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PowerPoint and the printer are not ICT!

Venn diagram: Things I wish I could teach people Here's one from a recent session on a CELTA course, drawn on the (non-interactive) whiteboard. Using Powerpoint, the printer and the photocopier may give you the (false) impression that you're using technology in your classes, but that's in fact not really the case. You could make […]

A social, not a technological focus — always!

Just in case any of you are thinking of coming to my session today at IH Barcelona's annual ELT Conference… ! #IHBCNELT printed prog. is wrong: my session is language not tech focus! No #ELT class should EVER be tech focus ;-)! — Tom Walton (@Tom_IHBCN) February 8, 2014 Something I always say to trainees […]

What makes a great teacher?

Need something uplifting for Monday? This one i found on Adam Simpson's All things ELT Scoop.it (more about Scoop.it), the kids being 12-13 year olds, if I've understood the Australian school system correctly. Such things are fun for kids to create and record (either as a podcast or on a mobile phone) and super instructive, […]

YouTube lesson plans for language teachers

Here's another wonderful clip and accompanying lesson plan recently posted on Kieran Donaghy's excellent Film English, one of the sites I always recommend trainees on CELTA courses at IH Barcelona. I can also recommend two other similar video and lesson plan sites, LessonStream and Allatc (the latter particularly for more advanced learners) but what I […]

Why I love Edmodo

Here's a quick one from Twitter: Just set up my Edmodo classes and thought, "Holy smokes…I am excited for school!" #teachingrocks! — Leah LaCrosse (@LLacrosse) August 14, 2013 Leah is a 5th grade science teacher but that's what I love about Edmodo — and lots of other Web 2.0 tools, blogs or podcasting with SoundCloud, […]

Flipping a language classroom

Video: introduction to two technology courses we do in the summer at IH Barcelona for secondary school teachers I'm going to quote from Wikipedia on this one (not something I've ever had a problem with!): Flip teaching (or flipped classroom) is a form of blended learning which encompasses any use of technology to leverage the […]

What's the recipe for using technology successfully?

Hi and welcome to my blog, particularly if you're coming to my talk at the Macmillan Teachers' Day in Zaragoza this Saturday, intended for those of you teaching 2nd and 3rd cycle of Primary (ages 8-12). Rules of hygiene In the session, I'm going to suggest that I'm not so much a teacher as a […]

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