January 2011Andrew Orr Learning 'from' or 'with'.. 'With' – constructive learning environments enhance cognitive powers learn through design learners take control 'From' – keyboard vs. pen and paper motivation and learning completion of objectives simulation of senses
January 2011Andrew Orr Learners learn to read by reading: there is no other way. (Ray Williams) Reading online – with classroom support real-world critical skill discussion journal pleasure
January 2011Andrew Orr BBC NEWS Europe24 November 2010 Paris woman trapped for 20 days in bathroom "You could hear banging sounds, like a hammer, even at night," one neighbour told local media. "But we thought they were doing work at night. We said: 'They are going too far! They are preventing us from sleeping!' If only we had known....'"
January 2011Andrew Orr Result from checking against Oxford 3000 Paris woman trapped for 20 days in bathroom The trapped woman survived on nothing but warm water for 20 days An elderly woman has survived being trapped in her bathroom in Paris for 20 days, after the door lock jammed. The room had no window or phone so the 69-year-old was unable to tell anyone but she tapped on pipes during the night, hoping to alert her neighbours. They thought the noise was DIY work and started a petition to have it stopped. But a few people realised they had not seen the pensioner recently and called the authorities, who sent in a rescue crew. Firefighters broke into her second-floor flat in Epinay-sous-Senart and reportedly found her lying on the ground in the bathroom, in a " very weakened " state. The woman, who has not been named, had survived on warm tap water for almost three weeks. She is now recovering in hospital. " You could hear banging sounds, like a hammer, even at night," one neighbour told local media. " But we thought they were doing work at night. We said : " They are going too far! They are preventing us from sleeping! " If only we had known...."" Words checked =  Words in Oxford 3000 = [94%] http://www.oxfordadvancedlearnersdictionary.com/oxford_3000_profiler.html
January 2011Andrew Orr Result from checking against Oxford 3000 Paris alertDIYpetition realised pensionercrewFirefighters reportedly weakenedbanging Words checked =  Words in Oxford 3000 = [94%] http://www.oxfordadvancedlearnersdictionary.com/oxford_3000_profiler.html
January 2011Andrew Orr The Telegraph Technology becomes most popular homework excuse... My computer crashed. I couldn't connect to the internet. I emailed it to you, but it wouldn't send. I did my homework but deleted it by accident. I spilt my drink on the computer and it broke. I finished my homework but couldn't save it. A virus ate my homework.
January 2011Andrew Orr My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places. (A.A. Milne) Writing online – with classroom support often neglected real-world critical skill discussion published journal
January 2011Andrew Orr If you steal from one author, it's plagiarism; if you steal from many, it's research. ) Wilson Mizner) offers good advice for students embarking on essay writing http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/bitesize/
January 2011Andrew Orr Corpora in the classroom....and what they can offer. authenticity frequency context collocation prioritisation
January 2011Andrew Orr 1 I dont know how this will affect our relationship, Michael said. 2 healthy lifestyle. These programs affect people through TV, newspapers, 3 will form part of that debate and affect the outcome. I always enjoy 4 this currency crisis is less likely to affect the town because Asia isn't 5 arrest. How does (or might) this affect you in your job? First a ---------- 6 as having jobs available has no effect, says Mrs Williams. She 7global warming and the greenhouse effect, or instances of earthquakes, 8 as cease-fire agreements took effect in the Middle East, Britain 9 Routine has a calming effect on children, and they feel safe 10 is likely to have a negative effect on other family members. The The structure
January 2011Andrew Orr Complete the sentences using these near synonyms Quick, fastBig, large 1 I had a _______ word with Mickey. 2 He's going to miss a _______ game. In he 1990 replay 3 It's a _______ mistake to take lightly 4 very exciting. It's a _______ car but it's a very safe car. 5 which is the _______ lane? Can we 6 banker arranged for _______ sums of money to be 7 Let's have a _______ look at these types of media. 8 they go off politics. A _______ majority of people, Labour quick big fast large quick large
January 2011Andrew Orr Cause/effect language Cause: What happened first? Effect: What happened after? causeIllegal poaching Decline in numbers of protected species Lead toHer US film debutInternational fame and success Student as researcher Cause/effect reconnaissance mission Provide students with one cause/effect word, e.g. produce, or lead to Students study concordance lines which contain their word: http://corpus.byu.edu/bnc/ http://www.americancorpus.org/ http://corpus.byu.edu/bnc/ http://www.americancorpus.org/
January 2011Andrew Orr Student as researcher Commonly confused words Affect/effect; what's the difference? Online or paper dictionaries can help students define commonly confused words. http://www.easydefine.com/ http://dictionary.reference.com/ http://www.easydefine.com/ http://dictionary.reference.com/ implyinfer acceptexcept continualcontinuous definitedefinitive elicitillicit citesite adaptadopt precedeproceed
January 2011Andrew Orr This much I know..But I'd like to know..Now I have learned.. Student as researcher What I Know, Want, Learned.. Choose a product to evaluate, i.e. a smartphone Listen to a podcast or watch a video on that product e.g. http://www.abc.net.au/http://techcrunch.com/ http://www.engadget.comhttp://www.pocket-lint.com http://www.videojug.com/http://www.techmeme.com/ http://mashable.com/http://www.theregister.co.uk http://www.abc.net.au/http://techcrunch.com/ http://www.engadget.comhttp://www.pocket-lint.com http://www.videojug.com/http://www.techmeme.com/ http://mashable.com/http://www.theregister.co.uk
January 2011Andrew Orr Student as researcher Strengths: What are the best features of the product? Why are they better than their competitors? Weaknesses: Are there any missing features? Is it likely to have wide appeal? Opportunities: What is the future of the product? Who are the future consumers? Threats: Is the product safe to use? Might there be future legal implications? SWOT analysis Choose a product to evaluate according to this criteria.
January 2011Andrew Orr Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I'll remember; involve me and I'll learn. forget, remember, involve, tell, learn, show
January 2011Andrew Orr Some practical considerations Ask yourself.. Did I accomplish my teaching goals? Did students complete a set of objectives? Was the content relevant and were students motivated? Could the same have been achieved without the use of media? Did students have a certain amount of autonomy? Did I support interaction between students and computers, other students and myself? Ask your students.. Are there other cultural points we could cover? How well have you learned key words and expressions? Did you fail to understand anything? Do you have any suggestions as to how we could use media and technology in class?
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