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Sharing Yourself (Online)

As a teacher trainer, one of the things I have trainees do many times, is to reflect on themselves, their personal qualities and their accomplishments. Just this little bit of reflection sets a teacher on more solid ground from which to progress. You can do this many ways. Many times, I get teachers to write […]

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Bestwords.me – Web 2.0 vocabulary building

BestWords.me is a really cool, authentic website where students can build vocabulary (adjectives) in a Web 2.0 / interactive fashion. Simple as pie and no registration! Students just: 1. make a personal “word” page 2. Choose words to describe themselves 3. Share the page with other students (by email or on your class page) 4. […]

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The 4 Freedoms – Richard Stallman

I’ve written quite a bit here about copyright and control of knowledge through larger entities. One place to start is my “Captive Mind” series.  My attempt to publish my own previously published work and to stop institutions from having for perpetuity, control over knowledge. Finally, some good news on this front. Princeton University has brought […]

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We keep what we give

I’m a confirmed, addicted, “sharer”. Been that way for years and I’m sure its caused it share of incredulity. Many people just don’t operate on and of the same mental construct – believing as I do that knowledge is not something created nor owned. It is air and for all. But that is okay – […]

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The Future of Learning II

The future of teaching is learning. This is an addendum to my last post – The future of learning. Just watched this now 3 year old presentation – A Manifesto for Learning. I think it appropriate, given what the last 3 years have presented to us (better access to technology, more profusion of web 2.0, […]

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The #1 ….. (badge maker)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Big Huge Labs Big Huge Labs makes badge making so simple! Just go there, upload a photo and design it as you like. Lots of choices, from a regular styled “Hello” badge to something more elaborate. Students could use it to write brief bios […]

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Simply the Best 10 – for any toolkit

There has been A LOT of consolidation online, over the last 7-8 years. Sites, tools have come and gone. The web can be a cruel marketplace and particularly so when it comes to tools that help teachers and get students learning/creating. There is so much out there! So, in order to help new teachers especially, […]

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The #1 ….. (place to have your students blog)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Edublogs I guess this one is pretty obvious, seeing that what you are experiencing right now IS Edublogs. However, I do expect this pick to be contentious and I do agree there are many alternatives however, I still think beyond the pale, Edublogs is […]

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Top 60 Websites for teaching/learning English

This presentation is often visited and I’m proud I took the time to distill and filter and come up with what I think are “winners”. Takes teachers so much time to find “gold” and this will help. Not a full answer but …… Sit back and enjoy a cool CC tune from CCmixter! Get the […]

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Web 2.0 and English Language Learning

Web 2.0 and English Language Learning A New Model or A New Muddle? “ In the electronic age, we wear all mankind as our skin” – Marshall McLuhan (this article is one of a series on my blog – highlighting how educators can publish and get readers online instead of keeping their knowledge behind the […]

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The 10 Commandments of bearing and being a Social Network (part 3)

I’ve spent A LOT of time on social networks. Probably much more time on forums (which I also consider SNs) than with blogs and the normal SN communities. It isn’t easy to create a successful community that is free and without pretense. And, with doing the time, comes some insider knowledge – some wisdom that […]

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The 10 Commandments of bearing and being a Social Network

I’ve spent A LOT of time on social networks. Probably much more time on forums (which I also consider SNs) than with blogs and the normal SN communities. It isn’t easy to create a successful community that is free and without pretense. And, with doing the time, comes some insider knowledge – some wisdom that […]

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The #1 …. (creative writing site online for language students)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Storybird Without a doubt. It features beautiful illustrations which students choose to create a “story bird” or book. Sharable, beautiful, motivating – they really, really unleash the creativity and language of students. It is the ultimate story writing site. I use this with my […]

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The Summer of my Discontent

“Living is an affair for those who turn on the ovens” Believe it or not – I’m usually a very positive guy. In life, in the classroom and online. I’m accused often of being too positive and forward looking, being naive and idealistic. I used to take those condemnations and wear them as a badge […]

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ELT and Technology

I’m firmly convinced, if done right, technology offers a powerful “forum” for language learning and instruction. Over the last few years, I’ve made many tutorials and presentations on using technology in the English language classroom. Finally, got things together into one handy wiki – ELT and Tech. Find there: * many tutorials on the major […]

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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 know about and then listen/search the audio that has been […]

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Best Web 2.0 tools for learning / teaching languages

I made this awhile ago and forgot to put up on my blog! Click on any picture to go to that tool. Only the best garnered from my actual experience using all these. It is a follow up to my Teach/Learn Prezi presentation. Get the powerpoint of this HERE. Also, see this voicethread discussion by […]

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Technology and Teaching Languages

Here is a presentation in brief – focusing on how technology relates to curriculum. Some tips, some thoughts ……. HERE is the paper version.

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Teachers / Students – the gap narrows

If you look at one constant in education (over 100s of years), we see one very clear trend — the blurring of the lines between teacher / student. Technology is only speeding up this process and it is especially true for English Language Teaching. We are no longer custodians of knowledge but seeds of knowledge. […]

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Social Media and Learning

Social Media is growing rapidly. Exponentially. See below, Gary Hayes’ fascinating counter for just how fast information is flowing and in the process, people being engaged in discussion/content and thus – LEARNING (and for the most part without a teacher) Here are my own thoughts on THE NEW LEARNING What does it mean to us […]

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