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Contents contributed and discussions participated by Paul Beaufait

Paul Beaufait

About Us - oomongzu (Fun & Innovative ESL videos and English videos) - 2 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? - 5 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).
Paul Beaufait

Helpful Hints to Help You Evaluate the Credibility of Web Resources - 5 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 - 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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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.
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).
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

What's Up with QR Codes: Best Tools & Some Clever Ideas - Learning in Hand - 12 views

  • My favorite app that scans QR codes continues to be i-nigma
  • I almost always create QR codes on a desktop or laptop computer.
  • Creating on a computer in the first place eliminates the extra steps of having to transfer it.
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    Tony Vincent (2014.09.24) recommended code readers, a label printer, and code-making sites.
Paul Beaufait

Blogging as Pedagogy: Facilitate Learning | Langwitches Blog - 11 views

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    In this post, Tolisano stipulated, "Blogging should not be an add-on, not an isolated project, but should be seen as PEDAGOGY" (¶1, emphasis in original). She lauded blogging for its affordances facilitating learning through reading, writing, reflecting, and sharing.
Paul Beaufait

10 Reasons Why I Want My Students to Blog - Getting Smart by Susan Lucille Davis - DigL... - 20 views

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    "First of all, blogging is writing, 21st-century style, plain and simple. Blogging constitutes a massive genre.  It comes in many forms, addresses myriad topics, and can certainly range in quality. For my money (which usually means free), blogging provides the best venue for teaching student writing. As bloggers, young people develop crucial skills with language, tone their critical thinking muscles, and come to understand their relationship to the world" (¶1, 2014.03.11).
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    "First of all, blogging is writing, 21st-century style, plain and simple. Blogging constitutes a massive genre.  It comes in many forms, addresses myriad topics, and can certainly range in quality. For my money (which usually means free), blogging provides the best venue for teaching student writing. As bloggers, young people develop crucial skills with language, tone their critical thinking muscles, and come to understand their relationship to the world" (¶1, 2014.03.11).
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).
Paul Beaufait

FAQs-III: Groupwork in distance learning (Felder & Brent, 2001) - 3 views

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    "Even in traditional classes students may do little or no work but get the same grade as their more industrious colleagues, and serious conflicts may arise between teammates with varying levels of ability and senses of responsibility. The problems may be even worse when groups are virtual and don't have the self-regulating capability provided by face-to-face meetings. It is therefore particularly important in distance classes to adhere to the defining principles of cooperative learning, especially positive interdependence (if anyone fails to do his or her part everyone loses in some way), individual accountability (all team members are held accountable for all the material in the assignment), and regular self-assessment of team functioning."
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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