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4 Stages: The Integration Of Technology In Learning

4 Stages: The Integration Of Technology In Learning | Tech in teaching | Scoop.it

fully integrated and embedded in the learning process, technology can be transformative–and disruptive. Below the idea of technology in learning is framed in stages, from “on learning” and externally-directed, to “in learning,” and self-directed. This is not to imply that stage 1 is “bad” and that learners should always be given free-reign with powerful technology. The age of graduated release of responsibility model (show me, help me, let me), as always, holds true here as well.


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Motivate struggling readers with joke books, comics and other "junky" reads

Motivate struggling readers with joke books, comics and other "junky" reads | Tech in teaching | Scoop.it
Dana's simple hack of using humor to dial down reading anxiety for her son Wenxin could apply to any struggling reader.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, April 17, 2013 1:55 PM

Though this article is not terribly deep, it does strike a bit of gold that I've been giving much thought to recently.

 

There is a huge elephant in the literary reading classroom. No, it's not in the desks where the kids who are struggling with basic literacy are sitting. No, it's not in the front rows where the future English majors are sitting. It's right there in the middle of the classroom where those kids who can read, but either have never taken a strong enjoyment from reading or who once enjoyed hearing stories and even reading them by choice have somehow, frequently somewhere during middle school, begun to lose that essential element of literary reading called enjoyment. 

 

The gap between the various levels of enjoyment derived from reading and their enjoyment of reading the kinds of assigned stories for which they have not previously developed much appreciation, combined with the requirement to analyze literary devices, to pass quizzes, and write essays may be a fairly obvious set of circumstances connecting the reading of "good" literature to a gradual, and if truth be told, often steep decline in literary reading.

 

Do we need to "dumb down" expectations for these kids? I don't think so. But, we really ought to keep in mind that if, in our good intentions, we inadvertently kill the enjoyment of just reading a good story about things they like to read about, we may actually be contributing to losing them as life long readers. 

 

As I look back  on my own experiences with learning to appreciate the value of quality I clearly recall that in every instance it was a transitionary process.

 

I loved comic books, Mad Magazine, and junky reads before those interests widened into an appreciation for great satire and great story telling. 

 

I hated Romeo and Juliet as a pimply-faced teen age boy before I came to appreciate Shakespeare. Of course I read R&J as a freshman at a time when romantic love just wasn't anything I was interested in reading about. I never had a girlfriend; never had so much as a sister, a female cousin or even anything like a friendship with a girl that was as rich as my deep friendships with my guy friends.  And, like it or not, I truly believe that Shakespeare's language was a barrier that I just wasn't all that interested in overcoming. The language combined with my lack of having discovered any other reason to read the play pretty much made for a miserable experience.

 

 Ironically, because of my wobbly-at-best connection to my Jewish heritage, and a couple of years of maturity, I found myself much more receptive to the storyline in The Merchant of Venice.

 

It's a pattern that takes some transition time...

 

I also enjoyed junk food before I enjoyed fine food, and long before I appreciated healthy food.

 

I enjoyed the Three Stooges before I enjoyed dramatic films. In fact, I still remember the paradigm expanding impact of seeing The Graduate. Funny and thought-provoking! A perfect bridge.

 

I enjoyed having trendy clothes and cars before I found the shallowness in devoting huge chunks of money and concern to giving a darn about such superficial things.

 

So what's my point? Instilling, nurturing, and encouraging an ongoing LOVE of reading comes before, and perhaps in the long run is even more important than the development of an appreciation for literature. This may be particularly so if the appreciation for literary reading rests upon experiences that are deadly to pre-existing levels of reading enjoyment derived by many of our struggling and reluctant readers. 

 

And, I wouldn't be surprised to find out that like myself, if my pre-existing enjoyment of reading, junky as it might have been is built upon, we just might find that, as was also true in my case, that we might wind up with far more life long readers than we currently do; and perhaps even far more English majors as well.

 

 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

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The Reed Diaries: Is OER Actually Open? Gratis Vs Libre (republished)

The Reed Diaries: Is OER Actually Open? Gratis Vs Libre (republished) | Tech in teaching | Scoop.it

However recently, the debate (if it is a debate) of 'Gratis' Vs 'Libre' in openness is gathering momentum. Admittedly I had to look up the meanings, but wikipedia does a useful job at distinguishing;


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Twitter For Learning: 7 Ideas For Using Hashtags In The Classroom

Twitter For Learning: 7 Ideas For Using Hashtags In The Classroom | Tech in teaching | Scoop.it
How can you use twitter for learning? How can you use hashtags in the classroom? It's very simple, really.
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Melita Ryland's curator insight, April 24, 2013 10:28 PM

Great for critical thinking because in twitter you only have so many characters so you will have to decide what is the important info you are trying to say in limited space...

 

Here are some examples for Hashtag usage in the classroom.

1. Class Discussions

2. Use them to aggregate discussion on content

3. Use them as a class messaging system

4. Use them for mentoring

5. Keep them brief

6. Create them early

7. Be strategic

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Flowboard - present from iPad

Flowboard - present from iPad | Tech in teaching | Scoop.it

Present your life, your work, and your stories with Flowboard - a new way to share everything from iPad.


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Chris Carter's curator insight, April 21, 2013 9:41 PM

Another way of presenting.

stevecarter's comment, April 22, 2013 5:23 AM
This presentation tool works quite well - worth a look - good to see more of these coming out
Chris Carter's comment, April 23, 2013 1:17 AM
Some of our teachers use another system, though I agree more systems are coming online.
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Web 2.0 Interactive Tools: A Quick Guide

Selected Web 2.0 interactive tools
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Toward Society 3.0: A New Paradigm for 21st century education

The convergence of globalization, the emergence of the knowledge society and accelerating change contribute to what might be best termed a New Paradigm of knowl

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Very interesting.... "Schools shouldn't use new technology to teach the same crap!" 

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MSN Messenger officially shutting down. Here are some of the best memories we won't forget

MSN Messenger officially shutting down. Here are some of the best memories we won't forget | Tech in teaching | Scoop.it
On April 8th, Microsoft officially started forcing users to switch from Windows Live Messenger (formerly known as MSN Messenger) to Skype, which was acquir
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Hybrid Pedagogy: des concepteurs pédagogiques critiquent les programmes offerts à distance actuellement

Hybrid Pedagogy: des concepteurs pédagogiques critiquent les programmes offerts à distance actuellement | Tech in teaching | Scoop.it

"Je (Jean-Sébastien Dubé) découvre avec grand intérêt le journal numérique Hybrid Pedagogy avec des textes courts, bien écrits et revus par les pairs, d’universitaires praticiens ayant un point de vue critique sur les technologies en appui à l’enseignement (dont plusieurs contribuent aussi au Inside Higher Education).  Il s’y tenait cette semaine un « colloque d’articles en quatre parties » sur les embûches guettant les programmes offerts à distance.  Du 8 au 11 avril, divers auteurs ont donc rédigé chacun leur tour un texte autour de cette thématique.  Quels enseignements tirer à partir des constantes entre ces billets? "


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Deborah Arnold's curator insight, May 14, 2013 12:47 PM

En ce qui concerne le "développement d'espaces d'apprentissage informels en ligne", nous avons commencé dans ce module 'web 2.0 et usages dynamiques' (ce Scoop.it et les vôtres, Twitter etc.) mais je suis persuadée que nous pouvons mieux faire : des idées ?!

COYCAULT Clémentine's curator insight, May 14, 2013 12:49 PM

L’auteur traite de nombreux textes écrits sur l’E-learning, allant de la critique sévère à des propositions pour l’établir d’une façon efficace et intelligente.

 

gawlab's curator insight, July 1, 2013 2:05 PM

Une belle synthèse réunissant le " contre" pour mieux faire avancer, évoluer le "pour" 

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10 Free Resources For Learning Nearly Any Language

10 Free Resources For Learning Nearly Any Language | Tech in teaching | Scoop.it

Aaron G Myers says: "I would like to share ten free resources that I have used or newly discovered that will help you learn nearly any language that you  wish to learn.  I don’t see any of these as a silver bullet or as capable in and of themselves in taking you to fluency in your target language.  I don’t really believe in silver bullets!  They can all be a part of building an overall personal language learning program that will lead to success."


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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 29, 2013 4:55 AM

Nice selection, including places to interact with native speakers as well as lists of resources.

Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 29, 2013 4:59 AM

Places to send your learners for more practice

Blake Turnbull's curator insight, April 19, 2013 12:25 AM

A nice selection of 10 free online resources that cover a vast range of languages in total. The programmes include the ability to chat with native speakers, submit your work to be checked by native speakers, online language games, flashcards, and more!

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11 Foolproof Ways to Ruin Your Presentation Slides

Avoid making a great presentation by following these 11 tips from MarketingProfs for bad presentation slides... or do the opposite and have rocking good ones.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 27, 2013 1:39 AM

A useful checklist for designing slides, covering fonts, colours, images, quotes etc.

Maria Claudia Londoño D's curator insight, January 27, 2013 8:18 AM

There are really important to observe certaint tips for better and accurate visual communication!!!

Dee KC's curator insight, February 9, 2013 5:39 PM

A nice up to date version... But only if yogurt students understand sarcasm otherwise you will have some believe this

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Blended learning in English Language Teaching: Course Design and Implementation

Blended learning is an area of ELT that continues to be of interest to practitioners in the field. Despite this, little can be found in the literature on blended learning course design or detailed descriptions provided of blends used in ELT contexts. This publication, which contains twenty case studies from around the world, addresses this deficit by illustrating blends being employed on EAP, ESP, Teacher Development and general EFL courses.

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John McDermott Neill's curator insight, April 14, 2013 11:38 PM

Interesting and informative read. For me Nik Peachy's section is the most useful and is a must read for any DOS thinking of implementing Blended Learning.

Adrianna Kowalska's curator insight, April 15, 2013 4:56 PM

For new teachers (like me) and these more experienced who constantly feel the need to develop their ELT knowledge.

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The Film Made by More Than 5000 People: Nicolás Alcalá Talks About His Transmedia Project ‘The Cosmonaut’

The Film Made by More Than 5000 People: Nicolás Alcalá Talks About His Transmedia Project ‘The Cosmonaut’ | Tech in teaching | Scoop.it

V Renée:  "Have Nicolás Alcalá and his team at Riot Cinema Collective discovered the future of filmmaking?" ...


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About creative freedom and distribution strategy. Would love to go for this one

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, April 13, 2013 12:54 AM

A great read, especially towards the end of the interview when the film's distribution strategy is discussed.

Urban Book Editor's curator insight, April 13, 2013 9:22 AM

Very cool project... an inventive way to not only get a film made but also to involve people from around the world.

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, April 13, 2013 10:26 AM

The Cosmonaut is an epic story.

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Presentain - Engage Your Audience

Presentain - Engage Your Audience | Tech in teaching | Scoop.it

Presentain is the application that makes presenting efficient and enjoyable. It provides the way to pass the message to the audience clearly, brightly and with less effort. You can join, view and save presentation for offline viewing.

Features:
- Broadcasting to a wide range of devices
- Auto content generation (presentation audio+slides)
- Online docs import
- Adding video into your presentation


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Has anyone really tried this??? 

Are you expected to plug your phone into the video projector?? If so, how?

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Jasmin Rez's curator insight, April 29, 2013 7:42 AM

"Fun An App that will Enage Your Audience"

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CECI Jean-François's curator insight, May 2, 2013 2:19 AM

Devenez un e-présentateur ou e-orateur avec une telecommande toujours dans la poche, vos powerpoints toujours accessibles...

LucaVanin's curator insight, May 17, 2013 2:39 AM

Da provare! L'avete già testato?

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60 Inspiring Examples of Twitter in the Classroom

60 Inspiring Examples of Twitter in the Classroom | Tech in teaching | Scoop.it
  via Online Universities Social media offers some great opportunities for learning in the classroom, bringing together the ability to collaborate, access worldwide resources, and find new and...

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C.Rathsack's curator insight, April 22, 2013 1:08 PM

Wonderful examples of creative uses for Twitter in the classroom!

Anna Szumilas's curator insight, June 15, 2013 3:15 PM

Have the students use familiar platforms to enhance their learning!

Designing for Learning's curator insight, June 17, 2013 1:17 AM

Want to use Twitter with yoru students but not sure how? No fewer than 60 options from the very inspiring Committed Sardine blog.

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Great Blogs for Language Learners | The Everyday Language Learner

Great Blogs for Language Learners | The Everyday Language Learner | Tech in teaching | Scoop.it

Aaron Myers blogs about learning languages on the Every Day Language Learning, and has this blogroll offering a variety of perspectives on the same topic.


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Interesting blogs to look at for teacher training for teaching foreign languages

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, April 25, 2013 1:33 PM

Send your students to read how other people are tackling the task of learning a new language.

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55 Content Curation Tools To Discover & Share Digital Content

55 Content Curation Tools To Discover & Share Digital Content | Tech in teaching | Scoop.it
55 Content Curation Tools To Discover & Share Digital Content (RT @JudyArzt: 55 Content Curation Tools To Discover & Share Digital Content http://t.co/UoFQbHXjDD #edtech)...

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Web 2.0 e-Publishing Tools: A Quick Guide

Web 2.0 e-Publishing Tools: A Quick Guide | Tech in teaching | Scoop.it
A collection of 10 e-Publishing tools
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Murielle Godement's curator insight, April 21, 2013 3:18 PM

Panorama d'outils de publication dont la création de livres numériques Flash (pour la présentation du travail des élèves ou pourquoi pas pour leur faire créer leur livre ...)

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MindShift: Teachers' Guide to using Videos

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This pdf file contains -

5 sites for instructional videos

6 sites to supplement lessons

3 sites that curate educational videos

Exercises for flipping the classroom

And a bit more....

 

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Wordwall

Wordwall | Tech in teaching | Scoop.it

The Wordwall software allows you to freedom to create, play and edit resources. Teachers use it to make interactive games and educational activities.


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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, April 16, 2013 2:16 AM

Nice software to create interactive drills. There are 18 templates and around 70 types of games and activities, with every one of them fully customisable.

Marylin Alvarez's comment, April 16, 2013 9:11 AM
gret idea, thanks for sharing=)
Marie Dossogne's curator insight, April 17, 2013 5:01 AM

Great tool to make interactive games. Needs to be further explored

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The Importance Of Mobile Learning In (And Out Of) The Classroom

The Importance Of Mobile Learning In (And Out Of) The Classroom | Tech in teaching | Scoop.it

There has always been at least some sort of disconnect between how things are taught in a classroom and how things work in the ‘real world’. In some cases, the disconnect is very distinct (how many people took four years of high school language classes only to be able to barely introduce yourself in the language?). Many newer pedagogical models aim to be more practical (like Project Based Learning orChallenge Based Learning). So it was interesting to take a look at some of the mobile trends (and specifically, the mobile workforce trends) highlighted in this handy infographic


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Sketchlot - Create a sketch, share it with students

Sketchlot - Create a sketch, share it with students | Tech in teaching | Scoop.it

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, March 13, 2013 7:04 PM

Sketchlot gives you a free interactive whiteboard to use in class. You do not need to install anything and it works on most devices. A great way to collaborate.

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A Simple Visual Guide on How to Refine Google Search ( for Teachers and Students )

A Simple Visual Guide on How to Refine Google Search ( for Teachers and Students ) | Tech in teaching | Scoop.it

Today, I am touching on how to refine your Google search. The guide below will help you and your students refine your Google search to make it more specific and to the point. Enjoy


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The effect of Twitter on college student Engagement and Grades.pdf


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TELT: Teacher Education for Languages with Technology

TELT: Teacher Education for Languages with Technology | Tech in teaching | Scoop.it
Teacher Education for Languages with Technology (TELT) is a curated site for teachers using technology to teach a foreign or second language using the online platform Scoop.it.  It provides a magaz...

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, April 12, 2013 12:33 PM

Une introduction à mon site de curation pour ceux qui enseignent les langues avec les technologies : le pourquoi et le comment de ce type d'activité.