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January 2011 Blog Posts (30)


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It's not how you start, it's how you end.

I've long given one piece of advice that I think seldom gets voiced often by teachers or teacher trainers - at the end of a lesson or day with students, ask just one thing,

"Are you happy?"

And I get the students to…

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The #1 ... (Professional Development site for ESL)

Number One ** Not your ordinary, endless list - just what's number 1.



             Colorin Colorado

 

 

I can't tell you how often I've dipped into this site and benefited, been refreshed! It is a wealth of material to help teachers develop and…

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Coming Soon ....

Teach - Learn is almost ready! It will be here soon and to be used and enjoyed instantly with students. 36 complete "student created content" lessons with an abundance of extra materials / blackline masters and clickable online lesson extensions / ideas.  Also, an online voicethread community where students can practice,  supporting each lesson.



Looking forward to your support, use and feedback on… Continue

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Moodle

So, I followed www.lynda.com instructions to build a moodle website on my laptop... but now I need to find a resource that will tell me how to transfer the moodle on my laptop to a school server or the internet. This might mean that I need to find a web host (well, I defo need a web host eventually, as I want to make my courses available to a wide community). I know the information is out there... it's all probably available on the moodle site, but if anyone… Continue

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21st blog carnival - enter your post today!

Alice Mercer will host the 21st EFL / ESL / ELL Blog Carnival February 1st.



You can visit the last blog carnival HERE. Submit your entry in our handy…
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Simply the Best - for any toolkit

web-tools350pxh There has been A LOT of consolidation online, over the last 7-8 years. Sites, tools have come and gone. The web can be a cruel marketplace and particularly so when it comes to tools that help teachers and get students learning/creating.



There is so much out there! So, in order to help new teachers especially, I'm going to list those that are "Simply the Best" and have stood the test of time. Simply the best sites for students to create, share, produce and work with… Continue

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The #1 .... (thing that makes teaching so difficult)

Number One ** Not your ordinary, endless list - just what's number 1.



The participation in the creation of something which is invisible.



There are so many things that make a teacher's life difficult. To name just a few of the thousand: noise, planning, snotty noses, mouthy kids, stuffy classrooms, things that don't work, things that do work but are just a… Continue

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Wanna Play Scrabble?

I created a FB account a few years ago, but never got into it. My daughter bugged me to get back on so we could play scrabble. I like to play scrabble with Adele in person, but boy, is it slow online! After about three turns she told me, so the idea mom is to get several games going, so when you get online you always have a turn to play. Ohhhh.

 

It's fun, low commitment, and I just put my scrabble game on my toolbar so I don't really have to sign into FB to take my…

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The #1 .... (way to choose students)

Number One ** Not your ordinary, endless list - just what's number 1.



Mickey Mouse built a house



Choosing students, whether individuals or groups - is something every teacher has to do. And you have to be fair about it. There is nothing that will kill a class quicker than a teacher being seen as "unfair".



So what's the best way? Rock, Scissors, Paper is… Continue

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On Brevity

The age of twitter and FB stimulation, is upon us. Brevity and quickness - the instant. Nobody takes "the time" any more. It's all about me or more to the point, "give me". 

 

Talked with someone while testing my conference rooms this morning. He mentioned my blog posts are too long. I responded by half…

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Our Quizlet flashcards are now embeddable!

Yes, that's right! Finally this is a feature and easy to do with all our flashcard sets

 

Makes it very easy for you to share the hundreds of our flashcard sets with your students on a school page, public page or wiki.   You can even embed the learning games (Scatter).Here's an example.

 



Here's how it works.

 

1. Go to a flashcard set

 

2.…

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Cart before the horse?

horse-cart-759743 A lot of teachers have been reading a previous post entitled "Faking it". There I outlined my belief that a lot of students and teachers were, "playing school" and that not as much learning as possible was occuring.



I have another thought to add.



I recently took a poll on EFL Classroom 2.0 about the relative importance of productive vs receptive activities in the classroom. Here are the… Continue

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3 Wishes for ELT

three_wishes I really believe in the power of faith. Long ago, I remember reading C.S. Lewis' poignant, "The Problem with Pain" and noting his wonderful philosophy of simply acting as if something were true. That if we pretend the world is so, it might just become so....



So since the new year is upon us, I'd like to share my faith with you - by making 3 wishes for English language teaching. 3 things I wish would happen in the new year or even right away. After mine - it's your turn.…

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Interview with myself

teaching wig { I think this a great reflective activity for any teacher. Going to do this as part of the curriculum in some of my future courses, for sure }





What subjects have you been teaching? What types of students do you have?



I teach English as a foreign language to both certificate and graduate students.



Can you provide a link to a site where we can see something about what you do or the center where you… Continue

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The Future of Learning

sugatamitri I have written and pounded the pulpit long and hard on the issue of teachers "getting out of the way". Ranted and pleaded with teachers to be more inductive in their approach, more sandbox about the learning environment.



No greater compliment to my own constructivist and technology enabled vision can I find than Sugata Mitra. He's a wonder and I've been writing… Continue

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Replace Voicethread for free BigMarker.com

We are all on a budget and the educational institutions are in a very tight pinch. Voicethread pulled the Ning connection for a business model they thought best. I want to introduce Big Marker: 

 

About BigMarker.com

BigMarker provides fully-featured web conferencing solution for free to everyone. Here you can host web conferences with friends, family or colleagues, teach online training seminars to students, practice presentation skills, or broadcast events in…

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Huffduffer - Audio podcast library

Huffduffer is a site where you can simply collect and tag audio podcasts. It really is attractive and well laid out. Visit our EFL Classroom 2.0 collection and click on the tags on the right to get… Continue

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My First Captioned Video

 

Here you are, one of my  Bill Maher's favourite talks in his late night show. I have used to add captions a very easy and free tool called…

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iEtherpad - Collaborative writing

Writing, shared writing and working on a document, can be a powerful learning process. Very constructivist.

 

Google docs is okay but there is no better place than iEtherpad.  They recently took over the public etherpad code when Etherpad was bought out by google (still awaiting what google is going to do with this…

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