“Reminder – Posterous Is Shutting Down – Here’s What To Do Next” by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s latest blog post is titled “Reminder – Posterous Is Shutting Down – Here’s What To Do Next”.

Richard says, “Like many others this morning I received a reminder from Posterous that the service will close on April 30th. If you don’t export your content from Posterous by April 30th it will be gone forever. So if you have anything on a Posterous blog that you want to save, take action now.”

Reminder – Posterous Is Shutting Down – Here’s What To Do Next

Richard Byrne’s Blog

“An Effective Lesson on “Affect” and “Effect”” by Jennifer Lebedev

Jennifer Lebedev’s latest blog post is titled “An Effective Lesson on “Affect” and “Effect””.

Jennifer says, “How do you know when an article lends itself well to a language lesson? I look for engaging topics that will tap into existing knowledge and expand on it. I think about the language contextualized within the text and consider its usefulness for the learners I’m currently working with. Sometimes, I don’t have the opportunity to use an article immediately, but I’ll set it aside along with my thoughts on how to use it. This practice reassures me that I have lesson ideas in reserve.”

An Effective Lesson on “Affect” and “Effect”

Jennifer Lebedev’s Blog

’5 Free Timers to Help You Time Classroom Activities and Break Times’ by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s latest blog post is titled “5 Free Timers to Help You Time Classroom Activities and Break Times”.

Richard says, “One of the challenges of teaching in a block schedule is that some high school and many middle school students struggle to focus for 80 minute, 90 minute, or longer blocks of time. I always try to break up blocks like this into shorter segments with breaks. To prevent breaks from running too long, I always use a timer. I also use timers to time break-out activities. Whenever it is possible to do so, I like to display the timer countdown on a projector or whiteboard so that all of the students can see it. Here are five free timers that you can use for these purposes.”

5 Free Timers to Help You Time Classroom Activities and Break Times

Richard Byrne’s Blog

‘Two Virtual Keyboards for World Languages Students’ by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s  latest blog post is titled “Two Virtual Keyboards for World Languages Students”.

Richard says,  “Lite Type is a virtual keyboard that allows you type and search the web in your choice of 53 different languages. To use Lite Type select a language and begin typing. Lite Type displays a keyboard that shows you what each key on your computer’s keyboard will generate. The keyboard key is displayed directly below the box in which your typed text appears. Lite Type has some other convenient features like integrated search for images, videos, and websites. Lite Type also has an integrated multilingual dictionary.”

Two Virtual Keyboards for World Languages Students

Richard Byrne’s Blog

‘Today we did the 2nd conditional.. pff’ by Willy Cardoso

Willy Cardoso’s latest blog post is titled “Today we did the 2nd conditional.. pff”.

Willy says, “I’ve had ‘one lesson’ (1.5 hours) and ‘one week’ (7.5 hours) for answers – also, it depends on: how many pages the book offers on this grammar point, how many lessons whoever designed the syllabus allocated for this, how many copies of English Grammar in Use there are available in the staff room, and whether the director of studies still allow teachers to base the whole lesson on them.”

Today we did the 2nd conditional.. pff

Willy Cardoso’s Blog

‘A Short Guide to Finding and Using Media on Your Blog – Part 3′ by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s latest blog post is titled “A Short Guide to Finding and Using Media on Your Blog – Part 3″.

Richard says, “There are six different Creative Commons licenses. The least restrictive of which allows you to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon another person’s work, even commercially, as long as you credit that person for their original creation. The most restrictive Creative Commons license allows you only to download a person’s work and share it with others as long as you credit the original creator, but you cannot change them in any way or use them commercially”.

A Short Guide to Finding and Using Media on Your Blog – Part 3

Richard Byrne Blog

 

‘Mix Images and Animation on Your Mobile’ by Nik Peachey

Nik Peachey’s  latest blog post is titled “Mix Images and Animation on Your Mobile”.

Nik says, “A couple of years back I wrote about a really nice web based tool called Xtranormal and since then I’ve heard from so many teachers saying how useful their students have found it, so I was delighted yesterday to find that the same makes had now produced a free mobile / tablet app called Tellagami. The app runs on a mobile device and allows users to add animated speaking characters to a selection of backgrounds or to the users’ own images. You can then either use text to speech to write a script

‘A Short Guide to Mobile Blogging Apps for Students and Teachers’ by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s latest blog post is titled “A Short Guide to Mobile Blogging Apps for Students and Teachers”.

Richard says, “One of the blogging activities that I often suggest in my workshops is having students record and share on-the-spot observations during field trips. To do this your students should have a mobile blogging application on their iOS and Android devices. If your students don’t have iOS or Android devices if they have a mobile device that has a web browser or email client they can post via email to Blogger. Here’s a short run-down of mobile blogging options on the blog platforms that I usually recommend to teachers.”

A Short Guide to Mobile Blogging Apps for Students and Teachers

Richard Byrne’s Blog

 

‘Ideas for Managing Academic Blogs’ by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s  latest blog post is titled “‘Ideas for Managing Academic Blogs”.

Richard says, “Teachers who want students to use blogs to experiment with web design and coding will have to allow each student to maintain his or her own blog. Likewise, if the goal is to have each student showcase work for college or internship applications then each student will need to be the sole author on that blog. Keeping track of all of those blogs is a challenge, but a manageable challenge. One quick management method is to create a spreadsheet of all of your students’ blogs. Another quick management strategy is to create a list of links to the blogs then post that list in a side column on your own blog so that you or anyone else visiting your blog can quickly jump to a student’s blog.”

Ideas for Managing Academic Blogs

Richard Byrne’s Blog

‘British Council Turkey Teacher + Competition” by Jason Price’ by Burcu Akyol

Burcu Akyol’s latest blog post is titled “British Council Turkey Teacher + Competition” by Jason Price”.

Burcu says, “There were tearful scenes on the podium as Ozlem Akin, a state school teacher from the central Anatolian city of Kirsehir, was voted Turkey’s ‘Teacher +’ and walked off with first prize of a trip to the annual IATEFL teachers’ conference in Liverpool this April.”

British Council Turkey Teacher + Competition” by Jason Price

Burcu Akyol’s Blog

‘Google Announces the Closure of Google Reader – Don’t Panic, Use Feedly’ by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s latest blog post is titled ”Google Announces the Closure of Google Reader – Don’t Panic, Use Feedly”.

Richard says, “I like Feedly because I can use it on my Android tablet, on my iPad, my Android phone, on my desktop, and in my Chrome and Firefox browsers. Feedly displays all of my subscriptions in a magazine-like format that makes it easy for me to quickly view 6-8 headlines and images on a page before deciding if I want to click through to the full article. From Feedly I can share articles to Evernote, Twitter, Diigo Powernote (Android), Facebook, and many other services. I can also simply save articles to read later in my Feedly account.”

Google Announces the Closure of Google Reader – Don’t Panic, Use Feedly

Richard Byrne’s Blog

‘MyLinkCloud – The iGoogle Alternative You’ve Been Looking For’ by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s latest blog post is titled “MyLinkCloud – The iGoogle Alternative You’ve Been Looking For”.

Richard says, “MyLinkCloud of note is the option to include search boxes in your start pages. You can include Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube search boxes on your start pages. Normally these features are only unlocked if you invite others to use MyLinkCloud, but if you use the links on this post, MyLinkCloud will waive that requirement for you.”

MyLinkCloud – The iGoogle Alternative You’ve Been Looking For

Richard Byrne’s Blog

‘Crowdsourcing a Talk – A Heady Feeling’ by Naomi Epstein

Naomi Epstein’s latest blog post is titled “Crowdsourcing a Talk – A Heady Feeling”.

Naomi says, “The talk was for “Shema” itinerant teachers. These are qualified teachers who tutor students with a hearing loss in elementary and junior high-school. They teach whatever subject the children  need help with, including English when necessary. But they are not English teachers and most of them aren’t Native Speakers either.”

Crowdsourcing a Talk – A Heady Feeling

Naomi Epstein’s Blog

‘A Map of Nearly 100,000 Historic Places’ by Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s latest blog post is titled “A Map of Nearly 100,000 Historic Places”.

Richard says, “ Historic Places offers a Google Map of nearly 100,000 historic places in North America. Browse the map and click on the placemarks to discover historic sites all over the continent. Or use the search box to look for historic places in a specific area. Clicking on the placemarks in Historic Places will take you to more information about the location of the site and a link to learn more (links not included for all places).”

A Map of Nearly 100,000 Historic Places

Richard Byrne’s Blog

‘Coggle – A Simple Mind-Mapping Tool’ Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne’s blog post is titled “Coggle – A Simple Mind-Mapping Tool”.

Richard says, “To create a Coggle mind map just sign-in with your Google account and click the “+” icon to start your mind map. After entering the main idea of your mind map you can add branches by clicking the “+” icons that appear next to everything you type. To re-arrange elements just click on them and drag them around your screen.”

Coggle – A Simple Mind-Mapping Tool

Richard Byrne

 

 

‘The Education Blob –Tonight at 9 pm ET with John Stossel’ by Lisa Nielsen

Lisa Nielsen’s  blog post is titled “The Education Blob –Tonight at 9 pm ET with John Stossel”.

Lisa says, “On the show we also hear from Stossel’s Special Correspondent, Kennedy and Joe Del Grosso, the head of the Newark, New Jersey Teachers Union. Del Grosso hates for-profit competition and both believe that if parents want quality education opportunities like those found in private schools, then parents need to work to be able to afford such luxuries. For those who don’t there is public school. They both live what they preach. Del Grosso’s mother struggled to provide a private education for him and Kennedy chooses a private Reggio Emilia school for her children.”

The Education Blob –Tonight at 9 pm ET with John Stossel

Lisa Nielsen’s Blog

 

‘The Shambles of CPE: a bit of a rant’ by David petrie

David petrie’s blog post is titled “The Shambles of CPE: a bit of a rant”.

David says, “What went wrong?  Is CPE really such a small market segment that you can ignore the needs of the students and teachers like this?  Are publishers unaware of when the school years of their target markets start?  Again, this is a euro-centric view and school years in other regions start at other times, but I think the first book that arrived on our school doorstep for the revised exam did so in January.  In our case, our preferred supplier also consistently lied to us about the imminent availability of our preferred coursebook, which meant that our students were essentially working with whatever adaptations our increasingly skillful proficiency teacher could come up with.”

The Shambles of CPE: a bit of a rant

David petrie’s Blog

 

 

‘Mentoring – PD in Focus 3′ by Vicky Loras

Vicky Loras’s latest blog post is titled “Mentoring – PD in Focus 3.”

Vicky says, “The role of mentors is so important, regardless of the profession one is in. Especially for us educators, having a mentor and mentoring other teachers can evolve into an amazing and creative relationship.It is as simple as talking to someone about their worries, concerns, interests and guiding them into new paths. New kinds of teaching, new studies even. Be open and help out someone who needs it!.”

Mentoring – PD in Focus 3

Vicky Loras’s Blog

 

 

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