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10 Online Tools to Master Language Teaching

10 Online Tools to Master Language Teaching | K-12 Technology Tools | Scoop.it
From Virtual Classrooms to Moodle MOOCs and Google Docs,you can be sure that this web education tool box is brimming with complete solutions for teaching online.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 3, 2013 9:44 AM

A nice collection of tools, tips and links

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How Digital Technology is Transforming Classrooms

How Digital Technology is Transforming Classrooms | K-12 Technology Tools | Scoop.it
The digital education revolution has arrived. The question is how much and how well current educators can embrace it.

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What Works for Differentiating Instruction in Elementary Schools | Edutopia

What Works for Differentiating Instruction in Elementary Schools | Edutopia | K-12 Technology Tools | Scoop.it

 

Customizing your teaching to suit each child makes eminent sense. Kids are different, they learn differently, so we should teach them differently, right? But when you're staring out at 20 or 30 students as individual as snowflakes, you may find yourself asking that ever-daunting question: "How?"

 

The short answer is: one step at a time. Teachers at Forest Lake Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina, have made it their mission for the past decade to differentiate instruction for their diverse students. They started small, and they've grown and honed their strategies each year.

 

Here are their tips -- combined with some advice from Edutopia bloggers and members of the Edutopia community -- on how you can get started. And please use the comments field below to ask questions and add your own suggestions!

 

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Jessica Marie Flynn's curator insight, October 8, 2014 7:51 PM

Definitely something to keep in mind as I start my teaching career and work with students of all kinds

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Essay questioning the evidence on MOOCs and learning | Inside Higher Ed

Essay questioning the evidence on MOOCs and learning | Inside Higher Ed | K-12 Technology Tools | Scoop.it

As widely reported, five massive open online courses have been deemed worthy of an academic credit recommendation by the American Council on Education. The announcement by ACE has been greeted with equal parts acclaim and concern. Many see this step as a new day for increased access and reduced cost for those working toward a degree. Content costing thousands of dollars on campus may now be available for free and in the comfort of one’s own home. Others, especially in academe, continue to express concern about the nature of MOOCs and their ability to produce learning.

 

While no one questions the quality of instruction, it remains unclear as to how student learning by MOOC is to be measured.  Yes, there has been discussion in the media about the use of proctored exams. Yet, a poor assessment securely administered is still a problem.  Are examinations being developed from publisher test banks, or are they akin to the psychometrically validated, field tested exams that have been long used to measure other forms of non-collegiate learning? Are question banks sufficiently deep to ensure assessment variation and integrity? And, are security measures in place to minimize the likelihood of the type of cheating that has compromised other large scale testing programs (the TOEFL experience in Asia a few years ago comes to mind)?

 

At a time when evidence of learning is increasingly demanded by accreditors and the federal government, a determination of equivalency in instruction alone is no longer sufficient. Valid, secure learning outcome assessment must now be part of the equation as well.

 

Yes, the MOOCs produced by Udacity and Coursera feature some of our finest instructors from prestigious institutions. We must remember, however, that this instruction comes from outside the academy. MOOCs are not subjected to the same reviews that are part of the accreditation process for other instruction at colleges and universities. And, as we have seen, more thought must be given to the assessment process and its validity.

 

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