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What Happens In Our Brains As We Read Monday, April 21, 2014 Amid the squawks and pings of our digital devices, the old-fashioned virtues of reading novels can seem faded, even futile. But new support for the value of fiction is arriving from an unexpected quarter: neuroscience. Barbara Braxton The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a seer as one who “predicts events or developments” and while I can’t lay claim to having that extraordinary insight that sets such visionaries above the rest of us, in the past few weeks I have had the opportunity and privilege to see what might be in the world of libraries. While no one can accurately predict the future, nevertheless there are those who examine what has been, what is and can make a very good forecast of what will be. They undertake the research, read the reports, study the trends and draw conclusions that the astute amongst us will consider and act on so that what we are offering remains relevant and required. In a keynote address at the recent SLANZA conference in Christchurch, Mark Osborne identified three distinct phases in the evolution of education.

10 Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom Move over, Facebook—if you teach middle or high schoolers, you know that Instagram is one of the most popular social media channels for teens and tweens today. And while it may not seem like it at first, there are many applications for Instagram in the classroom. Of course, it's important to protect students' privacy, especially when using a public channel like Instagram. If you're interested in trying any of the ideas below, we recommend creating a classroom account that you set to "private" and carefully vetting any potential followers. You might also try adapting our suggestions to an educational social media platform such as Edmodo.

About Lyn Hay where to find me: Director, Leading Learning Institute Email: lyn_hay at Head of Professional Learning, Syba Academy Email: lyn_hay at Adjunct Lecturer, School of Information Studies, Faculty of EducationCharles Sturt University Email: lhay at Skype: lyn_hay Facebook: Twitter: LinkedIn: Flickr: Second Life avatar: LenaLotus LatteFollow my PLN on Twitter via The lyn_hay Daily what I do: Fable: The Tortoise and The Hare to young learners - Quem vai ler pra mim? Most adults have once in life read or been told a fable. When I was a child I heard some and then when I could finally read I read others. Fables are fabulous! They have this power to draw pictures in our minds and feed our imaginary world. Have you ever considered using fables to invite your kids to learn much more than the moral of the story?

Blog Don’t Just Displ... Donna Miller Fry in a post Where is the Beef? speaks directly to my own thinking when she asks: When... TEFL Lesson Plan: Bucket List (Conversation Class) So, before jumping into this TEFL lesson plan I started off collecting student book reports that were due. Most of them had finished their reports already. However, two students hadn’t quite finished though. Then I chose one that seemed most interesting and talked about it a bit with the student till everyone arrived. Remember that in our first TEFL lesson plan for the semester, we talked about short-term 30-day goals.

E-Curriculum… 7 Key Tools Uncovering A Goldmine of E-Resources … The Digital Curriculum Part Three Everyone is talking about a digital curriculum free of those hard copy textbooks that have been a part of schooling since the advent of the one room schoolhouse. In this series I will investigate some resources that can open up a world of digital curricula. In this third post of the series, I’ll examine tools you can use to find your own amazing digital resources.. In later posts, I will have more ideas to consider as schools develop their digital curriculum.

Nine Excellent (Yet Free) Online Word Cloud Generators There are many online word cloud generator out there for web users, but getting by free and good ones is not that easy. That is why I am sharing Nine Excellent (Yet Free) Online Word Cloud Generators. Read each entry in the list and see which one suits your needs best. You are welcome if you want to share more online word cloud generators that our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at, just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter and follow us on Digg as well to get updated. Blogs What makes an outstanding iPad lesson? by Adam Webster | Mar 25, 2015 Technology is in no way a synonym for ‘outstanding.’

5 Fun Activities For the Monday Morning Mar March 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment 1. 10 ways to differentiate learning… Once upon a time in the olden days, the teacher stood out front and taught the whole class the same material in the same way. Everyone was expected to do the same tasks, some passed and some failed and were labelled ever after. The focus was on teaching, not on learning. One size was supposed to fit all and if you learned in a different way, too bad for you. Time passed and it turned out that everyone didn’t learn in the same way after all.

ESL EFL Teaching Activities, Worksheets, Lessons, Games We hope you enjoy using this free resource site for English teachers. Whether you are looking for teaching activities, worksheets, lessons, games, ideas or articles, you've certainly come to the right place. The pages at are designed to direct you quickly and easily to the ESL/EFL teaching resource you are looking for. You will find lots of new teaching ideas and activities to keep your classes imaginative and interesting.