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Keeping a Reading Journal

Keeping a Reading Journal | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
You'll find many ways to read a text. But keeping a journal as you read is one of the best ways of exploring a piece of writing. With this process you integrate reading and writing, and find that you can interact with the work more fully. Take in every detail, every description. Try to avoid hasty analysis because it can prevent you from understanding the meaning of the novel as a whole. Remember, to analyze anything fully you must have a complete understanding of it.
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ESL lesson plans for the digital world

ESL lesson plans for the digital world | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I think if you asked most teachers, especially in their first few years of teaching, what would make their lives easier, the single most common answer you would get, would be ready made lesson plans and materials.


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This is my review of a great resource for ESL and EFL teachers.

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Robin Yu's curator insight, March 27, 6:01 AM

Nik Peachey's review of Off2Class is clear and comprehensive, as ever. 

Robin Yu's curator insight, March 27, 6:02 AM

Nik Peachey's review of Off2Class - online lessons.

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Why Do Students Pick Teacher A or Teacher B? Who Would You Pick?

Why Do Students Pick Teacher A or Teacher B? Who Would You Pick? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
What if we asked our students about the type of work they would prefer to do while in class? It may reveal a lot about what choices they would make for assignments and activities and why they make these choices.
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For me this highlights the negative impact of assessment on the real quality of learning. We need to focus more on assessing learning and collaboration skills rather than a tick list of information.

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Web 2.0 for ELT's curator insight, March 21, 3:48 AM

Very enlightening!

Gary Harwell's curator insight, March 21, 9:39 AM

Great article. Teacher B would definitely be more fun to learn from and teach as well, but.... Student A has a point about the testing. Maybe we should revaluate testing.

Andrea Stewart's curator insight, March 21, 4:49 PM

We must not forget...the focus is not only what tne Ss want,  but what is best for Ss. Love the quote at the end.

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Sugata Mitra's TED Prize Wish Turns Two

Sugata Mitra's TED Prize Wish Turns Two | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

One night a few years ago, an inspired resident from the Korakati village made the adventurous journey back to Kolkata. His plan was simple: persuade Sugata Mitra, the visionary education researcher he’d heard about, to build a School in the Cloud in Korakati.

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Great to see this coming together.

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, March 20, 12:23 PM

I do like this...

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How Teachers' Use Of Technology In The Classroom Is Changing (Survey)

How Teachers' Use Of Technology In The Classroom Is Changing (Survey) | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Infographic illustrating how teachers are using technology to adapt to this new generation of students and how their use of technology in the classroom is changing.

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Disappointing to see that PowerPoint is still the most common tool used in the classroom.

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Shayne Swift's curator insight, March 16, 5:54 PM

I am hoping that Digital Learning Day was a spark for some in our school building.  The kids just enjoyed showing off their digital tools!

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, March 24, 8:40 AM

Tecnología en el salón de clase en los países civilizados.

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Worst practice in ICT use in education

Worst practice in ICT use in education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In business and in international development circles, much is made about the potential for 'learning from best practice'. Considerations of the use of educational technologies offer no exception to this impulse. That said, 'best practice' in the education sector is often a rather elusive concept (at best! some informed observers would say it is actually dangerous). The term 'good practice' may be more useful, for in many (if not most) cases and places, learning from and adapting 'good' practices
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This is a really useful list of factors to avoid. Let's hope we've all learned from this.

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Johan van der Merwe's curator insight, March 6, 4:16 AM

What to avoid when teaching.

Maria Zappa Kasapidi's curator insight, March 9, 1:48 AM

Συμβαίνουν και εις τας  Αμερικας λοιπον....

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A Friend In Every Country

In my goal to teach myself Mandarin Chinese, I stumbled across this brilliant new app designed for language learning and cultural exchange. Whereas other language learning apps aim to directly teach you a language through a curriculum and exercises, HelloTalk is designed to connect you with other language-learners around the world through translation-based software so that you can teach and help each other.
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Intereswting blog about making a friend in every country.
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Mobile pedagogy for English language teaching: a guide for teachers

Mobile pedagogy for English language teaching: a guide for teachers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This guide is for anyone interested in teaching and learning languages, and thinking about teaching practices. It sets out a philosophy and proposes a frame of reference to aid teacher-thinking when designing mobile language learning in and beyond the classroom, informed by research conducted with teachers and learners in ESOL and EAP contexts.


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A useful free British Council ebook.

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, March 24, 3:24 AM

One of those texts we nedd to read if we really want to catch up with the wave

sadio222's curator insight, March 24, 5:31 AM

Apprentissage mobile et langues étrangères? C´est possible! Voici un guide du British Council exposant les avantages et inconvénients d´une nouvelle pratique. A lire absolument par les professeurs de langues pour prolonger leurs cours, hors de la salle de classe. 

Katarzyna Lis's curator insight, March 24, 4:12 PM

our future?

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9 Tips To Apply Adult Learning Theory to eLearning - eLearning Industry

9 Tips To Apply Adult Learning Theory to eLearning - eLearning Industry | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Apply Adult Learning Theory to eLearning. Applying Adult Learning Assumptions and Adult Learning Principles to eLearning. Apply Andragogy to eLearning!
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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows.
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I love these storytelling techniques for presenting. Must try a few.

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Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, March 10, 3:51 PM

Contação de historias como modelo milenar de aprendizagem de adultos #avancee

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, March 13, 8:05 PM

Worth sharing. 

Andrea Stewart's curator insight, March 21, 4:55 PM

Great techniques for teaching or professional development. The article gives video examples of each.

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Educators as Lead Learners

Educators as Lead Learners | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The educator should be familiar with and able to demonstrate metacognitive processes. “The most effective learners are metacognitive; that is, they are mindful of how they learn, set personal learning goals, regularly self-assess and adjust their performance, and use strategies to support their learning
Nik Peachey's insight:

This blog post is pretty much on the button. Something I've been talking about at various conferences for years now. Takes time to sink in.

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Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM's curator insight, February 16, 5:07 AM

so obvious but not applied by most

Olga Boldina's curator insight, February 17, 8:45 AM

добавить ваше понимание ...

Le Dong Phuong's curator insight, February 18, 4:04 AM

Nhà giáo là người học gương mẫu!

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Still not disruptive web-based language learning

Still not disruptive web-based language learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Jonathan Dykes runs a group of language schools in Barcelona as well as one of the first Web-based schools, Net Languages, which makes for a unique perspective on the merits and shortcomings of bot...
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Interesting interview and some useful points

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ESL Teacher Training in 3D Virtual Worlds

ESL Teacher Training in 3D Virtual Worlds | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Although language learning in 3D Virtual Worlds (VWs) has become a focus of recent research, little is known about the knowledge and skills teachers need to acquire to provide effective task-based instruction in 3D VWs and the type of teacher training that best prepares instructors for such an endeavor. This study employs a situated learning approach to teacher training and explores what online teaching skills emerge in the process of collaborative situated learning, how these skills develop, and whether collaborative situated learning is an effective method of training instructors to teach in 3D VWs.

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This takes me back a bit. Glad to see that we haven't given up on Virtual Worlds.

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Helen Teague's curator insight, February 13, 7:01 PM

innovative approach...worth a try

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An Overview of Big Data in Education (by UNESCO Bangkok)

An Overview of Big Data in Education (by UNESCO Bangkok) | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
One of the most promising outlooks that big data implies is its richness that may enable us to understand how people learn and how learning occurs online. With online courses available to almost all students in the world, platforms and tools such as MOOCs can simultaneously analyze the students’ behavioral and learning patterns.
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A good sound introduction.

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Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens

Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Despite cautionary tales of teens and social networks, students have a lot to gain from incorporating what they learn in their personal digital space to the classroom.

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Interesting article.

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junewall's curator insight, March 28, 12:50 AM

David Price talked about these "Do it's" recently in relation to the whole concept of open learning. Perhaps use them as a check-list to see what you currently include in your teaching?

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Teaching with Web 2.0 Tools (Part 1)

Teaching with Web 2.0 Tools (Part 1) | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Having the opportunity to expand the horizon of my traditional EFL classroom has been just as exciting for me as for my students.

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First part of a series on using Web 2.0 tools
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Betty Skeet's curator insight, March 22, 9:00 AM

Changes to EFL classroom

Nalya Ovshieva's curator insight, March 23, 12:53 PM

 Teachers can create a willingness and excitement to learn by new technologies.

Lizbeth A. López Medina's curator insight, March 24, 8:42 PM

Good ideas to work on vocabulary.

Buenas ideas para trabajar en vocabulario. 

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Digital storytelling handbook

This handbook is a product of the Digital Commonwealth project which sought to facilitate a creative response to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. However, the handbook is designed to be of use to a wider range of individuals, community groups and third sector organisations interested in using digital media (blogs, audio, video and social media) to tell their stories. Please use and share!
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I really love this handbook. Has some really nice ideas and is really well structured.

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Why Aren’t More Schools Using Free, Open Tools?

Why Aren’t More Schools Using Free, Open Tools? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
One school in Pennsylvania is using open-source tools wherever possible to keep students close to the code behind the machines they use. This stance is opposite to the very restrictive policies of many schools, but could allow students more freedom to explore what makes devices work.
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Powerful article in support of open source

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, March 17, 11:09 AM

True, the new and shiny isn't always the best...but we want it. Marketers tell us what we want. 

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Directory of Open Access Journals

Directory of Open Access Journals | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content.

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This is a great research resource. Very easy to search through.

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johanna krijnsen's curator insight, March 4, 9:35 PM

DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals uses a quality control system to guarantee the content

Stephen Dale's curator insight, March 5, 4:45 AM

An excellent research resource.

Johan van der Merwe's curator insight, March 6, 4:08 AM

Applicable for research

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Why Some Teachers May Question ‘New’ Education Trends

Why Some Teachers May Question ‘New’ Education Trends | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Many teachers are tired of cycles of education reform that come with new trendy ideas about how they should do their job. What does all the hype look like from the perspective of teachers?
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I sympathise.

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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, February 26, 12:40 PM

Je partage ce point de vue, trop de réformes éducatives qui ne se laissent pas le temps d'exister ...

ITTC_TEFL's curator insight, March 2, 9:39 AM

It would be interesting to hear from real teachers about how new ideas filter into their teaching.

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Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it (Morehead 2012).

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Useful article for all teachers.

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, February 26, 10:33 PM

"Parents around the dinner table and teachers in the classroom should ask, ‘Who had a fabulous struggle today? (Morehead 2012)"

Lorraine Carhart's curator insight, March 1, 4:44 PM

given the right encouragement and guidance the mind  can go anywhere

Don Breedwell's curator insight, March 13, 9:15 PM

Effort may produce failures. Sustained efforts = success.

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The Teacher's Guide To Badges In Education

The Teacher's Guide To Badges In Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
How do you motivate students who don't care about grades? You take a turn with badges in education and see how different results can come about.
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I have my doubts about badges, but willing to give it a try.

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Jarrod Johnson's curator insight, February 21, 6:44 PM

This is something that I have wanted to use in class for some time

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, February 21, 7:50 PM

focus for this is with school children - just keeping this to hand because it refers to 'we don't need no stinkin' badges' (:-)) also has broad use for info sharing

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How Writing a Learning Journal Can Increase Critical Thinking Skills

How Writing a Learning Journal Can Increase Critical Thinking Skills | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Remember reflection? That’s something we used to do occasionally before we all became addicted to checking our Web-enabled devices every few minutes for our much-needed digital data fixes. Prior to the mobile revolution, people could at times be seen staring off into space, just thinking. If you were to spot someone doing that today, you’d …
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Useful article on learning journals

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Gaëlle Solal's curator insight, February 17, 4:20 AM

Tenir un journal de sa pratique artistique... une toute bonne idée! 

Mari Rodrigues's curator insight, February 17, 5:59 AM

Um artigo bastante pertinente que nos remete para uma importante reflexão (Writing and keeping journals. A guide for educators and social practitioners)  sobre os benefícios associados à criação de um jornal, independentemente do propósito para o qual seja criado...

 

According to the American Library Association, by 2020, information on the Internet will be doubling every 15 minutes. Consuming information without taking the time to reflect is bad for the development of critical thinking skills. Without reflection, we become locked in a pattern of remembering and communicating information without taking the time to assess whether the information is true, utter garbage, or a valuable missing piece in a puzzle.[...]


Mark Smith

A journal is also a tool for self-discovery, an aid to concentration, a mirror for the soul, a place to generate and capture ideas, a safety valve for the emotions, a training ground for the writer, and a good friend and confidant. (op. cit.)

Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, March 15, 3:28 AM

Une autre façon de créer un portfolio d'apprentissage.

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Worksheets for the digital age: AR interactive print

Worksheets for the digital age: AR interactive print | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Augmented reality apps allow you to create your own interactive print documents that combine the ease of a worksheet with the engagement of digital age tools and multimedia. And it’s easy to do!
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Love the use of AR to make paper worksheets more interactive.

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Sanford Arbogast's curator insight, February 12, 7:51 AM

the DAQRI apps are pretty cool

asli telli's curator insight, February 13, 2:06 AM

Augmented reality in worksheets of today...

Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, March 5, 10:17 AM

This looks like a great fun way to encourage learners to read information, process it, and apply it to the task. Nice!

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Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old | Penn State University

Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old | Penn State University | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Such changes, Li and colleagues suggested while reviewing a number of related studies, are consistent with anatomical changes that can occur in the brain as a result of learning a second language, no matter the age of the learner, as they reported in a recent issue of Cortex.
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Good to hear. I better get studying.

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Lisa Gorman's curator insight, February 9, 11:39 PM

I really love languages but I have only ever really mastered one.  Here's proof that one of my future goals really needs to be to decide and commit to Spanish, French or Indonesian... 

Helen Teague's curator insight, February 13, 7:00 PM

very useful article and I like the multigenerational emphasis

Pamela Hills's curator insight, February 22, 8:28 AM

There are parts of our brain laying dormant. Wake them up and learn a language . You are never to young or old to learn.

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Where do pencils stand in the modern classroom? - Innovate My School

Where do pencils stand in the modern classroom? - Innovate My School | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Writing is a physical way of expressing thoughts and a means of communicating with others. In most incidences it is a more efficient and prolific process than it is to get the same ideas noted on an electronic device.
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Changes to the English national curriculum.

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Ruby Rennie Panter's comment, February 6, 4:07 AM
Thanks Nik - interesting (although it's the National Curriculum for England - there is no "UK national Curriculum" !