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11 Steps to Create A Google Plus Community for your Class

11 Steps to Create A Google Plus Community for your Class
May 10, 2013 Here is a step by step guide to help you set up a Google Plus community. You can use this virtual environment as a collaborative space for your class where you can share resources and initiate discussions with and among students. 1- Head over to your Google Plus On your Google Plus home page, click on " communities " in left hand side and then click on " create a community. " 2- Private or Public Now choose whether you want your community to be private ( only members you invite can join ) or public. If you set it for public , make sure to select the permission setting : 'no one can join' or 'yes a moderator needs to approve' 3- Name your community Provide a name for your community then click on " create community " 4- Pick a photo for your community Click on " pick a photo " as is shown in the screenshot below and download your photo 5- Write a tagline Type in some descriptive words to tag you community 6- Write a description Write a description about your community. 7- Add categories

Why introverts shouldn’t be forced to talk in class Suddenly there is a lot of talk about introverts and the power of silence, in part because of a popular new book by Susan Cain called “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” Making a different argument is a piece in the Atlantic magazine advocating required participation in class. Here’s a look at the issue, by Katherine Schultz, a professor and dean of the School of Education at Mills College in Oakland. By Katherine Schultz Jessica Lahey, a high school teacher and writer, argues in the Atlantic magazine that introverts should be required to speak in class. I disagree. Lahey also locates students’ silences in individuals rather than understanding them as a product of group interaction and situations. In my own work, I suggest that we redefine what we mean by classroom participation. Lahey claims that she wants to prepare her students for the future where verbal participation is critical for their success.

4 top tips for your IELTS essay - Task 2 | How to improve IELTS | IELTS Learning Tips Did you know that the IELTS writing usually scores to lowest band in any IELTS exam session? The IELTS writing test can be a hard mountain to climb but with the right preparation you can make sure that your IELTS essay will be good enough to attract the score that you really want. Taking time over your IELTS writing practice and making sure that you are not repeating the same mistakes over and over is essential and with some focus you will soon be on track to get the score you dream about. There is a lot to remember: you need to manage your time, not make mistakes, find valid points to make about the topic, keep to the word limit AND find time to use great vocabulary and check your work. Here are 4 great tips that will help you to do just this. Make sure you identify the key words in the questionIt’s really important to be absolutely sure that you know what is expected of you.

How to teach ... spelling Whether or not last week's introduction of compulsory spelling tests for all key stage 2 pupils in England will improve literacy standards, there are many reasons to crack spelling. The Guardian Teacher Network has resources to help students spell words such as "necessary" with ease and learn a lifelong skill, which they will need when their computer spellcheck malfunctions. For key stage 2 and beyond, start with 100 most common words spelling journal. One of the most popular resources on the Guardian Teacher Network, the resource is helpfully separated into 10 weeks with 10 words per week. Each week includes word list, practice space, wordsearch and anagrams. Thanks to English teacher and examiner Roger Smith, the teacher behind Spelling it Right, who is a big fan of the look-think-cover-write-check method of memorising spellings. Make learning spelling fun with this set of 24 cards, with a variety of strategies in the form of games and activities.

The 9 Best Web Tools Teachers Will Use This Year Clear communication with students and their parents is one of the primary goals of every teacher. Start this year with just that by using a variety of tools to share your plans and expectations for the coming academic year. In past years I have used a number of these assets but I have not as clearly organized them as I have this year. For this year’s bunch I have gathered the most important items into one single web page of my classroom website, New Students 2013-2014. I’m hoping that by conveniently placing this information in one place my students and parents are more likely to use the provided references. The following is a list of free online tools that I have incorporated (or plan to) for this year’s class. I have embed a welcome board via Padlet for students to post their introductions. It’s easy to create animated shorts using Xtranormal . It takes just minutes to create a poll and embed it on your website. I’ll bet a lot of your already know about this great service.

Bring Your Courses Online with Our Learning Management System We’ve been hard at work on the beta testing of our new Cloud Learning Management System! Over the last few months we’ve been focused on things like content testing, stress testing, UI tweaks, more branding options, and a host of other little changes and features. We’re getting excited about our upcoming launch! Before we officially announce our launch, we wanted to make sure we talked a bit about why traditional “offline” training providers might want to explore offering E-Learning via our LMS. Why Use E-Learning if You’re a Traditional Training Provider? We believe E-Learning is a great option for almost any training provider. Here’s a few ways you can use E-Learning to add value to your courses: Reinforce classroom materials. Don’t Let These Reasons Stop You From Exploring E-Learning Many of our clients don’t use a Learning Management System (LMS) today, but these reasons shouldn’t stop you from exploring E-Learning! It’s Easier to Get Started than You Think!

Drama Scripts for EFL ESL Students Finding simple free drama scripts that we can use with EFL / ESL students can be something of a challenge, but I've just found a virtual (forgive the pun) gold mine of them on the Education World website. They not only provide free downloadable versions of the scripts, but there is also a basic lesson plan with each one and some suggestions for vocabulary words students will need and follow up questions to ask the students. The scripts are probably best suited for young learners or teens, but you might find something for adults too, as I haven't had time to look through them all.Education World has been around for years and it's easy sometimes to overlook sites like this because we are so focused on what's new, but the site really is worth checking out and has a real wealth of free materials. Check out the scripts hereHope you enjoy it. Related links: Best Nik Peachey

Twitter in ELT- Do’s and don’ts: an etiquette guide to Twitter | BlendedMEC 13-May-2013 One of the trickiest things about using a social network for the first time is understanding the particular etiquette of how people interact. In essence, how to act online without instantly being recognised for being – brace yourselves – a newbie. While I’m sure many of you will already be well-versed in ways of Twitter, you have absolutely nothing to worry about if not. As always there are numerous helpful guides online to help those getting started: Mashable has a very popular Beginner’s Guide to Twitter and you’ll find a useful Twitter Cheat Sheet on edudemic. What follows is a short list of some of our own do’s and don’ts to help guide you in the ways of Twitter etiquette – so you’ll be tweeting like a pro in no time! 1) Do remember that everyone can see all your posts Yes that’s right, everyone. One useful tip I’ve found is to always ask yourself when you tweet: ‘would I be embarrassed if my boss read this?’ Follow accounts you think will be genuinely interesting to you.

12 Changes Coming To The Future Of Learning The future of learning is exciting, filled with innovative ideas, and no one in their right mind knows more than that. Anyone who says otherwise is pulling your leg. In any case, it’s fun and quite useful to think about what the future of education may actually look like . The team at KnowledgeWorks assembled about a dozen different features they think will be present in the world of education many years from now. Below are some of my favorites: The idea of school will be completely different. WoodwardEnglish : What is the real origin of...