10 Lessons in Digital Literacy

10 Lessons in Digital Literacy

This e-booklet contains a collection of ten lesson plans to help you develop students' digital literacies and critical thinking skills. Based around authentic infographics the lessons start by using discussion to help students access what they already know about the topics and then move on to comprehension and a range of tasks that help students to explore the validity and authenticity of the information they find. They finish with structured research and presentation tasks that encourage students to work collaboratively and share what they have learned. The lessons progress through a range of tasks that engage student’s interest, encourage them to: -: interact and share what they know -: develop their abilities to extract information from text and graphics -: view information critically -: check the credibility and validity of information -: develop online research skills -: use web based tools to create surveys and data visualisations The lessons cover a range of topics including: -: Advertising and how it influences us -: Body language and how to understand it -: Introverts and extroverts and how they differ -: Emotional intelligence and how it impacts on our relationships -: Facts about hair -: Happiness and what effects it -: Developing study skills -: The environment and waste caused by clothes manufacturing -: Daily habits of the world's wealthiest people -: The history of marriage and weddings Each lesson includes: -: A step by step teachers guide with advice and answer key -: Worksheets to print for students
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Thinking Critically through Digital Media

Thinking Critically through Digital Media

In a world where anyone with an internet connection can access, create and share information, opinions and beliefs, it has become increasingly important that students are not only able to assess the credibility of sources but also to look more deeply at the underlying motivations, beliefs and bias of the creator. Thinking Critically through Digital Media enables teachers to use authentic materials and digital tools combined with motivating communicative tasks to develop students’ abilities to function as critical and well informed digital citizens. The book contains a wide range of tasks, activities and 10 complete lesson/project plans that teachers can use to help students understand visually presented information, how and why the information was collected, research and check the validity of the sources on which the information was based and think about and share how the materials relate to their own lives.
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20 Tech Enhanced Activities for the Language Classroom

20 Tech Enhanced Activities for the Language Classroom

This ebook was designed to be the first in a series of collections of the simple activities and ideas I have used over many years when delivering teaching and teacher training sessions that incorporate the use of digital technologies. The ideas use simple free tools that have stood the test of time and remained consistently reliable. The teaching ideas and activities themselves are ones that I have adapted from my pre-technology teaching days, so they are all built on sound classroom teaching practice. The activities are ideal for the modern connected classroom in which students come to class with a variety of devices, but they can also be used in a blended context and students can be assigned some parts of the tasks to do outside of the classroom. I have also included a collection of 8 video tutorials to help less tech confident teachers deal with the technology side of using the materials. I hope these materials will act as a bridge for teachers who are newer or less confident at using digital tools and materials and help them provide engaging and motivating language learning experiences for their students.
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Tech Enhanced Activities - Diagnostic Dictation

Tech Enhanced Activities - Diagnostic Dictation

This activity makes use of the https://primarypad.com/ tool to help make dictation activities more effective, easier to manage and a little more collaborative. You can use any text with this activity. You could choose one that includes a range of grammar or vocabulary items your students have been studying or you could select a text that contains a number of sounds your students have problems hearing.
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Tech Enhanced Activities - Find Someone QR

Tech Enhanced Activities - Find Someone QR

This is a common classroom activity that is often used to help new students get to know each other a little better or to practice a specific structure - often ‘Present Perfect’ for experience contrasted with ‘Past Simple’ for details of past events. It is based around a set of questions that usually ask about student experience, e.g. “Have you ever flown a kite?” Students mingle around the classroom asking the questions and finding out about each other’s experiences. At the end of the activity they share what they have learned. In this version of the activity students discover each new question by scanning a QR code with their phone or mobile device. They then take a picture or record a short interview of the person who answers the question.
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Tech Enhanced Activities - Developing Gist Reading

Tech Enhanced Activities - Developing Gist Reading

This is a gist reading activity that can be used with any text that is suitable for the level of the students. You just need to have a computer with a data projector and an internet connection. Developing gist reading can be a challenge in the paper dependent classroom. Even when you set a time limit and try to push students to read quickly it’s hard to stop them checking vocabulary that they are unsure of. In this activity the use of a cue-prompter helps to control the speed at which the students read. This gives the teacher control of the reading speed and helps push students to read for gist.
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Tech Enhanced Activities - If it Were My Home

Tech Enhanced Activities - If it Were My Home

This activity uses an information comparison site to supply students with data about different countries and help them compare it to their own country. The information the students discover is quite serious so this isn’t a suitable activity for younger learners, but the information can lead to some interesting discussions about perceptions of other countries, immigration and other issues related to social justice.
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Tech Enhanced Activities - Punctuating a Text

Tech Enhanced Activities - Punctuating a Text

This activity uses a collaborative online word processing tool to give students the opportunity to practice using and understanding the importance of punctuation. Using the tool enables teachers to monitor the students as they work together. The activity can be done in the physical classroom or in a synchronous online classroom.
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Tech Enhanced Activities - Phonemic Lyrics

Tech Enhanced Activities - Phonemic Lyrics

This activity uses a collection of web based tools and resources to get students listening and thinking about sounds and pronunciation. You can use the activity with poems or song lyrics as these work well to reinforce and help students remember sounds and pronunciation. This activity uses http://www.photransedit.com/Online/Text2Phonetics.aspx to take some of the work out of transcribing the words. The activity can be followed up using: https://lyricstraining.com/. This site has a huge collection of ready made interactive music video based activities, so just select one or get your students to choose one.
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Tech Enhanced Activities - Reconstructing a Text

Tech Enhanced Activities - Reconstructing a Text

This is a simple reading activity that can encourage students to think about the structure of a text or dialogue and make connections between the parts of the text. You can use the activity with any short text or you could just use a couple of sentences and split them into sense chunks. The activity can be used to revise a text that students have already studied or as an initial reading task.
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Tech Enhanced Activities - Create a Grammar Infographic

Tech Enhanced Activities - Create a Grammar Infographic

This activity uses two digital tools and encourages students to share information and then build visualisations of the information. The first tool is http://www.tricider.com/ and students use this tool to share what they know about a specific grammar point. The second tool is https://www.draw.io/ and they use this tool to create a visualisation of the information.
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Tech Enhanced Activities - Making Text Interesting

Tech Enhanced Activities - Making Text Interesting

This activity uses http://primarypad.com/ to help students work collaboratively on a text through peer edit. It also uses http://www.telescopictext.com to show how a simple boring sentence can be developed into a descriptive paragraph. You can also use http://www.telescopictext.org/ to create your own example sentences.
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Tech Enhanced Activities - Reviewing Text Content

Tech Enhanced Activities - Reviewing Text Content

This activity uses word clouds to help students review the texts they have been studying over the semester. This is a good activity to use before exams or at the end of the semester to help students review what they have learned.
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Tech Enhanced Activities - An Interactive narrative

Tech Enhanced Activities - An Interactive narrative

This activity uses an interactive story website. You can work through the story in class using a projector and then get the students to talk through and write up the story. The activity helps students to see the action developing through time and engages them in finding out how the story develops. The second part of the activity also encourages students to write collaboratively and use more descriptive language using the https://primarypad.com/ tool. This part of the activity can be done at home if students don’t have internet access in the classroom.
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Tech Enhanced Activities -  Grammar Speed Test

Tech Enhanced Activities - Grammar Speed Test

In this activity students answer a number of multiple choice grammar questions and gamble imaginary money. They can gamble more or less money depending on how sure they are of the answer. This is an enjoyable way for students to test their understanding of grammar. Because this activity simulates gambling, you should think about whether it is culturally appropriate for the age and type of students you teach.
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Tech Enhanced Activities - Set a World Record

Tech Enhanced Activities - Set a World Record

This activity uses a website that has a collection of videos related to world records. Many of the videos are of very ordinary people inventing very simple world records. They then send the videos to the site. The activity gets students talking together about world records and they then use their phone camera to create a short video together. This is an entertaining way to give students some speaking practice and get them working collaboratively together.
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Tech Enhanced Activities - Simplifying Text

Tech Enhanced Activities - Simplifying Text

This activity is based around an online tool called Rewordify that analyses the vocabulary in text and simplifies it. The tool also analyses the text and provides some vocabulary building activities for students to use to consolidate what they learn. It’s a useful tool to teach students to use so that they can tackle more complex texts and work autonomously to improve their own vocabulary.
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Tech Enhanced Activities - Texting English

Tech Enhanced Activities - Texting English

This activity uses a transcription tool to change text to SMS texting language. In the activity students will try to read and understand short SMS texts and translate them back to formal English. The activity can make reading short texts a bit more interesting and engaging for students and can also lead to a better understanding of the SMS texting genre in English. The activity can be used as a lead in to a greater exploration of the genre.
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Tech Enhanced Activities - A Video Resume

Tech Enhanced Activities - A Video Resume

In this activity students create a short animated video CV/resume to present themselves to the rest of the class. This is a good activity to use with business students at the start of the course or with an online course when you want students to get to know each other. The activity uses the https://www.mysimpleshow.com/ web tool. This tool allows users to create animated presentation videos. The tool is simple to use but creates quite impressive results.
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Tech Enhanced Activities - Creating a Close Test

Tech Enhanced Activities - Creating a Close Test

This activity use a tool that enables teachers and students to create interactive cloze tests. It’s very quick and easy to use and you can create a cloze test using any text within minutes. Within the activity the tool is used to raise awareness of features of grammar or vocabulary. You can also use the activity to encourage students to create their own tests and as a way to review or test their own grammar. You can use the activity to review a text that students have already studied or use a new text that students haven’t seen before.
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10 Lessons in Digital Literacy

10 Lessons in Digital Literacy

This e-booklet contains a collection of ten lesson plans to help you develop students' digital literacies and critical thinking skills. Based around authentic infographics the lessons start by using discussion to help students access what they already know about the topics and then move on to comprehension and a range of tasks that help students to explore the validity and authenticity of the information they find. They finish with structured research and presentation tasks that encourage students to work collaboratively and share what they have learned. The lessons progress through a range of tasks that engage student’s interest, encourage them to: -: interact and share what they know -: develop their abilities to extract information from text and graphics -: view information critically -: check the credibility and validity of information -: develop online research skills -: use web based tools to create surveys and data visualisations The lessons cover a range of topics including: -: Advertising and how it influences us -: Body language and how to understand it -: Introverts and extroverts and how they differ -: Emotional intelligence and how it impacts on our relationships -: Facts about hair -: Happiness and what effects it -: Developing study skills -: The environment and waste caused by clothes manufacturing -: Daily habits of the world's wealthiest people -: The history of marriage and weddings Each lesson includes: -: A step by step teachers guide with advice and answer key -: Worksheets to print for students
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