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Vicki Davis

Vocabulary: The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics! | English Teacher Melanie - 8 views

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    Here are some vocabulary terms that you can teach your students relating to the Winter Olympics in Sochi via EnglishTeacherMelanie.com - very cool site.
Martin Burrett

Learn English at GCFLearnFree.org - 6 views

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    This is a beautifully designed resource for learning English through the learner's native language. Because the resources teach the same English, it is ideal for using with English classes with learners from all over the world. The flash resources are great and the lessons are arranged in categories.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/English+As+An+Additional+Language
Martin Burrett

http://www.uberarcade.com/multimedia/flash/201011/gh_me-and-my-dinosaur_93.swf - 5 views

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    A wonderful story site for younger children where the readers play a platform game with Rex the dinosaur to follow the storyline.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/English
Martin Burrett

Games to Learn English - 9 views

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    This is a site full of fun ESL games to practise and improve English skills. Games including Hangman and a Spelling Bee and there are lots of topics to choose from.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/English+As+An+Additional+Language
Vicki Davis

Welcome to CK-12 Foundation | CK-12 Foundation - 2 views

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    Free textbooks in a variety of topics on CK-12. This is promoted as "learning made simple." Do students know how to find and download alternate sources of information? Can they find and search for the topics they are currently studying? This is a valuable way to compare and research topics.
Martin Burrett

Batalugu - 2 views

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    A fabulous site for creating and finding online children's books. Design your 'bestseller' by uploading images and using the bank of media to drag and drop your story to perfection. Then share with a link.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/English
Vicki Davis

Literature and Nonfiction: Common-Core Advocates Strike Back - Curriculum Matters - Edu... - 5 views

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    Nice article at edweek about the informational texts versus great works of literature debate and what Common Core will do to lit. The one important, practical issue that all parties to this discussion MUST recognize - the classroom time is FINITE. Teachers would love to cover EVERYTHING but it just isn't practical. So, if one thing is emphasized over another, it may push something out. Unintended consequences are happening as people "align" their curriculum to common core standards. As all of the pundits and advocates argue this, it would be telling to sit down with an actual aligned curriculum to SEE what happens where the standards meet the lesson plans and what is actually pushed out - until then - it is all, rhetoric. Give us practical application, we're teachers, after all.

    From the edweek article:
    "Until recently, the closest we'd come to a major speech on the nonfiction-versus-fiction question was a piece in the Huffington Post by the English/language arts standards' co-authors, David Coleman and Sue Pimentel, insisting that literature "is not being left by the wayside."

    The message to rally the troops must have gone out, however. Because since the Coleman/Pimentel piece appeared, the common core's defenders have stepped up to counterbalance the literature-pushout crowd. The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation's Kathleen Porter-Magee, for instance, posted a piece arguing that it's a misinterpretation of the standards to say that teachers will have to teach less literature.

    In a recent email blast, the Foundation for Excellence in Education-led by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, one of the common core's biggest backers-declaimed the "misinformation flying around" about what will happen to literature under the common standards. "Contrary to reports," it said, "classic literature will not be lost with the implementation of the new standards." A glance at the standards' own suggested text lists, it noted, "reveals that the common core recognizes the importance of b
Martin Burrett

News in Levels - 14 views

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    This is a useful news site which provides the same news story written at three different levels of English, making it a wonderful tool for ESL classes and differentiating for different age groups.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/English+As+An+Additional+Language
Martin Burrett

Unused Words - 15 views

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    This is a fab literacy site where you can find interesting and rare English words. Browse for words to make children's work stand out from the crowd and play 'guess the meaning' with your class.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/English
Martin Burrett

Inklewriter - 17 views

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    This site provides a easy to use platform to create branching stories. Add a new story thread at the touch of a button and you can even add images from the web. Preview your story as a map, publish online and share with the link with others.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/English
Martin Burrett

Lightning Bug - 9 views

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    This site provides writing stimulus and advice for young writers. It explores a range of methods and thinking activities to help develop writing ideas.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/English
Martin Burrett

Writing Prompts - 12 views

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    This site has a huge number of compelling visual writing prompts with text and questions to get your students thinking. There is something for everyone here!
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/English
Martin Burrett

One Stop English - 10 views

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    A great site which has a vast amount of English language resources for both native and learners of English as a second language. Sections include business English, grammar, games and more.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/English+As+An+Additional+Language
Kelly Faulkner

Other worlds - Home - 7 views

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    for primary/intermediate english classrooms
Martin Burrett

TalkTyper - 7 views

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    A useful site that allows users to dictate and generate text. A great resource for children with writing difficulties to get their ideas written quickly. It works with a range of languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and more. For mistakes, the site offers alternative words with similar pronunciation. Only works with Chrome.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/ICT+%26+Web+Tools
Martin Burrett

StudyChamps - 5 views

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    This site has a good collection of Maths, English, Science & Social Studies PDF worksheets and online interactive resources to use with your class.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Cross+Curricular
Martin Burrett

WORDCOUNT - 2 views

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    What are the commonly used words in English? See 86,000+ of the most used English words ranked in usage order with this great site. Use it to build vocabulary and find interesting words for writing.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/English
Martin Burrett

Virtual Sentence Board - 14 views

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    A beautifully made virtual word wall and sentence maker. Use the default words or add your own.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/English
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