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
This study, by Dorota Domalewska, Rangsit University, Thailand, examined the phenomenon of blogging as a technologically enhanced support to develop interaction and interrelatedness among learners in a foreign language course.
A two-year study revealed that student achievement and teacher confidence benefited from in-school and at-home tech access.
Ruby Rennie Panter's insight:
It's always a bit disconcerting to read a research report that has been subsidised by a company who will benefit from positive claims. However, it is still interesting to read, and to see what aspects of learning they have focussed on to evaluate the benefits.
This is an interesting article, giving a brief overview of one way to consider online learning and social presence. It starts with the student - where he/she is coming from, and typical study patterns.
The online classroom can at times seem like a very cold space and building a supportive and friendly environment for students while getting a clear idea of their capabilities can be quite challenging. Having some zero preparation activities up your sleeve to get students speaking can be a real benefit.
"An annual report by The Open University said the current key challenge for education specialists is to engage thousands of learners in productive discussions while learning in a collaborative, online environment."
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Having worked on many elearning and mlearning materials development projects I can safely say that I know what a huge task it is, even when working with experienced teams, to produce really good quality, well designed, interactive digital content and that’s why it is such a surprise to see Paul Emmerson’s new BEhereBEthere Business English site.
"Mobile Learning Technology has opened up a whole gamut of options to extend the learning blend. No longer do employees have to rely solely on the usual means of training – be it ILT or e-learning. So much so, that even in organizations which have not yet adopted mobile learning, employees are using their smartphones to informally pull whatever information they can at the time of immediate need. Be it preparing for an interview or gathering the relevant statistics on the way to a meeting, mobiles have become tools of providing ubiquitous support, especially for accessing bite-sized information."
A new way of using technology to consolidate pupils’ learning has reignited Craig Jamieson’s excitement for teaching, made a big impact in the classroom and led him down a whole new avenue of professional enquiry.
Ruby Rennie Panter's insight:
The idea of "flipped learning" has been with us for a while now, but it's refreshing to have someone comment on the ways in which their own practice has been transformed.
This is a fairly basic list of ideas, but could be useful for an initial "checklist". For most of them, there will be associated research and when using "tips" it's always good to be critical and search for other points of view. “Be sure to build in tasks that generate peer-to-peer interaction and sharing; those where participants create something their peers can use and benefit from tend to be most successful" - good point, which has several underlying theoretical principles to back it up.
The webcam can be a vital tool in helping to support our students’ pronunciation habits and helping them to ‘see’ how words and expressions are pronounced and what particular pronunciation features they need to be aware of. So here are a few tips and examples to help you use your webcam to help with your students’ pronunciation.
EnglishUp is a cutting edge online English language learning business, which targets adults who lead busy lives but are motivated to speak fluently. We use our tech and academic expertise to deliver first rate personalised learning experience, aimed at getting concrete results.
Conveying information in a striking, concise way has never been more important, and infographics are the perfect pedagogical tool with which to do so. Below, you’ll find my experience with designing an infographic-friendly classroom research project, explained in a step-by-step process you can implement in your own classroom.
Embrace digital age or face irrelevance – Martin Bean University World News The University of Strathclyde has taken its “Introduction to Forensic Science” MOOC and re-delivered it for credit in a virtual learning environment.
The book examines the underlying principles that guide effective teaching in an age when everyone,and in particular the students we are teaching, are using technology. I provide you with a framework for making decisions about your teaching, while understanding that every subject is different, and every instructor has something unique and special to bring to their teaching.
"iPad Educators is a great website with the tagline "Redefining Teaching, From Dubia to the World." The website is run by four educators and is non-commercial, which is great because their app reviews are not paid for by the app developers (as I have discovered, many app review sites get paid to write their reviews). iPad Educators also has featured articles and interviews with iPad educators."
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