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Mobile Learning: A Visit to Flitch Green Academy - Articles - Educational Technology - ICT in Education

Mobile Learning: A Visit to Flitch Green Academy - Articles - Educational Technology - ICT in Education | TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE | Scoop.it
Flitch Green Academy is somewhat unprepossessing – at least from the outside. But once y...

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Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, April 13, 2013 6:53 PM

Ikaskuntza mugikorra aukeratu dugu lankideen artean gure barneko prestakuntza gai nagusitzat. gure zuzendariak prestatzen du eta denon artean hausnarketa egiten dugu. Gure arteko elkarriizketak interesgarri suertatzen dira oso. Hauze izango da nire ekarpena. Kontatuko dizuet...

Begoña Iturgaitz's comment, April 13, 2013 6:55 PM
Gracias, Marta por volver a recordarlo. Casualmente es el tema de nuestra formación interna previsto pra el viernes. Me has dado una buena referencia, porque siempre hacen falta ejemplos de aula. Sin ellos se nos va la pinza enseguida.... Eskerrik asko!
Marta Braylan's comment, April 15, 2013 3:50 PM
Me alegra que haya sido útil. Es un placer poder intercambiar ideas con especialistas CLIL de otros países. Saludos.Marta
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19Pencils - Quick and Easy Tools for Learning. Quizzes, Games, Websites and More!

19Pencils - Quick and Easy Tools for Learning. Quizzes, Games, Websites and More! | TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE | Scoop.it
A resource for educators, parents, and homeschooling providing educational content for K-8.
Leverage content from others including quizzes, educational websites, and more.

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IATEFL Research SIG website

IATEFL Research SIG is a unique forum for discussion of issues connected with research into ELT, bringing together teachers, teacher-researchers and researchers from around the world. In this active community, members share their experiences of and findings from research, and network face-to-face at regular events, online via our discussion list, and in print through our twice-yearly publication, ELT Research


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David Truss :: 7 Ways to Transform Your Classroom

David Truss :: 7 Ways to Transform Your Classroom | TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE | Scoop.it

David Truss shares his Inquiry Hub model and a Slideshare presentation on the 7 Ways to Transform Your Classroom along with audio recordings of the Classroom 2.0 Show "Inquiry Learning and Empowering Students" on September 29th.  Here is just a glimpse of the 7 Ways to transform your classroom.

 

> Transforming Classrooms with Inquiry: It starts with educators asking really good questions.

> Transforming Classrooms with Voice: Be it a presentation to a small group, the entire school, the local community or online (with the world), work with students to craft their message in thoughtful, well represented ways.

> Transforming Classrooms with Audience: Through the use of blogs, wikis, digital portfolios and social media tools, you can invite the world to be a participatory audience in the work that our students do.

> Transforming Classrooms with Community: Provide opportunities for projects to extend beyond age-group peers to include younger and/or older students, parents and teachers, community members, subject area experts, and students from around the globe.

> Transforming Classrooms with Leadership: Buddy up with students in younger classes. Create activities and events which truly allow students to ‘run the show’.

> Transforming Classrooms with Play: There is a lot of pedagogy in play (at all ages). Do we provide “gaps” in our teaching? Time and spaces where students can be creative beyond the scope of the content we are teaching?

> Transforming Classrooms with Networks: Skype is a great tool to bring classes from across the country or across the globe together.

 

Thank you David for sharing your model and vision to transform learning!

 


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Audrey's comment, January 8, 2013 5:50 PM
I am looking forward to learning these transformations, audrey@homeschoolsource.co.uk
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http://eductechalogy.org/swfapp/blooms/wheel/engage.swf Bloom's digital taxonomy Wheel and Knowledge Dimension

http://eductechalogy.org/swfapp/blooms/wheel/engage.swf Bloom's digital taxonomy Wheel and Knowledge Dimension | TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE | Scoop.it

Here the link: http://eductechalogy.org/swfapp/blooms/wheel/engage.swf

 


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Mechanical Walking Space Man's curator insight, November 6, 2015 3:58 AM

A tad skeuomorphic for my tastes but the thinking behind it, is great…

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Para el diseño de actividades y determinación de RED.

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Waterlife - An Interactive Story About Water

Waterlife - An Interactive Story About Water | TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE | Scoop.it

An Interactive Story About Water, excellent!


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El Secreto de Finlandia en Educación: Los niños finlandeses de hoy estarán el día de mañana entre los profesionales más preparados del mundo

El Secreto de Finlandia en Educación: Los niños finlandeses de hoy estarán el día de mañana entre los profesionales más preparados del mundo | TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE | Scoop.it

El país nórdico lidera el informe PISA con una enseñanza gratuita que pone en Primaria a los profesores más preparados Los niños finlandeses de hoy estarán el día de mañana entre los mejores profesionales ...


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Edcanvas - The one place for teachers to create and deliver lessons digitally

Edcanvas - The one place for teachers to create and deliver lessons digitally | TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE | Scoop.it

This is a great tool for designing web based lessons that draw on a number of different sources. You can sequence materials, add tasks and worksheets, videos from YouTube and documents from your dropbox. This is a really useful tool for creating engaging web based lessons.


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MelodyJenningsBowers's curator insight, March 28, 2013 10:40 PM

I'm using this on Edmodo. It is one of the free apps in thier app store.

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This is a great "one-stop-shop" for students and teachers to get organized and stay on track with lessons.

Amaia Irazusta Zarra's curator insight, August 15, 2013 1:48 PM

Oso erraza da erabiltzen. Zure dropbox-en, google drive-en nahiz ordenagailuan dituzun dokumentuak, edozein web orri, bideo, irudi.... arrastratu eta askatu

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Dr. Stephen Krashen Plenary KOTESOL International Conference 2011

Dr Stephen Krashen Seeking a Justification for Direct Instruction Dr. Krashen's website: http://www.sdkrashen.com/ More about KOTESOL at http://koreatesol.or...

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Reading Lessons: 12 Ways to Scaffold Texts for Students

Reading Lessons: 12 Ways to Scaffold Texts for Students | TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE | Scoop.it
This article provides teachers with 12 simple strategies to introduce a text to students and prepare them for literacy success.

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How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory

How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory | TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE | Scoop.it

Suzie Boss provides 8 tips for turning K-12 classrooms into innovation spaces. How can we prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s innovators? It’s an urgent challenge, repeated by President Obama, corporate CEOs, and global education experts like Yong Zhao and Tony Wagner. Virtually every discussion of 21st-century learning puts innovation and its close cousin, creativity, atop the list of skills students must have for the future.

 

1. Welcome authentic questions

2. Encourage effective teamwork.

3. Be ready to go big.

4. Build empathy.

5. Uncover passion.

6. Amplify worthy ideas.

7. Know when to say no.

8. Encourage breakthroughs.

 

 


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ohdesiderata's curator insight, March 25, 2013 1:15 AM

A great article that provides tips on how to encourage students to become innovative. They are, in fact, things that all teachers should be doing in all classrooms, but to see it put into perspective in terms of creativity is helpful, particularly as it is also framed in terms of usefulness for the future.

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Apps for Project-Based Learning

Apps for Project-Based Learning | TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE | Scoop.it

I presented Project-Based Learning in Hand at the International Society for Technology in Education conference in Philadelphia. Here are my notes for the session. My favorite part was that I asked educators in the room and on Twitter to submit favorite iOS apps for project-based learning. The resulting spreadsheet has 133 submissions. I removed spaces from app names so that I could use Wordle.net to generate the word cloud below.


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Would CLIL fit into a constructivist perspective? The importance of good questions. By Marta Braylan

Many CLIL projects or units would fit into a constructivist perspective if they were seriously "meaning oriented". One of the most common errors of some publications that present themselves under the  "CLIL" umbrella is that they don't offer real problems or questions to  be solved by the students. In those cases, information is just correlated around a certain "topic".

Arriving to integration through a good leading question is one of the first important steps to make when planning a CLIL didactic unit or project.

Jerome Bruner said: "The art of asking provoking questions is at least as important as that of providing clear answers [...], and the art of setting those questions to good use and keeping
them alive is as important as the first two."

 

Here are some tips to come up with a good question:
 

-Avoid simple “yes-no” questions
-The question will need reasoning and some research to be answered
-It will relate to curricular guidelines and to students´ lives
-It will motivate students to read, write, think and speak

 

Some examples: 

Can the world feed 10 billion people?

Do revolutions always work?
Do all animals have hearts?
Why do animals travel?
Why did humans lose their fur?

 

Constructivism provides a strong rationale for content-based curricula such as CLIL, since it is holistically oriented and meaning seeking based.
Then, LET'S START OUR CLIL PROJECTS WITH A GOOD QUESTION!!!!


 

 

 



 

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The question of Constructivism and CLIL 

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Arriving to integration through a good leading question is one of the first important steps to make when planning a CLIL lesson.

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Learning on the move - The Spokesman-Review

Learning on the move - The Spokesman-Review | TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE | Scoop.it

Kindergarten learners are primarily kinesthetic learners, meaning young children learn through touching and movement. If we can impact and close developmental gaps kids have early on, we can change lives.


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DUAL-LANGUAGE LEARNING PROGRAM BECOMES A MODEL

DUAL-LANGUAGE LEARNING PROGRAM BECOMES A MODEL | TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE | Scoop.it
A gaggle of fifth-graders pours out of the school library, filling the hallways with giddy chatter.
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25 Awesome Virtual Learning Experiences Online - Virtual Education Websites | Ace Online Schools

25 Awesome Virtual Learning Experiences Online - Virtual Education Websites | Ace Online Schools | TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE | Scoop.it
25 websites featuring awesome virtual learning experiences.

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Edutopia Webinar - How the Brain Learns Best: Strategies to Make Learning Stick

Neuroscience is a complex field that educators don't often turn to for inspiration, but knowing a few basic concepts can help you plan teaching strategies th...
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Crear un mural con la aplicación Wallwhiser

Crear un mural con la aplicación Wallwhiser. Orientaciones didácticas y tutorial


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Prácticas en Educación Bilingüe/Plurilingüe nº 2

Prácticas en Educación Bilingüe/Plurilingüe nº 2 | TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE | Scoop.it

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Zélia Santos (zeliams)'s comment, October 12, 2012 6:25 AM
Precioso! :)
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Expert Advice: Make More Time for Play

Expert Advice: Make More Time for Play | TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE | Scoop.it

John Seely Brown, renowned scientist, insightful writer, and all-around big thinker, is serious about play.


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La escritura espontánea en inglés como lengua extranjera en el primer año de escuela primaria. Confusión? Hipótesis? Relato de una experiencia.

La escritura espontánea en inglés como lengua extranjera en el primer año de escuela primaria. Confusión? Hipótesis? Relato de una experiencia. | TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE | Scoop.it

El proceso de construcción de la escritura en inglés como lengua extranjera..." La importancia de enseñar a través de contenidos. Relato de una experiencia con muestras de escritura espontánea de niños hispanoparlantes que comienzan a escribir en inglés. Publicado en Lectura y Vida (International Reading Association)

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How Can We Make Assessments Meaningful?

How Can We Make Assessments Meaningful? | TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE | Scoop.it
I think meaningful assessments can come in many shapes and sizes. It fact, to be thoroughly engaging and to draw the best work out of the students, assessments should come in different formats. Creativity and Critical Thinking (through performance-based assessments), Collaboration, and Communication (in particular through the use of interdisciplinary writing

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Some thoughts on PRIOR KNOWLEDGE. By Marta Braylan

It often occurs that we get confused with the concept of prior knowledge and its relationship to construction of new learning. It would only seem logical to always find out what the students know before delivering a class or a course of any discipline. However, the difference resides in what information we would be looking for and the purpose of retrieving that data.

 

When we work with CLIL projects it is necessary to spend enough time in the process of exploring previous knowledge through different tools. The links that students can make to their personal experience and lives, the hypotheses and ideas they may have incidentally acquired about a certain topic will all contribute to set their always curious minds to work.

 

Lev Vygotsky said " Learning always proceeds from the known to the new. Good teaching will recognize and build on this connection."

 

Some tips to explore prior knowledge:

-Use various tools individually or in groups such as: incomplete phrases or sentences, brainstorming, short multiple choice questionnaires, graphic organizers, cartoons, short videos, pictures, parts of stories and others.

-Accept all the opinions without judging or correcting, stating that you are in an exploratory stage and that all ideas will be welcomed.

-Keep a record of students' ideas to use at a later stage.

-Refrain from correcting or indicating the right response.

-Use your observations and collected information to decide on the project's future path.

 

Good CLIL lessons should initiate by favoring risk taking to express ideas through drawings, writings and brainstorming allowing for different views and tolerating wrong or hilarious answers avoiding any judgment.

 

It will be throughout the process of experiencing the unit/project that the students together with appropriate teacher's interventions and class discussions will be able to reflect on their own ideas. Teacher's tolerance, observation and confidence in students' possibilities are of crucial importance to set the atmosphere of high challenge and high support classrooms.

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Why Kids Need Schools to Change

Why Kids Need Schools to Change | TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE | Scoop.it
Flickr: Elizabeth Albert The current structure of the school day is obsolete, most would agree.

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How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different

How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different | TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A CONSTRUCTIVIST PERSPECTIVE | Scoop.it
In an era dominated by constant information and the desire to be social, should the tone of thinking for students be different?

 

Read more, very interesting:

http://www.teachthought.com/learning/how-21st-century-thinking-is-different/

 


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