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Speak like a Star! ESL writing & multiliteracies. Common Misunderstandings of Educators Who Fear Technology. Education is currently at a crossroads as traditional methods and tools are changing as a result of advances in technology and learning theory.

Common Misunderstandings of Educators Who Fear Technology

We are beginning to see some schools across the country take the lead in merging sound pedagogy with the effective integration of technology. These schools and educators, whether they realize it or not, are not only enhancing the teaching and learning process, but they are also providing their learners with essential skill sets pivotal for success in today’s society. These skill sets include critical thinking/problem solving, media literacy, collaboration, creativity, technological proficiency and global awareness. Students using their cellphones to learn. Do you let your students have their cellphones on in your class or do you ask them to turn them off ?

Students using their cellphones to learn

Cellphones have not been well received in the educational arena because they are considered a distracting "toy" . But cellphones are an essencial item in the screen agers' lives. Do you doubt about this statement? Look at the infography below: So, as educators, let's understand and explore with our students the possibilities cellphones offer to include them in our classes. You can start with very simple tasks such as taking photos with a purpose such as to illustrate a piece of writing. When I attended Virtual Educa Buenos Aires, there was a workshop called "Short-films" using cellphones. Watch the 2010 winning short film to have an idea of how creative students may be :) Your e-library for " Social Media In Education " Yvonne Crawford  How ESL and EFL classrooms differ.

In her first guest post for OUP, Kate Bell, a writer and researcher, talks us through some of the practical differences between ESL and EFL classrooms.

How ESL and EFL classrooms differ

You may think that teaching English is teaching English, whether you’re doing it in a Thai village or a suburban California school. And you’d be right, sort of. Many of the same textbooks, lesson plans, and online resources serve in both cases. Many English teachers go from one type of teaching position to the other, and back again. But there are fundamental differences between ESL and EFL classrooms. An ESL classroom is in a country where English is the dominant language. An EFL classroom is in a country where English is not the dominant language. Based on these definitions, we can see that there are important differences in the student population. ESL students need Hands-on English lessons suitable for their immediate needs. EFL students need Lots of practice using English, especially orally. Contexto educativo y Mediación pedagógica. TweetDeck & 100s of Twitter tools for Teachers.

I have posted about Twitter a few times before.

TweetDeck & 100s of Twitter tools for Teachers

Twitter in Classroom part 1. ; Twitter in Classroom 2 ; Twitter in Classroom part 3; Updates: Facebook and Twitter in Classroom and Georgia Department of Defense: Tactical Guides of Social Media. This post share some examples of other available Twitter tools which gives extra boost on your tweeting. My top tool is TweetDeck.

Best feature in TweetDeck is that i can see multible columns in one view, very quick look and i know whats happening, like example today i have 15 columns open. First all friends, my top list, my iPad list, mentions, #RSCON3, #finnedchat, favorites, direct messages, new followers, #edtech, #mlearning, #ipadchat, #ipaded, Facebook, Linkedin. I also open new columns for daily needs, like follow my new blog post retweeting (for thanking them), follow interesting hashtags, sometimes i follow one person, who has some spesific information, like Scott Newcomb @snewco from mlearning or @web20classroom Steven W.

The Rapid eLearning Blog. Organizations operate at the speed of business and don't like to waste time or money.

The Rapid eLearning Blog

That's especially true when it comes to pulling people away from their daily tasks. And this is something that happens every time a person is asked to complete an elearning course. So it's important to create the most cost-effective process possible and still meet the organization's goals. One way to make elearning courses cost-effective is by sorting your learners and then pushing them to a successful learning path. Some ... Read the full article A few months ago I wrote a post on Microsoft getting rid of free clip art. Ed Tweeps. Blog A section dedicated to image processing techniques and how to get the most out of the photographic process.

Ed Tweeps

A Photographic Review of 2013. The Creative Education Blog. Teacher Quotes, Teaching Sayings, Quotations about Teachers. Related Quotes Back to School Teacher Appreciation Children Education Learning I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.

Teacher Quotes, Teaching Sayings, Quotations about Teachers

~Lily Tomlin as "Edith Ann" The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called "truth. " ~Dan Rather In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. Teaching creates all other professions. The definition of learning: Can mobile devices help us reach learning on a different level? -

Mr. Self 7 Fun Ways to Get Participation and Collaboration Going in Classrooms. Yes, I hear you.

7 Fun Ways to Get Participation and Collaboration Going in Classrooms

Preparing to teach a class is hard enough. Social Learning: to be or not to be?