Writing reviser

The SAS writing reviser is a very interesting tool – helping users to consider their writing at the level of paragraph and discourse.

writing reviser

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!


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.”


Adding embedded photos and videos from YouTube

When you want to add photos or videos to your blog, you can do that in two ways:

  • upload the media to the blog storage section (in “admin” go to the media library and follow the link to upload)
  • embed a link from another site.

The first possibility is easy and quick if you have a small file size, but if you upload too many files or if they are large files (e.g. videos) then you will run out of free storage on your blog!

If you want to use a video (with permission) from YouTube, it is easy to link to that. First go to the YouTube video site and then copy the URL. Go back to your blog, and start a new post or page; where you want to add the video you can go to “add media” and then find the space to post the URL.

This is a video from YouTube

You can also embed – e.g. photos that are on flickr. Go to the host site (flickr in this instance) and find the media; find the link to “share” and then “embed”. You will be given a code that you should copy. Now, on your blog change the editor from “visual” to “text/html”. Paste the code and return to “visual”. Save your post/page, and the embedded media should show.

Here’s an example of an embedded photo:

This is what Edinburgh looks like from Fife

sunrise to edinburgh