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Enhanced Learning Experiences

To provide enhanced learning experiences, it is important to remember these points:

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Technology tools need to be tested and trialed first before students become frustrated – in this summit it was made clear teachers had set up the technology and supported student use throughout
Collaboration means being able to ‘get on’ with others – so although there may be disagreements between cross-school teams, the goal is to problem solve and come to a mutual understanding – we all need these skills in today’s world!
Student-centred, inquiry-based learning is key to successful sharing and the better understanding of global partners here.

Classroom Odyssey

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Quick announcement: I’ll be presenting, along with Susan Gay Hyatt, my Blue Planet co-director, at the 8th annual Global Education Conference, a worldwide online event for educators and others interested in the world of benefits that global education can provide to students.

Join us–for free!–on Wednesday, November 15 at 2pm EST to hear us answer the burning question:

What’s a Crankie??

We’ll be showcasing a Crankie project that Blue Planet carried out between a school in South Florida and one in Shanghai, China, and teaching you how you can create a similar project in your own classroom. The presentation will be great for

  • Language arts teachers
  • Fine arts teachers
  • Social studies teachers
  • World language teachers
  • Teaching Artists
  • Cultural Educators

Attendance, which is completely online, is free. Go to the Conference schedule page here for information on how to join us and the other presenters for this fantastic conference!

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Muhammet Kahraman – Today I Will Not Die

Picpicture-12Turgay Evren’s ESL

Today I will not die is a song of hope written for Syrian refugee kids and all children of war in the world.

Lyrics: Turgay Evren
Melody: Muhammet Kahraman
Arrangement: Emre Moğulkoç

Songs are being used in the USA schools

Today I will not die is a song of hope written for Syrian refugee kids and all children of war in the world.

Today I will not die
Today my land is Turkey

Dreams were my home
The jets hijacked
Green was my land
Before the sunset, I will not give up
I will leave behind
Blood and death
My orphan heart is my best friend
My smile sets my path

We are the children of heaven
Our love will beat all the weapons
We are the roses of all seasons
Compassion will conquer all the vengeance
We are all brothers and sisters
We deserve the world much better

Today I will not complain
Today I will be content
Today I got no space for pain
Hope will spread to every tent

My toys are bombs
Raining from the skies
Human rights are a song
Composed of white lies
My soul will not starve
Hope will not drown
In the sea of blame
My heart will not go lame
My innocence will rise again

Dreams were my home
The jets hijacked

Green was my land
Before the sunset
I will not give up
I will leave behind
Blood and death
My orphan heart is my best friend
My smile sets my path

We are the children of the heaven
Our love will beat all the weapons
We are the roses of all seasons
Compassion will conquer all the vengeance
We are all brothers and sisters
We deserve the world much better

 

Outside in: bringing new technology perspectives to ELT

Presenter(s):
Geoff stead
Donald Clark
Paul Driver
Yvonne Rogers
Session details:

They talked  a lot about technology in ELT. A panel of technology experts, bringing experiences from outside the ELT world,  discussed trends such as machine translation, artificial intelligence, chatbots and future workplaces. Their perspectives should challenge our current thinking, and help us consider future possibilities.

IATEFL Online Conference in Glasgow, 2017

We were listening to the experts describing their experiences  with teaching English using new technologies.

The listeners asked questions such as;

  • What does exactly technology bring to our English teaching?
  • Can technology substitute  the teachers?
  • Do we have to be the digital teachers?
  • Will technology improve the education in the poor countries?

 Since computers started to be introduced in language learning (and in education in
general) people have rightly asked whether the investment we are making in these
technologies gives us value for money. As digital technologies have taken a hold
in society in general, this particular question is not asked quite so often, but it is
still important to make sure that the technologies that we have available are used
effectively. People are always tempted to try to make an argument for technology
having an impact on the development of pedagogy and in many cases we can see
that the use of technology has enabled teachers to re-think what they are doing.
We also see people trying to populate this domain by talking about notions like the
‘flipped classroom’, ostensibly a methodology that sees input as occurring at ‘home’
and physical classrooms being used as spaces to explore what has been presented
in the input. This is far from being a new idea, but these agendas are pushed for
a while and then disappear again. What is a contender for a methodology that is
central to the world of technology and language learning is that of blended learning
(Motteram and Sharma, 2009). We see this methodology still being developed, but
when handled best it is the most likely candidate for a starting point for getting
teachers to work with technology in their practice. It is still the case that most
teachers work in physical classrooms and looking at ways that these spaces can
be augmented with digital technologies is a very good starting point.

Innovations in learning technologies for English language teaching

 

Welcome to the Learning Revolution.

Welcome to the Learning Revolution.

The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own “conference 2.0” virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds, and we believe that as they increasingly overlap and integrate they will be critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place.

Our projects have members from 200+ countries and the Learning Revolution newsletter is sent to 130,000 each week. To receive it, please join this network.

Event Calendar

Webinar Platform:

The sessions are being held in Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate), and can be accessed live from any personal computer and most mobile devices.  See mobile instructions here and the mobile conference schedule.

Before you join a session:

http://learningrevolution.com/page/attending-schedule

 

 

 

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