5 Reasons you should subscribe to the Ratpack Resources

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A teacher recently asked me why she should subscribe to the ‘Ratpack Resources’ if she already has a text book to use in class. I immediately thought about my first high school English teacher who assured us that she had learnt English despite only having one single book. (How thankful I was that I had been able to enjoy a wider choice of books to develop my love of the English language.) The question about subscribing, however, is a valid one and I wanted to respond by providing five of the most compelling reasons why English teachers should subscribe.

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Macrat’s word of the year: COPYWRONG

Competing with ‘fake news’ that was recently voted the 2017 Word of the Year (WOTY), and the 2016 WOTY ‘post-truth’, you might wonder why we have selected ‘copywrong’.

The short answer is: Because it is wrong to infringe copyright.

This year has brought the question of copyright into sharp focus at the Macrat office, as a number of DBE curriculum advisors saw fit to copy Macrat material and distribute it to teachers in their groups (without paying for it).

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'Antony and Cleopatra', a play for the 21st century

'the Shakespeare play most likely to feel essential in the 21st century'

Three decades ago, Herman Northrop Frye, whose contributions to cultural and social criticism earned him widespread recognition as a literary theorist, described Antony and Cleopatra as ‘the Shakespeare play most likely to feel essential in the 21st century’.

This seems a remarkable prediction when we consider what type of world we live in now – a world of rapid globalisation and with an ever-increasing speed in the flow of information; a multi-cultural world in which we can eat Swiss muesli for breakfast, Italian pizza for lunch and Japanese sushi for dinner; a world in which we can stay at home but still witness the opulence of a first-world resort, the decadence of a casino, the devastation of a real-life war zone or the aftermath of a terrorist attack on TV.

So why would Frye predict that this play would ‘feel essential’?

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Next-Generation Learning

21st Century Learning vs Next-Generation Learning

We talk a lot about 21st century learning but Global Digital Citizen team member Andrew Churches suggests that the term “Next Generation” learning may be a better description now that we are almost twenty years into the 21st century.  His take on the 8 habits of next-generation teachers highlights practices that he believes are essential to prepare our students for the future in a fast-changing world.

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Media Literacy and Fake News

Students today have access to online information all day every day, and at the same time there are more and more fake news websites being created and shared unthinkingly.  It is essential in this environment that students be guided in how to evaluate online information.  Several web resources are now available to assist teachers with this and this review considers two of them: Checkology and Common Sense Media.

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Infographic Tools

Convey information in an appealing manner

Many of today’s students have a preference for visual media over text-based ones, so the use of infographics has become popular for conveying information in an appealing way.  With numerous free tools available online for creating infographics, you can get your learners to sum up or re-create their understanding of a topic or process using a medium they are bound to enjoy.

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To Ebook or Not?

Are eBooks still the rage that they were 3 years ago?

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Re-Thinking Education in Fast-Changing Times

Looking back over the past year, there have been some major changes and surprises in various parts of the world, and it is no doubt clear to all that change is tough and unpredictable. It’s also happening faster than ever before and many of its consequences remain unpredictable. Are our schools really preparing students for this reality?

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