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
Using Google+ in teaching
One of the greatest benefits as well as challenges of using a social network in teaching is that by nature, social networks act as channels to facilitate open communication. While this enables teachers and students to engage online in a way otherwise impossible in the classroom alone, concerns over privacy, protectionRead More
The ultimate top 5
We’ve been running the Top 5 series for 6 months now, giving you a new rundown every month of the best apps and online tools out there for all sorts of English teachers, whether you teach business English students , young learners or are looking for somethingRead More
Apps for very young learners
As an ELT publisher but also proud new mother, one of my favourite things over the last 15 months has been watching my daughter learn language. It has also been fascinating to watch her use technology – as a true digital native she will grow up in a very different worldRead More
Top 5 apps for younger learners
Kids these days. They’re what we call digital natives and have grown up with tablets, smart phones, apps and Facebook, compared to us, more mature lot, who still remember furiously scribbling notes with a cramped hand, and during orienteering at school, trying to hold a map the size of China whileRead More
Technology in blended learning: Wall Wisher
Wall Wisher- a great way to collect ideas and contributions from learners
Nowadays young people cannot imagine their existence without network technologies. Their minds are far more engaged with “friendship-based” virtual environments. They are using social networks for various purposes – most often to keep virtual possibilities open for contacts.
Fear in the classroom
As we approach the season of ghosts, witches and things that go bump in the night, it’s occurred to me that it’s not the obvious that make us shiver. In fact, many people wouldn’t bat an eyelid at your own ultimate fears and some might find them downright laughable. So, toRead More
A life in music
There’s a fun new website from the Guardian called Six Songs of Me where you get to pick six songs that symbolize key events in your life: the first song you bought (mine? …Baby, One More Time by Britney Spears!); the song that always gets you dancing; the songRead More
Text speak – WTF (What’s The Fuss)?
As new technologies develop, the effect they have on our culture is played out in our language. The status update and the tweet are two clear examples of technology leading a change in the way we communicate. And, regardless of whether you use Facebook or Twitter, the now-common terms “status update”Read More
From teacher to manager: Installing a creativity app in teachers
Some practical ways to encourage creativity in the staffroom and classroom
Having been born missing my lower left arm I had to be creative right from birth. My poor parents panicked… would I be able to crawl? How would I manage to swim? Would I have to wear Velcro shoes forever?!
Of course,Read More
Top 5 apps to recommend to your students
This month, I’d like to take a look at some apps that would be great additions to any EFL student’s phone or tablet. The below vary from organizational apps to pronunciation and vocabulary, but I think that any of them would be really useful for any determined student.
4 American English Idioms all ESL Students Should Know
While all languages have their own idiosyncrasies, American English is blessed with a constantly changing set of slang words and idioms. Words that used to originally mean something specific and have a certain connotation, now, in some cases, mean the exact opposite. For teachers who teach the English language to non-nativeRead More
I recently volunteered as a mentor on an adult literacy course called Improve your English through Creative Writing. Most of the students on the course had little or no understanding of punctuation and many of them had never had the courage to pick up a book for fear of not understandingRead More
Top 5 word game apps
Last month we had a look at some great apps for classroom management, so I think it’s only fair to have a bit of fun and look at some word game apps! If most of your class have smart phones then you could incorporate the use of these apps into yourRead More
Every (Rain) Cloud Has a Silver Lining
Contrary to popular belief, in Britain we don’t always talk about the weather. But Becca’s post last week about idioms and “raining cats and dogs” inspired me as that has been the story in the UK since…well what seems like forever. Unfortunately for all those students who have travelled here toRead More