The 6 Best Word Cloud Tools for Teachers Word cloud tools are part and parcel of teachers' digital tool kit.Their importance stems from the fact they are web based and can be access anywhere with an internet connection. There are a variety of reasons why you as a teacher and educator should use them with your students and here some of these reasons : You can use them to create infographic-like visualisations to enhance students learningYou can create out of them nice posters to use in the classroomYou can use them to brainstorm a certain study topic They are also useful in teaching vocabularyThey might be used as post-reading activity to test students understanding of the textCreate a class word cloud that highlights class expectationPost students first names to create a class or group word cloud 1- Tagxedo
The Best Tools and Apps for Flipped Learning Classroom July 25, 2014 Following the posting of "Managing iPad Videos in Schools" somebody emailed me asking about some suggestions for tools and apps to create instructional videos to use in a flipped learning setting. In fact, over the last couple of years I have reviewed several web tools and iPad apps that can be used in flipped classroom but the ones I am featuring below are among the best out there. 1- Educlipper Educlipper is a wonderful tool for creating video tutorials and guides to share with students. As a teacher you can create an Educlipper board for your class and share the link with them. Confusing words: BIG or LARGE, HIGH or TALL For many learners of English the slight differences between the words BIG vs. LARGE and HIGH vs. TALL are very difficult to understand.
DCPSE The Diachronic Corpus of Present-Day Spoken English funded by DCPSE is a new parsed corpus of spoken English available on CD-ROM. It contains more than 400,000 words from ICE-GB (collected in the early 1990s) and 400,000 words from the London-Lund Corpus (late 1960s-early 1980s). Concordancers in ELT This has enabled linguists to create and analyse huge corpora (collections of authentic language text) and to reassess the assumed rules regarding the way we use language and especially words. With the spread of the Internet, these corpora are now becoming available to any teacher or student with an Internet connection, opening up a vast resource for language learning. What is a concordancer? How can concordancers help us? Ideas for using concordancers with students Some possible problems Conclusion What is a concordancer?
How to write vocabulary activities By Philip Kerr In an extract from ELT Teacher2Writer’s training module, Philip Kerr offers some helpful tips on how to go about writing vocabulary activities, considering word selection, word frequency and grouping vocabulary items. Preliminary questions | Which vocabulary items? | Task 1: Word frequency | How should we group vocabulary items? Thinking Skills What do we mean by "Thinking Skills"? Thinking skills are the mental processes that we apply when we seek to make sense of experience. Thinking skills enable us to integrate each new experience into the schema that we are constructing of "how things are".
Weather Sensory Bottles for Circle Time Last updated Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Last week I added a new element to our circle time routine in my two- and three-year-olds classes…a simple weather check. I wanted some sort of hands-on manipulative to keep the children engaged and make the concept of weather more tangible, so I decided to try my hand at making some simple weather sensory bottles. These sensory bottles only took a few minutes to make using bits and bobs from my craft stash, and the children really respond to them.
DCPSE Research Project - Download Data Creating a parsed and searchable diachronic corpus of present-day spoken English funded by Download data The complete DCPSE corpus is available on CD-ROM from the Survey of English Usage. WebCorp: The Web as Corpus WebCorp Live lets you access the Web as a corpus - a large collection of texts from which examples of real language use can be extracted. More... Have you tried WebCorp LSE? Our large-scale search engine with more search options, part-of-speech tags and quantitative analyses. More details...
English Tips Blog words, useful phrases and idioms It’s on me. (= I’ll buy you a drink) I’d like to make a toast. (= I’d like to honor a person/event/idea) Here’s to… (your health / the New Year / our success)! Another round of drinks, please. Put it on my tab. (tab = bill to pay later, before you leave) He’s a bit [...] You can say "I overslept" when you accidentally sleep later than you had intended to (for example, if you didn't hear your alarm clock).
Blended Learning in Higher Education: Framework, Principles, and Guidelines - D. Randy Garrison, Norman D. Vaughan This groundbreaking book offers a down-to-earth resource for the practical application of blended learning in higher education as well as a comprehensive examination of the topic. Well-grounded in research, Blended Learning in Higher Education clearly demonstrates how the blended learning approach embraces the traditional values of face-to-face teaching and integrates the best practices of online learning. This approach has proven to both enhance and expand the effectiveness and efficiency of teaching and learning in higher education across disciplines. In this much-needed book, authors D. Randy Garrison and Norman D. Vaughan present the foundational research, theoretical framework, scenarios, principles, and practical guidelines for the redesign and transformation of the higher education curriculum.