Collaborative online whiteboard: Scribblar.com
When it comes to online tools, what educators usually look for is a simple and effective solution and Scribblar.com seems to fit that description perfectly. It’s a real-time, multi-user whiteboard with an option of live audio and a chat room. There‘s no user or session limits and it’s free.Read More
Airlines ‘made billions’ from carbon tax
This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is the US National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends Report and the predictions for the future.
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Using children’s books with adult language learners
I remember reading that it’s not recommended to use children’s books in an ELT classroom as the language used in children’s books is often playful and irrelevant for language learners. While I’m sure this is true of some children’s books, there are some great examples out there that allow adults toRead More
Creative writing for the creatively challenged
Sometimes, setting creative writing tasks can be difficult because students are unsure just where to start, especially if they’re not naturally a creative type. But creative writing can be a really great task for getting students to use a wide variety of vocabulary and topics. So, if you’ve got a classRead More
Mind mapping: bubbl.us
This is a great tool for brainstorming, mind mapping and getting your students interested in word webs. Bubbl.us can be edited collaboratively and saved in various formats. It’s free and all you need to do is create an account.
After you have created your account and signed in you willRead More
Lance Armstrong doping admission is not enough, say critics
This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is about Lance Armstrong’s public confession and the response he received from his critics.
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Taking a closer look down under
When we think about teaching English, I’m sure a lot of teachers would turn to Britain or the US as their focus points for language, dialect and culture. It’s sometimes easy to forget that English is also the daily language in countries like Canada, South Africa and dozens of islands inRead More
‘Let nature be your teacher’: Bhutan takes conservation into the classroom
This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is about recent developments in education in Bhutan.
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Inventive ways with technology
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this series of postings will be postponed until a later date. We thank you for your patience and hope you will find something equally as interesting to read here on the blog in the meantime.
The blendedmec team
Education is evolving every minute of every day; itRead More
Do the motivation with me
Despite coming up with a (great) idea for this blog post several weeks ago, I still left it until the day before it was due to write it. Why? I simply lacked the motivation/had other things to do. Well, there’s always something else to do, isn’t there? And this happened evenRead More
Top 5 apps for business English students
Business English students need to become familiar with specific vocabularies and improve their general communication skills, and fortunately there is a wealth of different apps and web services out there that you can use to liven up your business English classes. Let’s take a look at a few of them now…
Every 25th January Scotland celebrates the life of the National Bard, Robert Burns with Burns’ Night; an entertaining evening of food, dancing and verse. It’s held on the anniversary of Burns’ birth. The celebrations were originally started by some of his close friends a few years after his deathRead More
Almost half the world’s food thrown away, report finds
This week’s news item, adapted for Macmillan English Campus from a news article originally published in the Guardian, is about a report on how much food the world’s population is throwing away and why.
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The Codfather of wordplay
Puns can often elicit a collective groan of despair, and some people would even go so far as to say they are the lowest form of humour while others think plays on words are actually very clever ways of manipulating language which were even used by Shakespeare. It seems that manyRead More
The onestopenglish app
Perhaps I should be worried. The teachers tell me I have a problem. An addiction. The symptoms, they say, are becoming all too obvious – short attention span, the occasional dizzy spell, withdrawal symptoms when I can’t get my fix. Perhaps it’s time to come clean. I have a tablet addiction.Read More