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Best tools and reflections to introduce creative and collaborative learning in education... especially in ESL
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Kapwing - The Online Video Editor

Kapwing - The Online Video Editor | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Kapwing is a modern editor for videos, GIFs, and images. Try our free meme maker, resizer, subtitle maker, filters, and more!
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Kapwing offers different possibilities to work with video and images: memes, subtitles, and other assets we can use in our projects.
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Word Search Puzzles

Word Search Puzzles | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Thousands of word search puzzles and games to play online or print out, covering a mix of both fun and educational topics. You can even create your very own game in just a few simple steps.
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Simple, easy, quick... it is good to have always close at hand...
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Create Talking Animations With These Free iPad Apps - iPad Apps for School

Create Talking Animations With These Free iPad Apps - iPad Apps for School | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Making animated movies is one of my favorite video creation projects for elementary school students. Students love hearing their voices bringing to life an animated character on the screen. You can have students create animations to tell stories from their own lives or to animate short stories that they have written in your classroom. The following three free iPad apps enable elementary school students to create talking animated movies.

Via John Evans
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Good resources for ESL or foreign language lessons in general!!
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Fake It To Make It | Games for Change

Fake It To Make It | Games for Change | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Fake It To Make It is a simulation-style game where players take on the role of someone creating and distributing fake news for profit. Players learn how misinformation is created, spread, and emotionally targeted, and leave better prepared to be skeptical of misinformation that they encounter in the future.


Via Nik Peachey
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Maybe a bit complex, but useful with young adults!!
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Claudia Andrade's curator insight, November 26, 2017 10:42 AM
Interesting game to identify fake news
Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, November 26, 2017 2:51 PM
Interesting tool for teaching students to recognize fake news.
Presenters's curator insight, November 26, 2017 3:38 PM
Fake It To Make It es un juego que, apostando por la terrible actualidad, logra crear un entorno educativo. El jugador tiene que crear y difundir noticias para obtener beneficios, pasando por las etapas de creación, localización de un objetivo emocional, difusión... En definitiva, es un título que prepara al que lo termina para un futuro de escepticismo con las informaciones que reciba.
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Free online timeline maker

Free online timeline maker | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Time.Graphics is a timeline and free of charge online service for creating infographics. Is it possible to make historical analysis in one click? Yes, it’s real. We present to your attention the innovative service!

Via Nik Peachey
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A good tool to create rich timelines and infographics where different element can be embedded
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 15, 2017 1:58 AM

This looks like a great free tool that has been nicely integrated with Google apps.

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Word Booster

Word Booster | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
We save valuable time of English teachers when they prepare authentic class material from news articles so that they could spend the time on more important things. Just grab the URL of a news article you want to teach, copy & paste the URL on our site, wait for a moment. Then viola! You have ready-to-print word list, vocabulary quiz, and even the article itself reformatted for notes taking.
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When you are in a hurry, or when you exactly know what you want... make the best of a web article with this useful tool
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Integrating global issues in the creative English language classroom

Integrating global issues in the creative English language classroom | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
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A good idea to make our students think... in English! :-)
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Amreet Kaur Sandhu's curator insight, August 19, 2017 8:05 PM
A good idea to make our students think... in English! :-)
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English Language Learners Stack Exchange

English Language Learners Stack Exchange | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Q&A for speakers of other languages learning English
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A nice space for sharing: Doubts, questions and answers available to the community
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English literacy exercises - Improve your literacy skills and writing skills

English literacy exercises - Improve your literacy skills and writing skills | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
English literacy exercises - Improve your literacy skills and writing skills
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Practical... not very innovative... but handy sometimes :-)
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Use Vibby to Highlight and Share Specific Parts of Videos via Educators' Technology

Use Vibby to Highlight and Share Specific Parts of Videos via Educators' Technology | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Very useful tool to highlight parts of a video
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 Listening that sparks learning.

 Listening that sparks learning. | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Free lessons and educational podcasts for your classroom.

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Good resource: Easy navigation and good activities and tasks once registered... for free!
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10 Life Lessons From Kung Fu Panda Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

10 Life Lessons From Kung Fu Panda Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Kung Fu Panda is'nt just a delightful movie; it also has some great life messages. Here are highlights 10 of the best life lessons we can learn from it.
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Nice infographic we can use to talk about values with our students, both native English speakers and EFL
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PBS Food: Recipe Ideas, Cooking Shows and Iconic Chefs

PBS Food: Recipe Ideas, Cooking Shows and Iconic Chefs | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
PBS Food unites cooking shows, blogs and recipes from PBS and local stations across the country including Julia Child, Jose Andres, and Fresh Tastes!
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A very nice website with lots of rich information about food and cooking. Very useful for projects!
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10 Web Tools and Apps for Creating Avatars

10 Web Tools and Apps for Creating Avatars | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

"One of the first steps for participating in any social network or online community is creating a digital image of ourselves, an avatar. We often have several avatars across many social networks. Some look like us and others are symbols or graphical representations of us. It is important we get our students to create digital avatars and reflect on their digital identities"


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Avatars are an excellent chance to foster communication, they are a very good tool for foreign languages!
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What Kids Eat Around the World

What Kids Eat Around the World | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
In the face of global obesity, photographer Gregg Segal traveled around the world to photograph kids alongside the food they eat.
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A beautiful page where children from different countries are photographed from above with all the food they eat in a week. Nice source of speaking activities with young students and early teens!
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Puzzle Creator

Puzzle Creator | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Looking for vocabulary or theme-specific word games? Or need a fun way to reinforce word recognition? Our free and easy-to-use interactive puzzle maker lets you custom create word games for your student or child.


Via Nik Peachey
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Useful tool to create your own quizzes... or to ask your students to create their own!
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 16, 2017 12:45 AM

Useful tool for creating games and puzzles.

ducky58's curator insight, December 17, 2017 8:05 AM
Altro utilissimo strumento per creare cruciverba
Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, December 31, 2017 11:06 PM
Must try, then share!

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Story Spheres

Story Spheres | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
A tool for enhancing 360 images that lets you position audio within a scene, to easily create interactive experiences. Take your stories as far as your imagination and your camera will go.
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We have already seen this tool in a previous post. Time to refersh it as it has become more powerful and interactive
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Taleship - Collaborative story writing app

Taleship - Collaborative story writing app | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Taleship is writing modernized and made fun. It gives you and your friends a blank canvas to write together. You take turns writing with another player, and eventually a story forms. It's that simple.

Via Nik Peachey
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A good webtool to foster individual  and collaborative storytelling
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 5, 2017 12:55 AM

This is a great free app that enables students to build up stories buy adding a sentence each.

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6 Useful Resources for Exploiting the News in the English Language Classroom

6 Useful Resources for Exploiting the News in the English Language Classroom | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
Whether it's fake news, real news, world news or just news to you, navigating and understanding the news in a second language can be a really useful way to gain some valuable and authentic insights into the culture of the language.

Via Nik Peachey
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Useful links to different sites to make the best of News in ELT
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 21, 2017 1:34 AM

Some useful resource sites with lots of ready made activities and lesson plans.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, August 25, 2017 9:15 AM
Using current events with functional English resources within the 21st Century teaching and learning classroom.
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Teaching in a Digital Age | The Open Textbook Project provides flexible and affordable access to higher education resources

Teaching in a Digital Age | The Open Textbook Project provides flexible and affordable access to higher education resources | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

The book examines the underlying principles that guide effective teaching in an age when all of us, and in particular the students we are teaching, are using technology. A framework for making decisions about your teaching is provided, while understanding that every subject is different, and every instructor has something unique and special to bring to their teaching.The book enables teachers and instructors to help students develop the knowledge and skills they will need in a digital age: not so much the IT skills, but the thinking and attitudes to learning that will bring them success.


Via Nik Peachey, Dennis T OConnor
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Looks like a Bible to me... but there are always believers! Good as a reference!
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Geemik Maria Açucena Da Silva's curator insight, July 17, 2017 5:16 AM
"Although the book contains many practical examples, it is more than a cookbook on how to teach. It addresses the following questions: is the nature of knowledge changing, and how do different views on the nature of knowledge result in different approaches to teaching? what is the science and research that can best help me in my teaching? how do I decide whether my courses should be face-to-face, blended or fully online? what strategies work best when teaching in a technology-rich environment? what methods of teaching are most effective for blended and online classes? how do I make choices among all the available media, whether text, audio, video, computer, or social media, in order to benefit my students and my subject? how do I maintain high quality in my teaching in a rapidly changing learning environment while managing my workload? what are the real possibilities for teaching and learning using MOOCs, OERS, open textbooks?"
Richard Whiteside's curator insight, July 21, 2017 10:09 AM
Pretty sure this is going to be worth a read for anyone involved in ELT publishing, whether focused on digital products, like me, or not. 
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, August 8, 2017 3:38 AM
Teaching in a Digital Age
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The Tech Edvocate’s List of 35 Amazing Apps for Teachers

The Tech Edvocate’s List of 35 Amazing Apps for Teachers | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
The Tech Edvocate is pleased to produce its “Best of the Best” resource lists.
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A good list of interesting apps. I'm sure there's one for each one of us
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pageOrama - one page at a time

pageOrama - one page at a time | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

How Page O Rama?
Choose page name. Write your title. Write your page content. Add your email if you want to edit your pages. Click submit and you are published!.


Via Nik Peachey
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Easy and handy!!!! keep it in your pocket of resources!
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 22, 2017 1:33 AM

A simple tool to publish single pages online.

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#MetKids

#MetKids | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it
#MetKids is a digital feature made for, with, and by kids.
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Incredibly rich... could/should be a source of inspiration for many museums. Veeery engaging!! 
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TubeQuizard

TubeQuizard | Creative Tools... and ESL | Scoop.it

Automatically generate vocabulary and grammar quizzes based around YouTube videos.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 15, 2016 12:39 AM

This looks like a fantastic tool. You can use the search engine like a corpus to look for vocabulary and grammar you want to teach and then the site will make the activity for you. Lots of ready made quizzes there already too.

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Strategies for Developing Listening Skills

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Nice article on listening skills
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PL Carlos's curator insight, April 14, 2016 10:55 AM

Great idea depending on the level of your students!