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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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English Current : Free ESL News Lesson Plans & Ideas English Current

English Current : Free ESL News Lesson Plans & Ideas English Current | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Free intermediate to advanced English lesson plans based on breaking news stories and current events.

Via Jonathan Acuña
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We don't always have enough time to plan and create as much content as we'd like and this is where open source lesson plans can be a saver. English Current has a lot of material to browse through including tips for teachers and online tests for students.

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Students you might be interested in this site. There are free online vocabulary tests for intermediate levels up to proficiency. There are gap filler tests i.e. read the sentence and choose the correct option from the four possibilities given. In addition, have a look under 'Idioms and Phrasals' and 'Other Materials'.

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My 10 Favorite iPad Apps Used In The Classroom - Edudemic

My 10 Favorite iPad Apps Used In The Classroom - Edudemic | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Whether you're a new iPad owner or old salt, here are a few of my favorite iPad apps used in the classroom this year.
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Some useful apps here that can also be used for language learning. Audioboo and Storify can be used to practice multiple literacies. Twitter is if course a wonderful tool for collecting resources and sharing with others using authentic language. CaptureNotes 2 for productivity. Could be implemented for collaborative work (costs $2.99). Google Earth and Gogle Maps are self explanatory and can be employed for numerous activities. And there are more to explore. It depends on what suits your and your students' requirements.

 

The iPad spectrum provides a helpful overview of other tools divided into suggested categories for use. However, don't be bound by this as they are just suggestions. Many of the apps here can be used for multiple purposes. Be creative.

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Infographic: How Does Digital Learning Contribute to Deeper Learning? - Getting Smart by Sarah Cargill -

Infographic: How Does Digital Learning Contribute to Deeper Learning? - Getting Smart by Sarah Cargill - | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Getting Smart® today launched “How Digital Learning Contributes to Deeper Learning,” a white paper that examines how key aspects of personal digital learning – common standards, next-generation assessments, blended learning, and affordable devices...
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Added this infographic because it relates to the teaching / learning environment that I have created for my students. I find that my students are becoming very engaged in their own learning and that our roles are constantly evolving. I still feel that I am viewed as being the facilitator or guide and can be turned to for support, but otherwise in many ways we overlap as designers, creators, producers of material, working within a very social and connected learning envirnonment. It's exciting to observe such motivated students and not only have the pleasure of teaching them, but also of having the honour of learning from them.

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Lessonstream.org by Jamie Keddie

Lessonstream.org by Jamie Keddie | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Formerly TEFLClips, ELTON award winner. By Jamie Keddie.
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Videos and lesson plans here according to language levels. If you click on 'Main Activity' and 'Language Aim', you'll be able to select from the drop down menu a specific skill and grammar focus.

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BBC - Skillswise - English Games

BBC - Skillswise - English Games | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
English games
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This is the games page for BBC- Skillswise. There is something for all the literacy skills as well as varying levels of English.

 

I've just tested the voicemail game with a CAE student as were working on listening strategies for the exam. The recordings in this specific game sound authentic, the accents are different and the speech rate is quite fast. I recommend listening to one at a time and you can replay and pause.You have the possibility to print out an activity sheet in advance, (or copy and paste into a word doc and load that up onto the screen to save on printing). However, this time we listened first for the gist of the conversation and discussed it, then I asked my student to listen for specfic information during the second listening which we again discussed. We listened a third time in order to compare the difference in listening comprehsion over the span of the whole activity. Of course in the CAE exam, the students will be able to read the question first.

 

I find it's important to vary listening tasks and to discuss and put to practice listening strategies. Don't assume that students know how to listen effectively for specfic information.Bear in mind that for exams such as CAE, the listening tasks vary i.e. short extracts of conversation, three minute monlogue, a conversation between two or more speakers ( aproximately four minutes) and five short monologues ( thirty seconds each). With each listening task the type of answer required is also different e.g. multiple choice, sentence completion, multiple choice and multiple matching respectively.

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The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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The author has put a lot of work into this post. There are some excellent resources here and all neatly organized under literacy skill headings. I'm sure many of these skills are things you possess already and use on a regular basis and others may be new to you. Do you need them all?

I believe it depends on your teaching context and what digital tools and resouces are relevant for your students and yourself. We can't have expertise across the board, but we should develop our digital literacy skills where they are required and assist our students in buliding on theirs as well.

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Comics: Free ESL Materials.com | Websites | Lesson Plans

Free ESL Materials.com - Comics: Handouts, lesson plans, worksheets, websites, blogs, wikis, forums and nings you need for teaching & learning.
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I also use comics or animations with students to improve literacy skills. I'm using Go Animate at the moment ( see no. 2).There are 48 links here to explore so a lot of resources to wade through. Have a look at no.19 as there is a very useful slideshow giving insight into how animations can be used for language learning and improving litercy skills in general. It also provides some further links.

   A couple of tips: I'd suggest using a tool that enables audio as well and not just text and also rather a tool that enables you and your students to embed their creative pieces of work in other sites. If it's a web-based tool you won't have to bother with downloading and using storage space and don't forget to consider compatibilty with other devices that you are implementing in the classroom.

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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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A useful elearning compass and template which can be used as a checklist when it comes choosing ICTs for yourself and your students. Keep your enthusiasm at bay and  take the time to do a bit of analysis and reflection before taking the plunge and downloading tools or buying devices for educational purposes. Make use of your social media network and ask for tips and advice if you feel overwhelmed with the choice that is now available. I'm sure someone will answer your call. 

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Tiny Texts

Tiny Texts | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Read, listen & learn a littleEnglish

Via Marga Roig, Sue Lyon-Jones
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This is a site that teachers can use with students, or a place where motivated students can access language resources for autonomous learning. Short texts with vocabulary lists and podcasts. In some cases there is also a video. Activities can either be short or extended. Wonderful resources for all the literacy skills. As the texts are short I feel students will be more inclined to dip into this site themselves. Certainly worth exploring. 

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Excellent blog to work with vocabulary

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60in60 - 60in602012ISTE

60in60 - 60in602012ISTE | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Great wiki here. 60 web tools being explained in 60 seconds or less, which is still in progress. This is a list of tools which you'll need to explore for yourself and there are also webinars and presentations to view. 

 

The tools cover a broad range of categories i.e. annotation, document sharing, canvases, digital storytelling, cloud storage, QR codes, voice recording tools etc, so ICTs that can be used for numerous purposes and a range of language levels. They are not specifically designed for language students but can be repurposed to suit depending on what you require.

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Teenagers and video | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

Teenagers and video | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Some sensible strategies here for using videos as a resource for language learning. I feel it's important to ensure that students know how to work effectively with video when learning autonomously. Encouraging active engagement and not passive viewing will enhance the learning process but these are strategies that need to be clarified during lesson time, whether that be in a classroom or online.

 

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6 Useful Free Audio Editing Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Useful Free Audio Editing Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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I find audio tools very useful for language learning whether they're for pronunciation practice, exam speech training, as a form of asynchronous communication etc.There are 6 tools to explore here.

   Primarily, I use Voxopop with my students for asynchronous group discussions, digital storytelling and to supply them with a digital space for speech practice in general. I analyse these recordings and refer back to them as a means of checking the student's progress. We also use Vocaroo for shorter tasks and the AudioNote App for speech-text activities. 

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Nik's QuickShout

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Spelling City and app to help students practise their spelling and vocabulary building in an engaging manner.

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15 Most Unique Sites to Find the Best Free Kindle Ebooks

15 Most Unique Sites to Find the Best Free Kindle Ebooks | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
A list of unique and interesting sites that offer the best free ebooks for Kindle. Check these out NOW!

Via Jonathan Acuña
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It's always helpful to have a few sites to go to for ebooks. I'll browse through these when I get a spare moment.

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Jonathan Acuña's curator insight, February 27, 2013 12:16 PM

15 sites to get free ebooks

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100 Best Video Sites For Educators - Edudemic

100 Best Video Sites For Educators - Edudemic | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
100 Best Video Sites For Educators - Showcasing the top 100 video sites for educators to use in their classrooms. Appropriate for a variety of subjects and age levels.
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Something for everyone here.

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ESLvideo.com

ESLvideo.com | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Free ESL video quizzes for ESL students. Free quiz builder for ESL Teachers.
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This ESL video website has its audio-visual material catergorized under levels for language learners, which simplifies the search for suitable resources. Quizzes are provided, as well as the possibility to create your own. Using an embed code you can then transfer your quizzes to another website. 

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Video Games and Social Emotional Learning

Video Games and Social Emotional Learning | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
A lot of talk, press, and focus in this era of learning is on common core standards and 21st century skills and literacies.  What is often neglected is the importance of building social emotional s...
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BBC - Skillswise - English

BBC - Skillswise - English | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
BBC Skillswise enables adults to improve reading, writing and number skills. Level one and entry level three literacy and numeracy resources - worksheets, quizzes and games.
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Some very good resources here specifically designed to assist in improving literacy skills. For more advanced language students click on 'more' and you'll be directed to some wonderful pages with texts and multimedia to explore.

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Classroom Discussion: Professors Share Favorite Strategies for Engaging Students

Classroom Discussion: Professors Share Favorite Strategies for Engaging Students | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

Des exemples de stratégies mises en œuvre par des enseignants pour amener un maximum de leurs élèves à participer activement à l'oral en cours.


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The keyword is engagement here, some useful tips to keep your classrooms buzzing. Choosing which pedagogical approach you are using can also influence the amount of engagement going on within your lessons e.g. having your students come prepared to lessons in the style of the flipped classroom method will mean you can get straight dowm to quality work ( providing they've invested the time at home). 

 

The advantage with language teaching is that the discipline lends itself to variety i.e. working with students to enhance and expand on their literacy skills which involves moving between numerous activities with the aid of multimedia. 

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Popcorn Maker

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PopcornMaker from Mozilla makes remixing video possible even for those with lower level digital literacies. A great tool for creating interactive videos and working with multiple literacies. The fun factor might help those students lacking motivation to take responsibilty for their own learning and share projects with others. I can see myself making more use of this with my language students e.g. adding popups at relevant points as discussion prompts.Watch the interactive tutorial and see if it's a tool that is suitable for your teaching context.

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Skype in the classroom

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This is a wonderful website. It's all about connecting and communicating with other classes and individuals from around the world. It's not just limited to language students but covers other fields such as geography, history, technology, maths etc. I think the cultural exchange is invaluable. It's a terrific way to build up class networking and enable your students to have first hand insight into other cultures. There are also some exciting projects to take part in, such as engaging with Mark Wood on his Everest adventure in March 2013. Browse through the site and evaluate its uses and potential as an educational tool for yourself.

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Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps

Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
I am conducting a series of workshops in Florida and was asked to share a rubric to help teachers evaluate educational apps as part of the workshop.
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Sensible rubric and checklist here to implement when you are searching for educational apps for yourself and  your students. Unfortunately when we buy apps the evaluation takes place after we've already parted with our cash but at least we can save students or their parents from paying for a product that may not be suitable for their purposes.

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Approaches To Learner Autonomy In Language Learning

Approaches to Learner Autonomy in Language Learning Erin Lowry Senior English Language Fellow Centro Colombo Americano Armenia November 25, 2008
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Some very useful strategies for consideration here and certainly transferrable to other contexts. Definitely worth browsing through and reflecting on. 

 

As a private language teacher encouraging autonomy is a priority for me. If students are not willing to take responsibility for their own learning then at some stage their learning stagnates, motivation drops and the objectives they originally set for themselves become unrealistic. An unsatisfactory situation for both the teacher and student but one that is avoidable if certain strategies are put into place at the beginning and constantly reviewed and adjusted as required.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Video Creation Resources

Free Technology for Teachers: Video Creation Resources | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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A detailed guide here concerning video creation tools. In language teaching audio visual material is an effective means of practicing literacy skills within both a formal and informal learning context.

    I encourage my students to use these kinds of resources daily (if only for a few minutes), with the emphasis being on a particular skill e.g. listening for specific information; reusing parts of the dialogue to practice speaking skills; taking new vocabulary and using  it in another register e.g. fiction to academic or magazine style etc.

 

Why not have them create their own either as individuals or as a group as a means of demonstrating specific skills? The production doesn't have to involve high-tech equipment or hours of editing. It's about the content and use of language.

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