Christmas confusions

December 9, 2014

Do we know it’s Christmas? Do we believe in Santa and the Three Wise Men (if you live in Spain)? Those of us who have worked with technology and education always have our doubts!

Here is my Christmas message to you: two conflicting (or maybe not) thoughts on technology in education.

Firstly a video on why it never really works.

And now an article on why we should stop learning our maths tables given that we all have a calculator on hand.

Allow students Google their exams.

And a very happy Christmas to ye all.


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.


In the can

May 23, 2013

Well it is the season of the Cannes film Festival but closer to home also good news on the cinema front. Congratulations to KIERAN DONAGHY, TESOL-SPAIN Area Coordinator for Barcelona on winning an ELTon Award for Teacher Innovation with his site http://film-english.com/ .

If you have ever wanted to use an interesting film clip in class this is where to start from!

More on the ELTons here http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/eltons


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/


Burning up

November 21, 2012

Based in the US this is a great blog with tech resources for teachers. You could spend hours going through back posts but start with  the menu on top, resources and downloads. Well worth subscribing to this blog and returning to keep an eye on new ideas as they are posted.

He also shares a surname with me so that is cool!

http://www.freetech4teachers.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/


Sing n tell

February 1, 2012

 

 

Great site this to combine lyrics and music videos in one place.

Cool link for students so they bring their own worksheets to class and save you time!

It is exam time so this provides some light relief:

http://batlyrics.com/