Tag: Technology

Training and Development for Teachers and Learners

Xtranormal has become Nawmal

<![CDATA[ Bringing the glad tidings that my favourite animation tool seems to be coming back! Xtranormal was a hugely popular video making tool with hundreds of teachers making videos for free, choosing characters, scenes, camera angles and really achieving a very professional looking outcome. Until they went bust. Despite its popularity, Xtranormal was not able to…
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Defragmenting Foreign Language Learning – my talk at TESOL Greece 2013

<![CDATA[Presenting language in small fragments hoping that they will one day automatically transform into fluent near-native talk may not be enough. My talk at TESOL Greece highlighted some ways in which skilled performers achieve excellence and focused on practical activities promoting holistic language learning using a variety of free online tools. Fragments of knowledge The…
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Compelling Readings for Language Acquisition

<![CDATA[This post is long overdue but I thought it would make a fitting opening to 2013 as the talk I am reporting is one of the most interesting ones I followed in 2012 and adds to what many colleagues will have read of the work of Dr Stephen Krashen. The Symposium Dr Krashen’s talk, ‘Technology:…
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My Nominations for the Edublogs Awards 2011 – #eddies11

<![CDATA[ I still remember how much I enjoyed being nominated for some of the awards as a new blogger and tweeter in 2009 and how much this encouraged me to keep blogging and to try to keep getting better. Some people may still think these nominations have no value – well, they do; it’s our…
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#ELTchat – 99,052 Tweets and counting!

<![CDATA[  This is not the image a heartbeat. It’s the burst of energy of hundreds of tweets which are sent by the many ELT professionals participating in an online discussion called #ELTchat every Wednesday at two different times, at 12:00 p.m. GTM and  at 21:00 p.m. GMT. What is #ELTchat? Every Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.…
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Birthday Memories – Wallwishers are great!

<![CDATA[I loved my birthday wishes this year! Thanks to Shelly Terrell who was the instigator, my PLN gave me this wonderful memory of this special birthday. I was so thrilled at your words, music, images and thoughts that I wanted to save them all here and come back and look at them all again and…
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It's Worth Taking a Look at this Blog

<![CDATA[I am delighted to have received this award, which is part of an initiative called “Vale a pena ficar de olho nesse blog”, which means “It’s worth keeping an eye on this blog”. The chosen blog has to copy the picture above, with a link to the blog from which it has received the award…
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Braving it in the Virtual World: Being an Online Teacher

<![CDATA[This is a quick post to publish the links and some of the videos shown to the members of TESOL Greece who attended my talk on March 15. With apologies to readers who were not present at this talk (if this doesn’t make sense to them) In the first part of my talk we looked…
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Word for Word

<![CDATA[Panayotis used to be one of my Proficiency students. When I took over his class, he had already taken the examination twice… and failed both times. There were few words for which Panayotis could not provide synonyms, antonyms, but translation was his forte! Always keen to share his treasure trove, as he could so easily…
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Tech Tools & Pedagogy II – Word Clouds

<![CDATA[In this post, I am going to look at Wordle, Wordsift , Word it out and Word Mosaic and try to briefly compare them as I think they all have great potential for a variety of learning activities. This post was inspired by a great discussion in the SEETA course on EasyWeb 2.0 tools run…
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