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RSA Animate – Re-Imagining Work How can we get people more engaged, more productive, and happier at work? Is technology part of the problem – and could it also be part of the solution? Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft, imagines what might be possible if more organisations embraced the full, empowering potential of technology and encouraged a truly open, collaborative and flexible working culture. Taken from a talk given by Dave Coplin as part of the RSA’s free public events programme. Visit the RSA website for more RSA Animates. RSA Animate – The Power of Outrospection Introspection is out, and outrospection is in. RSA Animate – The Truth About Dishonesty In this RSA Animate, Dan Ariely explores the circumstances under which someone would lie and what effect deception has on society at large. RSA Animate – The Power of Networks RSA Animate – The Divided Brain

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Past Continuous activities 1. Past Continuous Accusations This is not only a classic activity for the Past Continuous, but also an all time classic TEFL game. Theory U – The 1st Proposition I am a huge fan of C. Otto Scharmer’s Theory U. It is one of the most powerful frameworks for understanding the essential shifts we need to make as we step into this paradigm shift. Scharmer sums up his Theory U with seven propositions, I’m going to write a series of blog posts taking a closer look at each of them: multiple uses of newspapers & magazines for ELT Newspaper fire orange (Photo credit: NS Newsflash) I love using real things for teaching English. By “real things” I mean something from real life – and not something specially developed for learning or teaching. That’s why I prefer usual movies (and not educational ones – they are hardly very exiting, most of the times, usual radio and not “special English” stations, and usual newspapers (not the ones for ESL learners). Talking about the newspapers, their use in class (and outside too) is limitless.

So what do we mean by assessments anyway? When one person talks about assessments, they might mean something different to someone else. The best definition I’ve seen of assessment is from our CEO, Eric Shepherd: “any systematic method of obtaining evidence by posing questions to draw inferences about the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and other characteristics of people for a specific purpose.” You may have seen that Eric and I, along with our colleague Brian McNamara, have just published a white paper called Learning and Assessment on SharePoint. As well as describing how assessments can be used in Microsoft SharePoint, it also describes how assessments fit into the learning process. Here is one of the diagrams from the white paper, showing how assessments are used at specific times during the learning process: For each type of the assessment in the diagram, here is what we mean by them:

10 Tips for Designing Presentations That Don’t Suck: Pt.2 Last week we looked at part one of our two part series on designing better presentations. We learned practical tips on using photography, typography, color and more to create stunning results. Today we’ll wrap things up with tips six through ten and teach you how simplifying your designs can lead to drastically improved results. 7 ESL Video Activities That Your Students Will Love There’s never been a better time to use video in the ESL classroom. Remember the old days of VCRs, VHS tapes and trips to Blockbuster? When I started teaching, my classroom video material were well-worn, borrowed cassette tapes or ones I recorded at home. Finding a good quality video was like striking pure, untarnished gold. Once you’d acquired the precious item, you’d need to find a room, set up a TV, plug in the video player and then hope to goodness that everything worked. Sometimes, you’d accidentally stick a VHS tape in a Betamax machine (yes, I’m that old!)

Five Innovative New Year's Resolutions At a McKinsey alumni webcast on creative strategy last week, the presenters mentioned a book due to be soon published by INSEAD professor Hal Gregersen, Jeffrey Dyer of Brigham Young University and Clayton Christensen of Harvard. The authors have spent six years interviewing thousands of innovative businesspeople and concluded there are five key traits innovators share (the Innovator's DNA as they call it). Whenever I hear numbers like "six years" and "thousands of interviews," I grow a bit skeptical.

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