News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

October 31, 2018 - Issue #80

Project News

TESL Ontario Conference
Please come to one of our sessions or visit our exhibitor booth at the upcoming TESL Ontario annual conference: Gamify Your Moodle Course, LearnIT2teach Stage 1, Gotta Get Goosechasin' Techknow Seesion, The Effects of the Blended Learning Approach in LINC, Optimizing Edulinc for PBLA, LearnIT2teach Project Update.

The Great LearnIT2teach Scavenger Hunt
Want an opportunity to win a tablet? Here's what you need to do. Attend the TESL Ontario 2018 conference, where we are proud to sponsor The Great LearnIT2Teach Scavenger Hunt on Nov. 1-2. EVERYONE attending can participate, and it is sure to be a lot of conference-wide fun. Instructions can be found here: http://bit.ly/2AsU646 Please stop by our exhibit booth to say hi or to let us answer any questions you have.

New Resource - LearnIT2teach Leadership Guide
This guide is designed to help Canadian settlement language training program administrators, lead teachers and local change agents to understand the LearnIT2teach project within the contemporary settlement learning context, and assist them with specific issues related to applying blended learning at their centres.
https://leadership.learnit2teach.ca

Web News

Are Audiobooks As Good For You As Reading? Here’s What Experts Say
Even for people who love books, finding the opportunity to read can be a challenge. Many, then, rely on audiobooks, a convenient alternative to old-fashioned reading. You can listen to the latest bestseller while commuting or cleaning up the house. But is listening to a book really the same as reading one?. ...
https://www.britishcouncil.org/voices-magazine/ten-innovations-have-changed-english-language-teaching

Here Is the Best Language Learning App for You
... Thanks to a rise in Rosetta Stone-style mobile apps, it’s easier than ever to pick up a new language—or at least get a grasp on the basics before your next trip. And thanks to push notifications that keep you coming back, gamified motivational techniques, and bots that help you practice without imposing judgment, they’re likely to get you speaking conversationally—and gaffe free—before you hop on the plane. Here, the best ones to consider, depending on your personal learning style and ongoing goals.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-21/five-language-learning-apps-tested-and-reviewed

Digital Learning 3.0: Generation Alpha, the IoT and Beyond
Generation Alpha is the first generation entirely born in the 21st century, and there are approximately 2.5 million Gen Alphas born globally every week. … as the most technology-supplied generation ever, they have inadvertently been involved in a global experiment where screens are placed in front of them from the youngest of ages for entertainment and education and, while it may be hard to admit, as a pacifier as well.
https://trainingindustry.com/articles/learning-technologies/digital-learning-3-0-generation-alpha-the-iot-and-beyond/

Why Edtech Companies Need Education Researchers to Be Brutally Honest
New edtech companies are popping up all over the globe on a daily basis. Most of these companies have noble intentions of solving their own perceived problems in the classroom. Unfortunately, they have a difficult time understanding the subtle nuances of teaching without a little insight from experienced educators. ... It’s time for education research companies to become brutally honest with emerging edtech companies.
https://www.thetechedvocate.org/why-edtech-companies-need-education-researchers-to-be-brutally-honest/

Top 10 Trends of Digital Learning – Infographic
We’ve gathered the Top 10 Trends of Digital Learning in this infographic, based on the article of workplace learning guru Jane Hart, in which she commented on the results of the 12th Annual Digital Learning Tools Survey. ...
https://www.bilgikurdu.net/info/top-10-trends-of-digital-learning-infographic/

Blogs

Gamification in Education: Hype or Useful Teacher Tool?
This year at the TESL ON conference, Deborah Healey, TESOL International Association, will be one of our Keynote Speakers. The following blog post was written by Deborah. Here she gives you a taste of what she will be sharing at the conference. ... Gamification in Education: Hype or Useful Teacher Tool? This is a question that I’ve been asking for the past few years ...
http://blog.teslontario.org/gamification-in-education-hype-or-useful-teacher-tool/

The Online Teachers’ Guide To Difficult Students
ll online teachers will meet a difficult student now and then. We know this comes with the territory. But an unpleasant exchange can still be surprising – and even distressing. … Online teachers will be familiar with many of these student behaviors. Here are some practical strategies for dealing with each of them ...
https://elearningindustry.com/online-teachers-guide-difficult-students

5 ways to ensure engagement in an online class
Live online classes in eLearning are changing the way we teach and learn ....The challenge here is to make the live classes as collaborative and fruitful as their offline counterparts, and that’s why, we have come up with five critical ways to improve the engagement in your live classes: ...
https://blog.wiziq.com/5-ways-to-ensure-engagement-in-online-class/

Surprising Ways AI Can Improve eLearning Accessibility
Advances in artificial intelligence technologies have a certain “cool” factor. But their import goes far beyond automation, transforming the future of manufacturing and offering engaging new ways to present eLearning. ... AI can improve eLearning accessibility in ways unimaginable just a few years ago; here are a few of them. ... Grammar tools ...
https://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/surprising-ways-ai-can-improve-elearning-accessibility/

Jobs
Online ESL Teachers for 6-15 years
Target Student: Chinese students from 6-15 years old The responsibilities of the job: - Paid mandatory training hours - Teach English online via the website - The available working time is 8am - 12am and 1pm - 10pm IN BEIJING TIME...
https://ca.indeed.com/cmp/MONORDUAL.INC/jobs/Online-ESL-Teacher-1a3de21dde1073e4?q=Tesl&vjs=3

Online English Teacher
Qkids connects 300,000+ Chinese young learners between 4 - 12 years old with you and thousands of other online teachers, tutors, educators, stay at home parents, college students, and all those who have a passion for teaching. If you like starting your day with smiling faces of curious kids, join the Qkids family today! ...
http://www.teslontario.org/node/1574563

Professional Development

LearnIT2teach Annotated Bibliography New Resource: Significant Predictors for Effectiveness of Blended Learning In a Language Course
Supporting language students to engage in out of class language learning tasks can be a challenge for instructors. This small study at a post-secondary institution in Tokyo, examined how the use of Quizlet for vocabulary learning and LINE, a free messaging App could be used to motivate and support students to engage in ongoing learning outside the classroom to extend and enhance learning. The study indicates that the use of such tools has the potential....
http://bib.learnit2teach.ca/blog/enhancing-online-language-learning-task-engagement-through-social-interaction/

Digital DIY
... In this article, I will describe how integrating HTML5 through an open-source tool known as H5P into my class enabled me to write a digital workbook that I can reuse or revise every time I teach the same course. I hope that my experience can show instructors of other less commonly taught languages (LCTL) that with technology, we can use authentic materials to create visually pleasing and dynamic digital materials that even grade themselves.
https://www.languagemagazine.com/2018/10/12/digital-diy/

ATESL Conference 2018 Presentation Handouts
This is an archive of presentation handouts and slideshows at this year's ATESL conference.
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1c_iBSDDwxvhKwHH53Cr917flJ4eIAyNS

IATEFL Web Conference 2018
... The web conference will run on Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th of November, is open to members and non-members and is free of charge....
https://conference.iatefl.org/webconference/

e-Resource Corner
Englishmaven
Welcome to EnglishMaven.Org - your resource for free online English lessons and exercises. To the left you will find our index of English subjects. Click on the subject you wish to study. Then click on a link to open an exercise on the following page. . ...
http://www.englishmaven.org/index.html

Saylor.org
Explore our free, self-paced courses below and get started today.
https://learn.saylor.org/

New Language Solutions Inc. - https://newlanguage.ca/

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Disclaimer
The links to external web pages and job postings are for information purposes only. Neither LearnIT2teach nor its funder endorses or is responsible for their content.

About LearnIT2teach
Through funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the LearnIT2teach Project provides LINC teachers with online tools and resources and extensive training to help them implement blended learning in their programs. Visit http://learnIT2teach.ca for more information.

LearnIT2teach News is researched and compiled by Jim Edgar

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