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Imagine a world where resources were limited to what was found in the classroom or the school closet known as the "Curriculum Materials Room." Picture a world where students wrote letters with pen and paper to communicate with other students and adults outside of the building. Due to postage costs, the teacher either sent the letters in bulk or paid for stamps out of his or her own pocket. Can you recall a time when student interests like skateboarding or video were never used as part of learning curriculum because the tools needed were either too expensive or not yet conceptualized? Do you remember a time when non-traditional learners struggled, and absenteeism meant a high likelihood of students doing poorly in school, and possibly having to retake the course? If you experienced none of these scenarios, then you live in a world of possibility because you grew up with the many social media tools available to support all learners. Selecting the Right Tool Readiness Interests

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Internet Searches May Make You Think You’re Smarter Than You Are Using the Internet is an easy way to feel omniscient. Enter a search term and the answers appear before your eyes. But at any moment you’re also just a few taps away from becoming an insufferable know-it-all. Searching for answers online gives people an inflated sense of their own knowledge, according to a study. It makes people think they know more than they actually do. Beginner Beginner English, Swedish classes 1-2, lesson periods in Sweden are normally 20-30 minutes once or twice a week. Some teachers just choose to take “English moments” now and then when time allows. WebEnglish.se recommends these periods/moments to consist of songs/rhymes, vocabulary and dialogues/stories either in themes or randomly. Reading English words is not expected at this level, although some of the materials include visible text. Click the category name and see the results listed below:

Tools To Help Students Follow Their Passions When I was putting together my book, The Teacher’s Guide to Tech, I kept getting carried away with thoughts of how so many of the tools I discovered were so empowering. Not long ago, a person’s talents were limited by money and other resources. For instance: If a writer wanted to write a book, he had to get the attention — and the financial support — of an established publisher.If a guitar player wanted to record and distribute her music, she had to get the backing of a music producer.If a painter wanted to sell his art, he had to find a gallery to show it.If a filmmaker wanted to see her film come to life, she needed expensive equipment — and a movie studio — to produce and distribute it to the world. But that’s all changed now.

Geoff Jordan vs. Duolingo More than a million people a day connect to Duolingo, an app which claims to help people learn a foreign language by guiding them through a series of translation exercises. Here are a few examples: The program is an artful way of getting people to translate texts for free.

Summer Readings on Differentiation: 150+ Seedlings for Growing Stronger Learners Sir Ken Robinson made the analogy that "Teachers are like gardeners." Gardeners cannot make the plants grow, but they do prepare and nurture the conditions that enable plants to thrive. Robinson explains that great teachers do the same by providing the support necessary for each student to grow in his or her learning. In Steve Jobs' 2005 commencement speech to Stanford graduates, he encouraged the value of exploring passions and interests, because you never know where they might lead. Jobs once took a calligraphy class, which years later inspired the many font options we have today (including the words you're reading now).

Daily Routines and Activities - English Vocabulary - Vocabulario Inglés Rutinas Diarias TEACHERS / PARENTS: We have a version of this chart that you can use with your students: Daily Routines in English Chart / ESL Flash Cards Daily Activities at Home What are some of the daily activities that you do at home? I wake up at 7am every morning. I press the snooze button five times every morning before I turn off the alarm and get up.

Five social media trends that will change marketing and business in 2016 Social media networks have taken the world and they have become an integral part of our everyday lives. There are more than 2 billion active social media users right now, and that number keeps growing as we speak. It has increased by 25% each year, which only shows that the popularity and the use of social media is definitely not going to go down anytime soon. My Journey So Far -“What’s Your Story” Blog Challenge with a Human Touch Vicky Loras is an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) educator whom I hold in the highest esteem. Not only is she an excellent teacher, she is extremely generous with her time and takes huge pleasure in sharing her knowledge with her colleagues in the ELT (English Language Teaching) community. In 2011, she launched the “What’s Your Story” Blog Challenge where she encouraged her colleagues to write and share their story. We could write about “anything you consider important in your life or career, that has helped shape you as a person or educator.”

Differentiated Instruction: Resource Roundup Understanding Differentiated Instruction Summer DI Readings List: 150+ Seedlings for Growing Stronger Learners: Browse a bountiful reading list as you plan your garden of differentiated-instruction methods and strategies for the year. (Edutopia, 2015) Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths: Get to the bottom of common misconceptions about differentiated instruction. For a quick reference on what differentiated is -- and what it isn't -- Differentiation Is / Differentiation Is Not, a set of infographics from ASCD, is also worth checking out. (Edutopia, 2015) Defining Differentiated Instruction: Take a look at a few specific examples to better understand differentiated instruction in practice: using graphic organizers, offering alternative assignments, and providing extended work time. (Edutopia, Updated 2014) Differentiation Concept Map: Reference a flowchart that shows key elements of differentiated instruction and relationships among those elements.

Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers Michelle Luhtala/Edshelf With the thousands of educational apps vying for the attention of busy teachers, it can be hard to sift for the gold. Michelle Luhtala, a savvy librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced the best, most extensive list of apps voted on by educators around the country.

Vocabulary « The crazy teacher's blog The Goose Game & Irregular Verbs Posted by thecrazyteacher on ottobre 6, 2015 Facebook Vocabulary Social Media and the Loss of Curiosity by Alicia Wallace From MySpace and Hi5 to Facebook and Twitter, our relationship with social media has evolved over the past 15 years. Unfortunately, this may have led to the loss of curiosity and the devolution of our bonds with the people these platforms were built to connect us with, beyond the boundaries of time and space. Websites we once used to find and catch up with best friends from third grade and share photos from a good night out have become little more than tools of narcissism, news, and nosiness. How did this happen? Facebook is, by far, the most popular social media platform drawing 1.1 billion unique monthly visitors.

Seven Things I Learned in Seven Years This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by Maria Popova and her reflections on what she has learned since she set up her wonderful website Brain Pickings titled Seven Things I Have Learned in Seven Years of Reading, Writing and Living. Students speculate on a photo, read a short article, watch a short film, talk about the points made in the film, and read the transcript of the film. Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2) ASCD Express 10.17 - Differentiating Instruction Using Mobile Technology Tools Differentiating Instruction Using Mobile Technology Tools Kristina J. Doubet and Eric M. Carbaugh

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