40th ELT Blog Carnival:Ideas for Teaching with Technology

YES!!!   We ARE Ready!!

The 40th ELT Blog Carnival.

Today is the day for publishing a host of ultra- creative articles on using technology for teaching.


a)  Integrate technology by How I see it now

Chosen tool:

Mobile phones in the classroom.


Photos, videos, professional development/reflection, story cubes, virtual immortality.

Inspiring virtual immortality and amazing ideas for class

Thank you

Hana Ticha


b) Speaking and embedding- by Anna@Edu

What a pleasure to read this beautiful post with gorgeous embedded videos and lesson plans. 

Chosen tools:

Educanon, sparkol videoscribe, canva.

Three ideas:

Talks/speeches/embedding questions

When visual gets visual

Posters, graphics, presentations, flyers.

Thank you Anna.

c) Encouraging play with a digital sandbox by Teacher Reboot Camp

Simple, sophisticated, rich, playful, full of edtech goodies!!

 Chosen tool(s):

A digital sandbox that stores multiple tools and apps all in one place.


Peer to peer learning where students get to play with tools of their choice and then share them online with each other.

This is fantastic as students take over their own learning environment and get fully creative.

Thank you

Shelly Terrell

 D) Google docs by Martha

A very unique idea. students make presentation about class vocabulary on a shared presentation. A fantastic way to make language learning memorable and creative, while nurturing self-esteem as students get to present/perform.

Chosen tool:

Google docs


Collaborative google presentation for vocabulary revision.

“students create a GP slide for a class set after each is assigned one of the chapter vocabulary words. their rules: word, part of speech , short def. and a sentence containing the word and an appropriate image to match it . they then have to present it the class. the class can copy the slides into a page and use it to study for an exam later.”

Thank you


e) Four steps to learning a language by Fluent Language

She’s using one of my favourite social sharing sites for lessons!!

Chosen tool:



Four steps to learning a language with Pinterest.

This is visual, social, creative, real language in use.

This is a lover, keeper, a gem for language learners and teachers!!

 Thank you

Kerstin Hammes

f) Paperless possibilities for deep learning by Teaching History Tech.

Chosen tool:


A unique kind of webquest.

Adding excitement to months of civil war history!!

An idea to help students remember, learn and showcase intensive history project assignments.

Thank you


g) Literacy Assignment Soundtrack by mElting Activities

Multi-sensory, emotional intelligence, making associations.


Chosen tool:

Book track


Students add music soundtracks to their books.

Thank you

Carissa Peck

h) Create doodle Videos by LearnOutLive.

Step by step instructions, videos and reasons for doodling.

Chosen tool:



Multi-sensory immersion

Clear, intelligent instructions and ideas for using a really cool video tool for language learning the visual way.

Thank you

Andre Klein

I) Reflections and classroom implementation by TeachingWithEdTech

Favourite tool:



Know how every student is doing at any moment. This seems like an intuitive learning management system if I’m not mistaken.

Reading text, mobile phones, webquest, videos, multiple choice – it seems like a super slimmed down version of a bulky moodle – fast, efficient – no bugs, no headaches??

Thank you

Okan Balukbas
J) Using cellphones in class by ALL4EFL&ELT

Award-winning article about using cell phones in class

How cell phones can be a natural part of the classroom experience – seamless, communicative, creative and using the target language.

K) Online, offline by It’s ON

Chosen tool:

The cloud as a learning environment


Perspectives on what it means and what you can do.

An experienced, expert look at the online environment as a learning arena.

Thank you

Mau Buchler

L) Open platforms by ELTjam

Chosen tool(s):

Platforms and their functions.


” letting a machine do what it can do best, and letting humans do what humans do best. “

A very detailed analysis of learning management systems and what open/closed really means.

By Clive Miller

Suggested by Robert McCall

M) Using google hangouts by teachingeslonline.com

Chosen tool:

Google hangouts on air


For presentations and lessons;

“It was perfect for what I wanted to do this week: host a free lesson/presentation on my website as a way to introduce a new course that I’m going to teach in April.”

Extremely informative, clear instructions about being visible, dynamic and creative through hanging out professionally online.

Thank you

Jack Askew

n) 50 tech-task by eflclassroom 2.0

Chosen tools:

A very eclectic mix of the best on the web.


50 simple to follow creative tasks for learners.

Very inspiring part of the legendary 50s lists.

Thank you

David Deubelbeiss


O) Animate a character by Theodora’s blog

Chosen tool:



Draw your own characters, make them move and record your voice.

Excellent resource that combines freehand drawing with multi-media – love combining art with language learning.

Thank you

Theodora Papanagiotou

P) Encourage me to e-read by MJGsm’s students @book Me library

Chosen tool:

Story jumper


Writing and reading to master a language.

Excellent work by university students
Thank you


Q) Creating social phrasebooks by Nik’s learning Technology Blog

Chosen tool:



Collect words, phrases and sentences from anywhere on the web while you you browse and organise them into social phrasebooks.

Excellent guidelines and ideas.

Thank you

Nik Peachey

R) The Webinar Effect by Sylviasenglishonline

Chosen tool(s):

Virtual classrooms, google hangouts, live online collaborative venues.


Professional development through sharing knowledge, experience and even more edtech tools.

Thanks to everyone who shares, inspires, networks and works with me.


The next blog Carnival:

41st ELT Blog Carnival hosted by Alex Barboza.  Teaching the culture of English Speaking Countries.  Entries due by May 01. Submit here


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Sylvia is is an online teacher & writer with a background in English Literature, history and education. She is also an award winning blogger featured by The British Council, online teacher, official blogger for WiziQ, professional development organiser, and passionate researcher into creative learning via Educational Technology @Eslbrain. She is currently focusing on ELT publishing and children’s publishing. Her personal projects for 2014 include writing ELT books through story-telling, comics, poetry, and social and emotional learning, while continually creating and sharing brain-friendly learning materials and ideas online. Her other main interests are art, writing, poetry, and psychology, which which help her to create fun quality time with her children and add colour to her language lessons. When she's not teaching online, she's writing course books, blogging or running her English language Facebook groups.
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