Links (etc) from my session in Zaragoza, April 13

In my talk the Macmillan Teachers' Day in Zaragoza this last Saturday I mentioned the Web 2.0 tools listed below.

I suggested that I'm not so much a teacher as a cook (as well as being a doctor!) so that these are, if you like, the "utensils" I use.

The best dinner parties, however, are always those where the guests help cook (even if it's only fondue!) and a class is like that too: put the "utensils" in the hands of your learners and technology is so much more fun

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Further information, slides, etc., coming in the next few days.

My 10 best sites for teachers of young learners

Particularly for those of you coming to my session at the Macmillan Teachers' Day in Zaragoza this Saturday, here in alphabetical order, are 10 sites I can highly recommend if you teach English in Primary.

… which makes eight; and two more:

  • Richard Bryne's FreeTech4Teachers site, to include one on technology (though it's by no means all intended or suitable for young learners of English)
  • And Edmodo, to include at least one tool which learners of all ages will enjoy using. To my mind, it's the very best of the Web 2.0 tools for education.

For other Web 2.0 tools, see this post [coming shortly].

Anything missing…? Please feel free to add further suggestions in the comments!

A wonderful story, perhaps for Valentine's Day

Here's a wonderful story which I picked up via Google Reader from Viral Video Chart (well worth following for videos that can be used in class).

I'm not sure what I'd do with it in class, possibly use it as a starting point for a creative writing exercise, possibly for Valentine's Day. But it's too wonderful not to use it!

Any suggestions as to how it could be used?

Games for learning

From the excellent TechLearning blog, this selection of 40 Sites for Educational Games, not by any means all of them intended for language learning.

Specifically for ELT, there's the excellent Digital Play blog (Graham Stanley and Kyle Mawer) as well as the prize-winning book of the same title.

I'm not a big games-in-class player myself, though it's always been my secret wish to have a DoS tell me "I want you to teach this teens class; there's no coursebook, but you do have 15 copies of Age of Empires…"

Just to see if it would work, you understand 🙂 !

See also More on digital games

Things I take to class #3: Something I've never tried before

Google Reader and Diigo: find stuff… and find it again!

I posted the third thing I try to take to class — something new — prior to my APABAL session so I won't repeat it here.

What I would like to stress is what a fabulous tool Google Reader is [see video], both for finding new things to take to class and for keeping up-to-date with technology.

As well as Google Reader, I also use Diigo [view video] to bookmark and organise things that I find that I might want to be able to find again (which is vital!). Although I don't get learners to actually use them, they are definitely two tools I can highly recommend and, personally, couldn't live without them.

If you're interested, you can "follow" my Diigo feed with Google Reader, and see what new things I've bookmarked.

A couple of other sites not mentioned at APABAL but which also provide new things that I take to class, and can highly recommend:

  • National Geographic's Photo a Day page, which I have automatically open in a new tab every time I open my browser (and see this activity for class)
  • The Guardian's You are the Ref page, particularly recommended if you teach teenage boys!
  • Viral videos (everyone loves viral videos!)
  • Lots more viral stuff (great to share with your learners as "thought you might enjoy this" stuff on blogs or an Edmodo group) from
When, unprompted, your learners start to post their own "thought you might enjoy this" things to your Edmodo group, you just know it's taken off!
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