20 WebCam Activities for EFL ESL Students

Nik Peachey

Back in November 2008 I published Part 1 of a series of articles intended to explore the use of WebCams in education. I have now finally got round to writing Part 2 which is a collection of 20 activities EFL ESL teachers can do with their students. Here are some links to useful free video communication tools that you could use for these activities. MailVu is a simple to use app which runs in the browser and enables students to record a short message which can be sent by email.

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Summative? Formative? I Just Wanna Know What My Kids Don't.

The Web20Classroom

I was once a young teacher, fresh out of college, bright eyed and bushy tailed, full of great ideas. There were all these things I wanted to try with my kids, new ways of teaching and figuring out I was doing the best job possible. Then reality. My teaching was stuffed into a box and I was told that the only way to understand what my kids were learning was through testing. Standardized Testing. Data, data, data.I was confused.

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Google-Proof Questioning: A New Use for Bloom's Taxonomy

The Electric Educator

The internet has revolutionized information collection. The answer to virtually any question or problem is at our fingertips. Google has made this possible. While I am a great admirer of Google and an avid user of its products, in a way, Google has made my life as a teacher a LOT more difficult. Let me explain. In the "old days" (that would be pre-internet) when a teacher assigned a worksheet with a series of questions on it students had a few options to get the answers. Ask mom.

Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter


The Personal Learning Network (PLN) that I''ve built on Twitter over the past couple of months has become an amazing resource for learning about what''s going on in the educational technology world. I was excited when I had an opportunity last week to present using Twitter as a tool for personal learning to some of my colleagues.

Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

Connecting 2 the World: Learning Theories: In support of Connectivism

Connecting 2 the World

skip to main | skip to sidebar Connecting 2 the World Connecting ideas, cultures, and disciplines Wednesday, January 7, 2009 Learning Theories: In support of Connectivism I was first introduced to the idea of Connectivism through an online conference hosted by George Sieman s group at the University of Manitoba. Over the last 2 years, my thoughts have changed, (as have Georges and others)as the theory evolves.

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Kids Teach Kids with Mathcasting

The Innovative Educator

At the Building Learning Communities Conference in Boston this week, I had the opportunity to meet an impressive teacher and two of his students who are engaged in exciting work involving kids who are psyched about math because they get to teach other kids how to get smarter. Eric Marcos is a middle school teacher who had created a video using Jing to help a struggling student understand a math concept.

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Caledon Oxbridge University in Second Life

The Daring Librarian

from the Caledon Oxbridge University Wiki : "Caledon Oxbridge was originally founded as a collaboration between NCI and the Independent State of Caledon. It provides a complete Second Life tutorial for new residents.

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En masse, online

Learning with 'e's

This post is a continuation of Wednesday's post entitled: Virtual Clans Still other virtual clans are emerging from the cultures surrounding online leisure activities such as massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), strategy games and transnational special interest groups that meet en masse, online.

What Is A Great Teacher?

The Web20Classroom

What makes a good teacher? Is there a distinction between a good teacher and a great teacher? What skills do teachers in the classroom, right now, need to posses? Last night on #edchat, participants tried to determine what skills, traits, or characteristics were necessary for "21st Century Educators." Here is what people were saying: Enthusiasm, dedication, compassion, ability to think on your feet. Tech is not a requirement, but helps students learn through a modality they are familiar with.

The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

The Essential Tools For The Connected Teacher-Part 4

The Web20Classroom

Over the past 3 weeks we have examined the tools that I think are essential for the connected teacher. So far we have looked at Tools For Communication , Tools For Student Collaboration and Tools for Professional Collaboration. To wrap things up we are going to take a look at 4 tools for you to use, with students to create. First, a video. Why do students need to create? Can''t they just sit and be lectured to and take a test? Hum.see what they have to say.

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The PLN Is Powerful.

The Web20Classroom

I have had the opportunity lately to do a lot of talking about the power of Professional Learning Networks (PLN''s, or you might know it as Personal Learning Community, PLC, also.) to some of my teachers and to teachers around the country. For part of my talks I asked my PLN on Twitter this question: I really wanted to hear stories of change. I wanted to be able to share with other teacher successes, in 140 characters of how the PLN makes us better educators.

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The Most Popular Post in 2009.

The Web20Classroom

What a year it has been! As 2009 comes to a close I wanted to take a look back and see what post did people visit the most. Surprisingly it was a recent one. Each week after an Edchat (held on Twitter each Tuesday at 7pm EST) I do a post where I attempt to summarize the discussion and add some thoughts of my own. On Nov 18 we discussed how to motivate teachers to use more technology in the classroom. So here, in all it''s glory (or lack there of) is the most popular post of 2009 on my blog.

Start The New Year Off Right With The Essential Tools For Educators

The Web20Classroom

Recently I have been reflecting on the year and writing about some things to consider for next year like a few Google Tools or , as in yesterday''s post, Applications that will break out next year. Today I just want to highlight a 4-part series I did back in Late October/Early November on The Essential Tools For The Connected Teacher. There are some tools that educators need to embrace and learn how to use both in and out of the classroom.

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Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

Web 2.0 Tools That Will Break Through Next Year, With Your Help

The Web20Classroom

Social Media and Web 2.0 Tools made huge inroads in education this year. From the Twitter explosion to Animoto to Google Apps there were several success stories of various tools making their way into the classroom for learning. But I think the trend will only continue. I predict that there will be further growth of several tools over the next year. While none of these are new, they might only be known in small circles of teachers or educational/instructional technologists.

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New Posted Resources 12/23/2009

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Google Tools For The New Year

The Web20Classroom

Everyone has got one. A Year in Review. Whether its for the top news stories of the year , or top gadgets of the yea r or even the top apologies of the year these lists are everywhere. Why look back when we can look forward? This was a huge year for Google. From the acquisition of Etherpad , to the unveiling of the Google Phone to the biggest news of the year, Wave , Google is always looking to innovate and change the way we access information.

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Winner of the Smart Software Contest Announced

The Web20Classroom

A while back I had the chance to give away over $1400 in Smartech Software. The competition was stiff and the decision was tough. Dustin Carson from Mt. Pleasant Elementary in Ontario, Canada submitted a great video on how his students use Smart Products everyday. Congratulations to Dustin and to all that entered! SmartBoard. Smarttech

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

Edublog Award Thank You!

The Web20Classroom

Last night was the Edublog Awards Ceremony. It was a wonderful experience to join Steve Hargadon, Sue Waters, and everyone else in Elluminate to hear the winners announced. There were so many awesome blogs, Tweeps, social networking services, audio and video sites that were nominated. If you have not already, head over to the Awards Site and check out all the nominees. You are bound to find some really awesome things!

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New Posted Resources 12/17/2009

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New Posted Resources 12/16/2009

The Web20Classroom

85+ Resources: Educator Guide for Integrating Social Media « emergent by design tags : socialmedia , favorite Twitter in the Classroom: Studies Find Increased Student Engagement tags : Twitter , favorite 50 Web Applications for Teachers tags : web2.0 , favorite Using Wordle in the classroom (1 of 2) tags : wordle , favorite Cell Size and Scale tags : biology , favorite 5 Easy Steps to Stay Safe (and Private!) on Facebook - NYTimes.com tags : Facebook , favorite Posted from Diigo.

New Posted Resources 12/15/2009

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White Paper: Enabling digital creativity with Augmented Reality in K12 education

We have conducted 2 research projects on teaching with AR. This research has been conducted with the UiO and the UiS. The resulting white paper is an in-depth look at the state of creative learning through the use of 3D modeling and exploration in AR.

A Common Sense Approach To Internet Safety

The Web20Classroom

As educators, no matter our title, we are all responsible for teaching kids about the right and wrong ways to use the vast resource known as The Internet. Google and Common Sense Media make that job a little easier with the video I have embedded below. I like that there are 3 audiences. First, telling parents they need to be involved and know what their kids are doing online and limiting the amount of time they spend online.

It's Great And All, But What About My Privacy?

The Web20Classroom

One of Google''s core missions is to catalog and categorize the world''s knowledge. They are well on their way with their in-depth search products, real-time search , book search , product search and more. But now they want to make it easier for anyone with a camera and a cellphone to know more about, well, whatever is around them. Introducing Google Goggles. In short, you take a picture of an object and the program returns search results. Want to know more about a restaurant?

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New Posted Resources 12/12/2009

The Web20Classroom

edbuzz.org » Using Facebook to Improve School Communication tags : Facebook , favorite Technology Integration for Teachers - Home tags : web , 2.0 , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

New Posted Resources 12/10/2009

The Web20Classroom

Digitally Speaking / Various Digital Tools and Tricks tags : web , 2.0 , resources , favorite OMG! Teachers say texting can be good for teens - CharlotteObserver.com tags : texting , favorite edchat / 12-8-2009 - 7 PM EST - Balancing need for learning vs security and safety tags : edchat , favorite NETS Implementation - Videos of NETS•S in Action tags : ISTE , Nets , standards , videos , favorite 4Kids.org TechKNOWLEDGEy!

Why Genentech Is Transforming the Employee Experience for Mental Health Leave

Speaker: Deborah Olson, Lead Strategist, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group & Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Medical Director, Lyra Health

Employees with the greatest mental health needs often find themselves navigating a complex disability system. Streamlining their mental health leave and recovery time leads to an overall more productive workforce. In this Lyra webinar, hear how Genentech is changing the employee experience to provide fast access to care for members who are suffering from severe mental health needs.

The 2009 Edublog Awards-Vote Now!

The Web20Classroom

Yesterday the official nominations for the 2009 Edublog Awards were announced. I was both honored and very humbled that I had been nominated for Twitter User of the Year and that this blog was nominated for both Teacher Blog of the Year and Tech Support Blog of the Year. There are some amazing educators and blogs on not just these, but all the lists of nominations. It is going to be really tough to choose just one!

Who Is The Enemy?

The Web20Classroom

Picture it.you have discovered the latest and greatest tool/application to use with your kids. You spend hours at home learning, reading, practicing, getting things right to introduce it the next day in class. The morning comes. On your drive to school you imagine the possibilities. You think about the wonderful learning experience that you are about to create. The kids come in. They see your excitement. And then disappointment. Blocked!

New Posted Resources 12/08/2009

The Web20Classroom

Huge List of 125 Google Wave Robots – Add Bots and Enjoy Wave tags : googlewave , favorite CSI Twitter- Crime Scene Investigation by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano tags : PLN , Power , favorite Teach history with these comic collections tags : history , comics , favorite The Education Podcast Network | A Landmark Project tags : podcasting , podcasts , education , favorite Google Earth Tutorials tags : googleearth , tutorials , favorite Webquests tags : webquests , favorite Posted from Diigo.