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Contents contributed and discussions participated by Paul Beaufait

Paul Beaufait

Rubrics for Teachers - Assessment - 65 views

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    A mother lode of rubrics for all sorts of products, projects, and processes
Paul Beaufait

TESOL Connections - January 2014 - 19 views

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    "IRIS holds data collection instruments from a wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. These include, for example, questionnaires about motivation, attitudes, learning strategies, and intercultural understanding; experimental teaching methods; classroom observation and interview schedules; teaching tasks; sound and video files; word lists; pictures for encouraging learners to use specific structures; language tests for different skills and types of knowledge… and many more besides" (Materials on IRIS, ¶1).
Paul Beaufait

Learning objectives, targets and goals - 13 views

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    "While the authors of The SIOP Model advocate for writing separate content and language objectives, others are advocating for the incorporation of language skills into content objectives. In either case, making language learning explicit benefits students as it clarifies what they should know and learn in a given lesson" (¶9).

    Some teachers also incorporate a third type of objective: behavioral. Behavioral objectives make explicit to students the actions and behaviors associated with classroom activities. Examples of behavioral objectives may include engaging in conversations, working in cooperative groups or delivering speeches" (¶10).
Paul Beaufait

Framework for 21st Century Learning - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills - 35 views

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    "The Framework presents a holistic view of 21st century teaching and learning that combines a discrete focus on 21st century student outcomes (a blending of specific skills, content knowledge, expertise and literacies) with innovative support systems to help students master the multi-dimensional abilities required of them in the 21st century" (¶1).
Paul Beaufait

P21 Framework Definitions [PDF] (2009) - 15 views

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    "To help practitioners integrate skills into the teaching of core academic subjects, the Partnership has developed a unified, collective vision for learning known as the Framework for 21st Century Learning. This Framework describes the skills, knowledge and expertise students must master to succeed in work and life; it is a blend of content knowledge, specific skills, expertise and literacies" (Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 2009, ¶1).
Paul Beaufait

Google+ demands your real name: Pseudonyms suspended - SlashGear - 20 views

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    "Google suggested that "using Google Profiles to help people find and connect with you online is how the product is best used," and in short decided that it would not allow any other use outside of that. Those with their Google Profiles set to private after the end of July will have them automatically deleted."
Paul Beaufait

JSTOR: The Elementary School Journal, Vol. 36, No. 6 (Feb., 1936), pp. 456-460 - 9 views

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    Dolch, E. W. (1936). A basic sight vocabulary.
    The Elementary School Journal, 36(6), 456-460.

    Published by: The University of Chicago Press
    Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/995914
Paul Beaufait

Integrating Google Tools 4 Teachers - 95 views

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    Collete Casinelli's site comprises a number of resources not only comparing Google Apps for Education with standard Google Tools and Products, and outlining the Pros and Cons of each, but also introducing many of the tools, and providing suggestions for their use with young learners.
Paul Beaufait

Home | starters.co.nz - 17 views

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    A follow-on to the no longer active http://www.teachingonline.org/ site, "starters.co.nz is a web-based subscription resource for schools featuring over 1600 quality pdf, ready-to-use lesson plans including digital resources such as videos and websites that enhance and add depth to the lessons. / Our lessons are based on and cover all areas of the New Zealand Curriculum and are grouped for Yrs 1-4 and Yrs 4-9+. / starters is particularly useful for printing out easy-to-follow quality lessons for relieving teachers" (deck, 2013.02.03).
Paul Beaufait

13 Wiki Tools Teachers should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning - 54 views

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    "a list of different wiki platforms" (para. 2, 2012.12.23)
    Thanks to  Christine Bauer-Ramazani for pointing this out!
Paul Beaufait

Introduction to Inquiry-Based Learning - 55 views

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    "It is crucial to recognize that inquiry-based teaching should not be viewed as a technique or instructional practice or method used to teach a subject. Rather, inquiry starts with teachers as engaged learners and researchers with the foundational belief that the topics they teach are rich, living and generous places for wonder and exploration." (para. 4, retrieved 2012.11.23)
Paul Beaufait

Cloze test creator - 47 views

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    This tool for creating your own cloze tests allows you to focus on every nth word, words you chose, or a variety of other automated options including: articles, auxiliaries, modals, prepositions, quantifiers, link words, and wh- words.

    Thanks to EnglishCentral for pointing it out in Teacher Tips for Making a Transcript.
Paul Beaufait

10 Reasons Why I Want My Students to Blog - Getting Smart by Susan Lucille Davis - DigL... - 42 views

  • For my money (which usually means free), blogging provides the best venue for teaching student writing.
  • This emphasis on process encourages reflection and re-thinking, doubling back on earlier posts and feedback to watch how the process of learning unfolds.
  • Transparency requires being comfortable in your own skin; it requires being who you say you are; it requires a healthy openness and an equally healthy sense of privacy armed with a modicum of skepticism.
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  • Being truly Internet savvy in today’s world means learning how to be honest about who you are, professional in your dealings with others, and willing to learn openly from mistakes as well as from successes.
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    Davis (2012.10.22) supports her assertion, "For my money (which usually means free), blogging provides the best venue for teaching student writing" ( ¶1).
Paul Beaufait

ePortfolios with GoogleApps - 51 views

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    "This Google Site has been set up by Dr. Helen Barrett to focus on the use of Google Apps to create ePortfolios. On this site, there are instructions on how to use the different elements of Google Apps to maintain e-portfolios." (Home, ¶1, 2012.11.06)
Paul Beaufait

For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer | MindShift - 50 views

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    Thanks to Nik Peachey for pointing out this post on one of his Scoop.it sites. In this post, Katrina Schwartz (2012.10.26) provides a pointer to the Right Question Institute (an NPO), introduces a new book about inquiry-based learning, and explains, "Coming up with the right question involves vigorously thinking through the problem, investigating it from various angles, turning closed questions into open-ended ones[,] and prioritizing which are the most important questions to get at the heart of the matter" (¶4). An excerpt from the book spells out rules for student engagement in forming questions about topics under investigation.

Paul Beaufait

Deeper Learning Isn't about Technology - 44 views

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    "Powerful learning begins to manifest when students take responsibility and ownership for their learning - when they become co-creators of their learning experience, rather than their education being something that is done to them. True student empowerment and engagement begins when we cross the threshold of co-creation." (Students need to be co-creators, ¶4)
Paul Beaufait

Free online tutorial for using Tricider - 25 views

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    Second of two tutorials introducing the Edmodo virtual learning environment, and illustrating its features and functions in detail.
Paul Beaufait

Free online tutorial for using EDMODO - 36 views

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    First of two tutorials introducing the Edmodo virtual learning environment, and illustrating its features and functions in detail.
Paul Beaufait

Creating Kick-Ass Passwords | Should I Change My Password? - 18 views

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    "Creating long, secure passwords can be extremely difficult, especially when you have multiple accounts and have to remember them all. It's no wonder that we end up writing them down, or using the same password again and again. This is however, a terrible habit to get in to." (Creating (and remembering) Great Passwords, ¶1)

    To help online site and tool users do a better job of password protecting their accounts, ShouldIChangeMyPassword (the Avalanche Technology Group) recommends: Padding, Passphrases, Formulas, and Password Managers.
Paul Beaufait

Free Technology for Teachers: 12 Awesome EdTech Tools for 2012-2013 - 84 views

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    "12 Awesome EdTech Tools for 2012-2013 is designed to share what I think is a selection of free tools that can be used in almost every K-12 setting. I intentionally kept this document short because the intended audience is teachers who are new(ish) to using technology in their classrooms and I didn't want to create something that would be overwhelming. You'll also notice that I left out iOS and Android apps. Those will be featured in future documents." (Bryne, ¶2)

    "Please feel free to download, print, and distribute this [embedded document] in your school." (Byrne, ¶3)
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