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eslwriting.org — Teaching students how to write their dreams.

eslwriting.org — Teaching students how to write their dreams. | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Ideas, activities and lessons for really busy ESL teachers.
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Rob Whyte's blog here. It contains esl lessons and plenty of material to aid in improving language literacy skills.

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Interactivity, Games, and #Gamification: A Research-Based App...

Games, gamification, and game-based learning have entered into the vocabulary of trainers, e-learning developers, and instructional designers in the past few ye

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, carldowse
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A few keywords from the slides: interactive, immersive learning, sustained engagement, problem solving, challenging, feedback, active engagement. Used effectively, gaming and immersive learning in virtual worlds can be a real aid in the classroom. 

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, July 10, 2013 9:42 AM

Love this, "Interactivity (I) + Immersion (IM) = Sustained Engagement (E) resulting in meaningful learning". Agree. The more social, mobile and connect our world becomes the less appealing doing anything passive becomes.

We humans want to achieve and our digital world isn't as clear in our past ditch digging days. Digital ditches need digging too, but feedback loops are more strained and less clear.


I LOVE to gamify because to do so brings rewards systems to the front. We are all Pavlov's dogs. We salivate when the bell is rung. Our jobs as Internet marketers is to RING THE BELL. This slideshare has some useful tips for bell ringing.

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Thanks for the Rescoop Juan. Marty
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Increasing Interaction in Online Learning Environments

Increasing Interaction in Online Learning Environments | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Focusing on the qualities of effective online teaching, here are a collection of real strategies to increase interaction in online learning environments.

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I not only teach in an online environment, but am currently doing an MA via distance education. In what manner, and with what frequency we can interact with the tutor, other students and the material, can influence the learning experience signficantly. Some very useful tips in this article to reflect on if you are working, or learning within this kind of environment.

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The Trouble with Testing | DMLcentral

The Trouble with Testing | DMLcentral | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

Learning research consistently shows that an emphasis on test scores does not necessarily lead to gains in academic performance. Perhaps learning, with its long-term gains and diffuse experiences does not lend itself well to an economic model. Instead of focusing on test scores at the elementary and secondary levels, why not take a longer-term view? Why public education? What are our true goals for teaching and learning? When pressed, most politicians will state that the long-term goals of education are to develop a citizenry that maximizes contributions to society and economy; yet, our standard test measures typically seem unrelated to the higher-order qualities that lead to such engaged citizens.


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Assessment is a complex topic. It will be interesting to see how it develops in the future, especially in light of how much technology is being integrated into the classroom.

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Tracy Mehoke (梅恬溪)'s curator insight, July 22, 2013 5:30 AM

This article makes some good and concise points against standardized testing, but it doesn't really say anything we don't think already.  What we really need now are new evaluation and assessment tools based on updated goals for education.

Tracy Mehoke (梅恬溪)'s comment, July 22, 2013 5:56 AM
I appreciated the mention that despite ranking in the middle on PISA tests, the USA continues to rank highly in global innovation. What exactly are we trying to measure again ;P ?
Tracy Mehoke (梅恬溪)'s comment, July 22, 2013 5:57 AM
see also: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-m-eger/art-education-and-the-inn_b_825486.html
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8 Awe Inspiring Video Game Infographics | Neo Mammalian Studios

8 Awe Inspiring Video Game Infographics | Neo Mammalian Studios | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

An impressive collection of 8 infographics that yield a great deal of positive information about the outcomes of video game utilization. Quite an eye-opener. -JL


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Eight video game infographics here. I scooped this for myself so I can read and reflect on it later. Some interesting points to think about!

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Film English

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by Kieran Donaghy
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Film English is a wonderful blog from Kieran Donaghy. The blog focuses on using film in the English language classroom. He has created a site full of resources. There are films, lesson plans, a glossary and more. This is really worth exploring.

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Cyber Safety: An Interactive Guide To Staying Safe On The Internet

Cyber Safety: An Interactive Guide To Staying Safe On The Internet | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
The Internet is without a doubt one of the best resources available to us. Unfortunately it’s also extremely dangerous if you aren’t aware of who and what lurks behind the scenes.
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This is a very useful infographic here regarding cyber safety and concerns all age groups. Why not use the ideas as part of an English lesson? The infographic is very detailed and covers quite a few features. If incorporated into lessons, I feel it woud be better when broken down into more manageable chunks of information.

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BatLyrics.com

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A Comprehensive searchable lyrics database featuring more than 1000000 lyrics for 45000 artists.


Via Peter Aylett
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I'm sure this is something we all do or have done before, using lyrics as a means of:teaching vocabulary or expanding on it; teaching sentence structure; encouraging students to remix and perform; analysing the meaning; playing with form;using lyrics to introduce a topic etc. The uses are endless.

 

A wonderful site here with a comprehensive list of lyrics as well as recordings. So several literacy skills can be practised. I'll certainly be making use of this one. If you're not keen on being creative with music, try chanting or rapping. Improvise with anything your students have at hand for instruments. Hands can clap or slap on knees or another suface, fingers can click etc. Keep it simple the focus is on language learning.

Have fun!

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Patricia Daniels's comment, July 10, 2013 5:49 AM
Great link. Multiple uses here for the language classroom. A bit of creativity and all the literacy skills including digital literacies can be practised. Thanks.
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The Teacher's Guide To Choosing The Best Digital Content - Edudemic

The Teacher's Guide To Choosing The Best Digital Content - Edudemic | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Here's a handy visual step-by-step guide to choosing the best digital content for a blended learning environment. Useful for all skill levels!
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Some useful pointers here to think about when integrating technology into the classroom. With my teaching context in mind, I would also add a scale for individual and collaborative work to the content strategy framework. You might need to customize it to suit your needs as well. 

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A Great Resource Sheet on How to Grow Your PLN on Twitter ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Resource Sheet on How to Grow Your PLN on Twitter ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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A useful resource sheet with some suggestions of groups to follow. I often use Twitter to keep up-to-date with what is going on with language learning and other subjects and enjoy participating in the discussions. If you're a bit anxious about chatting you can also just browse, or better still, retweet or favourite a message that you think is helpful. This way you'll still be contributing to the conversations.

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25 Ways Twitter Can Help You in Your Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

25 Ways Twitter Can Help You in Your Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

Via Educatorstechnology, Joyce Nichols
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25 ideas here to browse through and consider. It just takes a bit of creativity and thinking about what your students require. A lot of tasks can be designed that are meaningful because of the degree of authenticity. Talk to your students and create your own activities.

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iPads in the Classroom - London Knowledge Lab report

iPads in the Classroom - London Knowledge Lab report | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

Throughout the report the authors also highlight other tablet devices and their place in the educational tablet landscape. If you are thinking about, or already have, iPads or other tablet technology to enhance the learning experience then this report is well worth a read.


Via Nik Peachey
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An interesting report and well worth the read.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 19, 2013 4:10 AM

Well worth checking out. Also have a look at the 1:1 Toolkit  as it has a lot of links and tips for staging the integration of tablet devices into the classroom.

Mª Jesús García S.M.'s curator insight, June 27, 2013 1:21 AM

Merece la pena leerlo, está en inglés.

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, July 6, 2013 5:16 AM

another uuseful research about iPads in the classroom. Gives an insight of erent experience,

I specially liked the words:

“No technology has an impact on learning in its own right; rather, its impact depends on how it is used… The question that should be asked is not ‘Can iPads support learning?’ but rather ‘How can iPads be used to support collaborative learning, or exploratory learning’, or whatever…”

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Teaching beyond Standard English | British Council Voices

Teaching beyond Standard English | British Council Voices | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Dr Christopher J Hall debunks the myth that the English language is a single unchanging entity
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An interesting article here. Dr. C. J. Hall states that when teaching English we need to shift to more realistic pedagogies that respond 'to the challenge of world Englishes' rather than narrowing our focus down to 'native-speaker norms of Standard English', which can be a hindrance rather than an aid when it comes to communicating. I agree that we have to introduce our students to a 'much broader English repertoire',as this mirrors the reality and is something they can identify with. It's for this reason that I encourage my students to make use of social media tools. It's about  exploring mutilple genres and gaining skills so they can use them appropriately in their daily lives.

 

Additionally, there is a link to an online self-paced course,'Changing Englishes' which has been designed to make English language teachers more aware of these issues and how to approach them. 

 

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12 Principles Of Mobile Learning

12 Principles Of Mobile Learning | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

Via Beth Dichter, carldowse
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Some useful principles to consider. I'm sure within our own context the list may look a little different. I think I could add collaborative, takeaway, synchronous, active and immersive. I think it depends on how we interpret and implement mobile learning and in what context.

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Dana Hawkins's comment, August 8, 2013 10:34 PM
The curation comment is interesting... I think it's fantastic that students are able to gain these skills without the assistance of a teacher, but ultimately if they veer off the path or have been misguided, they will always need a facilitator to not only show students the tools but also give them some best practice ideas.
Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, August 13, 2013 2:13 AM

A new approach to learning and teaching concerns students' selflearning and assessing and of course techer's coaching. More about main principals in this article...

Mary Kate Lavin's curator insight, February 6, 2:39 PM

This describes the 12 principles of mobile learning.  It describes not only how to use technology in classes but also the reasoning behind using it.  

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YLE resources - LiveBinder

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YLE resources here. However, some of the links lead to games for older learners. A host of links to choose from that lead to numerous other sites. Technology Tidbits has 40 educational games to explore. Story Starters has games that prompt creative writing and are fun to use. The Youtube link leads to Busy Beaver videos. The Survival Kit for Teaching Kids has a lot of uesful articles and TESOL webinars. Overall, a very comprehensive site to explore. A real teaching tookit in itself.

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Colourful QR Codes

Colourful QR Codes | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Using colour to create attractive QR codes. What can you do with colour and QR codes, what not, and why..
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For those of you using QR codes in of out of the classroom here is an article with a few useful pointers to think about. Be careful which colours you chose. A good contrast is still required for your code to be read.

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7 Good Examples of Gamification in Education - EdTechReview

7 Good Examples of Gamification in Education - EdTechReview | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Various edtech companies are working for some effective ways to create process of learning “fun”. Here are some of the good examples of gamification in education.

Via Lindy McKeown Orwin
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Duolingo is most likely a familiar name to those of you working in the field of language learning. I find the concept really interesting: learn a language as you translate the web. You also have the opportunity to peer assess and be part of a large community of language learners.

 

Socrative is a web-based application and can be implemented for fornative assessment.

 

With Play Brighter you can design missions to send your students on. So a means of engaging them actively in the learning process.

 

Browse through the list there might be a tool that is suitable for your teaching  context.

 

 

 

 

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Lindy McKeown Orwin's curator insight, May 15, 2013 5:45 PM

Some great examples with videos. I particulatrly like DuoLingo which translates the Internet while you learn the language.

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Classroom Resources - ReadWriteThink

Classroom Resources - ReadWriteThink | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Lessons, interactives, calendar activities, and more, right at your fingertips.
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You won't be disappointed with the amount of resources here. Readwritethink, a site that has lesson plans for varying grades, interactive tools, professional development resources and content for parents for after school activities. 

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10 Things We Know About Video Games for Learning

These are my slides from my fill-in session at the ASTD Evidence-Based Learning Conference. It was a great conference filled with wonderful questions, ideas and

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Some useful pointers here to reflect on when employing games in the classroom.

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Conference Collages

Conference Collages | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
On Saturday 8th June 2013, I'll be giving a talk titled "Photo Opportunities (Using Student-generated Images)" at The Image Conference in Barcelona. The conference is being organised jointly by the...
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Where would we be without images in the language classroom? This article includes a demonstration of how to use PicMonkey as well as suggested activities for collages.

 

I've only just downloaded the app PicCollage which is also very simple to use. It has a remix and share function and you can add text which extends the possibilities for use in the classroom. Let your students create their own flashcards for various activities that you have planned,or give them topics in advance. Involve them actively in the process it might just help enhance their motivation. Always welcome!

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Digital storytelling: A tutorial in 10 easy steps

Digital storytelling: A tutorial in 10 easy steps | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
"Thankful," a digital story by Sarah Schmidt.   How to create a polished, powerful digital story for yourself or your nonprofit Target audience: Nonprofits, social change organizations, educators, foundations, individuals.
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Some great tips here to consider when implementing digital storytelling in the language classroom. There are a host of userfriendly tools available for this purpose and something to suit all levels of digital literacies. You don't have to go high-tech at all to create a story and they can be designed as a group activity. Be careful when using material from elsewhere. Always check whether a creative commons license is attached and what the conditions are. Give attribtuion where it is due.

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The Art Of Storytelling » Picture A Story

The Art Of Storytelling » Picture A Story | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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This is from the Delaware Art Museum. It's a fun way to engage your students in creative writing and storytelling. Creating a short story is fun and the tool is user-friendly, being mainly drag and drop. Users are guided clearly through each step. There is a diverse range of genres to choose from, as well as characters and props. Once the scene is designed, students can write a short narrative, record it and then share it via mail, if they wish.

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20 ways of thinking about digital literacy in higher education

20 ways of thinking about digital literacy in higher education | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
From understanding what digital literacy is, to developing skills and establishing ethical principles for students, our live chat panel share ideas and resources for universities

Via Nik Peachey, Mark Pegrum
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Although this article relates to higher education, being aware of what digital literacies are; what level of digital literacies you and your students have and how to improve them, is also relevant to the ELT context. Be careful when introducing new technologies. Don't cognitively challange your language students to the extent that the technology is hindering their language learning. If you're convinced that a particular tool is going to add value to their learning, then perhaps first design a lesson or two around it to ensure that you and your students are comfortable with it. This can prevent unneccessary frustration and anxiety.

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Farnsworth ELA's curator insight, July 4, 2013 2:53 PM

Since this is becoming very important to what we do with the Common Core, this seems a good read.

Richard Evans's curator insight, July 6, 2013 4:46 PM

Changing literacies for a digital future. 

David Cook's curator insight, August 7, 10:34 PM

I found this to be a lot of bark with no bite.  But that's may be because I'm already sold on the need for digital literacy in education, and am much more interested in reading about specific content, frameworks, curriculum, etc. 

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Free eBook/iBook: “Advances in Technology Enhanced Learning” #edtech – Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

Free eBook/iBook: “Advances in Technology Enhanced Learning” #edtech – Technology Enhanced Learning Blog | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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An Open University publication here presenting their vision for the future of  TEL based on recent projects. You'll need an iPad with iBooks installed to be able to access this. 

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Free online tutorial for using Jing

Free online tutorial for using Jing | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Free online tutorial for using Jing in Language Classes. TeacherTrainingVideos.com provides free step by step camtasia screencasts that take you through a whole range of ict and web2.0 tools
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I'm often being asked how I give audio feedback to students. I use Jing to capture the screen and provide audio feedback. Russell Stannard explains how to use it here in one of his teacher training videos. I enjoy using Jing because of it's simplicity and the fact that I can archive my recordings for future use and can after the recording, immediately copy the link into a mail and send it off to my students. So there's no signing on for them. You can of course use it for other purposes such as setting homework; asking students to perform a certain task to check their comprehension; letting students record themselves etc. These kinds of tools can be implemented for a diverse range of activities. And like any other tool, it's a matter of personal preference and what's going to be appropriate for you and your students needs. Keep in mind compatibility issues as well.

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