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Why digital citizenship is important

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Are you busy preparing new content and learning experiences for your students?  If you are, never miss the opportunity to include digital citizenship in relation to online environments.

This video cleverly highlights the scary truth about how much personal information is available about those who are not careful. A fun way to make a point!

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Technologies and Thinking

Technologies and thinking
Digital technologies offer new ways for students to represent their thinking, helping them clarify ideas, make connections, identify patterns, and reflect on their thinking across the curriculum. Students can save, build on previous work, use scaffolds and templates designed for particular learning outcomes, and work collaboratively or individually.

Thinking is about using creative, critical, and metacognitive processes to make sense of information, experiences, and ideas. These processes can be applied to purposes such as developing understanding, making decisions, shaping actions, or constructing knowledge. Intellectual curiosity is at the heart of this competency.

Students who are competent thinkers and problem-solvers actively seek, use, and create knowledge. They reflect on their own learning, draw on personal knowledge and intuitions, ask questions, and challenge the basis of assumptions and perceptions.

The New Zealand Curriculum, 2007

Teaching with Web 2.0 Tools (Part 1)

Halina from Poland:

Teaching with Technology

Originally posted on Oxford University Press:

Educational-Computer-Games-For-KidsMagali Trapero Turrent is an ELT Editor at Oxford University Press, Mexico. She is the author of several series published by OUP as well as a teacher and former OUP Educational Services teacher trainer. In her post, she shares her ideas for using Web 2.0 tools to develop learner’s language skills.

Having the opportunity to expand the horizon of my traditional EFL classroom has been just as exciting for me as for my students. However, I must admit that, as a digital immigrant, it was not simple at the beginning. It took many hours of focused as well as playful hours of dedicated inquiry to find the link between the learning goals of a CLIL lesson and the potentiality of different Web 2.0 tools to support them. I also had to determine how much scaffolding learners would need before engaging in web-based activities and how to integrate elements of the…

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Internet and Education

We should consider the following questions:
– What are the potential effects of the Internet for education and learning?
– What main forms of Internet-based education have developed over the
past 20 years?
– How does the educational potential of the Internet relate to the realities
of its use?
– Most significantly, how should we understand the impending gains and
losses of what is being advanced?
It is well known that both the Internet and education are focused on information
exchange, communication, and the creation of knowledge.
The Internet isn’t just a powerful tool for communication. It’s arguably
the most potent force for learning and innovation since the printing
press. And it’s at the center of what is possibly America’s mightiest
struggle and greatest opportunity: How to reimagine education for a
transformative era.
(Bush and Dawson 2013)

The music industry wants to fight the internet again—and it’s probably going to lose

The music industry wants to fight the internet again—and it’s probably going to lose

Halina from Poland:

Excellent question…

Originally posted on Quartz:

AUSTIN, Texas–Should music ever be free? That was the inescapable topic of discussion among the hordes of recording-industry middlemen and hangers-on gathered for the music section of the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference last week.

It’s a schism that has emerged just when it looked like subscription streaming services, such as Spotify, were bringing an end to the music industry’s years of economic pain. The dispute concerns the “freemium” model, which allows consumers to listen to music for free in exchange for listening to ads, or pay to listen without ads.

The backlash against free began last year, when arguably the biggest recording artist on the planet, Taylor Swift, pulled all of her music from Spotify. In the past couple of weeks, Swift’s stance has gained backing from the world’s two biggest record companies, Universal and Sony, who together account for more than half of the recorded music market, and seem determined to clamp down on free listening. Universal is…

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Competence in Communication And Interpersonal Skills

Competence in Communication – halina

The presentation is about how to communicate efficiently and the ways of improving communication skills.
My online activity inspired me to get reverting to my earlier research about effective communication.
From my view, connecting with the use of the Internet seems to be creating new questions about the way people communicate.
I am working to present a theoretical backdrop to the principles of the process of communication, as well as communications skills models.
My approach is based on the well-known model of the functions of language introduced by Roman Jakobson. Although it is recognizable that Jakobson’s theory can be challenged on numerous grounds from a theoretical perspective, I have always been linked with his theoretical explanation of the purposes of linguistic communication.
“Jakobson and Halle’s initial statement of the principles of linguistic organization should be made available to all future generations of linguists. It builds a solid foundation for Saussurean thinking about linguisic oppositions and establishes distinctive feature theory as the basis of their formal treatment.”
Prof. Dr. William Labov, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Linguistics
Along with Roman Jakobson’s functions of the language model, we can formulate some basic queries.
• What is Communication?
• The Categories of Communication.
• The Communication Process.
• Communication Channels.
• Principles of Communication.
• Interpersonal Communication Skills.
• What is an online communication?
• The Benefits of Blogging.

LEARNING2GETHER with Vance Stevens, Stephen Downes, and others at the Spring Blog Festival

Halina from Poland:

There is so much to learn.

Originally posted on Learning2gether:

Sat Mar 21 1800 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Vance Stevens at the Spring Blog Festival

Vance Stevens‘s entry in the program schedule

The proposal: Blogging and logging weekly conversations among educators

Learning2gether is an initiative of Vance Stevens evolving from synchronous meetings with Webheads in Action taking place weekly since 1998 and more directly from three WiAOC (WiA Online Convergences) in 2005, 2007, and 2009. L2g started in 2010 and has hosted conversations most weeks since, usually on Sundays (but for this occasion, on a Saturday). L2g encourages all educators who enjoy connecting with peers to volunteer to contribute their voices…

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Feat No 28: Life issues through language lessons

Halina from Poland:

Learning English and much more…

Originally posted on Eugenia Loras:

When choosing a book to read to our students, while sometimes my own children are in these lessons, I choose one that will teach them or make them aware of more than just the English language. Sometimes, the books are intentionally chosen to teach them about life.

And I am absolutely certain that many teachers around the world try to do the same.

This blog post came up because of an incident. A child, like many others as it was discovered, trusted a stranger… online. Whether physically present or online, a stranger is a stranger. Several children had been tricked by a stranger, online, that he was a child himself, and had managed to arrange meetings with them. Thanks to the invaluable efforts of the police, this online stranger was stopped before causing more harm to young lives.

The “Berestein Bears” from “Random House” have an excellent – EXCELLENT –…

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