BBC/OU Open2.net - Home Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University Open2.net fades away... For ten years, give or take, Open2.net was the online home of Open University and BBC programming. Over the last few months, though, we've been moving into OpenLearn, creating one home for all The Open University's free learning content. It means we share a home with the Open University's iTunesU and YouTube channels, and much more besides. Downloadable lesson materials CrowdWish Level: B2/Upper Intermediate and up Skills: Speaking, reading and listening Language: idioms (dream come true, like magic, step in the right direction etc) and wish (including wish + would) ELT Resourceful – Crowdwish The lesson is about a new online service, CrowdWish, which invites people to post their wishes on their website.
5 Reasons Why Blogging Is Not Dead or Dying If journalism is now a process, continually updating and iterating on the facts in any given event, then you can't really freeze it in an article anymore, can you? Why Blogging Is Dead — And What's Next, Fast Company There is the argument that we release our information as it happens these days, that our narrative is an ongoing stream, and that an article, once written, is, by its static nature, already behind the times. Aslı Saglam's Blog » Blog Archive » Rebecca Oxford on Learning (war) & Strategy Training (tactics to win) Photo Cube “What do these images have in common?” asked Rebecca Oxford in her presentation “Help Your Students Become Better Learners; Understanding, Assessing and Teaching Language Learning Strategies” given as a part of Yeditepe University Graduate Seminars on 7th March 2011 in Istanbul-Turkey. An astronaut walking on the moon, an airplane breaking the sound barrier, and a rider jumping over a barrier…We responded that in each picture there was a confrontation of a challenge. In other words people were taking steps towards a goal. Then she explained that “strategy” in ancient Greece meant steps to win a war.
20 Coolest Augmented Reality Experiments in Education So Far Augmented reality is exactly what the name implies — a medium through which the known world fuses with current technology to create a uniquely blended interactive experience. While still more or less a nascent entity in the frequently Luddite education industry, more and more teachers, researchers, and developers contribute their ideas and inventions towards the cause of more interactive learning environments. Many of these result in some of the most creative, engaging experiences imaginable, and as adherence grows, so too will students of all ages. Second Life:Because it involves a Stephenson-esque reality where anything can happen, Second Life proved an incredibly valuable tool for educators hoping to reach a broad audience — or offering even more ways to learn for their own bands of students.
Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and Blogs - When and Why to Use Each After week one I shared my thoughts about “What Google+ Means for Education.” I’m on week two now and the big questions are: Do I really need to join another social network? Answer: Yes.If I join Google+ can I give up Facebook, Twitter, and blogs? Answer: No.What is the benefit of each?Answer: See below.Here is where each social media platform shines and why you use each. TwitterTwitter has some important advantages over the other social media contenders.
3 Tools for Exploiting the Wifi During Presentations Coming as I do from a background in language teaching that emphasises that the teacher should shut up and get the students to do the talking, I often feel uncomfortable doing conference presentations, many of which still follow the format of; speaker gets up in front of audience with presentation - does presentation - audience listen (try to stay awake) and desperately try to think of a few questions at the end to prove they were awake and listening. One of the gifted- Jamie Keddie. There are of course a few gifted speakers who can hold the audience’s attention for a full hour and keep most of them listening and awake. If like me you’re not one of those, then here are a few tools that, thanks to the increasing availability of wireless connectivity at conference centres these days, might help to turn your passive listeners into a bunch of multitasking audience collaborators.
The 6 Ways Teachers Want To Change Schools The results of the recently released MetLife Survey of the American Teacher weren’t surprising to many teachers, as it chronicled a steep decline in teacher job satisfaction. In fact, teachers’ job satisfaction is at its lowest level since 1987. Of the 1,000 teachers polled, only 39 percent claimed they were “very satisfied” with their profession. It is clear from the survey that American teachers are concerned with the state of their profession but more troubling to us, they are not being given a voice in school reform or educational initiatives–decisions usually made by people far removed from local school districts. So, what do teachers want?
English360 Humanizing adaptive learning for ELT Part 1: Knewton, adaptive learning, and ELT Part 2: Open platforms and teacher-driven adaptive learning The debate over adaptive learning at eltjam, Philip Kerr’s blog, and Nicola Prentis’ Simple English has been both fascinating and instructive, not only due to the posts but also the great dialogue in the comments. 5 Reasons Why Our Students Are Writing Blogs and Creating ePortfolios I work in an Independent School in Melbourne, Australia, and this year we have made a commitment to help our students (grades 7-12) create ePortfolios, using an Edublogs campus as the platform. Here are 5 reasons why we are making student blogging and portfolio development a high priority. 1.