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The “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment”, CEFR, is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages acrossEurope.

level description
A1 Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A2 Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
B1 Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2 Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
C1 Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2 Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

(Source: wikipedia 2011)

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I have started to evaluate the skills I have acquired in Social Media and will create a tick-box list.  Educators who want support can contact me and if you want to share your knowledge of skills that I’m still in progress with I will be more than happy to get in touch!

  •  Used a specially designed portal with search engines (Ex. Resources linked to course literature or developed by university department)
  • Joined news channels with specific information (Ex. RSS feeds, Atom, Google Reader)

 Subscribe to RSS and blog feeds in Google Reader

  • Helped other users by rating or evaluating the resources you found on the Internet (Ex. Diigo, Amazon)
  • Used online multimedia resources as additional material (Ex. SlideShare, I-Tunes, YouTube, Flickr)
  • Developed shared bookmarks together with teachers or students (Ex., Furl, Citeulike …)
  • Used micro-blog to post updates and insights (Ex. Twitter)
  • Used a blog or interactive website in your teaching or course development (Ex. WordPress, Blogger, Facebook, MySpace)
  • Used collaborative writing with teachers or students (Ex. Google docs, Wikispaces, PBworks, Zoho docs)
  • Attended to webinar or video chat (Ex. Illuminate, Skype)
  • Uploaded presentations from your own teaching (Ex. PowerPoint, SlideShare)

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I have changed my digital identity from being an “Innovative Teacher” to become an “Education Coach”.  I’m aiming to share my experience on facilitating teachers open online learning and formulate my new reflections during #Change11 in this new blog called “EduToolkit”. 

(this is my previous PLE)

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This is a link to the Wikispace for the study group on the topic “Online Learning Collaborations” , which was part of the eduMOOC 2011 focused on “Online Learning Today…and Tomorrow” coordinated by Ray Schroeder from The Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois Springfield.

My interest was on the topic “Collaboration with Online Tools”:

Collaborations are facilitated by a variety of on-line tools.  The term ‘Social Tools’ can be defined as “An application that can be accessed via the web or other Internet technology, that can have more than one user present in the same environment (preferably at the same time, but not limited to that). Where the users can create and exchange artefacts with each other and ideally collaborate in the creation and exchanging of theses artefacts” (Stephen Downes in the Webinar “Facilitating Social Interactions”)