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Street Reads | An interactive walking and reading experience inspired by Brisbane city

Street Reads | An interactive walking and reading experience inspired by Brisbane city | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
An interactive walking and reading experience inspired by Brisbane city
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Another scoop for myself here relating to a project that used QR codes. Brisbane City Council ( Queensland, Australia), hosted this in September this year, 'a physical choose your own adventure story around Brisbane.' If you click on maps you'll be able to view and download the pdf that was made available as an extra resource just in case any technical issues occurred which prevented people from reading the QR codes that were placed around town ( always good to have a plan B).

 

I think this kind of idea has enormous potential for special school project or exhibition days where interacitivity and engagement are desired. I'm sure families would love taking part in this kind of activity. And what a way to motivate students i.e. being able to create content for a project where their  family members can participate.

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Mind Tools: Online Management, Leadership and Career Training

Mind Tools: Online Management, Leadership and Career Training | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Mind Tools teaches more than 900 skills that help you excel at work and in your life. Learn management, decision-making, time management, goal-setting, communication and more.
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This isn't designed for language students as such, but nevertheless there are many useful toolkits, multimodal resources and downloadable material that can be used / readapted for business English students. 

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How to Find Great OERs

How to Find Great OERs | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

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Finding OERs that suit your teaching / learning needs is not an easy task. I always end up readjusting something or creating material from scratch, particularly if it's really a niche language area that I'm working with. However, filtering out links that are appropriate to your line of teaching can be a real benefit despite the time it takes to do this. But in the long run I feel it's worth it. Plenty of resources here to sift through with attention given to CC licences.

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Innovations in the continuing professional development of English language teachers

Innovations in the continuing professional development of English language teachers | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

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An interesting resource here for English language teachers in relation to CPD. This volume is part of the British Council innovations series. Plenty to read!

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10 free tools for creating infographics | Infographic | Creative Bloq

10 free tools for creating infographics | Infographic | Creative Bloq | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
For all the importance we place on text, it's an indisputable fact that images are processed in the brain faster than words. Hence the rise and rise of the infographic which, at its best, transforms complex information into graphics that are both easy to grasp and visually appealing. No wonder magazine readers and web visitors love them.
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10 tools here for creating infographics. A useful way to visualise concepts. Get your students to demonstrate their understanding of diverse grammar points, or use it for character studies. Be creative! If you're gathering information from other sources to create your infographic make sure they're reliable and remember to cite them.

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Movenote

Movenote | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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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 4, 2:29 AM

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

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, June 4, 9:10 AM

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

iPad Basics for students


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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

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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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Practical ideas for teaching pronunciation and listening in an English as a lingua franca (ELF) context | EnglishAgenda | British Council

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Katy Davies and Laura Patsko speaking here in a series of short videos about teaching pronunciation in an ELF context. Their discussion provides some practical ideas relating to the adaption of certain coursebook activities to suit this context; how to make use of data from diagnostic pronunciation exercises; raising the students' awareness of their responsibility as a listener and speaker and exploiting the use of authentic material. Certainly worth listening to.

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Google Forms

If you need to create surveys and questionnaires then this is superb. Watch these videos, this is so useful for anyone who needs to create questionnaires, surveys or gather data. Google forms are all part of Google Docs and Google Drive so learning about
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Another useful set of training videos here from Russell Stannard explaining how to use Google Forms. A very practical tool that can be used for diverse purposes within ELT e.g. formative assessment; checking on student's comprehension of a specific language focus after a lesson or at the end of the week; needs analysis when commencing new courses; feedback or asking for topic / theme suggestions etc.

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Teaching 1 to 1 with Tablets

This is the presentation from my workshop on using tablet computers in a one to one context.

Via Nik Peachey, carldowse
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Slides from Nik Peachey concerning iPad use in the context of one-to-one teaching. As well as providing some practical tips there are some useful links to tools that will enable students to practise diverse literacy skills.

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 20, 12:41 AM

Very good information.

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 11, 4:06 PM

Yet another superb collection of ideas, tools and apps for education

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, August 27, 12:10 AM

Here is a great presentation filled to the brim with simple ideas for using iPads - from Tellagami (recorded animation) to TodaysMeet (backchannel) to Fotobabble (recording voice over a picture). Some of these are ones we have used at school before, others open up new channels we are yet to explore! 

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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.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Joyce Valenza, Debbie Northway
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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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Learning theories
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Learning theories

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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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