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IELTS | LearnEnglish | British Council

IELTS | LearnEnglish | British Council | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
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IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It is the world’s most popular English test for higher education and global migration.

Find out more about IELTS. Discover how to take an IELTS test with the British Council in your country.Do  IELTS preparation.Read IELTS Tips for Success and specific tips for IELTS listening,reading, speaking and writing.
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ndlifeSets let you organize your photos on Flickr. Explore the 14 photos in this set.

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Beutiful photos by Linda Rogers of my favorite language school in SL

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FREN201 TourEiffel2014 - YouTube

Part 1 of 3 of a visit in Paris 1900, Second Life, with a FREN201 student, finding information on Wikipedia to take a tour and a skydive from the Eiffel Tower.
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Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom

Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
This year, I admitted a hard truth to myself. I wasn't having my students write enough. In an attempt to follow Kelly Gallagher’s advice that students should write more than we can assess, I decided
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Dave's Blog: Works Of Art In Second Life

Dave's Blog: Works Of Art In Second Life | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
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This is a post by one of my students... :) He visited an art exhibition in Sl and this is what he found.. Thanks David Melean.. you shine, dear...

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SL11B Community Celebration Video No.1: The Launch - YouTube

The SL11B Community Celebration Launches! With a little help from the MadMan from the future.

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Trend 1: Learner Agency | CORE Education

Trend 1: Learner Agency | CORE Education | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
Ten Trends 2014: Learning Agency.
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The concept of agency has been central to educational thinking and practice for centuries. The idea that education is the process through which learners become capable of independent thought which, in turn, forms the basis for autonomous action, has had a profound impact on modern educational theory and practice.

One way of thinking of learner agency is when learners have “the power to act”. Agency is when learning involves the activity and the initiative of the learner, more than the inputs that are transmitted to the learner from the teacher, from the curriculum, the resources and so forth. In the past our schools have catered mostly for groups of learners, for classes of kids, with a one size fits all approach. Arguably, many students felt disenfranchised in the midst of that, as they just had to sit and do what they were told. Lessons were delivered to students who were passive in the way that they received that. When learners move from being passive recipients to being much more active in the learning process, actively involved in the decisions about the learning, then they have greater agency.

There’s been a lot of talk in the past about learner-centric approaches to education and personalisation, and these are aspects of what we might mean by learner agency, but the concept goes deeper than this.

There are three things that I think are core features of our understanding of learner agency. The first is that agency involves the initiative or self-regulation of the learner. Before a learner can exercise agency in their particular learning context they must have a belief that their behaviour and their approach to learning is actually going to make a difference for them in the learning in that setting - in other words, a personal sense of agency. The notion of agency isn’t simply about handing control over to the learner - a sort of abdication model - it involves a far greater tapestry of intentionality on the part of schools and teachers to create that context and environment where the learners are actively involved in the moment by moment learning and well being.  However, it will be important for schools to consider the safeguards that will need to be in place to ensure no one is falling through the gaps under the guise of just “doing my own thing”.

Second, agency is interdependent. It mediates and is mediated by the sociocultural context of the classroom. It’s not just about a learner in isolation doing their own thing and what suits them. Learners must develop an awareness that there are consequences for the decisions they make and actions they take, and will take account of that in the way(s) they exercise their agency in learning.

And thirdly, agency includes an awareness of the responsibility of ones own actions on the environment and on others. So there’s a social connectedness kind of dimension to that. Every decision a learner makes, and action she or he takes, will impact on the thinking, behaviour or decisions of others - and vice versa. You can’t just act selfishly and call that acting with agency.

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Infographic: What Does It Take To Be A Teacher?

Infographic: What Does It Take To Be A Teacher? | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it

What Does It Take To Be A Teacher? Infographic shows that teachers’ realities are growing increasingly complex.


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Jaime Salcedo Luna's curator insight, May 18, 2014 8:08 AM

Interesante comparación de la dedicación requerida para ser docente en cinco países del mundo.

Niki Davis's curator insight, May 19, 2014 6:16 AM

Looks too certain to me - there must be enormous difficulties in measuring this across cultures, contexts and other aspects of these rapidly evolving ecosystems. 

Heather Morrow Giles's curator insight, June 19, 2014 10:19 AM

this is why we go home so tired!

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Ten Trends 2014: The singularity |

Ten Trends 2014: The singularity | | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
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In recent years technology has become smaller, more personalised and more connected. This in turn is affecting the ways we are using technology and our expectations of it as an almost ‘essential’ part of our day-to-day existence. The “singularity” is a concept most often associated with the development of artificial intelligence, and the hypothetical moment in time when we’ll see a complete merging of technology with our lives.

We’ve chosen to use the term for our trend with a slightly broader view, describing the convergence of previously discrete and separately used technologies, as well as the almost ‘invisible’ integration and use of technologies as a part of our everyday life. We’re now seeing the emergence of technologies that we can wear or have embedded within the things we use everyday — or into our bodies. Where these sorts of technologies were once regarded as something ‘external’ to our selves, the yare becoming increasingly ‘a part’ of us — how we live, work, and communicate.

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CORE Education's Ten Trends 2014

CORE Education's Ten Trends 2014 | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it

http://www.core-ed.org/thought-leadership/ten-trend


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Ilkka Olander's curator insight, May 16, 2014 10:10 AM

Each year, CORE Education’s experienced staff of researchers, education trainers, and technology experts pool their knowledge and expertise, and through a thorough process put together and publish CORE’s prognosis on what are the coming ten major trends in eLearning and education generally that will make an impact upon education in New Zealand (and other parts of the world) in the coming year.

Alan Ovens's curator insight, May 17, 2014 5:33 PM

Interesting while not attending to the fact that the education is becoming a market place where business principles and ethics will dominate and constrain education.

Steve Bavister's curator insight, May 20, 2014 2:57 AM

Neat graphic. Cool insight.

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Educators Are Doin' PD For Themselves

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Educators are creating their own professional development opportunities on their own time without compensation, acknowledgement, nor credit. With so many great resources on the web, teachers are re...

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 18, 2014 9:17 AM

Remember accreditation! Badges?

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Setting up a Learning Center in Second Life - YouTube

Join the first annual free SLMOOC14 on WizIQ, watch the recordings, upload the content (from the courseware), do the assignments based on the recordings and ...
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Employ a Language Assistant | British Council

Employ a Language Assistant | British Council | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
Learn how a Language Assistant can bring language and culture alive in your UK school.
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Which English? on GamesWithWords.org

Which English? on GamesWithWords.org | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
What countries have most influenced the way you speak? Take this test designed by MIT researchers and find out.
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Cool game.. give it a try...

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2015 05 23 digital research methodologies redux

This is essentially the same set of slides as presented as 'Against Digital Research Method', though the presentation addresses reserach on MOOCs more specif...
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The New Digital Storytelling Series: D. Fox Harrell | Filmmaker Magazine

The New Digital Storytelling Series: D. Fox Harrell | Filmmaker Magazine | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
In the penultimate part of Filmmaker and the MIT Open Documentary Lab's interview project with prominent transmedia figures, D. Fox Harrell, Ph.D., Associate
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New Mesh Avatars Now Available in Second Life - Second Life

New Mesh Avatars Now Available in Second Life - Second Life | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it

Today, we’re updating Second Life’s default avatar options with 24 brand new mesh avatars. You may have spotted a sneak peek at a few of these as Lindens tried them out recently, and starting today, you can start using them yourself!

These avatars are designed to give new users a more appealing set of choices as they start their time in Second Life. Based on the most popular avatars picked at registration, these new options are much better-looking and take advantage of technology incorporated into Second Life over the past year (like fitted mesh and materials) for a more modern feel.If you want to check out the new default avatars, just open up the Avatar Selector in the Viewer. Under the People tab, you’ll see a great variety of male and female mesh avatars to pick from. Under the Vampire tab, you’ll see those infamous creatures of the night along with some other monsters like zombies, werewolves, and winged beasts. (Tip: Make sure you’re running the latest Second Life Official Viewer for the optimal experience with these avatars.)Under the classic tab of the Avatar Selector, you will find many of the most popular classic default avatars. Although not all of the old options will be available in the Avatar Selector, you can still access them all in your inventory library under Library/Clothing/Older Outfits - so if you were partial to one of them, don’t worry.

Login to your Second Life account and meet the new mesh avatars, today!


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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 19, 2014 9:47 AM

Thanks to Camie Rembrandt.

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Il Cinema e il Metaverso


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A Day in the Life of a 21st Century Connected Teacher Infographic | e-Learning Infographics

A Day in the Life of a 21st Century Connected Teacher Infographic | e-Learning Infographics | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
A Day in the Life of a 21st Century Connected Teacher Infographic shows how social media can be integrated in your classroom and help you develop professionally.
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The term connected teacher refers to an educator who is involved in collective learning, sharing and exploration of what learning is for themselves and their students.

Being a connected teacher, you can utilize your connections to adopt best and brightest practices of teaching from other educators. The infographic “A Day in the Life of a 21st Century Connected Teacher” shows how social media can be integrated in your classroom and in your life, and help you develop professionally by learning from other teachers.

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Trend 2: Living in the digital now | CORE Education

Trend 2: Living in the digital now | CORE Education | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
Ten Trends 2014: Living in the digital now.
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The digital revolution that we're in the middle of at the moment is probably one of the largest transformations to ever have taken place in human history. It's big not only because of the things that we are able to do with digital tools but also the changes that it's making to human culture. We’re all facing the challenge of living in the digital now and it only takes a quick look at the media to see that ideas of participation, identity, democracy, formal and informal networks are really being challenged. Where traditionally we might have looked to institutions of long standing or to well established experts to solve problems for us, increasingly now we're sourcing information online, we're curating it, we're finding solutions, we're doing things digitally.

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A Comprehensive Index to Educational Hashtags Teachers Must Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Educators Are Doin' It For Themselves: Creating Their Own Professional Development

Educators Are Doin' It For Themselves: Creating Their Own Professional Development | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
Educators are creating their own professional development opportunities on their own time without compensation, acknowledgement, nor credit. With so many great resources on the web, teachers are re...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 17, 2014 6:56 PM

I think the Internet and digital technologies potentially help with PD, but it is not a guarantee. The other day I saw several tweets in my twitter feed that did little but amplify that a possible digital PD session was happening. There was little depth to it.

Deborah Banker's curator insight, May 18, 2014 10:28 AM

"Buyer Beware"

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What Should We Focus On Learning In An Age Where Almost All Information Is At Your Fingertips?

What Should We Focus On Learning In An Age Where Almost All Information Is At Your Fingertips? | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it
What should we focus on learning in an age where almost all information is at your fingertips? This question was originally answered on Quora by Robert Frost and Balaji Viswanathan.
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You have all the information about space in front of you. Now, build me a rocket to take me to Mars.

Data is not information. Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not expertise. Expertise is not execution.

The purpose of education is to provide you the toolsets that enable you take the data around you, make sense out of it, and find out a way to create something productive out of that. As the amount of data around us explode, the necessity for education grows.

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Second Life as a Tool for Spanish Speaking by Martha Lino de Costa 2 - YouTube

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