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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Oct 17. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Stories to inspire and teach. Share yours.

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Jun 10. 79 Replies

 I'd like to share in this forum and would like others to share, short stories that might apply to education / teaching and that will inspire. I believe stories and a narrative are powerful, whether…Continue

Tags: hodja, tao, zen, professional_development, storytelling

Favorite Movie about Teaching?

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Apr 23. 88 Replies

I'd like to compile a list of movies…Continue

Tags: best, video, film, teaching, movie

Learning Communities

Started by Allan Richards in Teaching and Methodology Oct 27, 2017. 0 Replies

Hey everyone!I am new to the forum and am curious how you feel learning communities benefit educators when it comes to developing a collective responsibility as educators. Do you feel a forum like…Continue


We have thousands of members and I guess I always assume that people know everything about what is here......WRONG!!!!!

I guess I am like a fish in water. I know nothing about water!

So I have made a series of tutorial screencasts to help members. Lots of tips and quick "how to"s there.

If you have some tips please add them.

I have 3 "no internet needed" tips for today.

1. Videos. You don't need an internet connection at school to play them/share them! How's that? Well, I really believe in giving teachers totally accessibility so after clicking A/V -- select the video and you'll see an arrow on the right. Click this and download onto the computer. If you have time, even do this before showing the video online. It is good backup! You now have a video to carry around and show whenever you want. No internet needed.

2. Youtube videos -- how can I get them?

Go to www.keepvid.com Enter the url/address. Press "Download". It will download to your desktop. Go there and change the name of the video to the name you want. Play, you are set. Alternatively,

Well that's all of my "no internet needed" tips. More coming soon.....Keep enjoying EFL Classroom 2.0 and keep coming here for more tips on how to get the most out of it.

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Today, 3 more quick tips......

1. If you belong to a group and post new information that you think is relevant to the group -- you can send a message to everyone in the group to let them know! So say you post up some info. about a conference on our events calendar and it is important for your classroom group. Click the "send message to group" link and let everyone know! That's what people joined for, to get info. A great way to promote the group and its interaction.

2. You can upload/share all kinds of documents/photos with anyone, anytime here! Every time you contact someone on their page, in a discussion forum, you can upload a file. After, other teachers can go through the conversations and download this file. A great way to share resources and our discussions become major repositories of content/lesson materials this way. Just click "Upload files" in a discussion forum or when contacting someone on their My Page -- hit the little blank page in the menu above the text box.

3. Video Archive. Hit the "Video Archive" button on the right and you get a nice layout of all our videos on EFL Classroom 2.0 . In our regular video area, there are the same videos but here, you can play many full screen , for inclass use.

More tips and screencasts forthcoming...
Managing YOU -- your settings!

Many members don't know about the power of their individual settings. Click in the top right corner "my settings" to go there Here are a few tips once you get there!

1) Privacy -- here change who you want to see everything you put up on EFL Classroom 2.0. Also approve comments to your posts/blogs/pictures/videos before they go public, if desired. Further, change what gets displayed in your Latest Activity box on your My Page.

2) email -- change here how to be notified and all levels of contact with Ning. Set how often you want to get info about new posts to discussions. Set if you want to receive news/updates. You can also press "Clear my follow list" which will clear you from being notified from any new posts to any discussions you've participated in.

3) My account -- change your profile info, as you wish. Also, nobody can EVER delete your account but yourself. Admin can ban members but not delete accounts. You only control this (as well as your email address and personal info. being strictly private). If you do want to delete your account, go to the bottom and click, "Leave EFL Classroom 2.0".

I think in particular, the email notifications are important features and I hope these tips might help!

Complete Privacy -- Now Available!

Teachers will find this great! You can set up a classpage and make it available only to your friends / your students!

Or if you just want to keep things private, just allow your friends.

Simply click , "my settings" in the upper right corner.
Then click, "Privacy"
Then select from Who Do you Want to See Your Page? -- "only my friends".

Bingo! Only friends will be allowed to see your profile, your world.......Completely safe and secure.....
Today's tip is about the Post It Feature . See the TAB above to go there.

Post It is a wiki like feature that let's any member make an extra page for themselves. This could be for the community or just for something you'd like to link to share with members but need some space. Start a forum conversation and link to the notes page. Or just link to it from your My Page. Lots you can do with it, here are a few examples from NING. This will also soon be wiki capable so then you can even create pages/projects with anyone else on the network! Get Posting It!
Today's tip is very simple -- USE THE SEARCH ENGINE.

I often get requests from teachers about materials. Where's the jeopardy game? How do I find something on holidays? etc...... I usually don't know the answer either but with just one simple entry into the magic box at the top POOF! It is there.

Our search engine is state of the art and beats even google, hands down. I kid you not. It is great for finding anything and everything here. We have hundreds of discussion topics, hundreds of blogs and this is the best way to find great materials and info. on EFL teaching. Use it when you want some info!

Today's Tip -- Use the Text Editor!
On the right, there is a link to a full text editor! If you are blogging or making a Wiki page or Note page -- this is ideal. Always there in the right column and simply work there, choose "source" then, copy and then paste into the page you are working on. You have many, many more fonts, sizes, colours and can do a bang up job.....Even add smilies!

It even works for these text boxes!

Today's Tip -- Use the Text Editor!

On the right, there is a link to a full text editor! If you are blogging or making a Wiki page or Note page -- this is ideal. Always there in the right column and simply work there, copy and then paste into the page you are working on. You have many, many more fonts, sizes, colours and can do a bang up job.....

It even works for these text boxes!
Under our TALK tab you will find two ways to bring Text to Speech to your class. It is a great way to take the text you are using in your class and give it VOICE (which after all is the engine of language).

Further, once you have the voice/mp3, you can put it up on EFL Classroom 2.0 or your own website / page and students can access it there and practice/read/repeat/review.

So check out Voice ME!and Say It.
Kind of a related question... can flash video be embedded in ning posts? I can only get it to make a link to the video... Thanks : )

You don't embed video...you embed the code. Subtle but BIG difference. The video must be stored somewhere and then put into code which makes it appear. You have to put that fash video onto a storage site like youtube or vimeo or even here!!! Then get the embed code and put the embed code into your post....it will then appear!

Today's tip is really simple -- MUSIC! We have hundreds of songs and podcasts on the network. A great way to chill out and discover new music is to click the Jukebox Find it under LISTEN.

Further, if you like a song, like everything here, you can download it!!! As always just right click and then "save as"....... Lots of great stuff.

If you'd like a quick directory of your own songs, simply upload them on your MY PAGE (Click ME!) in your music player. Title them with the same first name, so you'll find them in the Jukebox very easily. See my ddeubel - Prince songs for an example.

Enjoy the tunes while at home or at the office.....

You now can fully change the layout of your My Page. It is very simple and simply just Drag and Drop any part of your page to a new location! Click on the "bar", drag it to the new location and drop it.

I recommend members put their profile in the left column - it presents much better!

Here is a screencast that shows you briefly how to do it....(but better yet, just go try it!)

Changing your My Page from John Bach on Vimeo.
Here are a few examples of members who have great pages and who have changed the layout to great effect!





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