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Welcome to Expacked (Issue #31)

July 16, 2009

With semester one coming to an end, most teachers will now be looking to their upcoming summer camps and hoping that all their well thought out camp preparations will finally pay off.  These English camps are a great opportunity to get to know a few of your students a lot better, as, instead of once or twice a week, you will now be teaching them every day.

I would not be surprised if most students improve their English more on camp than they have throughout the entire first semester!

This week I would like to recommend another online tool that I think is fantastic for teaching.  While its not an actual teaching website, Evernote is an amazing tool for making sure you don’t lose all those great ESL resources you find or any of the ideas you have for future (or current) lesson plans.

You can clip anything into your Evernote account and instantly recall the information through instant search, tagging or folders.  If I am looking on an ESL website and find four or five different ideas for lesson plans throughout the site, all you need to do is just clip the information as you go – all the information is stored as separate  notes within Evernote and each one will have direct links right back to the actual page on the website.

You can download Evernote for PC and Macs, however I prefer the online version as it does not matter if you are using your laptop at home or your computer at school.  There is so much more that you can do with Evernote, however its best that you have a look at the video and try it out yourself – Click Here to visit Evernote’s Website.

Back to the news – as usual, Korea has no shortage of news impacting teachers this week and I have got a great summary of these stories in Expacked.  The quick links to these stories are on the right.

I hope you enjoy the read and, of course, this week’s joke.



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