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Timeline - Beautifully crafted timelines that are easy, and intuitive to use.

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Storytelling Timeline built in Javascript.

This new tool allows you to pull in media from different sources. You can create a Timeline by filling in a Google spreadsheet, or use JSON (which provides a more detailed timeline). It is an open source project, free to download, and provides best practice to use (as in keep it short, pick stories with a strong chronological narrative, and include events that build up to major occurences). There are also many examples to view.


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Socialgimme.com | Create amazing pages at lightning speed!

Socialgimme.com | Create amazing pages at lightning speed! | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it

This is a handy tool for creating webpages, eZines, eNewsletters or simple blogs. Very easy to use and has good social nework integration. Create upto 5 projects for free.


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Create an eBook from Online Articles

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This is a great way to create eBooks from your own online content or from any content you find online.
You can create and share reading lists for courses. Create your own eBooks of yours or your students' stories. Create your own collection of your favourite articles. Collect a reading list of articles to read when you don't have an Internet connection. Webpages that you capture in this way can be much easier to read and of course you have all the eBook's mark up and note taking functions which will store all your annotations on the eBooks you create.


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BookChook's curator insight, November 13, 2013 6:59 PM

Readlist enables sharing and embedding your own online content - great way to bundle a collection of your blog posts. 

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How to: Inquiry-Based Learning | YouthLearn

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"Inquiry-based learning is founded on students taking the lead in their own learning, but it still requires considerable planning on your part [as teacher, guide, learning architect]. Projects must fit into your larger program structure, goals and plans, but the students will be actively involved in planning the projects with you and asking the questions that launch their individual inquiries."


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Jeannette Jackson's comment, July 15, 2012 3:01 PM
Again, a big thank you for this: neat process tool
JoAnn Delaney's curator insight, July 30, 2013 10:12 AM

Iquiry process real questions leading students in their own learning. #edchat

Coach Willis's curator insight, August 17, 2015 1:54 PM

Great flowchart to help you find all parts to a solution.

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Grammar Police Infographic

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The fabulous folks over at Copyblogger published this awesome infographic to clarify some of the more frequently broken grammar rules
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Online Courses from World's Experts | Udemy

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Udemy is a website that enables anyone to teach and learn online. Udemy tries to democratize online education by making it fast, easy and free to create online courses.
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Webquests

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As more students gain access to the Internet, there is growing pressure on teachers to help their students use this valuable resource as an effective study tool. Webquests are just one way in which teachers can help.

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Marvel-ous Nerd Words - Movie City News

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Marvel-ous Nerd WordsMovie City NewsWhy couldn't we have had vocabulary lists like this back when I was in school?
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Accelebrain - Vocabulary Builder

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Accelebrain is vocabulary builder and flashcard software which helps you quickly memorize words, phrases, vocabulary, numbers, formulas, historical dates, or any subject matter that can be learned via a question and answer format. It is vocabulary builder for those who learn foreign language.


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The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained

A quick explanation of the terms United Kingdom, Great Britain, England and much much more.

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English Is an Optimistic Language, Study Suggests

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When a team of scientists set out to evaluate the emotional significance of English words, they expected most would fall at the center of the scale, at neutral, while equal shares trailed out to the positive and negative ends of the spectrum.
That is not what they found, however: Instead, we appear to speak an optimistically biased language.
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Listening Practice!

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Karoake Dialogues page for excellent word gap  listening, a Poetry page for lots of interesting stuff, and tons of links....

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Historypin

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"Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together to share glimpses of the past and build up the story of human history."

 

Could be turned into interesting school projects with students going through old family photos to pin on the map and interview family members for stories to attach to the pictures.


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International House - Online Placement Test

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Our student placement test - a guide to your level in English Language...

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Play online, learn online and feed the hungry | Freerice.com

Play online, learn online and feed the hungry | Freerice.com | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it

For every correct answer you choose, 10 grains of rice are raised to help end world hunger through the World Food Programme. Vocabulary, Grmmar, and more!

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Interesting Things for ESL/EFL Students (Fun English Study)

A free study site for English as a Second Language (ESL) students with games, quizzes, puzzles, MP3 files with transcripts, listening practice, pronunciation practive, etc.
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Virtual worlds among latest trends in language education | eSchool News

Virtual worlds among latest trends in language education | eSchool News | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
A new way of teaching and learning foreign languages has emerged: using virtual worlds, such as Second Life, to increase student engagement and confidence as they build new language skills.
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Nik's QuickShout: A collocation thesaurus concordancer that produces word clouds!

Nik's QuickShout: A collocation thesaurus concordancer that produces word clouds! | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it

The word combinations option produces a great list of collocations for the word, and what's better, if you click on the collocates, you get the kind of list that a concordancer will produce, with the expressions highlighted in context.


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Weekly Grammar Tip: starting a sentence with “and” or “but ...

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This entry was posted on May 2, 2012, in grammar, reading, writing and tagged books, dodging commas, grammar, language, reading, writing. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment. Can you start a sentence with “and” or “but”?
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IT-Code-News: 16 Incredible iPad Apps for ESL Learners

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Appropriate for ESL children, this application runs through all the letters of the English alphabet, introducing them to the structure and pronunciation through tracing, audio, digital flashcards, and phonogram puzzles.
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Wednesday Words: Supermoon, Store d'Oeuvres and More - TIME

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TIMEWednesday Words: Supermoon, Store d'Oeuvres and MoreTIMENewsFeed's weekly highlight of our vocabulary includes useful, new, hilarious and surprising words (as well as some that are just fun to roll off the old tongue).
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Prezi - The Zooming Presentation Editor

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Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them.
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17 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in May - Mental Floss

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17 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in May

There are plenty of reasons to celebrate this month.
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19 Regional Words All Americans Should Adopt Immediately - Mental Floss

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19 Regional Words All Americans Should Adopt Immediately

In celebration of slang, here’s a list of delightful obscure words from around the U.S. that you\'ll want to start working into conversation.
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