Learning, lurking and language teaching – An interview with Beyza Yilmaz « TESOL Greece Blog Beyza Yılmaz I am very happy to present you with a great educator in Turkey, Beyza Yılmaz, who will also be presenting at the 34th TESOL Greece Annual International Convention. Over to Beyza, who has given us an amazing interview! Vicky: Beyza, many thanks for accepting to do this interview for our TESOL Greece blog, a little over a month before our Annual Conference. Beyza: You are very welcome, dear Vicky. Vicky: For those of our readers who meet you for the first time, can you introduce yourself and tell us about your work in education as well? Beyza: My name is Beyza Yılmaz and I work as an EFL instructor at Özyeğin University in Turkey and as a teacher trainer at Pilgrims Teacher Training in the UK. Vicky: How did you decide to become involved in education? Beyza: Actually I have always been involved in education. Vicky: Can you share one of the highlights in your teaching career so far? Vicky: Now let’s talk about the conference. Vicky: What gave you the inspiration for this topic?
How to drive technology innovation SmartBlogs Recently, New Milford High School in New Jersey was recognized as the November/December “School of the Month” by eSchool News for its accomplishments pertaining to the use of educational technology. As I look back on our journey and the path that was taken, I have been able to identify some key elements that have driven change and allowed New Milford to become a technology-rich school where potential and promise are emphasized as opposed to problems, challenges and excuses. Connectedness matters My social media journey has been well documented, and it was this journey that provided me with the knowledge, tools and ideas needed to initiate change. Knowledge is everything and it influences our decisions and opinions. Vision The seeds for change will only germinate if a coherent vision is established. Value One of the drawbacks to educational technology is the perceived lack of value it has in terms of student learning and achievement. Support Support comes in many forms. Embracement
Hosting a TeachMeet – The Noob’s Perspective | talesfromthecastironshore Even though the idea of the TeachMeet seems to have been growing apace, with events being held all over the country, they had seemingly evaded my particular corner of the West Midlands, until the fantastic Dan Harvey organised TeachMeetBrum. I went along with my good friend Mike Gunn, and in for a penny, in for a pound, we (sort-of) contributed to it and certainly both thoroughly enjoyed it. By the time we returned home, we had both decided that TeachMeet had to come to Coventry. (Our planning on the car journey home reminded me of the over-excited and wildly far-fetched post-gig conversations the teenage me would have with friends about forming a band..) We knew we would need some help so after convincing our brilliant Deputy Head @plestered that it was a good idea, #TMCov was green lit.. What follows is a short overview of what we did – our take on a TeachMeet – and how three TeachMeet-organising-noobs tackled it. 1) Decide on a TM format that works for you 2) Ticketing 9) Just do it…
The End of Facebook? With the emergence of apps and a transition away from websites, Facebook may fall by the wayside A third generation of Internet companies is unfolding now, stepping away from the Web completely and moving toward standalone "apps." Websites are an afterthought for them. But websites are in Facebook's DNA. Every day on my Forbes.com dashboard, I see hundreds of hits from visitors who have found me via links from Facebook. I challenge readers to find me a single top-rated media outlet without a Facebook presence. Big Media loves Facebook. Web-based companies have been around for nearly 17 years now. The media's old Fifth Estate has been in foreclosure for some time. “Look at Yahoo,” says Eric Jackson, an investment professional based in Naples, Fla. 20 Top Video Explanations to Help Teachers Become Tech Savvy Finally I finished reading The Art of Explanation: Making your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand , I am the kind of readers who love to read from cover to cover and I hate scanning and this is probably why it took me almost three weeks to finish it of course taking into account the time for my MAED studies and the time for my work. The Art of Explanation is a book written by the phenomenal Lefever in which he lays flat the secrets of making engaging video explanations. I highly recommend this book for every teacher and educator . LeFever is the founder of Common Craft, a company known around the world for making complex ideas easy to understand in the form of video explanations. Through multiple awards, tens of millions of online views and work with brands like LEGO, Google and Ford Motors, Lee and his wife Sachi have built a reputation for excellence in explanation. 1- Augmented reality explained 2- What are Apps ? 3-What is a Blog ? 4- What is BigTorrent ? 11- Podcasting
Forget Apple, Forget Facebook: Here's The One Company That Actually Terrifies Google Execs Why I had to unfollow you | Kirsty Marrins Today I unfollowed a charity on Twitter. I’m usually in the habit of following charities, not unfollowing them but it is the manner in which this charity tweets that compelled me to part ways with them. This time is was a case of ‘It’s not me, it is you’. I unfollowed them (and tweeted about it) and was just going to leave it at that. Then Ian Griggs, journalist at Third Sector magazine, said I should explain to them why I had unfollowed them. This was met with lots of agreement, from charity people and even charities themselves, as constructive criticism should help them improve. I’ve thought about it further though and these are the three cardinal Twitter sins this charity has committed: 1. 2. 3. As Leo Birch, Digital Marketing Coordinator at British Heart Foundation, so eloquently put it, this charity is committing “social media bad practice bingo!”. Any other examples you’d care to add that would compel you to unfollow an account? Like this: Like Loading...
Is this the end of Facebook as an Advertising Platform? Facebook is having a torrid time of things at the moment. Only a week after they were forced to reveal that just shy of 10% of registered accounts were fakes that were either run by spammers or duplicate users, Facebook’s shares have hit an all-time low of $19 – roughly 50% of their original IPO value. Mark Zuckerberg must have been nursing his wounds, wondering what could possibly go wrong next. It now seems that a landmark decision made yesterday in Australia means that Facebook advertisers could soon be forced to moderate all comments made on their pages. The Australian Advertising Standards Board ruled that all posts made on Smirnoff’s Facebook page were advertising – regardless of whether they were made by Smirnoff themselves, or by members of the public. This could well mean that all companies using Facebook in the future will have to pre-moderate comments, to avoid misleading or derogatory statements.
Digital by Default Service Standard — Government Service Design Manual The Digital Service Standard has changed from 26 points to a more concise 18. From 1 June 2015 all transactional services will be assessed on the new 18 points. The Service Standard ensures digital teams build high quality government services. A transactional service must meet each criteria to pass the Government Digital Service assessment. Assisted digital support is an integral part of any service, helping users who can't complete the service on their own. Understand user needs.
Amazon Brings Kindle Fire's Killer Instant Video Feature to iPad | Gadget Lab Amazon’s Instant Video just leaped into a larger mobile pool. Photo: Peter McCollough/Wired Amazon wants to sell you content and products, and it doesn’t care which devices you use to help achieve that goal. On Wednesday, Amazon released an iPad version of its Instant Video app. The app accesses Amazon’s video library of over 120,000 movie and TV show titles, and makes the iPad the only mobile device other than the Kindle Fire to receive Amazon’s special brand of video love. “We listen to our customers and are always innovating on their behalf. One of the features customers love about Amazon is Whispersync, a technology that’s usually associated with Amazon’s Kindle hardware and Kindle apps. In addition to the Kindle Fire and now iPad, those other devices include smart TVs, TiVo, Roku, Xbox 360 and select Blu-ray players. So what say you, Amazon? The Amazon Instant Video app is available now for iPad for free.
How to Deal with Information Overload I have recently read a great book by Clay Johnson called The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption . In this book Clay talked about the information overload we are subject to and he suggested many strategies to overcome this problem. I mentioned The Information Diet because while I was going through my feeds I came across the infographic below ( created by Krissy ) that embodies more or less similar ideas from that book. Homescreen.me opens signups to all, lets you beautifully share your most important page of iOS apps I’ve been testing a service called Homescreen.me for what feels like forever. Now, the service has opened its doors to the public, accepting signups from anyone. It’s a simple site, really. It just allows you to share the home screen of your iPhone or iPad on the web in a cleanly formatted way, with a place to leave comments and more about your choices of apps. A few words about the choices you’ve made on your apps definitely lets you answer questions you might get if you just posted it on Twitter or shared it in another way. The screenshot is presented in a mockup of the appropriate Apple device and there is a place for you to enter profile information that can allow people to follow you on Twitter and such. So why would you care about the home screen of someone else’s device? Some people might use their devices differently, of course. The site also allows you to explore and discover more home screens through a search function.
Building a personal learning network | Teaching using web 2 Why building a personal learning network is important Lately I have been thinking a lot about personal learning networks and why they are important. Since writing a book with my class I have actively used my own personal network to promote the book and get attention. It has been great to have a vast and diverse list of educators as my Twitter and Facebook contacts. PLN-3 (Photo credit: cbucky) A personal learning network is just like the network of teachers you work with at your school every day. Follow others as they follow you I’m letting you in on a secret here: some educators you follow will never follow you back. Extract from book, more to be found here: Like this: Like Loading... Categories: Did you know?