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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. The ultimate result with this shift has been increases in engagement as well as a sense of relevancy and meaning amongst learners, all of which are foundations for improving achievement. Even as we are seeing more schools and educators transform the way they teach and learn with technology, many more are not.

Time Cost Assessment Control. 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 :) You will find plenty of tips and ideas about the topic in the following links: 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.

Like this: 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. Creating great interactive learning experiences requires a few core building blocks: relevant content, pull versus push, and real-world decisions.

The Rapid eLearning Blog

With those building blocks you're able to structure effective learning scenarios that are meaningful to the learner and helps meet the objectives of the course. One of those building blocks in creating relevant content or content that is placed in a meaningful context. Essentially, you want to recreate the types of scenarios that are similar to the ones the learner has in real life. This allows them to see the content in ... Read the full article After last week's post on the different drag & drop interaction examples, I had quite a few emails asking for tips on how to create drag and drop interactions for elearning.

Sliders are used as a means to make adjustments/selections or as a simple way to navigate content. It helps to look at what others are doing to get ideas and inspiration for your own work. Create ... 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 Fujifilm X100s, the story so far.. To Mourne the Snow David C Clements. 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. Who has the time to add fun activities? Well, you do - given these no-frills group activities that only take minutes to build, whether you use a board, a flip chart or an interactive software like YawnBuster. Show of Hands Conducting a quick poll is a perfect icebreaker in the beginning of a class. Start with a question like 'How many of you know that..' or 'Who wants to ...' and watch the hands go up. Brainstorm Invite ideas, and get your learners' creative juices flowing. Social Learning: to be or not to be?