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Pre-Intermediate English Lessons - St Andrew's Day

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Online tasks menu for a lesson about St Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland.
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The Downside to Being a Connected Educator

I have written a lot about all that being a connected educator has done for me.  I have written a lot about how I would not trade it for anything and that I hope others will choose to become connec...
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I think many of us share these feelings. I know I do! Make sure you read the comments.

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5 Great Whiteboard Apps for Your Android ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Great Whiteboard Apps for Your Android ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
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A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned

A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous.
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A view of education from the students point of view. Some very interesting observations for all of us teachers.

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The American who wrote Britain's latest teaching bible - The Guardian

The American who wrote Britain's latest teaching bible - The Guardian | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
Doug Lemov’s 49 classroom tips are required reading for many new teachers, but he is not universally popular
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Is the influence of this book a good thing? Read this article from The Guardian and make up your own mind.

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The Problem with the Flipped Classroom Movement

The Problem with the Flipped Classroom Movement | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it

"The flipped classroom is just that, a classroom with the times attributed to certain tasks that are flipped. It is not student centered, but just a rehash of sage-on-the-stage direct instruction. The problem with the flipped classroom or student centered learning is that the students dictate the pace. In addition a great deal of learning takes place in group settings with dialog. We do not live in a schedule free world. Most schools have an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate curriculum. Both of which have time constraints due to testing. In addition, many schools use SAT testing for college entrance, and classes have to end with a certain amount of learning that needs to take place. Students have a timeline. Allowing students to learn at their own pace could lead to a lot of problems."


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A different view of the usefulness of the flipped classroom. Something to think about!

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iPamba's curator insight, February 19, 4:22 PM

It's neither the delivery model nor the tools that enable learning. It's the experience.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 20, 1:24 PM

Mark Page-Botello makes a good point about the need for student motivation. I think teachers have to be as active, but in different and, perhaps new ways. I think of Whitehead's phrase about learning being about the character of the pupils and the genius of the teacher.

Steve Vaitl's curator insight, February 23, 10:42 AM

For my teaching friends out there;

I must agree this is a problem as the classroom becomes a place of "easier and easier learning" the work place becomes a place of "continuously more difficult working demands". If we tie together the flipped classroom with a schedule of the time in the classroom it may be a way to address this valid issue. 

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Why I Flip-Flopped on the Flipped Classroom

Why I Flip-Flopped on the Flipped Classroom | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it

As our classroom shifted from teacher- to student-centered, my students began to do the majority of their own research. Sometimes, this means they teach each other. Sometimes, they create a project around the knowledge they are ­acquiring. Sometimes, they create their own driving questions. Sometimes, they create their own units.


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Good post on the ultimate aim of flipping the classroom.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 5, 2013 6:15 AM

Interesting article on moving beyond the flipped classroom.

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A Step By Step Guide on How to Locate and Add Add-ons to Your Google Drive

A Step By Step Guide on How to Locate and Add Add-ons to Your Google Drive | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it

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Great selection of cheat sheets for teachers and students. Thanks to @Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)

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Technology Replacing Social and Professional Relationships - Guardian Liberty Voice

Technology Replacing Social and Professional Relationships - Guardian Liberty Voice | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
It cannot be denied that technology has had an impact upon the amount of physical interaction within human relationships on both social and professional levels.
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Interesting read on the impact of technology on how we communicate.

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CristinaSkyBox: Documentaries for Learning

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These look like they might be worth investigating.

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Subjunctive subtleties

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READING a story on the fate of European newspapers, your columnist was drowning in bad news—newsrooms decimated, advertisers fleeing—but then a strange sentence...
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Interesting article from The Economist showing the importance of grammar in ensuring understanding.

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Toward a Luddite Pedagogy - Hybrid Pedagogy

Toward a Luddite Pedagogy - Hybrid Pedagogy | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
The time has come to take a stand against this thoughtless use of “Luddite” in the pejorative. The historical record needs to be set straight, and it needs to be set straight as a prelude to defending a Luddite approach to education.
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A long read but fascinating article.

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Miro Video Converter FREE - Convert any video to MP4, WebM (vp8), iPhone, Android, iPod, iPad, and more.

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This looks like a good all round solution for incompatible videos. This should ensure all your class has access on any device. It also rips the audio if you need that. 

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Pronunciation - the poor relation?

Pronunciation - the poor relation? | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
In spite of the development of interesting teaching materials by various people it remains the poor relation of language teaching, poorly related to the rest of what happens in the language classro
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Interesting post pronunciation is overlooked.
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decentralisedteaching's curator insight, October 20, 2:48 AM

Classic article by Adrian Underhill - is pronunciation the 'Cinderella' of ELT?

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Bad practices in mobile learning

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something doesn't seem quite right with this particular implementation ... The World Bank's EduTech blog explores issues related to the use of information and communication technologies (computers, laptops, tablets, the Internet, ...) to benefit education in middle and low income countries around the world. While I tend to view, with a fair degree of skepticism, many of the statistics which purport to document just how many people have visited a particular web site, it seems that the EduTech blo
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Great read from Michael Trucano on what not to do when introducing mobile learning.

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A reflective, collaborative mindset for Connected Educators

A reflective, collaborative mindset for Connected Educators | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
I have always been a big picture kind of learner. If I had a picture of where I was supposed to go, I had a reason to learn the various parts I needed to know in order to get there.
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As always @tomwhitby is worth reading. Interesting things to say about connecting and/or reflecting.

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Emerging adaptive software puts faculty members in charge of course creation @insidehighered

Emerging adaptive software puts faculty members in charge of course creation @insidehighered | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it

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A different take on adaptive learning I'm not so sure!

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A Wonderful YouTube Channel for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Wonderful YouTube Channel for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
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Some great videos for your students!

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Five Reasons I'm Not Flipping Over The Flipped Classroom

Five Reasons I'm Not Flipping Over The Flipped Classroom | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
If you've read my thoughts about the Flipped Classroom in USA Today this week, you probably are either in agreement with my caution over the excitement around the flipped classroom made popular by Sal Kahn or you are a flipped...

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Interesting thoughts on why the flipped classroom may not be the answer.

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10 Creative Ways To Use Google Tools To Maximize Learning | Edudemic

10 Creative Ways To Use Google Tools To Maximize Learning | Edudemic | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
While there are hundreds of tools and devices available, we have found 10 creative ways to use Google tools and services to help improve learning.

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Great post for all those using Google.

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Patty Ball's curator insight, October 11, 11:40 PM

good google tools for learning

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Free Images for Your Projects

Free Images for Your Projects | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
Learning in Hand Show #29 tells you about three websites that are great for
finding clipart, photos, symbols, and icons. These sites feature images
that you already have permission to use on your website, blog, poster,
slideshow, video, animation, etc., etc. Also, get tips on how to download
these images and advice for finding images to illustrate your ideas.

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Good selection of sites to get free to use images for slides or blogging.

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Oral correction- insensitive or vital?

Oral correction- insensitive or vital? | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
“ It's a cliche, but there's also some truth in this video. As Mark Bartram and Richard Walton point out in their seminal book, Correction, 'You don't correct a mistake, you correct a person.' If te...”
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Interesting views of a tricky decision in class.
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The Vocabulary - Grammar Continuum: A third approach to activity design

The Vocabulary - Grammar Continuum: A third approach to activity design | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
Alice Savage and Colin Ward are professors of ESOL at Lone Star College - North Harris in Houston, USA. This article is adapted from their presentation 'Beginning Writing Students and the Vocabula...
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Interesting article on vocabulary and learning.
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Knewton CEO and Founder Jose Ferreira talking about Knewton's Big Step into Personalized Learning - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Knewton CEO and Founder Jose Ferreira talking about Knewton's Big Step into Personalized Learning - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
Knewton’s state-of-the-art platform understands students’ needs at a granular level and provides personalized learning opportunities in a manner new to the market.
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Big business and education - a good mix?
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A Flipped Classroom? Or Should It Be Sideways? | Edudemic

A Flipped Classroom? Or Should It Be Sideways? | Edudemic | TEFL iDEAS | Scoop.it
The traditional model of teach we’re familiar with is that of the teacher in front of the class, lecturing and assigning homework for students to do once they leave the classroom. The teacher has full control over their learning process. Or do they? Teachers who seem to have full control over their student’s learning often …
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This is much more how I see the future of classroom education.

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