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English-based phonetic spelling - truespel

Trials with high school ESL students shows that they can learn truespel phonetics in less than an hour. In a few days they were writing phonetic notes with it. This is a new capability. Phonetics becomes simple and easy.Now in USA there is a common core requirement for k-1 "phonetics". This is not specified. Truespel is the perfect method for native English initial learners and ESL learners as well. Phonetics is ...more »

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Crowdsourced Online Learning on MentorMob

There are more than a few problems that keep students from engaging in effective self directed online learning, and MentorMob, like Khan Academy and Edmodo, are working to leverage technology in order to disrupt education. MentorMob is a learning platform that allows anyone to build sequential "Learning Playlists" on topics that interest them. The community can then rate, comment on, and add to Playlists that have already ...more »

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The first global & digital Spellathon

Spellathon provides a free resource for teachers and their students to practice English spelling in the class room and at home in a fun and engaging way. Spellathon is also the biggest, best and most exciting global sponsored spelling competition ever. All Schools, Colleges and University Unions will receive 25% of the income fundraised by their students! Stephen Fry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Fry) is involved ...more »

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Free Open Courseware Offers Learning to Anyone/Anywhere/Anytime

The non-profit Khan Academy offers free world-class online learning for K-12 Common Core subjects. I ran across this outstanding technology web-based resource today while researching open courseware and was astounded at what is being offered free to anyone. It is so compelling I just needed to share this website with other educators and students who may not be aware of its potential for advancing global learning to anyone, ...more »

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Using English-based phonetics for literacy integration

Phonetics needs to be rebased in English, the lingua franca of the world to be more useful. The present international phonetics (IPA) and US dictionary keys are not user friendly because of special symbols. Not writeable That's why they are not used in schools for reading instruction, and not used in media or government publications. There is an answer. There is only one phonetic system in US English designed as a ...more »

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Incubator for Everybody

While not a school, we're helping people to learn and grow by creating a culture of collaboration and entrepreneurship where the norm is to pursue your ideas and interests. By getting people hooked into the community and providing that community with resources and tools for self-education, we hope to inspire students and non-students alike to edify themselves with the purpose of achieving their goals.

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Digital Content & Standards

Not all digital content is created equal. Engagement and motivation need to collide with standards, curriculum priorities, assessment, sound instruction and feedback.

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Bring Your Own Device

Allow students to bring their own mobile learning devices to school to help personalize learning. Work with local Internet service providers to create affordable opportunities for students to get reliable access at school and at home.

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Look at opportunity to reach learners outside schools

Technology is most appropriately used for the hardest to reach learners: those outside of schools or served by poor quality schools. The US Census Bureau reports that 41% of the working age population has no more than a High School level education: http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-14.pdf

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Wiki-based Text-to-Speech Tutorials

New high quality text-to-speech voices allow computers and mobile devices to deliver interactive, takling tutorials. Wikipedia has shown how reference material can be authored collaboratively. Now we need to collaborate on learning materials. http://slidespeech.org

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NEW and free digital resource for practicing english spelling.

Spellathon provides a new free resource for teachers and their students to practice English spelling in the class room and at home in a fun and engaging way.

 

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Use Google Earth as a learning platform

I use Google Earth as the learning platform for math activities and lessons. My website, RealWorldMath.org provides teachers with lesson resources that promote active learning and constructivism. The best thing about this is that with Google Earth I can easily connect with ideas from other subject areas such as Science or History. By presenting ideas in a virtual world setting, students can see the relevance of ideas ...more »

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