Category: Technology

All the info. about using technology in the classroom

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Do You Recognize These ELT Brands?

There are many brands in the ELT universe. I got to wondering how well people actually recognize their logos, how well they’ve penetrated into the mindscape of teachers out there. So as part of figuring this out, I’ve created a quiz which will compile which...

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My Teaching Resolution – 2016

Every year, I make a very practical, specific resolution for my teaching. Last year, it was to explore and practice the possibilities of using video in the classroom. This year, it is one big, inspiring one that I hope other teachers will join in -...

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The PRESENT is your present.

I’ll be posting less over the Xmas holiday.  I want to bury my head deep into some ed tech projects I’m working on.  One regarding short term memory and testing, the other fantastic curriculum for learners/teachers. Stay tuned for some big announcements in 2016. Wishing...

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Christmas Karaoke

Every holiday season, our Christmas Karaoke voicethread gets busy with classrooms, students, teachers from around the world singing carols in English. So here sharing again this wonderful resource and way to practice English online. Enjoy. Have a great holiday season!

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Where’s Travolta?

I’ve been busy building Gif Lingua on my weekends and evenings with a strong team of developers and content editors. Slow but sure. Over the next month, we’ll complete the first 4,000 words of English in Gif book form. See the first dozen books here....

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Pass the Paper: Xmas Carol version

I love this simple version of the Pass the paper game. After the music stops, the person with the paper has to sing and finish the Christmas Carol line. A lot of fun.   EFL Classroom 2.0 members can download the PPT and get dozens...

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The 3 Cs Of Education

The more, the longer I’m involved in education, the more clearly I’m able to see the forest for the trees. Truly. It’s something about just being there, mucking about, taking in loads of information daily that builds a soul inside oneself, the teacher. Not tooting...

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Video “snack” lessons

I’m a big proponent of short intensive language lessons based on videos.  So many great reasons to use video in this form instead of long versions/viewing. EnglishCentral does this well and teachers can get a downloadable transcript/lesson plan for each video – click “Video Details” on...

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I’m a curator.

I am a proud curator. Very proud. Making music from the noise out there. to cure: to make better. curator: someone who makes things better. So yep, I’m pleased to call myself a curator. Really will begin calling myself this rather than “aggregator” (sounds too...

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50 Things To Do The First Week Of School

“Every journey begins with a simple thought.”                                                       – anonymous A new school year or semester on the horizon can be overwhelming. So much to do, so little  time!  However, don’t fret.  Most can be done during the first crucial week in class – a...

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Get A Random TED Talk

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they are enjoyable and stimulate the brain. Mind snacks. I love them despite the continuing bad press these days. So I built this random TED Talk player. Just hit the button to reload and get a random one in HD...

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Who’s Speaking? Guess the Accent.

This game, Guess Who’s Speaking, I designed using the Speech Archives and stock photos. It could be a good listening activity for students (it provides repetition) and also a way to discuss stereotypes. Basically, you first guess who might be speaking (these aren’t the real...

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5 Favorite & Fabulous Video Based Lessons

As a language teacher, I love video!  Students do too, so it’s a happy class when a video is being used. I’ve pounded the pulpit before on the benefits for video in the language learning classroom.  See my Using Video In The Classroom Guide Book as...

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Oktapodi

Following up on my post last week – 5 Simple Ways To Use Video In Class, here is an actual lesson with lesson ideas.  Oktapodi  is a stellar short film with a great moral/lesson at the end. Lots of ways to use silent videos in...

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2 Way Tasks

Two way tasks are the staple activity of the communicative approach. Also known as an “information gap” activity, they force students to communicate with each other in order to retrieve information to complete a task. Usually these tasks involve students with different sets of information, usually...