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New travel writing award launched

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A new award is being launched for travel writers in 2014, publishers Frances Lincoln and The Wainwright Society have announced a new annual literary prize for Nature and Travel Writing, according to a report by The Telegraph.

Organised in association with The National Trust, the new Thwaites Wainwright Prize sets out to ‘reward the best writing on the general outdoors, nature and UK-based travel writing.’

Submissions for the prize can be narrative or illustrated non-fiction. While the contest will be open to writers from around the world, the main focus of the book should be the British countryside.

£5,000 will be awarded to the writer of the winning book. The judging panel will be chaired by Dame Fiona Reynolds, a former director-general of The National Trust, and will feature representatives from Countryfile Magazine, Stanfords, The Wainwright Society and The National Trust.


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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, November 18, 2013 7:15 AM

A new award is being launched for travel writers in 2014, publishers Frances Lincoln and The Wainwright Society have announced a new annual literary prize for Nature and Travel Writing, according to a report by The Telegraph.

Organised in association with The National Trust, the new Thwaites Wainwright Prize sets out to ‘reward the best writing on the general outdoors, nature and UK-based travel writing.’

Submissions for the prize can be narrative or illustrated non-fiction. While the contest will be open to writers from around the world, the main focus of the book should be the British countryside.

£5,000 will be awarded to the writer of the winning book. The judging panel will be chaired by Dame Fiona Reynolds, a former director-general of The National Trust, and will feature representatives from Countryfile Magazine, Stanfords, The Wainwright Society and The National Trust.

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The world’s oldest astronomers: Scientists use ancient trees to look back on the history of our local cosmos

The world’s oldest astronomers: Scientists use ancient trees to look back on the history of our local cosmos | Stepping Stones | Scoop.it
Scientists in Japan use ancient trees to look back on the history of our local cosmos, and discover a mystery.

 

Since the invention of the telescope in the year 1608, mankind has collected information about our local cosmos. As it turns out, we’re not the only ones. Trees have been doing the same for millennia.

 

A group of physicists led by Nagoya University graduate student Fusa Miyake has begun using information stored in ancient Japanese cedars to gain the oldest firsthand accounts of the local universe. They have discovered, hidden within tree rings, clear evidence of some surprisingly high-energy events—possibly supernovae or solar flares—that occurred more than 1200 years ago.

 

On Japan’s Yakushima island, trees regularly live at least a thousand years, thriving under the tree equivalent of a low-carb diet in the form of a low-nutrition granite bedrock that encourages a slower pace of growth. Miyake and her team examined core samples from two trees on this small island. Back at Nagoya University, they studied the number and thickness of the tree’s rings not just to determine the age of the trees but also to gather information about the atmosphere they breathed.

 

When high-energy radiation from space enters Earth’s upper atmosphere, it interacts with naturally occurring atmospheric molecules to produce the isotope carbon-14. As trees are firmly plugged into the earth’s carbon cycle by photosynthesis, the carbon-14 ends up in each tree ring, creating an annual record etched into the flesh of the tree of the average carbon-14 level in Earth’s atmosphere.

 

Miyake and her colleagues had good reason to focus on the rings corresponding to 775 AD. A previous project called IntCal, which uses tree records of carbon-14 levels to calibrate carbon-14 dating, had seen a noticeable rise in carbon-14 levels toward the end of the 8th century.

The signal Miyake’s team found was far above anything seen in recent times, indicating that Earth had been bombarded by an extremely intense burst of radiation. The rings revealed that, over the course of one year, the atmospheric level of carbon-14 rose 1.2 percent: nearly 20 times the normal variation.

 

This massive flash of radiation could have been caused by a supernova; a gamma ray burst from a supremely rare galactic event such as a collision of two neutron stars; or a super solar flare at least 10 times the size of the largest observed flare.

 

Using their knowledge of earth sciences, biology and astronomy, Miyake’s team uncovered a smoking gun in a cosmological whodunit. Now all that remains is to identify who fired that gun.


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Abel Farias's curator insight, December 2, 2013 5:38 PM

You can find history in any object. Whenever archeologists look for new fossils they are looking for a something that tells them a story. In this article they talk about how tree rings explain how the environment was during the life of the tree. I would use this article in Chemistry class during the Carbon Dating unit. It shows how recent day scientist used carbon dating to make a new discovery

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20 Options for Real-Time Collaboration Tools

20 Options for Real-Time Collaboration Tools | Stepping Stones | Scoop.it
20 options for real-time collaboration tools for you to select from.

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Devis Peinture-Entreprise Peinture Déco-Essonne-91-Evry-Paris ...www.entreprisepeinturedeco.fr/devis-peintures/devis-peinture/‎Vous souhaitez avoir nos conseil sur comment choisir un devis peinture? Entreprise Peinture Déco-Essonne-91-Evry-Paris-toile de verre m2-prix.
Lewis Walker's curator insight, January 3, 2014 10:14 AM

Tools that can help make distant learning and other group projects workable.

lynnegibb's curator insight, January 7, 2014 1:26 AM

Some great tools for collaboration - lots I havnt heard of

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5 Services for Creating & Sharing Audio Recordings Online: Free Technology for Teachers:

5 Services for Creating & Sharing Audio Recordings Online: Free Technology for Teachers: | Stepping Stones | Scoop.it

Free services for creating audio recordings: Vocaroo, SoundCloud, AudioPal, AudioBoo and Record MP3.  


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Shona Whyte's curator insight, July 22, 2013 8:25 AM

Obvious applications for language learning and teaching.

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64 Sites for Digital Storytelling Tools and Information

64 Sites for Digital Storytelling Tools and Information | Stepping Stones | Scoop.it
"Julie Greller's blog A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet features some great content for teachers. Posts are sorted by subject and grade level, and there's also a link to some free ebooks. ...

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, November 28, 2013 12:47 AM

Here is a great little resource of tools students can use to tell stories or to explain ideas.

[original link is on the main Prendi eLearning page]

Ness Crouch's curator insight, December 23, 2013 3:07 AM

Useful tools for storytelling.

Asmaa Lahlou's curator insight, April 24, 2014 10:15 PM

Prezi, Animoto, Slideshare and many more tools for Digital Marketing and Storytellling

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FlixTime - Video Slideshows made easy!

FlixTime - Video Slideshows made easy! | Stepping Stones | Scoop.it
FlixTime videos - the coolest way to create amazing videos using your images, videos clips and music

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History of English (combined)

History of English (combined) | Stepping Stones | Scoop.it
Free learning from The Open University http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/history-the-arts/culture/english-language --- A look at the history of the English lan...

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, November 13, 2013 10:31 AM

10 minutes on how English developed.

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Children around the world!

Children around the world! | Stepping Stones | Scoop.it
#ELT #EFL #ESL #younglearners #children #play #storyteller #puppeteer #engagement #teachertrainer #education #elearning #entrepreneur http://www.facebook.com/affectivelanguagelearning Juan Alberto Lopez utilise Pinterest, un tableau virtuel...

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Juan Alberto L Uribe's curator insight, December 17, 2012 10:59 AM

These pictures of children around the world remind us to always shelter childhood. 

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ESL-Kids | Worksheet and Activities Generator

ESL-Kids | Worksheet and Activities Generator | Stepping Stones | Scoop.it
Free ESL resources for kids including flashcards, handwriting worksheets, classroom games and children...

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Children's ESL Picture Dictionary, ESL Flash Cards, ESL Games | ABCfrog.net

Children's ESL Picture Dictionary, ESL Flash Cards, ESL Games | ABCfrog.net | Stepping Stones | Scoop.it

John Bardos teaches young learners English in Japan, and is sharing flashcards and other materials here (and a little rant about ESL versus EFL and why it matters).


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Roll the dice ESL game – English Language Games

SAY 6 – Great interactive game that gets ESL children laughing and engaged! All you need to do is make a die…which I explain how in the video! Then, in a circle say together ¨Roll the dice…Roll the dice!

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Teach your Child to Read  | Online English Exercises

Teach your Child to Read  | Online English Exercises | Stepping Stones | Scoop.it
A free site for learning to read English phonetically.  Over 1,000 online English exercises, presentations and games to teach your child to read English. ESL section teaches children English vocabulary  and language while teaching them to read .

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1st Person Daily Actions 11: Kids ESL English Conversation pt.3 for Children by Pumkin,.com

http://pumkin.com/ has a complete online English learning course with more videos, kids games, basic English quizzes, tests, downloads, and more. • Learn sim...

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Video Tema: Daily Actions
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Free Audio: 46 Minute Reading from Dave Eggers’ New Novel, The Circle

Free Audio: 46 Minute Reading from Dave Eggers’ New Novel, The Circle | Stepping Stones | Scoop.it
Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, has a new book coming out in early October, The Circle, a novel about 'a young woman who goes to work at an omnipotent technology company and gets sucked into a corporate culture...
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TheGlobalEducator

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"[...]  Finally the fear of graphic novels as somehow less worthy literature is dispelling, and teachers now value the contribution graphic novels make to enhancing literacy education. [...] Graphic novels, comics and manga versions of children’s literature offer readers an understanding of the impact of our visual culture. Language acquisition is based on thinking visually (Britsch 2009). It is how we make meaning of the language we learn. Graphic novels, comics and manga assist children’s ability to interpret their world. Language alone does not represent reality.  [...]"


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Creatively Adapted to A Moderate Climate: Yatsugatake Villa in Japan

Creatively Adapted to A Moderate Climate: Yatsugatake Villa in Japan | Stepping Stones | Scoop.it

This countryside retreat by MDS features contemporary massing and beautiful wood interiors. Located in the foothills of the Yatsugatake mountains, in a relatively moderate climate, the residence reflects a lifestyle connected to nature and the surroundings. The project was developed using three adjacent volumes of different heights, with overhangs to control natural light and heat.


Wood is visible in the exposed beams, floors and window frames. Cross-ventilation is ensured through strategically placed windows. Two narrow terraces sheltered beneath the roof overhangs contribute to the building’s originality. “The fan-shaped design – opening to the south – means plenty of sun streams in during the cold winters: no matter the time of day there’s always a place to bask in the sun”, explained architects Kiyotoshi Mori and Natsuko Kawamura.


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, March 28, 2013 9:36 PM

An example of beautiful architecture highlighting a combination of location-responsive design strategies along with a vernacular aesthetic, resulting in a unique, yet comfortable and pragmatic, dwelling...

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Places and shops around Town or City vocabulary learning English

Places and shops around Town or City vocabulary learning English | Stepping Stones | Scoop.it
Places and shops around town or a city. Learn the vocabulary also a list of places with a description.

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Lingua + Co · Ana Parres's curator insight, November 11, 2013 10:17 AM

Vocabulario útil sobre la ciudad.

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Utile pour apprendre aux élèves le vocabulaire de la ville.

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Superstitions, & Friday The Thirteenth

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A lesson about Friday the 13th superstitions for English language learners, with example sentences, reading, listening and writing activities, and a follow-up quiz on the song Superstition, by Stevie Wonder.

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La chanson des couleurs

http://www.mondedespetits.fr/ La chanson des couleurs pour apprendre les couleurs en chantant aux enfants. Paroles: Bleu, jaune, rouge et vert, rouge et vert...

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Englishwilleasy's Youtube channel

Englishwilleasy's Youtube channel | Stepping Stones | Scoop.it

A very rich Youtube channel with situational dialogues, audio + pictures.vocabulary and grammar videos. Music sometimes .

Elementary, intermediate and over (A1 A2, B1 and over)

 

The complement of the excellent site http://englishwilleasy.com/

 

Also check http://elflearning.jp/elftube/categories

 Learning ELF's excellent learning's vocabulary chants, Videos for Children and EFL/ESL Learners. Some are quite suitable for teenagers and adults (elementary and pre-intermediate)

 

http://elflearning.jp/elftube/frontpage

 

especially Learn Vocabulary (21 videos)

: http://elflearning.jp/elftube/viewcategory/17/learn-vocabulary

http://elflearning.jp/elftube/viewcategory/12/body-and-actions

 

their youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ELFLearning/videos


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Teach your Child to Read  | Online English Exercises

Teach your Child to Read  | Online English Exercises | Stepping Stones | Scoop.it
A free site for learning to read English phonetically.  Over 1,000 online English exercises, presentations and games to teach your child to read English. ESL section teaches children English vocabulary  and language while teaching them to read .

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Ideas to help your child with phonics

Ideas to help your child with phonics | Stepping Stones | Scoop.it
New post: Ideas to help you child with phonics http://t.co/C03h6z5B #children #ELT #esl @teach_kids1

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5 ESL Writing Activities For Children | ESL Kids Games

5 ESL Writing Activities For Children | ESL Kids Games | Stepping Stones | Scoop.it
5 writing activities for children to practice writing in the ESL classroom. Great activities that can be used again and again.

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ESL - English for Children

This page contains links to all those important ESL sites for children. It is part of the ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE Website (http://www.rong-chang.com/), the biggest ESL Web director

 

Happy teaching,

http://papadeligames.wordpress.com/english/


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Interesting stuff for ESL EFL teachers

Interesting stuff for ESL EFL teachers | Stepping Stones | Scoop.it

A scoop of a Scoop.it site.  I have seen many quality shares from this site.  If you are an English teacherror a parent who want to help your ESL children, this site may be helpful

 

Sites for English teachers...


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