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Web-based tools for language teachers

This is the presentation deck from my webinar talk for Graz University. You can watch a recording of the presentation here: https://englishup.adobeconnect.com/…;
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Best Foot Forward: Video Observation Toolkit

Best Foot Forward: Video Observation Toolkit | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This toolkit provides practical guidance for education practitioners on using video observations to help teachers accelerate their development. Inside you will find four sections to help you start video observations in your school community. Each section includes a discussion of important lessons from the Best Foot Forward project, a study of digital video in classroom observations, and adaptable tools for implementation.

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A very useful resource for teacher trainers.

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Aevalle Galicia's curator insight, November 23, 2015 3:08 PM

Many thanks to Nik Peachey for finding this little jewel! :D

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The Future Belongs to the Curious: How Are We Bringing Curiosity Into School?

The Future Belongs to the Curious: How Are We Bringing Curiosity Into School? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The only rational answer to the conundrum of curiosity is to disengage our educational system from standardized testing and common curricula. Curiosity does not hold up well under intense expectation. Give agency to teachers, with the explicit message to slow down and provide students time to wonder and be curious.


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Absolutely

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Barbara Goebel's curator insight, November 28, 2015 10:32 PM

Curiosity projects, MakerSpaces, Passion projects, asking questions and seeking answers...all mind-expanders.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 3, 2016 11:51 AM

Children, and for that matter teachers, bring curiousity with them. Teachers can help create contexts where that curiousity remains vibrant.

Valerie Morris's curator insight, May 25, 2016 3:18 PM

Curious?

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Automatic Essay Scoring – kick–ass assessment?

Automatic Essay Scoring – kick–ass assessment? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
First, need to avoid the claims that this software is already mature enough to replace all forms of traditional assessment. We also need to avoid the hysterical reactions from traditionalists who want to put a stake through the heart of anyone who suggests that it is useful and beneficial. There’s a middle way.
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Some good balanced commentary on automated testing.

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What Technology Will Look Like In Five Years

What Technology Will Look Like In Five Years | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Rather than gauging if the toilet has enough water, the soap bottle is full enough and the lights are the perfect level, your smart bathroom can ask, “How was your visit?” You can say “Good,” or perhaps, “Bad —  there wasn’t enough soap.” This eliminates the need for so much tracking, and makes the experience feel more human. Ultimately, our devices will rely on our feedback just as much as data.
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Interesting to think about how these changes will impact education.

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johanna krijnsen's curator insight, November 21, 2015 6:15 AM

curious what kind of an impact this will have on schools & education?

Chantal M. Simonelli's curator insight, November 30, 2015 1:06 PM

Wow.  exciting....and a bit scary!

Stuart Goode's curator insight, December 18, 2015 3:13 PM

Is this the way forward for Trip Advisor

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Personalized Learning and SEL: Why Meeting Students Where They Are Matters

Personalized Learning and SEL: Why Meeting Students Where They Are Matters | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Now study after study is showing that social-emotional-learning (SEL) skills, such as empathy, self-regulation, and cooperation, may be even more valuable for students' short- and long-term success than academic content knowledge.

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Interesting read about the use of computer games to develop social emotional learning.

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, November 16, 2015 10:10 AM

It is so important to meet the student's needs, whatever that may be, to improve learning goals. We must look at the whole child and not just the brain to meet their needs.

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Making Data Work

Making Data Work | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Data are at the heart of the ongoing dialogue between teachers and students. We asked more than 4,600 teachers about the digital tools available to help teachers collect and use data to tailor and improve instruction for individual students.


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A very accessible report.

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asli telli's curator insight, November 16, 2015 1:15 AM

Making #data work. Tools matter.

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Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain

Our brains require stimulation and connection to survive and thrive. A brain without connection to other brains and without sufficient challenge will shrink and eventually die—moreover, the modern human brain’s primary environment is our matrix of social relationships.


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Recommended reading for anyone involved in education.

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, November 14, 2015 7:30 AM

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Ra's curator insight, November 14, 2015 6:42 PM

Make the connection - tune  the kids into how their brain works

Edgar Mata's curator insight, November 16, 2015 8:20 PM

Physical activity exerts a stimulating influence on the entire brain that keeps it functioning at an optimal level. Exercise has been shown to stimulate the birth of new neurons in the hippocampus and to pump more oxygen through the brain, stimulating capillary growth and frontal-lobe plasticity.

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What Educators Want from Digital Tools (2.0)

What Educators Want from Digital Tools (2.0) | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This study of more than 3,100 teachers revisits key questions explored in the original Teachers Know Best report: how teachers use digital instructional tools in the classroom, as well as their attitudes towards technology and whether they believe existing digital tools are effective. As with the original report, research centered on consumer analytics and insight provides an opportunity to shift from anecdotes to a richer understanding of whether product developers are creating the digital tools that teachers want and need,
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Brief summary and links to the full report. Interesting format and some interesting findings.

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10 creative alternatives to research reports and papers

10 creative alternatives to research reports and papers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Research reports and papers have been around a long time. They haven't evolved much. Here are 10 ways to make them more relevant.
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Some good suggestions.

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, November 11, 2015 6:48 AM

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Barbara Goebel's curator insight, November 11, 2015 4:55 PM

For learners interested in 21st century learning skills, here's a great starting point. As a learning facilitator, one of the most powerful things we can do is to offer multiple, personalized ENGAGING ways to show understanding. 

delta14's curator insight, December 1, 2015 1:35 PM

Alternativas para motivar el proceso de enseñanza y aprendizaje.

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How Administrators Can Design the Best Learning Experiences for Teachers

How Administrators Can Design the Best Learning Experiences for Teachers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Starting with vision allows professional development work to be messy. Learning isn’t linear, and it isn’t easy. It’s strongest when it involves challenge, is collaborative, and is supported and celebrated along the way. Teachers are going to create strong learning environments for their students when they are involved in similar environments themselves
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Short article about encouraging teachers to be more independent in their professional development.

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Ten Reasons New Teachers Aren't Using Technology | Spencer Ideas

Ten Reasons New Teachers Aren't Using Technology | Spencer Ideas | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

When asked about the importance of educational technology, only a few rated it as important. I'd love to say that this is because technology has become normal and ubiquitous. However, that doesn't seem to be the case. Many of the future teachers said things like, "technology is a great thing when it works," or "I did fine without technology" or even "I think it's distracting to real learning."

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I don't think this just applies to new teachers.

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, November 10, 2015 3:36 AM

As Nik Peachey says... it does not apply only to new teachers

Kim Flintoff's comment, November 10, 2015 9:13 PM
I'll just about bet the answers aren't much different than when I asked in 2001...
Ra's curator insight, November 14, 2015 7:12 PM

Good discussion starter for educators to look at their practice and those that are training the teachers. 

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Creating online learning with Riddle

Creating online learning with Riddle | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

On the surface Riddle is a great free tool for creating a variety of quizzes and polls that can have rich media embedded into them, but when you look below the surface it's actually a pretty sophisticated tool for quickly authoring engaging elearning.

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This is a review with some teaching tips.

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learn foreign language skills's curator insight, November 8, 2015 4:25 AM

potential for language learning, assessment

Lee Hall's curator insight, November 10, 2015 10:23 AM

This helps with formative assessment too.

Luis Otero's curator insight, November 13, 2015 1:13 PM

Excelente instrumento para interactuar con el alumando y entre el alumnado. Espero que dure mucho la versión "free"

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The Generation That Doesn't Remember Life Before Smartphones

The Generation That Doesn't Remember Life Before Smartphones | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This generation is the first for whom the freedom to express every impulse to the entire world is as easy as it used to be to open your mouth and talk to a friend. How does all that change the monotony and joy and pain and wonder and turmoil that is the average teenager's life? What is it like?

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An unlikely source for such an interesting article.

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Allan Tsuda's curator insight, November 25, 2015 10:34 PM

Interesting in that these kids (albeit only those in this article) say that technology and information isn't overwhelming because they grew up in it. I can think of a new horror movie called, "Kids No Tech". Can you imagine the horror and pain of having to live where there is no internet? A world where there is no one to quantify and validate your existence? Now that would be overwhelming for many of this generation. Times are changin'. I'm glad I was born when I was.

Sonia Santoveña's curator insight, November 26, 2015 4:43 AM

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Bernard Rentier's curator insight, November 28, 2015 1:55 AM

How does that impact on the future of Science communication? Research of this generation will soon take the lead in scholarly production. They will use their own IT language and tools (and there are many). We better all get ready for this...

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How augmented reality can contribute to education

How augmented reality can contribute to education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Augmented reality has become a way to engage studious people and to address learning disabilities. Because it can overlay digital content and information onto the real world, it opens up a new range of learning opportunities
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Always good to see more about AR in education.

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, November 23, 2015 7:55 AM

General article that includes links to examples of VR and AR. 

Glen Morris's curator insight, November 23, 2015 10:13 AM

How I plan to engage the class us AR next year:

 

1. I am planning on introducing Aurasma in the science centre next year. Dead posters will come to life, the anatomy model will link to anatomy lessons, the skeleton "Mr Bones" will link to the name of each bone scanned.(https://www.aurasma.com/)

 

2. Going to have a QR scavenger hunt/ Amazing Race next year - and I plan to assess it!

 

3.QR codes on tests/reports that link to a webcam video giving feedback on each student (personalised + unique attention = switched on learners)

 

Just 3 thoughts... what are yours?

Sonia Santoveña's curator insight, November 26, 2015 4:44 AM

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Tech v teaching: it's a dialectic not a war

Tech v teaching: it's a dialectic not a war | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

It’s not about the technology, it’s all about the learning. Learning then tech? Tech then learning? Both positions are wrong. Both sides have their book-selling evangelists. The truth is a little mroe prosaic.The relationship between learning and technology is a complex dialectic. It always has been and always will be. The great revolutions in technology, that shaped the learning landscape were writing, alphabets, writing instruments, paper, printing, books, calculators, computer, the internet– none of this technology came from the ‘learning’ community. What did come from the learning community were lecterns, blackboards and…. On the other hand a lot of learning technology has been shaped by great learning professionals who make it usable, productive and manageable. It’s not one way traffic – it’s cross-pollinated.

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A very good read.

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Alexandra Duarte's curator insight, November 20, 2015 5:42 AM

Thumbs up!

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How Student Video Presentations Can Build Community in an Online Course

How Student Video Presentations Can Build Community in an Online Course | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

When you have students creating a repository of materials that other students use to improve their learning experiences in a course, you are well on your way to an authentic learning community in the course. Forming that learning community is one of the biggest challenges to online teaching, and the video presentations were a simple way to help this process along.

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An interesting report on one teacher's experience.

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Ariana Amorim's curator insight, November 18, 2015 3:45 AM

Interessante e com potencial para ser adaptado a outras situações/contextos. Pode ser útil, num curso de formação de formadores em b-learning.

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How Student Video Presentations Can Build Community in an Online Course - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog)

How Student Video Presentations Can Build Community in an Online Course - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog) | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

How Student Video Presentations Can Build Community in an Online Course Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog) It may sound pretty routine to convert a course to an online format, but doing so presents many unexpected challenges and...    

 

My rating 8/10


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Stephen Bright's curator insight, November 15, 2015 4:46 PM

This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education outlines the process used with a university class for the students to choose a problem and a Khan Academy style video illustrating the working for solving the problem successfully. Great that it is a student-centred approach. Not so sure that it would work for other non-mathematical disciplines...

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Donald Clark Plan B: 10 examples of how ‘DEVICE fetish’ is ruining EdTech

Donald Clark Plan B: 10 examples of how ‘DEVICE fetish’ is ruining EdTech | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Turtle projects are infrastructure projects that improve bandwidth in schools, the Open University, Janet & SuperJanet, Wikipedia, Khan Academy, YouTube, MOOCs. Moodle… I could go on all day. None of these initiatives are device-focused. They focus on cognitive ergonomics not consumer electronics. Lesson here – stop the largely wasted research on device-based projects, the endless stream of apps and do not keep on taking (and buying) the tablets. Think about learning and learners not devices.

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Far too much truth in this article.

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Miloš Bajčetić's curator insight, November 15, 2015 8:00 AM

Great blog on EdTech! Must read!

asli telli's curator insight, November 16, 2015 1:14 AM

Device fetish- #hardware is not an essential issue...

Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, November 16, 2015 2:26 AM

A UK student on the silliness of edu tech
(for once I fully agree with a student)

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The Value of Feedback Infographic

The Value of Feedback Infographic | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Discover why every teacher should be giving feedback in our easy-to-read feedback infographic.
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A really useful infographic

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Karen Dunlap's curator insight, November 15, 2015 5:41 PM

Great info. Students readily see the value of authentic and timely feedback.

gadgetsia636's curator insight, November 16, 2015 3:22 AM

gadgetsia juga memberikan infomasi tentang game horor Android terbaik lho!

Multimedia y Nuevas Tecnologias's curator insight, November 20, 2015 11:11 PM

El valor de la infografia, el porque utilizarlas.

 

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Continued Progress: Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning

Continued Progress: Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The adoption of personalized learning approaches has increased significantly in recent years. This report examines achievement in 62 public charter and district schools that are pursuing a variety of personalized learning practices, and examines implementation details in 32 of those schools. Researchers obtained achievement data for personalized learning students and a matched comparison group of students attending other schools serving similar populations. They also collected and analyzed data from site visits, interviews, and surveys to create a broad picture of the schools' efforts to implement personalized learning and the perceptions of teachers and students.


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You can download the complete 57 page report.

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6 Truths About Technology in Education - A.J. Juliani

6 Truths About Technology in Education - A.J. Juliani | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Technology plays an interesting role in student ownership. That device in their pocket has all the information in the world. It can connect them to anyone, allow for collaboration, and be used for a variety of innovative purposes. As teachers, we have to embrace the notion that technology can open up a world of learning opportunities, and then give our students the chance to own those opportunities.


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Some strong arguments based on learner autonomy.

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, November 11, 2015 6:46 AM

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Caren Cantrell's curator insight, November 11, 2015 11:55 AM

Great article about the role technology plays in aiding literacy in the classroom.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 4, 2016 12:18 PM

Although education and schooling are for the benefit of the learner, it also maintains an orderly advancement of the social structure and it is part of preserving what is good for both individuals and society. The word educate means to lead children to adulthood. What that means has both personal and communal implications.

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How to Keep up with all the Constant Changes in Technology

How to Keep up with all the Constant Changes in Technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Classroom teachers and technology innovation has been a hot topic for many, many years. It doesn’t have to be stressful trying to learn something new. Approaching new technology with a plan in place will help you to become a master at technology in the classroom and will reduce the stress that naturally comes with trying to learn new technology.
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Some nice tips.

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Christine Rounsevell's curator insight, November 11, 2015 6:10 PM

Some useful tips.

Scott Langston's curator insight, November 11, 2015 9:19 PM

Some really good advice and ideas here

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, November 12, 2015 2:39 AM

Nice intro for rookies ;-)

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How to Transform Your Classroom With Augmented Reality (EdSurge News)

How to Transform Your Classroom With Augmented Reality (EdSurge News) | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Augmented Reality is changing education. What started out as something that was simply “cool” has become a way to engage learners like never before. 

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I've long been a fan of augmented reality, so great to see it starting to break through.

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Billy Brick's curator insight, November 10, 2015 5:06 AM

Not language specific but evidence of Augmented Reality being more widely used in education.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, November 10, 2015 1:23 PM

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Manos Koutsoukos's curator insight, November 11, 2015 2:18 AM

I'd like to see more books and classroom materials using AR...

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A venture capitalist searches for the purpose of school. Here’s what he found.

A venture capitalist searches for the purpose of school. Here’s what he found. | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In an attempt to be systematic, I decided to categorize what I observed in schools. One column for things that helped prepare kids for life. And one column for things that were irrelevant. I expected both columns to fill up quickly.


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Quite long but worth a read.

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