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The English Blog: Cartoon: Dark Ages

The English Blog: Cartoon: Dark Ages | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
This cartoon by Nick Anderson from the Houston Chronicle relates to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. A TV reporter is shown outside St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. She informs the viewers that Benedict XVI is the first Pope...
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This is an example of how students can learn the language to discuss about this trending topic... The links on the post help students look at the info in the cartoon and get an idea of what the author wants to communicate...

 

VOCABULARY
The Dark Ages are a period of European history between about 500 A.D. and about 1000 A.D. In fact, the last Pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII in 1415, which is some time after the end of the Dark Ages.

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SLMOOC 2014

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Hola, a todos! La invitación es para que participen en SLmooc 2014. Un mooc en Second Life. Es en Inglés y en Español. El tema central es aprender y conectarse en línea para aprender y enseñar en mundos virtuales. En especial en Second Life.

Educadores de diferentes partes del mundo estarán compartiendo sus experiencias en mundos virtuales Y cómo podemos utilizarlos en situaciones de enseñanza mixta (blended learning) Donde combinamos los elementos en línea con la experiencia cara a cara en el salón de clase tradicional.

Se contará con la ayuda de todos y se ofrecerán tutoriales, clases y tours a los principiantes. La idea es conectarse y funcionar como comunidad de práctica. Las sesiones ocurrirán de manera asincrónica (moodle) y sincrónica en (WizIQ & Second Life) con grabaciones, ademas de Google Drive, YouTube, Vimeo,pinterest, Facebook y Twitter.

 

Tenemos tres areas de mayor interaccion: El area de curso en WizIQ, Nuestro centro en Second Life, y Moodle for Teachers (M4T)Moodle website. En el curso en WIzIQ tendremos sesiones en vivo y grabadas, así como también los tutoriales (courseware) las discusiones diarias en (coursefeed).

 

A diferencia de los cursos tradicionales basados en el dictado de cursos de contenidos, el SLmooc se basa en el aprendizaje reflexivo, activo de compartir, conectarse y colaborar. El logro para el participante es el de aprender  a través de conexiones significativas en la interacción social.

Para recibir su certificado, se requiere que el participante lleve un record de su participación en un wiki o blog o sitio web u otro ambiente que sea de su agrado. 

 

Aca tienen las diferentes areas y herramientas que tenemos para conectarnos y aprender de manera activa y significativa.

 

Twitter Hashtag:  #SLMOOC2014

List of Presentations | WizIQ SL Area | Moodle Course Area | YouTube Playlist | Second Life Area | Group on Facebook

 

Que no les de miedo el inglés. tenemos muchos participantes y organizadores que hablan español. Asi, como presentaciones en español. De todas maneras, ustedes pueden utilizar google translate y sonreir.

Un abrazo a todos y les esperamos. Cualquier duda, pueden contactar a las Drs. Nellie Deutsch, Doris Molero, and Nancy Zingrone

 
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Second Life: All About Avilion

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So many people have been enchanted by the Avilion in SL. Please share your pics from Avilion here!
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Teaching Unplugged

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The ‘Teaching Unplugged’ or ‘Dogme ELT’ movement has a very strong following amongst teachers.  In fact, the Dogme ELT discussion list, which was
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Teaching Unplugged is the term used for a teaching method and philosophy which has three primary aims: teaching through conversation, taking out external input such as course book and technology and letting the lesson content be driven by the students rather than being pre-planned by the teacher. Based on the ‘Dogme ELT’ approach to teaching, its origins lie in an article written in 2001 by Scott Thornbury and Luke Meddings called ‘The roaring in the chimney’. They later wrote ‘Teaching Unplugged’, a comprehensive guide to this type of teaching and winner of the British Council ELTons award for Innovation in 2010.

  
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Blended Learning in English Language Teaching

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Free publication from the British Council: Blended Learning in English Language Teaching: Course Design and Implementation – with articles from some of the top names in ELT today. As always, if you like the resource, please ‘like’ the Free and Fair ELT page and follow us on Twitter @FreefairELT.https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/sites/teacheng/files/D057_Blended%20learning_FINAL_WEB%20ONLY_v2.pdf

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Cuore

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Cuore by Edmondo De Amicis. Italian - Free audio book that you can download in mp3, iPod and iTunes format for your portable audio player. Audio previews, convenient categories and excellent search functionality make LoyalBooks.com your best source for free audio books. Download a free audio book for yourself today!
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Practice your Italian... :)

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MetaPhore "Transcending Borders" - YouTube

For MachinimUWA VII: Transcending Borders You and I are in a world without boundaries and our spirits flow in it like ink blots on damp paper… Silent meeting...
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Transcending Borders and transcending languages... 


For MachinimUWA VII: Transcending Borders
You and I are in a world without boundaries and our spirits flow in it like ink blots on damp paper…
Silent meetings , unlikely places, casual encounters. A woman is beguiled by a series of messages from a virtual stranger. Gradually this man sneaks into her clear defined virtual world, but also starts crossing borders of her real life . Therefore turning off the computer soon proofs to be not enough anymore for her peace of mind ...

Vous et moi sont dans un monde sans frontières et nos esprits s’y étalent comme une tache d’encre sur un papier humide 
Rendez vous silencieux, lieux improbables, rencontres fortuites…
Une femme va par jeux suivre les messages d’un être virtuel inconnu.
Petit à petit cet homme va s’immiscer dans son univers virtuel jusqu’au jour ou les frontières de sa réalité seront elle aussi envahie par cette rencontre. 
Alors le fait d’éteindre son ordinateur ne sera plus suffisant pour la paix de son esprit.

Trascendiendo Fronteras 
Tú y yo estamos en un mundo sin fronteras donde nuestros espíritus fluyen como manchas de tinta sobre papel húmedo ... 
Reuniones silenciosas, lugares inverosímiles, encuentros casuales. Una mujer se siente seducida por una serie de mensajes que le envía un desconocido virtual. Sin apenas darse cuenta, este hombre se introduce en su mundo virtual claro y definido, pero también comienza a cruzar las fronteras de su vida real. Apagar el ordenador ya no será suficiente para encontrar la paz ...

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'twas the Night before Christmas By CAMELOT

A CAMELOT Project Christmas wish for all
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Clement Clarke Moore (1779 - 1863) wrote the poem Twas the night before Christmas also called “A Visit from St. Nicholas" in 1822. It is now the tradition in many American families to read the poem every Christmas Eve.´


 

Twas the Night before Christmas Poem

Make it Snow !

 

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"


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Five Minute Film Festival: 10 Stories About Life-Changing Books

Five Minute Film Festival: 10 Stories About Life-Changing Books | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
Logan Smalley, the director of TED-Ed, asked complete strangers to call him and tell him about a book they loved. In this Five-Minute Film Festival, he shares some of the most moving stories he heard on the importance of reading.
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The Blackened Mirror

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The Blackened Mirror is a TV series, created in a virtual world, with elements of film noir, steampunk, classic Lovecraft horror - and more! You can watch it here, at Treet.TV, at Aview TV or on You Tube.

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English project - Video lyrics - Same Love - #songsforpeace

Part of the song Macklemore x Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert - Same Love I do not own the rights to this song, nor do I seek to gain any profit from it. All r...

Via Alessandra Briceño
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Continuing with the ‪#‎myfaceforpeace‬ projects... Graphic Design students from our English for work class presented their final projects... ... This is one of their videos.. and their report...

English Final Project

 

Lyric Video- SAME LOVE

 

As a group we chose this song because it touches different topics besides peace, love and gay marriage. Basically, the concept chosen for this lyric video is colorful, juvenile with different textures where each word written it has a different and unique style. In the process of making this lyric video we took a lot of pictures more than one hundred to create a stop motion of sticky notes.

Each of the Sticky Notes has a small phrase or word from the lyrics of the song and it was decorated with different colors, ornaments, strokes and typographies.

The message of using all this different pieces is to connote that we are just like the sticky notes showed, each one of us is different in our own unique way and there is nothing wrong about that. We can have different skin color, values, religions, and thinking, but we will always be humans and that’s something we can’t forget.

Besides that, it's a powerful record and it needs to be heard not only in America but around the world because equality is at the forefront of what's going on in politics right now. After all, it's not only about helping to spread a positive message about gay rights, by its logic, it’s about acceptance, love each other, we are what we are, and there’s not a thing we can do about that, so let’s just stop trying to change because someone told you to be something you're not.

We shouldn’t discriminate people just because they want to marry or love their same sex they should be free to love without any restrictions or being afraid.

The part of the song that caught our attention is “Have you read the YouTube comments lately "Man, that’s gay" gets dropped on the daily. We become so numb to what we’re saying’”. We picked this part because today people are not aware of what they say if it’s going to affect negatively to some other person or how much words can really hurt. For some people words might be forgiven but not sometimes they can’t be forgotten.

It's hard for too many people who are uncomfortable with staying quiet and actually begin to hate themselves because of it. Even though those words are rooting from the same hate raised of racism and wars.

By: Jesús Agreda, Alessandra Briceño and Fernando González

‪#‎doris3meflcenter‬ ‪#‎urbe‬ #myfaceforpeace ‪#‎peace‬ ‪#‎songsforpeace‬

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As a group we had the idea of creating this Video Lyrics with a Stop Motion of Sticky Notes. In the process, the three of us took a lot of pictures, probably more than a hundred, one of us took pictures meanwhile the other two put and took all the sticky notes. After having all the photos we took turns to edit the video putting all the pictures together changing according with the lyrics of the song. Each one of us gave his opinion to write the descriptive report of the video which the link will be at the end of thins insight. After all, we worked together to bring out the best of each other to make this beautiful meaningful video.

 

Some photographs taken are blurred or out of focus and this is because we tried to connote the vision or thinking of some people. There are people that it’s so closed minded that wouldn’t take the time to analyze and reflect what the real problem here is. The problem is not whether people are gay or lesbian but the rejection of other people reacting to this. We should respect each other beyond our taste for women or men, our skin color, religion and economic status.

 

We shouldn’t discriminate people just because they want to marry or love someone of their same sex, they should be free to love without any restrictions or being afraid. We need peace in this world, we need love, we need to understand that to build a better place every little thing starts with ourselves. We need to change from inside out to lead other people to change for a better world where the newest generations will follow the example.

 

In my opinion some Americans think that being obese is a disease but being homosexual it’s a choice which is completely absurd. Because people not being healthy or eating well it’s a choice, to not take care of their own body but being homosexual to love someone without thinking of their sex its absolutely not a choice. Homosexuals do not chose to be this way and of course they do not chose this to be bullied, discriminated and so on.

 

We shouldn’t be afraid of being different because that what makes us unique and beautiful. To everyone that is reading this, I am telling you its ok to be different there will always be people there to support you, in the meantime if there are people that don’t just don’t worry try to make a statement and share your stories don’t be afraid and keep your heads up. Smile :D

 

Here is the link for the descriptive memory:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6uA68Qyt_srR0VlQWtmNTVjamZkVWlZU1E2eG15ZmtxY0lr/view?usp=sharing

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The University of Western Australia (UWA) in Second Life: LEA FULL SIM ART SERIES (Nov-Dec 2014): 2Lei & Lorys Lane's 'Rebirth...Together'

The University of Western Australia (UWA) in Second Life: LEA FULL SIM ART SERIES (Nov-Dec 2014): 2Lei & Lorys Lane's 'Rebirth...Together' | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
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4 Tips for Producing Great Event Coverage - NSays.in

4 Tips for Producing Great Event Coverage - NSays.in | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
Conferences and trade shows can be sources of wonderful ideas, and covering these events in a way that spreads some of those ideas around is common practice.
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New Study Reveals Most Influential Languages | IFLScience

New Study Reveals Most Influential Languages | IFLScience | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
What makes a language important on a global scale? Is it the oldest? The one spoken by the most people? What about the one that has the greatest ability to reach other people by being translated? A multidisciplinary research team has examined the languages of the world and categorized them on how widely certain forms of media are translated into other languages. César Hidalgo of MIT led the research, and the paper was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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WikiCloze

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Wiki Cloze. Learners read and study Simple English Wikipedia articles on more than 100,000 topics. Then they can do cloze tests and listening gap-fills to improve their listening and reading skills. If you like the resource, please ‘like’ the Free and Fair ELT page and follow us on Twitter @FreefairELT. Don’t forget to tell your friends and colleagues about this week’s free resource! http://www.apps4efl.com/index.php/wikicloze

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British Council - Special events

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Another great resource from the British Council. A ‘Special Events’ page with teaching resources, articles and videos to accompany anniversaries projects such as Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and World War 1. There are also recorded talks and articles from several well-known experts in English language teaching. As always, if you like the resource, please ‘like’ the Free and Fair ELT page and follow us on Twitter @FreefairELT.http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/special-events

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Howard Gardner: “No tenemos una única inteligencia” | El Blog de Educación y TIC

Howard Gardner: “No tenemos una única inteligencia” | El Blog de Educación y TIC | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
Entrevista con Howard Gardner, psicólogo, investigador y profesor de la Universidad de Harvard. Le encantaba la historia mientras que la educación física no le entusiasmaba.
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SLESL--Second Life for English as a Second Language - YouTube

Examples of how to teach English as a Second Life in the virtual world known as Second Life
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The University of Western Australia (UWA) in Second Life: L$1 Mil+ UWA 3D ART & MACHINIMA GRAND FINALE - 6AMSLT SUNDAY 14TH DEC

The University of Western Australia (UWA) in Second Life: L$1 Mil+ UWA 3D ART & MACHINIMA GRAND FINALE - 6AMSLT SUNDAY 14TH DEC | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
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Sneetches by Dr. Seuss - YouTube

View on Call Me Ishmael: http://callmeishmael.com/the-sneetches-dr-suess
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Teaching Literary Analysis

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Guide students through the five steps of understanding and writing literary analysis: choosing and focusing a topic, gathering, presenting and analyzing textual evidence, and concluding.
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Language Arts - Theme of Story - Flocabulary

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Review the Five Elements of a Short Story (Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme & Setting) with Flocabulary's educational rap song and lesson plan.
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The Strange Stories about Second Life that Totally Miss The Mark!

Most media coverage of Second Life focuses on iniquity & pornography, but what about the creativity & learning on offer?
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Yep... sadly.. but this articles tells you about the great things happening in SL... go check it out for yourself.. :) Two of my fav universities are mention here.. Universidad de San Martín de Porres, Perú, and  the University of Western Australia... 

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The Drax Files: World Makers [Episode 24: MadameThespian Underhill] - YouTube

"Second Life levels the playing field when we interact with each other", says actress MadameThespian Underhill who directs the virtual reality theatre troupe...
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10 TIPS EVERY TEACHER /RESEARCHER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GOOGLE SCHOLAR - NSays.in

10 TIPS EVERY TEACHER /RESEARCHER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GOOGLE SCHOLAR - NSays.in | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
Google Scholar is among the best scholarly search engines online yet only a few select of educators know its secrets.As a rule of thumb that applies to all Google products, the effective use of any service from Google s can only be achieved through mastering its deep and hidden features.
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7 Strategies to Help Students Generate Creative Ideas - NSays.in

7 Strategies to Help Students Generate Creative Ideas - NSays.in | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
students are working on a writing task or a classroom project, these tips could probably help them generate some innovative ideas and boost their thinking process.
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