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The ELT technology hype cycle

The ELT technology hype cycle

You may have recently seen the Gartner hype cycle map for 2014, which shows how our expectations of different emerging technologies peaks, collapses, and finally levels out over time. (click here to enlarge the image) This made me wonder where the technology we use... Read more...
Am I a Content Creator or a Writer?

Am I a Content Creator or a Writer?

In a post on ELT buzzwords, I included Content Creator as it was one I sensed was causing resentment among materials writers. It passed without much kerfuffle until someone suggested Content Creators shouldn’t expect royalties because they don’t originate the ideas behind course books anymore. In fact, it mostly echoes what Scott Thornbury wrote in  post about the myth of creativity in course book writing.

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Learning on Rails

Learning on Rails

It’s possible that we’ll discover that providing the student with highly relevant, engaging content will be more effective than crafting learning experiences on rails (à la our current, item-response-theory-influenced “adaptive learning”).

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News & snippets

What we’re reading

What we’re reading

With all the extra time we’ve eked out of the day by employing Nicola’s hacks for using Microsoft Word, we’ve had time to do loads of extra reading this week. Here’s a selection of the best. MOOCS won’t transform education Simon Nelson,... Read more...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

A busy week of interviewing at ELTjam Towers, but we managed to get some reading in between candidates. Here’s what we came across this week. A weekend of ELT This weekend offers the ultimate in EdTech choices. Either IATEFL’s first online conference or... Read more...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

Most of what we’ve been reading this week has been CV’s thanks to the amazing response to our ads for project leads and editors. In between those, we’ve stumbled across these: IATEFL Online It’s a week until IATEFL holds its first online... Read more...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

It’s been a quiet week over at ELTjam towers, what with people on holiday or travelling the world on business. But even when we’ve not been doing much writing, we’ve always been doing lots of reading. Here’s a rundown of what’s caught our... Read more...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

This week: more debate on copyright and piracy; endangered English accents; what Google’s up to with Google Glass and auto-completing emails; Ricky Gervais teaches English; and what’s in the latest issue of Modern English Teacher.

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What we’re reading

What we’re reading

This week: the introduction of elves, knights and dragons into the classroom; how psychology could influence exercise design; and thoughts on whether adaptive games could replace assessment as we know it. We’re also learning to code, and finding out what ‘adaptive design’ is. Happy reading.

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What we’re reading

What we’re reading

This week, Skype goes sci-fi and turns into a real-time interpreter; Philip Kerr’s thoughts on left brain / right brain; Nicola Prentis bemoans the lack of ELT presence at the Cambridge education startup weekend; China de-prioritises English in favour of maths and Chinese language; depressing news about the university sector; and Knewton expands northwards. Happy reading!

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