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Four Fun Videos That Explore the English Language

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TED-Ed offers dozens of fascinating videos about all kinds of subjects that draw students in. (To learn more about how to use videos in the classroom, check out
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Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)

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450 million word corpus of American English, 1990-2012. Compare to the BNC and ANC. Large, balanced, up-to-date, and freely-available online.
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Teaching Pronunciation: Seven Essential Concepts

MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: http://www.newschool.edu/matesol What is grammar, and how is it internalized in the mind? Is it made u...
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What Makes Great Teachers Great?

Secondary students talk about what characteristics of a teacher have the most positive effect on their learning. The responses are a valuable insight into yo...
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Google Book Tool Tracks Cultural Change With Words

Google Book Tool Tracks Cultural Change With Words | Let's Talk Languages! | Scoop.it
A new searchable database of more than 500 billion words is a powerful way to study cultural change.
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The Basics of Blended Learning

Learn about Education Elements and high level concepts of blended learning.
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The Persistent Appeal of Technology in Learning

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The technology they use in their personal lives just makes sense for use in their learning as well. If a student badly wanted a new tablet or app for his or her own personal use but wanted nothing to do with it for any kind of learning whatsoever, we may need to look at the disconnect.

But there are other reasons why education consistently turns to technology


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Neil Riley's curator insight, June 1, 2013 1:43 AM

Huge advocate of Life Long Learning and the use of personal technology breaks down the barrier between the 'classroom' and the workplace.

Helen Teague's comment, June 1, 2013 6:13 AM
I like the emphasis on connections---making connections among curricular disciplines and technology uses.
NikitaWilliams's curator insight, June 6, 2013 9:55 PM

A must read for all educators involved in technology education. Anyone who reads this will know exactly what to look for in a resource for helping develop Design & Digital Technology understandings.

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Readlang

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The online eReader for language learners. Import other websites or novel length texts and read them in a distraction free environment with one-click translation. After reading, review the new vocabularly with spaced repetition flashcards.

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timsbox's curator insight, June 4, 2013 1:52 AM

Le principe est génial ! 

Vous lisez un texte en anglais (n'importe quel texte trouvé sur le web qui vous intéresse), vous cliquez sur les mots difficiles pour avoir une traduction immédiate, puis vous pouvez réviser les mots sélectionnés !

Ce n'est pas très ludique mais très efficace.

En plus, c'est gratuit...

 

Adapté pour adultes et collégiens ...

Steve Ridout's comment, June 4, 2013 2:06 AM
Hey, Steve here, creator of Readlang. Very happy to see it shared here! It is already somewhat mobile friendly, in that the design adapts to smaller screens, and I use it on my iPad all the time. I hope eventually to develop iOS and Android applications too.
Patricia Daniels's curator insight, June 4, 2013 6:35 AM

Students, I've just tested this myself and it's a useful tool. Apparently it's also becoming more mobile compatible, which will be a postive development. There's an introduction video so watch it first and see if it's a tool that you'll put to use. I've added the extension to Chrome.

 

You can upload webpages for reading and if you're unsure of a word, click on it for the translation. This will appear in your word bank as a flashcard with some text ( this provides you with the context which is an intelligent feature). You can then run through your list of flashcards and learn the words. Remember to put them in context when you are doing your practice as this will help you retain them.

 

Try it for yourself.

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10 Podcasting Projects Every Teacher Should Try

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Find education news, teaching strategies, lesson plans, activity ideas and more on the WeAreTeachers blog. Featuring posts by guest bloggers and teachers as well as WeAreTeachers editors.

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Diane Horvath's comment, May 25, 2013 4:54 AM
Really need to do more podcasting! Stealing the Roving Reporters idea!
CDI_LycGdChenois's curator insight, May 27, 2013 3:31 AM

10 idées de projets éducatifs à mener tout au long des enseignements par le biais du podcast. (Site en anglais).

 

Très intéressant !

RitaZ's curator insight, May 29, 2013 3:03 AM

Easy-to-do projects to integrate podcasting into your classes --an excellent way to foster listening and speaking skills.

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US launches app to help people learn and teach English - FutureGov Magazine

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US launches app to help people learn and teach English FutureGov Magazine “English language skills open doors to economic empowerment and educational opportunities for billions of people around the world.” The app was developed in partnership with...

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36 Digital Storytelling Sites and Apps From edshelf

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Websites & mobile apps for digital storytelling, such as Toontastic, VoiceThread, StoryKit, Xtranormal, Puppet Pals, Pixton, Storybird, Comic Master, etc.
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10+ Ideas for Using Cell Phones with Young Learners

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10+ Ideas for Using Cell Phones with Young Learners
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I still have very mixed feelings about young people and smart phones.  This presentation gives some great examples of activities!  I might use them for adult learners at the university.  My only concerns for young people and smart devices is how connected they are to them, how dependent they are on them, how they are unable to control their impulses with these devices and the consequences of this on other areas of their life, how interaction with them during formative years is changing how we learn, process, and memorize (a big science experiment), and last but not least, the hidden curriculum--the creation of a division between the haves and the have-nots.  On the other hand, many already have them and need to learn how to use them properly.  They can be magnificent tools.  In the end, I have more questions than answers, and I am all for technology as LONG AS IT MAKES THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE MORE HUMAN.  These are great activities!  I might add one - go interview someone.  Thanks to the presenter for a very interesting presentation with great ideas!!!

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A Glimpse Into the Life of a Dual Immersion Student

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Share My Lesson - Free K-12 Resources By Teachers, For Teachers

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Find and share teacher resources for K-12 teachers and engage with the largest online community of educators in the world.
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Interesting Talk Regarding Corpora and Language Learning/Teaching

THE NEW SCHOOL | http://www.newschool.edu Learner language is the constantly changing ability students have to communicate as they learn a new language. It p...
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How To Become A Brilliant English Teacher

A video lesson on How To Become A Brilliant English Teacher that will improve your teaching methods skills. Learn how to get good at teaching methods from Vi...
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What Makes a Good Teacher? - Student Q&A

Secondary students talk about what characteristics of a teacher have the most positive effect on their learning. The responses are a valuable insight into yo...
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Communicative Grammar for Multi-Level English Language Learners | The New School

An 8-minute video combining existing video from various sources (presumed Fair Use). This is primarily aimed at educators at The Northumberland Church of Eng...
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Innovations in learning technologies for English language teaching

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Bring the rubric to LIFE!

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I use this performance based rubric to assess students' language skills in my class. (Thanks to Thomas Sauer for putting pretty documents together for us at JCPS! Click here to download the rubric....

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Kevin Coleman's comment, June 28, 2013 8:14 AM
Thank you Yuly! Thank you for sharing and thanks to the author of the post. Writing a new curriculum track, I have been studying assessment rubrics and trying to pick the most important identifyers. Because I am a mind map type of person, all the lists can be daunting. This is a great way to get it up for students, colleagues, and I to see it in color on the wall!
Yuly Asencion's comment, June 28, 2013 12:56 PM
Kevin, you're welcome. I think it is very practical.
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Film English

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LinguaFolio® - National Council of State Supervisors for Languages

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STUDENT SELF-EVALUATION: WHAT RESEARCH SAYS AND WHAT PRACTICE SHOWS

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CDL services and resources for students and their families

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Education Week Spotlight on Teacher Evaluation 2011

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Kevin Coleman's comment, May 20, 2013 11:05 AM
Excellent newsletter on Blended Learning, with a great reference for different module styles
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Learning Beyond Walls: 21 Skype Resources

Learning Beyond Walls: 21 Skype Resources | Let's Talk Languages! | Scoop.it
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From the multiple literacies students will need in the future, to the possibilities of people to connect the classroom with (from students accross the globe to field experts), Skype can be a great way to help model to students how to make connections in the world and have an engaged, meaningful learning experience. 

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