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Contents contributed and discussions participated by Paul Beaufait

Paul Beaufait

How to Make the Most of Webinars - Easy EdTech Podcast 019 - Class Tech Tips - 4 views

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    Dr. Monica Burns explained "strategies for watching webinars and making the most of your time as an attendee of a virtual presentation" (2019.06.19)
Paul Beaufait

Evidence increases for reading on paper instead of screens - 2 views

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    "[S]tudies point to better reading comprehension from printed material..." (deck). "[R]esults from 33 high-quality studies that tested students' comprehension ... showed that students of all ages, from elementary school to college, tend to absorb more when they're reading on paper than on screens, particularly when it comes to nonfiction material" (Barshay, ¶¶ 3-4). That is, without the extra bells and whistles that digital texts can potentially offer" (¶10). "Still, there isn't yet convincing proof that the digital add-ons improve reading comprehension or even match the reading comprehension that students can achieve with text on paper" (¶12). Barshay, Jill. (2019.08.12). Evidence increases for reading on paper instead of screens [online news report]. https://hechingerreport.org/evidence-increases-for-reading-on-paper-instead-of-screens/
Paul Beaufait

App Review: English Central (ECentral) | MIDTESOL - 1 views

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    "ECentral could be a good supplementary resource for language learners looking to strengthen their language skills and increase their exposure to English beyond the textbook. Used in isolation, the app could end up being somewhat confusing for learners." (Jackson, 2016, Overall assessment, ¶1). Jackson, Lindsey. (2016.04.29). ...
Paul Beaufait

Online Video Converter - Convert Video to MP4, AVI, MPEG, FLV, 3GP, MKV, h264 or h265 - 9 views

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    One item in a large assemblage of free online apps (123apps)
Paul Beaufait

New Vocabulary Application now Available on EnglishCentral - EnglishCentral: The Offici... - 8 views

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    "New Vocabulary Application now Available on EnglishCentral"
Paul Beaufait

Mastering Markdown · GitHub Guides - 12 views

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    In addition to standard styling syntax (bold, italics, lists, ...), "GitHub.com uses its own version of the Markdown syntax that provides an additional set of useful features, many of which make it easier to work with content on GitHub.com" (GitHub Flavored Markdown, ¶1, 2017.09.12).
Paul Beaufait

SAS and R: Options for teaching R to beginners: a false dichotomy? - 4 views

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    Horton, Nick. (2017.07.27). Options for teaching R to beginners . . . [weblog post].
Paul Beaufait

Learn English Directions - 9 views

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    Interactive practice for giving directions
Paul Beaufait

About Us - oomongzu (Fun & Innovative ESL videos and English videos) - 6 views

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    Plenty of mind-numbing background music, but still worth checking further to see whether these "animated teaching videos for ESL and EFL learners" (About Us, ¶1, 2017.02.24 [JST]) might be suited to particular learners' needs
Paul Beaufait

How can I tell if a website is credible? - 12 views

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    This webpage suggests six factors to consider when assessing website credibility, and adds, "If you are unsure whether the site you're using is credible, verify the information you find there with another source you know to be reliable" (retrieved 2016.12.22).
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Helpful Hints to Help You Evaluate the Credibility of Web Resources - 7 views

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    "These guidelines are to help you become familiar with various types of Web resources and the reliability of the information" you find among them (¶2, retrieved 2016.12.22).
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 - 5 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). "
Paul Beaufait

8 Free Mind Map Tools & How to Best Use Them - 18 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.
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

Summative Assessment In eLearning: What eLearning Professionals Should Know - eLearning... - 10 views

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    This post identifies five types of summative assessment applicable to online learning environments, and offers four tips for making summative assessments.
Paul Beaufait

Suffix Prefix Dictionary - A dictionary of suffix and prefix meanings - 16 views

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    This site boasted it was "the most comprehensive online dictionary of biological and medical prefixes and suffixes" (2015.04.03).
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