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  • Michael Coghlan
    Apr 28, 2014
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      Good article indeed. Thanks David,
       
      - Michael
       
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      From: "David Winet" <dwinet@...>
      Sent: 28/04/2014 4:10:52 AM
      Subject: [evonline2002_webheads] Singapore points the way
       
       

      Greetings fellow webheads!

      Check this out:

      http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/singapore-plows-ahead-u-s-technology-classrooms-n90086

      Specifically:

      "Glitzy tech that serves no purpose other than being cool is frowned upon.
      In classrooms in Singapore, digital devices are increasingly viewed as a
      means to bring students together in collaboration, rather than separate
      them further."

      "In contrast, American students who have tools like tablets and computers
      in the classroom often use them in isolation, powering through interactive
      worksheets and online quizzes. Indeed, technology.s main purpose often
      seems to be giving students personalized learning paths and a way to
      progress at their own pace."

      Soooo, in this spirit I have been using http://groupme.com with writing
      students who use their cellphones in class to participate - I polled them
      on their satisfaction with it: 8/10 was the average score!

      ESL classes that don't start to incorporate the best features of mobile
      devices are going to seem like dinosaurs and eventually suffer the same
      fate. Let's not condemn ourselves to such a fate.

      It's not about MOOCs; it's about exchanging energy, just in English.

      Dave Winet




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