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Nigel Coutts

Seven Language Moves for Learning - The Learner's Way - 0 views

    Our language choices communicate both intended and unintended messages. In the choices we make, in the subtlety of these choices, lies a truth more powerful than that conveyed by a literal reading of our words. When we look closely and critically at our use of language, we begin to see particular patterns which reveal much about what we genuinely value and expect from our learners. 
David Carpenter

Duolingo: Schools - 3 views

    Duolingo is known for its teaching of languages. It now offers free subscriptions to schools.

Online Teaching Tools and Resources | Yale Center for Language Study - 2 views

  • ree tools and resources
  • reating and editing technology-enhanced tasks, activities, and materials for language learning.
  • udio, video, and images that can be used for language teaching and learning.
    A nice concise list of online tools for those who teach languages.
stamosk - 1 views

    great suggestions for how to implement standards in different classroom settings with different degrees of access and equipment

Integrating Technology: Best-Use Practices for English Language Learners in Content-bas... - 3 views

    nice overview of using technology with ELLs, including sample lesson plans
    Nice find, comprehesive!
Stacy Drinkwine Hauser

Stacy Drinkwine Hauser The Power of Language ScoopIt page - 1 views

    "Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will last forever." This link will take you to my ScoopIt page where I've chosen a variety of works alluding to language and its effects, it's beauty, it's absurdity, and its possibilities.
Carol Imani

FunBrain -'s Rooting Out Words - 0 views

  • Rooting Out Words Nice Work! If the prefix audi- means to hear, a large building where people gather to hear speeches and music is called an? succeed democracy auditorium cycle
    Here's a little tidbit from an elementary school level quz about word roots, a favorite subject of mine.  
Tracy Ndlovu

Fun With Words > The Wordplay Web Site - 2 views

    The site is dedicated to amusing quirks, peculiarities, and oddities of the English language: wordplay. Playing with words and language is both entertaining and educational. Here you can have plenty of fun with words with over 500 pages of word puzzles, games, amazing lists, and fun facts.
Sharon Benini

VoiceThread - Support - Resources - Publications K-12 - 3 views

  • Abstract: In this paper we share our experiences with using asynchronous video communications to increase teacher immediacy and social presence during a technology integration course for pre-service teachers. We describe three cases where asynchronous video was used to facilitate instructor-student and peer-to-peer communications. The online tools used were Facebook, VoiceThread, and video blogs created by the Center for Teaching and Learning at Brigham Young University (BYU). Our initial findings indicate that the use of regular video instructor-student and peer-to-peer communication can be an effective way to improve instructor immediacy and social presence in an online environment while maintaining the flexibility that draws students to online learning.
    Voicethread uses technology to combine the visual with audio interpretations.  I have used VT in my middle school art classes where students created the visual (illustration for the book), wrote the text, and then recorded their version of the book. This site gives support for using VT in the classroom.

Letters of Note: C. S. Lewis on Writing - 4 views

  • What really matters is:– 1. Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn't mean anything else. 2. Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one. Don't implement promises, but keep them. 3. Never use abstract nouns when concrete ones will do. If you mean "More people died" don't say "Mortality rose." 4. In writing. Don't use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the thing you are describing. I mean, instead of telling us a thing was "terrible," describe it so that we'll be terrified. Don't say it was "delightful"; make us say "delightful" when we've read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers, "Please will you do my job for me." 5. Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say "infinitely" when you mean "very"; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.
    • jennibartels
      C.S. Lewis on the most important things to remember about writing. I LOVE this letter and use it with my students often.
Beth Hecht

For Educators | 21 Ways to Use in the Classroom - 7 views

  • 3. Promote Team CollaborationHave students break up into pairs or group teams to create their comic strips together. This approach encourages teamwork and cooperation, with students complementing the skills of their colleagues. The site also provides a structure for students to work individually as they create their own cartoon worlds using their imaginations. Look upon the site as a resource for literacy development and to reach out to engage reluctant writers and readers.
    • Sherry Schwarcz
      Here is an activity for students to use collaboratively.
    • Kim Davis
      This would be a great exercise to illustrate class rules developed by the class. In the science lab, the lab teams could create different strips for lab safety. This is a really cool tool with a lot of potential.
  • 6. Foreign Language Practice Have students who are learning new foreign languages write their text in languages they are studying. In addition to English, the site accepts characters and accent marks from languages such as Spanish, Latin, German, Italian and Portuguese. Additional languages will be added to the site in the future.
    • Sherry Schwarcz
      Here is an activity that can be used with ELLs.
  • 2009 ESOL Teacher of the Year. Read her excellent essay, "MakeBeliefsComix: An Article About Using Comics to Teach English -- Become A Comic Strip Writer with Ease!", at
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    • Sherry Schwarcz
      Here is an application for students to work collaboratively.
    This will be great for my arty students who don't enjoy writing in the traditional sense. I like #19 - explore character motivation- a high level reading skill in a simple format.
Kait Sanford

MAKE BELIEFS COMIX! Online Educational Comic Generator for Kids of All Ages - 2 views

    • Melissa Shasteen
      For summary activities, I sometimes give students the option to create their own comic strip. Some students choose to pick a different activity because they do not think they are an artist. This would help make everyone feel that they could create their own comic strip summary!
    • Melissa Shasteen
      All these adds might be a bit distracting for students.
    • Kristin Lavorato
      I am a very visual person, and I had a hard time navigating the page with all of the distracting elements. Students so often like to be able to master something so quickly that if they can't, they may choose to not use this.
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    • Kristin Lavorato
      This is a great way to integrate differentiation into the classroom, especially for a tiered assignment. If a student struggles to comprehend plot summary, he or she can use this to demonstrate what he/she understood from the text or there could be additional elements added to up the difficulty level.
    • Kait Sanford
      I could use this in my history classes especially for visual learners who want to prove their knowledge using visual examples and creativity
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    Comic strip creator. Has the most options I have seen for creating original comic strips. Is very easy to use. Can also be written in other languages!
    Students could create their own comics about immigration issues, either in the past or contemporary times.
    Users create their own comic strips using a variety of characters and filling in the text bubbles.
    Add a little humor to your lectures or introduce as a creative way for students to deliver a presentation. The power of story-telling.
Phyllis Bickford

Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus - An online thesaurus and dictionary of over 145,000 words th... - 1 views

  • Steve Jobs had a charismatic way with language. We look back on some of his key words and phrases. Continue reading...
    • Phyllis Bickford
      Lots of great tidbits here. I talked about Steve Jobs in all my classes during the past week.
  • Featured Word Lists
    • Phyllis Bickford
      This is a feature I didn't notice before. Looks like a good resource.
    This site stimulates the creative juices! It used to be a free site but now you can only test it out for a few searches and then there is a modest subscription fee to continue using it. A great visual word map.
Dennis OConnor

Memrise vocabulary learning and memorable dictionary - 4 views

  • Ready to grow yourvocabulary?
  • Learn vocabulary in any language 5 times faster Smart science means you won't forget Learning's a game — grow a language garden
suzain johan


    What is the IELTS exam for? There are two versions of the IELTS exam. The Academic module is mainly used for university entrance. The General Training module is often required to emigrate to English-speaking countries, and some times by companies to assess their staff
J. Norville

Vimeo Basics - 0 views

    This site allows you to upload your personal videos, share with others, make contact with other Vimeo members and comment on their videos.
    This site will be great for the Foreign Language class. Students will be able to video their role plays or dialogues and post them for the class group to view and comment using a stated rubric.
Karen Nickel

Photo Story - 0 views

    Create slideshows using your digital photos. Edit pictures and add special effects, soundtracks and your own voice narration. Add titles and captions. Email them or watch them on your TV or computer. Because students can add their own voice narration, this is a great tool for world language classes. We use it in German 2 for students to tell about a vacation.

VoiceThread - Conversations in the cloud - 4 views

shared by mcphailj on 28 Jun 10 - Cached
  • Presence Text alone can’t deliver the subtlety and expression required for meaningful connection. If text were enough, we wouldn’t use emoticons, get on planes, or use web-conferencing software. VoiceThreading is a more human way to connect.
    A tool for having conversations around media. Upload pictures and then add comments. I've seen this used for students around the world to post pictures of their homes and then comment on the differences and similarities. Great language tool because comments are written and/or spoken. Great cultural tool because of the addition of media.
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    VoiceThread is a great tool for asynchronous communication about a specific image, document, or presentation. While text is neat, there is something special about listening to someone's voice.
    VoiceThreads could be created featuring presentations (about a primary document related to immigration) for teacher and student use, encourageing reflection (of historic photograph(s) taken at Ellis Island) by students, and host a debate (about immigration).
    VoiceThread is a great way to add voice to an online class. Students can create and participate in discussions with voice rather than simply text.
    This, right here, is what I desperately wish my students had in place of Finalsite as a way of creating blogs for their school Mission Portfolios. I know it isn't set up the exact same way, but it would certainly accomplish nearly the same purpose.
    Bridges the gap between real-time discussions and the standard video lecture.
    voice, visuals and real prescence
    I think this could be a useful tool to communicate online. The "Text can't replace you" is what caught my eye.  It offers voice to your writing.
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