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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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 - 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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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 - 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 - 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 - 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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Digital Tools for Teachers

Digital Tools for Teachers

This book has been written and designed primarily with English language teachers in mind though the majority of the resources and tools contained in the book will have much wider use than just language teaching. The book contains more than 70 tools and resources and these have been hand picked because they represent a broad cross-section of what is at present available. The chapters of the book are divided into simple pedagogical tasks that most teachers need to carry out or help their students with and the descriptions of the resources are suitably concise to make the book easy for a stressed teacher to access and browse in a few spare moments between classes. The sites, apps and resources within the book have been divided into the following chapters: Reading Tools Writing Tools Speaking Tools Listening Tools Grammar Tools Presentation Tools Poll & Survey Tools Infographic Tools Course Creation Tools At present each chapter contains between 5 – 10 different sites that have been selected to help you make a quick choice of the tools you need. All of the tools and resources selected for the book are either free or have a usable permanent freemium offering, so you will never be forced to pay for any of these resources in order to sustain the work you are doing with your students. Over the coming years it is my intention to regularly review and expand on the contents of this book. If you would like to be involved and assist in this process you can do so by: Suggesting tools to be included in future editions Writing an entry about a tool you have used and found useful Reporting a dead link or a tool or resource that has become commercially unviable for teachers Reporting a typo or factual error. Anyone who contributes in any of the ways above will get a brief mention in the next edition of the book along with a link to their own blog or website.
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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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Exploiting Infographics - For Digital Literacy & Critical Thinking

Exploiting Infographics - For Digital Literacy & Critical Thinking

This ebook was designed with English language teachers in mind but should have some value for any teacher who is interested in developing their students’ digital literacy and critical thinking skills. The book contains a wide range of suggested activities for both the creation and exploitation of infographics in the classroom. It also helps teachers with tips and advice on how to plan and create infographics and suggestions for which tools to use to produce different types of infographic. Exploiting Infographics follows on from 10 Lessons in Digital Literacy, which is a collection of lesson plans based around infographics, and looks in more depth at the genre and how infographics can be used as both sources of information and as creative learning tasks for students. The tasks that accompany the infographics are intended to encourage students to think more critically about the information they are exposed to and to question the sources of information they find whilst browsing the internet. Exploiting Infographics should help teachers to start creating their own tasks activities and lesson plans for students and to integrate infographics in a way that will enhance students’ critical thinking, digital literacy, language and communication skills.
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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 aims of the lessons are to: -: develop student's digital literacies -: help them to think more critically about online information -: develop their ability discuss and develop ideas around information and understand how it applies to their own lives. 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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Emotional Intelligence - Lessons in Digital Literacy

Emotional Intelligence - Lessons in Digital Literacy

This lesson is based on an infographic about the importance of emotional intelligence (EI) and its role in our lives. In the lesson students will explore the differences between IQ and EI and develop an understanding of how they can improve their EI and how doing this can benefit them. Aims: To develop students’ understanding of EI and its importance. To develop students’ abilities to study and research effectively using digital tools. To develop students’ abilities to read and understand visual information. To develop students’ abilities to check the credibility of online information. To develop students’ abilities to carry out online research and to represent their findings visually. To develop students’ abilities to extract information from research and create informative text based on their findings. The lesson files include: Step by step lesson plan and answer key Presentation Photocopiable worksheets
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The Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People - Lessons in Digital Literacy

The Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People - Lessons in Digital Literacy

This lesson encourages students to think about their attitudes to wealth and the link between success and positive habit formation. It also helps them to question and explore the validity of online information. The aims of the lesson are: To develop students' critical thinking skills To help students explore and articulate their opinions. To help students understand and evaluate statistical information. To develop students' abilities to check and evaluate the credibility of information. To help students develop their abilities to carry out online factual research. To help students develop the ability to synergise information from a range of sources and formulate written arguments around that information. The lesson uses as its starting point an infographic about wealthy people and their habits:http://www.business-management-degree.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/richest-people.png The lesson is intended for classrooms where internet connectivity is provided. The materials can be used in a blended mode with the discussion materials used in the classroom and the digital research tasks can be set as homework. The lesson files contain: A complete lesson plan with step by step guidance All lesson worksheets and materials + answer keys A presentation including all the tasks for use in the classroom A text version of the tasks so that you can edit them to suit your students
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Digital Video - A manual for language teachers

Digital Video - A manual for language teachers

Digital Video is a 400 page multimedia manual for language teachers to help them build activities, courses and engaging materials for their students. From exploiting mobile apps on handheld devices to building video into blended and task based learning, Digital Video covers it all. With detailed technical support through a range of 26 tutorial videos, illustrated step-by-step guides and more than forty lesson examples and over 300 images, teachers can use this manual to build their confidence and find some of the best free video applications and resources online. Whether you are a novice teacher or an experienced trainer looking to develop your tech skills, this manual can help you with plain English explanations and practical online and face to face classroom suggestions. This is a PDF ebook with links to video tutorials.
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Breakfast around the World - Lessons in Digital Literacy

Breakfast around the World - Lessons in Digital Literacy

In the lesson students will find out about the different things people usually have for breakfast in different countries and they will develop an awareness of the importance of having a good breakfast. Aims: To develop students’ abilities to think critically and form informed opinions. To develop students’ abilities to understand statistical information. To develop students’ abilities to check the credibility of online information. To develop students’ abilities to carry out and create online research and to represent their findings visually. To develop students’ abilities to extract information from research and create informative text based on their findings.
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Breakfast around the World - Lessons in Digital Literacy

Breakfast around the World - Lessons in Digital Literacy

In the lesson students will find out about the different things people usually have for breakfast in different countries and they will develop an awareness of the importance of having a good breakfast. Aims: To develop students’ abilities to think critically and form informed opinions. To develop students’ abilities to understand statistical information. To develop students’ abilities to check the credibility of online information. To develop students’ abilities to carry out and create online research and to represent their findings visually. To develop students’ abilities to extract information from research and create informative text based on their findings.
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