News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

June 25, 2018 - Issue #77

Project News

New to Stage 4
H5P is now part of both LearnIT2teach Stage 3 and Stage 4 training.

What is H5P?
H5P is an easy-to-use development tool that enables teachers to create more than 30 types of engaging, interactive activities that are compatible with smartphones, tablets and computers. H5P is open-source (free) and activities are compatible with the Moodle grade book and activity completion. In addition to the LearnIT2teach training, sample activities and support materials are available on the H5P web site.

LearnIT2teach Administrator Manual
The LearnIT2teach Administrator Manual is currently being updated and should be available on the project portal by the end of summer.

Next Newsletter
The next LearnIT2teach digital newsletter will be published in August. In the meantime, have a safe and restful summer.

Web News
Can an app really help you learn a language in a couple of weeks?
So you want to learn another language? There are many apps that claim to get you speaking a new language in just weeks, or even days. But do they really work? We put Babbel, the app touted as the number one selling language learning app in the world, to test. ...

Find a citizenship ceremony near you
June 25, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – Join Canada’s newest Canadians at one of 46 Canada Day citizenship ceremonies taking place across Canada this July 1. Check out Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s online Find a Citizenship Ceremony Near You page. ...

Canada's population tops 37 million after record two-year surge
Canada's population has topped 37 million, according to new data released this morning by Statistics Canada, and is growing faster than it ever has before. It took just two years and two months to add one million more people to the national population, which stood at 37,067,011 as of April 1. That's the shortest period on record for an increase of such magnitude. ...

Chinese school uses facial recognition to make kids pay attention
Civilian surveillance in China has seen a boom in recent times, with facial recognition leading the charge in the technologies used to keep tabs on the population. Police are scanning travelers with facial recognition glasses, authorities are using the tech to monitor ethnic minorities -- now the Orwellian technology has a new target: kids. According to government-run Chinese website, a school has installed facial recognition technology to monitor how attentive students are in class. ...

In her shoes, after she got on her feet: In The Shoe Project workshops, women write about their immigration to Canada
... These women’s three paths finally converged in a classroom when they all enrolled in the same creative-writing workshop for refugees and immigrants. The Shoe Project, founded by novelist Katherine Govier, is a workshop that asks the women to tell their stories of arrival in Canada through a central metaphor – a pair of shoes. ...

Memrise raises $15.5M as its AI-based language-learning app passes 35M users
Memrise, a UK startup whose eponymous language-learning app employs machine learning and localised content to adapt to users’ needs as they progress through their lessons, has raised another $15.5 million in funding to expand its product. The funding comes after a period of strong growth: Memrise has now passed 35 million users … the second-most popular language app globally in terms of both users and revenues. (Duolingo has more signups, Babbel more revenue.) ...

Online educator iTutorGroup sees stronger demand for English education amid Japan’s tourism boom
Although iTutorGroup has turned into one of the largest online marketplaces of learning in the world, earning itself a $1 billion valuation along the way, the company can trace its roots back to the pre-internet age, when English tutoring was restricted to face-to-face interaction. ...

ELT and the future of the internet
Today more than half the world’s population is online, which means that – as Mary Meeker points out in her world renowned Internet Trends report released last month – growth in online markets is becoming increasingly hard to find. Let’s analyse some of the main themes in this mammoth 294-slide presentation and look at how we can apply it to the ELT industry, focusing on publishing, teaching, learning and EdTech. ...

 Marc My Words: Why I Hate eLearning
In the past, I’ve written about how I’ve hated instructional objectives, ADDIE and LMSs. Now, since this is my 99th and next-to-last regular column, it’s now or never to tackle the Big Kahuna: I hate eLearning. Wait, you say, didn’t you write two best-selling books on eLearning? Haven’t you been advocating for eLearning for decades? You can’t really hate eLearning now, can you? Well, sort of. ...

What’s Missing in Your Digital Citizenship Curriculum?
… While we sometimes incorrectly assume that today’s students, as digital natives, already know what they need to know in order to be good digital citizens, recent research suggests that this is not the case. To fill this gap, students need to be taught about digital citizenship ... A solid curriculum needs to cover these eight domains …

Online English Tutors
Sunny Education in British Columbia, a specialist teacher recruitment service, is head hunting talented tutors to teach English online to students of all ages....

Online English Teacher
Get paid to help people learn a language. italki is the world's largest marketplace for online language teachers!

Professional Development
Writing effective CLB-aligned comprehension items
... There is a lot to learn with PBLA, especially for teachers with no formal instruction in assessment. While PBLA training is comprehensive so that teachers understand the methodology and practices to apply in the classroom, there are some specific skills for designing assessments that PBLA implementation workshops cannot address in depth. One of them is how to write effective CLB-aligned comprehension question or other assessment items to assess listening and reading....

LearnIT2teach Annotated Bibliography New Resource: Twitter: A Professional Development and Community of Practice Tool for Teachers
As you head out for a summer break, take this article about Twitter with you. Read about using it for education purposes and decide for yourself if it has a place in your adult language teaching or your personal professional development. Read about how millions of daily tweets share educators’ ideas and thoughts and what they are doing. Check out the steps recommended to becoming an educator “curator” or just find a network of users you want to follow. There are many suggestions here. ...

The Key to 21st Century Classrooms Isn't Tech. It's Evolved Teaching.
I often hear people question whether teachers are willing to embrace technology, but if we really want to transform teaching and learning, I think the better question is, “Are we willing to change our expectations for how and what students learn?” If we only focus on the latest programs, makerspaces or the devices rather than on creating powerful learning experiences ... we will continue to perpetuate the same norms in education with more expensive tools. . ...

What are the benefits of e-learning for teachers
In this technological world that we are living, it is very important for teachers to be in vogue with new technologies. … This article will focus on the benefits of e-learning for teachers. On the one hand it will focus on how e-learning allows educators to improve and develop their teaching styles and, on the other, how online platforms can positively impact the professional self-development of teachers. ...

e-Resource Corner
Listen and Write
Improve your listening skills and hear about the news. is free listening practice. ...

ESL games and activities for adult English learners
Welcome to my ever expanding collection of ESL games and activities which I have built up over more than a decade of teaching English to adults. I aim to give English teachers everything they need to put these activities into action by providing detailed step by step instructions, clear examples, and all the necessary printables....

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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 for more information.

LearnIT2teach News is researched and compiled by Jim Edgar