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Who can we trust? The importance of teaching our students to interpret the news.

Who can we trust? The importance of teaching our students to interpret the news. | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Where once we would do an occasional unit on disseminating fact and opinion and identifying bias in selected reading to satisfy the mandates of our English Curriculum, we now must make it the major focus of our non fiction reading programs. Students today spend hours on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and forums and these sites are often their first source of news. Many adults these day also have moved onto these sources as their first port of call and often fall for the first rumor they see online, treating it as fact and then posting it for others to read or view.

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Creativity, Global Issues and the English Language Classroom

Creativity, Global Issues and the English Language Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The book focuses on the development of a deeper understanding of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 and explores creative ways teachers can raise awareness of and promote these goals among our students.
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With links to two free ebooks.

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Teaching in the Digital Age: Guidelines for Designing Teaching and Learning

Teaching in the Digital Age: Guidelines for Designing Teaching and Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
So the question is, what kind of cultural values do you want to have implicit in what you teach? We need to think of this - it’s a chance to break away from institutional cultures, which are not always good things.
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Some interesting and thoughtful insights.

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Seymour Papert on How Computers Fundamentally Change the Way Kids Learn

Seymour Papert on How Computers Fundamentally Change the Way Kids Learn | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
With new technologies the kid is able to explore much more knowledge by direct exploration, whether it’s information or exploration by getting into his sources, or finding other people to talk about it. I think we’re just beginning to see, and we’ll see a lot more non-textual information available through something like the Web or whatever it develops into. So there will be much more opportunity to learn before running into this barrier of the limitations of the immediate.
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Highly recommended reading.

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How Technology Is Transforming the Way We Teach and Learn

How Technology Is Transforming the Way We Teach and Learn | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Our education system is in need of reform. Most students are not taught to be self-motivated lifelong learners, nor do they come out of the school system with the skills, mindsets, and values required to survive a world of accelerating change. Most students do not graduate to feeling inspired to contribute to human progress.
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How To Protect Your Focus From Being "Robbed" By Notifications and Social Media

How To Protect Your Focus From Being "Robbed" By Notifications and Social Media | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Every day, you face countless interruptions from apps, emails, and social media. Learn how to maximize your productivity and minimize distractions.
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Some useful tips to share with students.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, October 14, 10:51 AM

Some useful tips to share with students.

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Create Your Online School with a Great Virtual Classroom

Create Your Online School with a Great Virtual Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

As well as sharing links to websites, the link sharing feature allows you to share links to videos from the web and collaborate on Google Docs, Google Slides or Google Spreadsheets. This takes Webroom beyond the usual presentation and chat type class and enables teachers to do work on writing skills too.

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A really great platform for creating synchronous virtual learning.

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Juanita Amiel Garcia's curator insight, October 13, 4:41 PM

A really great platform for creating synchronous virtual learning.

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10 Tips for Creating a Fertile Environment for Kids’ Creativity and Growth

10 Tips for Creating a Fertile Environment for Kids’ Creativity and Growth | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Mitchel Resnick of the MIT Media Lab applies the Creative Learning Spiral to show how parents and educators can better support kids' creativity.
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Some nice tips and suggestions.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 12, 4:49 PM
Playing, imagining, reflecting, and sharing are essential in learning. John Dewey would agree.
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Top 100 ESL Blog list | ELT Blog | ESL Teacher Blog

Top 100 ESL Blog list | ELT Blog | ESL Teacher Blog | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The Best ESL blogs from thousands of top ESL blogs in our index using search and social metrics. Data will be refreshed once a week.

If your blog is selected in this list, you have the honour of displaying this Badge (Award) on your blog.
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Nice to get two mentions here.

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Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, October 9, 7:01 AM
A really useful list, and some great blogs here!
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Digital skills for life and work

Digital skills for life and work | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The report, released today, highlights the emergence of a new global skills gap where gender, class, geography and age can have a huge impact on whether a person is able to harness new technologies or not. It also presents strategies for ensuring all groups of people can develop these skills.

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This is a 128 page PDF report.

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Alejandro Rodríguez's curator insight, October 10, 2:27 PM
Certainly, all the world around, everybody relies on technology more than they imagine or want. This is an interesting report to explore the challenges of this new reality.
Ralph Springett's curator insight, October 10, 2:36 PM
Supporting the development of digital skills is complex. Initiatives are often context specific and reliant on partnerships. In addition, the environment must be fertile for initiatives to flourish. Policy makers, education leaders, industry and the individual all have a role in equitable digital skills development.
How is it that you will contribute?
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, October 10, 4:15 PM
Quelques exemples de l'apprentissage à l'aide du numérique partout dans le monde.
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Why Creativity?

Why Creativity? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The second reason we may see limited or no creativity in the process of teaching and learning is the focus on reaching targets. To be more precise the single focus on reaching a target that prevents us doing something different. Doing only that which is already being or has been done (despite success or the lack of it) to achieve the target is a real problem.
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A thoughtful essay.

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Integrating global issues in the creative English language classroom

Integrating global issues in the creative English language classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This publication has a twofold aim – to help students learn a language creatively whilst at the same time raising awareness of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through bringing together a range of innovative ideas for teaching creatively and addressing these key issues. The activities include enabling students to think creatively about sustainable food and food supplies, creating energy which does not harm the environment, and collaborating with other students globally to diminish the digital divide.
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You can download this free ebook from here.

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Integrating global issues in the creative English language classroom | PeacheyPublications.com

Integrating global issues in the creative English language classroom | PeacheyPublications.com | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This is my presentation from the British Council Teachers’ Day webinar event October 5th 2017.
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The complete presentation with hyperlinks is available here.

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4 Tasks and 4 Tools for Creating Digital Narrative

4 Tasks and 4 Tools for Creating Digital Narrative | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Nik Peachey shares a few tools and tasks that you can use to help your students develop their ability to create their own stories through digital media.
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My latest blog post for CUP.

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Presenters's curator insight, October 5, 11:18 AM

Una pequeña y breve entrada sobre cuatro herramientas para construir historias de forma más dinámica y visual

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20 Tech Enhanced Activities for the Language Classroom

20 Tech Enhanced Activities for the Language Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This ebook was designed to be the first in a series of collections of the simple activities and ideas I have used over many years when delivering teaching and teacher training sessions that incorporate the use of digital technologies.

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A collection of tech enhanced activities for the classroom along with 7 video tutorials to help with the tech.
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5 Collaborative Practices that Impact Learning

5 Collaborative Practices that Impact Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
To create the change that we want to see in classrooms for all learners, we need to create the structures within our collaboration that deepen our practice and allows teachers the space to focus on learning and improving the right things. Here are 5 things that help teams collectively improve and should be happening regularly in collaboration.
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Useful article about teacher development.

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10 Tools & Resources for Developing Writing Skills

10 Tools & Resources for Developing Writing Skills | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Over the last couple of months I've found and written about a number of really great tools and resources to help improve our students' writing skills. This is a collection of links to reviews of ten of the best.
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Some links to free tools and resources for writing development.

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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, October 18, 11:21 AM
Great resources for writing prompts, editing, collaborating, even poetry.  
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Extending Classroom Management Online

Extending Classroom Management Online | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
One key to a quality program is its instructors’ ability to manage the online classroom. Yet many online educators don’t realize that the best practices in traditional environments should not be discarded simply because the participants are interacting digitally from various locations. They still need to be managed as a cohesive group of learners.
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The Evidence Base for How We Learn: Supporting Students’ Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

The Evidence Base for How We Learn: Supporting Students’ Social, Emotional, and Academic Development | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The brief draws from brain science, medicine, economics, psychology, and education research to describe why it is essential to address the social, emotional, and cognitive dimensions of learning; how these dimensions together shape students’ academic and life outcomes; and how these competencies can be taught throughout childhood, adolescence, and beyond.
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Useful 28 page PDF.

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This Is How The Way You Read Impacts Your Memory

This Is How The Way You Read Impacts Your Memory | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
As the study cited above mentions, like other digital readers, you probably think you are absorbing the information better than you actually are, and thus move through the book faster.

A simple solution to this is to simply slow down and take more time reading the material, and you might absorb the information just as well as those who naturally take longer to read a paper book.
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Interesting but still based around 20th century concepts of teaching and information use.

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Wordiser the Blended Learning Platform

Wordiser the Blended Learning Platform | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Apart from the wide range of ready made interactive or printable worksheets that you can assign to students, you can also create your own activities based around lists of vocabulary that come up during your classes.
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A really useful tool for the BYOD classroom.

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Juanita Amiel Garcia's curator insight, October 13, 4:45 PM

A really useful tool for the BYOD classroom.

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How Technology Can Expand Creativity and Innovation in Education

How Technology Can Expand Creativity and Innovation in Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

 Creativity has always been a part of a successful classroom, however recent advances in technology are making it possible to increase the ability for students to use their creativity in academia. With the ability to take and store thousands of pictures and videos, and listen to music in the palms of our hands, our students have the ability to be more and more creative in their projects, assignments, as well as group and individual tasks.

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Some nice ideas.

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Sara Astros Rojas's curator insight, October 11, 11:55 PM
Technology is part of our daily lifes, and we need to integrate it in our classroom, since foster creativity and innovation and encourage the development of new ideas that reach thousands through social media
Alexander Daron's curator insight, October 15, 11:06 AM

I chose this resource because I agree 100% with the title. When I have used different technology and different programs with my students, they love it. Students in todays society get bored sitting in class with teachers talking to them. They want to be up and moving around working with technology to help them learn. I hope that this article will prove to our teachers that they must use technology for the benefit of their students. I have been in special education classrooms where autistic students were benefiting so much from programs on the iPad. Implementing these practices is so important to our students. 

Alexander Daron's curator insight, October 15, 11:42 AM

I chose this resource because students can be so creative when using technology in their education. They aren't restricted, and can create assignments or projects that make sense to them. They aren't restricted, and don't have to do exactly what the teacher tells them. I hope that this article will come true for many schools around America. Too often, teachers are afraid to let students be creative with the use of technology, because it is outside of their comfort zone to let the students venture off and create their own learning opportunities. 

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From instructional design to game development

From instructional design to game development | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
With instructional design, I’m usually thinking about ways to approximate real-life behaviors with CCAF. I’m excited to experiment with this framework in game design, because I think it might be an effective way to create ideas for games that try to evoke real-life behaviors in a fun and authentic way.
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Different faces of language learning

Different faces of language learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Each year in September Europe celebrates multilingualism. For many of us, learning a language mostly involved memorising grammar and vocabulary, however, learning a language can be much more than a chore. This article explores four inspiring projects showing different ways of learning languages.
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Some interesting projects.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, October 7, 6:51 AM

Some interesting projects.

Carlos Alvarado's curator insight, October 8, 10:53 AM
Aprender otros idiomas, útil herramienta para el maestro quesero
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Google's new AI can mimic human speech almost perfectly

Google's new AI can mimic human speech almost perfectly | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Last year, DeepMind shared details on WaveNet, a deep neural network capable of producing realistic-sounding synthetic speech. Now, the system has been refined enough to warrant a full rollout for Google Assistant across all platforms.
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An interesting development.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 8, 6:53 AM

Cool stuff! Thanks to Giselle Pempedjian. 

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Great Teachers Don't Teach

Great Teachers Don't Teach | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The philosophy that supports such a great teacher is simple. Students learn best when they are in control of their learning. Students must do the heavy lifting of learning and nothing the teacher can say or do will change that. Real learning requires doing, not listening, or observing only. Yet what do we find in every public school and university? Teachers talking, talking and talking while students listen, daydream and doze. We call this lecture.
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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, October 6, 3:24 AM
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Evangeline Hung's curator insight, October 6, 10:05 AM
This is what I am trying to do--to be a teacher who doesn't teach!