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If you answered YES to any of these questions then READ ON this is important information for you. How would it feel if, as you enter your new career, you had the support of other experienced teachers and could compare notes with other new teachers who are in exactly the same boat as you? Are you a little anxious about your first classes? Do you have lots of questions that you would like to ask?
As promised in my posting of April 8th 2011 I would like to share here some first insights into the results from my survey into Mobile Learning 2011 and what some of the statistical comparisons show when matched against results from the same survey last year. Before I go into more detail I would like to point out that the results of this survey were gathered through self selecting responses and the survey being online and distributed through various internet channels including Twitter and various electronic newsletters and communities, would imply that the majority of respondents will all be to a degree among the more digitally literate and internet connected, so this can’t be taken as representative of the global community of EFL and ESL teachers, but does show changes and shifts within that demographic by comparison with the 2010 survey. In terms of the people who answered the survey, there have been less responses this year, with a drop from around 500 last year to 300 this year.
Cream of the crop stay at home ... students in China, like these ones enrolling at an elite Beijing college, could eschew foreign study. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images UK immigration authorities have drastically cut the number of language assessment providers they deem suitable to offer tests to demonstrate the English skills of visa applicants.
In honor of Digital-Storytime’s recent makeover, this top ten list is a based on the books that scored high in a new category - Educational. These are all top picks for iPad books that make learning especially fun. These apps are for a wide range of ages and topics, showing off the iPad’s flexibility. It can go from enrichment for babies to entertainment to reassurance for anxious adolescents.
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From Paper to Paperless – Marisa Constantinides – 18th April 2011 Brighton Online - IATEFL 2011 The Roving Reporter.
Jane and Dave Willis (Credit: Google images) Jane, who has had the most influence on you? Jane Willis: Professor John Sinclair. He would say to you, “Are you sure it works this way? Go into a classroom and collect some data.”
Bonnie Bassler on how bacteria "talk" : Linguistic aficionados know that humans aren't the only ones capable of complex, structured communication. Even unicellular organisms rely on a sophisticated system of chemical shifts to "chat" with one another. One doesn't need a background in the sciences to appreciate the lessons Bonnie Bassler teaches about talking.
This must seem like a contradictory title and an odd one especially coming from me, as I am an educational technology consultant and writer, but to be honest I stand by this statement and I’d like to tell you why. Over the last ten plus years ‘consumer technology’, and by that I mean the everyday gadgets that we use for entertainment and communication in our homes, have become increasingly cheaper and at the same time progressively more powerful and easy to use. Personally, I believe this a really wonderful development and one that is really changing the way we socialise, communicate, access information, interact as a society and most importantly – learn. Wall
Description IntelliVocab (formerly PowerVocab) personalizes the English vocabulary learning for competitive exams and personal improvement. This app is built by students of MIT based on the latest research in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Web Semantics. It uses latest machine learning algorithms and web semantic techniques to collapse billions of possibilities into comprehensible probabilistic profile information, in real-time. It completely controls the learning environment, so that you do not have to plan your learning approach. All you need to do is interact.
As promised during my 4th Virtual Round Table presentation on " Storytelling in the Digital Era " I have embedded the slideshare in this post for you to view it. You can link to the live sites from each slide. For viewing all the episodes to date of my "Idiomatic Digital Story", you can press on the IATEFL Brighton label here. I am hoping to come to the conclusion of this Evolving Idiomatic Digital story by inviting my students at the Lake School of English to come up with a suitable ending. If not, then I will have to get my thinking cap on rather snappily before April 17th!! Embedded below is the official Virtual Round Table 2011 Animoto Highlights.
Description Play one of the most addictive alphabet teaching iPhone games available, and help your child learn and practise the letters and sounds of the English alphabet at the same time. How fast can you tap through the alphabet?
It's great to learn new words and structures in English, but sometimes it's also a good idea to go back and review what you already know. Today's activity comes from the Sporcle website and is a quick test to see if you know the 100 most commonly used words in the English language. Task: Go to: http://www.sporcle.com/games/common_english_words.php You will see a grid with 100 space and a time limit of 12 minutes set and ready.
i 2 read and rated This is the result of some recent reflections on lesson-planning , rule-based teaching (again) inspired by this discussion , and this challenge (I had no time to participate, unfortunately), plus the #ELTchat of of 02.02. 2011 ( summary here ) on fossilized errors . So, > lesson-planning made easier , plus