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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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Jisc Digital Media | Finding

Jisc Digital Media | Finding | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Digital media help desk – digitise, create, manage and use still images, sound and video – free for UK higher education, further education and skills.
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Great guide and tips from Jisc for finding and using digital media. 
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800 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices

800 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Dickinson, Emily – Poems

Didion, Joan – 12 Masterful Essays

Dostoevsky, Fyodor – A Raw Youth (Translated by Constance Garnett)

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10 Free tools to create digital magazines and newspapers ~ Teachers Tech Workshop

10 Free tools to create digital magazines and newspapers ~ Teachers Tech Workshop | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Creating digital magazines and newspapers is the trend in 21st century education.Encouraging students to publish their work online in the form of digital magazines is to sharpen their writing,creativity,and thinking skills.In today's post,I am sharing with you some popular free tools to help you create digital newspapers.

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Britain is GREAT

Britain is GREAT | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Find out what is GREAT about Great Britain in these 12 videos and improve your English with the exercises. This series is best for intermediate to advanced learners.
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Useful video material here for English language students. It's the British Council's, Britain is Great series. There are diverse topics with online comprehension activities included. Optional lesson plans are provided for teachers as well. You could use these videos as a model for your students to create something similar about art, food, sport, architecture and so on from their country, or a place of their choice.

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LibriVox | free public domain audiobooks

LibriVox | free public domain audiobooks | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Free public domain audiobooks. I use these in class with English language students for diverse activities. Plenty of novels and poetry to choose from. 

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Great reading strategies: ‘Anticipation Guides’ for developing comprehension

Great reading strategies: ‘Anticipation Guides’ for developing comprehension | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Some useful templates here and practical tips provided by Adam Simpson which relate to reading strategies for language learners. I like the notion of using templates or frameworks to scaffold comprehension activities. You can of course create your own to suit your students' needs and language level.

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Juergen Wagner's curator insight, August 4, 2015 5:52 AM

Some useful templates here and practical tips provided by Adam Simpson which relate to reading strategies for language learners. I like the notion of using templates or frameworks to scaffold comprehension activities. You can of course create your own to suit your students' needs and language level.

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Developing students' digital literacy | Jisc

Developing students' digital literacy | Jisc | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Storybird Studio: Creative tools for educators

Storybird Studio: Creative tools for educators | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Free creative writing tools used by teachers and students in 300,000+ K-12 classrooms worldwide. Works with any curriculum or device.
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Storybird is a great tool for any kind of creative writing work. It's very visual and has diverse formats. It can be used by all levels of language learners. Educators can create their own classes and assignments for individual or collaborative work. Plenty of published works for students to read and comment on. Seems to have an active community as well. 

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IATEFL 2015: Recent corpus tools for your students

IATEFL 2015: Recent corpus tools for your students | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

Just Jane Templeton’s talk 1 illustrated corpus use by using the wordandphrase tool 2. (Lizzie Pinard has a write-up of the talk 3). I have described using this and other tools on this blog, and there i...

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I usually use the British National Corpus and Just the Word with my English language students but the tools mentioned in this post also look interesting. I think particularly for students' use, it's important to find corpus tools that are easy to use,  have a clear layout and that also display enough context so that students can make an informed choice about the correct option for their purpose. Additionally, I find it's worthwhile taking the time to show students how to use these tools for reference so that they carry out searches confidently and make also use of them for self-assement.

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ONLINE CHARTS | create and design your own charts and diagrams online

ONLINE CHARTS | create and design your own charts and diagrams online | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Create online graphs and charts. Choose from different chart types, like: line and bar charts, pie charts, scatter graphs, XY graph and pie charts.
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I find this tool particularly useful for my ELT exam students and for my Business English students. It's very easy to create diverse visualisations of figures and then have students analyse them and present their findings as mini-presentations. We often record these types of presentations and explore how the language and presentation method could be improved. My students seem to enjoy tasks like these where an opportunity to peer and self assess arises.  

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Digital storytelling handbook

This handbook is a product of the Digital Commonwealth project which sought to facilitate a creative response to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. However, the handbook is designed to be of use to a wider range of individuals, community groups and third sector organisations interested in using digital media (blogs, audio, video and social media) to tell their stories. Please use and share!

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Some very practical and useful tips here relating to digital storytelling. Despite this handbook being designed with a specific project in mind it provides a great template for use in other contexts. I like the way various media are explored further on in the book. 

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TWCLibrary's curator insight, March 19, 2015 6:02 PM

A fantastic resource!

Ariana Amorim's curator insight, March 25, 2015 12:31 PM

http://digitalcommonwealth.co.uk/2014/09/18/handbook-of-digital-storytelling/

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, April 21, 2015 2:10 AM

Always useful to have first-hand reference to enhance methodology... worth reading!

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Breaking News English - Easier News Lessons

Breaking News English - Easier News Lessons | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
English News Lessons in 7 levels with graded multi-level listening and variable scrolled-reading, and all-skills activities.
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The Breaking News English site was created by Sean Banville and has a host of diverse material that can be used with language students. There are activities to help improve literary and literacy skills. Certainly worth exploring.

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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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Freepik - Free Graphic resources for everyone

Freepik - Free Graphic resources for everyone | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
More than a million free vectors, PSD, photos and free icons. Exclusive freebies and all graphic resources that you need for your projects

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 24, 4:23 AM

Great images for learning materials or student projects.

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e.e. cummings Poet

e.e. cummings Poet | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Moving Poems is curated by Dave Bonta and as the title suggests this is visual poetry. There is a huge selection to choose from. I love using this site with my English language students. I find it's a great way to explore this specific genre. Having visuals and sound means you can be very creative when designing activities.
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eLesson Inspirations | Global Issues SIG

eLesson Inspirations | Global Issues SIG | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

A bank of resources for teachers of English. Short videos to make your students think, and practical ideas for using them in the classroom.

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Some wonderful resources here from the Global Issues SIG. Lesson plans are provided if required as well as plenty of ideas to  encourage critical thinking. I've found these topics useful to raise cultural awareness in my language  classes.  

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Video for all | Home - Video For All

Video for all | Home - Video For All | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Video for Language learning will show language teachers best practices to use video in the language classroom
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An extremely useful repository here. It's an EU funded project which provides video templates and how to guides concerning the use of video in the context of language teaching and learning. 

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The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Great resource site here for language teachers. It covers topics such as pragmatics and speech acts, teaching online etc.CARLA provides plenty of resources as well as links to research articles and videos. Languages include English, Japanese and Spanish.

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Welcome | Doctors Speak Up

Welcome | Doctors Speak Up | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Although this site has been designed for medical graduates there are a lot of resources that can be used for medical English such as, videos and downloadable material. There are also a couple of sections on how to decode accents such as, Chinese and Indian. I found this very helpful for some of my business English students who engage in discussions with other non-native speakers of English from China and India.

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A Quick Start Guide to the iPhone Camera

A Quick Start Guide to the iPhone Camera | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
The iPhone is still the most popular point-and-shoot camera on the planet, but many users still aren't away of all that the camera can do. Since our last beginner's guide, Apple has added many more features and made various enhancements to its camera app. With leaps in hardware and software, you'd be forgiven for no longer carrying a dedicated compact camera. If you're new or…

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If you're using iPhones in the classroom for educational purposes this is a useful guide to pass on to your students. 

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StoryToolz : Resources for Authors

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A useful tool here which provides several resources for creative writing. 

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Collaborative writing - Smarter collaboration - LibGuides at Linnéuniversitetet

Collaborative writing - Smarter collaboration - LibGuides at Linnéuniversitetet | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Three collaborative writing tools here to explore with your students. I've been using Google drive for a while with my language students and love being able to drop in and see how they are progressing with writing projects. 

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Type IPA phonetic symbols - online keyboard (all languages)

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One of my advanced English classes asked me recently if I could provide the phonetic spelling for specific words that they choose (particularly new vocabulary). This tool provides the phonetic symbols and you can copy and paste the result into a doc. Take note of the suggestions they give concerning the type of font that you should use when you copy and paste.

 

Useful links are also given, linking you to Richard Ishida and Westons Ruter's IPA phonetic symbols. These two sites are more detailed and illustrate the place of articulation.

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CommonLit - Creative commons text worksheets

CommonLit - Creative commons text worksheets | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

CommonLit is a nonprofit organisation building an open-source, free collection of news, poetry, and stories to support literacy, inquiry, and critical thinking.


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These texts can be downloaded and are aimed at varying literacy levels. The topics are broad and can be used to promote critical thinking. In an ELT context they could be used to form the basis of discussions. The text worksheets also contain questions to encourage reflection and debate.

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Robin Yu's curator insight, December 10, 2014 10:27 AM

Interesting range of materials. 

Lindsay Sprague's curator insight, January 29, 2015 4:16 PM

Cool!  I'm an English teacher, and anything that helps to promote literacy and exposure to new and interesting texts gets an A in my book.

Tina Jameson's curator insight, February 5, 2015 5:57 PM

Choose a theme - choose a discussion question - choose a text.

Open-source resources offering a great range for primary through to year 12 students.