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Vernon Fowler

SERP | Word Generation - 4 views

  • The Word Generation program focuses on academic vocabulary, i.e., words that students are likely to encounter in textbooks and on tests, but not in spoken language. Interpret, prohibit, vary, function, and hypothesis are examples. Academic vocabulary includes (a) words that refer to thinking and communicating, like infer and deny, and (b) words that are common across subjects, but hold different meaning depending on the subject, like element and factor. Both types of academic vocabulary are likely to cause problems with comprehension unless students have been taught how to deal with them.
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    "Word Generation is a research-based vocabulary program for middle school students designed to teach words through language arts, math, science, and social studies classes. The program employs several strategies to ensure that students learn words in a variety of contexts."
Cara Whitehead

SpellingCity for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on the iTunes App Store - 0 views

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    VocabularySpellingCity is a fun way to learn spelling and Vocabulary words by playing engaging Vocabulary games using any word list. The most popular activities are Spelling TestMe, HangMouse, and our Vocabulary games, available to Premium Members. The most popular word lists are Sound Alikes, Compound Words, Hunger Games and SAT Words. This is a free app!
Paul Beaufait

Writing Prompts that Motivate - 1 views

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    One of many spelling, vocabulary, and writing resources on the vocabulary and Spelling City site, this page explains, "Asking a child to write about something that matters to him [sic] right now is a powerful motivator. This is where writing prompts come in. Writing prompts are simply ideas or subjects offered as a foundation for students to build a writing assignment on" (¶3, 2011.07.25). It includes tips for preparing writing prompts as well as examples for elementary, middle school, and high school students. Thanks to Cara Whitehead (vocabulary with Computers) for pointing out this site.
Gramarye Gramarye

How to Learn English Verbs with an iPod - 0 views

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    f you want to know how to learn English verbs with an iPod, you are in the right place. Rory Ryder has published a book called "101 English Verbs for your iPod", and it is FANTASTIC!
Dwayne Abrahams

Research - 0 views

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    "Footsteps2Brilliance, Inc.™'s Academic Language Program for Students (ALPS) delivers a robust library of stimulating ebooks and educational games to parents, children and teachers anywhere/anytime through innovative mobile gaming technology. Developed by educational experts usingthe latest research on cognitive development, ALPS provides young learners with 1,000 essential vocabulary words through interactive eBooks that are sure to engage today's digital students whether at school or home."
Learning with Computers group

Real English - 0 views

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    Free English lessons to help you learn English vocabulary, idioms, slang, grammar, and more! To have fun vocabulary conversational English at Better @ English
Gladys Baya

Spelling City - 7 views

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    Enter your list of words, and try several activities to learn their spelling. Teachers can save their lists. Includes automatic reading aloud and use in context. Cool!!!! Learned about it at David Kapuler's blog "Thoughts of a Cyberhero".
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    Has anyone tried this cool resource yet? If so, let me know how it worked!
Miss Language

Tips for Learning Foreign Languages - 0 views

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    Learn Foreign Languages faster thanks to these tips. More tips published every other day. Improve your vocabulary, your grammar, your pronunciation, and have fun becoming fluent in a new language!
Learning with Computers group

VOA news - 0 views

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    It has good news stories for listening with accompanying language learning apparatus. VOA also has many articles of general interest in "Special English, " which is slower and with a limited learning and grammar, so it is very good for beginni
Paul Beaufait

CALL4ALL.us World CALL Language Links Library - 4 views

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    "Call4All.us provides links and information related to language learning" (quick Site Overview).
Carla Arena

Folksonomies - Cooperative Classification and Communication Through Shared Metadata - 0 views

  • A user on Flickr, Andrew Lowosky, began posting pictures of doorbells in Florence, along with a brief piece of fiction about the doorbell in the description of the photograph. He dubbed this combination of photograph and short story “flicktion,” and tagged it as such. (Lowosky, 2004.) Some other users have been tagging photographs with “flicktion” and writing short fiction to accompany it
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      Interesting use of tags.
  • the most used tags are more likely to be used by other users since they are more likely to be seen
    • Carla Arena
       
      That's our idea, isn't it? Providing more tags that will be useful for individual use and for the group.
  • A folksonomy represents simultaneously some of the best and worst in the organization of information. Its uncontrolled nature is fundamentally chaotic, suffers from problems of imprecision and ambiguity that well developed controlled vocabularies and name authorities effectively ameliorate. Conversely, systems employing free-‍form tagging that are encouraging users to organize information in their own ways are supremely responsive to user needs and vocabularies, and involve the users of information actively in the organizational system. Overall, transforming the creation of explicit metadata for resources from an isolated, professional activity into a shared, communicative activity by users is an important development that should be explored and considered for future systems development.
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      imprecision and ambiguity x free-form tagging - user-generated communicative activity. We should see how our community semantic building evolves.
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    reference from Folksonomies: Tidying up Tags?
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    Thanks, Paul, for bookmarking this site. Interesting reading that points out to what we've been experiencing, the strengths and weakenesses of folksonomies. If we learn about them, we can try to minimize a bit ambiguity problems in tagging, though they will always be there!
Ninja Essays

Blog - Unique Resources That Will Improve Your Academic Writing Skills - 0 views

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    When you are struggling with academic writing, your professors try to motivate you with completely useless advice: practice, research, improve your vocabulary and you'll do just fine. Their intentions are good, but that "strategy" never works in practice.
Paul Beaufait

Teaching Topics: Jack C. Richards - EFL CLASSROOM 2.0 - 5 views

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    This page features a compilation of over twenty videos (YouTube) and related materials (PDFs) on language learning and teaching produced by Jack C. Richards.
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