Hand over the tools: technology for learners, not teachers

My presentation for OneStopEnglish at IATEFL 2016, in Birmingham last Saturday.

For OneStopEnglish, I have written a series of articles on tasks which involve the learners, not the teachers, using technology either inside or outside the classroom.

The articles, for a wide variety of levels and ages, include around 70 different tasks learners can do and share these three characteristics:

  • They have the learners not the teacher using the technology
  • They involve using only a minimum amount of technology
  • They are designed to produce a maximum amount of interaction and use of language

In his plenary session the previous day, Andrew Wright was talking about learners creating their own stories and said this:

They're not doing it for you, they're doing it with you, for themselves.

21st century technology allows people to do precisely that — or at least it does if you the teacher take your hands off the mouse and keyboard, and hand over the technology to your learners.

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