The founder of the WWW

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


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

Blogroll 2015-16

Each year, we update the OLL blog and we change the blogroll. However, we don’t want to lose the links to previous blogs. You may find it interesting to see what people have created, and get some useful ideas.

Here’s the list from 2015-16:

Brainscape | Find, Create, & Study Smart Flashcards

Adaptive web & mobile learning for students, teachers, and businesses

Sourced through from:

Flashcards are very popular, although our current understanding of how learning happens shows that they have limited use. However, they could be helpful as part of a larger learning experience. Many learners have a lot of faith in being able to memorise things by using flashcards, so if it builds their confidence in some way there could also be value in that

See on Scoop.itMobile learning for students and teachers