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20+ Clever Illustrations Of ‘Same’ Words That You Probably Confuse Way Too Often What happens when a frog's car breaks down? It gets toad away. If you're like me and laughed at this joke more than you probably should have, you know that words are fun. Bruce Worden, the man behind a blog called Homophones, Weakly, also shares this opinion. Like you might have already guessed, he's into homophones (each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling). In fact, Bruce likes them so much, he's even visualizing them!

Why App Smash? Inspired by the last #1to1iPadChat , I thought it was time to post on the world craze that is App Smashing. The term App Smash was coined by the great Greg Kulowiec (@gregkulowiec) from EdTech Teacher fame. It is a hot topic in EdTech and obviously has its own Hashtag – #AppSmash. What is an App Smash?

EFL Goodbye songs for children - my Top 10 - GoogooEnglish The songs and warm up you use to start every lesson are very important, but so equally are your Goodbye songs and routines. Kids love routine and it’s good to let them know that this song means that it’s the end of the lesson, time to put on jackets and get ready to go. It’s also a good way to put into practice some of the vocabulary you’ve learned in the lesson and remind them of it so it hopefully stays in their minds as they go home. So here are some of my favorite EFL Goodbye songs for kids for the end of your classes to send everyone home singing and dancing. Bye Bye Goodbye by Super Simple Songs This is an absolute classic among EFL ESL goodbye songs for children.

Watch 66 Oscar-Nominated-and-Award-Winning Animated Shorts Online, Courtesy o... I recently heard someone quip that proposals to cut the Academy Awards are tantamount to suggesting that the NFL trim down the Super Bowl. Certainly for many who would rather watch the former any day of the week, even the play-by-play of technical categories repays attention. Yet people who think of the Oscars as a major sporting event with big stars and blockbusters going head-to-head can still appreciate the show as more than spectacle. How else, for example, would most of us learn about brilliant animated short films like the National Film Board of Canada’s Animal Behaviour, made by husband and wife team Alison Snowden and David Fine and nominated in this year’s Oscars? (See the trailer above.)

App Smashing: Combining Apps for Innovative Student Projects At this month's CUE conference in Palm Springs, California, a lot of people were geeking out about "app smashing": the process of using -- or "smashing" -- different apps together to complete tasks and create rich student projects. In the session "App Smashing: Using Several Different Apps to Do Richer Student Projects," Jon Corippo introduced the concept to an eager audience of educators. (You can see his slides here). Are Robots Taking Over? So, here’s the thing, right. Everyone’s been telling me that artificial intelligence is the future. If you’ve not heard of artificial intelligence, it’s the ability of machines to think like us humans. So we’re going to have robots helping us out, and they’ll be so clever that they’ll pretty much know everything. Hmm, I wonder if they could even be TV presenters!

What Shakespeare Sounded Like to Shakespeare: Reconstructing the Bard’s Origi... What did Shakespeare’s English sound like to Shakespeare? To his audience? And how can we know such a thing as the phonetic character of the language spoken 400 years ago? These questions and more are addressed in the video above, which profiles a very popular experiment at London’s Globe Theatre, the 1994 reconstruction of Shakespeare’s theatrical home.

Sustainability: the card game At TED2013, Leyla Acaroglu pondered the question: Paper or plastic? Below, play her sustainability card game. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Leyla Acaroglu aims to make people think about how the choices they make on a daily basis affect the environment. And she aims to make thinking about this fun. 21 Must-Use Reading Activities For Your Language Lessons I love language lessons which involve an element of reading. This is because there are so many opportunities for learning and improving language acquisition with topic-related texts. Reading activities are the perfect starting point to learn rich topic-related vocabulary (adjectives, nouns, verbs etc), pick up new grammar structures, steal ‘star phrases’ and ultimately improve comprehension and improve language acquisition skills. According to Moeller & Meyer (1995), reading, even at a slow pace exposes students to more sentences, grammar, and new vocabulary per minute than the average short class, TV show, or song. So, if you are in a rut with how you present and teach your reading activities, get an innovative injection of pre-reading activities and post-reading activities below.

Tips for writing book reviews Luisa Plaja Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them.

Plan a Better iMovie Trailer with These PDFs Here are a few trailers made by teachers and students. Next to each one is the iMovie trailer template it uses. My Dream Destination - Italy uses the Expedition template.Verbs uses the Superhero template.Properties of Ionic Compounds uses the Adrenaline template.The Giver Book Trailer uses the Adrenaline template.Project-Based Learning uses the Swashbuckler template.Stylus Status uses the Retro template. Because trailers are so short, the information you convey has to be concise. iMovie’s templates do not leave much room for text.