sábado, 21 de mayo de 2016

Writefull

Writefull is an app that provides feedback on your writing by checking your text against databases of correct language. The databases used are Google Books, Google Scholar, Google News, and Google Web. 

You can use Writefull in any writing tool from MS Word to Gmail. Simply select a piece of text, hit the short-key to activate the Writefull popover, and choose one of its options. 


 

Tutorial:

Writefull on Twitter: 
On Facebook: 

Blog: 

More information about Writefull in Spanish by Juan Diego Polo: 

lunes, 16 de mayo de 2016

National Geographic. Teaching Resources

The National Geographic Society, a nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to exploring our planet, protecting wildlife and habitats, and helping assure that students in K-12 are geographically literate, offers teaching resources, units, lessons, activities, guides, and educational games for K-12 teachers.

Resources are grouped K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 and can be filtered to streamline searches.

Education blog:

On YouTube (Young Learners)
On Google+: https://plus.google.com/+NatGeoEdOrg/about

jueves, 12 de mayo de 2016

LitCharts

LitCharts is an online site from the creators of SparkNotes.

It provides literature guides for more or less 300 literary classics. Its charts can be viewed online and downloaded in a PDF file. Each chart presents a bulleted-list-style summary of every single plot point in the book side-by-side with analysis and color-coded themes for each point. The interactive data visualizations of books are awesome.


lunes, 9 de mayo de 2016

Gif Lingua

Interesting site based on animated GIF images as a good resource to provide visual contents for English language learning.

Images are arranged into categories: Pronunciation, News, Music, Videos and Levels 1-6. Have a look at a section called Books. You will find many extra supporting materials.


Gif Lingua on Twitter: https://twitter.com/giflingua
Gif Lingua on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/giflingua

jueves, 5 de mayo de 2016

MOOC Open eTwinning

Today, May 5 registration for this new 5-unit MOOC on eTwinning, the first offered in English by INTEF, is officially open.

The eTwinning action, launched in January 2005, is an initiative of the European Commission that promotes school collaboration in Europe through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by providing support, tools and services for schools.

The MOOC concludes on June 29. All the participants who complete it succesfully will be issued a digital badge that can be stored in EducaLAB's backpack.

Pay attention to the MOOC's hashtag on Twitter: #twinmooc

More information:

martes, 3 de mayo de 2016

ChemWiki

The ChemWiki is a collaborative approach toward chemistry education based on an open access wiki environment to supplant conventional paper-based books and an effort to supply chemistry knowledge to the community. It's development is currently directed by UC Davis Professor Delmar Larsen.

The ChemWiki provides students and teachers with an explanation of the core, textmaps, wikitexts, homework, worksheets and visualizations. The materials covered include: organic, inorganic, physical, and analytic chemistry.

jueves, 28 de abril de 2016

Colorín Colorado

Colorín Colorado is a US bilingual website in English and Spanish serving parents and teachers of English language learners in grades PreK-12. It receives major funding from the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association.

Colorín Colorado provides free multimedia materials on bilingual education (videos, toolkits, activities, articles...) and advice to parents and schools.


martes, 26 de abril de 2016

World Press Freedom Day

The United Nations General Assembly declared May 3 to be World Press Freedom Day or World Press Day to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press.

Press plays an important role in ESL & EFL learning. The following interactive resource will help your students know about the problems that jounalists face when doing their job.

The World Press Freedom Index ranks 180 countries according to the level of freedom available to journalists. Published every year since 2002 by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the Index has a growing influence as a tool that reminds governments of their duty to respect the right to freedom expression.

sábado, 23 de abril de 2016

Excellence Gateway

The Excellence Gateway is now the Education and Training Foundation’s resources portal. It provides online access to interesting resources for everyone working in the education and training sector. 

You can search and browse for over 6,000 resources, register and store your favourites.

lunes, 18 de abril de 2016

Earth Day. Educational resources

April 22 is Earth Day, an annual event, that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970. This celebration (in more than 190 countries each year) is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.

You can find information about the history of Earth Day on:

A collection of educational resources for teaching about Earth Day:

Natural Education Association:

Teachervision

Free Technology for Teachers

ScienceNetLlinks

sábado, 16 de abril de 2016

The Kid Should See This

Growing library of smart and cool not-made-for-kids but perfect for them videos. They can be watched in the classroom or at home. 

This collection of videos can spark questions and inspire exploration, conversation and additional research for all ages. 

More than 2.400 videos grouped into topics (science, technology, space, animals, food, DIY, music, animation, and art) for curious minds curated since 2011 by Rion Nakaya.

lunes, 11 de abril de 2016

ELT Resources on Pearltrees by Verónica Alconchel (@Veronica_elt)

Pearltrees is a visual and collaborative curation tool that allows you to organize, explore and share any URL, as well as to upload photos, files, notes, etc. It is a very useful tool when collecting and sharing learning & teaching resources for ELT students.

This amazing collection by Verónica Alconchel Pertejo, an ESL teacher from Zaragoza, will help you find the best resources organized by categories.


Don't forget to visit her blog:


Also on Pinterest:

viernes, 8 de abril de 2016

World Health Day

World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated annually on the 7th April. The theme for 2016 was Beat Diabetes.

Here you can find a complilation of World Health Organization (WHO) infographics. WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health established on 7th April 1948. It could be a good idea to use them in order to promote health messages through visuals in the classroom.


More resources on WHO mediacentre.

martes, 5 de abril de 2016

Philosophers in the Schools Program

The University of Washington's Center for Philosophy for Children developes this program dedicated to introducing philosophy to K-12 students by using chindren's books and activities to inspire explorationof life's essential questions.

On their web site lots of resources are available:






Over 100 lessons plans for using literature to introduce philosophy:
Games and exercises:

Philosophy with Young People (Blog):

Links to interesting sites about philosophy for young people:

jueves, 31 de marzo de 2016

Cram. Online flashcards

Flashcards can be fun and effective when learning a foreign language. They are great resources to study, memorize and test yourself. There are many ways of using them both with individuals and groups. On the benefits of flashcards in learning:

The internet is a great source of flashcards. You'll find many places on the web that offer them, for example, Cram.

Cram, originally called Flashcard Exchange was founded in January 2001. Since that time, the site has grown into the largest online source of flashcards and a thriving community of educators, students, and all types of enthusiastic learners.


You can also find other mobile flashcards for your Android or iPhone device:

Web site:

Cram (Tag: English)

martes, 29 de marzo de 2016

Ask Smithsonian

Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and several research facilities.

Ask Smithsonian is a part of Smithsonian website which provides a collection of educational videos for common questions about History, Science, Nature, etc. Each of them is answered with the help of interactive and funny videos. All the videos range from 60-80 seconds in length.


jueves, 24 de marzo de 2016

Teachers TryScience

Teachers TryScience is a collaborative web site developed by the New York Hall of Science, IBM Corporation and teachengineering.org to bring best practices in design-based learning to schools in order to challenge students to engineer solutions through their knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering an Math (STEM)

It provides elementary school students with a collection of free and engaging lessons and science activities. You can browse them by topic, by age and by estimated time required.


lunes, 21 de marzo de 2016

NeoK12

Comprehensive collection of educational video clips and games (quizz games, puzzles, vocabulary…) for kids that are in grades kindergarten through 12th grade, covering the subjects of science, math, health, social studies and Engilish.

All videos and lessons linked are safe for kids and have been reviewed by teachers. They can be viewed on other sites but it is easier to find them here.

Access to some of their items require a paid subscription.

Good stuff to make lessons more exciting and visual.


jueves, 17 de marzo de 2016

Arcademic Skill Builders

Online educational video games, originally born as a side project in the research department of the University of Kansas School of Education.

A very useful approach to learning basic math, language arts, vocabulary and thinking skills and an engaging way to let your students enjoy and practice a skill at the same time.


Also available on GooglePlay as an Android App:

lunes, 14 de marzo de 2016

Happy Pi Day

Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant pi π in the US. Pi Day is observed on March 14 (3/14) since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of π. 

The earliest known official or large-scale celebration of Pi Day was organized by Larry Shaw in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium

Pi Day can be celebrated in a number of ways, most commonly by eating pies, discussing its significance, holding math quizzes etc.

Some ideas and resources to celebrate Pi Day in English:

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