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Gabriela Ybarra

Ms in Integrated Marketing, New York University

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Can you share any innovative education techniques that you have used or know about?

How are education systems adapting to the new times and technologies?
Which institutions and teachers are taking the lead?
How are you using new media to engage students in the learning?


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  • Mar 7 2011: I’m worried that education systems aren’t adapting to the new time and technologies fast enough. At the moment the sheer amount of digital education tools is overwhelming and these are growing at an exponential rate. I doubt professional development is keeping up with this nor are universities which are very entrenched. I subrsribe to a ridiculous amount of blogs and I also blog myself which exposes me to a wide range of innovative education ideas and share them myself.

    How am I using new media to engage students in learning?
    I focus on using free web based media technologies to help me teach papers and support children’s learning. I’ve outlined a few below:
    Fakewall – this allows you to create fake facebook pages, great for character analysis
    Wordle – create word clouds
    Scratch – online gaming software, why not let students create games and use them to tell a story?
    Glogster – interactive media collages
    Podcasting – there are a lot of websites that let you do this for free, no software required. I usually get students to create radio shows or do newscasts.
    Virtual Corkboards – Sites like Wallwisher or Spaaze allow students to share and learn collaboratively.

    There are links to these on my website: www.digitalenglishteachers.com

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