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The Drax Files: World Makers [Episode 37: Non Profit Commons]

"The barrier to entry in Second Life is very low and for people in the non-profit sector who want to reach a global audience we can make it even simpler!" says Rhiannon Chatnoir aka Joyce Bettencourt in RL, community manager at Nonprofit Commons.

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Over 60 international non-profit organizations with causes ranging from environmental awareness to LGBTQ activism, AIDS education and Parkinson's support, groups that fight to end homelessness or promote emotional healing with the help of horses, are gathered in the virtual world of Second Life to do everything from training to fundraising. 
 For over 10 years this global community has been successfully showcasing the powerful force of SL to facilitate social good: at NPC in SL office space is given away free, agency over identity through avatars is a powerful facilitator and ideas for outreach and networking can easily be implemented in the digital realm before committing to them in physical reality. 
 Joyce adds that despite lack of media coverage "virtual worlds are very much alive because they let people connect and feel immersed in a way that is not available anywhere else, even with current virtual reality technologies. VR at this point is very solitary and frankly not very sophisticated in terms of empowering regular people on a small budget!" 
 Susan Tenby, founder of NPC in SL and Director of Social Community & Strategic Partnerships at Caravan Studios,, which sponsors NPC, agrees: "We have an ongoing community and that is key: technology in and of itself is not the answer and the reason why Second Life is so successful is because it brings people together. It just works!" 
 For more information on Nonprofit Commons go to http://nonprofitcommons.org/ NPC organizations & other SL sims seen in this episode in order of appearance: 
 - 1920s Berlin http://secondlife.com/destination/1828 - Strawberryland by Cica Ghost http://secondlife.com/destinations ;
- Transgender American Veterans Association http://transveteran.org/ ;
- Bridges for Women http://bridgesforwomen.ca/ ;
- The G.I.R.L.S. Project http://thegirlproject.com/ ;
- Protect Yourself 1 http://www.protectyourself1.org/ ;
- Preferred Family Healthcare https://pfh.org/ ;
 - Peninsula College http://www.pencol.edu/
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Bridging Real World Awareness with Second Life Experiences

SLMOOC16 (http://moodle4teachers.org) presentation by G Ronnie Kraegel aka Namaara MacMoragh on Second Life on Bridging Real World Awareness With Second Life Experiences

Sustainable living is more than recycling and Second Life is more than a gaming platform. Etopia is Second Life’s premier Sustainability Community showcasing real world examples of sustainable living, renewable energy, urban agriculture, cooperative business, and a deep sense of community. Residents use the best knowledge in sustainable design, energy efficient building, green infrastructure, and cooperative concepts in the ongoing development of Etopia. Educators incorporate this Second Life simulation for instruction on water remediation, community development, earth science, alternative energy solutions, and more.
This presentation will introduce Etopia as an educational experience and resource for educators.
LOCATION – Etopia Sustainability Community
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#slmooc16 On Saturday April 23rd at Noon SLT, G. Ronnie Kraegel (Namaara MacMoragh in SL) will give her presentation 
"Bridging Real World Awareness with Second Life Experiences" on the Etopia Sustainable Community sim in Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Etopia%20Island/82/162/23

Sustainable living is more than recycling and Second Life is more than a gaming platform. Etopia is Second Life’s premier Sustainability Community showcasing real world examples of sustainable living, renewable energy, urban agriculture, cooperative business, and a deep sense of community.
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Music Tools & Apps

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Teaching with Music and Songs. 20+ Activities and Resources for Teaching Language Through Song Lyrics. American TESOL Webinar. Teaching with Holiday Music. 1.
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Excellent resources as usual.. Shelly is the queen.. of  ELT!
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SLMOOC16 April 16th Zinnia Zauber Authentic Avatars: Superheroes w/o Secret Identities

Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond also known as Zinnia Zauber her presentation "Authentic Avatars: Superheroes without Secret Identifies" on April 16th. We met in the SLMOOC16 Headquarters in the Integrating Technology building in Madhupak, just south of Route 9, part of the Chilbo Community and then took a trip to Zinnia Zauber's "Hue are You?" installation in the Brauni region of Second Life where we walked among and over the presentation slides. To visit this wonderful installation go to http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Brauni/181/1/22 ;

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Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond is an artist, instructor, and superhero empowering people to be their best virtual and tangible self by advancing excellence, exceptional pursuits, and individualism through creative expression and encouraging instruction with inspired results. Renne has actively taught college level fine art and digital media for over twenty-two years, and her company, unique as you, specializes in color perception, intention, and utilization to create motivating, engaging experiences with innovative identity development, marketing, social media, events, and immersive environments for businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions, organizations, and communities. Renne creates art, apparel, and virtual goods embracing the power of brilliant hues, uniqueness, and acceptance. Focused on the evolution of intelligence, role models, and superheroes, Renne earned her Bachelors of Science in Art at Lewis & Clark College and her Masters of Fine Art in Visual Art at Vermont College at Norwich University. In 2009, she graduated from the first pioneering class of the University of Washington Certificate in Virtual Worlds Program. She is an award winning artist, educator, nonprofit establisher, board member, and Arts advocate who only uses her superpowers for good. She has been teaching virtual world use since 2008 with University of Washington, Peninsula College, Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds Conference at the National Defense University, Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conferences. New Media Consortium, TechSoup Global, Nonprofit Commons, Virtual Ability, Rockcliffe University Consortium, Second Life Community Conferences, GeekGirlCon, and Arizona State University. Renne is the Chair of the Nonprofit Commons Mentors and applies virtual networking, fundraising, exhibition and education creation as a board member of several nonprofits. If you are reading this before the end of April, 2016 you can still join this free course on teaching in virtual worlds by going to this link: https://moodle4teachers.org/course/vi... ;

The course, the third in a series, was organized by Dr. Doris Molero (Venezuela-Argentina), Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone (USA), and Dr. Nellie Deutsch (Canada), and takes place on Moodle4Teachers.org, WizIQ.com and in Second Life. 

Make sure you visit the SLMOOC16 Headquarters in the Chilbo Education Village in the Madhupak sim on the mainland of Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife... And if you'd like to receive notices of future versions of this course, don't hesitate to sign up for the SLMOOC on WizIQ group in Second Life. Here's a tutorial that tells you how to do that: And don't forget to sign up for the SLMOOC group in-world. Here's the YouTube tutorial to show you how: https://youtu.be/GMc0g8fCI_g
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8 Tendencias Educativas que No Debes Perder de Vista - ExamTime

8 Tendencias Educativas que No Debes Perder de Vista - ExamTime | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
Hemos reunido 8 tendencias educativas que, según nuestra opinión, son las más prometedoras en el momento actual. Incórporalas y añade valor a tu métodología
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En este artículo, Diego Santos ha reunido 8 tendencias educativas  destacadas y prometedoras en el momento actual, además  ofrece una breve explicación de las mismas. 

#1 El Aula Invertida (The Flipped Classroom) 
#2 Aprendizaje Basado en Problemas 
#3 Deeper Learning 
#4 Gamificación 
#5 Mobile Learning 
#6 BYOD (Bring your Own Device) 
#7 MOOCs (Curso en línea masivo y abierto)
#8 Blended Learning (Aprendizaje Semipresencial)

Estas coinciden con los temas del 3er congreso Internacional de innovacion educativa que se ofrece del 12 al 14 de diciembre del 2016, en el Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Ciudad de México. http://ciie.itesm.mx/es/bienvenida/.

Este congreso cuenta entre las tendencias educativas y la Tecnologías para la Educación a los siguientes:

Tendencias educativas 
Espacios innovadores para el aprendizaje 
Aula invertida 
Gamification 
Aprendizaje basado en competencias 
Aprendizaje híbrido 
Aprendizaje flexible y personalizado 
Aprendizaje vivencial 
Aprendizaje activo 
Aprendizaje basado en retos 
Conectivismo y Aprendizaje social 
Evaluación constructiva del aprendizaje 
El nuevo currículum 
Acceso abierto (prácticas, recursos, repositorios) 
Aprendizaje móvil 
Multidisciplinariedad 
Movimiento “makers” 

Tecnologías para la Educación
Aprendizaje adaptativo 
Aprendizaje ubicuo 
Realidad virtual 
Realidad aumentada 
MOOC 
Analíticas de aprendizaje 
Tecnologías vestibles 
Tecnologías emergentes 
Redes sociales de colaboración 
Aprendizaje móvil 
BYOD

mmmm.. Ahora bien, nos preguntamos...¿cómo nos encontramos con respecto a estas tendencias?

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edMondo, Italian education becomes digital

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With edMondo, virtual world created and managed by Indire, Italian teachers and stutends are testing forms of digital didactics.
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Slowly even Italian school innovate and makes room for digital educational experiences. Set up since 2009 as pilot project, edMondo, virtual world creatd and managed by Indire (Istituto nazionale di documentazione, innovazione e ricerca educativa) on an Opensim platform, attemps to overcome the disadvantages that tipically concerned all major online virtual 3D platforms when it comes with employing them in the didactics
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American TESOL Webinar - Get Your Game On! Gamifying Learners

Implement #Gamification in classroom training, and discover how it creates a passionate attitude towards education and learning. #TeachingEnglish #TESOL #TEFL http://dlvr.it/96Zp1x
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Implement #Gamification in classroom training, and discover how it creates a passionate attitude towards education and learning. #TeachingEnglish #TESOL #TEFL http://dlvr.it/96Zp1x
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The Drax Files: World Makers [Episode 32: Jayjay Zifanwe]

"The backbone of the our university's presence in the virtual world is the art and the film. It keeps things alive at all times!" says Jayjay Zifanwe fro
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CrashCourse - YouTube

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Tons of awesome courses in one awesome channel: Hank Green teaches you Anatomy & Physiology; Phil Plait teaches you Astronomy; Craig Benzine teaches yo
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Crash Course (sometimes stylized as CrashCourse) is an educational YouTube channel started by the Green brothers, Hank Green and John Green, who are notable for their VlogBrothers channel.[1][2][3] Originally, John and Hank presented humanities and science courses to viewers, respectively,[4] although the series has since expanded to incorporate courses by additional hosts. Crash Course was one of the 100 initial channels of YouTube's $100 million original channel initiative. Crash Course launched a preview on December 2, 2011. As of March 2016, the Crash Course YouTube channel has over 4 million subscribers and has received over 300 million video views.[5] In November 2014, Hank Green announced that a partnership with PBS Digital Studios would allow them to produce more courses, starting in January 2015. To date, there are 17 seasons of Crash Course, with Hank hosting six and John hosting five. Together with Emily Graslie, they co-hosted Big History. Alongside the PBS partnership, and with John commencing a year-long hiatus from the show in 2015, additional hosts were brought in to increase the number of concurrent series: Phil Plait (Astronomy), Craig Benzine (Government), Adriene Hill and Jacob Clifford (both Economics), Shini Somara (Physics), and Andre Meadows (Games). A second channel, Crash Course Kids, is hosted by Sabrina Cruz and has started its first series, Science.
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Authentic Avatar – inspiring trust with your virtual identity

Your avatar is a visual representation of you and your professional reputation. Your avatar must communicate your enthusiasm, openness, and mission to tap thos…
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5 key differences between virtual worlds and virtual reality –

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5 key differences between virtual worlds and virtual reality
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Virtual worlds and virtual reality offer different ways for people to immerse in virtuality. In this article, 5 key differences between virtual worlds and virtual reality, David Burden points out some basic differences between Virtual worlds and Virtual reality.
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Five Tips To Read Faster - EFL Magazine

Five Tips To Read Faster - EFL Magazine | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it

BY NEIL MILLINGTON


Do you sometimes have learners who feel their reading speed is too slow? Would you like to help them to speed up? Well read on because here are some useful tips for improving reading speed.

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NEIL MILLINGTON suggests five top tips for faster reading and hopefully more enjoyment of reading. But before getting learners to practice these reading tips, it is important to choose the right kind of text. He would recommend carefully selecting a text for your class when they are starting to practice reading faster.

Read in chunks 
Don’t look back 
Concentrate 
Don’t jump in 
Relax when reading

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some useful tips in order to help our students with their reading skills
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OpenSIM in Schools - Building a Community of Learners in a Virtual World

In-world and Real-world footage of an 8th grade class working to build their school in OpenSIM.
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Example of educators and students working in virtual worlds.
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Learn IT Town

Shelwyn Corrigan, Laura Jeffcoat, Ana Gema Gallego Garcia Welcome to Learn It Town http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Learn%20It%20Town/194/133/197
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Welcome to Learn It Town http://maps.secondlife.com/secondl…/Learn%20It%20Town/…/1971 this is the recording of the session https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AL8En2ksNAs&feature=youtu.be Learn English live with qualified, experienced teachers. Learn In a virtual environment, face to face and through a learning management system. Check out these resources: https://www.usfca.edu/faculty/shelwyn-corrigan http://learnittown.com/ · 
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What is a Game?: Crash Course Games #1

Welcome to Crash Course Games! In this series our host Andre Meadows is going to discuss the history and science of games. We’re going to talk about vide
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Really cool way to explain what games are.. 

Welcome to Crash Course Games! In this series our host Andre Meadows is going to discuss the history and science of games. We’re going to talk about video games of course, but also board games, role playing games, card games, even sports! But before we get ahead of ourselves we are going to look at what a game actually is, who is playing these games, and what they are doing to us. It turns out these answers aren’t as obvious as they would seem, but one thing is definitely clear: games make up a huge portion of most peoples’ lives, and we think that can be a great thing! *** Crash Course is on Patreon! You can support us directly by signing up at http://www.patreon.com/crashcourse
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SLMOOC16 April 14th Martha Lino and James Abraham on Virtual Worlds for Language Teaching

Marta Eugenia Lino Acosta also known as Eugenia Calderón and her business partner James T. Abraham aka Calisto Encinal in Second Life and El Professor in DigiWorldZ gave their presentation "Virtual Worlds as a Tool for Spanish Teaching" on Thursday, April 14th from the Escape sim in DigiWorldZ.

Dr. Doris Molero's insight:
Eugenia Calderón also owns "Spanish with Eugenia" in Second Life, a teaching facility in the Chilbo Community on the mainland. She is a Spanish teacher with six years experience in real life and six years in Second Life. She teaches classes in basic, intermediate and advanced Spanish. In addition to writing her own textbooks, incorporating "field trips" to Spanish-language sites and sims in Second Life, she also coordinates plays and presentations, sometimes written by her students, and also portrayed by her students as an exercise in using Spanish. More recently she has joined to Dr. Abraham's educational project “Spanish Language Learning at Escape”, a playground in the virtual world, DigiWorldZ. James T. Abraham, Ph.D., El Profesor, has been living in virtual worlds since 2006. He has taught in Second Life as Calisto Encinal since 2007. In the spring of 2009, he completed a sabbatical in which he created an interactive, immersive Mexican village in Second Life. Recently, he has authored content for a language learning game for McGraw-Hill and served on their Technology Advisory Board. His current pedagogical interests include the use and creation of virtual worlds for education, serious gaming and innovation in the classroom. Escape is his latest and most ambitious project. For more information on Eugenia see: Eugenia's Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/martha.e.lino https://www.facebook.com/spanishwithe... https://www.facebook.com/events/10881... https://www.facebook.com/spanishlangu... Eugenia Calderon on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EugeniaC... Eugenia Calderón's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/eugeniac... Eugenia Calderon´s blog: http://spanishwitheugenia.blogspot.mx/ For more information on Dr. James T. Abraham and his virtual world alter-egos see: James's academy page: http://web.gccaz.edu/~jamtc53471/ James's blog: http://jtabraham.org/escape/ James's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/spanishlangu... James's DigiWorldz sim: http://digiworldz.com/ Login.digiworldz.com:8002:escape James's Second Life sim: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife... The presentation was part of the SLMOOC16 organized by Dr. Doris Molero (Argentina), Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone (USA), and Dr. Nellie Deutsch (Canada), and is the third in the series. Offered annually in April, the 2016 edition started on April 2nd, and ends on April 30th. f you're not a member of the SLMOOC16 class on Moodle, here's the link: https://moodle4teachers.org/course/vi... And the recordings of all the sessions will be on the SLMOOC16 Playlist on Nellie Deutsch's YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... And don't forget to sign up for the SLMOOC group in-world. Here's the YouTube tutorial to show you how: https://youtu.be/GMc0g8fCI_g To visit the SLMOOC Headquarters in the Chilbo Education Village in the Madhupak sim on the mainland, go to: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife...
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Mapa sobre las tendencias en Innovación Educativa

Seminario “Tendencias en Innovación Educativa”. Francisco José García. Universidad de Salamanca. Vídeo producido por el Gabinete de Tele-Educación de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid 


CONGRESO INTERNACIONAL SOBRE APRENDIZAJE, INNOVACIÓN Y COMPETITIVIDAD. LA SOCIEDAD DEL APRENDIZAJE.


Lejos está la época en la que las aulas eran los únicos lugares donde se realizaba formación y aprendizaje. Actualmente se encuentra en todos los lugares, surge en todo momento y se necesita de forma continua. Es cierto que nos encontramos en la sociedad del conocimiento, pero el conocimiento moriría pronto si lasociedad no aprendiera continuamente. Por tanto, es necesario potenciar la Sociedad del Aprendizaje. La innovación educativa siempre ha perseguido la mejora en la formación tradicional, la formación académica. Pero desde hace unos años también busca la construcción de bases para consolidar e impulsar la sociedad del aprendizaje. Esto se consigue integrando la formación formal con la informal, el conocimiento académico con el social, los canales tradicionales con las redes sociales. La construcción de la sociedad del aprendizaje no es sencilla. Por este motivo, los avances científicos y su inclusión en los procesos de aprendizaje cobran especial relevancia. 


CINAIC 2015 quiere contribuir al desarrollo de la innovación educativa, a la divulgación de los últimos avances científicos y a la presentación de las buenas prácticas. Pero también quiere constituir un punto de encuentro para todas aquellas personas que están construyendo ya la Sociedad del aprendizaje. Video producido por el Gabinete de Tele-Educación de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

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Siguiendo con el tema de innovación educativa el Dr. D. Francisco José García Peñalvo del Grupo de investigación en Interacción y eLearning (GRIAL) del Instituto de Ciencias de la Educación del Departamento de Informática y Automática de la Universidad de Salamanca, nos presenta un mapa sobre las tendencias en Innovación Educativa. Acá encuentras el video de la presentación https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUAJVSRK4Ik&feature=youtu.be

“Innovation is connecting broadly while rethinking creatively to live anew” Dominic Randolph Head of School, Riverdale Country School

Garcia, presenta una Ontología de indicadores para la innovación docente a partir de: Actividades, tecnologia, metodos y tecnicas, asi mismo cmolos resultados de estas practicas innovativas.

En cuanto a la actividad docente:
 • Actividades dedivulgación • Clase Magistral • Clases prácticas delaboratorio • Colaboración deprofesionales externos • Colaboración entre profesorado • Creación y evaluación de materiales • Desarrollo deherramientas software • Dinámica general dela asignatura • Dinámica general dela titulación • Gestión deinformación general • Herramientas de escritura cooperativa • Implantación desistemas deinformación para la mejora dela coordinación,seguimiento y garantía decalidad • Microtrabajo • Prácticas de campo • Prácticas externas • Prácticas virtuales • Pruebas de evaluación • Relación con empresas u otros organismos (profesionales,prácticas,etc.) • Resolución deproblemas, casos, seminarios,talleres, etc. • Toma dedecisiones • Trabajos docentes (trabajos deasignatura,demódulo, etc.) • Tutorización, mentoring y coaching

Uso de la tecnología:
• Análisis de datos • Bases de datos • CAD/CAM/CAE • Dispositivos audiovisuales • Dispositivos hardware • Dispositivos móviles • Ecosistemas tecnológicos • Entornos de trabajo colaborativo • Herramientas de escritura colaborativa online (blog, wiki, Google drive, etc.) • LMS (Learning Management System) • Mundos virtuales • Objetos de aprendizaje • Otro software específico • Pizarras digitales • PLE (Personal Learning Environments) • Redes Sociales y Comunidades de práctica • Repositorios • Simuladores • Sin tecnología • Software de gestión de proyectos • Software de mapas conceptuales • Software de presentaciones • Software geográfico • Software libre • Software matemático • Software para cuestionarios y encuestas

Metodos y tecnicas
• Análisis de textos, trabajos y proyectos. • Analítica académica y de aprendizaje • Aprendizaje a través de juegos(juegosde rol, serious games, etc.) • Aprendizaje autónomo • Aprendizaje basado en casos • Aprendizaje basado en problemas o proyectos • Aprendizaje cooperativo y colaborativo • Aprendizaje Organizativo • Aprendizaje Servicio • Autoevaluación • Contrato de aprendizaje • Debate y grupos de discusión • Estudio del Caso • Evaluación de competencias • Evaluación diagnóstica • Evaluación formativa • Exposición oral • Gamificación • Método del marco lógico • Metodologías online • Métodos adaptativos • Métodos de obtención de datos • Participación activa del estudiante en el proceso de evaluación • Participación del estudiante en docencia • Porfolio docente • Role playing • Rúbricas de evaluación.

Resultados
• Acercamiento a la realidad profesional • Ajuste de la carga de trabajo del estudiante • Aumento de motivación del estudiante • Interdisciplinariedad y multiculturalidad • Mejora autonomía del estudiante • Mejora de competencias del profesorado • Mejora de competencias específicas • Mejora de competencias genéricas o transversales • Mejora de la captación de estudiantes • Mejora de la coordinación entre el profesorado • Mejora de la eficacia(tasas de éxito y rendimiento) • Mejora del proceso de aprendizaje • Mejora del proceso de evaluación • Mejora del sistema de garantía de calidad • Mejora del sistema de gestión de la innovación • Participación activa del estudiante en la docencia • Penetración y aceptación tecnológica • Reconocimiento del aprendizaje informal.

Esta presentación refleja un análisis profundo y bien documentado de las tendencias educativas en las que debemos estar trabajando para llevar experiencias acordes con los tiempos que vivimos.
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CPD - Another ELT Acronym!

CPD - Another ELT Acronym! | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org
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The field of ELT is filled with acronyms. One acronym is CPD.  
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is defined by Harding (2009) as: 
 1. continuous – professionals should always be looking for ways to deal with new challenges and improve performance 
 2. the responsibility of the individual teacher – who identifies his or her own needs and how to meet those needs 
 3. evaluative rather than descriptive – so that the teacher understands the impact of the activity 
 4. an essential component of professional life, not an extra

In this article, Patrice Palmer suggest some ways to CPD on your own:

"1. Download an article or blog post. Read it, share it and more importantly, provide a comment if there is space to do so. 
 2. Write your own blog posts (either on your own blog or as a guest poster on a blog you read regularly). 
 3. Write an article for an ELT magazine or post on social media (there are many ELT teachers on twitter for example). 
 4. Submit a proposal to present at a TESL conference. Think about applying for one of the many scholarships available from IATEFL for the 2017 conference. 
 5. Join a Facebook group or start one of your own. For example, I started a group just for new English teachers https://www.facebook.com/groups/1046966768696998 ;
 6. Learn a new language. This helps monolingual teachers (like me) to understand the complexities of language learning."

She also suggests some nice resources:
1. Visit the British Council CPD center  http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/continuing-professional-development/cpd-teacher-resources  Where you can Download the Continuing professional development handbook for teachers - http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/sites/ec/files/B413%20CPD%20for%20Teachers_v2_0.pdf

This handbook is an excellent resource to help you get started. It offers guidelines and resources to help educators at different levels. Check it out and asses yourself to find out how you can keep on CPDing.. ;)

"There are many types of CPD, which can help teachers at every stage of their career, and suit their own interests and availability of time. The main areas of activity are: 
■ developing a reflective approach to your work 
■ expanding your skills and knowledge through working with resources 
■ sharing and learning with other teachers 
■ participating in training workshops and courses."

This handbook offers where to find:
Conferences 
Groups 
Magazines 
Materials 
Membership 
Mentoring 
Observation 
Publishers 
Reflection 
Research 
Specialization 
Training 
Workshops

As Palmer finishes her post: What will you do this year as part of your own CPD?


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Public Domain Collections: Free to Share & Reuse

Public Domain Collections: Free to Share & Reuse | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
Did you know that more than 180,000 of the items in our Digital Collections are in the public domain? That means everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways.
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We are proud to announce that out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections are now available as high-resolution downloads. No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse!
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The Drax Files: World Makers [Episode 35: Project Bento]

"Our users create content all the time: this world is not bounded, it is not finite!" says Coyot Linden, describing the reason for the sustained success o
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"Our users create content all the time: this world is not bounded, it is not finite!" says Coyot Linden, describing the reason for the sustained success of Second Life amongst digital creatives: in this universe you have the freedom to be and do whatever you want! And precisely that open world concept is a daily challenge for Linden Lab engineers who have to operate on a "live patient" when trying to optimize performance or implement new features. 

Project Bento which added over 100 new joints/bones to the standard SL skeleton was such an endeavor, spanning months of intense collaboration between Lindens, residents and the ever busy SL content making contractors - the Moles. 

Now live on the SL test grid Aditi, Project Bento is bound to give the diverse culture in Second Life an even more expressive edge: complex facial animations for humans and fantasy creatures alike are now possible, hands have fully flexible fingers, multiple tails, wings, ears and even two heads are now thinkable: only one's imagination would be the barrier for identity exploration through colorful avatars. 

And all that new activity will be adding little load on Second Life servers, as animations would be running on local machines rather than SL servers. More information on Project Bento can be found at http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Bento... And the discussion is ongoing on the forums at https://community.secondlife.com/t5/B... ;

Thanks to Cathy Foil, Siddean Munro and Matrice Laville for their work on Bento and thanks to the fabulous content creators who showed up to film with their brand new avatars: Aki Shichiroji, Mahadma, Medhue Simoni, Onyx LeShelle, Asra Orfan, Teager, Flea Bussy, Toady Nakamura. 

Thanks to Kennylex Luckless, Kris Spade, Jeet Kling, Inara Pey, Flufee, Shaman Linden and Simon Linden for being part of this film as well. Many moles showed up while filming = Bat, Ancient, Sylvan, Millie, Quartz and Frost. RL footage was shot by Siddean Munro and a global team of Lindens including Aura, Coyot, Oz, Pete, Troy, Vir and Xiola. 

Animations were made by Abramelin Wolfe and Silent Mole. Set design by Marianne McCann. Mystic Bastion by Death Row Designs. Mole Lair set, Flying Pig, Angry Imp and Bento Supers by Pico Mole. Super special thanks to Torley for helping to shoot the in-world footage: it was just wonderful to collaborate on this piece! 

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 ++++++++++ If you want to see the Metal Mole video = here it is unlisted https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz7B7...
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SLMOOC16 April 10th Heike Philp and Friends EVO Language Learning and Gaming Environments

Gwen Gwasi also known as Heiki Philp in virtual presented "EVO Language Learning and Gaming Environments" on Sunday, April 10th, 2016 at Dr. Doris Molero's home on EduNation Islands, with a side trip to Kitely, and the EVO wiki. A number of her colleagues, including Dr. Doris Molero, Helena Galina, Shelwyn Corrigan and others joined in, as Heike took us on a tour of various language learning virtual world

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more on SLmooc16 .. Dr. Nancy Zngrone..posted our April 10th, EVO Language Learning and the Gaming Environment with Heike Philp, Doris Molero, Shelwyn Corrigan, Helena Galani and friends, with information on language learning in Second Life, the EVO wiki, and a sim built totally for the use of language teachers on Kitely.
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SLMOOC 2016 Re-Mediation in Lord of the Rings Online

The Tolkien narrative has been translated from novel into film and now into a massive multi-player online game giving unique opportunities for new media studies.…
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Excellent work by dear Linda Rogers aka Kate Miranda "ReMediation is a brief introduction to Lord of the Rings Online and its use for Education in literature, narrative and New Media. Linda Rogers aka Kate Miranda is also known as aka Katemirh of Lothlorien (Lvl 100 Hunter Elf, Officer of Courserim Kinship).
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Teaching Mathematics in Virtual Worlds | Treet Business

Teaching Mathematics in Virtual Worlds | Treet Business | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
Randall Holmes, a mathematician, has started to use Second Life to teach basic math to students and shares a lot of the nuts & bolts conclusions about how well it works.
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Here, this is for educators who are curious on how maths can be taught in virtual worlds. 
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Plenary by David Crystal | IATEFL Online: Who would of thought it? The English language 1966-2066

Who would of thought it? The English language 1966-2066

Complaints about a supposed decline in standards of English continue to be made, with increasing frequency, in the British press. Although these are nothing new - as the long history of use of would of for would have illustrates - they do draw attention to the way we seem to be going through a period of unusually rapid language change. This paper illustrates the main changes in pronunciation, orthography, grammar, and vocabulary, discusses the chief factors involved - social mobility, globalization, and the Internet - and compares the changes that have taken place in the past fifty years with those that are likely to take place in the next fifty.
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David Crystal is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Bangor, and works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales, as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster. He read English at University College London, specialized in English language studies, then joined academic life as a lecturer in linguistics, first at Bangor, then at Reading, where he became professor of linguistics. He received an OBE for services to the English language in 1995. Recent books include The Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary (with Ben Crystal), Making a point: the pernickety story of English punctuation, The disappearing dictionary, and The gift of the gab: how eloquence works. His current research is chiefly in applied historical English phonology, with particular reference to Shakespearean original pronunciation. He is the patron of IATEFL. - See more at: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2016/session/plenary-david-crystal#sthash.vSALtA0C.dpuf
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Minecraft MOOC rocks SLanguages 2015

Minecraft MOOC rocks SLanguages 2015 | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
On Sunday Nov 15, Learning2gether celebrated its 300th episode on the 2nd day of the SLanguages conference. Under the skillful wizardry of Heike Philp, four co-moderators of the proposed EVO Minecraft MOOC session met in Adobe Connect, where Bron Stuckey and Vance Stevens introduced Minecraft, explained its pedagogical significance and appeal to young learners, and extended that appeal to teachers using Minecraft as a vehicle for understanding gamification in the course of their professional development. Filip and Marijana Smolcec, also with us in Adobe Connect, shared a screen where young Filip proceeded to demolish forests for resources and build a shelter as night set in, which he survived despite giant spiders overhead, and emerged at dawn to watch them burn.
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This and in fact all recording links from the SLanguages conference are available in this post, and below you can find a YouTube embedded recording of Shelly Terrell’s presentation on badges given as an EVO Moderators training session just prior to the Slanguages event. 

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