How do you stop online students cheating?

caught-cheating-tests-01-af5Here is an article (and a video that doesn’t seem to be working) on cheating and online courses from the BBC.

Imagine taking a university exam in your own home, under the watchful eye of a webcam or with software profiling your keystrokes or your syntax to see whether it really is you answering the questions.

Online university courses have become the Next Big Thing for higher education, particularly in the United States, where millions of students have signed up for courses from some of the most upmarket universities.

Google Apps for English Teachers webinar

Google-AppsLead by Kevin Brookhouser, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer and Google Certified Teacher

Learn some more ways you can use Google Docs & Sites in your English classrooms to have a collaborative writing process and dynamic assignments.

10 Shakespeare Quotes you can use in Modern English

shakespeareThe English Language owes a huge debt of gratitude to William Shakespeare. Not only did he give us some of the world’s most memorable plays that have stood the test of time, he also enriched our language with a variety of wonderful English phrases.

In fact, a lot of common, modern English phrases originally come from Shakespeare quotes. Shakespeare quotes form part of our everyday, modern English usage.

Teacher Tips

jim-scrivenerJim Scrivener, author of the best-selling Macmillan Books for Teachers title, Learning Teaching, and, more recently, the award-winning, Teaching English Grammar, provides a whole host of teaching tips on a variety of topics. Make your lessons easier, more efficient, and fun!

mLearning: From theory to practice

internetThis practical seminar takes a brief look at the history of mobile and handheld learning from the early days of text messaging to the current possibilities afforded by sophisticated devices such as smartphones and tablet computers.
Gavin Dudeney then moves on to examine the shift that takes place when learners are encouraged to keep their mobile devices switched on in class (instead of turning them off!) and shares a basic theoretical rationale for their regular implementation, considering both the pros and cons of such an initiative.
A range of practical ideas are presented that teachers can immediately implement in their classes across a variety of levels and contexts.

Texting Isn’t Writing, It’s Fingered Speech

mcwhorter-660x439All the handwringing by 7th-grade English teachers and parents over the tens of millions of grammatically challenged texts sent every day misses the point of what texting is, says John McWhorter, a linguistics professor at Columbia University. “Texting isn’t written language,” McWhorter told the audience at TED2013. “It much more closely resembles the kind of language we’ve had for so many more years: spoken language.”