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Category: Tech Tools & Pedagogy Series

Teacher training and Development

Xtranormal has become Nawmal

<![CDATA[ Bringing the glad tidings that my favourite animation tool seems to be coming back! Xtranormal was a hugely popular video making tool with hundreds of teachers making videos for free, choosing characters, scenes, camera angles and really achieving a very professional looking outcome. Until they went bust. Despite its popularity, Xtranormal was not able to…
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Is it Free?

<![CDATA[I very often talk to teachers about online apps and great new tools and the standard question always is: "Is it free?'" And of course it's natural for teachers – who are amongst the world's worst paid people for the amount and quality of the work they have to do – to look for free…
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CELTA and Technology – With or Without it?

<![CDATA[ Giulia Forsythe via Compfight In a recent end-of-course evaluation report,  one of our CELTA candidates suggested (complained is perhaps a better word) that her expectations of a higher grade on the CELTA course were not fulfilled because she did not know how to use technology. Had she not been encouraged to use it (by her tutor),…
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Digital Storytelling for Younger & Older Learners

<![CDATA[ Digital Storytelling & Young Learners  Picture this: …a teacher holding up her laptop or tablet and a circle of children listening to her and following the digital images of her imagination, completely absorbed in the world she has been weaving for them through her narration. Now Picture this: …a teacher holding up a book…
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Why do I blog?

<![CDATA[I recently used the same idea which I wrote about when this blog turned one year old, but here I am reposting it, as I simplified it to make it more accessible to teachers and learners new to blogging.  A variation of this post for learners of English was also posted at My English Club…
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From Curation to Creation

<![CDATA[ EP5ZXSFC7FFB   From Curation to Creation   by Marisa Constantinides –  @Marisa_C Information overload In the last few years, and particularly through the increased use of social networks which have made information dissemination so instant and easy, we have become increasingly exposed to a constant flow (or even overflow) of information never before experienced by humankind.…
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#ELTchat at the ELTons Awards

<![CDATA[ ELTons Awards Nomination News May 23, 2012   Innovation in Teacher Resources We are very proud, pleased and honoured to be shortlisted in the nominations for an ELTons award, “the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in the field of English language teaching (ELT).” For a whole week my blogs will be celebrating the ELTons  award nomination and shortlisting of the #ELTchat  website  and #ELTchat, a weekly online discussion…
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Stop, Thief! How To Deter People From Copying Your Blog Content

<![CDATA[ The discussion started on this blog with my “Dear Plagiarist” post, continued, rather heatedly, on Facebook, then was picked up by  Sue Lyon Jones’ article on plagiarism on Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto’s Teaching Village blog where she explained some of the basics of the law related to this issue. Today, Sue picks up the topic again and…
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Dear Plagiarist

<![CDATA[Sue Lyon Jones, alias @esolcourses, who maintains a free website for learning English called ESOL Courses, Free Lessons Online,  put up the following status update on Facebook which touches upon this important subject. Read the update and Lindsay Clanfield’s (@lclanfield) story which follows. Lindsay’s story is sweet vindication of what plagues our profession – a…
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Making a Machinima in Second Life – in 19 Steps

<![CDATA[For the next few weeks I will be working and helping moderate the MachinEVO course in Second Life, one of the TESOL EVO courses. We are all hoping to learn how to record Second Life and to create recordings which will be useful to our language learners. There are already more than 110 participants on…
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