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Latest gems from around the world

Talofa everyone

 This is my latest roundup of great 'gems' that I have discovered from around the world. Most of these connections have been made through twitter it is a great way to stay in touch and to be informed. I hope you have fun dipping into a few of them and discovering something new. 

 ESOL Readings and Resources


  • Understanding the different writing styles. Jill Hammond on the VLN Blended e-Learning Literacy group, this post includes suitable digital tools for each writing genre as well as the purpose, language features, planning and exemplars.

Use of technology

I can see great potential for this tool particularly with older students.

  • Google drive cheat sheet. This is for those of you like me who have difficulty remembering all those quick short cut key combinations. A chart you can print off and have alongside you as you type. It is on the Shake Up learning site
  • 21 Good iPad Apps for Middle School Teachers to Try This Summer,  Richard Bryne on ipad apps for school site, a google Slideshare.
  • CREATING A SOCIAL ASYNCHRONOUS WEBINAR Nathan hall,  Wordpress. This is an innovative idea on delivering an interactive webinar where anyone can participate even if they are not present at the time it is being delivered. Take a look and see what you think. It might have potential as a way for us to deliver professional development to teachers.  
  • Twitter: Best Practices For Educators #Reinventing Writing  By Vicki Davis on June 11, 2014 Edudemic.
  • Open-source software tools for TESOL professionals , Beth Crumpler, Thursday, June 12, 2014 on Multi briefs exclusive.
  • Five Visual Dictionaries and Thesauri for Students on Free Technology for Teachers by Richard Byrne, Monday, October 7, 2013 also Five Tools That Help Students Plan Stories Thursday, December 19, 2013



It would be great to get some feedback on what you have found useful. This would guide me as to what teachers are most interested in reading and learning about.