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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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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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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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Free Technology for Teachers: Add Voice Comments to Google Documents With Kaizena

Free Technology for Teachers: Add Voice Comments to Google Documents With Kaizena | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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To date I've been using Jing to supply my language students with aural and written feedback but can see the benefits of using Kaizena. This application works with Google Drive and enables you to give both written and aural feedback.

 

I use Google Drive as a writing space for my online students, so using this tool would be more efficient whilst working in here. You just need to highlight areas in a document where you feel feedback is required and then either speak or write a comment. The student then receives this feedback as little packages rather than as a continous recording which is a useful feature. Another great feature is being able to attach links to additional resources for further clarification on specific issues. Sharing your feedback can be done via email or through Google Drive. When using the latter, students will need to click on the comment box to access feedback.

 

A short video is supplied with this blog posting demonstrating how to put Kaizena to use.

 

Additionally, this link is also to a video, approximately 9 minutes long, which provides tips concerning the attachment of resources and how to make use of your resource library for feedback.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jyeOdRO58Q

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BaiBoard - Collaborative Whiteboard / Collaborate on iPAD / PDF Collaboration

BaiBoard - Collaborative Whiteboard / Collaborate on iPAD / PDF Collaboration | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
BaiBoard enables users to collaborate via integrated online whiteboard, PDF annotation and VoIP solutions across the Internet from iPad and Mac

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I like the collaborative feature here. Additionally, not having to sign on, will appeal to a few of my adult language students.

 

The Mac and iPad interfaces look different, but it only takes a few minutes of play to familiarise yourself with the tool.

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This looks like an impressive collaborative app-based whiteboard.

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Seminars | EnglishAgenda | British Council

Seminars | EnglishAgenda | British Council | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Great selection of recorded seminars here, covering a diverse range of topics, that are relevant to ELT.

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E-books for teaching English | British Council Voices

E-books for teaching English | British Council Voices | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Victoria Boobyer explains how English language teachers can use e-books in the classroom.
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Some practical tips here from Victoria Boobyer in relation to e-books and the ELT classroom. I also appreciate the interactive elements and of course the mobile convenience of being able to carry a library around with you. I'm looking forward to seeing what technological developments will bring us with e-books. Most likely more enhanced interactive elements, sharing possibilities, data tracking and learning analytics. Let's see.

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Web 2.0 Tool and Resource Guide 2013 « University of North Carolina at Greensboro | School of Education | Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations

Web 2.0 Tool and Resource Guide 2013 « University of North Carolina at Greensboro | School of Education | Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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A great resource here.  An updated version of the Web 2.0 tool and Resource guide 2013 by Dr. A. Davis. Certainly worth putting aside. It includes iPad applications and a host of extra links.

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32 interesting ways to use Padlet (Wallwisher) in your classroom

32 interesting ways to use Padlet (Wallwisher) in your classroom | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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In my teaching context, tools like Padlet and Lino.it (online canvases) can be implemented for numerous purposes and I'm pleased that they are so accessible. The ideas in this slideshare are just a few of the ways that you can make use of these tools with your students. These tools provide a virtual space where  your students can become active and  express and share their ideas and projects.

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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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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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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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Foreign Language Learning through Interactive Revoicing and Captioning of Clips

Foreign Language Learning through Interactive Revoicing and Captioning of Clips | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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This looks interesting. ClipFlair a platform that is provided by Open Education Europa. Videos can be used, as they are, for language learning, or you can add your own voice - overs and / or captions. Both teachers and learners can make use of this. Clips can be selected by filtering through several criteria, such as, age group, genre, language, CC or standard YouTube license. 

 

There is also a social network for support and as a means of engaging with other teachers and learners.

 

I'll have to play with this when I get a moment to try out their studio. It  looks quite user friendly at first glance.

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Redefining the Writing Process with iPads

Redefining the Writing Process with iPads | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Take a moment to think about how you learned to write. What steps did you go through? What was your process?

Most of us learned the same core set of skills on paper: organize, draft, edit, revise, t
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Useful tips here relating to the writing process and how to make it more interactive as well as streamlining the workflow. 

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Tailor Made English - Tailor Made English - 5 Tips for Using the Transcript

Tailor Made English - Tailor Made English - 5 Tips for Using the Transcript | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Some quick and easy ways to exploit the transcripts at the back of the students' book.
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I agree with the author here, transcripts have their purpose and with a little bit of creativity you can do so much more with them to aid your students in language aquisition. For us as teachers they are a wonderful resource that you can use to pick apart and create extra acitivities that are more customized to suit our students' needs.

 

I sometimes create word clouds with sections of the script and students then recreate a conversation based on this, or they have to recognise which listening activity it is based on. In this way it works as a  form of revision to recycle language that they have already learned.  

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Twelve Ideas for Teaching with QR Codes

Twelve Ideas for Teaching with QR Codes | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Andrew Miller (@betamiller on Twitter) is a National Faculty member for the Buck Institute for Education, an org that specializes in project-based curriculum, and a collaborator with Abeo School Cha
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Plenty of extra ideas in the comments section as well.

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How to Create Audio Slideshows in YouTube

How to Create Audio Slideshows in YouTube | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

Twice in the last two days at the WLMA 2013 conference I demonstrated how to create audio slideshows on YouTube. Creating audio slideshows in YouTube is a good alternative to using Animoto...


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lynnegibb's curator insight, October 26, 2013 10:07 PM

This is a great guide

Tony Gough's curator insight, November 4, 2013 12:53 AM

If you have a YouTube channel, you might want to check this out!

Jorge Leal's curator insight, November 24, 2013 8:04 AM

good ...!