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Roon — The easiest way to blog

Roon — The easiest way to blog | TEFLICT | Scoop.it

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Walter Rubén Tur's comment, August 3, 2013 9:55 PM
hay algún vídeo de cómo utilizarla, en castellano, gracias
Nik Peachey's comment, August 4, 2013 3:11 AM
There's quite a long review and brief tutorial of Roon here: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/roon-is-a-slick-easy-to-use-blogging-platform-you-may-want-to-try/ I particularly like the comment in the summary "Sometimes we get caught up in complex blogging platforms, plugins and more. Roon takes all of that away and ensures that you focus on what matters the most – your words." A rich feature set isn't always an advantage. Roon certainly isn't a competitor to WordPress, but it does make it easy to just get down to writing. For students that can be quite an advantage.
Tracee Orman's curator insight, August 4, 2013 9:14 AM

I just tried Roon out and made a post (on my Mac, by the way). I wanted to try it to see if it was something to share with students. It was pretty easy, though figuring out how to change the title of the post from "Untitled" was frustrating (I assumed the "Header" was the title...not so. You just click on it after you save and can change it in the sidebar.). 

 

I'm not sure what the point of giving your blog a title was when it posts as your user name and never shows your blog title. My advice: use your blog title as your user name. 

 

Not sure if I will use this with my students, but it is a simple and easy format. And free. Here's my simplistic post: http://mrsorman.roon.io/untitled

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11 Grammar Tips For Teachers And Students - Edudemic

11 Grammar Tips For Teachers And Students - Edudemic | TEFLICT | Scoop.it
It’s grammar time! The following grammar tips are all about good grammar, and the things that make me cringe. It’s a subject so dear to my heart that I snuck in an extra board.
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Title says it all.

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Boost your vocabulary | Explore the web | Lingua.ly

Boost your vocabulary | Explore the web | Lingua.ly | TEFLICT | Scoop.it
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Collect words, listen to them and save them. You can later take a short test to check how well you remember them.

Free Chrome extension.

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This Is Interesting — A Choose Your Own Adventure Video For Exploring Careers | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

This Is Interesting — A Choose Your Own Adventure Video For Exploring Careers | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | TEFLICT | Scoop.it
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It is , indeed, interesting.

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Why Do Brits and Americans Spell Words Differently?

Why Do Brits and Americans Spell Words Differently? | TEFLICT | Scoop.it
Blame a very opinionated man named Noah Webster.
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Storify - Create stories using social media

Storify - Create stories using social media | TEFLICT | Scoop.it
Create stories using social media. Turn what people post on social media into compelling stories. Collect the best photos, video, tweets and more to publish them as simple, beautiful stories that can be embedded anywhere.
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Highly recommended by Nik Peachey, this web app is great for student projects.

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12 Free PD Courses You Should Take This Summer

12 Free PD Courses You Should Take This Summer | TEFLICT | Scoop.it
Most teachers spend their summers enjoying some time off, working a second job, or traveling the country to visit conferences and professional development opportunities on the dollars of their scho...
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For the fun of learning!

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Ucas stats reveal languages decline

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The proportion of 18 year olds applying for non-European language degrees has fallen by more than a third in three years, according to new research

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Internet Slang words - Internet Dictionary - InternetSlang.com

Internet Slang words - Internet Dictionary. Internet Slang. A list of common slang words, acronyms and abbreviations as used in websites, ICQ chat rooms, blogs, SMS, and internet forums.
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Real language students need.

 

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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Responses to "But I Don't Have Time to Blog"

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Responses to "But I Don't Have Time to Blog" | TEFLICT | Scoop.it

Earlier this month at the Authentic Learning Workshop I was asked, "what do you say to teachers who say I don't have time for a blog?" I offered a few responses and here they are:

First, don't think of blogging as something you have to do on a daily basis. Some of my favorite bloggers only publish once or twice a week. Set a goal of writing one post per week to start. Think of the activity as simply a way to document your reflections on what you tried in your classroom that week or what you're thinking about trying next week. Reflecting on what we're doing should be a part of our lives anyway. (On a personal note, I set aside uninterrupted three hours every week just for thinking and reflecting). 

Second, think about a blog as a living document. You don't have to publish complete thoughts in every post. Start a thought and ask readers to join in a conversation. Spelling and grammar don't count as much as think they do. The goal is to publish not practice proof-reading. Of course, if you do see a glaring mistake you can go back and fix it. 

Third, think about all of the time that you spend on activities that don't benefit you or anyone else. In a typical one hour television program you will see twelve minutes of commercials. How many television shows are in your weekly "must watch" list? Use those commercial breaks to tap away at a blog post. How much time do you spend waiting in traffic? Use an app like SoundCloud to create a mini-podcast that you later post on your blog. Or use Evernote's speech to text function to dictate part of blog post.


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CM Elias's curator insight, July 31, 2013 8:33 AM

If you can only dedicate one day per week to blogging, you might consider schedule your posts instead of publishing them all at once. This way, you can for example write 3 posts on a Sunday and have them published throughout the week. Wordpress and Blogger offer this feature - some other blogging platforms probably do too.

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It's In The Game: 'Gamification' and Language Learning Pt. 1 of 2

It's In The Game: 'Gamification' and Language Learning Pt. 1 of 2 | TEFLICT | Scoop.it
Interested observers of developments in the field of Edtech will undoubtedly be aware of the snowballing sexiness of the term 'gamification' as its advocates look at ways of transferring it from th...

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COC says online courses avoid pitfalls of those at some universities - Santa Clarita Valley Signal

COC says online courses avoid pitfalls of those at some universities - Santa Clarita Valley Signal | TEFLICT | Scoop.it
COC says online courses avoid pitfalls of those at some universities Santa Clarita Valley Signal With online classes continuing to gain popularity nationwide, and some coming under fire because of poor student performance, an official at College of...
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Teach with Your iPhone: Apps to Use in the Classroom

Teach with Your iPhone: Apps to Use in the Classroom | TEFLICT | Scoop.it
You don't need a class set of netbooks or iPads to integrate technology into your daily instruction. There are some fantastic, free iPhone apps that are perfect for teachers who are looking to change
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Apps, apps, more apps

 

 

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Word Matrix: Teach Vocabulary With This Applet

Word Matrix: Teach Vocabulary With This Applet | TEFLICT | Scoop.it
One of the many wonderful applets by the folks at ReadWriteWeb, the Word Matrix is aimed at helping teachers with vocabulary instruction. Essentially, the tool helps students with the following con...
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Yet another great resource to learn vocabulary.

 

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7 Things You Should Read About Flipped Classrooms | EDUCAUSE.edu

7 Things You Should Read About Flipped Classrooms | EDUCAUSE.edu | TEFLICT | Scoop.it
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To the point explanation of what flipped classrooms are all about.

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Why Do Americans and Brits Have Different Accents?

Why Do Americans and Brits Have Different Accents? | TEFLICT | Scoop.it
At the time of the American Revolution, Americans and British people spoke the same. It was the British accent that later diverged.
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You can get on a language course without knowing a word

You can get on a language course without knowing a word | TEFLICT | Scoop.it
Sixth-formers aren't told that you can start a language from scratch at university – and you get to travel

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How many hours does it take to be fluent in English?

How many hours does it take to be fluent in English? | TEFLICT | Scoop.it
Immigrants are always being told to learn the language. But how long does it take to speak good English?

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Visual Literacy: Using Film to Teach Languages

Visual Literacy: Using Film to Teach Languages | TEFLICT | Scoop.it
By Karen Morrison How can going to the movies help students gain a better understanding of other languages and cultures? Eighty language teachers came to the Routes into Languages North West INSET ...

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Teachers' Domain: Blue Ribbon Readers: The Detective's Notebook Game

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This WPSU interactive The Detective’s Notebook Game asks students to infer answers to questions about what they are reading. The game is part of Blue Ribbon Readers, a collection of games designed to help elementary school students learn to read.
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11 Great Twitter Etiquettes Teachers should Know ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

11 Great Twitter Etiquettes Teachers should Know ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | TEFLICT | Scoop.it

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Roon — The easiest way to blog

Roon — The easiest way to blog | TEFLICT | Scoop.it

Via Nik Peachey
Silvia Solá Viñals's insight:

I'm thinking student portfolios...

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Walter Rubén Tur's comment, August 3, 2013 9:55 PM
hay algún vídeo de cómo utilizarla, en castellano, gracias
Nik Peachey's comment, August 4, 2013 3:11 AM
There's quite a long review and brief tutorial of Roon here: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/roon-is-a-slick-easy-to-use-blogging-platform-you-may-want-to-try/ I particularly like the comment in the summary "Sometimes we get caught up in complex blogging platforms, plugins and more. Roon takes all of that away and ensures that you focus on what matters the most – your words." A rich feature set isn't always an advantage. Roon certainly isn't a competitor to WordPress, but it does make it easy to just get down to writing. For students that can be quite an advantage.
Tracee Orman's curator insight, August 4, 2013 9:14 AM

I just tried Roon out and made a post (on my Mac, by the way). I wanted to try it to see if it was something to share with students. It was pretty easy, though figuring out how to change the title of the post from "Untitled" was frustrating (I assumed the "Header" was the title...not so. You just click on it after you save and can change it in the sidebar.). 

 

I'm not sure what the point of giving your blog a title was when it posts as your user name and never shows your blog title. My advice: use your blog title as your user name. 

 

Not sure if I will use this with my students, but it is a simple and easy format. And free. Here's my simplistic post: http://mrsorman.roon.io/untitled

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Become a Font Pro with This Time-Saving Tip » The Rapid ...

Become a Font Pro with This Time-Saving Tip » The Rapid ... | TEFLICT | Scoop.it
In a previous post we looked at simple ways to create font pairs when building elearning courses. But that still requires some time on your part. In today's post we'll look at a time-saving tip when pairing fonts for course design.
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If you're into design...

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