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Designing learning spaces for a mobile era

Designing learning spaces for a mobile era

The shift from the immobility of PCs to the mobility of tablets and smartphones allows digital space to interact with material space, both in and out of the classroom, in entirely new ways. At British Study Centres in Oxford, where Paul Driver works, this was an important consideration in their decision to integrate mobile technology into the everyday practice of language teaching. Here’s how they transformed their learning spaces.

5 useful online journals for ELT professionals

5 useful online journals for ELT professionals

Having been invited to recommend ‘the best ELT journals…, maybe a top 5 list’, Florentina Taylor explains why the following are, in her opinion, great resources for ELT professionals. Such a list will always be a subjective compilation dependent on personal preference, work context, accessibility and the reasons for accessing (and recommending) the respective journals. She’s hoping this will, nevertheless, answer the question. You can find an objective journal ranking tool at the end of this post.

Why mental health matters

Why mental health matters

Another post sparked by an Innovate ELT talk, this time given by  Fiona Oates and Andrew Dodd, about their Mental Health Friendly initiative, the result of conversations between the two Barcelona-based English teachers. Fiona tell us how they got started and more about the project.

The power of social learning

The power of social learning

Social learning is a term that is increasingly being used by ELT practitioners. But what is it, and what’s all the fuss about? In this post, Shaun Crowley explains the concept and the mechanics behind it in ELT and non-ELT apps – arguing that social learning has the potential to enhance EFL blended learning.

LinguSocial – The future of translation

LinguSocial – The future of translation

One of the great things about running ELTjam HQ from a co-working space is the different people and businesses working alongside you. We were amazed the other week to find that, unbeknownst to us, fellow co-worker and entrepreneur Marcel Goya has been working away on LinguSocial, a platform for voice translation that could change everything.

And … action! Mobile learning in the classroom

And … action! Mobile learning in the classroom

The exploitation of video in the classroom is nothing new, but the creation of video doesn’t take place as often as it could, mainly due to lack of equipment and knowledge of how to use it. There is a difference between a teacher with ten or twenty years’ experience, and one with one year’s experience repeated ten or twenty times. Using technology in the classroom is about being flexible within one’s own teaching practice and being prepared to experiment and learn. Kat Robb tells us how she uses video in class.

News & snippets

What we’re reading

What we’re reading

As we move into summer and beach reads, we’re still finding time to read articles on our phones for now. Here’s what caught our attention this week. The rise and rise of Duolingo Duolingo seems to have dropped the translation aspect of its product to...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

This week, we weren’t just reading, we were watching, rubbing our eyes and re-watching. Make it to the end of this week’s packed WWR to see why. Agile design Design company and publishing experts emc design give some insights into how they manage their...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

This week’s reading covers the whole spectrum, from project planning, to piracy, to a new site for engaging people through social media. Anti-piracy action The Publishers Association has gained some ground against online copyright infringement. This week should...

What we’re reading

We’ve been lucky to get a slew of great guest blog posts in recently but the wider world has given us some reading fodder too. Giving better presentations Expert Nancy Duarte blames over-reliance on Powerpoint for lacklustre presentations and advises presenters...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

This week there have been a slew of posts following the Innovate ELT conference in Barcelona, which has been great for making those of us who weren’t there very jealous of Nick, Jo and Berta. We were at home reading about EdTech … Innovate ELT round-up Kat...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

We’ve mostly been reading the weather forecast for Barcelona this week and it’s looking good for the Innovate ELT conference. Here are some other things that caught our attention. Why work doesn’t happen at work A TED talk about why the office...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

All this waiting for the royal baby has given us plenty of time to be reading this week. Here is a selection. We’re doing it all wrong! Everything you thought about working in teams and brainstorming might be wrong. They’re bad. Apparently. ‘Research...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

We’re not sure how we had time to read anything during IATEFL week, as we were all either presenting or attending the conference. Here’s a collection of what we managed to peruse nonetheless. Sell your lesson plans online The Time Educational Supplement...

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