Student blogs – some thoughts on using them productively

When setting up student blogs, it can be tempting to consider them to be simply an online version of what you would ask students to do in the classroom. However, there is much more potential! In this article, Kathleen Morris considers how to really make use of the potential of blogs:

Different approaches to using student blogs and digital portfolios

Some very useful ideas!


IATEFL online

The annual IATEFL conference is a great place to meet practitioners in English language teaching/learning from around the world. It is also good to see what research is being done, and what the common themes and issues are.

Log in to get more information, and have live coverage of the plenaries online:

Tune in for live coverage from Glasgow on Monday 3rd April

Digital tools for language development

Nik Peachey – slides from a presentation  for the British Council Armenia

Nik has also published a book with some useful ideas for teachers:

“This book has been written and designed primarily with English language teachers in mind though the majority of the resources and tools contained in the book will have much wider use than just language teaching.

The book is available at the introductory price of £1.99 from:

The book contains more than 70 tools and resources and these have been hand picked because they represent a broad cross-section of what is at present available.
The chapters of the book are divided into simple pedagogical tasks that most teachers need to carry out or help their students with and the descriptions of the resources are suitably concise to make the book easy for a stressed teacher to access and browse in a few spare moments between classes.”