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Paul Beaufait

Top 6 Open Source Web Conferencing Software Tools For eLearning Professionals - eLearni... - 7 views

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    Pappas proposed six "budget-friendly ... open source web conferencing software tools to consider" (2016.05.27).
Paul Beaufait

Duolingo - 4 views

  • Target users of the app would be autonomous users with some existing level of motivation or curiosity for language study who are seeking to refresh basic skills
  • The Duolingo app is probably best used as a supplement to other language learning materials that offer more contextualized authentic language use
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    "[T]his review will focus on the iOS iPad version of Duolingo, Apple's 2013 App of the year (Duolingo, 2014) in English (L1) with French as the target language (L2)" (Overview, ¶2).

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Jose Antonio da Silva

Tips for Creating Instructional Videos | Instructional Development Center Blog - 4 views

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    Guidelines for making instructional videos
Paul Beaufait

8 Free Mind Map Tools & How to Best Use Them - 15 views

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    Saikat Basu proposed seven features to consider when selecting mind-mapping tools (app's or services):

    Cost
    Off- or on-line affordances,
    General usability,
    Aesthetics,
    Template availability,
    Portability of your work, &
    Affordances for collaboration.
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Paul Beaufait

Edudemic search results for "digital citizenship" - 4 views

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    20 hits on original or revised articles
Paul Beaufait

MultiBrief: Effectively incorporating technology with English learners - 2 views

  • Perhaps the first consideration is the instructional purpose of the lesson, and how the technology will enhance that purpose or help students to achieve the goals and objectives of the lesson.
  • Technology, as mentioned earlier, has the power to increase student knowledge and skills in various content areas. Yet another consideration that must be taken into account when working with English learners is how the technology is increasing academic language knowledge and skills.

    It is critical, then, that teachers take into account not only the content goals and objectives for the lesson, but also the language goals and objectives as well as the linguistic demand of the tasks students will need to accomplish in the classroom.

  • English learners need additional instructional supports or scaffolds, including providing students with necessary background knowledge that other students may possess, using graphic organizers, pictures/visuals, demonstrations and realia, and providing redundant information and differentiated instruction based on students' language proficiency level.

    When researching various technology tools, it is critical that we investigate how the tool addresses these principles.

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  • The use of technology in the classroom is quickly becoming not only commonplace, but also essential for helping students gain the 21st-century skills they will need to be successful in the future.
  • when implementing technology in the classroom, an important component of instruction is to teach students how to use technology effectively and responsibly. Students may need guidance and instruction on how to use technology appropriately given the task and learning at hand, how to avoid distractions with technology, and how to effectively navigate the digital world.
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    In this article, Herrmann explains principles to guide the adoption and utilisation of technology to help meet general and specific needs of English-as-an-additional language learners.
Paul Beaufait

How to Create Advanced Firewall Rules in the Windows Firewall - 0 views

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    An illustrated guide
Paul Beaufait

Essential Conditions (ISTE, 2015) - 12 views

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    "The ISTE Essential Conditions are the 14 critical elements necessary to effectively leverage technology for learning" (Essential conditions, ¶1, 2015.03.12).
Paul Beaufait

WebQuest Direct - Ecocide is a Crime - 6 views

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    "In the context of this WebQuest, you will have the opportunity to learn about Ecocide as a concept, of its history, and you will have the opportunity to reflect on what is happening to our Planet and how it affects life as we know it (plants, animals, and humans)" (Home, para 2).
Bob Rowan

First boot with the Raspberry Pi | How To - CNET - 7 views

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    Clear introduction to the raspberry pi computer
Paul Beaufait

PC Support: Free Computer Support & Repair Help - 9 views

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    Great site for troubleshooting tips! Helps Mac users understand Windows fixes for iTunes and related program installation errors.
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Paul Beaufait

Translate and Speak - 14 views

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    "ImTranslator offers a natural sounding text-to-speech system with translation capabilities that quickly translates text and reads it aloud at one click of a button."
Paul Beaufait

Free online tutorial for using Soundcloud - 15 views

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    In this teacher training video, Russell Stannard introduces an easy-to-use audio recording tool, and demonstrates how to sign up, record and upload audio files, add written comments to them, and embed them in a blog.
Paul Beaufait

2012 and We're STILL Using PowerPoint Wrong - 17 views

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    "It's 2012[,] the Age of Information[,] and we're STILL using PowerPoint Wrong" (The Presentation Designer, SlideShare, 2012.11.14).
Gladys Baya

8 Annotation Tools Teachers should Have - 30 views

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    Shame I've only tried the first one so far!!!!
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

Tony Vincent's Learning in Hand - Blog - Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps - 8 views

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    In this post Tony Vincent outlines ways to evaluate a wide range of educational application. His Education App Evaluation Rubric focuses on relevance to users and their purposes, customizability, provisions for feedback, promotion of higher order thinking skills, potential for user engagement, and the exportability of performance summaries or products of use.

    Links in this post enable you to download his rubric and a related checklist. There also are links to checklists and rubrics that other educators have created.
Paul Beaufait

Tech Niche - 8 views

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    Antoinette Spiegel's "curating niche to catalogue and share neat tech ideas, tips, techniques and favorite tech resources for teachers" (Home, para. 1, 2012.09.08).
Paul Beaufait

Free Sound Recorder - CNET Download.com - 9 views

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    For Windows, "Free Sound Recorder is a perfect audio recorder to record your own voice, music or any other sound by working directly with your sound card. It supports the record input/source from a microphone, streaming audio from the Internet, external input devices (CDs, LP, music cassettes, phone line) as well as other applications like Winamp, Media Player" (Publisher's Description, From CoolRecordEdit, ¶1, 2012.08.31).
Paul Beaufait

Definitions.net - 5 views

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    "The Web's Largest Resource for Definitions & Translations" (deck, ¶1, 2012.08.29) - Thanks to Nik Peachey for Scoop.it-ing this site.
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