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The Importance of World Languages and Intercultural Competence

The national debate about education seems omnipresent in the media, whether on TV or the radio, in newspapers and magazines, or in social media, from …


Vocabulary Words New College Students Need to Gain a Competitive Edge

There is a set of vocabulary words that, if taken seriously, are designed to give students a competitive edge.

Hear me out -- I'm an English teacher. I believe in the power of words.

And by "new" students, I do not mean new college students, per se. I mean, specifically, first-generation college …


22 Hilariously Inappropriate Mistranslations

Because sometimes Google Translate just isn’t enough…

Until exploded? You sure?

Yes, this is an ob/gyn department, but this is still a bit harsh, no?

I’m not sure that’s such a good mixer for whiskey.

Lots of options to go with that whiskey.

Well I guess you can have some more if you really need it.

Is …

Creative Commons


If the promise of mobile technology in classrooms has been to equalize opportunities for all students through access to the internet, that potential …


Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 7 Effective Ways to Use iPad In Your Teaching

March 27, 2015
You have probably already used iPad on your lessons before, and you know that children love everything connected with modern …


6 important things you should know about how your brain learns

Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know …

The Brain

Finland schools: Subjects are out and ‘topics’ are in as country reforms its education system - Europe - World

Only far eastern countries such as Singapore and China outperform the Nordic nation in the influential Programme for International Student Assessment …


7 Ways to Hack Your Classroom to Include Student Choice

For a long time, when educators discussed differentiating instruction and meeting students’ individual needs, they did so through the framework of …


Top 20 in Educational Technology to Connect with through Social Media

Interested in growing your personal learning network? We informally queried the AACE community and beyond resulting in these top 20 suggestions for …

Education Technology

Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens


By David Price

Along with Google search, Wikipedia has become the first point of reference for most of us. Wikipedia’s first incarnation, …


Tossing Out Teaching by Subject as Part of a Modern High School Education

Educators around the world have been making expeditions to Finland to learn the secrets of the nation’s top performing students. Finnish students …


Research Seeks Scale For Measuring Student Engagement

Research Seeks Scale For Measuring Student Engagement

by TeachThought Staff

From a press release

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Educators believe that student …


The History of Modern Foreign Language Teaching - Arts & Humanities Research Council

A project funded by the AHRC has been looking at the history of Modern Foreign Language teaching in the UK and its future in education.

Who should …

British History

15 Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators

Living in the United States, I'm interested in "all things digital content" (especially in marketing, sales and educational contexts), organizational …

Digital Storytelling

The Learning Zone: Stepping Away from the Comfort Zone

Mar 24, 2015 | Posted by | Instructional Design, Learning | 0 comments |

Haveyou ever been "in the zone"? As an instructional designer have you ever …


Education Week

The notion that teachers improve over their first three or so years in the classroom and plateau thereafter is deeply ingrained in K-12 policy …


3 Important Shifts in Education

(I really struggled with the title of this post, because I am not really sure if these are “shifts” or just ideas that have evolved, and they are


Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: E-learning Visually Explained for Teachers

March 24, 2015
Electronic Learning, conventionally known as e-learning, is a digitally mediated type of learning. The standard way of lesson delivery …


After learning new words, brain sees them as pictures

When we look at a known word, our brain sees it like a picture, not a group of letters needing to be processed. That's the finding from a new study …

The Brain

Can we revive endangered languages? Should we?

Of the world’s more than 6,000 languages, up to half could be gone in the next fifty years.

But why? Findings published in September in the journal …


The Most Important Skill for Students? Communication, Say Most Americans

Despite fears that U.S. students are behind the international curve in science and math, most Americans think communication skills are more important …


Teach Your Baby a Foreign Language With Some Exposure

As a parent you are probably well aware of the benefits of teaching your child a second language. Multiple studies have shown that teaching your …


Get Smart by Texting w/ @Text_Engine

When Teaching Generation Text was published in 2011 there were numerous ways to use text-only enabled phones for learning. This was great for …


7 Digital Resource Must-Haves for #BYOD / #BYOT Teaching + Learning

Are you allowing students to bring their own devices to learn where you work? If so, you'll want to become familiar with these seven digital …


Kahoot for Interactive Learning Activities

Kahoot is a fantastic free tool that can be a game changer in BYOD or one-to-one classrooms. This interactive platform lets teachers create quizzes …

Game Based Learning

Nine Things Administrators Can Do To Improve Instruction

Nine Things Administrators Can Do To Improve Instruction

9. Make sure your teachers are 100% clear on what you mean when you provide feedback. If you



I’ve long thought that one of the weakest proxy indicators of effective learning is engagement, and yet it’s a term persistently used by school …


Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Tips to Engage 21st Century Students

March 8, 2015
Getting students engaged is not an easy task particularly in an age that is full of all kinds of distractions. Some argue that some of …


8 Steps To Flipped Teacher Professional Development

8 Steps To Designing A Flipped Teacher Professional Development Program: Shifting From Corrective Training To Staff Capacity Traditional teacher …

Professional Development

5 Strategies For Better Teacher Professional Development

5 Strategies For Better Teacher Professional Developmentby Joel ZarrowJust as a teacher has to create conditions that support and encourage student …

Professional Development