial panorama virtual tours of interesting places around the world.

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8 Practical Tools to Easily Gather Student Feeback ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

8 Practical Tools to Easily Gather Student Feeback ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Some very useful tools here which can be utilised for feedback purposes, for adaptive learning, to check on what has been learned at the end of a lesson, for formative assessment and so much more.

 

I like the way Socrative sends activity reports directly to your mail account, and as Google spreadsheets to Google Drive. This immediately  provides you with an overview of your students' responses. It's free and has a community of teachers sharing resources. If needed, support is provided by a technical team. 

 

I think when choosing a tool for feedback puposes and more interactive activities, it's worth considering how compatible it's going to be with mobile devices. You don't want to exclude any students or participants from being able to engage in these activities. Your choice will also depend on whether it's going to be used just as an occassional polling tool at presentations and whether you want the poll to remain open for a specific length of time or not. You might also prefer to have the option of being able to export results for further analysis.

 

Another feature that I always look for is how easy is it for students to enter these types of rooms i.e. can they type in a room number as with Socrative, or do they have to provide a name and / or email address. I've found the latter to be a problem, particularly with adult students, and it can be time consuming during presentations.

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Effective Mobile Learning: 50+ Tips & Resources Ebook

Free mobile learning guide for schools and educators wishing to implement mobile devices in their classroom
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A useful resource that is loaded with links to multimedia resources for the purpose of mlearning. This ebook also touches on a few issues in relation to involving parents and leadership when considering the implementation of a mobile learning strategy. Topics such as geolocation, augmented reality and QR codes are clarified and links are provided to resources and extra reading in these areas.

 

It does not provide the reader with an indepth look at mlearning but is more a brief guide with plenty of links for practical purposes, as well as links for further reading. It is  formatted in such a manner that a good overview of the content can be gained very quickly.

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A Wonderful Free Classroom Poster on Digital Citizenship ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Wonderful Free Classroom Poster on Digital Citizenship ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

A Wonderful Free Classroom Poster on Digital Citizenship ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/keIlBaFpR3 via @medkh9


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Some very common sense tips here. Could also be utilise in the ELT context for a number of purposes such as vocabulary building; to stimulate discussions; for writing activities etc. An important and interesting topic.

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