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Visuals for Foreign Language Instruction

Visuals for Foreign Language Instruction | Learning Teaching | Scoop.it
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This is a wonderful collection of images.  So many things you could do with these!

 

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Technology in language learning | British Council Voices

Technology in language learning | British Council Voices | Learning Teaching | Scoop.it

Technology is very much part of language learning throughout the world at all different levels. We are as likely to find it in the primary sector as much as in adult education.


I no longer need to make the case for computers to be provided in education, because computers are there in abundance in all their modern forms.We may see traditional computers in labs, teachers and students walking around with laptops or tablet PCs, and many people will have a mobile phone in their pocket that is capable of doing rather more than the mainframe computers that started computer-assisted language learning in the 1960s. I do recognise that there are many kinds of digital divide, and that this is not true everywhere.


What is still sometimes an issue is the reliability of these technologies for classroom use. This can discourage teachers from making use of technology as often as they would want to. It’s compounded by the fact that, if these teachers are working in schools, they are faced with classes of learners who may, on the surface at least, appear to be more digitally competent than their teachers are. Learners can therefore challenge their teachers, in ways that put the latter off using the technologies that could potentially make such a difference to what happens in the classroom.


In my recent book for the British Council, Innovations in learning technologies for English language teaching, I argue that digital technologies are ideally placed to help teachers working with learners, and learners working independently, to do the necessary ‘languaging’ (M. Swain) that makes their language development possible. We are talking here about doing things with language rather than just learning about language. Swain argues that learners can’t simply develop based on input.  We must engage with other people using that language, and try to make meaning together. Whenever I speak or write something, if I don’t produce language with someone else in mind, I have no way of knowing whether others can understand what I say or write. Of course, I need to read and listen as well, but unless I progress to this further stage, I can’t complete the process.


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The idea of having students doing things with language rather than just learning about language really strikes a chord with me at the moment. It helps to justify the risk we took with our webinar this week. It may not have seemed like a 'lesson' on the surface but students were certainly learning.
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A Vision of Students Today

a short video summarizing some of the most important characteristics of students today - how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams,...
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Its sad in some ways, but it should inspire us to change.

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17 Pros and Cons of Using iPads in the Classroom - SecureEdge

17 Pros and Cons of Using iPads in the Classroom - SecureEdge | Learning Teaching | Scoop.it

"For many schools this year, the dream of having iPads in the classroom turned into a reality. Some schools have brought them in through 1:1 initiatives and other seen them start to flood in after implementing BYOD policies. As with anything else, teachers have seen some pros and cons with this cool, new classroom technology. Here’s a list of some things to expect with iPads in the classroom."


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Starting

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Sometimes you just have to get started to get done.

A simple Google search will probably net you millions of self-help articles about productivity.
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How Can We Make Homework Worthwhile?

How Can We Make Homework Worthwhile? | Learning Teaching | Scoop.it
The quantity of students’ homework is a lot less important than its quality. Enriching children’s classroom learning requires making homework not shorter or longer, but smarter.
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Quality of homework, not quantity, is something I have been thinking about a lot this year.  The idea of just keeping the students busy for the sake of it really frustrates me.  The spaced repetition idea is really interesting and something I hope to apply to vocabulary practice in the future.

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5 Real Ways To Use QR Codes In Education

5 Real Ways To Use QR Codes In Education | Learning Teaching | Scoop.it
Despite polarized views on the technology, there are some teachers using QR codes in education in some very inventive and innovative ways
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How To Be A Terrible iPad Teacher

How To Be A Terrible iPad Teacher | Learning Teaching | Scoop.it

`The following is a list, written in the first-person, of ideologies or stances from a Terrible iPad Teacher:"


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Manuela Bazen's curator insight, June 10, 2013 4:04 AM

Met een knipoog: ik heb een iPad en ik gebruik 'm in de klas, daarmee ben ik een effectieve 21ste eeuw onderwijsprofessional. En zo zijn er nog negen 'waarheden'.

 

Kristen Baker's curator insight, June 10, 2013 8:22 AM

Great advice!

EuroSys Education's curator insight, June 10, 2013 8:46 AM

Herkenbaar en heel goed om weten :-)

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121writing.com - fast, high quality feedback for writing

Whether your students are in Korea or across town, for the first time it is possible to coach students with their writing as though you were face to face. And unlike Skype, your students get a permanent copy of your feedback to reference in the future.


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, June 4, 2013 9:17 PM

I looked at this program. If you add this to Google hangouts it becomes a very powerful teaching tool.

Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, June 8, 2013 7:16 AM

Want to give an effective feedback using G-DRIVE? Explore this tool:

Cynthia (Cindy) DePoy's comment, July 3, 2013 1:03 PM
Somehow I find Jing less intrusive than any Google product that asks for access to my private e-mail information. Maybe I'm just being naive.
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A Framework for Developing Self-Directed Technology Use for Language Learning

A Framework for Developing Self-Directed Technology Use for Language Learning | Learning Teaching | Scoop.it

Perceived support from teachers and peers, self-regulation skills, and confidence in the selection and use of technology effectively impacted technology use mainly through strengthening perceived compatibility and usefulness. The findings suggest that attitudinal factors deserve much greater attention than currently given in promoting language learners’ self-directed use of technology.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 4, 2013 5:34 PM

Good to see a bit more research in this area.

Doug MacLachlan's curator insight, July 12, 2013 3:52 PM

Interested to learn more about the attitudinal factors.

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How Your Needs Hinder Your Management

How Your Needs Hinder Your Management | Learning Teaching | Scoop.it

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, June 5, 2013 8:19 AM


Business owners like everyone else, have personal needs, but some common needs can prove to be a barrier to effective management and business success.


Recognising that some of one's personal needs, should perhaps be modified in a business environment, is a challenge that many business owners must face and overcome.


This excellent article, suggests that business owners wanting to be good leaders need to modify certain common needs, and it identifies three in particular that get in the way of achieving this outcome.

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Hi Namaste from Nepal
Othuman Hassan's comment, June 19, 2013 12:58 PM
what are you doing there.....?
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Not All English is the Same

Not All English is the Same | Learning Teaching | Scoop.it

"22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other"


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Lena Minassian's curator insight, January 27, 2015 5:58 PM

This article was actually funny and interesting. You do not really pay attention to the pronunciation of words just because we are surrounded by the same people who say a particular word the same way. Many individuals in the US are in for a culture shock if they leave their respected homes. One word that you have grown up with may be a completely different word in another area. We tend to not focus a lot of attention on the smaller details like this type of grammar and pronunciation so this caught my eye because it was interesting to think about and realize how you say words compared to the rest of the United States.

Louis Mazza's curator insight, January 28, 2015 11:53 AM

to me this is not so shocking but definitely entertaining. i mean between my family their is pronunciation differences. some say tomato others say toma`to right? not all English is the same is a concept that makes perfect sense to me. in other countries such as Italy, a person from the north cannot understand a person from the south because they speak in different dialects. perhaps it has to their with their location, or job types. but it holds true that different parts of a country can speak the same language in different ways. 

Kevin Cournoyer's curator insight, April 8, 2015 3:04 PM

I've seen this collection of maps a number of times before, but they are just as interesting and informative every time I look at them. It's really a fun exercise in seeing what phrases you use or how you pronounce certain words as opposed to the rest of the country. As a Rhode Islander, the bubbler/water fountain divide was of particular interest to me. I also found it funny that I have the vaguely Western/Midwestern tendency of calling "rotaries" (or what are traditionally called rotaries in my area), "roundabouts". This is especially curious to me, because I generally tend to think of that term as a British one. Could this possibly mean that a lot of British immigrants settled in the Western/Midwestern United States? Or am I just mistaken and buying into a poorly informed stereotype about British people?

 

Whatever the case, these maps are very informative and say a lot about the linguistic differences that occur even within one country. Now granted, the United States is a large country, so there is bound to be a good amount of variation. But it's still fascinating to me just how much variety there can be. The fact that when traveling, your use or pronunciation of a certain word or phrase can immediately identify you as an out-of-towner is very interesting. This is yet another example of the importance of doing your own research in order to avoid making incorrect assumptions. Just because all of the people within a geographic border may live in the same country, it does not mean that their dialects or colloquialisms are all the same. It does not even necessarily mean that they speak the same language. Different immigrant groups (because almost no country is impervious to immigration) settle in different areas and this ends up contributing (in part) to the different dialects and expressions that one finds within geographic borders. 

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Guest Post From National Teacher Of The Year: Bad Days “Happen To All Of Us” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Guest Post From National Teacher Of The Year: Bad Days “Happen To All Of Us” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Learning Teaching | Scoop.it
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Mind-Mapping Will Take Your Brainstorms to the Next Level

Mind-Mapping Will Take Your Brainstorms to the Next Level | Learning Teaching | Scoop.it
Mindmeister helps users plan, organize and think creatively about new ventures, issues in need of problem solving and everyday activities for free.
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I have so many ideas scattered across different note pads and electronic notepads this might just help me organise (and remember!) all those ideas.  More importantly I can see how it might actually help me come up with new ideas, as I am able to visualise how all the different pieces fit connect.

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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Learning Teaching | Scoop.it

Juárez Correa didn’t know it yet, but he had happened on an emerging educational philosophy, one that applies the logic of the digital age to the classroom. That logic is inexorable: Access to a world of infinite information has changed how we communicate, process information, and think. Decentralized systems have proven to be more productive and agile than rigid, top-down ones. Innovation, creativity, and independent thinking are increasingly crucial to the global economy.


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Carla Arena's curator insight, October 21, 2013 6:46 PM

Amazing story!

Terrie Pressman's curator insight, October 21, 2013 7:45 PM

Waiting on the world to change...education has to catch up

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, October 22, 2013 6:25 PM

This is evidence for some of the initiatives in the US that are allowing children (and sometimes their parents) to "think outside the box" when it comes to their education. -Lon

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Learning to Learn: fighting cognitive biases

Learning to Learn: fighting cognitive biases | Learning Teaching | Scoop.it
Critical thinking is an increasingly important skill that has been overlooked by many as information becomes more accessible and superfluous.
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5 Brilliant ‘Design Your Own Game’ Websites for Students

5 Brilliant ‘Design Your Own Game’ Websites for Students | Learning Teaching | Scoop.it
Five 'design your own game' sites for creative students and learners to take gaming to a deeper level by creating and designing games them self.
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5 Ways to Address Student Resistance in the Flipped Classroom

5 Ways to Address Student Resistance in the Flipped Classroom | Learning Teaching | Scoop.it
The flipped classroom is one type of active learning environment. It’s dynamic, it’s engaging, and it's “messy”. Here are five strategies to get going.

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Its a great idea to start the new school year as you mean to go on. Even if you only have time to show your students a screenshot or a quick screencast of the activities or software you will be using later, it will help to capture their attention and hopefully get them looking forward to your next class!

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Jiten Achary's comment, August 7, 2013 3:12 AM
Learning Management System is the latest and most effective learning platform today and it has paved the way for new methods of education. MYVLE offers a virtual learning environment for both instructors and students. To learn more about LMS, please visit http://www.myvle.com/.
Jiten Achary's comment, August 7, 2013 3:12 AM
Learning Management System is the latest and most effective learning platform today and it has paved the way for new methods of education. MYVLE offers a virtual learning environment for both instructors and students. To learn more about LMS, please visit http://www.myvle.com/.
Enric Gabarro's curator insight, January 2, 2014 7:53 AM

ahora mas consejos sobre como implementar las classes inversas

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Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond

Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond | Learning Teaching | Scoop.it
In a wide-ranging consideration of 21st century education, Noam Chomsky argues that much of what passes for education reform is 'a way of turning the population into a bunch of imbeciles.'

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Mita Jordan's curator insight, June 4, 2013 1:20 AM

A really must read.

Cindy Kroeker's curator insight, June 4, 2013 5:55 AM

Noam does it again!

Dennis Richards's comment, June 4, 2013 10:14 AM
A very powerful statement. Learning that too few students experience. I find myself wondering...if we could change schools to be more engaging for students, what would the future be like? Push passion for learning.
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Why Right Now Is Just The Beginning For Education Technology - Edudemic

Why Right Now Is Just The Beginning For Education Technology - Edudemic | Learning Teaching | Scoop.it

Now, we are working to actually use the technology in new and meaningful ways, making the most of how technology helps us scale, extend, and differentiate like never before. For example, for years faculty and instructional designers spent years creating and curating appropriate content for their courses and programs.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 4, 2013 2:13 PM

A very optimistic up beat article about the future of technology.

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The Best Curation Tools for Education and Learning

The Best Curation Tools for Education and Learning | Learning Teaching | Scoop.it
Curation tools and web services designed to create learning paths, curriculums, thematic collections and PKM portfolios

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Blanca Stella Mejia's comment, June 11, 2013 8:32 AM
Good one!
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Good one!
Nick Mortel's curator insight, June 21, 2013 7:34 AM

add your insight...

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How to Turn Your Startup Into a Lean, Mean Marketing Machine

How to Turn Your Startup Into a Lean, Mean Marketing Machine | Learning Teaching | Scoop.it
Don't let any of your marketing efforts and budget go to waste. Here are three ways to market more effectively and efficiently on a shoestring budget.

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Contact Boostonsvotrestartup's curator insight, June 5, 2013 5:48 PM

...  to be read, alas...

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HabitRPG | Gamify Your Life

HabitRPG | Gamify Your Life | Learning Teaching | Scoop.it

A habit building program which treats your life like a Role Playing Game. Level up as you succeed, lose HP as you fail, earn money to buy weapons and armor.


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Jones Kirubhakaran's comment, June 8, 2013 2:49 AM
Where do we find this
Julia Johnson's curator insight, June 24, 2013 8:13 PM

Help change habits

Diego Gomez's curator insight, October 8, 2013 12:55 AM

Convierte tus habitos de vida en un juego de rol!