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The Return of The One Comment Project



In July of 2009, I launched The One Comment A Day Project. My mission was to promote new bloggers and bring comments to existing blogs. Initially, The One Comment A Day Project burst on to the scene with the celerity of a gazelle, however, it soon became another faded project. The members of the ning remained, however, the collaborative dialogue that…

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Added by Andrew Marcinek on February 12, 2010 at 9:57am — No Comments

Great News

Great News shows promise and hope that the world can be FREE.. free to

practice and believe as their hearts guide them without repercussion.

It enables us to feel free to look within ourselves as well as within

our higher selves for answers that were always there just rarely

utilized. There is hope of an opening in our consciousness to create

the world of love, peace and kindness that it is meant to be. A world

free of hate and dis-ease and wars. The energies of… Continue

Added by Kalena Moon on February 7, 2010 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Universe Spirituality resonates with me on many different levels as a parent as a wife and as an individual there are different faucets that have intrigued me. My focus in the studies and understandi…

Universe Spirituality resonates with me on many different levels as a

parent as a wife and as an individual there are different faucets that

have intrigued me. My focus in the studies and understandings of my own

growing spirituality have taken me down roads unseen to me as an

unknowing functioning person in society. Looking deeper into the

growing spirituality and oneness that has been incorporated into my

being; I have found myself as bigger than I even imagined.… Continue

Added by Kalena Moon on February 7, 2010 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Building a PLN in my country

I am an educator coming from a family of educators. I am working on building my personal learning network in my country. What I learn here I try so spread in my country. Good education can help solve many of our problems. Our teachers need to be educated on how to built their PLN.

Added by Samir Fatani on February 6, 2010 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Status Quo 101: It’s a Race to the End

I started this as a response to Clay Burell’s (Blog, Twitter) post, “Barbarians with Laptops: An Unreasonable Fear?” and half way through decided to move it to my blog due to its length. The spark for this train of thought was the statement by Nathan Lowell (… Continue

Added by Greg Thompson on February 2, 2010 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Peyton Manning Can Call Audibles, Can you?



I'm not afraid to admit it. Standardization -- it scares me.



It's the monster under the bed, lurking in the closet, rumbling around in the attic of my mind. Its the haunting moans in the walls of the profession, a harbinger of doom. In fact at times, in states of sleep deprived overly-dramatic hyperbolization, it is the end of days. At least in my head.



Its not common concepts, core values, or normalized skill sets that go… Continue

Added by Jason Flom on February 2, 2010 at 4:52am — No Comments

one more idea...very overwhelming

Added by Brad Campbell on February 1, 2010 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Rethinking School 101: Seven Ideas to Inspire Conversation

I am regularly amazed at the effect that Twitter can have on my thinking. Actually, not so much Twitter itself, but rather the links, shared by others, that I click through on. Today I came across an article by Maria Lorena Lehman at the web site SensingArchitecture.com titled… Continue

Added by Greg Thompson on February 1, 2010 at 4:36pm — 1 Comment

Hi, Maryann

Barb and I have set up our own blogs and now we want help in setting up blogs for our students in the classroom. Help!!

Added by Wendelin Miller on January 31, 2010 at 11:15pm — No Comments

Are the Beatles good for English teaching?

I often get customers who want to know what lines from Beatles songs mean. Does anyone else get this? Some of their later stuff can be quite challenging!

On the one hand, it's good that customers have found a hook to hang their interest in the language on. But is it always a good idea to use song texts?

Am spending the afternoon actively listening to John, Paul, Ringo and George in the hope of finding some answers.

Added by Olaf Elch on January 31, 2010 at 8:11am — 3 Comments

Using Cloud Computing to Improve School Communication

If schools are going to use technology to improve organizational processes, it’s important their leaders consider moving many of the school’s daily operations onto a cloud-based network. MORE...

Added by Shawn Roner on January 29, 2010 at 12:12pm — No Comments

A Journey in TEFL

SNOWBALL FIGHTING IN THE CLASSROOM



When we feel that students are bored, we tend to change the pace and move to a more energising activity. This one is something like that. However, I use it as a gap filler or an fun activity after I introduce the new topic. It sounds a bit childish, though it always works with older students too. My students are grade 10 and grade 11 and every year at least once I use it in my class. Last week before the holiday as a whole class we played our… Continue

Added by Eva Büyüksimkeşyan on January 27, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Blog Report - ELT blogosphere January 2010

Here's a list of some of the great articles recently published by various Bloggers in ELT: some I wrote, most I read!



TEACHING ENGLISH : ISSUES AND TOPICS

**What do Mirror Neurons have to do with Language Learning or Teaching? Anything?

Kalinago English



**Should L1 be banned from the classroom?…

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Added by Karenne Sylvester on January 26, 2010 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Why Bring 'This I Believe' Essays and Podcasts into Your English Classroom?

Why Bring ‘This I Believe’ Essays and Podcasts Into Your English Classroom?



What are your core beliefs? More importantly, what are the core beliefs of your English students? How do you know? Do you like listening to quality radio essays to improve listening skills and critical thinking skills? Are you looking for a friendly way to gently nudge your EFL students into reflecting on their experiences and expressing their ideas?



If so, you might want to consider adding This I… Continue

Added by Eric H. Roth on January 25, 2010 at 3:53am — 1 Comment

Five Apps for Busy Educators

Staying organized during a hectic school year is certainly a difficult task. With hundreds of e-mails, phone messages, parent conferences, and meetings, staying organized can seem impossible. To help, I’ve put together a short list of helpful apps I use to stay on top of things. MORE...

Added by Shawn Roner on January 23, 2010 at 5:59pm — 1 Comment

Using #edchat in the classroom

First to set some context:



I'm retired. 30 years in the Printing business, then seven years teaching design with a brief but very exciting interlude with a dot.com start up called Chapbooks.com which delivered the ability for teachers to publish their students work in printed using the web and POD technology. It was 1998 - 2000. I like to think that the idea was just right, but that the technology was still too immature. At any rate, we raised $1.5 million and spent $1.8 million.… Continue

Added by Michael J on January 20, 2010 at 7:39am — 13 Comments

Spring in the step

I feel like I am finally getting back the school vibe as day one draws near. I cleaned up my blog, opened a few windows and wrote a new post, called Encouraging Student Backchat.

Added by Shaun Wood on January 19, 2010 at 3:32am — No Comments

13 Considerable Factors Before You Buy Essays!

What criterion do you have to judge to buy an essay online? … It is very common that every time you search for an essay writing service to buy essay, you get thousands of sites in the search engine result. This huge list of sites makes it really complicated for you to pick one out of thousands services available claiming to be the best in… Continue

Added by Maria Pittman on January 18, 2010 at 1:11am — 1 Comment

Teaching about the Earthquake in Haiti (resources and links)

The following is a list of resources to use in the classroom for teaching about the earthquake in Haiti. I hope they can be of some assistance. Feel free to comment with additional resources.



PBS News Hour Extra: Island Nation of Haiti Reels After Earthquake Causes 'Enormous' Damage



Reading Rockets:… Continue

Added by Kurt Schollin on January 15, 2010 at 11:39am — No Comments

I'm going to stay at home and teach!

Well I really think I will. No I suppose I can't see senior management being happy but today did get me thinking. School is now open after the Snow of late however I'm still Snowed in! I can't even get the car up the drive let alone to a gritted road over 2 miles away. So faced with the tedious task of setting cover this morning I took a leaf from a fellow Twitter user I'm following (@DeputyMitchell, I'm sure he won't mind me giving a mention) and held a live online lesson with my Year 7… Continue

Added by Jamie Bowring on January 11, 2010 at 4:48pm — No Comments

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