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Developing the 4 Skills with WEBTOOLS | Life Feast

Developing the 4 Skills with WEBTOOLS | Life Feast | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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45 webtools here to explore in the form of an e-book The tools have been categorized under four literacy skills i.e. reading writing, speaking listening for ease of reference. It's a matter of filtering through and selecting what suits the personal needs of your students in a specific teaching / learning context.

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Across the Metaverse: Face-to-face immersion

Across the Metaverse: Face-to-face immersion | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

A couple weeks ago, I was sitting in an English Department distance learning committee meeting, where my chair, Rick Reagan, said something that really caught my attention: "Many students just have to realize that online learning is not an immersive experience like face-to-face learning is. It's mostly asynchronous and on your own."

What caught my attention was the idea that f2f is immersive; although subconsciously I recognized such, I never thought of it in those terms. What makes the f2f classroom immersive? It seems to me there are at least three things: real time interaction, spatial proximity and manipulation of objects with others in that space.

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However--and you know where I'm going with this, don't you!--we shouldn't settle with a lack of immersion for online students.


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Some interesting points here about immersive learning and how it compares to distance learning. As a distance learner and an educator who teaches English via Skype and Second Life, I feel it's important to make tools accessible to students that enable some form of synchronous communciation . This could be from their own personal learning environment e.g. Google Hangout or Facetime. I also encourage tools such as Google Drive where realtime collaborative work can be engaged in so that my one-to-one students still have a sense of belonging to a community of practice, even when the ties are artificially formed as opposed to joining up with special interest groups of their choice.

  I have found from personal experience, that distance learning groups tend to develop stronger links if both synchronous and asynchronous forms of communication and interaction are accessible and are put to use effectively.

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22 eLearning Essentials to Boost 2013 Success

22 eLearning Essentials to Boost 2013 Success | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Here are more than 20 eLearning essentials we learned in 2012, and we need to reinforce and keep in mind this year.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Free Tools for Creating Stopmotion and Timelapse Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Free Tools for Creating Stopmotion and Timelapse Videos | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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ESL Reading: learning resources for English language students & teachers

ESL Reading: learning resources for English language students & teachers | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Free graded reading materials for English language students & teachers. With learning activities
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English Language Teaching Resources

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English Language Teaching Resources, by Phil Chappell: Daily news from the International ELT Twitter community
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How to Twitter in 60 Seconds

How to Twitter in 60 Seconds | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

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Patricia Daniels's curator insight, January 20, 2013 4:37 AM

Students, using Twitter will introduce you to this genre of writing; will teach you to be precise and economical with words; can be a valuable learning resource if you tap into the right groups; is authentic English; can be used for writing or speaking prompts; will enable you to join communties of interest etc. 

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 20, 2013 4:50 AM

Very useful. Thanks!

 

Paul's curator insight, January 20, 2013 12:43 PM

great info graphic

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Penvirtual: Online Audio Tools: A Useful Platform for Language Learners

Penvirtual: Online Audio Tools: A Useful Platform for Language Learners | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Teachers what about using audio tools with your students for speaking and listening practice? This is just one example here i.e. Voxopop. I find it useful for archiving my students' progress; for pronunciation practice; oral exam practice and digital storytelling etc. As it's an asynchronous tool, students can dip into it at any time and I can analyse their recordings before the next lesson.

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Patricia Daniels's curator insight, January 18, 2013 4:47 AM

Students, you can use this tool, Voxopop, for both listening and speaking practice. You will hear a variety of accents and differing levels of English language learners and of course native speakers. The language is authentic and the topics are very broad. Explore the talk groups. Unfortunately, mobile devices i.e. phones and tablets can't be used, but Macs and PCs aren't a problem, you just need Java.

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Designer Lessons - EFL Lesson Plans

Designer Lessons - EFL Lesson Plans | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

Designer Lessons is an EFL blog created by two English teachers, George Chilton and Neil McMillan, who share different lesson plans. With topics like ideal housemates, mobile technology, social media, freedom, happiness, among others, there are plenty of original lesson ideas you can adapt to suit your students' needs.


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Benchmarking your curriculum to the CEFR

Benchmarking your curriculum to the CEFR | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Meghan Beler is a full-time teacher trainer for Oxford University Press in Istanbul, Turkey. In this article, she gives an overview of the Common European Framework of Reference and explains why it...
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Response: The Best Ways To Use Tech In The Classroom

Response: The Best Ways To Use Tech In The Classroom | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it

How do teachers make informed decisions in relation to a balanced use of technology in the classroom? Where can new teachers become better informed about best practices for technology use in the classroom without becoming overwhelmed and discouraged by the overload of information?


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Petra Pollum's curator insight, January 9, 2013 6:58 AM

This is a useful article with some good basic criteria for selecting web based tools to use in learning.

Kent Wallén's curator insight, January 9, 2013 9:55 AM

This is a useful article with some good basic criteria for selecting web based tools to use in learning.

Randy Rebman's curator insight, January 16, 2013 12:38 AM

Some good criteria to assist teachers in evaluating technology's potential for language teaching & learning.

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Free PDF to PowerPoint Conversion Online | PDFConverter.com

Free PDF to PowerPoint Conversion Online | PDFConverter.com | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Convert PDF presentations into PowerPoint slides free. Hassle free, online conversion service without the need to install anything on your computer.

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This really does look promising. As soon as I try it out I'll provide a feedback.

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PMalliara's curator insight, January 14, 2013 10:51 AM
Free PDF to PowerPoint Conversion Online100% Free PDF to Powerpoint Converter

Use our online PDF to Powerpoint Converter to create editable Powerpoint slides easily and quickly. Conversion is done online, relieving you of the need to install yet another piece of software on your hard disk. All you need to do is upload your PDF file, provide the email address where we can send you your converted document, and sit back and relax. Maximum file size of an uploaded file is 2MB. You can also check out other types of file conversions we offer while you are waiting for your Powerpoint file to reach your inbox.

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Violeta Vasilijevic' Katanić's curator insight, February 17, 2013 11:46 AM

Ponekad je dobro prebaciti pdf fajl u ppt prezentaciju - i to on line! Odličan alat za profesore, nastavnike, učitelje!

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Free Technology for Teachers: A Beginner's Guide to HTML & CSS

Free Technology for Teachers: A Beginner's Guide to HTML & CSS | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Kalinago English: 10 Speaking English Activities using TED.com

Kalinago English: 10 Speaking English Activities using TED.com | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Some practical ideas here for both teachers and students. I also enjoy using TED videos. For those interested there is an App as well, so you can do a bit of takeaway learning.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Better Editing Options Added to Meograph's 4D Storytelling Tools

Free Technology for Teachers: Better Editing Options Added to Meograph's 4D Storytelling Tools | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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Google+: Setting Up a Class Using Hangouts (re-post from 11/12)

Ghetto Film School's Stosh Mintek demonstrates how easy it is to set up and host a class using Google+ Hangouts. To learn more about Ghetto Film School's pro...

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 I teach English via Skype but do use Google Hangout with those students who prefer it. It's certainly a viable alternative to Skype.

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Scott Thornbury on Repetition in English Language Teaching

Author Scott Thornbury talking about the use of Repetition in English language teaching. For more information see www.macmillanenglish.com/methodology.

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Some interesting points and useful tips here for teachers regarding recycling language and revisiting texts. Thornbury makes the observation that often in  texts books each unit covers a different topic which means that new language is being introduced and language from previous units is not being repeated or reviewed. This is where we as teachers can introduce other resouces that help bind all the topics and also use five minute activites to recapitulate on language that has already been introduced in order to revive it.

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Marta Braylan's curator insight, December 18, 2012 9:20 PM

Scott Thornbury on meaningful repetition.

Elena Manou's curator insight, March 23, 2013 2:22 AM

Reading- recycling

Stuart Schwartz's curator insight, October 27, 2013 11:48 AM

a tsunami of vocabulary

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Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary and thesaurus

Look up words in the Visuwords online graphical dictionary and thesaurus to find
their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn
how words associate.

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This tool is useful for vocabulary building. It produces amazing synaptic type patterns which link, definitions, collocations, synonyms etc of the word that you enter into the search box. 

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Patricia Daniels's curator insight, January 19, 2013 4:34 AM

This tool is useful for vocabulary building. It produces amazing synaptic type patterns which link, definitions, collocations, synonyms etc of the word that you enter into the search box. 

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PicLits.com - Create a PicLit

PicLits.com - Create a PicLit | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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PicLits is useful as a resource for writing and speaking prompts. Explore the gallery or create your own. There are images with and without captions. Also helpful for those doing exams. Select a pair of images and practice using comparative adjectives to compare and contrast similarities and differences. 

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Free Technology for Teachers: Try Wistia for Video Hosting and Conversion

Free Technology for Teachers: Try Wistia for Video Hosting and Conversion | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
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LearnEnglish Audio & Video

Get LearnEnglish Audio & Video on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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Best Free Content Curation Tools 2012

Best Free Content Curation Tools 2012 | Language Learning: Digital tools and virtual spaces | Scoop.it
Blog post at iBlogzone - Online Business Resources : Content Curation has been on the upside lately, and while there are some who don’t think that it is an ethical form of “content creation[..]
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