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IELTS and newspapers -

IELTS and newspapers - | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Advice on and how and why to use newspapers to improve reading and vocabulary skills for IELTS, with suggested practice exercises and useful links

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Brigid's curator insight, March 9, 10:45 AM

Read a news article each day 

www. breakingnewsenglish.com

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How Much of You Does Facebook Own?

How Much of You Does Facebook Own? | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
 
If you use Facebook, your friends might have posted an update saying Facebook is not permitted to violate their privacy. 
The message says, “The content of my profile contains private information.
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Allow pupils to use Google in GCSE exams, says academic

Allow pupils to use Google in GCSE exams, says academic | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
A Harvard physics professor says schoolchildren must be allowed to access the internet and talk to friends in the exams hall to reflect the conditions seen in the workplace

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, December 8, 7:42 AM

El profesor Eric Mazur, Decano de Física Aplicada en la Universidad de Harvard, muy conocido por su metodología de enseñanza "Peer Instruction" afirma que los adolescentes deberían tener acceso a internet y discutir preguntas con sus compañeros de clase durante los exámenes para que de esta manera realmente puedan estar preparados para el mundo real.

 

Estoy completamente de acuerdo y yo agregaría que las actuales formas de evaluación a través de exámenes y prácticas en aula deberían ser completamente reemplazadas por evaluaciones permanentes durante el desarrollo de las actividades lectivas, que deberían estar menos centradas en las tradicionales y aburridas (con honrosas excepciones por supuesto) clases magistrales y más en discusiones, desarrollo de proyectos, trabajos colaborativos y con enfoque interdisciplinar. Todo ello por supuesto conlleva a una mayor dedicación del profesor, a que él mismo desarrolle habilidades de trabajo en equipo, sea más creativo, se interese por la tecnología más allá del Word, el Powerpoint y el correo electrónico. En consecuencia.. un enorme reto por delante.

Betty Skeet's curator insight, December 17, 11:12 AM

Changes recommended by professor in how young people do GCSC exams to reflect the workplace conditions...using Google and conferring?

ғelιх c ѕeyғarтн's curator insight, Today, 5:03 AM

What fun.

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Young People Don't Care About Newspapers, Old People Don't Care About Smartphones

Young People Don't Care About Newspapers, Old People Don't Care About Smartphones | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Kicking off Business Insider’s Ignition event on Tuesday, Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget detailed where digital business is headed.

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Cláudio De Musacchio's curator insight, December 4, 5:27 AM

Este dado estatístico é muito interessante, porque demonstra um deslocamento dos meios de produção de informação para o próprio público. Com isto, qualquer pessoa num futuro próximo será capaz de produzir informação, ser visto, trocar informações e construir redes de relações.

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Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.
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:-o: The surprising power of emoticons

:-o: The surprising power of emoticons | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
From :) to ¯\(°_o)/¯, there are now thousands of emoticons, and as Chris Baraniuk discovers, some can even sway our behaviour.
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Is tech transforming language?

Is tech transforming language? | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Many think texts and tweets are crimes against proper grammar, but linguist Ben Zimmer argues that this misses the point

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Luciana Viter
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The Mirror and the Meme: A 600-Year History of the Selfie

The Mirror and the Meme: A 600-Year History of the Selfie | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
The mirror doesn’t “force” the Renaissance to happen; it “allows” it to happen.

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Without a technology that enabled humans to see a clear reflection of reality, including their own faces, the particular constellation of ideas in art and philosophy and politics that we call the Renaissance would have had a much more difficult time coming into being.

Peering into the history of the mirror and the future of its modern progeny — which includes, notably, the selfie — Johnson leaves the trajectory of its sociocultural impact open-ended:

The mirror helped invent the modern self, in some real but unquantifiable way. That much we should agree on. Whether that was a good thing in the end is a separate question, one that may never be settled con
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How to debunk falsehoods

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Fed up with futile internet arguments, a bunch of psychologists investigated how best to correct false ideas. Tom Stafford discovers how to debunk properly.
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Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard?

Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard? | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Computers may dominate our lives, but mastery of penmanship brings us important cognitive benefits, research suggests Continue reading...

Via Louise Robinson-Lay, Juergen Wagner
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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, December 18, 3:40 PM

Writing still dominates in schools. Our exams are handwritten and many students are still encouraged to handwrite notes. There are some benefits to handwriting. It allows for thinking time which can assist in clearer writing and it gives students the space to be more creative as it slows down the process. While it is crucial to be computer literate a blended approach to writing must be adopted by schools in order to allow students the benefits of both approaches. 

A tablet computer, where students can handwrite, are a good option for note taking too, but less useful for writing essays and longer texts.

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Will Technology Benefit Very Young Children?

Will Technology Benefit Very Young Children? | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Technology literacy is important to the economic and educational future of the next generation.
Scientists and educators in the U.S.
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VoA Learning English - Internet Freedom Shrinks Worldwide

VoA Learning English - Internet Freedom Shrinks Worldwide | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Internet Freedom Shrinks Worldwide









Internet Freedom Shrinks Worldwidei ▶ ▶ || 0:00:00 ... ⇱ MP3 - 5.9MB MP3 - 2.9MB ...
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Johnson: Future English Language Simpler and more foreign

Johnson: Future English Language Simpler and more foreign | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
SEVERAL weeks ago, Johnson discussed his debate with Nicholas Ostler about the lingua franca of the future. Johnson thinks that English has a very long run...

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Robin Yu's curator insight, December 2, 6:32 PM

A future for English

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#BBCtrending: 'I refuse to be my daughter's diary' - BBC News

#BBCtrending: 'I refuse to be my daughter's diary' - BBC News | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
How one mother's decision to leave parents' Whatsapp group went viral online.

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The ten bad habits that leave Britons feeling most infuriated

The ten bad habits that leave Britons feeling most infuriated | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it

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Robin Yu's curator insight, November 26, 7:03 PM

Might be guilty of one of those myself...

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The Life You Can Save, Lawyer Harry Potter on Morality and the Law, A History of Ideas - BBC Radio 4

The Life You Can Save, Lawyer Harry Potter on Morality and the Law, A History of Ideas - BBC Radio 4 | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Is there an difference between a child dying in a far off land and a child dying nearby?
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The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens? (Video)

Does the internet actually inhibit, rather than encourage democracy? In this new RSA Animate adapted from a talk given in 2009, Evgeny Morozov presents an al...

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, November 24, 5:27 PM

adicionar a sua visão ...

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Does BandAid reinforce stereotypes about Africa?

Does BandAid reinforce stereotypes about Africa? | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
SOAS researcher Robtel Pailey and producer Harvey Goldsmith debate some of the perceived issues surrounding the new BandAid song.
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It's time to dump the jargon and the doublespeak - The Media Blog

It's time to dump the jargon and the doublespeak - The Media Blog | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
Jargon, gibberish, twaddle: Whatever you call it there's too much in PR, marketing and the media. I was recently speaking with a PR person who represented a large shopping centre. "We never refer to it as a shopping centre," I...
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Here's how learning a new language changes your brain - at any age - ScienceAlert

Here's how learning a new language changes your brain - at any age - ScienceAlert | News for IELTS + Class Discussion | Scoop.it
We all know that learning a new language is a great, healthy thing to do for your brain, but new research has discovered that it actually changes both the structure and function of your brain network, regardless of whether you’re four years old, or
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