Tag: Web 2.0

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

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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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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Online Teacher Development Works Best – 15 Reasons Why

This post was originally written for Nik Peachey’s Learning Technology Blog and it has been reproduced here with his kind permission.  I’ve started this article with quite a bold statement, but it’s a conclusion that I have been coming too over the course of quite a few years now. I should really put this into…
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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Social Networks for Language Teachers

 Does this look familiar?? To –ing or not to –ing……that is today’s question! One of my students asked me last month why we use the –ing form for blogging, networking, computing…..Good question! My answer? Because technology is constantly changing and plus usually these actions are constant, happen often, plus they are amusing but can be…
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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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My 11 from '11

<![CDATA[Am taking up  Adam Simpson’s challenge, well, not really a challenge, more like an invitation but such a nice way to look back at what I have blogged about this year.  Adam said, “Choose the best 11” but I must confess I don’t write as many posts as all that. Some people seem to be able to churn…
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Using Wikis in ELT – #ELTchat Summary 09/11/2011

This is the summary of a very lively discussion held on Twitter. By Alexandra Koukoumialou (@AlexandraKouk) and Dina Dobrou (@DinaDobrou) #ELTchatters gathered on 9th November to discuss wikis. As usual a wealth of ideas and links were shared. But let’s just start by defining what a wiki is: A wiki ( /ˈwɪki/) is a website that…
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A Little & Often: Integrating Technology on Teacher Development Courses

<![CDATA[A few months ago (April-June 2011*)  I wrote a report on a survey on the use of technology amongst CELTA tutors. The results were rather disheartening and the prevailing attitudes among many of my respondents ranged from the completely negative (“It is not our job/place to introduce technology on CELTA courses; there are more important…
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Survey on the use of Social Networks for Foreign Language Teachers

<![CDATA[Dear PLN, Many of you are aware that since earlier this year,  I have been involved in an EU funded project – aPLaNet – whose aim is to help Foreign Language Teachers develop and maintain their own PLN in an autonomous way. Creating one’s PLN takes time, effort and commitment,  and those of you reading…
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