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Digital literacies toolkit

Digital literacies toolkit | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Digital Literacies Toolkit. This interactive learning tool was designed and developed byeLanguages in Modern Languages at the University of Southampton with support from the university Student Centredness Fund. The purpose of this set of learning resources is to help students:

explore the educational uses of Web 2.0 tools and services;familiarise themselves with a range of useful applications for study-related purposes;highlight good practice in the use of social software and the internet, in general.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, July 12, 2013 1:31 AM

Not specific to language learners, but succinct coverage of essential issues in bite-sized chunks (digital identity, copyright and plagiarism, personal learning networks) which will be useful to teachers and learners alike.

Carmenne Kalyaniwala-Thapliyal's curator insight, July 15, 2013 4:58 PM

Basics of digital literacies

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Quizlet

Quizlet | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Using Quizlet for learning vocabulary.
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ESL teacher Sandy Millin's guide to the resource for English learners.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 12, 2012 8:31 AM

ESL teacher Sandy Millin explains how to use Quizlet for studying English vocabulary.  This page has embedded audio with oral explanations of how Quizlet works, and the guide includes different parts on different ways to use the site.

Janika Pannel's curator insight, May 5, 2015 9:54 AM

Huvitav lehekülg, mis teeb sõnavara õppimise mängulisemaks ja seega ka lõbusamaks.

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The Best Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers - 2012 Edition

Another "best-of" with many classic free tools.  A good place to start if you're new to this.


Via Baiba Svenca, Miguel Ángel García, Juergen Wagner, Chris Jaeglin
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50 Little-Known Ways Google Docs Can Help In Education | Edudemic

50 Little-Known Ways Google Docs Can Help In Education | Edudemic | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Tips for getting the most out of Google Docs as a student.
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Sandy Millin - Go online: getting your students to use Internet resources

Sandy Millin - Go online: getting your students to use Internet resources | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Sandy Millin says "Ultimately, we shouldn’t force our students to use technology if they don’t really want to. It doesn’t suit everyone. However, if we at least show them what’s out there and give them the chance to experiment with it, students can make their own decisions about whether or not to use the tools."

 

A good selection of tools and activities for students to exploit in class and out, with computers, tablets, or smart phones.


Via TeachingEnglish, Vicky Saumell
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...already using it!

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C’est La Vie: 5 Ways to Learn A Foreign Language Via Social Media - Social Web Daily | MyLife’s Social BlogSocial Web Daily

C’est La Vie: 5 Ways to Learn A Foreign Language Via Social Media - Social Web Daily | MyLife’s Social BlogSocial Web Daily | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

"Parlez-vous français? ¿Habla Español?If the thought of learning another language transports you to a fluorescent-flickering high school classroom with - sponsored by the social media professionals MyLife..."

 

English Out There, Babbel, Livemocha, BBC Languages, and LS6; nothing to disagree with here, all free or really cheap and live communication is really what we're after, isn't it?

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Using Social Media for Language Learning

The video has been realized for the EU- China Year of Youth Summit 201 (May 19th, 2011, European Commission, Brussels).

 

6 young people respond in Greek, German, Luxembourgish, French, Chinese and Romanian (English subtitles) to questions such as:

 

Do you use social media in a language other than your mother tongue and why?

Which othe social media do you use?

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Movie Maker | Xtranormal

Movie Maker | Xtranormal | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Another suggestion from Dan Frost (http://www.linkedin.com/in/danielfrost), who says: 'the claim is - "If you can type, you can make movies...". Now that looks like fun...'

 

My kids tried it out on a PC - choose your characters, type in the dialogue, then save the movie and watch your actors play in your movie. Fun, plenty of characters/backgrounds to choose from, decent text-to-voice software and easy enough for a 9 year-old to figure out alone.  (One daughter was disappointed to find no Scottish accent option, so manipulated her English spelling to force something sort of north-of-the-Border, while the other chose a French option to voice her English text ... not quite what we language teachers are after ;-)

 

Relevance to language learning?  I guess we could imagine learners making short movies, typing in dialogue, then saving/sharing the resultant animated clips.  But you wouldn't make progress on your own - so I guess I should post it to my teacher education scoop.it site (http://www.scoop.it/t/telt)

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Nik's QuickShout: Translate text into phonetic script

Nik's QuickShout: Translate text into phonetic script | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Nik Peachey recommends this tool for phonetic transcription, and gives some ideas for using it with learners.

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Babelium Project

Babelium Project | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Collaborative site where users can upload video, subtitle and translate.  Can also be used in the classroom for speaking practice by voiceover.

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A great dictionary/translation tool

A great dictionary/translation tool | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Dan Frost says: "This site basically trawls the net for your word/term and sees how other folk have translated it. I've found it better than Google and things like Wordreference's forums for going further than a normal dictionary."

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Google Docs

Google Docs | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Don't have Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)?  You can create and edit text documents and spreadsheets online with Google Docs.  They are saved online, and you can keep them private or share them with others.  All you need is an internet connection.

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Top 10 Good Tech Habits Everyone Should Have

Top 10 Good Tech Habits Everyone Should Have | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
You've probably heard people tell you should back up your computer, or you should have more secure passwords.
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This one's my favourite: "Just remember: if something seems a little dubious, it probably is."

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Free Technology for Teachers: 60 of the Best Websites and Apps for Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers: 60 of the Best Websites and Apps for Teachers | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Richard Byrne claims

"With the exception of seven or eight items everything shared in the slides is something that I used for the first time in 2012."

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10 Tools to help English Students to be Autonomous

10 tools we can show to our students to help them study auotomously. Includes descriptions, links and step by step videos from Russell Stannard.
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Authentic Second Language Communication

Authentic Second Language Communication | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
With developing language proficiency in mind, this topic explores authentic resources to promote second language practice and mastery...
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Digital Learning Day : Showcase ( Flipped Classroom)

Digital Learning Day : Showcase ( Flipped Classroom) | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Examples of teachers and schools using technology and digital learning in the classroom.  This page seeks to highlight some of those teachers who are ahead of this wave of innovation in their classrooms as a showcase to give you ideas.


Via Marcel Lebrun
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Web 2.0 Tools to Embed | Integrating Technology in the Primary Classroom

Web 2.0 Tools to Embed | Integrating Technology in the Primary Classroom | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Some nice tools and ideas for simplifying ICT use with young learners.
Via Ms. Hall, WebTeachers, Cindy Carbajal, Eric Stockmeyer @stockmeyer1
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5 easy ways to use technology in TEFL

5 easy ways to use technology in TEFL | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

InterVue.me, Skype, Animoto, SurveyMonkey and FaceBook - simple, free tools, with lesson ideas for young adults/adults with access to technology outside class.  A good place to start with Web 2.0 for teachers who haven't yet taken the plunge.


Via Adam Simpson
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Educational Technology Guy: Toolkit A-Z for Education - great list of resources for educators

Educational Technology Guy: Toolkit A-Z for Education - great list of resources for educators | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Toolkit A-Z for Education is a nice listing of resources for educators. The list includes resources such as Animoto, Brainpop, Elluminate, Flipbook, Google and much, much more. Each resource has a short description next to it, including if it is free or not.

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Apprentissage de langues avec Livemocha | Apprenez une langue en ligne - Gratuitement!

Apprentissage de langues avec Livemocha | Apprenez une langue en ligne - Gratuitement! | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Livemocha is the world’s most popular language learning site. Learn online with our award winning course and practice with native speakers. Best way to learn a new language.
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Edmilson Simões's curator insight, November 17, 2014 12:36 PM

Livemocha is a great website that brings many web tools in it that help the user to get in touch with people around the word in diferent languages. It also brings several courses that help users to improve their skills.

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Page F30: The most effective method for learning a language alone is...

Page F30: The most effective method for learning a language alone is... | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

What do we think of this as a method for self-study?

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Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… - The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2011 — So Far

Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… - The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2011 — So Far | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Tools for learners.

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Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder

Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Download this free audio recorder to your computer.  Use it to record yourself speaking English, save it as a digital file, and listen back or share with others. 

 

Also consider installing the LAME plug-in (http://lame.sourceforge.net/links.php) which allows you to convert your recordings to mp3 format, which are smaller files and easier to share.

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