News and Information for LearnIT2teach participants

December 21, 2018 - Issue #82

Project News

Edulinc Upgrade
We will be making an important change to the Edulinc site during the holiday season. The site will be upgraded to HTTPS or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. This will add a layer of security to the website, and Chrome and other browsers will be able to access certain activities (e.g. PoodLL) more effectively. Please note that as a result of the change, an 's'  will be added after http and the URL will change to https://www.edulinc.org. Users not including the 's' in the URL will be seamlessly re-directed to the correct address.

Web News

How one Chinese firm uses A.I. to teach English
Chinese education start-up Liulishuo has developed what it calls the world's first artificial intelligence English teacher. After years spent gathering data on Chinese people speaking English, the firm employed deep learning to create personalized English courses powered by AI. Available on the firm's mobile app, the courses were launched in 2016 and boast around 50 million registered users. ...
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/08/liulishuos-english-teacher-is-powered-by-artificial-intelligence.html

10 Roles For Artificial Intelligence In Education
... While we may not see humanoid robots acting as teachers within the next decade, there are many projects already in the works that use computer intelligence to help students and teachers get more out of the educational experience. Here are just a few of the ways those tools, and those that will follow them, will shape and define the educational experience of the future. ...
https://www.teachthought.com/the-future-of-learning/10-roles-for-artificial-intelligence-in-education/

10 Things to Know About Poverty and Technology
Technology has been taunted as the solution to poverty, especially the generational one. It offers several opportunities to end poverty, but in some areas, it may also increase poverty. Here are ten things to know about poverty and technology. ...
https://www.thetechedvocate.org/10-things-to-know-about-poverty-and-technology/

Our Top Moodle Stories Of 2018, Featuring: H5P, Course Formats, GDPR, MoodleRooms, Behavioral Psychology, And Themes, Themes, Themes!
What a year it was in the Moodleverse! Alliances cracked and others coalesce. Some stars faded, while other skyrocketed in a flash. People’s hopes have strengthened or swayed, which in the open source sphere is all that keeps tech from overarching success. ... Most viewed stories of 2018. ...
https://www.moodlenews.com/2018/our-top-moodle-stories-of-2018-featuring-h5p-course-formats-gdpr-moodlerooms-behavioral-psychology-and-themes-themes-themes/

Google’s AI can change the mood, voice, tense, and sentiment of sentences
Watch out, ghostwriters: Artificial intelligence (AI) is coming for you. In a paper accepted at the NeurIPS 2018 conference in Montreal (“Content preserving text generation with attribute controls“), data scientists from the University of Michigan and Google Brain describe a machine learning architecture that’s capable of not only generating sentences from a given sample, but changing the mood, complexity, tense, or even voice of the original text while preserving its meaning. ...
https://venturebeat.com/2018/12/05/googles-ai-can-change-the-mood-voice-tense-and-sentiment-of-sentences/

Blogs

Top 8 eLearning Trends For 2019
... We are in the last couple of months of 2018, and as the year is winding down, it's this time of the year when we look expectantly towards the new one and the trends that will affect the learning industry—specifically the eLearning landscape. Let’s look at the top eLearning trends for 2019 that will become stronger as we move forward: ...
https://tesseractlearning.com/blog/top-8-elearning-trends-for-2019.html

Gamification and the Blended Classroom
In a blended classroom, content is delivered using both traditional methods and online learning. Students have some degree of control over pace, path, and time. This method fits perfectly with gamification: integrating game mechanics into non-game contexts. Game mechanics include points, rules, objectives, levels, and so on. Why are gamification and the blended classroom a match made in heaven? Let’s explore some of the benefits!. …
https://www.thetechedvocate.org/gamification-and-the-blended-classroom/

Beyond Learner Surveys: 8 Better Ways to Evaluate Learning
Surveys are ubiquitous, popping up seemingly every time we interact with a business. And in eLearning, things are no different. ... However, learner surveys do not actually show that learning is effective ... There are better ways to evaluate eLearning than “smile sheets” or learner surveys. Here are eight:  ...
https://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/beyond-learner-surveys-8-better-ways-to-evaluate-learning

Jobs

Digital Literacy Instructors
... Digital Literacy Instructors are part of the adult education services at Peel Multicultural Council. ... The Digital Literacy Training Instructor teaches digital tools such as computer, Internet, smart phones, and social media applications, and helps clients develop the essential skills they need to use digital technologies with confidence.  ...
https://settlementatwork.org/jobs/digital-literacy-training-instructors

Online ESL Teacher
DaDa ABC ... Hiring native-English speaking applicants with a bachelor's degree ... Teaching English online to Chinese students (kindergarten to grade 9)
https://www.dadaabc.com/teacher/landing

Professional Development

TESOL’s Electronic Village Online
Since 2001, the Electronic Village Online (EVO) has offered free, online courses starting in mid-January and finishing in mid-February. ... Courses run from January 13 to February 16, 2019​. The Electronic Village Online is offering 14 courses this year. These include: ...
http://blog.teslontario.org/tesols-electronic-village-online/

11 Tools for Teaching With Videos – A PDF Handout
... Today, YouTube is the default source of videos for many teachers. Of course, YouTube isn’t without it faults. One of those faults is distracting “related” content. Another fault being that YouTube doesn’t have a tool for adding questions to the videos that you share with your students. Fortunately, there are third-party services to address those problems. ... [add H5P to the list, freely available on Edulinc]
https://practicaledtech.com/2018/10/07/11-tools-for-teaching-with-videos-a-pdf-handout/

e-Resource Corner

All Things Grammar
1000+ Quality Worksheets from A to Z ...
https://www.allthingsgrammar.com/

Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon
Welcome to the Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon, CAPL, the source for authentic images for language learning. As a language teacher and learner, I always seek to connect language, culture, and meaning ...
http://capl.washjeff.edu/

We wish you a safe holiday season and a healthy and prosperous 2019.

 

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LearnIT2teach News is researched and compiled by Jim Edgar

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