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January 2010 Blog Posts (24)

Hi, Maryann

Barb and I have set up our own blogs and now we want help in setting up blogs for our students in the classroom. Help!!

Added by Wendelin Miller on January 31, 2010 at 11:15pm — No Comments

Are the Beatles good for English teaching?

I often get customers who want to know what lines from Beatles songs mean. Does anyone else get this? Some of their later stuff can be quite challenging!

On the one hand, it's good that customers have found a hook to hang their interest in the language on. But is it always a good idea to use song texts?

Am spending the afternoon actively listening to John, Paul, Ringo and George in the hope of finding some answers.

Added by Olaf Elch on January 31, 2010 at 8:11am — 3 Comments

Using Cloud Computing to Improve School Communication

If schools are going to use technology to improve organizational processes, it’s important their leaders consider moving many of the school’s daily operations onto a cloud-based network. MORE...

Added by Shawn Roner on January 29, 2010 at 12:12pm — No Comments

A Journey in TEFL

SNOWBALL FIGHTING IN THE CLASSROOM



When we feel that students are bored, we tend to change the pace and move to a more energising activity. This one is something like that. However, I use it as a gap filler or an fun activity after I introduce the new topic. It sounds a bit childish, though it always works with older students too. My students are grade 10 and grade 11 and every year at least once I use it in my class. Last week before the holiday as a whole class we played our… Continue

Added by Eva Büyüksimkeşyan on January 27, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Blog Report - ELT blogosphere January 2010

Here's a list of some of the great articles recently published by various Bloggers in ELT: some I wrote, most I read!



TEACHING ENGLISH : ISSUES AND TOPICS

**What do Mirror Neurons have to do with Language Learning or Teaching? Anything?

Kalinago English



**Should L1 be banned from the classroom?…

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Added by Karenne Sylvester on January 26, 2010 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Why Bring 'This I Believe' Essays and Podcasts into Your English Classroom?

Why Bring ‘This I Believe’ Essays and Podcasts Into Your English Classroom?



What are your core beliefs? More importantly, what are the core beliefs of your English students? How do you know? Do you like listening to quality radio essays to improve listening skills and critical thinking skills? Are you looking for a friendly way to gently nudge your EFL students into reflecting on their experiences and expressing their ideas?



If so, you might want to consider adding This I… Continue

Added by Eric H. Roth on January 25, 2010 at 3:53am — 1 Comment

Five Apps for Busy Educators

Staying organized during a hectic school year is certainly a difficult task. With hundreds of e-mails, phone messages, parent conferences, and meetings, staying organized can seem impossible. To help, I’ve put together a short list of helpful apps I use to stay on top of things. MORE...

Added by Shawn Roner on January 23, 2010 at 5:59pm — 1 Comment

Using #edchat in the classroom

First to set some context:



I'm retired. 30 years in the Printing business, then seven years teaching design with a brief but very exciting interlude with a dot.com start up called Chapbooks.com which delivered the ability for teachers to publish their students work in printed using the web and POD technology. It was 1998 - 2000. I like to think that the idea was just right, but that the technology was still too immature. At any rate, we raised $1.5 million and spent $1.8 million.… Continue

Added by Michael J on January 20, 2010 at 7:39am — 13 Comments

Spring in the step

I feel like I am finally getting back the school vibe as day one draws near. I cleaned up my blog, opened a few windows and wrote a new post, called Encouraging Student Backchat.

Added by Shaun Wood on January 19, 2010 at 3:32am — No Comments

13 Considerable Factors Before You Buy Essays!

What criterion do you have to judge to buy an essay online? … It is very common that every time you search for an essay writing service to buy essay, you get thousands of sites in the search engine result. This huge list of sites makes it really complicated for you to pick one out of thousands services available claiming to be the best in… Continue

Added by Maria Pittman on January 18, 2010 at 1:11am — No Comments

Teaching about the Earthquake in Haiti (resources and links)

The following is a list of resources to use in the classroom for teaching about the earthquake in Haiti. I hope they can be of some assistance. Feel free to comment with additional resources.



PBS News Hour Extra: Island Nation of Haiti Reels After Earthquake Causes 'Enormous' Damage



Reading Rockets:… Continue

Added by Kurt Schollin on January 15, 2010 at 11:39am — No Comments

I'm going to stay at home and teach!

Well I really think I will. No I suppose I can't see senior management being happy but today did get me thinking. School is now open after the Snow of late however I'm still Snowed in! I can't even get the car up the drive let alone to a gritted road over 2 miles away. So faced with the tedious task of setting cover this morning I took a leaf from a fellow Twitter user I'm following (@DeputyMitchell, I'm sure he won't mind me giving a mention) and held a live online lesson with my Year 7… Continue

Added by Jamie Bowring on January 11, 2010 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Don't cast your pearls before swine"

giveapig

This morning at church, my pastor Rob Bell, taught on a well known passage (Matthew 7:1-6) full of quotes that some people love to pull out of context.



"Judge not, lest you be judged.

Why do… Continue

Added by Michael Kaechele AKA Concretekax on January 10, 2010 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Educating all students well: What could make it happen?

Shift Happens: Four crazy ideas that might burst the modern education paradigm.

originally published in Education Week: October 26, 2007 http://bit.ly/5agGRP



Evidence suggests that our modern education paradigm, which does a terrific job of educating some students to high levels of learning, may be incapable of educating all students to equally high levels. Moreover, its inability to silence critics, support normal practice, and educate all the… Continue

Added by Mark E. Weston Ph.D. on January 10, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

2010 - the year of the PLN?

One of the things I'll remember 2009 for is it was the first year that mainstream ELT teachers really took to using social media.



I think, however, that of all the internet memes that emerged in 2009, it was surely PLN (Personal Learning Network) that caught the attention of the blogging educators.



This was mainly due to the emergence of Twitter as an essential tool for the connected teacher, although there are still many teachers who have decided it's not for… Continue

Added by Graham Stanley on January 10, 2010 at 5:33am — 2 Comments

Connections

As I immerse myself more and more in the wealth of tools and platforms available to me in the world of Web 2.0, a peculiar thing is happening to me.

I have read FAR more over the past few months as a result of checking our recommended web pages and tools and blogs by educators around the world. I have a Personal Learning Network mainly through Twitter (@fullonlearning), my own website (www.zoeelder.co.uk) and my own blog (… Continue

Added by Zelder on January 10, 2010 at 1:48am — No Comments

Tweets, Wiki's, Blog's and Glog's

Education around the World has embraced ICT. It has grown from the first desktop machine in the Mathematics/Technology departments, to classrooms full of computers with full Internet access and ICT forming part of the curriculum. From the ‘ICT-free’ to the ‘ICT-critical’: Education is changing and so is learning. ICT and New Technology have been used to support the traditional methods of teaching for many years but are we now in a position to use ICT, New Technologies and the evolving ways of… Continue

Added by Jamie Bowring on January 9, 2010 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Will We make the No Child Left Behind Act's deadline of 2014?

I have been reading articles from administrators and parents about their dismay of NCLB. In Washington, DC, the educational system is racing to meet all of the proficiency requirements in Mathematics and Reading by 2014. Can that really be a realistic deadline especially including all the troubles all of the states seem to be having with different areas of proficiency? I realize some states are fairing better than others but how do you feel about your state?



See the… Continue

Added by Lorette Weldon on January 9, 2010 at 2:43pm — 1 Comment

Literacy and Education 15 January 2010, FON University, Skopje “Crossing the Bridges of Literacy” MaRA conference

Literacy and Education

15 January 2010, FON University, Skopje

“Crossing the Bridges of Literacy” MaRA conference

PRESS CONFERENCE

Friday January 15, 11.30am at FON in Skopje

The 21st century skills, development of teaching instruction, adult education, student achievement, critical thinking, media literacy, reading, writing, are just a few examples of the literacy concepts that are having a massive impact on the way we teach and learn nowadays. But where are the… Continue

Added by Anica Petkoska on January 9, 2010 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Another great Fireside Chat 1-9 6:30-8:30pmGMT

We will host our "week 2 fireside chat" for the 2009 K-12 Online Conference this coming Saturday, January 9th! The week 2 keynote speakers, Rachel Boyd and Diego Leal, will present and engage in Q&A with participants via EdTechTalk's Ustream channel and backchannel chat. Time: January 9, 2010 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm GMT. NOTE: This is 1:30pm EST on Saturday, January 9. Please click the following link to see your local time:…

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Added by mrsdurff on January 8, 2010 at 2:20pm — No Comments

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