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Top 5 blog turn offs (for me)

I usually stay FAR away from blogging about blogging. Not that I don’t find this kind of introspection, fun or revealing/engaging. Far from it. I just don’t feel comfortable doing it and if there is one BIG rule when it comes to blogging, it is,...

Want something taught? Ask a busy teacher! 5

Want something taught? Ask a busy teacher!

{just an update – Bill Gates recently caught onto Khan and gave him his endorsement. Also, like myself, calls for more “online” learning and taking the learning out of the 4 walls and into the great wide open. The following post appeared Dec. 09} I...

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The #1 ….. (online pronunciation site)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Phonetics There are some good pronunciation online sites, video or otherwise – but none beat the Univ. of Iowa’s Phonetics. I’ve been using and promoting it for almost 3 years and I’m always rewarded...

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The Teenaged Language Learner

  Teenage Second Language Learning Why they are different and why that matters [see  my workshop materials for teaching teens – here. / Also this post is a reply to this post- The Captive Mind] The best substitute for experience is being sixteen.    ...

Woices – travel, record, listen … 0

Woices – travel, record, listen …

Woices is Wonderful! It is a fairly new site which enables teachers or students to roam and listen to authentic audio about different places. Even download it for classroom use! Basically, you browse a google map, find a region of the world you want to...

Share your know how – your fav. sites! 0

Share your know how – your fav. sites!

I’ve been a cheerleader of Voicethread for years now (and that’s a long time in internet speak!). A collaboration and learning tool that is revolutionary. In that vein, I’ve made my “Top Sites” presentation into a voicethread. Share how you use each tool. Or just...

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Using Zoom Words

Zoom Words is a pretty cool way to present vocabulary. It is super simple to use and probably even quicker to use than Wordle or Tagxedo. However, it is browser based and you’ll have to have a webpage/blog to embed your creation in (or just...

The #1 …(way to do a Needs Analysis) 0

The #1 …(way to do a Needs Analysis)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Wall Wisher Wallwisher is a place where students can go and put up “post it notes” about a topic. I can think of many ways to use Wallwisher with students but none better than...

Twiducate – a simple and safe online classroom 2

Twiducate – a simple and safe online classroom

Twiducate gives me goosebumps! I really get excited when I see a tool that teachers can use with their class – a tool that genuinely gets students communicating in a “real” and purposeful fashion. Twiducate functions like private twitter. Teachers sign up and invite students....

Famous Children’s Author’s Interviews 0

Famous Children’s Author’s Interviews

Reading Rockets has a fantastic page of interviews with loads of famous children’s authors. All with transcripts too! Wonderfully insightful, I’ve spent most of the day avoiding marking and enjoying them. Here Eric Carle of “The Hungry Caterpillar” and “Head to Toe” talks about writing...

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Verbalearn – Adv. Vocabulary Practice

VerbaLearn is a new site which does a lot of things well. I’m not usually a big fan of learning English through “word study”, however, it is a reality and it does work for many students. Also, VerbaLearn caters to those who are trying to...

60 Sec. Recaps – for digital types… 0

60 Sec. Recaps – for digital types…

60 Second Recaps is a neat concept. You can find there most high school English literature – classic books like Animal Farm, Hamlet, To Kill a Mockingbird etc…. What’s cool is that they are explained in 4-6 neat 60 second recap videos. Think Coles Notes...