"A California educator who teaches English and social studies to English-language learners recommends several Internet resources that can enhance classroom learning. Some of Larry Ferlazzo's preferred sites include English Raven, a good site for printouts; EFL Teaching Recipes, a site where teachers can share lesson plans; and, EFL Classroom 2.0, a social-networking site for teachers interested in collaborating. Ferlazzo also recommends sites for students. Teacher Magazine (free registration) (09/23)"
ELL teachers can find resources online - Related Stories - Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief:
Todo sobre la Pizarra digital - wikiespecial:
"Todo sobre la Pizarra digital
* Vídeo explicativo de las prestaciones de la pizarra digital
* Pizarra digital: sugerencias de uso didáctico
* Recursos on line para trabajar con la pizarra digital
* Pizarra digital Smart board"
Classroom Management Out of Control, Regain It:
"Stop inappropriate behaviors, increase parental involvement, produce better problem solvers. How about, spend more time teaching? Whether you a new school team player or old school veteran that’s had enough drama for one semester. I might have something that works for you. It’s been a blessing in my life, that’s why I’m paying it forward. Now you can pass it onto those you serve."
Personal Learning Networks | Heads Up English | ESL Lessons:
"A personal learning network represents a group of people who can:
1: Recommend articles, guides, websites, blog entries, experts, and so on. This tops the list because it supports all the following points. With a personal learning network, we automatically have access to the accumulated references and resources of possibly hundreds of people. For each person in our network, they are similarly connected to other people in other networks. Each person is a hub of sorts. And some people may be very active networkers, connecting to and engaging with thousands of people individually. These can be considered mega-hubs.
2: Guide your learning. When we hold conversations with others in our PLN, they provide knowledge and expertise gleaned from articles, websites, blog entries, and personal experience. They've accessed this information more than once, thought about it, tested it, perhaps retested it, and linked it their pre-existing storehouse of knowledge and expertise. They then share the information with us, as well as possibly recommend the articles, websites, etc. In short, they guide our learning."
Free Technology for Teachers: Two Guides for Constructing a PLN:
"One of the most popular posts of the week was the updated version of my blog post Seven Ways to Find Teachers on Twitter. I've heard from a number of people thanking me for the tips included in that guide. But if you're on Twitter and you want to expand your PLN (personal learning network) beyond Twitter, consider trying the tools and tips in my guide How to Build a PLN.
Both of these guides were originally published as Google Docs presentations, but I've also put them on DocStoc for those that would prefer a vertical-scroll presentation. Anyone is welcome to download, reuse, and remix these guides responsibly."
Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day: PrtScr:
"PrtScr is a free screen capture program. Here are some of its features:
* Captures full screen, rectangle selection, freehand selection, or active window
* Can capture mouse cursor
* Allows annotation over capture, with smooth, natural mouse drawing
* Saves capture straight to desktop or to any file, sends it as email, edits, prints or sends to clipboard
* Exports as JPG, BMP, or PNG (transparent or opaque)"
HOW TO: Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day:
"Saturday, September 19th is the date of a rather unique holiday made possible largely by the internets. Pirate enthusiasts around the globe will be celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day in various ways, but the unifying theme is to shiver up your timbers and adopt some pirate language, me hearties!"
10 Best Plugins To Get More Comments | Pro Blog Design:
"Comments are one of the most important aspects of blogging, and something that all bloggers appreciate. And yet, comment areas are a typically boring affair.
By making commenting a more enjoyable experience, you will encourage more commenters to return to your blog to check up on previous comments, and to leave new ones."
How to Organize a High School Teacher's Notebook | eHow.com:
"Organize a notebook to keep all the materials important to your classroom and be the most organized teacher on campus. Everyone will be jealous that you can carry one notebook with all your stuff to parent conferences, to department planning sessions, or even to the faculty meeting to work when no one is looking. Read on to learn how to organize a high school teacher's notebook."
"Just reading the latest article on the Microsoft Schools blog, that details the following:
8.5 metres: The minimum cell space allocation for each prisoner to avoid torture or degrading treatment, as recommended by the Council of Europe “European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment”.
4 metres: The teaching space allocation for a secondary school pupil, according to BB98 (the non-statutory guidance used for school design), based on a 1,000 pupil school. The space allocation extends to a lavish 6m2 in total if you include all teaching, meeting, social and staff space (like the staffroom!)"
TheEngTeacher: Tooble.tv: 5 High School Students Stick It to the Man with Online Video Downloader:
"This post is part of our ReadWriteStart channel, which is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs. The channel is sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark.
So, Sony BMG doesn't want you to embed that AC/DC concert footage in your blog or grab the audio from that footage as an MP3? They'd probably have a fit if if you stored that footage as an MP4 on your computer and distributed it wherever you liked or - worse yet - remixed it to your heart's content.
Thanks to Tooble.tv, a fascinating tool that plays footsie with all kinds of copyright law, you can do all of the above and more. Only high school students would have the audacity (or sheer naivete) to pull off a stunt like this.
That's right: Tooble was developed by five high school students in Wallingford, Connecticut. We applaud their ingenuity and hope for their continued success, but we are rightfully concerned about the potential uses and the future of this product."
It's quite economical / economic to recycle:
"Which adjective is correct in the title? Many adjectives end in either '-ic' or '-ical'. This guide to these adjectives also discusses some of the most common adjectives that end in both '-ic' and '-ical' and the differences in usage."
Colloquial Pair Phrases:
"Here is an advanced level quiz focusing on colloquial pair phrases such as 'by and large', 'ins and outs', 'bits and bobs' etc. common to English. If you can get a perfect score on this quiz, your English is probably fluent!"
TeachersFirst: The web resource by teachers, for teachers:
"TeachersFirst is a rich collection of lessons, units, and web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering just what they need in a practical, user-friendly, and ad-free format. We offer our own professional and classroom-ready content along with thousands of reviewed web resources, including practical ideas for classroom use and safe classroom use of Web 2.0. Busy teachers, parents, and students can find resources using our subject/grade level search, keyword search, or extensive menus."
Microblogging in the Classroom « From Mr. “A” to Mr. “Z”:
"I believe microblogging tools can be powerful tools to share ideas and content with students. I also believe they give us a new method for assessing student learning. Sharing your thoughts in 140 characters requires communication with precision and clarity. I have talked with one teacher who has used a microblogging tool in his classroom, and he shared that the benefits far outweighed the detriments. I really want to use many of the tools I have learned about, but it sometimes seems an uphill battle to use them as many people fear the negative repercussions of implementing these tools in a middle school classroom. I can see why many teachers simply give up when it comes to using new tech. It seems so much easier to simply maintain the status quo. Anyone out there have any similar experiences?"
Practica inglés en tu tiempo libre | Educa con TIC:
"Para poder mejorar en un idioma es necesario practicar de un modo continuo el mismo, bien sea leyendo, estudiando, realizando ejercicios, escuchando... Independientemente del nivel de estudios que hayamos alcanzado, la competencia comunicativa dentro de un idioma no sólo debe adquirirse, sino que es necesario mantenerla con práctica."
Five Tips for Helping Students Become Better Bloggers | BlogWalker:
"#1. Provide students with examples. Chances are blogging has not yet been presented to them as its own genre. In order for them to become thoughtful, effective bloggers, they’ll need to see samples from other student bloggers. For elementary age bloggers, I recommend they spend some time reading student work posted to Brian Crosby’s class blog and Mark Ahlness’s class blog. Be sure to checkout Mark’s strategy of having blog reading as part of his SSR program.
#2. Include reflection and self-evaluation as part of the blogging process. I really like the templates for reflecting on posts and reflecting on comments posted by the Rotorua East Lakes Learning Community. While I think students should certainly be allotted a number of “me too” or “that’s cool” comments, they should also be held accountable for a minimum number of self-selected “best” posts or comments."