Thanks for all the phishing

September 19, 2013

Hi all and welcome back to a new teaching year after the summer. For those of you who may be slightly paranoid about internet security the Economist has an in-dept survey on the issue and an interesting debate about whether or not security agencies should be allowed pervert the flow of information as it were. If you don’t want to read the complete article scroll down to the fun section on Panoramic paranoia where the newspaper gives some tips on being really safe electronically (ie keep your mobile safe from interference by switching it off, taking out the battery and storing it in the fridge when not in use).

This blog is, of course, about technology and teaching but maybe the security issues remain the same. At what point should we shut technology out and store it in the fridge just in case it corrupts our classrooms? My daughter has just started secondary school and has been told that all mobile devices have to be turned off and locked away during school hours. A recent talk by a work-mate encouraged me to get my teenagers to take our their mobile phones and use them creatively in class last night. There is always a back door when it comes to technology. The trick may not be finding it but using it productively, creatively and in a way that stimulates the teaching and learning process. Technology is not an automatic virus. It can be, but in education that probably depends on the teacher.

That has always been the intention of this blog: learning about and using technology in the best pedagogical way possible. I have just re-read the aims of this blog stated in the WHY section and I hope to some extent they have been fulfilled.

Time moves on and technologically things change ever quicker than time does. After nearly 300 posts I think this blog may have reached an end. Three years is a long time in the history of internet. Things have moved on. I may return here or on a new blog when I have found a new angle: at the moment I feel that it is time for an upgrade, and they always take time to de-bug.

Meanwhile thanks for all the phising! Let me leave you with one final clip which does what we try to do every class: put a humanistic layer on intelligence, artificial or not.


Being resourceful

May 13, 2013

Here is a site I, surprisingly, have just come upon. Lots of practical information and ideas here. The blog posts cover a range of issues in EFL from teaching pron to using coursebooks. What I particularly like are the downloadable lesson plans as they are clearly tagged to CEF levels and they are based around some really entertaining videos. Have a look, some good fun and thoughtful input here.

http://elt-resourceful.com/


Peas in a pod

February 11, 2013

Here is a link to fifty podcast sites shich students and teachers could find of use. A great resource to cncourage mobile learning. Set oone of these for homework and think about how to exploit in a later class. Flipped learning in action! http://tinyurl.com/bokw67n


Treasure trove

October 22, 2012

A colleague, who in turn had been shown by a student, led me to this site recently. Not sure why I had never come across it before as it is an incredible resource for games and material which can be either printed or used on an IWB in class. My kids have also used it for fun and practice at home. Well worth checking out.

http://www.eslgamesplus.com/


Killing the radio star

September 18, 2012

I am surprised I haven’t seen this before but an incredibly useful blog full of video and lesson plans if you are interested in killing the radio star in your classes.

Check out the ideas and links as well.

Great start to the new course.

http://film-english.com/


Babbling on

May 7, 2012

This is fun. Add photos and then talk over them. Greaat for student homework / projects. It can be used to practise any language point. You do have to sign in however, but you can use your facebook account. Well worth investigating if you don’t know it already. http://www.fotobabble.com/


Listen up!

February 6, 2012

Here is a TV panel discussion on the need to learn English at the moment, given the current economic crisis and employment situation. The panel is made up of four colleagues from the board of TESOL-SPAIN. Good stuff … well done all! http://tinyurl.com/6p9ssgs