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Learning any language can be a challenge and we have to accept that making progress takes time and effort. To be a really successful language learner though you need to make the new language part of your life and part of what you do each day.
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Many materials writers and instructional designers like to emphasise the importance of engaging content and rightly so too, but what exactly is it that creates engagement with content?
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QR codes can have a transformative effect, not only within the classroom but also within a school. They have multiple uses which we will go on to look at, but among the greatest strengths they have is that they are platform agnostic, so they can be used on any mobile device with a camera regardless of OS as long as it has a QR code scanning app available for it, so they can form a fundamental tool to enabling an effective BYOD program in any school.
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Just like the old version of Wordle, it creates wonderfully colourful word clouds based around any text or group of words that you give it. The size of the words is then determined by the number of time each word appears in the text.
Many live online lessons fail, not because the teacher was unprepared or because the technology was inadequate, but they fail because the students were unprepared for the experience of studying in a live online classroom.
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Delivering an online presentation can be a very different skill from presenting at a conference with a physical audience present. Here are a few tips and suggestions that I’ve gathered over the last 10+ years of delivering online training.
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This is a simple but powerful technique we can use to encourage students to see things in their 'mind’s eye’. This involves persuading students to close their eyes, concentrate and visualize.
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Creating your own infographic tasks can be time-consuming though, so in this posting, I’m presenting a number of generic ideas that should work with a number of types of infographic.
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One thing that we could do to help change the mindset of students without trying to influence their beliefs and to defuse tensions that may materialize within our classrooms is to stop having classroom debates and start helping students understand how to engage in dialogue.
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One of the most useful questions in any language is ‘Why?’ It’s one of the fundamental metaphysical questions that we spend most of our lives wrestling with and one of the first question words we produce as our […]