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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


Via JoAnn Salvisberg-Smith
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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

Via Nik Peachey, Yuly Asencion
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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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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 12, 2014 3:03 AM

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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11 BYOD Apps That Keep The Focus On Content

11 BYOD Apps That Keep The Focus On Content | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

"Concerns around BYOD usually involve privacy and legal issues, but one of the primary points of BYOD is allowing students to access content and curriculum directly via devices they’re familiar with. The following 11 apps can be used in a BYOD classroom to help keep the focus on content and publication, rather than the aforementioned digital fences that academic institutions can sometimes get distracted by."


Via EDTECH@UTRGV, Lee Hall
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Some useful applications here. I regularly use Evernote, Google Drive and You Tube with my students. Instead of Padlet we use Linoit as a creative space for posting material and uploading multimedia for a variety of activities.

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Lee Hall's curator insight, October 1, 2013 1:53 PM

Some of these apps make BYOD so useful. Evernote and dropbox put an end to your students looking for their flashdrive.

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The EFL SMARTblog: All Posts (by level)

The EFL SMARTblog: All Posts (by level) | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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The EFL SMARTblog, by David Mainwood, has plenty of links, games and quizzes and activities for those learning English. Both teachers and students can make use of this site which is aimed at a variety of levels and includes young learners. The activities are multimedia rich which should cover the needs of most learners.

 

Additionally he can be found here on Scoop.it curating other topics relating to language learning such as,' Reading News for IELTS'.

 

 

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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.

 

Via Nick Peachey


Via Jim Lerman, Liane Sousa, Terese Bird
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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 27, 2013 1:07 AM

This is a great guide

Tony Gough's curator insight, November 4, 2013 3:53 AM

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

Jorge Leal's curator insight, November 24, 2013 11:04 AM

good ...!

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10 Great Tutorials to Create Interacive eBooks Using iBook Author

10 Great Tutorials to Create Interacive eBooks Using iBook Author | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

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Ali Anani's curator insight, March 6, 2014 12:42 AM

Write to interact

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, April 18, 2014 12:26 PM

A great collection of tutorials for Author use and make stunning interactive e-books for your subject (Mac only).

Yaros Perez's curator insight, February 23, 2016 1:09 PM

Interesante tutorial de gran ayuda a profesores para crea ebook interactivos

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40 Interesting Ways To Use Word Clouds For Learning

40 Interesting Ways To Use Word Clouds For Learning | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
40 Interesting Ways To Use Word Clouds For Learning
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Some very creative ideas here by @tombarrett in relation to word clouds.  I already use Wordle but this slideshare has given me a few more ideas that I can use when designing activities  with this tool.

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