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instaGrok | A new way to learn

instaGrok | A new way to learn | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Interactive concept mapping and searching of information in various formats. 
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I've just been having a quick play with this interactive concept mapping tool and it has a lot of potential for multiple disciplines. For those teachers using Edmodo, it's available as an app from the Edmodo store.

 

You can type in a topic or a specific word and an interactive map appears with information on it. I tried Open Educational Resources and was impressed with the amount of information that I had access too.

 

There is a slide button at the top of the menu to increase the level of difficulty. If you click on the 'more' button on the left of the screen you'll have access to a wealth of resources in the form of texts, videos, images and links etc. Quizzes are also provided so you can quickly give yourself and your students a test. The texts are full of hyperlinks so it's important to remain focussed here and not drift off on a long search journey.

 

Wonderful for vocabulary building for language students and they can practise more than just reading and speaking skills because of the range of media available. 

 

It's also possible to create your own journals. These are just a few of the possibilities. There are several accounts available, two of them are free and two are paying.

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Amazon launches Storyteller to turn scripts into storyboards -- automagically

Amazon launches Storyteller to turn scripts into storyboards -- automagically | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

Excerpt from review article by VentureBeat:
"Upload your script, choose some backgrounds, and magically created a professional-looking storyboard of your movie. Or the graphic novel version of your text-based anything.

Amazon Studios released Storyteller today to allow writers and filmmakers to quickly, easily — and cheaply — storyboard their scripts.

Roy Price, Amazon’s director of Studios said: “Storyteller provides a digital backlot, acting troupe, prop department, and assistant editor — everything you need to bring your story to life.”

You start by uploading a script to Amazon Studios — or by playing with one that’s already there. Then simply page through the script paragraph by paragraph. Storyteller will try to match up characters, props, and background with the words in each chunk of text, and it does a surprisingly good job.

But if you don’t like what Storyteller gives, you can choose from its library, or even upload your own custom background or characters. Currently, the software has a library of thousands of props, characters, and backgrounds..."

Read full review article: http://venturebeat.com/2013/06/07/amazon-launches-storyteller-to-turn-scripts-into-storyboards-automagically/

Learn more and try out Storyteller: http://studios.amazon.com/storyteller

 


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I'm scooping this one for myself so I can experiment with it.

 

I do digital storytelling with my English language students quite regularly and have played with many tools in the process. I'm particularly in favour of tools that enable collaborative work and the uploading of a variety of media as this means that varying levels of language learners can work together and yet still gain from the learning process.

 

 

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Jim Doyle's curator insight, June 10, 2013 8:32 PM
Amazon launches Storyteller to turn scripts into storyboards -- automagically
vgpascal's curator insight, June 11, 2013 1:49 AM

Du synopsis au storyboard en passant par studio.amazon.com/storyteller

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, June 23, 2013 8:52 AM

load of applications in the classroom

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Digital Storytelling with Glogster EDU

Digital Storytelling with Glogster EDU | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Digital Storytelling with Glogster EDU A part of teaching is storytelling. As a teacher, you tell the story of the world around you. The history, the mechanics, the reasoning behind everything that...
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A great tool for digital storytelling with several sharing possibilities. Students can work collaboratively on these projects; they can create e-portfolios with Glogster; they can use a variety of media to create their projects which works well with differing language levels, it can also be used for their own learning. It's worth exploring as it has a lot of potential for both formal and informal learning.

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Teaching English to Engineers

Teaching English to Engineers | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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A useful Blog here for those teaching English for specific purposes, in particular engineering. I think it's a good example of how you can utilise Web. 2.0 resources to provide your students with relevant and authentic material that relates to their working context. As teachers we can't be expected to know everything so explore the Web, explore open educational resources and English resource repositories for useful content. Don't forget to check copyright restrictions if you're thinking of remixing or mashing-up any multimedia artefacts.

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Choosing the Best Technology | iTeachU

Choosing the Best Technology | iTeachU | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
iTeachU is an online training resource for eLearning instructors at the Center for Distance Education at UAF.
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This website from the UAF ( University of Alaska Fairbanks) is very rich in resources pertaining to online learning.  A host of tools are examined for their affordances as well as their appropriateness in specific contexts. The eLearning compass is a wonderful tool to help you reflect on and choose tools which best suit you and your students needs.

 

You'll find information concerning the development of online courses; managing learners; developing your own skills and much more. A useful and helpful site for anyone using technology in the classroom or teaching within virtual worlds or spaces.

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Textivate

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This is a useful tool which can help you create interactive text-based exercises. You can copy and paste a text into the given box or write your own and choose between a range of templates to create interactive exercises. For example, multiple matching, gap-filling, memory games, spelling activities and rearranging a narrative etc. The textivate team have created a number of video tutorials to help you learn how to use this tool and offer support if you have further queries.

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Free Technology for Teachers: The Five Best Tools for Creating Videos Without Installing Software

Free Technology for Teachers: The Five Best Tools for Creating Videos Without Installing Software | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Five tools here for creating videos. I like the idea of WeVideo, it's a collaborative tool and there's a WeVideo Google Drive App, which is great if you've already got a Google account and are familiar with Google Drive. All of the tools look relatively simple to use. Some are free and others offer progressive price plans. I use video quite often as a language teacher and encourage students to create their own to demonstrate a concept; for narrative purposes; for presentations and for both individual and groupwork which is why WeVideo as a collaborative tool appeals to me.

 

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Evaluating web-based tools for language instruction

Evaluating web-based tools for language instruction | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

Over the last few years, interest in web-based tools has expanded rapidly, but how do we know which ones to use and which to avoid? In this workshop, we will look together at some web and mobile applications and establish criteria by which we can evaluate them to ensure we use tools that will lead to enhanced language learning.


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A video and slide share here from Nik Peachey. Some useful tools to explore for the language classroom in the way of animation tools, collaborative boards and text tools etc.

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Dr.Revathi Viswanath's comment, April 18, 2013 5:07 AM
Very informative presentation. I created my account in some of the links.
Blake Turnbull's curator insight, April 19, 2013 12:22 AM

A 50 minute online seminar/class on how to best evaluate web-based tools in determining which ones beneficial to use, and which ones are not.

Gayla Keesee's curator insight, April 25, 2013 7:45 AM

Nice overview of tools for the language classroom.

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Free to Mix: An educator's guide to reusing digital content | Services to Schools

Free to Mix: An educator's guide to reusing digital content | Services to Schools | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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A useful guide here concerning factors to consider when reusing, remixing and creating web resources. It includes a pdf, video and a very handy poster for the classroom displaying Creative Commons licences. Additionally, the pdf has extra links to explore. Language teacher you could build this topic into a lesson. Enjoy the resource and make you students aware of copyright issues.

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A Short Guide to Terms Commonly Used in Blogging

A Short Guide to Terms Commonly Used in Blogging | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Teachers if you're considering introducing your students to blogging then this is a handy list of relevant terminology. Blogging as a form of social media is by no means new, but that doesn't mean that everyone is familiar with the language associated with it, or similar media. It's easy to assume that because we are comfortable using certain tools and technologies in the classroom that learners will be as well. Don't assume. Find out.

 

With each tool or technology that we adopt in the classroom we often consider the benefits and effectiveness they are going to have on the learning process and the level of digital literacies required to enable a seamless workflow, but how many of us think about the basics such as the language required to enable seamless communication when initially adopting this artefact?

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Is Social Content Curation The Next "Better" Thing?

Is Social Content Curation The Next "Better" Thing? | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Social content curation has blown up in the past year, after a late start that began to show traction around 2007-2008. Pinterest continues to experience massive growth, with Wanelo nipping at its heels.

Via The Fish Firm
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Content curation is not just for businesses. I find it's a wonderful way to store resources for myself, my students and likeminded users. It's a great way to share and add your own insights without having to write a full blog post. I can certainly recommend it for language teachers as a means of creating an accessible repository for already filtered material. It'll save you time and you'll always have extra content at hand for those moments when you need something for five-minute-activites or additional reading for those students that are working ahead in class etc. Try it out for yourself!

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Sushil Pershad's curator insight, March 14, 2013 12:45 AM

Adds Value To Data For Future Generations!!

Inés Flores GArcia's comment, March 14, 2013 3:17 AM
El Curador de Contenidos Digitales, es una de las profesiones que se vislumbra emergente para el siglo XXI
Anthony Burke's curator insight, March 16, 2013 6:27 AM

Yes it is

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English Grammar

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Quite a few tips here pertaining to English language learning in the form of small postings. I could imagine also providing students with links from this site as a follow up explanation to a particular activity or for some additional practice.

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Skype in the classroom showcase

Skype in the classroom showcase | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
We've pulled together our favourite Skype lessons and put them into handy collections based on subject. Choose a subject, browse the lessons and get involved.
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Are you interested in reaching out educationally to groups of students but aren't quite sure how to commence? Browse through Skype lessons or create your own. How about getting involved in a Citizen Science project? These kind of projects enable students to particpate in authentic and meaningful activities.

  As language teachers, it's important to expose your learners to a broad range of topics for vocabulary building. With project-based learning, which involves multiple levels of thinking, deep engagement with content and collaborative work, they will be able to improve their literacy skills in an exciting and interesting manner and find it easier to retain newly learned lexical items due to the manner in which knowledge has been synthesised.

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3 Great Augmented Reality Apps For Any Classroom - Edudemic

3 Great Augmented Reality Apps For Any Classroom - Edudemic | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
It's like the stuff from the Back to the Future movies.
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Here are three Augmented Reality tools to have a look at. Aurasma is also worth exploring. I find AR great for field trips and exhibitions. A wonderful way to work interactively and take teaching and learning beyond brick walls.

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Top 20 Free Video Conferencing Tools 2013

Top 20 Free Video Conferencing Tools 2013 | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Best free downloadable and web-based video conferencing tools for holding multi-party video calls

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A very comprehensive list here of video conferencing tools. I use Skype to teach English as a second language but fallback on Google Hangout and Facetime if we have any technical issues. Not that I've had any issues with Skype, but more my connection when I'm travelling.

 

When I've got some extra time I'm going to work my way through this list as I see there are a couple that don't require signing in, or downloading of software, which is useful when you want to communicate synchronously with people who are suspicious about logging in to any tools or who don't have the capacity for extra downloads. 

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Christophe Jaouen's curator insight, February 18, 3:45 AM

Tableau Pinterest de plusieurs outils de video conference gratuits.

Stephanie Moreau's curator insight, February 18, 8:33 AM

outils de webconf open source 

gustavo salazar's curator insight, March 12, 3:28 PM

excelentes plataformas

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How_to_Create_Rubrics.pdf


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I'm scooping this because it's relevant to a project I'm invloved in at the moment concerning assessment. When assessing your students having a rubric offers clarity. As a teacher you know what it is that you are wanting to assess and students understand what is expected of them, providing they have access to assessment criteria. Keep it transparent.

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Mariano Sbert Balaguer's comment, June 15, 2013 5:57 AM
Super, Gracias
BASES - Languages & Training's curator insight, July 12, 2013 5:22 PM

FYI dear Teachers =)

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SHOTBOX - Collaborative Tool for Creative People

SHOTBOX - Collaborative Tool for Creative People | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
SHOTBOX is a web based collaborative tool for creatives working in the film, TV and animation industry. It's pre-production made easy.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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I've actually scooped this for myself so I can have a play as soon as I get a chance. Some of you may be interested as well. I'm always keen to experiment with tools that enable collaborative work. Makes working together so much easier.

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Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, May 7, 2013 5:44 PM

Essa ferramenta mista de storytelling e ilustracao com imagens simples é apaixonante ! Esta na lista para explorar funcionalidades.

online4ed's curator insight, May 9, 2013 2:03 PM

There are more opportunities for storytelling than many teachers know! 

RitaZ's curator insight, May 12, 2013 8:39 AM

what a great tool for creative teachers as well!

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Create An Interactive, Label-Based Image Quiz!

Create An Interactive, Label-Based Image Quiz! | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for sharing this resource! ImageQuiz is a fantastic new website that lets users create image-based quizzes with ease. Just upload your image, choose a title, and begin tagg...

Via Todoele
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I've just tested this tool myself and it does have potential not only as a means of building vocabulary for English language learners but for any learners of other subjects, whether it's formal or informal learning. 

   I particularly like the idea that students can create their own quizzes and not just use the existing ones. By creating their own they are also contributing to the  databank for others. Quizzes can be edited or newly created, it's quite simple and doesn't require a high level of digital literacy skills. There is no need to sign on which is handy when you want your students to perhaps pop in and use this as a short activity e.g. as a warm up, lead-in or for revision. The tool can be implemented for self-regulated or collaborative learning and students can peer assess each other.

 

 

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Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, October 8, 2013 4:03 AM

An interesting tool with good teaching potential

Susan's curator insight, October 8, 2013 4:21 AM

Pour faire des images avec le vocabulaire en français!

Ramon Pavia's curator insight, October 8, 2013 4:44 AM

Upsss! Another digital toy. Seems to be use useful for proactive techno-teachers

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Onestopenglish: Number one for English language teachers

Onestopenglish: Number one for English language teachers | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
With over 8,000 resources, including lesson plans, worksheets, audio, video and flashcards, onestopenglish is the world’s number one resource site for English Language teachers.
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One Stop English is a Macmillan Resource site. You can register for free or subscribe to the site. Subscription enables access to a larger database of resources than is accessible as a registered user. There are resources for both students and teachers and support  groups. The forums seem quite active and can be a means of extending your personal learning networks. You can also subscribe to weekly emails which will keep you up-to-date in your area of interest.

        There is a lot on offer here; Business English; English for Specific Purposes; information about a range of exams such as Cambridge,IELTS; resources for teaching children and teenagers; Content and language integrated learning and much more. There are numerous lesson plans and extra resources in general which you can use. Additionally you can contribute your own material, so teachers supporting teachers.

      Unfortunately many of the games I tried are not Mac compatible so hopefully they'll rectify that. Why not browse through?

 

 

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English Grammar

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Free resources here. A useful website for both teachers and students. Seems to dip into many areas, such as, grammar, writing tips, IELTS, TOEFL, games and quizzes and provides resources that cover a wide range of levels ( but you'll need to filter these).

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Do's & Don'ts For Teaching English Language Learners

Do's & Don'ts For Teaching English Language Learners | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski teach at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. Their book, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide, will be published this summer by Jossey-Ba
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It all seems so logical and yet it's good to have a few reminders now and again about what is and what is not working in language teaching. Engage in discussions with fellow teachers and use your PLNs to keep up-to-date with your field of work. Share your experiences.

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10 creative ways to teach English that deliver outstanding results

10 creative ways to teach English that deliver outstanding results | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
As an English teacher at an outstanding primary, Anna Warren is often asked for inspiration. Here she shares her favourite approaches for creative English lessons

Via David Wray
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A useful checklist here for making your lessons more authentic and meaningful for students. Whether you're using technology or not in the classroom I think it's important to use creative approaches to stimulate and motivate your learners. A readable article with some sensible suggestions. Assess them for yourself. 

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David Wray's curator insight, March 29, 2013 8:42 PM

Creative teaching IS still possible!

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60 Educational Apps in 60 Minutes

A tour of some of the great iOS apps available out there for educators.
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This resource is in Prezi form so you can zoom in and click on apps that might be of interest to you without having to follow the presentation step by step.

An awful lot of work has gone into this and it has some very useful apps that will assist with making your workflow in the classroon more efficient. The apps are divided into categories for ease of reference. I'm sure you'll stumble across some old favourites, some that are familiar and others that you haven't heard of yet.

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Infographic: “History of the English Language” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Infographic: “History of the English Language” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Teachers you might be interested in doing some project work with this infographic e.g. comparing how the English language has developed between specific periods, or examining what happened when printing came into being, or how technology has impacted language learning etc. A lot of information to work with here. 

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Available now: a guide to using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activities

Available now: a guide to using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activities | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Following on from the lists of academic tweeters published earlier this month, we have put together a short guide to using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activities, available...
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For those of you who aren't using Twitter you might be interested in reading this document. It outlines in a very readable manner how to get started with Twitter; terminology relating to this tool; writing style tips and how you can make the most of this micro-blogging tool.

 

I use Twitter myself and find it very useful for keeping up- to- date with research and debates in various fields of interest to me. I also advise my English language students to use it because it gives them access to authentic English; it familiarizes them with this genre and they can engage with like-minded people. It's also useful as a resource for conversation topics,freewriting and digital storytelling etc. It's only a matter of firing up your creativity.

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