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Electronic Village Online : How to make a Machinima for Learners of English

Electronic Village Online : How  to make a Machinima for Learners of English | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
MachinEVO is a 5-week workshop in Second Life, for language educators to learn how to produce films for teaching and learning English. It starts on 12th January 2015 and is free of charge. Registrations will be open from 5 -11 January 2015.
 
A machinima is a film made in a virtual world such as Second Life. The word is derived from combining the words machine and cinema. 
 
A major advantage of creating films in Second Life is that they are far less expensive than real world productions, and a teacher can make them quite easily and very cheaply. 
 
In this EVO session we will learn how to create machinima using screencasting and video editing.. Our videos will be uploaded onto the YouTube or Vimeo hosting sites.
 
The pedagogical aspects of creating language-learning resources will also be explored.
 
We will investigate scriptwriting, storyboarding, and making films from live footage.
 
All participants will work toward the goal of producing a complete machinima by the end of Week 5.
 
 
 
Where does it take place?
All practical sessions will be held in Second Life, we have EduNation, Learn It Town and MOSP open and ready for our use.
There are many other ways of producing machinima of course, but we exclusively use Second Life.
To sign up for a free account and to select an avatar for Second Life, participants need to go to http://www.secondlife.com
Participants need to download the latest Second Life Viewer from that page.
 
Participants do not have to have experience in Second Life. There is a list of prerequisites on the wiki. We will provide special familiarization sessions for moving, communicating, changing avatars, camera control and so on.
 
Target audience
Anyone involved in the teaching of TEFL/TESOL who is interested in making machinima for use with learners.
 
During the first two weeks people who already have experience in SL will help train less experienced participants in basic SL skills and film these first attempts - including entertaining, instructive mistakes ( 'Bloopers',‘Howlers’).for a 'Bloopers' reel.
 
In the remaining weeks everyone will work in smaller groups to enable each individual participant to come away with a machinima of their own whatever their level of competence.
 
Sponsored by: CALL-IS
 
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It starts on 12th January 2015 and is free of charge. Registrations will be open from 5 -11 January 2015.

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How to Describe a Person's Physical Appearance

How to Describe a Person's Physical Appearance | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
If you had to describe somebody could you? Or meet someone who impressed you, but when asked found yourself unable to describe them? Perhaps you have trouble remembering faces. Well, fear not, there is hope for you. If you follow these...
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Great article to read with students and discuss on different ways too describe people.

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How virtual reality can create the ultimate empathy machine

How virtual reality can create the ultimate empathy machine | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
Chris Milk uses cutting edge technology to produce astonishing films that delight and enchant. But for Milk, the human story is the driving force behind everything he does. In this short, charming talk, he shows some of his collaborations with musicians including Kanye West and Arcade Fire, and describes his latest, mind-bending experiments with virtual reality. (This talk was part of a session at TED2015 guest-curated by Pop-Up Magazine: popupmagazine.com or @popupmag on Twitter.)
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Peace Day Postcard Design Competition 2015 - Postcards for Peace

Peace Day Postcard Design Competition 2015 - Postcards for Peace | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
Since 2001, members of the United Nations have adopted 21st September each year as the International Day of Peace – a day of ceasefire and non-violence where everyone around the world can unite and different cultures cooperate.
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New World Notes: Watch This Awesome Machinima Tribute to SL Avatars

New World Notes: Watch This Awesome Machinima Tribute to SL Avatars | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
"It's a Wonderful Second Life 3: Avatars" is the latest in a machinima series by SamLowry Hawks (YouTube page here), and as you'd expect from a master like Mr. Hawks, it's beautifully shot and edited -- this latest installment a...
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Broken Age – An Interview with Camden Stoddard and the audio team at Double Fine | Designing Sound

Broken Age – An Interview with Camden Stoddard and the audio team at Double Fine | Designing Sound | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it

Broken Age launched Act I in January 2014. Funded through Kickstarter with it’s development the subject of an epic (and ongoing) documentary courtesy of 2 Player Productions, the game was noteworthy for a number of reasons. I personally really enjoyed the games sound and music so in August 2014 I caught up with Camden Stoddard, the lead sound designer on the game for a chat. I was lucky enough to catch up with him again in March 2015 and also meet the other members of the audio team, Ashley Coull and Paul O’Rourke, as they closed in on the end of Act II

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Understanding The Bottleneck Hypothesis - YouTube

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How do we acquire meaning... The bottleneck theory..

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A Beginner's Guide to Writing in English for University Study - University of Reading

A Beginner's Guide to Writing in English for University Study - University of Reading | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
Learn how to use English for study at university or college and develop your writing skills, vocabulary and grammar.
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Free Course starting on May 4th

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A Whiteboard History of Storytelling - YouTube

                                                                     "The Golden Age of Web Video" presents 40,000 years of storytelling history in four minutes. From the first cave paintings to the latest viral video on smart...

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Proprioception in learning new sounds, words and connected speech - Adrian Underhill - YouTube

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Sharing and Building Upon

Sharing and Building Upon | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
How can I make it even MORE visible that sharing our work as educators is one of the critical components of the "learning revolution"? Sharing means amplification. Amplification means spreading goo...
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Life Feast: Chinese Whisper with Whatsapp

Life Feast: Chinese Whisper with Whatsapp | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
The more I use Whatsapp in class, the more I realize how rich this tool is.

Last week, I tried a very simple activity with my Basic Students who had just learned how to express themselves in the Past.

Have you ever played Chinese Whisper with your students? It is an activity where Student A whispers a message to Student B who then tries to whisper the same message to Student C, so on and so forth. Or another one where the first student says "Last weekend, I went to the shopping centre", then the next student repeats the first sentence and adds one more sentence? We adapted these activities using the recording feature of Whatsapp.
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Vocabulary to Describe Food - Kaplan English Lesson

Vocabulary to Describe Food - Kaplan English Lesson | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
Food is wonderful. Sharing meals with family and friends can bring people together, and remind us of old traditions. We can also build new traditions with food, and make friends by trying new things together. Food is also a good way to introduce people to a new culture.

However, talking about food isn’t always easy. In English, there are many specific words to describe how foods taste and how they feel.
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RACE TO SPACE | 2015 SPACE CAMP SCHOLARSHIP

RACE TO SPACE | 2015 SPACE CAMP SCHOLARSHIP | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
YOUR VIDEO COULD SEND YOU TO SPACE CAMP!
Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut? Your skills in science, math and English can help make your dream come true!
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Help kids to dream big... This is one way.. watch the videos and vote... I got this from a fellow educator.. whose daughter is participating.. This is how you can vote... for any kid or for his daughter  Ben Yahya Tamara

 

Karim Ben Yahya

Voting on http://race2space.science.ma seems to be a bit confusing.
the best way to vote is by following these instructions:


1. Log in to your facebook account
2. Click on the link (http://race2space.science.ma
3. Click on the blue button "vote Now" 
4. Fill in your name and email
5. Click on the "play" or "jouer" of the facebook pop-up application (don't worry. It's safe)
6. Then, you'll be taken to the videos where you can vote on Ben Yahya Tamara

Karim Ben YahyaVoting on http://race2space.science.ma seems to be a bit confusing.
the best way to vote is by following these instructions:
1. Log in to your facebook account
2. Click on the link (http://race2space.science.ma
3. Click on the blue button "vote Now" 
4. Fill in your name and email
5. Click on the "play" or "jouer" of the facebook pop-up application (don't worry. It's safe)
6. Then, you'll be taken to the videos where you can vote on Ben Yahya Tamara

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Pronunciation Poem - Dearest Creature in Creation - Study English Pronunciation

Pronunciation Poem - Dearest Creature in Creation - Study English Pronunciation | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
Dearest Creature

That English Pronunciation Poem!

Listen to this tricky little poem and you can practise your pronunciation and listening skills, and don't worry if you don't know all the words and their different pronunciation. Even Lynne got Arkansas wrong the first time round!

In fact, this was the first poem Lynne ever recorded for the site, and she's re-recorded it three times now, just to improve the quality. This will probably be the last time, unless someone buys her a recording studio. You will still need a compatible player and an up to date browser. Feel free to link to this page, and to use the sound recordings in the classroom, but please don't hotlink to them or republish them.
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#secondlife, #virtualworlds Do not forget to grab... - Relay For Life of Second Life

#secondlife, #virtualworlds Do not forget to grab... - Relay For Life of Second Life | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
#secondlife, #virtualworlds
Do not forget to grab your copy of the official 2015 Relay For Life of Second Life Commemorative Book, which features relay history from 2005 to present day! This special...
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Forgotten Wonders of the Digital World: Second Life

Forgotten Wonders of the Digital World: Second Life | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
What does a three-dimensional version of the Internet look like? That might seem like a trick question: wouldn’t that just be IRL, or perhaps some kind of...
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New World Notes: Glorious Second Life Machinima Inspired by Life of Pi

New World Notes: Glorious Second Life Machinima Inspired by Life of Pi | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
A perfect way to end this week is watching this new SL machinima from SamLowry Hawks, who after a long absence from the genre (his 2010 classic here; 2012's masterpiece here), returns with this visually stunning and story rich short...
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Teorías de aprendizaje y visones pedagógicas del siglo XXI

Presentación realizada en la Universidad San Buenaventura (Sede Cartagena), en la que hacemos un pequeña introducción a los frameworks de aprendizaje y teorías…
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The Bottleneck of Second Language Acquisitio

 

Roumyana Slabakova University of Southampton and University of Iowa Explaining why some linguistic features and constructions are easy or difficult to acquire in a second language has become a prominent current concern in generative second language acquisition (SLA) research. Based on a comparison of findings on the L2 acquisition of functional morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, the Bottleneck Hypothesis argues that functional morphemes and their features are the bottleneck of L2 acquisition; acquisition of universal syntax, semantics and pragmatics flows smoothly (Slabakova 2006, 2008, 2013). The article surveys experimental studies supporting this view. A pedagogical implication of this model is discussed, namely, that an enhanced focus on practicing grammar in language classrooms is beneficial to learners.

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IELTS writing - YouTube

These videos help you understand and prepare for the IELTS writing test
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IELTS Pronunciation - Improve English & prepare for IELTS Speaking - YouTube

https://youtu.be/T-uYzReetEI
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Excellent resource to inform students what the teacher is checking for when assessing oral production.

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Presentation lessons from Steve Martin's autobiography

Presentation lessons from Steve Martin's autobiography | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
The key is to be consistently good
Martin states that it was never enough to be great some nights and mediocre on other nights. Anyone can be amazing sometimes, he suggests, but the key is to be consistently good.

"It was easy to be great. Every entertainer has a night when everything is clicking. These nights are accidental and statistical: Like lucky cards in poker, you can count on them occurring over time. What was hard was to be good, consistently good, night after night, no matter what the abominable circumstances."

The key to greatness is persistence
There are numerous examples of Martin extolling the virtues of persistence over raw talent.

"But there was a problem. At age eighteen, I had absolutely no gifts. I could not sing or dance, and the only acting I did was really just shouting. Thankfully, perseverance is a great substitute for talent."

"Despite a lack of natural ability, I did have the one element necessary to all early creativity: naïveté, that fabulous quality that keeps you from knowing just how unsuited you are for what you are about to do."
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Life Feast: Reading Collaboratively with Point

Life Feast: Reading Collaboratively with Point | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
This post has the objective to share a tool I've learned about today: POINT.
http://www.getpoint.co/

Point is a Google Chrome Plugin which allows you to quickly share links to websites and videos with other people. And how does it work? You install the plugin to your Google browser, then every time you want to share a link with someone, press the key @ on your keyboard and a small box pops up prompting you to choose the person or email to share it with.
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la Campanella & the Magic of Second Life

la Campanella & the Magic of Second Life | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
Second Life made me very happy today!

One of the first ‘hidden gems’ I spoke about this year was The Outer Garden↑, Bisou Dexler’s beautiful tiny build. There have been some changes to it, but it’s still there and still attracting visitors who want to sit and enjoy the gorgeous, peaceful, surroundings.

He recently added a completely new creation to, what is becoming, a set of destinations within The Outer Garden.
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