I’m delighted to be hosting the 40th edition of the ELT Blog Carnival. ESLbrain is now gathering together the collective inspiration of global teachers so that ideas and insights on Educational Technology can be crowd-sourced for the common good.
This interesting quote may help frame our intentions:
“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.”
John Maynard Keynes
Sometimes I think of life as a search or a quest. How interesting to put a new twist on life with the idea of escape.
My colleague Hana Tiche who writes a regular blog called ‘how I see it now’ got me thinking along these lines when she posted an article called ‘Get rid of the unnecessary weight‘.
My challenge is for you to submit ‘Ideas For Teaching With Technology”
If we bear in mind the above quote and Hana’s reflection, we may come to the conclusion that technology may serve us even better if we cast off old mindsets. Now is the time to experiment, share, and take more risks in our teaching lives. I often don’t realise the power of my own ideas till I share them with others.
There is no limit on the ‘size’ of your idea. One speck of an idea can have a great influence when acted upon by others. Basically you can just choose one of your favourite educational tools and share how you like to teach with this technology.
Looking forward to your ideas and new perspectives.
Please share and post your ideas here. All posts will be forwarded to me and featured on this page.
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
Mobile phones in the classroom.
Photos, videos, professional development/reflection, story cubes, virtual immortality.
Inspiring virtual immortality and amazing ideas for class
b) Speaking and embedding- by Anna@Edu
What a pleasure to read this beautiful post with gorgeous embedded videos and lesson plans.
Educanon, sparkol videoscribe, canva.
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!!
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.
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.
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.”
e) Four steps to learning a language by Fluent Language
She’s using one of my favourite social sharing sites for lessons!!
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!!
f) Paperless possibilities for deep learning by Teaching History Tech.
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.
g) Literacy Assignment Soundtrack by mElting Activities
Multi-sensory, emotional intelligence, making associations.
Students add music soundtracks to their books.
h) Create doodle Videos by LearnOutLive.
Step by step instructions, videos and reasons for doodling.
Clear, intelligent instructions and ideas for using a really cool video tool for language learning the visual way.
I) Reflections and classroom implementation by TeachingWithEdTech
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??
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
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.
L) Open platforms by ELTjam
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
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.
n) 50 tech-task by eflclassroom 2.0
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.
O) Animate a character by Theodora’s blog
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.
P) Encourage me to e-read by MJGsm’s students @book Me library
Writing and reading to master a language.
Excellent work by university students
Collect words, phrases and sentences from anywhere on the web while you you browse and organise them into social phrasebooks.
Excellent guidelines and ideas.
R) The Webinar Effect by Sylviasenglishonline
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.