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News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants
August 31, 2016                                              Issue #60
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Project News
Moodle 3.1 has Arrived
We are pleased to announce the migration of the Edulinc and LearnIT2teach sites to the newest version of Moodle. To help with the changeover, we have added a video to the front of learnit2teach.org for teachers highlighting what changes they will see. A similar video for learners is displayed on the front of the edulinc.org site.  More information is available here.
http://learnit2teach.ca/wpnew/learnit2teach-upgrades-to-latest-moodle-version/

New Podcasts: PBLA and Edulinc
Two new podcasts, featuring an instructor in New Brunswick who is using PBLA in her blended LINC classes, have been added to the LearnIT2teach podcast channel. Marijke Geurts describes her blended teaching context and then talks about ways of using Edulinc to support PBLA.
http://learnit2teach.podomatic.com
 
Web News
More support needed for Syrian refugees in Toronto, across Canada, says Senate committee
Syrian refugees in Toronto need more help from governments and the public than first thought, settlement workers and some Canadian senators say.  Federal and provincial governments should make new plans, and continue tapping the goodwill of Canadians, to meet needs of those Syrian families ...
http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/6763432-more-support-needed-for-syrian-refugees-in-toronto-across-canada-says-senate-committee/

State-of-the-art education software often doesn’t help students learn more, study finds
Even proponents of educational technology admit that a lot of software sold to schools isn’t very good. But they often highlight the promise of so-called “adaptive learning” software, in which complex algorithms react to how a student answers questions, and tailor instruction to each student. The computer recommends different lessons to different students, based upon what they already know and what they still need to work on. Wonderful in theory, but does it work in practice?...
http://hechingerreport.org/even-high-end-education-software-gets-mixed-results-improved-learning/

Teaching computers to understand non-native English
At the end of July, researchers from the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines at MIT released a major new resource for the study of an often overlooked variety of language: English spoken by non-native speakers. ... It comes in the form of a database called the Treebank of Learner English ... The creators of the Treebank anticipate it will provide a platform for the study of learner English and also make it easier to develop technology like better search engines that supports non-native speakers.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2016/08/23/teaching-computers-understand-non-native-english/jmFOILvjh7LeiCFo79kEzL/story.html

ESL teachers' strike cancels English classes for 600 Vancouver students
Earlier this summer, Lala Bandres quit her job in Mexico to learn English in Canada. She received a three-month student visa, paid about $5,000 in tuition fees and packed her bags for Vancouver.  But the teachers at her school, Vancouver English Centre (VEC), have been on strike since Tuesday. The school is refusing to give her the refund she has asked for. ...
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vec-teachers-strike-1.3707963

Edtech is the next fintech
Fintech is a factor of the fourth industrial revolution that has completely taken the world by storm and forever revolutionized how we bank. ... Enter edtech — 2017’s big, untapped and safe investor opportunity. The education market is big. We’re talking $5-trillion-globally-per-annum big. Yet edtech has been completely overshadowed by other red-hot investment opportunities, not only from the fintech industry, but others. For example, in 2015, more was invested in Uber alone than the entire edtech industry ...
https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/13/edtech-is-the-next-fintech/

Blogs
Ten innovations that have changed English language teaching
English language teaching is evolving all the time, particularly alongside advances in technology. But what changes have had the biggest impact on teachers in recent years? I took the question to my global PLN (personal learning network – see the third point below). Here are what appear to be the top ten innovations for teachers, in no particular order.....
https://www.britishcouncil.org/voices-magazine/ten-innovations-have-changed-english-language-teaching

Overcoming 3 Cultural Barriers To eLearning
Cultural barriers to eLearning are more significant than technology ones. Luckily, I have been able to get Dr. Michael Baron –one of the leading eLearning specialists– to help with our eLearning delivery projects and discuss how to overcome those. ...
https://elearningindustry.com/overcoming-3-cultural-barriers-to-elearning

5 Free Apps to make English Teaching Easier in 2016
... There are now countless apps for students on the market; promising to improve their fluency, make learning fun, and give them 24/7 access to learning tools.  But that’s just the student – what about the teacher?   You also need tools to organise your classes and students, create and share new content, set homework, quizzes and send out grades. We’ve got you covered for a more efficient 2016: a list of the top five multi-platform apps for ESL teachers...
http://www.studycelta.com/blog/5-free-apps-to-make-teaching-easier-in-2016

Jobs
ECC Teaching at Home
We specialize in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) to Japan-based learners using E-Learning tools.  We partner with the largest, private educational institute in Japan  and employ teachers in Canada to connect and help our students realize their dreams of becoming more proficient in and fluent with the English language.
http://www.eccteachingathome.com

Professional Development
How to Change Teacher Resistance in Using Technology into Teacher Resilience
he use of computer technology has had a strong impact on the educational field. Numerous studies have indicated the significant results of technology integration into language learning ... Nevertheless, inserting technological tools into teaching practice doesn't necessarily mean that teachers know how to effectively integrate those tools ...
http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolcallis/issues/2016-08-17/5.html

Creating Moodle Mobile friendly courses
As more and more students access courses from their smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices, it is increasingly important to ensure your courses are mobile-friendly.  Encouraging students to install the official Moodle mobile app is one way to improve their learning experience. Below are some suggestions for optimising your course materials for students both using the app and accessing Moodle from mobile devices. ...
https://docs.moodle.org/31/en/Creating_Moodle_Mobile_friendly_courses

EdTech in ELT: Video Games in EFL and ESL
...Children of all languages and cultures are drawn into the realm of digital realities. Often, adults see games as a leisure activity: the opposite of learning and achieving. Some even see gaming as a waste of time.  But lately, we have been learning more about how games develop skills in users, and about how such skills can be translated into classrooms. In fact, there is evidence that gaming can develop mastery ...
http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolc/issues/2016-07-01/index.html

TWT Webinar: Tools and Websites for Teaching Pronunciation
Lots of teachers struggle when they teach pronunciation. Using a variety of tools and websites can make this process easier and more interesting. As the most important thing for teachers is to help make the learners speech understandable, we present you a collection of interactive games, video and audio recorders, texts, audio (video) files and tongue twisters, that will help your learners improve their skills. ...
http://realizeforum.ca/2015/11/twt-webinar-tools-and-websites-for-teaching-pronunciation/

15 Ways To Use Twitter In Education (For Students And Teachers Alike)
Twitter is a micro blogging portal that proves extremely useful across academic applications. Teachers, students, and parents can benefit greatly of the advantages offered by using Twitter in education. The short tweets can be used to inform students about any changes and to collaboratively work as a great team. ...
https://elearningindustry.com/15-ways-twitter-in-education-students-teachers

The TEFLology Podcast
This site offer a series of podcasts from international experts in language teaching and applied linguistics.
https://teflology-podcast.com/

e-Resource Corner
Moodle Cloud
Moodle for Free ...  For single classes or just trying Moodle out.
https://moodlecloud.com/en/

Bab.la
The bab.la language portal offers dictionary translations, language quizzes & games, vocabulary lessons for learning and much more. bab.la is interactive: Users can enter their own translation, create their own language test or their own vocabulary flashcard set.
http://en.bab.la/

Improve Your English by Practicing Effectively
English learners can improve their ability to use different words by practicing. One way to practice effectively is through repetition – doing something over and over again.  Repetition, however, does not mean repeating a new vocabulary word the same way every time. It means repeating the word while using it in different contexts or situations. ...
http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/improve-english-by-practice/3456166.html
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