News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

March 31, 2019 - Issue #85

Project News

New Part 1 Learning Technology Leadership Group Begins Course April 8, 2019
If you are a professional in an IRCC program looking to lead innovation in a LINC or ELT program, we have two-part Moodle-based online training to offer. Each part has six weekly units and the time demand is 1.5 – 2 hours per unit. The course content includes readings, podcasts and videos, and course activities encourage sharing and collaboration with peers in the sector. ...
http://learnit2teach.ca/wpnew/new-part-1-learning-technology-leadership-group-begins-course-monday-april-8-2019/

Upcoming Events
The LearnIT2teach team will be participating at these upcoming spring PD events:

Web News

Official rewrite of citizenship study guide stalled in Ottawa for 2 years
It’s been more than two years since work began on revising the controversial study guide for Canada’s citizenship test, but the federal government says it needs more time to work on the publication and has no set timeline for release. ...
https://globalnews.ca/news/4364314/official-citizenship-guide-stalled-in-ottawa-for-2-years/

How can Atlantic Canada attract newcomers and convince them to stay?
We know immigration is key to our economic and population growth. Attracting newcomers seems easy enough, but getting them to stay appears more complicated. Finding employment — jobs to create a life here — is a big factor. What are their barriers in finding work? What are the obstacles in hiring them? Over the next four weeks our Deep Dives lens focuses on hiring immigrants. ...
https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/in-depth/employment-after-immigration/how-can-atlantic-canada-attract-and-retain-newcomers-288367/

Multilingual ‘Smart E-Book’
Kamprehend has developed a new, patent-pending “smart e-book” technology to help English language learners or English-speaking children learning another language. Most children these days are digital natives and can use a tablet or smartphone before they know how to read. Given a choice between a book or a tablet, the child will pick the tablet every time. ...
https://www.languagemagazine.com/2019/03/05/multilingual-smart-e-book/

The Hottest Chat App for Teens Is … Google Docs
... As more and more laptops find their way into middle and high schools, educators are using Google Docs to do collaborative exercises and help students follow along with the lesson plan. The students, however, are using it to organize running conversations behind teachers’ backs. ... Chatting via Google Docs doesn’t just fool teachers; it also tricks parents.  ... Google Docs is also a great way to circumvent a parental social-media ban. ...
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/03/hottest-chat-app-teens-google-docs/584857/

To learn English, brain needs to store 1.56 MB information, says study
How much memory does it take to store a language in the brain? New research has quantified it. To store all the information necessary to learn and use the English language, the brain needs 1.56 megabytes, according to University of Rochester cognitive scientist Francis Mollica and University of California-Berkeley psychologist Steven T Piantados, who report their findings in the journal Royal Society Open Science. They reached their conclusion by assigning storage size to various aspects of the English language. ...
https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/telling-numbers-to-learn-english-brain-needs-to-store-1-56-mb-information-says-study-5646121/

Toolkit: It’s 2019—Get Ready for More AI and VR!
Right under our noses, changes have been occurring left and right in the eLearning development world. In fact, these changes have been accelerating and will continue to do so in this new year. Let’s take a look at what happened to eLearning development tools in 2018, and what you need to consider in 2019. Virtual reality is here ...
https://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/toolkit-its-2019-get-ready-for-more-ai-and-vr/

The complex problem of academic dishonesty among international students
These days, faculty outbursts tend to focus on two things: international students and cheating. In the most recent occurrence, a University of Maryland business professor resigned after it was reported he accused a group of Chinese students of cheating on the final exam in their forensic accounting class. At the University of California, Santa Barbara, some faculty members voiced their concerns over the higher rates of cheating among Chinese students. Analysts say these aren’t isolated incidents, which brings us to the next question: are international students really prone to cheating more?. ...
https://www.studyinternational.com/news/the-complex-problem-of-academic-dishonesty-among-international-students/

Blogs

IoT Applications in Task-Based and Foreign Language Learning
Welcome to the second article of our IoT Applications in Education series. In our introductory article, I gave a brief overview of why technology - and specifically the Internet of Things (IoT) - will continue to have a profound influence on the way we teach and learn, especially in schools. In this article, we’re going to dig deeper into a specific use case of IoT in education: How can IoT help facilitate foreign language acquisition? ...
https://www.iotforall.com/iot-applications-task-based-foreign-language-learning/

An Introduction to IoT Applications in Education
This series argues technology can improve education more than hiring and spending. By exploring use cases from smart classrooms to disability accommodation, we'll see how IoT can increase educational quality and access. …
https://www.iotforall.com/introduction-iot-applications-in-education/

Creating Great Custom eLearning Courses Using Varied Interactivities
Custom eLearning courses can be built with varying strategies. One strategy that I have seen working is active learning, where we use a variety of interactivities to keep the learner engaged and hooked to the content. I will explore the same in this blog. ... So, a good way to keep learners engaged is through interactivities that have the question component and asks learners to perform a series of steps that takes them forward. Let’s look at the various types of interactivities. ...
https://tesseractlearning.com/blog/creating-custom-elearning-courses-using-varied-interactivities.html

7 Reasons Why You Should Conduct Assessments Online According To Students
More and more educators are transitioning from the traditional pen-and-paper exam to online exams in keeping up with the times. Not only does this benefit the teachers in making their jobs easy in correcting assessments and giving feedback, but the benefits are also equally shared by students who take them. ...
https://elearningindustry.com/conduct-assessments-online-according-students-7-reasons

Colors In E-Learning-What Should You Know? 
...  the usage of colors in e-learning can turn any run of the mill e-learning into a captivating visual powerhouse. Before we dig a little deeper into the usage of colors in e-learning, let us understand why so much significance is attached to the colors in e-learning. Colors in e-learning can impact:. ...
https://playxlpro.com/colors-in-e-learning-what-should-you-know/

Job(s)

Online ESL Instructor
With innovative technology and high-quality teachers, MagicEars provides fun, interactive and efficient online English learning experiences to 4-12-year-old children in China. All teachers working with us are native English-speakers from USA/Canada with a Bachelor Degree or above. ...
https://careers.tesol.org/jobs/12014537/online-esl-instructor

Professional Development

LearnIT2teach Annotated Bibliography New Resource: Blended Learning in English Teaching and Learning: A Review of the Current Literature
This literature review includes two references from beyond settlement language training that provide insights into some of the challenges programs and teachers face when implementing blended language learning. One mentions the relationship of materials to students’ culture while the other discusses responsive professional development to address teachers’ need to understand the learning design in online tools as well as to have the confidence to use them. ... 
http://bib.learnit2teach.ca/blog/blended-learning-in-english-teaching-and-learning-a-review-of-the-current-literature/

Eighth International Conference on Task-Based Language Teaching (August 19-21, 2019)
Under the auspices of the International Association for Task-Based Language Teaching, the 2019 TBLT Conference will bring together scholars and educators to the beautiful campus of Carleton University, located in Canada’s capital.. ...
https://carleton.ca/tblt/

Using the Moodle LMS for Adult Learning in the Digital Age
Behaviorism, constructivism and cognitivism are the three broad learning theories that are used when a course is designed for adult environments. ... To take full advantage of the Moodle LMS, we need to rethink our approaches to adult learning and use our ideas of digital technologies to completely support them. ... Some Key Adult Learning Principles that You Should Keep in Mind: ...
https://www.idslogic.com/blog/2019/02/using-moodle-lms-for-adult-learning-in-the-digital-age.html/

Understanding Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
The world of developer APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) has collided with the world of online learning, and the results are very exciting. xAPI is just one example of marrying the power of APIs with online education. Understanding APIs may lead to more educational usage and new educational applications. In this tutorial we’ll discuss why APIs can be important for digital learning, and then we’ll construct an API using a web browser and JavaScript code. ...
https://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/understanding-application-programming-interfaces-apis/

e-Resource Corner

English Vocabulary Exercises
Learn and review general and academic English vocabulary in gap-fill sentences in context. Over 800 exercises! Over 2100 words! ...
http://www.englishvocabularyexercises.com/general-vocabulary/index.html

How Write Effectively in English When You Are a Non Native Speaker
If you are a non native speaker, the thought of writing an essay or a paper in English can seem very scary. Don’t be afraid though. Many people have English as their second language but that doesn’t mean you can’t write in English flawlessly. You don’t have to focus solely on the grammar for improved writing skill. There are many ways in which you can write effective English. Here, we have mentioned a few tips ...
https://thriveglobal.com/stories/how-write-effectively-in-english/

Fascinating facts about the world's languages
Languages are interesting and beautiful, warts and all. There is not a single language in the world that is not associated with exquisite beauty and outstanding expressive potential. It is true that we still don't know a lot about the languages of the world, like from where did they originate or why are they the way they are, but we know a fair amount of stuff about them to entertain ourselves with. So, let's see some interesting facts about the world's languages in this infographic ...
https://ahtaitay.blogspot.com/2018/09/fascinating-facts-about-worlds-languages.html

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