Category Archives: Journal

Blended learning as a Social Process, Sugata Mitra at Iatefl and the Aftermath

Blended Learning: face to face interaction with support from the digital world. If you look at this image, you will see the essence of what I think of as learning in action. It isn’t a mill drill, it is meaningful … Continue reading

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An Energy Dip: approaching high demand teaching (Part One)

After all the excitement of Iatefl last week, I hit reality back in the classroom this week, and what with all the to do about Sugata Mitra’s ideas and the need to make up a whole series of lessons I … Continue reading

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So, what do you think?

Hi everyone, I decided today that rather than give the highlight of the sessions I went to I’d talk to people at the conference to find out their thoughts about the conference. I aksed the people I spoke to just … Continue reading

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The Demand keeps growing higher, and higher…

Quality teaching means helping the learners to learn without feeling stressed. The theme of High Demand has stayed at the back of my mind all day today, beginning with Katherine Graves’ plenary this morning, when she spoke very eloquently about … Continue reading

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Highlights from My Day One at Harrogate Iatefl 2014

So the first day has finished and it seems to have gone by in a whirl or ideas, discussions, meetings with old friends and encounters with new ones. I said in a previous post that a theme tends to emerge … Continue reading

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Plenary, plenary, plenary

Why do we have Plenaries? Plenaries are a recognisable feature of most conferences, but what makes us go to them and what do we get out of them? I think I can say that over the years I have learned … Continue reading

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Gearing up for Iatefl 2014 in Harrogate…

Getting the Most out of a Great Conference Whether you are teaching in the UK or in New Zealand, or even a village in Umbria, you have almost certainly heard of the annual IATEFL conference, where thousands of ELT professionals … Continue reading

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So what’s next? Web 3.0?.. Second Life? Or human beings communicating with each other?

So what’s next? Web 3.0? .. Second Life? Or human beings communicating with each other? Most people have some idea these days what we generally mean by Web 2.0 even though Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989 … Continue reading

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My thoughts on Digital Literacy

I’ve recently been thinking quite a lot about digital literacy and not only because we are studying the concept at the moment on my MA course but what it means to my learners too. So I thought I’d share my … Continue reading

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Using Video, Screencasts, Blogs and Wikis

Hi everyone, I’m afraid the magic carpet took off and then had technical trouble in October over West Yorkshire, where I was grounded for some time due to family problems. However… The MA is going on and I’m getting back … Continue reading

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