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Mar 31, 2012

100+ Online Resources That Are Transforming Education

100+ Online Resources That Are Transforming Education
grad imageYury Lifshits is working on algorithms and prototypes of new services at Yahoo! Research. Before that he was teaching university courses in the U.S., Germany, Russia and Estonia. He blogs at yurylifshits.com and publishes his teaching materials at yury.name/teaching.
Education technology has become a busy space in recent years. Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates continue to push the envelope with enormous philanthropic gifts toward education reform; Blackboard.com was traded at a $1 billion plus valuation; and Google is putting millions into education tech sites like KhanAcademy. At Mashable, you’ve read about social campaigns for education, gaming in education and free educational resources.
With so many startups on the scene, it is easy to get lost. Fortunately, most innovation is centered around a short list of fundamental ideas. In this post, we’ll walk through nine clusters of education tech companies.

Mar 23, 2012

Multimodal Learning Through Media

Video Courses For All – Coming Soon!

I'm Obliged to David For My Passion to Web 2.0

I wear many teaching hats. Besides my courses at the university teaching education & schooling and tending to EFL Classroom 2.0 and my own online school, most of my waking hours are spent working with video for language teaching through EnglishCentral. I’m keen and bullish on this approach to learning/teaching a language – authentic video where there is both input/output, in context vocabulary study and constant feedback for the students and teachers. Come join the video teaching revolution!
It’s not official yet but given my role, I am able to give readers a small preview of our release of courses next week – timed for TESOL 2012 in Philadelphia which I’ll be attending. We’ll be launching many great courses with more to come weekly. They’ll be in many categories:
Business | Academic | Media | Social | Travel | Young Learners
Included will be ESP video content from Garnet Education and sensational video courses from Nat. Geographic.
I can’t let the cat out of the bag and we’ll have an official post on the EnglishCentral blog soon. However, note that they are a multimedia online textbook. Students study the units by watching and speaking the video and studying the vocabulary in quizzes and in the video itself. The units are designed to reflect a week’s study and teachers can add individual videos for study, to complement the professionally curated courses. Teachers can add courses to their class page for students to study – just like they presently add topics on EnglishCentral.
Look for the launch post on the EnglishCentral blog. We are excited, I’m excited. We are bringing something to the fore that we think is intuitive and will appeal to schools and teachers. Here’s an example of the preview page for a course, with how the course looks in a class page.

A Lesson a Day

This awesome resorce is commented on by its author David Deubelbeiss.

David Deubelbeiss  Professor at Nipissing University ·
 No worksheets in this "interactive" addition. However if you click the pages you get sometimes to a resource where you can download a resource. But I forgot to upload the powerpoint for teachers (same thing as this but for use offline. I'll have a link for it soon in our Resources forum. But I made this to very quickly give teachers (especially beginning) a quick resource for very strong activities.http://community.eflclassroom.com/page/a-lesson-a-day
one more resource for sudents to learn, for teachers to teach.

Mar 21, 2012

This is Cool! Albert Einstein's Library Online

This is Cool! Albert Einstein's Library Online this great resource is taken from Ricard Byrne's blog
Through the Open Culture blog I just learned that more than 80,000 of Albert Einstein's documents and drawings are now available to view for free at Einstein Archives Online. The archives include not only his scientific work but also his images and documents from his travels and thoughts on the world in general.

Mar 19, 2012

LessonWriter.com Is Your Timesaver in Writing Lesson Plans

I attended  an on-line course 'Digitools' in the EVO-Session-2012 in February. This is my Digitool mate's opinion on LessonWriter.com. I share it.
At the beginning I was somewhat skeptical when I saw the
 demonstration of the LessonWritter (http://lessonwriter.com/html/index.asp) but then I thought that this tool could be a terrific timesaver for teachers. "LessonWriter is a web application that creates lesson plans and instructional materials for teaching English language skills from any reading passage. Just copy & paste any text into LessonWriter, and, after it is analyzed for vocabulary, grammar and usage, pronunciation, and word roots and stems, a complete lesson and lesson plan are prepared - automatically.” This is not a panacea, but these “automatically created” lesson plans could serve as a spring-board and leave you time for creativity. One more important factor- it is free!

Screen Leap - Instant and Easy Screen Sharing

Screen Leap - Instant and Easy Screen Sharing from Richard Byrne's blog  Free technologies for teachers

Screen Leap is a free screen sharing service that I recently learned about through a post by Vicki Davis. To share your screen using Screen Leap just visit the site, click "share your screen," enable the Java applet, and send the sharing code to the person you want to view your screen. The person receiving your invitation code will be able to see your screen when you have Screen Leap activated.

Applications for Education
Screen Leap could be a handy little tool for those times when it is easier to show someone how to do something than it is to tell them how to do it. I'm thinking it could be particularly useful when you're trying to walk someone through setting up an account on a new-to-them web service.

Here are some other screen sharing services you might want to try:
Quick Screen Share
Big Marker
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Mar 11, 2012

Prezi: Step-by-Step

Welcome To My Digital Journal

Dear colleagues!
I curate the digital journal 'Handy Tools For EFL Teachers' I've created with Scoop.it! Welcome to this link http://www.scoop.it/t/handytools-for-efl-teachers . Also I invite you to visit my PearlTrees http://www.pearltrees.com/#/N-u=1_560860&N-fa=4556038&N-s=1_4556038&N-f=1_4556038&N-p=37357034 where I combined my favourite sites that appeal to my interests. This tool helps you to create and manage your PLN.
I'd appreciate your comments and ideas about it.
Best wishes,
Lyudmila Anikina

Mar 4, 2012

Sourcing Images By Ana Christina

Blogs, digital stories and magazines all become more interesting with images - but where does one find free images for personal use? You can use your own photos or perhaps explore the following sites.

You can begin by using a search engine specifically for images.Oolone  and  Picsearch and two well known search engines; you can also try usingFotopedia, which offers more than just a search engine and is beautiful to explore. 

Pixolution is another cool search engine which you can use to find images which interest you. There is alsoPicsLikeThat which allows you to search in different languages. Below is a short video explaining what you can do withPicsLikeThat.  


If you prefer to go directly to a source where free images are offered, these are some sites which you can look:


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