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November 30, 2015                                    Issue #54
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Project News
Edulinc PBLA Demo Course
 Based on a presentation at the TESL Ontario 2015 Annual Conference, the Edulinc PBLA Demo Course is an annotated resource that provides ideas for supporting PBLA with Edulinc. Anyone with an account at learnit2teach.org is able to self-enroll and explore t. Note that this course is under development.

Migration to Moodle 3
Plans are underway to migrate to the newest version of Moodle in the new year. More information to follow.

Web News
Refugees quicker to adapt to Canada than others says ESL teacher
Refugees, like many newcomers to Vancouver, need to learn English quickly if they want to adapt to their new home. But one English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor says many refugees actually do better in his classes than immigrants....
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/refugees-esl-class-1.3338548

The Ever-Growing Ed-Tech Market
Every few months, a new study claims that gadgets in the classroom don’t improve learning—but that hasn’t stopped the educational technology market’s steady upward climb.  The ed-tech market totaled $8.38 billion in the 2012-13 academic year ... That number is up from $7.9 billion the year before, and up 11.7 percent from 2009 ...
http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/11/quantifying-classroom-tech-market/414244/

What will the English language be like in 100 years?
One way of predicting the future is to look back at the past. The global role English plays today as a lingua franca – used as a means of communication by speakers of different languages – has parallels in the Latin of pre-modern Europe. ...
https://theconversation.com/what-will-the-english-language-be-like-in-100-years-50284

Ottawa language training centre gearing up to help Syrians
Life in Canada, in Ottawa, will be an adjustment for the Syrian refugees slated to begin arriving in this country in the coming weeks.  They are arriving from camps, fleeing war.  The work will quickly begin to settle them into some sort of routine. Along with health care and housing, high on that list of priorities for the newcomers will be language training....
http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/ottawa-language-training-centre-gearing-up-to-help-syrians-1.2672789

Blogs
Free Moodle Podcast for November 2015 – All about SCORM in Moodle
In the current month episode of the FreeMoodle podcast, a discussion about SCORM with Dan Marsden, Moodle’s SCORM module maintainer and developer, and all-round SCORM guru and Moodle contributor is captured...
http://www.moodleworld.com/free-moodle-podcast-for-november-2015-all-about-scorm-in-moodle/

The Importance Of Learning Objects In Instructional Design For eLearning
Thinking of your eLearning course in terms of learning objects greatly facilitates both the instructional design and development process .... In this article, I’ll discuss everything you need to know about the use of learning objects in eLearning course design, whatever your instructional design approach may be, and I'll also give 4 top tips on how to design and integrate learning objects...
http://elearningindustry.com/the-importance-of-learning-objects-in-instructional-design-for-elearning

How Classroom Tech Evolves Infographic
Generation Z, also referred to as Digital Natives, represents the first demographic of students to grow up in a hyper-connected and tech savvy classroom. Starting at 2005 and ending in 2025, this graphic will explore how tech implementations change the classroom landscape in a 20-year period.....
http://elearninginfographics.com/classroom-tech-evolves-infographic/

Jobs
Language Instructor (B.C. - S.U.C.C.E.S.S.)
... we are seeking a morning LINC Level 3 instructor that would teach 12 hours per week (9:00-12:00) Monday-Thursday mornings at our Surrey location, focusing on curriculum suitable for a group of students rated at an overall CLB 3 English language ability....
https://www.workbc.ca/JobSeekers/DisplayJobPostingApply.aspx?jobid=263653&from=Search

Professional Development
The LINC Courseware in Blended Learning
This article in the Autumn 2015 issue of the  TESL Ontario Contact magazine looks at the experience of a LINC instructor, Pamela Manson of Algonquin College, who has been using the LINC courseware since 2011.
http://teslontario.net/uploads/publications/contact/ContactFall2015.pdf

Activities for eLearning Classes
You may be thinking, "What could we possibly do in an eLearning environment?!" There are numerous synchronous and asynchronous activities that can be used in the eLearning environment … here you will find activities that can be used to help make your eLearning course more interesting and worthwhile for the participants….
http://twt.wikispaces.com/Activities+for+eLearning+Classes

EdTech in ELT: Utilizing Technology for the Assessment of English Language and Culture Skills
One of the most important aspects of language classrooms is to establish that learners actually master new skills and materials. Therefore, creating, administering, and analyzing assessments is an essential activity for English instructors. Recent professional publications seem to recommend the use of technology for assessments...
http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolc/issues/2015-11-01/index.html

e-Resource Corner
Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals
Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals contains a series of movie segments and activities to assess or practice grammar points through fun, challenging exercises. Here you will find the movie segments, the lesson plans, printable worksheets with answer keys ...
http://moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.ca/
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