The Flatmates: BBC Learning English: Ep. 8 (100+ Episodes)

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These short episodes use animation with the conversation in bubbles for students to read.  The snippets provide a situation of the characters and then a problem.  It provides just enough information for the students to understand what is happening and before the video ends there is a critical thinking question.  It allows for the students to pause, discuss the situation, and talk about their personal perspectives in the classroom.  It opens up the classroom for discussion, exercises reading comprehension skills, listening skills, and also critical thinking skills.  The series is over one hundred episodes, so you can imagine there are a lot of situations, questions, and different skills and exercises within these episodes!

These video clips are highly engaging and they will have an opportunity to voice their own opinions in the classroom about the content and their personal reactions.

Some problems that would come up would be the number of students in a classroom.  For communities with a hundred students per classroom, this activity would be unfeasible because of the sheer number of students and voices echoing and bouncing in the classroom.

A solution to that would be that the teacher could partner the students up and have the students’ share with one another their thoughts and opinions.  After a given time, students chosen by the teacher can stand up and loudly voice their opinion and what they discussed in the allotted time to the rest of the class.

OUP English Global Channel: Sing-a-long 1-2-3

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This video is a short animation sing-a-long that allows both students and teachers to use songs to cement learned concepts and reinforce basic fundamentals.  The video can be used in the classroom by simply showing the students the video and encouraging them to sing-a-long. These types of fun videos are always great in the classroom for encouraging participation, helping students remember their numbers and letters, and fostering a sense of community within the classroom.

Educators can also build upon this song or use this with different lyrics in the context of their own classroom.  There are many ways for teacher to use this video in the classroom.  However, Internet access is necessary to show this video.

Rinku’s World. Episode 1: The Case of the Missing “S” Part 1

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This amusing animation teaches English grammar in an entertaining way. This series is specifically for students in Bangladesh. Most of the conversation that takes place in the series is spoken in Bangla, the official language spoken in Bangladesh. The conversation has some English in it and teaches a specific grammar concept. The conversation spoken in Bangla is also translated in English and displayed on the screen for students to become accustomed to the English letters in the video. This video is an excellent way for students to watch videos and learn English grammar at the same time. While it is short and there is not much variety yet in the series, it is a growing collection. It is in the native language of the learners and provides fun and personal ways for the students to identify with. One problem this series has is that most of the video is spoken in Bangla and the English words on the video could merely be overlooked or ignored. Is there a more efficient and effective way to encourage English conversation without becoming too overwhelming?

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Teaching ELT/ESL Learners + Technology

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The overall site provides many articles, websites, podcasts, video clips, and a variety of ways to perform different lesson plans.  A specific video clip shown on the website is:

http://screencast.com/t/KGzcrYbqer Word Magnets:  This video is part of a series of videos online, uploaded by Russell Stannard.  His website is a great teacher training website for ELT and ESL students; however, they can be used for students all around the world.  In this particular video, he uses a program, which takes a sentence and lets all the students see and study it for a minute or so.  Then, the program mixes the order of the words and the students have to reorder the words to make the sentence.  The program allows certain words to be highlighted as well.

This activity could be done in classrooms where computers or magnets are not available.  A sentence could be written up on the board for all the students to see and study for a couple minutes.  Afterwards, cut outs of these words could be distributed to students individually, in pairs, or even groups.  The students will work together to re-create the sentence they had previously studied.

The series of videos are excellent tools for educators around the world to use and implement in the classroom.  While many of the videos provide activities to be done and learned online, they can be recreated in creative ways in the classroom.  With the use of technology and these online resources, educators can create imaginable learning spaces for students to interact and communicate with students around the globe.  The videos also provide resources for the instructors to listen and learn and then take them into the classroom.

http://screencast.com/t/dFJbI6u3q Another example of another site he provides is an online activity, but can be recreated in the classroom.  The teacher would provide a bunch of words that are a part of compound words.  The students would have to guess the word that would fit into all the given words as compound words.  Such activities do not necessarily have to be performed online but can be recreated in the classroom using a chalkboard.

Smories

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 On this particular site, students around the world read a short story or poem out loud online.  The words are shown across the screen.  Teachers who use these short video clips to teach in the classroom should receive much positive feedback.  The students in the video clip are personally identifiable for the learners and students should be encouraged to follow and participate in the reading with the child in the video.  This is a great way to practice pronunciation and strengthen reading skills.  Students will increase their vocabulary word bank and accelerate word recognition. These tools online are easily accessible resources for teachers around the world to use as an attention grabber, time-fillers, story-time, and increase motivation for students.

Educators can also encourage students to write their own stories and poems, imagine them, and then tell the short story in class with the use of their own drawings and pictures.  These resources and ways will help students claim ownership to their developing skills and also increase confidence in reading and speaking as well.

http://www.smories.com/watch/sing-sing-swing-swing/

SchoolsWorld TV: Teaching Pythagoras

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This website is full of thousands of videos about various subjects for all ages.  The website provides the video of the actual lessons.  Mr. Bayley facilitates the learning by tuning their critical thinking and attempts to have the students discover the concepts for themselves.  The video visually shows how students could potentially respond and how the instructor incorporates real life ideas into the lesson.  Students work together to come up with the answer.

In order for this type of lesson plan to be successful is for high teacher and student engagement as well as small teacher to student ratios.  Mr. Bayley’s enthusiasm throughout the lesson and high engagement in the classroom proves this lesson to be extremely successful.

These types of learning and lesson plans are great ways for teachers to inspire other teachers and learn from one another.  As education and expectations are changing, critical thinking and the need for students to pioneer, invent, and learn for themselves are all important skills in this digital age.

http://www.schoolsworld.tv/videos/teaching-pythagoras

Oxford: Grammar and Friends

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The information presented in the video is from Oxford University Press anticipating to strengthen grammar instruction for educators.  There are six grammar level series in this YouTube global channel.  They present the grammar rule with animation pictures and bubble conversations between the characters in the video.  They provide the grammar point in a familiar context such as eating a meal together as a family.

Although it does not show an actual lesson plan, it provides tools, suggestions, and reminders for instructors when teaching.  There are several of these types of videos that this global channel provides for educators for improving grammar instruction.

One problem with this video is that it assumes that instructors have the tools in the video.  The video employs the use of pictures and animation to portray a given grammar concept; however, many instructors in developing countries will not have these same resources to do so.  If the video actually demonstrated the grammar point thoroughly employing animation and demonstrating how clear instruction could be executed, the video would be far more effective and useful for teacher training and instruction.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghanistan Higher Education Project

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Due to the war, the nation-state was struggling.  One of the initiatives this project undertook was creating and building online communities where educators could find quality resources and meet each other.  The Global Learning Portal is not only a library but establishes a community and network of higher education professionals.  It has an online library, discussion boards, social network tools and information about a variety of programs.  This portal encourages for feedback and critique from fellow peers and different instructors accessing the portal.  Discussion boards also allow similar professionals to have access to different thoughts, different communities, and overall strengthens collaboration.  Without being able to meet, faculty members from different universities who would never have the opportunity to meet can now interact with one another in this unique and professional community.

This type of technology and exchange of thoughts and ideas through technology allows instructors isolated within the mountains in Afghanistan have access to a plethora of information and can improve the quality of their instruction as well as build upon personal knowledge.

While this video does not teach a certain science concept or math formula, it emphasizes the importance of the Internet as a tool to collaborate with other teachers.  The importance for instructors to share and network with other educators around the world are imperative in this fast-paced society and globalizing world.  By learning from others, we can improve and fine-tune the quality of instruction in our schools and communities.  The art of education is constant change and always the mentality of life-long learning.  With education changing, curriculum instruction evolving, the use of the Internet and networking to communicate, share, provide feedback, critique, and collaborate are small steps for educators to connect and feel like a part of a community in the larger context of this world.

http://www.glp.net/blog/afghanistan-higher-education-project-portal-05-31-2011

Youtube Channel from South African teachers to Rwanda teachers (actual math and science lesson plans using technology)

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This particular lesson is a channel that allows teachers to gather actual lesson plans from these videos using technology and various resources to convey material.  There are learning outcomes, assessment standards, and the actual lesson plan explicated in each video.  This particular video focuses on physical and chemical changes in the behavior of gases.  The video takes the audience into the lab and uses actual resources to visually show what is happening.  It takes the audience step by step by providing a circumstance and situation and allows students to make hypotheses to why these things happen.  This is important for student collaboration and the fostering of critical thinking among students.  After these things are demonstrated, there is an explanation provided visually for students to see how these concepts come into play.

This video can be shown to teachers for concept cementing and grasping difficult concepts.  It can also be shown to students if resources are not available to replicate in the classroom.  The students will at least be exposed to these things and learn to grasp these concepts.  If possible, instructors can use the lab exercises and teaching techniques and strategies in their own classroom.  The technologies provided and exhibited in the video can help students actually understand and further apply these concepts.

The video also provides summaries and concepts learned quite often solidifying the already established concepts throughout the video.  While videos can be difficult to sometimes watch and understand in one time, students and instructors can replay and watch videos over and over again to grasp the concept.  This video channel has a wide array of math and science lessons provided in this same format.  There are over 300 videos to help students globally.  This is overall an excellent channel for teachers around the globe to use and implement in the classroom.  Something to note is that a lot of these lessons need to have pre-lessons where students will have to know the basic knowledge of the concepts, because many of these lessons build upon certain concepts.

Teaching other Teachers: Liberia

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LIBERIA: This video clip demonstrates an actual lesson plan and how the instructor, Sunnie, teaches his students. His math lesson is on finding factors and explicates this concept by providing two methods. He verbally and visually describes how you can accomplish this lesson. He is quite clear but talks a bit fast. Students may not completely understand him at the pace he is teaching. His lesson takes a grand total of six minutes; however, his lesson is not to teach the actual students but to provide a brief glimpse to other educators how this lesson can be taught. He did an excellent job with the resources he had and verbal clarity to convey the concepts of the lesson. Some suggestions are providing tangible visuals so that students can see how practically and in real-life situations this concept can be used. While rote memorization was popular traditionally, the education system has encouraged instructors to incorporate lessons practically in students’ lives so that application could cement their knowledge into their everyday lives.