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.
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?
Shakespeare corpus The source texts came from Online Library of Liberty ( Their original source is the OUP edition of 1916. You get 37 plays, plus all the speeches of all the characters. Ie. you get the whole play Hamlet, plus separately all the speeches of Prince Hamlet, all the speeches of Horatio, etc.
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.
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... BASE (British Academic Spoken English) and BASE Plus Collections Overview of BASE The British Academic Spoken English (BASE) project took place at the Universities of Warwick and Reading between 2000–2005, under the directorship of Hilary Nesi (Warwick) , with Paul Thompson (Reading). Natalie Snodgrass and Sarah Creer were employed as research assistants and Tim Kelly was video producer of the project. Lou Burnard (Oxford University) and Adam Kilgarriff (Lexicography MasterClass Ltd) acted as consultants. The BASE Corpus consists of 160 lectures and 40 seminars recorded in a variety of departments (video-recorded at the University of Warwick and audio-recorded at the University of Reading).
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.
Corpora, Collections, Data Archives 1. British National Corpus (BNC) [100m wds; 1990s British English, spoken & written]: There are many different web sites giving free (but limited) access to the corpus--limited due to copyright: i.e. you cannot expand the concordance context to read more of the surrounding text, & you cannot read the entire source texts (only snippets). BNCweb: User-friendly, free interface (limited features, if no paid licence). JustTheWord: The most accessible site for non-English-speaking background students (& most pedagogically useful) because it straightaway gives you a list of collocations for your search word/phrase, instead of concordances; results are categorized by POS-based patterns & by approximate sense clusters, & graph bars give an indication of how common each combination is. Results are based on a 80K-word subset of the BNC.
collocation examples, Usage and Definition experience noun 1 knowledge/skill got from seeing/doing sth ADJ. considerable, long, wide | good, invaluable, relevant, unrivalled, valuable She didn't get paid much but it was all good experience. Micase Online Home Page Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English Welcome to our NEW interface to the on-line, searchable part of our collection of transcripts of academic speech events recorded at the University of Michigan. There are currently 152 transcripts (totaling 1,848,364 words) available at this site. Browse MICASE Browse the corpus according to specified speaker and speech attributes, returning quick file references.