An ELT Notebook Ofsted, Outstanding Teaching and the iPad If OFSTED were to walk into a lesson tomorrow they would see the following: Prior to the lesson students would have viewed an 8-10 min screencast introducing the topic. This resource would have been produced and sent via twitter to the students when appropriate.Students would have uploaded work required to Edmodo that is then assessed, annotated and sent back to students again prior to the lesson. The nature of the work is determined by perceived difficulty of the topic. The initial task would be a Socrative quiz to establish understanding for the lesson (AFL) – this often includes one multiple choice and two short answer questions. With a given problem the students would then have to produce an explanation of the problem on the interactive whiteboard app ExplainEverything - collaboration in groups of 3. Socrative would then be used again to assess where the students are and the lesson would be adjusted accordingly. So what would OFSTED make of this standard lesson? Attitudes to learning.
Cathy Jo Nelson Lesson Plans – Search Education – Google Picking the right search terms Beginner Pick the best words to use in academic searching, whether students are beginning with a full question or a topic of just a few words. View lesson Advanced Explore "firm" and "soft" search terms, and practice using context terms to locate subject-specific collections of information on the web. Understanding search results Learn about the different parts of the results page, and about how to evaluate individual results based on cues like web addresses and snippets. Engage additional search strategies, such as generalization and specialization. Narrowing a search to get the best results Apply filtering tools and basic "operators" to narrow search results. Compare results for basic searches with ones that use operators to discover the impact the right operator has at the right time. Searching for evidence for research tasks Evaluating credibility of sources Consider, tone, style, audience, and purpose to determine the credibility of a source. Culture Culture
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About Jamie McKenzie Jamie McKenzie is the Editor of From Now On - The Educational Technology Journal, a Web-based journal published online since 1991. In this journal, he has argued for increased commitment to professional development along with networks to support student exploration and reasoning. He also publishes The Question Mark, a journal devoted to questions and questioning. Jamie has been a contributing editor to eSchool News and a guest columnist for the Classroom Connect newsletter. His articles have also appeared in Kappan, Educational Leadership, Electronic School, Knowledge Quest and other educational periodicals. Prior to devoting himself to full time speaking, writing and consulting in 1997, Jamie was the Director of Libraries, Media and Technology for the Bellingham (WA) Public Schools - a district of 18 schools and 10,000 students fully networked with 2000 pcs all tied to the Internet by 1994-95. For a full resume listing his publication credits and work experience, go to this page.
A Corner of the Forest | “You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” –A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh elt-resourceful | Full of tips and ideas for creating ELT and ESOL resources Papershow Starter Kit: Amazon.co.uk: Office Products PAPERSHOW is an annotation tool that allows users to draw on paper with a clever pen and paper system that simultaneously creates electronic versions of the sketch on a local computer. The system is connected to any computer with a small USB dongle which wirelessly links to the PAPERSHOW pen. The pen, in turn is used to write on PAPERSHOW paper which features a dot matrix array and some neat control features to alter how the pen strokes appear on the computer screen. Whilst only using a single pen type on the paper, the PAPERSHOW electronic functionality allows users to create a reasonable variety of appearances for the pen markings on the screen. There are different pen sizes (three different widths) and different colours, (black, yellow, red, blue, green, white). The tool can also be used to create perfectly straight lines or arrows, rather than hand drawn ones along with squares, rectangles, circles or ovals, each either as an outline or as a colour filled shape.