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Paul Beaufait

Designing for Learning: Ten Best Practices for Teaching Online: Quick Guide for New Onl... - 21 views

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    On this page, Boettcher explains, "ten best practices for anyone just getting started in the online environment. Research and experience suggest that these practices contribute to an effective, efficient and satisfying teaching and learning experience for both faculty and students" (para. 2, retrieved 2012.02.03 ["Minor revisions May 2011"]).
Jose Antonio da Silva

OER Commons - 9 views

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    Open Educational Resoueces
Paul Beaufait

Cloze test creator - 13 views

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    Automated tool for creating your own cloze tests: Thanks to EnglishCentral for pointing it out in Teacher Tips for Making a Transcript.
Paul Beaufait

5 Instructional Shifts to Promote Deep Learning - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad - DigL... - 14 views

  • The seamless integration of technology into the Common Core-aligned curriculum supports learning through active participation and increases opportunities for all students to have access to the tools and information they need for success.
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    Oxnevad suggests, "Students can develop transferrable knowledge and skills as they engage in learning experiences that require them to construct knowledge" (¶1). She argues for "seamless integration of technology" that will enable "students students to have access to the tools and information they need for success" (¶2), and proposes five instructional strategies for teachers to use to achieve those ends, namely:

    1. Preparing "complex questions that require students to use higher level thinking skills" (Help students uncover knowledge, ¶2);
    2. Facilitating learning from engaging and online resources, rather than delivering content (Eliminate the front of the classroom);
    3. Creating opportunities for real world collaboration (Encourage collaboration);
    4. Exploiting classroom and online opportunities for "frequent [and] informal assessment to gauge the effectiveness of your instruction and make adjustments to maximize the learning experience for each student" (Informally assess students [and instructional practices]); and
    5. Preparing and publishing screencast tutorials for students to peruse whenever necessary, "...[i]Instead of spending valuable instructional time teaching the same tech skills over and over again to individual students" (Provide students with built in tech support).

    This October 30, 2012, post ends with an illustration comprising focus questions and a ThingLink product of fifth grade students' work. A list of links to related posts follows.
Paul Beaufait

Quick Guide: How To Enjoy eBooks Without A Tablet Or An eReader - 9 views

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    "There are many convenient ways to enjoy eBooks right on your computer, without paying for an extra device, and without having to venture to the book store every time you want a new book. It might not be as convenient, but it's still a great option." (Yaara Lancet, ¶2)

    Lancet introduces: Nook for PC/Mac/Web, Kindle for PC/Mac/Cloud, Kobo for Windows/Mac/Web, Calibre for Windows/Mac/Linux, and Book.ish for Web, and provides links for downloads.
Paul Beaufait

Organize your resources in an online binder - LiveBinders - 9 views

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    This About Binders page comprises links to a 90 sec. intro. video, a page with additional explanation (Learn More), and exemplars (View Great Binders).
Paul Beaufait

Free Technology for Teachers: Page-level Permissions and Digital Portfolios in Google S... - 10 views

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    Richard Byrne advises teachers to activate page-level permissions when giving students access to classroom websites for blogging or digital portfolio development (2012.05.24).
Paul Beaufait

Free Technology for Teachers: Best of the Summer - 5 Ways to Use Google Sites - 7 views

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    Richard Byrne explains "five ways that Google Sites are commonly being used in schools" (2012.08.20).
Paul Beaufait

Moodle Hosting | Key To School - KTS - 10 views

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    Recommended by Sar Davila, http://saradavila.com/front/moodle/
Paul Beaufait

The Best Resources For Learning What Google+ Is All About | Larry Ferlazzo's ... - 13 views

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    In July 2011, Larry shared his choices, "[starting] ...off with posts from educators" that he recommended reading, along with the comments that followed. A note at the head of points out news of update as of Sept. 2011.
Paul Beaufait

TextToMindMap - Russell1955's library - 12 views

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    In this short screencast (2012.06.19), Russell Stannard introduces "a lovely little text to mind-mapping tool."
Paul Beaufait

How to use TeacherTrainingVideos.com - 4 views

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    Video introducing Russell's website and the various types of videos it provides for learners of English and teachers interested in using technology in ELT and other areas
Paul Beaufait

TOEFL Equivalency Table - TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS Score Comparison Chart - 3 views

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    Vancouver English Centre (VEC) comparison of various tests, score ranges, and approximate VEC levels, with links to PDF of English Language Competency Descriptor for the IBT TOEFL Test, and to a directory of Language Schools in Vancouver
Paul Beaufait

omigrad - YouTube - 10 views

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    "Kid's Songs - Official ELF Learning Playlist 1-10 of 13 / Fun songs for children and students" (2012.06.19)
Paul Beaufait

Free Music Archive - 9 views

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    "The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads. The Free Music Archive is directed by WFMU....  Every mp3 you discover on The Free Music Archive is pre-cleared for certain types of uses that would otherwise be prohibited by copyright laws that were not designed for the digital era" (About, ¶¶ 1-2, 2012.02.05).
Paul Beaufait

Screen Sharing in Google Hangouts - YouTube - 7 views

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    BestBloggingTips shows and tells how to start screen-sharing in a Google+ Hangout. She warns that everyone present can see your Gmail address, if you share Google stuff directly, and notes that sharing screens in Hangouts are small.
Paul Beaufait

Tefl-teacher: Wordle. Novelty or useful teaching tool[?] - 17 views

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    "...[H]ere are eight ways you can use Wordles in your class to help learners learn" (¶4, 2011.12.09).
Paul Beaufait

ESP for Busy College Students: Is the Blend of In-Class, Online & Mobile Learning the A... - 4 views

  • Neumeier (2005) more broadly defines a hybrid learning environment as “a combination of face-to-face (FtF) and computer assisted learning” used in a single course delivery context (p. 164).
  • hybrid language learning courses are “only going to foster successful language learning if they are carefully designed on the basis of an analysis of the participants’ needs and abilities” (p. 176).
  • Learning English for Special Purposes requires a high degree of interaction with peers, teachers, and content. Effective interaction with content was built into the instructional design, however increased levels of communication with peers and teachers are essential and these can be achieved only through the Internet.
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  • writing practice and communication were conducted mainly through the computer not the mobile devices
  • students were in agreement that the blend of in-class, online and mobile delivery was an optimal solution for internationally trained immigrants learning English in a post-secondary context. They found the combination of 1) speaking taught primarily face-to-face, 2) listening taught on the mobile devices and 3) writing taught mainly online to be an effective approach.
  • the in-class component seemed to maintain the integrity of the hybrid course overall as it fostered a sense of community amongst the learners. As noted by participants, it was the design of the materials and the way in which they were presented, not the technology used, that impacted the effectiveness of the course the most.
  • The traditional classroom meetings though, were found most beneficial in promoting face-to-face interaction, ad-hoc speaking, pronunciation practice and the development of other communication competencies supported by visual cues.
  • the findings indicate that students’ progress was enabled by effective instructional design integrating goals and content relevant to the specific group of learners, together with the appropriate methods and media which enabled and enhanced interaction within the content.
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    Palalas, Agnieszka. (2010). ESP for busy college students: It the blend of in-class, online & mobile learning the answer? IALLT Journal, 41(1). Retrieved November 22, 2011, from http://www.iallt.org/iallt_journal/esp_for_busy_college_students_is_the_blend_of_in_class_online_mobile_learning_the_answ
Paul Beaufait

My Languages: Guest Blog Post: Language Learning in Online Classes, Lindsey Wright - 10 views

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    "Lindsey Wright is a keen linguist and she is fascinated with the potential of emerging educational technologies.... In this guest blog post, she considers the advantages and possible barriers to studying languages online.  
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Nik's Learning technology blog - 19 views

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    Excellent collection of comments, idea and applications
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