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A Map of Baseball Nation

A Map of Baseball Nation | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

"Fans may not list which team they favor on the census, but millions of them do make their preferences public on Facebook. Using aggregated data provided by the company, we were able to create an unprecedented look at the geography of baseball fandom, going down not only to the county level, as Facebook did in a nationwide map it released a few weeks ago, but also to ZIP codes."


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Brian Altonen's curator insight, April 25, 4:51 PM

Anything can be mapped.  

 

This mapping did not fully account for hybridization--for example when a friend in Texas is a Boston Red Sox fan.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, April 28, 7:43 AM

unit 1 & 3

Greg Russak's curator insight, April 29, 9:53 AM

Maps and baseball - a good combination!

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Preventing Teacher Burnout

Preventing Teacher Burnout | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

We’ve all known that teacher. He may be young or old, but his best teaching days are behind him. And that’s because he’s burnt out. Maybe he’s just lost his spark, and is going through his teaching days giving the same tired lessons in the same tired way. Or worse, maybe he’s become cynical – ready with a sarcastic comment to a student, and a stream of complaints in the teacher’s lounge. It’s no fun to be his student or his colleague because he sucks the life out of any room. He radiates negative energy, and it’s contagious. He might get fired, but he might stick around for years, making the days drag for the rest of us. 


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Using LEGO to Teach Hands-On Math

Using LEGO to Teach Hands-On Math | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

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Autism Daily Newscast's curator insight, September 10, 1:26 AM

Not an app but close enough - love it.

Elizabeth Bowden's curator insight, September 12, 4:52 PM

In addition to using Lego for maths, I've taken my sons (extensive) Lego collection into History and Society & Culture to have the students (high school) demonstrate their understanding of concepts such as globalisation, communism, nationalism, capitalism. Worked really well and classes sooo happy. 

 

Having been broken up into groups and given a concept each, They created cities or environments demonstrating the concept then talked the rest of the class through. 

Ness Crouch's curator insight, September 13, 1:06 PM

Fantastic ideas for using lego in mathematics. Simple hands on tasks.

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Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom

Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, September 11, 8:33 AM

Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom

Lee Hall's curator insight, September 12, 12:52 PM

I plan to use the 3-2-1 method in my very next class. Great ideas.

Mary Starry's curator insight, September 13, 6:38 PM

Great graphic that summarizes things we've all heard before, but helps keep them in mind so we really do utilize them with students.

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From Toy to Tool: How to Develop Smart Tablet Habits in Class

From Toy to Tool: How to Develop Smart Tablet Habits in Class | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

Managing tablets as learning tools in the classroom is not easy, especially when many kids use them largely as toys outside of school, if they have access to a tablet in their home environment. Here are some ideas on how to develop smart habits for class.

 

 


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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, September 9, 11:25 PM

Useful tips all tablet-friendly teachers must have in mind....

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, September 13, 2:44 PM

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Kimberly House's curator insight, September 18, 12:53 AM

Useful tips for teachers introducing iPads into their classrooms.

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Four Ways to Spot a Great Teacher

Four Ways to Spot a Great Teacher | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Parents should seek out educators who have outside intellectual lives, follow the data and ask terrific questions.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 5, 11:00 AM

While there isn't just one way to be a good teacher, but there often are some striking characteristics that good educators possess. 

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Robert Reich: The destructive myth at the heart of American “public” education

Robert Reich: The destructive myth at the heart of American “public” education | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

How inequality and stealth privatization are increasing the achievement gap between the haves and the have-nots. Thirty years ago, the average gap on SAT-type tests between children of families in the richest 10 percent and bottom 10 percent was about 90 points on an 800-point scale. Today it’s 125 points.


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Curiosity Is as Important as Intelligence

Curiosity Is as Important as Intelligence | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

In any event, the relative complexity of different eras is of little matter to the person who is simply struggling to cope with it in everyday life. So perhaps the right question is not “Is this era more complex?” but “Why are some people more able to manage complexity?” Although complexity is context-dependent, it is also determined by a person’s disposition. In particular, there are three key psychological qualities that enhance our ability to manage complexity:


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8 Questions Teachers Should Ask When Giving Assessments

8 Questions Teachers Should Ask When Giving Assessments | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

Research shows that when students help develop questions for an assessment, and have a deeper understanding of what they are expected to learn before they take the assessment, they take a greater responsibility of their own learning.

 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 1, 2:25 AM

Some interesting insights into assessment.


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Resource Roundup: The Pencil Metaphor - The Point, Labor, And Fun

Resource Roundup: The Pencil Metaphor - The Point, Labor, And Fun | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

"For most educators, back-to-school decorations still include the proverbial apple, school bus, writing strips, and black and white composition notebooks...

Looking back, we wanted to round up some of our favorite resources that highlight the pencil as a metaphor for leadership, work, and fun."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 28, 7:41 PM

Perhaps you remember a few years back when the pencil became a viral hit on Twitter. Think back to the year 2011 and recall how tablets were becoming "the next best thing" in education. How was this technology going to be integrated into the school day?

This post provides a number of resources that moves the pencil beyond that viral chat. You will find an image of the pencil with each component representing various groups of people often found in schools.

The video, iPencil, takes a look at what actually goes into making a pencil, and will teach students about how one product impacts much of the world. And last, but not least,, is the Ode to #PencilChat, a short video that looks at technology integration in the classroom.

Why look at the pencil? Here are the last two lines of this post. "Whether metaphor, symbol, or tool, the pencil is flexible, durable and timeless. We wish everyone a great school year."

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, September 9, 6:23 PM

The Pencil as a metaphor for educators and technology. 

I have yet to have a student ask, 'I won't do this because no-one's given me any PD.' 

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Teaching like it's 2999: Making a Homemade Stylus: A Great Electricity Activity!

Teaching like it's 2999: Making a Homemade Stylus: A Great Electricity Activity! | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

"As more of our students are using touchscreen devices, teachers are realizing there is an added cost in peripherals... i.e., apps, headphones and styluses. These costs can quickly add up, so finding simple low-cost solutions is quite helpful. Below is a quick way to create your own stylus with 3 household items in just a few seconds! Plus - BONUS - it makes an awesome science activity... scroll down for more."


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kathyvsr's curator insight, August 25, 4:52 PM

Fun, useful and educational.!

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Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Alan November explains how he would use the first five days of school to lay the groundwork for a year of learning that goes far beyond the test.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 21, 7:50 PM

In this post Alan November suggests that there are four skills we should teach our students the first week of school. Before reading on, what do you think are the most important skills to teach those first days of the year? What do you teach that first day? Most of us would probably answer the procedures and policies, and perhaps the rules. That is not November's advice. He suggests that we do the following.

1. Power Researching - Studies continue to tell us that students do not know how to search well. They tend to Google the answer. Creating questions that cannot be googles is not easy, but it is necessary that our students have "high level research skills.."

2. Meaningful contributions - Can your class come up with an idea that will make the world a better place? If they can, and you help make it happen, they will make the world a better place.

3. Ask them about their passions - Would you consider giving students time throughout the year to work on a project that they are passionate about?

4. Build a learning ecology - Our students need to know that we are also learners. What did you learn this summer? Share this with your students. He states "we have to teach students to learn to learn."

There is much more on these 4 skills in the post. Think about trying to do one or more of these this year.

Aris P. Louvris's curator insight, August 25, 4:55 AM

Σε αυτό το post ο αρθογράφος δείχνει ότι υπάρχουν τέσσερις δεξιότητες που θα πρέπει να διδάξουμε στους μαθητές μας την πρώτη εβδομάδα του σχολείου. Πριν το διαβάσετε, ποιες νομίζετε ότι είναι οι πιο σημαντικές δεξιότητες για να διδάξετε αυτές τις πρώτες ημέρες του έτους; Τι διδάσκετε εσείς την πρώτη εβδομάδα; Οι περισσότεροι από εμάς θα απαντήσουμε πιθανότατα τις διαδικασίες και πολιτικές, και ίσως και τους κανόνες. Αντί αυτών ο αρθογράφος προτείνει να κάνουμε τα εξής:
1 Η δύναμη της αναζήτησης - Μελέτες συνεχίζουν να μας υπενθυμίζουν ότι οι μαθητές δεν ξέρουν πώς να ψάξουν καλά. Τείνουν να "γκουκγλάρουν" την απάντηση. Η δημιουργία ερωτήσεων που δεν βρίσκονται στη google δεν είναι εύκολο, αλλά είναι απαραίτητο οι μαθητές μας να έχουν «δεξιότητες υψηλού επιπέδου στην έρευνα ..." 

2 Σημαίνουσες συνεισφορές - Μπορεί η τάξη μας να καταλήξει σε μια ιδέα που θα κάνει τον κόσμο ένα καλύτερο μέρος; Αν μπορούν και σας βοηθήσουν να συμβεί, θα κάνουν όντως τον κόσμο ένα καλύτερο μέρος.
3. Ρωτήστε τους για τα πάθη τους - Θα το σκεφτόσασταν να δίνατε χρόνο σε μαθητές όλο το χρόνο για να εργαστούν σε ένα πρότζεκτ με το οποίο είναι παθιασμένοι;
4. Δομήστε μια "μαθησιακή οικολογία" - Οι μαθητές μας πρέπει να γνωρίζουν ότι κι εμείς είμαστε επίσης "μαθητές". Τι έμαθες αυτό το καλοκαίρι; Μοιραστείτε το με τους μαθητές σας. "Θα πρέπει να διδάξουμε στους μαθητές να μάθουν πώς να μαθαίνουν». 


Υπάρχουν πολύ περισσότερα από αυτές τις 4 δεξιότητες στο άρθρο. Σκεφτείτε προσπαθώντας να κάνετε ένα ή περισσότερα από αυτά φέτος, έτσι για αλλαγή!

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“It’s Like You’re Conducting an Orchestra”

“It’s Like You’re Conducting an Orchestra” | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

Bill Gates shares what he learned from middle school teacher Katie Brown, Washington state’s 2014 Teacher of the Year.


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Should We Teach Plato in Gym Class? - New York Times

Should We Teach Plato in Gym Class? - New York Times | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Should We Teach Plato in Gym Class?
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The training of the body is directly related to the development of a fundamental aspect of the human psyche: what Plato, that pre-eminent teacher of teaching, called thymos.
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Proof That American Teachers Are The World's Hardest Working

Proof That American Teachers Are The World's Hardest Working | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

American teachers work hard. Like, really hard.

This year's education report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development outlines the state of education in the world's most developed countries. It finds that American elementary school teachers spend more hours actually teaching students than peers in any other surveyed country.   American middle school and high school teachers spend more time educating students than peers in every OECD country except Chile, according to the report. In addition to classroom time, U.S. teachers are required to be at school for more hours than most of their international peers.

  


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 10, 7:47 AM
Working many hours means working hard, but what are the underlying reasons for the number of hours? Does it mean other countries have better supports? I did not experience great support in the Schools I taught in the last few years I taught. Quite to the contrary. @ivon_ehd1
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Technology in the Classroom: What Happens When It Fails?

Technology in the Classroom: What Happens When It Fails? | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Technology in the Classroom: What Happens When It Fails?

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, September 9, 6:20 PM

 'In the end, learning is a student responsibility and teaching is about inviting students into an environment where this can happen.'

Daniel C. Renson's curator insight, September 10, 2:38 AM

and what about the large interactive board?

Charles R. Juarez Jr-Realtor's curator insight, September 10, 4:36 PM

After you leave the classroom go to http://Charlesjuarez.net and look for a good home to buy....

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15 Questions To Help Students Respond To New Ideas

15 Questions To Help Students Respond To New Ideas | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

"It just might be that in a society where information is abundant, thinking habits are more important than knowledge. Somewhere beneath wisdom and above the “things” a student knows.

Laws of economics say that scarcity increases value. It’s no longer information that’s scarce, but rather meaningful response to that information. Thought.

And thought has a source–a complex set of processes, background knowledge, and schema that we can, as educators think of as cognitive habits. And if they’re habits, well, that means they’re probably something we can practice at, doesn’t it?"


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 8, 7:09 PM

We want our students to demonstrate that they know how to think, to understand that they have the ability to ask questions and find answers, answers that may not be available through Google (esp. if we are asking them to research). In short, we want them to use metacognitive skills.

But how do we teach them these skils? The image above, from teachthought, provides 15 questions that may help students create the habits that students need to learn. Below are three of the questions. Click through to the post for the entire list, as well as some great discussion.

* Is this idea important to me? To others? Why or why not?

* Is there a “part” of this new idea I can take and “pivot”? Create something new and fresh?

* What real-world models–examples–relate to this that can help me understand this further?

Consider posting these questions in your classroom and using them when appropriate with students.

Bronwyn Burke's curator insight, September 18, 2:50 PM

Thinking and questioning, the more the better. Engaging with new information and building curiosity.

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15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers | Edudemic

15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers | Edudemic | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
How do you make students better online researchers? By understanding how they can and should use Google, of course!

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, September 6, 3:42 AM

This teaching resources article includes beginner, intermediate and advanced levels which can be modified and adapted to your 21st Century teaching and learning environments.  Add Zotero and Evernote to the mix for outstanding research results.

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Educational Leadership: Motivation Matters

Educational Leadership: Motivation Matters | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 4, 6:42 PM

The September issue of Education Leadership focuses on motivation. The image above contains quotes from seven quotes from authors in this issue and all address motivation. There are many articles in this issue that are free to read. A few are listed below.

* Motivated to Learn: A Conversation with Daniel Pink

* Motivating Young Adolescents by Rick Wormeli

* One to Grow On/Releasing the Will to Learn by Carol Ann Tomlinson

I suspect we many of us would like to see more of our students motivated in our classes. These articles may provide some insights. Please be aware that the top link a is to the current issue. Once this has been updated a new link to the issue will posted here.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, September 6, 10:04 AM

In this edition of ASCD, I paid particular attention to Rick Wormeils article on "Motivating Young Adolescence as I begin my next 3 year relationship with 6th grade advisees. The first year in middle school is the toughest.

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5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback

5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

Teacher feedback must be informative and encouraging for students to fully understand whether they're learning and what they can do to improve the learning process.


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Culture Of Courage: Creating A Culture That Breeds Bravery [Infographic]

Culture Of Courage: Creating A Culture That Breeds Bravery [Infographic] | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
People are innately wired to avoid risk. During times of times of change and uncertainty, our risk aversion is amplified. Yet the number one way to gaining competitive edge is by creating a culture where people feel safe and emboldened to innovate and challenge the status quo thinking. The first key to creating a 'culture of courage' is leading from possibility, not probability.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Courage...

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 1, 5:02 AM

Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Courage...


Nancy Jones's curator insight, September 1, 8:37 AM

This is a great visual representation of the power and learning opportunities of mistakes. The parent population needs to realize that greater and deeper understanding comes from making and correcting mistakes than memorizing merely to get the reward of a grade.

Ian Berry's curator insight, September 1, 3:34 PM

All good insights I particularly like Lead from possibility, not probability.

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School Should Be More Like Camp

School Should Be More Like Camp | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

Some things about me:I love to learn, create, invent, ponder and imagine what can be.  I consider myself insatiable when it comes to learningI hated school from 2nd grade through college.   So needless to say, I promote the idea that school should be more like camp. What follows is a chart comparing school to camp.  Which would you prefer to attend?  Which would you prefer your own children to experience?

 


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Quiz Yourself: How Good Are You at Teaching the Art of Learning?

Quiz Yourself: How Good Are You at Teaching the Art of Learning? | teaching and technology | Scoop.it
Test how well you know some of these counterintuitive study tips.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 27, 6:35 PM

Do you know how your brain learns new information. On August 25, 2014 I posted How Does The Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies. This post is a follow-up to that post and has five questions. Below is one of the questions with the answers, but to see if you are correct you will need to click through to the post. 

Quoting from the post:

4) Your students each have an important class presentation to make in the coming days, and they need to memorize some material by heart. How much time should they spend studying and how much time practicing from memory?

A. A third of the time reading, two-thirds practicing from memory.
B. 90 percent studying the text — and 10 percent practicing from memory at the end.
C. 50 percent reading, 50 percent practicing.
D. Just read it a few times and sleep on it.

If learning how to learn is something you would like to learn more about, and if you would be willing to participate in a MOOC, Coursera will be offering the course Learning How To Learn again. It will begin on Oct. 3rd, so head over to Coursera to sign up. The course is free (unless you need documentation that you took it, in which case it will cost $49). I am in the final week of the course and would recommend it to you. At some point I will post my final assignment to share.

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, August 28, 5:25 PM

Interesting information about learning - good advice~

Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 29, 12:47 AM

Not only do we have to teach English but we have to teach the students how to Learn.

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How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies

How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

"In his new book, “How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens,” author Benedict Carey informs us that “most of our instincts about learning are misplaced, incomplete, or flat wrong” and “rooted more in superstition than in science.”


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 25, 7:41 PM

How do we learn? This post explores this issue and provides some suggstions on some best practices for studying. 

The author of the post provides three "take-aways" from the book.

* "Forgetting isn't always bad."

* "The brain is a foraging learner."

* "We can be tactical in our learning."

A number of suggestions on best ways to study are also included.

* Rather than cramming study material for a shorter period of time everyday. You will retain more.

* Studying in different locations may be beneficial.

* Taking breaks after intense studying is good. It provides a break for your brain. This is called diffuse learning.

* Rather than rereading material quiz yourself on it to see how much you recall.

Additional suggestions are included in the post and there is more information. 

If this is an area of interest to you Coursera will be running another session of Learning How to Learn, beginning in early October. The course is free unless you want to receive a Certificate. I can vouch for this course as I am currently enrolled and at some point in the near future I will share more information about it. To learn more about the course go to Learning How to Learn

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Great Resources for Integrating Technology in Class

Great Resources for Integrating Technology in Class | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

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Bernard Petter's curator insight, August 20, 3:14 PM

all you have to do is...give it some thought.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 20, 3:14 PM

Digital technologies should fit the learning and its context. It is not the other way around that learning fits the digital technologies.

 

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Sue Alexander's curator insight, August 22, 10:16 AM

Wonderful collection of possibilities.

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Language Learning Tip: Use Music to Learn a Foreign Language | The Everyday Language Learner

Language Learning Tip: Use Music to Learn a Foreign Language | The Everyday Language Learner | teaching and technology | Scoop.it

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