How Classroom Furniture Has Evolved in the Last Decade

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Since 2007, flexible and collaborative learning spaces have been on the rise. Classroom Collaboration Personalized Learning

Exploiting two computer-based RPGs

Nik Peachey

In this article I’d like to look at how we could use two computer based RPGs (Role playing games) as the basis for language development. The two RPGs that I’m suggesting you use are both very similar and very different.

Looking at There.com

Nik Peachey

For a while now I’ve been a fan of the virtual 3D world There.com.

Make you own animated movies

Nik Peachey

D- film is a really useful website that has been around for a few years now. The site makes it very easy to create short animated movies with colourful characters and cartoon style dialogue in bubbles. (Be

3B Village 3D browser

Nik Peachey

I spotted 3B Village about a year ago and initially I was impressed, but some recent developments have, I feel, put this on the map as a really useful educational tool. What is 3B Village? 3B Village is an amazing cross between a 3D virtual chat room and a web browser. Using the free software you can visit or create your own 3D rooms which have walls lined with webpages that you can click on to visit.

Machinima with Moviestorm

Nik Peachey

I recently came across a very impressive piece of software for making Machinima. It’s still in Beta at the moment, and it’s free, so I’ve spent a bit of time looking at it and seeing how it works. For those of you who don’t know, machinima is a form of animated cinema, which is produced in computer games or virtual worlds. In some case the animated characters are ‘played’ by avatars and in others the characters are figures within a virtual world which are controlled by a ‘producer’.

Teacher Training Videos

Nik Peachey

Over the last few weeks I’ve been exploring some of the content on Russell Stannard’s [link] website. The videos aren’t pedagogical type classroom videos of teachers working with students, as you might at first assume from the title, but are video tutorials which show how to use various software and websites to develop your teaching. What’s on the site The site is aimed at ELT teachers who are interested in developing their technology skills for teaching purposes.

Creating an interactive cloze text

Nik Peachey

This is the second part in a series of tutorials based around using word processors to create interactive and multimedia materials. This tutorial looks at how you can use a word processor to create a close text - also known as a 'gap fill'- that users can interact with on their computer. This is quite a common type of activity that we use in the classroom. The students usually do it in a book and then the teacher tells them the answers.

Phonology can be fun and free

Nik Peachey

Phonetics Focus is a really wonderful new free resource produced by Cambridge English Online Ltd. Basically it is a collection of interactive multimedia Flash based games and resources that can be accessed through the CEO website at [link] What is it? In all there are almost 20 different interactive tools all accessible through the one page.

Materials design for Virtual Worlds

Nik Peachey

I was recently lucky enough to be invited to give a presentation on course and materials design for Second Life at the SLanguages 2007 virtual conference (June 23rd 2007) which took place on the Edunation Island in Second life. The conference itself was a fascinating event and the experience of presenting a conference paper within a virtual world to an audience of avatars was certainly a new and novel one for me.

Creating a mobile phone website

Nik Peachey

With the growth in interest in mobile and handheld learning, I thought I’d investigate one of the many new Web 2.0 type start ups that are offering free (at the moment at least) services for setting up websites and web based communities to be accessed on mobile phones and other mobile devices. The one I’ve started with is a service called Winksite.

MS Word tutorial 1: Adding ‘comments’

Nik Peachey

This is the first in what I hope will become a series of tutorials on exploiting the teaching / learning potential of some of the more common desktop applications like MS Word. Like many people I’m a regular user of this application and it’s probably the one I use most, with the exception of my web browser. Despite the amount of time I have spent using it, I’m often surprised to discover another useful toolbar or technique that I can use to make life easier or my teaching more effective.

Interactive presentations

Nik Peachey

I’ve just been looking at a really interesting on line tool called Voicethread. What's Voicethread? Voice thread enables users to create online presentations using their own images. It also allows the creator to add audio or written text to the images and give access to other people to leave audio or text comments on the presentation. This is a really nice way of creating presentations that can interact and create dialogue with an online audience. Here’s a couple that I’ve created.

Subtitling your video clips

Nik Peachey

I’ve just been looking at a really excellent Beta site called Dot Sub The site is an interesting adaptation of the Youtube model. People can upload videos (up to 300Mb) and share them among limited groups or with everyone. What’s really interesting though about Dot Sub is that it is aimed at subtitling and translation for people with hearing problems. The video tool allows you to input subtitles beneath the clip. These can either be translations or transcriptions.

Teaching English in Second Life

Nik Peachey

Over the past few weeks I've been pretty busy teaching my first English students on a Business English course I have been developing for Second Life. The experience has been pretty daunting with myself and the students having to come to terms with the complexities of the user interface and I have felt at times that my fifteen years of 'real world' classroom experience and the subconscious habits and reflexes that I developed over that period have totally deserted me.

Voice in Second Life

Nik Peachey

Over the last couple of weeks I've been trying out the new voice client for Second Life and despite a few remaining bugs with voice groupings it seems to work pretty well. It is sensitive to distance and location! If you turn around while someone is speaking to you, it really does sound like they are behind you etc.

Developing screencast tutorials

Nik Peachey

There's a very handy web based tool called Screencast-o-matic that I've just spotted. If you go to the website and simply click on 'Create' you should be able to record and make movies of your on screen activity. This isn't anything new as there are quite a few software tools that you can either buy or download to do this, but what's good about this tool as that it all works through the web page and also allows you to create an account and save your screencasts online.

Exam Practice

Nik Peachey

I’ve just been doing some writing work for a really useful site called Exam English. The site specialises in providing information and free practice materials for a variety of English language exams including IELTS, TOEFL and the range of Cambridge exams. The practice materials are mostly Flash based and are interactive. They test a range of skills and grammar, and you get the results at the end as well as the chance to review your answers.

Creating an Online Classroom

Nik Peachey

The Nicenet Classroom Assistant is a really useful tool which enables teachers to very quickly and simply create their own virtual learning environment. I’ve been using this with various classes and groups of teachers for the last 7 or 8 years and it has remained reliable, stable, safe and free. Features The VLE it creates has a number of useful features.

Pronunciation videos

Nik Peachey

This is a useful site if you are teaching pronunciation. Though it could take some time to load the first time you use it. There is a phonemic chart which has small audio clips of the phonemes along with video clips that show the mouth movements as the sounds are made. (Be Be warned, this is quite a big file) Open pronunciation chart You simply click on the mouth and then watch and listen.

Creating audio-visual monologues

Nik Peachey

Flipz TV is a really useful piece of free software for creating entertaining audio-visual materials. The software enables you to record your own audio monologues and lip-sync them with a choice of animated talking heads. It then turns them into small Flash files which can be run in a web browser. These can be put on the Internet, run form your computer desktop, or the Flash files can even be delivered to mobile phones. Here’s an example that I created using a Sonnet (130) by William Shakespeare.

BBC online media training

Nik Peachey

I’ ve just seen that the BBC has released a lot of its own internal staff training courses and made them available free online at: [link] What's on the site? I’ ve had a look through the courses and they really are good, especially if you want to work with audio for podcasts or video for projects. Some of them are very short, so even if you only have 10 – 15 mins to spare you can still get some development from them.

UNICEF: Top 10 Cartoons for Children’s Rights

Nik Peachey

This is a site I spotted a while back and was really impressed by. UNICEF are creating lots of rich media to get their message across and the whole of the site is worth exploring if you are looking for materials to help you tackle some more controversial issues. What's on the site? This is one page I found really useful. On this page you can find 10 really useful short video cartoons which depict the various rights of children.

TeacherTube

Nik Peachey

I've just been having a look at TeacherTube , the new video sharing website designed specifically for teachers. I think this is a potentially really useful resource. It enables teachers to upload and share videos, either publicly, with anyone who visits the site or privately in 'groups'. The groups feature enables you to limit who can see your videos and could be really useful if you only wanted to share specific videos with your students.

Sitemap

Nik Peachey

Archive. 3 Tools for Exploiting the Wifi During Presentations 3D Computer Games with Young Learners: Spore Creating Social Polls and Questionnaires Using Urtak A Tick List of 21st Century Digital Skills for Teachers Cropping YouTube Videos to Create Activities 10 Teacher Development Task for Web 2.0

Lockheed Martin Gives $800,000 to Denver Public Schools to Expand STEM

The Journal

Since 2007, Lockheed Martin has committed $6 million to expand Project Lead the Way programs in school districts nationally Lockheed Martin is investing $800,000 in Denver Public Schools (DPS) to expand STEM programming and education.

10 Emerging Technology Predictions That Were Ridiculously, Famously Wrong

EmergingEdTech

– Steve Balmer, Microsoft CEO, April, 2007 We Consistently Over-Estimate the Impact of Technology in the Short run, and Under-Estimate its Long Term Impact As I prepare for a plenary speech at.

A Look Back: All My Favorite Posts From The Past Eleven Years In One Place!

Larry Ferlazzo

So, here they are – links to my choices for the best posts I’ve ever written: A Look Back: Best Posts From 2007 To 2009 . I’ve written a lot of posts on this blog over the past eleven years, and I know visiting here can sometimes be overwhelming to readers.

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PBL, Special Needs, and the Secondary Classroom

P21 Blogazine

MNTHS) in Manor, TX is a Project Based Learning (PBL) public school that first opened in August 2007. Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 3. Driving Question: How can we secondary teachers design PBL instruction so that ALL learners succeed? Manor!New!Tech!High!School!(MNTHS) School!(MNTHS)

As college costs rise, so do the number of administrators

The Hechinger Report

The number of executive, administrative and managerial employees on university campuses nationwide continued its relentless rise right through the recession, up by a collective 15 percent between 2007 and 2014, federal data show.

How Lifelong Readers Are Helping Communities Thrive

Digital Promise

Atwell 2007. Atwell 2007. It’s a well-known fact: A child who develops a love of books and reading will recognize a lifetime of benefits. 1-4, 25-26) While children who visit the library to immerse in their favorite books may not realize it at the time, they’re building the skill of thoughtful reading—the foundation of critical thinking, academic success, and, eventually, a happy and productive adult life. (1,

Beneath the facade.

Learning with 'e's

Evidence from a number of sources has indicated that our conceptions of knowledge are indeed changing and that new and emerging technologies have a key role in the process (Guy, 2004; Lankshear and Knobel, 2006; Kop, 2007; Kress, 2009).

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ISTE "unplugged" - 10th Anniversary! Dates are set.

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Hack Education , the flagship unconference (it all started with EduBloggerCon in Atlanta in 2007), will be all day Saturday, June 25th, with our regular party afterwards (thanks to Promethean again)! 2016 ISTEunplugged plans starting to shape up. Our 10th year! We'll update [link] shortly as the details start getting coordinated.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

This change remained in appropriations language from FY 2007 through FY 2011. FY 2007 $273,100,000 (President Bush’s request: $0). Effectiveness of Reading and Mathematics Software Products: Findings from the First Student Cohort (Mathematica Policy Research, 2007).

A Look Back: I Knew Encouraging Oral Reading Fluency Was Important, But I Didn’t Realize It Was This Important….

Larry Ferlazzo

You might also be interested in: A Look Back: Best Posts From 2007 To 2009 . Over the next few days, I’ll be taking a break now-and-then from blogging to both take some R & R and to finish-up some more extended writing projects.

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Are our definitions of ‘college readiness’ too high?

Dangerously Irrelevant

For the record, the 6-year graduation rate in 2013 for first-time, full-time undergraduate students who began at a 4-year postsecondary institution in fall 2007 was 59%.

Mind-Body Math: Manipulatives in the Digital Age [Infographic]

MIND Research Institute

2007). The mind-body connection is widely accepted in health and wellness, inspiring people to practice yoga or meditation, and for competitive athletes to seek sports psychologists. But what role does the mind-body connection play in the math classroom?

A Look Back: My British Council Post Shares Four Ways To Give ELLs Feedback On Their Writing

Larry Ferlazzo

You might also be interested in: A Look Back: Best Posts From 2007 To 2009 . Over the next few days, I’ll be taking a break now-and-then from blogging to both take some R & R and to finish-up some more extended writing projects.

Theories for the digital age: Paragogy

Learning with 'e's

The user generated content currently available on the web has been criticised for its inconsistent quality (Carr, 2010) and its potential to encourage plagiarism, piracy and a host of other nefarious practices (Keen, 2007). 2007) University of Google: Education in the (Post) Information Age.

Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

Philipp Schmidt (2007) provide an excellent comparison of how Education 1.0 Rarely do the results of those activities contribute back to the information resources that students consume in carrying them out (Keats & Schmidt, 2007, para. 2007).