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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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eLanguages.ac.uk - digital literacies toolkit

eLanguages.ac.uk - digital literacies toolkit | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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This interactive digital literacies toolkit has been developed by the University of Southampton and covers topics such as ownership of digital content, digital identity and managing your online presence, and use of tools for learning etc. It's a toolkit that can be used as a basis to design your own lessons relating to these topics, or as a resource that students can work through on their own. Certainly worth taking a moment to browse through.

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The Big 5 Glossary: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+ | Constant Contact Blogs

The Big 5 Glossary: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+ | Constant Contact Blogs | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
The "big 5" are the social media networks you hear about the most. Here's a glossary of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+ terms.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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This is a handy post. The author has selected five different social media tools and included a brief glossary for each. Language teachers this might be of interest to you, as well as those who are knew to social media and are finding the terminology a bit overwhelming.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, September 24, 2013 11:27 PM

Usefu glossary for using the big 5 networking sites - also gives you some handy hints. Worth looking through - especially if you plan on using Twitter for professional development - I think it is the most valuable tool I have for connecting! I'm at @prendielearning :D

Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, September 25, 2013 10:26 AM

Glossary

Kave Home's curator insight, October 9, 2013 4:26 AM

Glossaire des 5 réseaux sociaux les plus importants !

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Learning To Teach Online | COFA video series

Learning To Teach Online | COFA video series | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

Via Catherine Cronin
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For those of you who are teaching online you might be interested in browsing through these resources. Some very helpful tips and points for consideration.

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Catherine Cronin's curator insight, September 8, 2013 10:59 AM

Helpful resources, for both novice and experienced online facilitators.

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Nik's QuickShout: Taking notes from the web on the iPad

Nik's QuickShout: Taking notes from the web on the iPad | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

Via Karen Stadler, John Purificati, Juergen Wagner
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I've just downloaded this and had a play and it really is quite useful. As the image shows, you can work with a split screen or have multiple windows open. Very helpful when researching various media and then taking notes and uploading them to dropbox. They have a link to Google Reader which is no longer in use, so that's perhaps something they can delete and when downloading the app it asks you whether you're over 17 due to the links which you can then access. Nevertheless, it has its uses. Very nifty. 

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Handbook for Information Literacy Teaching - 2011 update

Welcome to the Handbook for Information Literacy Teaching (HILT).

Via Kim Flintoff
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A scoop for myself here. This is a very useful guide to infomation literacy teaching. Easy to dip into and has a search function so you don't have to scroll through every page. Some very useful tips and links to tools that can be put to use in the language classroom e.g. QR codes, Prezi or social tools such as Slideshare. Examples of lesson plans are provided as are benefits and issues to consider when introducing students to digital media. 

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How Curation Can Be Used To Teach Critical Thinking, Analysis and Expression Online

How Curation Can Be Used To Teach Critical Thinking, Analysis and Expression Online | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good
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I'm scooping this one up for myself. I've previously blogged about curation  for my students and as someone who curates content, can see the potential it has for educational purposes. The paper here is certainly worth a read.

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John Thomas's curator insight, February 12, 2014 9:09 AM
How Curation Can Be Used To Teach Critical Thinking, Analysis and Expression Online
Nathalie Ferret's curator insight, March 5, 2014 6:36 AM
Actual e excelente artigo sobre Curadoria na Educação

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VocabGrabber : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

VocabGrabber lets you automatically create lists of vocabulary from any text.

Via gorob4ik
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This really is a practical tool and could be put to use for numerous activities for language learning and other disciplines as well. Very simple to use. Copy and paste some text into the box and a coloured word cloud will appear underneath. When you click on a single word, defintions are provided as well as a visual thesraurus map. The latter can be dragged around. Vocabulary can also be filed into categories. Needless to say this could serve as the basis for a number of writing and speaking activities on an individual and collaborative basis. Try it out for yourself to evaluate whether it's suitable for your students' needs or not. Only takes a minute.

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Listen A Minute: Easier English Listening and Activities

Listen A Minute: Easier English Listening and Activities | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
English lesson plans: Free EFL/ESL lesson handouts (479 so far), online activities and handouts for teaching and learning listening.
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Short podcasts with lesson plans attached. A range of topics from A-Z. These would also be useful for prompting discussions. Additionally, students could expand on the scripts and record their own for sharing in class. Useful in this manner for peer and self-assessment. Be creative and see where it takes you.

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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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KindredReaders's curator insight, March 5, 2014 11:31 AM

Fantastic opportunity. Too often we overlook the potential of this technology.

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).

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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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Comment on A Straightforward Guide To Building Cutting-Edge Classrooms by Cotaplan

Comment on A Straightforward Guide To Building Cutting-Edge Classrooms by Cotaplan | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
The trick today is to get our students actually interested in learning and if this means bringing more ‘hip’ to the classroom then so be it. Give somebody a purpose and they will flourish.
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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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6 Good Ways to Create Online Learning Spaces for your Students

6 Good Ways to Create Online Learning Spaces for your Students | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

Some social media platforms provide good places to create a collaborative space for your students. This collaborative space can be used for a wide variety of reasons most important of which are:...


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As a teacher who gives English lessons via Skype and in immersive environments such as Second Life, I value the options available for creating virtual working and meeting spaces for students and myself.

 

Your choice will be influenced by your teaching / learning environment and your students' needs and preferences. In addition to the proposed tools in this post, in my context (ELT), I find Voxopop very useful as an asynchronous space for audio communication and speaking activities. It is browser based, private rooms can be created and content can be archived for analysis and assessment.

 

Google Drive works well for written work and presentations and is great for individual and collaborative work.  When I am working with students here, we use Skype to communicate, but otherwise the chat box is very handy for simple interactions.

 

Linoit is just one of many canvas type spaces for creative work. I often upload videos, texts, writing and speaking prompts, images and so on, for extra work and as a space where students can feel free to play and experiment with language, using multimedia resources to stimulate creativity. 

 

Before setting up spaces all over the place, think carefully about what is going to be appropriate and compatible with your students' devices.

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flea palmer's curator insight, September 24, 2013 11:59 AM

Great suggestions and links to guides and examples. The tools Trish mention in her insight also sound good.

Karyn McGinley's curator insight, October 22, 2013 7:21 PM

This is a very useful list with additional links as well.  I am eager to read them all!

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English Language (ESL) Learning Online - UsingEnglish.com

Resources to learn the English language for ESL, EFL, ESOL, and EAP students and teachers.
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UsingEnglish.com is a site that has resources for both teacher and students such as handouts for various language levels, lesson plans, an active forum site, langauge tests, quizzes, a text analyser tool etc. The resources are quite extensive and worth browsing through. You can register for free which enables you to have access to all the resources and forum site or you can chosse to make use of what is available without signing on.

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Google Drive - a Complete User Guide.

Published on Aug 8, 2013

What is Google Drive? A complete guide how to use it.
Cloud (storage), Creation, Collaboration, Communication
How to access Google Drive, including from Google+
Cloud storage:
Left hand bar options
Uploading files or folders from your computer
Looking under the drop downs: Drive content and More
Shared with you: you can add these docs to your Drive too
Choosing how to 'sort' the content
Changing from grid to list view
Changing display in settings
Searching within Drive e.g. searching for PDFs and keywords
How to add a new folder and add files into it
How to enter a folder and remove files by dragging them out
'Checking' a folder/file to show more options e.g. move a folder
Choosing multiple files, or selecting 'all' from a folder
How to remove a folder/file - i.e. put into trash
Adding colours to a folder
Adding stars
Introduction - sharing a file
How to open a file; or choosing 'open with'
How to preview a file
Selecting several images to preview in a lightbox
Moving a selection of files
Creation:
Choosing to create documents, files, presentations etc
Naming the document
Files save automatically
How to download as e.g. a PDF - taking it out of Drive
Collaboration:
Taking comments and changes
Changing the language
How to give access to people
Seeing who has access already
Adding in email address
Choosing nature of access e.g. ability to edit a document
Emailing the person with whom you are collaborating
Changing from 'private' to e.g. only people with the link or making it public.
Giving access to a team/circle of people
Sharing the link to that group
Deciding whether to send them an email
Individuals icons will appear in upper right

Using a Google Hangout with the Google Drive app
Communication:
'Share icon' - appearing in several places
Same box as previously, but now can share it to several social networks
You can just choose 'view'
How to send out via Twitter
How the presentation becomes embedded within the message
The form/presentation etc. can be viewed from the Google+ post
Then 'share'
Sharing images from Drive to Google+
Changing the editing rights
Sending the image into a community
How to 'publish to the web'
How to embed that file's code into a website, including the size of the presentation
How to 'stop publishing'
The four elements: Cloud, Creation, Collaboration, Communication 

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Via Dennis T OConnor
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A useful video tutorial here, just over 16 minutes long. It runs through the basics of using Google drive and how you can use it to collaborate with others. It also touches on Google Hangout.

 

I use Google Drive with my students as a writing space because I teach English via Skype. It suits our needs perfectly. Students create several folders e.g. some are homework spaces; collaborative areas such as wikis; creative writing pages and as a virtual space that we can jump into during the lesson to work on activities. It works for us. As a teacher I can dip into shared spaces at any time and guide and support learning which is a real advantage.

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Tony Gough's curator insight, August 26, 2013 7:24 AM

If you're new to Google+, or want to know more about using Google+, this article will help you get the most from Google+!

flea palmer's curator insight, August 30, 2013 6:56 AM

This is a really thorough tutorial and very timely as I'm currently exploring using Google Drive with students. Our dispersed team of Learning Technologists already use it for collaboration but there is not much use as yet by our academics and students. The ability to be able to integrate Drive with Google Hangouts is really powerful and has the potential to be a great tool for supporting Distance Learning.

John Thomas's curator insight, February 11, 2014 4:02 AM
Google Drive - a Complete User Guide.
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QR codes: A treasure hunt

QR codes: A treasure hunt | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Here's another classroom idea for using mobile devices and QR codes. It's a simple idea, based around the concept of a treasure or scavenger hunt, where

Via Yuly Asencion, Vicky Hennegan, Juergen Wagner
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This is an one example of shared practice i.e. using QR codes in the classroom. As with any technological innovation you don't have to use them and certainly don't want technical issues hindering the learning process, but some tools really do help to enrich this process. If used effectively I think QR codes are one of those that can engage and motivate  students, which is a positive benefit in itself, but they can also be implemented for inquiry and problem based activities which are situated in the area of higher-order thinking skills.

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Encouraging Play with a Digital Sandbox : Teacher Reboot Camp

Encouraging Play with a Digital Sandbox : Teacher Reboot Camp | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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ShellyTerrrel shares how she manages digital spaces and work flow when hosting her Digital Storytelling MOOC. I work fully online with my students and can relate to this reflection.

 

In my context it's essential to have spaces that enable, an efficient workflow, collaborative work, creativity, communication, free to experiment spaces, peer and self-assessment, artefacts to be archived and some kind of homebase. What you require will de dependent on your context and students' needs.

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A Practical Guide For Teachers Who Just Got iPads

A Practical Guide For Teachers Who Just Got iPads | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
There are some big DOs and DON'Ts if you're on the receiving end of an iPad in the classroom. This is a guide for teachers to save time and trouble.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Some useful tips here. The first point is worth taking notice of. Don't get all excited and upload a ton of apps that you may never use. Take the time to reflect and ask others in your field about the strengths and weaknesses of particular apps. The SMAR model highlights some key points that I feel we should be considering when we implement technology in the classroom. Perhaps you have some other tips to share?

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