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Contents contributed and discussions participated by Hakan TARHAN

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$249 'Babel Fish' earphones translate foreign languages in real-time - 4 views

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    You probably came across the famous quote by Dr. Ray Clifford saying "Technology will not replace teachers, but teachers who do not use technology will be replaced." Well, that might change sooner than we had anticipated. Some companies have been working very hard for several years to manufacture real-time translation devices like the one mentioned in the article attached. Although most of the attempts are too immature to be taken seriously, I think we will have devices in the next decade that are able to translate satisfactorily across languages. Whether this will have a tangible impact on language teaching professionals is yet to be seen.
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Meet The Classroom Of The Future - 3 views

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    "The classroom of the future probably won't be led by a robot with arms and legs, but it may be guided by a digital brain." This article seems to be pretty much related to our in-class discussion today. P.S. I have come across this while browsing Twitter via the hashtag #engchat. Thanks for the hashtag list guys!
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Professional Guidance on the Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media - 2 views

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    I do not know if a similar guide is available for Turkish teachers, but the General Teaching Council for Scotland has prepared a guidance document to help Scottish teachers with "identifying potential dangers, offering some guidance about how to avoid them and providing a context for responsible, professional use of electronic communication and social media." The guide concludes as follows: Before posting materials online stop and ask yourself: (1) Will the content reflect poorly on you, your school, employer or the teaching profession? (2) Is your intention to post this material driven by personal reasons or professional reasons? (3) Are you confident that the comment or other media in question, if accessed by others, (colleagues, parents etc) would be considered reasonable and appropriate?
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The Flipped Classroom: Turning Traditional Education on its Head - 3 views

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    This infographic pretty much summarizes every thing we need to know about flipped classrooms.
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    It is Serap, it is indeed :)
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How to Use Ted Ed to Create a Flipped Classroom - 3 views

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    A widely preferred technique in flipped classrooms is to provide learners with short video lectures before the class time. The videos can be in the form of screen captures, webcam recordings of the lecturer, or in more professional setting, recordings of the lecturer in a real classroom setting. Here in this video, you can see an example of such a video in which a lecturer introduces how to use TED Ed, a popular tool for flipped classrooms.
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How Educational Technology is Being Used in the Classroom Infographic - 3 views

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    This infographic summarizes the 4 key findings of a study with more than 600 K-12 teachers. Among the key findings are 3 barriers that are considered by the participants to have the potential to prevent them from using more technology in their classes. Two of the barriers mentioned, lack of technical support and training, are pretty common in the literature, but the third one was interesting to me. 33% of the participants argued that because they cannot figure out whether a student is on task or not while performing something on a technological device, they refrain from using it.
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Students' worry: education technology might predict failure before they have a chance t... - 2 views

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    Use of technology for educational purposes has evolved in such a way that it started intimidating students. Apparently, some guys designed a software which, supposedly, is capable of predicting student failure in advance. Although the designers had planned to introduce this program to forewarn the learners who were likely to underachieve before it was too late, a good number of students started complaining that "the data [would] be used to label them before they [had] a chance to make their own impression on a teacher". Issues of digital redlining and privacy were raised by many students whereas the proponents, many of whom are teachers, continue to argue that the program was designed only to "help educators find and help students at risk of failure".
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