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. 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).
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".
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. 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.
Presidential Candidates Debates: Presidential Debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York [moderated by Bob Schieffer of CBS News] SCHIEFFER: Good evening. And welcome to the third and last presidential debate of 2008, sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. Is "futurecation" education's answer to duffins? Forget twerking. The real surprise trend of 2013 has been composite words. There was the cronut, the hybrid croissant-doughnut developed in New York. The duffin, a doughnut-muffin, made a similar impact in London baking circles. And then there were jeggings: a cross between jeans and leggings. And now composite words have made it to education.
BAWE (British Academic Written English) and BAWE Plus Collections Overview of BAWE The British Academic Written English (BAWE) corpus was created through a project entitled 'An investigation of genres of assessed writing in British Higher Education' from 2004 – 2007. This project was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (Project number RES-000-23-0800) and was a collaboration between the Universities of Warwick, Reading and Oxford Brookes. The BAWE corpus contains 2761 pieces of proficient assessed student writing, ranging in length from about 500 words to about 5000 words. Holdings are fairly evenly distributed across four broad disciplinary areas (Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences) and across four levels of study (undergraduate and taught masters level). Thirty-five disciplines are represented.
The (De-)Fossilization Diaries I’m about to embark on another long conference crawl, so I’ll be away from any direct contact with Spanish for two weeks. How can I maintain the momentum (that already seems to have been flagging since I took my intensive course at the end of the summer)? One obvious answer might be to pop a novel or two into my carry-on luggage, and do some sustained reading.