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Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

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I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

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I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

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The 5 Filters - The liberation of teachers and students.

Interested? View more HERE. Also - watch US Now for a fuller description of how technology can empower people.

As teachers, we are by default in many cases, operatives for publishers and textbook makers. We truly are! The textbook forms the learning process. It makes it into something different than if we had used our own materials or those of the students.

However, all is not lost. There is a way around the "5 filters" so well outlined by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky. The power of the internet is flattening things and we will see in the future - teachers and students choosing their own "jailer" and using the content that is of their own mind/makeup/world. My own hope is that more teachers become their own publishers - this hour is at hand.

One step towards this is the use of RSS. Over the last few years, I've been and continue to be, a big proponent of this application. I won't bore you with my own humdrum description of what it is. Here it is in Plain English.

What I DO want to say, is that you now have the ability as a teacher/student, to print out the content of any page. Yes, and even cut and paste it into an attractive form to use in the class or online. How?

1. 5 Filters RSS to PDF Newspaper is an open source application that allows teachers / students to print attractive printouts of online content. Here's an example I made in minutes, of all our Oct. blogs here on ... I just printed the titles but you could also print the full descriptions HERE. Just find the rss of any page or website ( click the orange RSS icon

and copy the address). Enter it into 5 Filters and poof! You have a newspaper. You can do the same with content you find online for your classes. Add your own title in the drop down (click show options).

2. But what about making a newspaper of many different feeds/pages? Don't worry, easy as pie. Visit this amazing tool - INSTAPAPER. After you register, it will store all the pages you come across on the web and want to read. When visiting a page you like, just click their bookmarking icon "READ LATER" to save. Even save in multiple folders. Next, get the rss of these pages and print! Here's a screencast to walk you through this. But even without printing, INSTAPAPER is a great way to save pages for later reading.

More on RSS forthcoming! There is a lot more to relate - especially about how it liberates the end users to "get what they want, when they want". Here are two examples I'll be describing in later blog posts. RSS ELT JOBS and RSS ELT BEST BLOGS.

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Comment by Ellen Pham on October 31, 2009 at 4:53am
Whoa- 5 Filters- powerful and surprising! I love the way you can click on the titles to go to the original blog. A great way to organize materials you want your students to check out.

And combined with Instapaper, what a great tool for students doing projects. Instead of one class newspaper, you could have a whole set of class newspapers, reflecting each student's interests... nice.

Comment by ddeubel on October 31, 2009 at 6:59am

Exactly right! It isn't just for teachers but also students can use it to "collage" and make their own project materials.

At bottom, it is a way to empower people to control the information more and not be "captive" to what comes in through one big, mainstream pipeline. The 5 Filters guy really did a remarkable thing. For a number of years - this was an expensive thing which companies like HP and others sold. But through open source design and computing - WE the people are able to be empowered, change, personalize and take things into different and fundamentally more useful directions than any "profit " driven model could. Linux is just one example.

The rules are changing!

I hope some teachers will use this and share examples. Let's get innovative and into the newspaper biz!

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