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June Newsletter

"Join the learning revolution" June 2010
Learning Revolution

Fellow EFL 2.0 Members,

May has been a wonderful month with many new members, new resources, awards, tools and lots of talk. A teacher's life is always busy!  Find out about all these below - thanks for helping us continue to support new English teachers around the world. You are the learning revolution!

Best,

David

The ELT Random Blog Generator
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I am  highlighting the Random ELT Blog Generator , front and center because I think it really important.

Our philosophy here on EFL Classroom has always been to help teachers find resources, learn about all the wonderful tools out there and better themselves. Never to "possess" and keep you on the site with ads and flash. In that vein, the generator I developed will help you find active, great English Language Teaching blogs. To gain ideas, get resources and most importantly, form community. I hope you get lucky!  Please let us know the gems you find. Tnanks to all who have supported this.


Video of the Month

This month's "hottest" is a karaoke chant I made using Eminem's new song. Lots of great discussion followed about using "strong" language with students. the impossible hampster was shared by member Roselinks - a delightful animation with a surprising lesson. Mr. W- got lots of views and is a great way to discuss "differences". Ken Robinson - The Learning Revolution is a sterling, humor filled call for a future where the classroom is everywhere. Thank you Sir Ken!


Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

View our whole directory of hundreds of THE BEST VIDEOS. Don't forget ourA/V Player and I'd also suggest our amazing TED Talks player! This month on Teacher's TV, I will be highlighting The Red Balloon and Blackboards - two powerful educational films.

eltinterviews ELT Interviews is up and running! Please see our first official video interview with member Ana Maria Menezes from Brazil. She is a stellar teacher who excels in integrating technology in language instruction and helping others to learn how. (my apologizes for the echo/audio - I'll work out these wrinkles!). If you would like to be interviewed PLEASE contact us through ELT Interviews - we'd love to interview you! I hope to build a great library of video interviews to help new teachers.

New and Recommended Resources  
quizlet

Recently, I published Lessons in a Can in PDF. Please share it and get people using it.  Now, even better is the 60 Best Language Learning and Teaching  sites on the web.  Click the pics to go to the site!  Teacher trainers - please find new presentations including "Authentic Resources" in our teacher training resources . You'll also find there podcasts on language. Many super 5 minute talks about language.

What's Happening? are a series of great contextual power points for teaching!  Made with animate gif images, they bring instruction and learning alive! Your students will love them. 

World Cup Resources  are plenty! BAAM games, Fling the Teacher games, A full printable World Cup project for a classroom..... lots more. Get them all here.

Rachel shared a great lesson on Korean celebrities!Csagel shared amazing "emoticon" resources!

quizlet Our Diigo flashcard group has dozens of amazing flashcard sets for teaching/learning English. Come join us and make your own. ID/PW eflclassroom/eflclassroom . See this screencast showing the features: play games, take tests - quizlet is amazing!

Learning Lab!

Eng. Central We now have a language learning lab . A full leveled system of interactive computer learning activities that are freely available online. They even work better with an interactive Whiteboard! Also, see the new additions in our Teacher's Toolbox!


Ongoing Discussions and Highlighted Blogs!

WHY NOT START YOUR OWN BLOG TODAY? - Not only will you get readers, you will be helping fellow teachers. It's easy as just starting to write!


Our blogs  have such amazing content. First up this month - Ellen's amazing and comprehensive resources on the Gulf Oil SpillIt'll Break Your Heart Wow!   Tim Haag shared 50 ways to integrate technology  .  100 Best Youtube videos   and Fire all English Teachers!  both got so many hits and comments!

Please follow our Websites of the day  and #1 Series   Great teaching info!


Member of the Month and more...
Rachel S, has been sharing resources and making games the last few months. She's a wonderful example of a "sharing teacher" and I enjoyed her weather resources (thanks1). Vist her page and say THANK YOU and check out her resources

Using EFL Classroom 2.0

I am creating a whole series of informal screencasts to help members use EFL Classroom 2.0.  Find how to set up your page, control your privacy and also find resources. Many more forthcoming! Please let me know what you'd like to know more about and I'll make one just for you!

Further - see our Using EFL Classroom forum discussion for many more tips and useful things!  Also, use Screenr in your own teaching!

USE OUR COMMUNITY WIDE SEARCH!


What's coming up.....

Our language management system has been tested and is up and running!  I'll be holding courses there after the summer. But feel free to register and start your own class using this world class technology. I did a lot of research before setting this up for members who want to have a classroom online, track students and integrate their community with the tools of EFL Classroom 2.0.  

Efront is an open source learning management system and get all info. to help you here.  You'll find video tutorials and "how to " documents.  Sign up and use our Efront and start learning with your students today!


NEW MEMBERS!

We recently won 3 place in the language Tech Blogs category of Lexiophiles.com.  Go here  to see other winners. Also congrats to many of our own members whose blogs got in the Top 100 in this and other categories. I'm not a big one for awards but it is nice to be recognized........


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