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News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants
March 31, 2017                                            Issue #66
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Project News
Project Update
There will be more announcements about the LearnIT2teach Project and the 2017 – 18 fiscal year coming shortly. Meanwhile, we want to reassure our LINC client teachers that the project will continue to provide the Edulinc courseware, and multiple teacher training options for LINC professionals who want to put modern learning technology to work to support better learning and teaching.

Coming This Spring to Edulinc: New Plug-ins
The edulinc site will soon be updated with two new plug-ins, H5P and PoodLL. H5P will provide many new (skill using) activity options. PoodLL will replace the NanoGong Voice recorder plug-in.

PBLA Demo Course Update
The PBLA demo course has been updated with sample skill using and assessment tasks.
 
Web News
Refugee Rights Day: Take Act!on
Refugee Rights Day is celebrated each year in Canada on April 4th. BC TEAL is pleased to offer an EAL Act!on Campaign that starts with you and your learners!  We invite all EAL classrooms (large and small, formal and informal, Public Education, Continuing Education, Post-Secondary Institutions, Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) and International Language Schools) to incorporate our (multi-level) lesson activities ...
https://www.bcteal.org/about/initiatives/refugee-rights-day/

10 Trends That Are Reshaping EdTech
Trend usually implies that something is short term, like a one-hit wonder on the radio, but when we talk about educational technology, these trends are here to not only stay, but grow. While it is hard to choose the most important educational technology trends, we did our best to craft this list of ten. 1. Using a LMS ... 2. Wearable technology ... 3. The Internet of Things ...
http://www.theedadvocate.org/10-trends-that-are-reshaping-edtech/

Mouth-Watering Updates To Nex-Gen Moodle Content Designer H5P
HTML5-based interactive content standard H5P is still very much an “up and coming” technology. But the developers, designers and instructors who discover it quickly adopt it, advocate and contribute because it enhances their teaching experiences and is incredibly easy to use. ...
http://www.moodlenews.com/2017/mouth-watering-updates-to-nex-gen-moodle-content-designer-h5p/

Top 6 eLearning Trends to Watch Out For 2017
... As technologies keep emerging, the year 2017 could be the most disruptive years for eLearning industry. Analysts predict that global e-Learning market is expected to grow at an average of 23% by 2017. ...  Here are the top 6 eLearning trends in 2017 you should know. ...
http://www.swiftelearningservices.com/top-6-elearning-trends-in-2017/

Assiniboine College faces major cut to English language program funding
Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, Man. is facing a massive cut to funding for its English language programming, the college's president says.....
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/assiniboine-community-college-english-funding-1.4005234

The True Price of Freemium Edtech Products
Freemium is a Marketing Strategy. If you can remember that simple piece of information, you will successfully negotiate the use of freemium products in the classroom. The vast majority of companies which create and distribute freemium edtech items are FOR-PROFIT BUSINESSES. They are giving you their software to increase sales....
http://www.thetechedvocate.org/the-true-price-of-freemium-edtech-products/

Ottawa teacher believes in balanced use of cellphones in classrooms
After a Toronto school banned cellphones outright from the classroom, an Ottawa teacher believes educators need to take a more measured approach to the issue in order to teach students about using mobile devices responsibly.  ... says cellphones can be a distraction in the classroom, but if used properly, they can also be an important learning tool to benefit students and teachers. ...
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/cellphone-ban-ottawa-teacher-1.3994307

Blogs
Wow, Hot Potatoes had a Facelift!
Hot Potatoes is a quiz generating software application used to create activities suitable for language learning. Recently, Hot Potatoes has had a facelift. This facelift ensures that learning activities are responsive.  This means that the display is automatically transformed to suit laptop, tablet and mobile phone displays.  The facelift sports a more contemporary interface. ...
http://blog.teslontario.org/wow-hot-potatoes-had-a-facelift/

Aboriginal Lessons
When we’re educating ELLs, how many of us have the opportunity to expose students to Canadian history? ...  It’s common to talk about the government, Confederation, and the iconic symbols of Canada, but I have found that when I create lessons about our Aboriginal history,  it generates so much conversation.  I value the knowledge I have learned, and I share my knowledge as a way to respect all peoples who share this land with one another and to gain insight......
http://blog.teslontario.org/aboriginal-lessons/

The Top 14 Interesting Learning Management Statistics for 2017
Change is coming fast and furious within the online learning industry.  From cloud-based software adoption to video, tablets, and massive online courses, new eLearning innovations have been hard to keep up with.  To help you get a handle on the shape of the online learning market, and prepare for the change ahead, we’ve compiled the top 14 learning management statistics ...
http://blog.capterra.com/the-top-14-interesting-learning-management-statistics-for-2017/

How to Create Engaging Multi-Device Learning
... Let’s look at some tips to consider when creating learning that will be used on multiple devices: Start by thinking about navigation ... Use visually exciting graphics or infographics to help convey your message ...
http://www.ttcinnovations.com/how-to-create-engaging-multi-device-learning/

Jobs
Online English Instructor
Lyngo LLC is looking for enthusiastic English teachers to work online from home with students in Japan. Both native level English speakers and native level Japanese speakers are invited to apply...
https://lyngo.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk04pn

Professional Development
TESOL CALL-IS 2017 Webcast Presentations from the Technology Showcase and Electronic Village
This wiki page provides links to archived webcasts sponsored by TESOL's Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section at last month's TESOL conference.
http://callis2017.pbworks.com/w/page/113230015/TESOL%20CALL-IS%20Webcast%20Presentations%20from%20the%20Technology%20Showcase%20and%20Electronic%20Village%20Fair

Before You Buy: Seven Criteria for Educational Software
If you’re thinking about incorporating new software into your classroom curriculum, it’s important to be sure you pick a program that fits the flow of your teaching style, meets your educational needs, and is adequately accessible for your students. But how do you know if any given software meets all those criteria? Below are questions from the top seven categories to consider before buying new school software. ... 1. User Friendliness ...
http://www.theedadvocate.org/buy-seven-criteria-educational-software/

Met Museum Makes 375,000 Images Free
All images of public-domain artworks in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection — about 375,000 — are now free for anyone to use however they may please.  The museum announced on Tuesday that it had changed its open access policy to allow free, unrestricted use of any images of artworks in the public domain, using the license designation Creative Commons Zero, known as CC0....
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/arts/design/met-museum-makes-375000-images-available-for-free.html?_r=2

e-Resource Corner
Citizenship Counts
Earn badges while you learn about the benefits of Canadian citizenship, how to apply, study for your test, and take online citizenship quizzes.
http://citizenshipcounts.ca/

Dreamreader
Dreamreader offers more than 500 free reading lessons. Lessons provide audio, printable worksheets and a multiple choice quiz.  There are five lesson categories. The “Academic  English” section offers comprehension activities for that are suitable for learners from beginner to advanced.
http://dreamreader.net/
 
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Through funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citzenship Canada, the LearnIT2teach Project provides LINC teachers with online tools and resources and extensive training to help them implement blended learning in their programs. Visit http://learnIT2teach.ca for more information.


 


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