A Practical Guide to Google+ Hangouts On Air: Part 2
Starting the hangout
In Part 1 of this blog post we looked at how to set up a Google+ Hangout, and a few things to consider in preparation for the session. This week we’ll be looking at how to run theRead More
‘Hanging out’ with Macmillan
Ahead of the 2013 Macmillan Online Conference, our Digital Marketing Executive (and resident webinar whiz) Henry gives an insight into our wide range of online events at Macmillan Education. From teacher training webinars to using Google+ Hangouts, this series of blog posts offers basic tips and strategies to help teachersRead More
Reflecting on my learning and teaching style
If I had to be a learner now, I would describe myself as one with an analytical style towards the issues I should be aware of. I prefer spending time on tackling problems logically and a systematic presentation of new learning material would contribute to my personal preferences. I do notRead More
Make your students the stars
Here at Macmillan Education, we’ve got lots of exciting webinars coming up over the next few months. Our first webinar of the 2013/14 season, hosted by Mike Hogan, is available to watch here on Youtube, along with our recent archive, and you can find all our upcomingRead More
Feeling nostalgic about going #Back2School?
The title of this post says it all: things have changed a lot recently! The hashtag has arguably become the most used punctuation mark, especially on the internet: I have friends who, when they text me, won’t include question marks or explanation marks, or even use correct spelling, but they willRead More
Then and Now: old school nostalgia
We’ve been getting pretty nostalgic here at Macmillan Education this week with our Back to School campaign.
Nowadays – fortunately and unfortunately in equal measures – going back to school no longer means scented pens are most sophisticated school tools, and stocking up on plastic slides for your overhead projectors isRead More
You Are What You Eat
A recent survey by experts at the University of Sheffield in the UK has found some interesting trends in British eating habits. While many people think we’re spending more time apart from our families, eating on our own, on the go, or in front of the television, in reality the storyRead More
Online language teaching: Language training for charitable organisations
I discussed in the last chapter how Skype and similar technologies are helping to broaden the possibilities of language learning. One of the key advantages of Skype is the ease with which people can now communicate over long distances. Obviously it was possible in the past using a telephone,Read More
Online language teaching: Modern technologies in language training
When I tell people we teach students English by Skype the reaction is usually the same ‘Oh that sounds interesting, how does it work’? In essence it works the same as any normal face to face English lesson.
The teacher calls the student by Skype at the beginning of theRead More
‘E-stonia’ and digital around the world
One of the perks of my job is that I get to travel – visiting customers, giving training or attending and speaking at conferences. It’s not only nice to get out of the office once in a while but it gives me the chance to speak to teachers, directors of studiesRead More
Who do you think you are?
National Geographic have recently been running a special series in their magazines and online, about the world’s population of 7 billion people, and how different countries have to adjust in order to cope with this massive population growth.
The series offers some fantastic articles for use with advanced students, forRead More
Is traditional teaching really “doomed”?
As I’m sure you’ll already know, online learning is steaming ahead. In fact you must know, otherwise you probably wouldn’t be reading the BlendedMEC.com blog right now. A lot of big names have already stepped into the online learning discussion, all the way up to Bill Gates. Now another influential voiceRead More
How to teach English?
Last year we shared with you a great infographic created by Kaplan on How to Learn English. This year they surveyed ESL teachers on what tools they use to enhance their lessons. As a big fan of comic books I was happy to see that they doRead More
Your digital questions answered: using technology with young learners
A great question comes from Luca in Italy, who asks:
How can I use technology with young learners?
With great tips on what to think about in terms of keeping your young learners safe, focused and engaged, find out Pete’s answer by watching the video below:
And don’t forget to find out answers toRead More
The EFL classroom through digital curation
I wrote a few weeks ago about the great talk I went to during the last IATEFL conference in Liverpool; MLearning: is it a portable circus or just an illusion. I also had a chance to attend one more interesting talk: Filtering relevant information for the EFL classroom throughRead More