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The Ultimate Directory Of Free Image Sources So, you need an image for your blog? We’ve spent some time categorizing our favorite sources for free images and organizing them in such a way as to help you find what you’re looking for. Here are the criteria we’ve examined: Subjects: Does a site focus on specific genres of images, or is it a mass collection of various image types? High Resolution: Lots of great image resources emerged in the pre-Web 2.0 phase, but it wasn’t until bandwidth dramatically increased that allowed for the uploading of much higher resolution images suitable for editing and printing. eltchat The aim was to create a freely available social network for ELT professionals offering mutual support and opportunities for Continuous Professional Development. Now, every Wednesday at 19:00pm GMT or 21.00pm GMT, ELT teachers from all over the world log into their Twitter account and for one hour hold an online discussion on a topic they have selected. To join in you just have to follow the hashtag #ELTChat. You'll see the conversation and anything you tag with #ELTChat will be part of it If you already use a Twitter app like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck, you can follow #ELTChat in there. Follow it here A how to guide for Twitter apps

Lexical notebooks or vocabulary cards? As far as vocabulary learning is concerned, it is important to record new language in a way that is memorable and manageable. To this effect, I have always encouraged my students to keep a lexical notebook to record new lexis which comes up in class. Lexical notebooksA lexical notebook is different from a vocabulary notebook where you merely write new words in alphabetical order alongside their L1 translations. The idea behind a lexical notebook is to organize new lexis in a way that would closely resemble the way it occurs in the real language. 15 Best Sites for Open Source Images Recently, a teacher we know put together a concise and effective PowerPoint presentation which was well received. The only thing was that when the students inquired where the photos came from, the teacher said he searched for them using Google. The students replied, “You mean you stole them!” (Some of the images still prominently displayed the watermark from iStock photo!) Trust me, you don’t want to be in this position, especially if you are trying to teach the 21st Century Fluencies of Global Digital Citizenship.

Using Twitter for professional development – Lizzie Pinard Twitter! Image via google images search licensed for commercial use with modification Wikipedia defines Twitter as: “an online social networking and micro-blogging service that enables users to send and read short 140-character text messages, called “tweets” “ Artist Flash Cards - Famous Painters Artist Flash Cards List of Painters: Sandro Botticelli – The Birth of Venus, Mary Cassatt – Breakfast in Bed, Paul Cezanne – Still Life with a Curtain, Salvador Dali – The Persistance of Memory, Leonardo da Vinci – Mona Lisa, Jan van Eyck – Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and His Wife, Paul Gauguin – The Yellow Christ, Vincent van Gogh – The Starry Night, Keith Haring – Mother Holding Baby, Frida Kahlo – Las Dos Fridas, Wassily Kandinsky – Farbstudie Quadrate, Gustav Klimt – The Kiss, Roy Lichtenstein – Girl With Hair Ribbon, Henri Matisse – Open Window, Collioure, Claude Monet – Poppies, Edvard Munch – The Scream, Georgia O’Keeffe – Red Cannas, Pablo Picasso – Three Musicians, Jackson Pollock – Convergence, Pierre Auguste Renoire – The Luncheon of the Boating Party, Rembrandt van Rijn – Storm on the Sea of Galilee, Diego Rivera – The Flower Seller, Mark Rothko – Violet, Green and Red, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec – Moulin Rouge, Andy Warhol – Campbell’s Soup 1.

Our Top Picks for Where to Find the Best Free Images for eLearning It can be challenging to find images for your eLearning courses that are stunning, high-resolution and most importantly, free. With the availability of current resources, it’s no longer necessary to use clip art or the type of generic (or cliché) images that make training look dated. Whether you lack the skill or simply the time to create the images for your eLearning courses, we have compiled a list, of what we consider the best free stock photos on the Internet right now. Each of the following websites contains free high-resolution images that can be used for personal and commercial use. Plenary by Joy Egbert Engagement principles and practice in classroom learning, language and technology A still-common issue with technology use in language learning is an overly-strong focus on the digital tools and a relatively weak emphasis on actual learning. This technocentric approach may arise, in part, from a lack of clear theoretical grounding for classroom technology use.

The Best Online Sources For Images Jeez, there are sure a ton of ways to find images on the Web, as well as many places where you can find lengthy link lists to image collections. I’d lay odds that most people, including myself, just use Google Image Search when they need to find an image. However, there might be instances when you want to use another tool — perhaps you’re a language teacher searching for just the right clip art or photography to illustrate a verb, maybe you have very young students and are concerned about what they might find on Google, possibly you’re particularly teaching about copyright issues, or you want your students to easily connect an image to a writing exercise and have them send an E-Card.

5 great zero preparation lesson ideas When the pressure is on and there are only so many hours on the week, you need a repertoire of zero preparation go-to activities which promote input and/or practice. Here are five you might well find useful. 1. My weekend We know that listening is the most important yet often neglected skill for language learning.

Is an internet connection really necessary in the classroom? There is a lot to say when it comes to technology in ELT and we all know that the discussion will never end as to whether use technology in the classroom or leave it and stick to our own traditional methods. (Keep in mind that 20 years later, what we have now as ‘high tech’ will be considered ‘traditional’ and the discussion will still be there!) The solution is as easy as ‘we still have a lot of easy-to-use, internet-free tools and resources, don’t we?’ Here is a list of the main things I have been using for the last year while training Malaysian language teachers with the British Council where we have had to deal with poor connectivity:

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