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!
The SAS writing reviser is a very interesting tool – helping users to consider their writing at the level of paragraph and discourse.
Thanks to Nik Peachey for the heads-up on this – and the useful outline for how it could be used in practice.
It’s an add-on that can be used with documents in Google docs
Well worth checking out!
Nik Peachey’s newsletter featured this tool for creating activities in online courses.
It’s a plugin, and can be used with various platforms.
Well worth checking out!
This is an interesting article, about using “lightboard” as a tool for teaching. It also mentions some useful issues and ideas related to online learning:
Here’s the video mentioned in the blog post:
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:
Tim Berners-Lee was the person who created the world wide web. In an article by the Guardian newspaper, he talks about what it’s like today, and what he says should change: see the article in the Guardian
Some very useful ideas to develop your own skills, and those of your students:
Nik Peachey has again created a useful set of slides about using infographics to learn about critical thinking.
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.”
These videos are interesting – and have a clear focus. A similar set of videos for another area of pronunciation could be created?
EDsongs 1 from Luiz Otávio Barros on Vimeo.