“Preparing Teacher Candidates to Work with English Language Learners in an Online Course Environment”
By Stephanie E. Dewing in TEIS News, December 2013
Dewing reports on a study she did with students in an online ESL for Educators course. She was interested in whether the students experienced transformational learning, a change not only in what a person knows but how they know it. She found that, although learning occurred, the course fell short of this goal. She asserts that because convenience and flexibility are the primary reason many students take online courses, attention must be paid to course design so that it meets the needs of students while creating an environment for transformational learning.
“Don’t Make These Mistakes with Flipped Learning”
By Meris Stansbury in e-School News, December 12, 2013
Stansbury cautions that flipped classrooms can quickly become run-of-the mill if teachers don’t think outside the box in their planning. She gives several concrete examples of ways that flipped classrooms can live up to their potential.
Mango Languages, a Michigan-based language teaching company, offers programs that are based on popular media, especially movies. Subtitles and interactive learning materials engage the learners in grammar and vocabulary use, as well as commentary and cultural explanations about what they are seeing.
“Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus”
By Katrina Schwartz in Mind/Shift, December 5, 2013
Today’s world holds many distractions for young people, particularly in the digital world. Daniel Goleman, a psychologist and author of Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, is concerned that young people are not developing appropriate neural connections in order to help them develop good focusing skills. He contends that everyone needs to learn to use digital devices smartly, and children, especially, need to develop the capacity to concentrate to use them well.
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