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What is it you do again? Four new jobs in ELT

What is it you do again? Four new jobs in ELT

As ELT goes digital and expands into multi-faceted, multi-platform products (but with books not set to disappear anytime soon) and publishers restructuring all over the place, you might find yourself, as an author or editor, dealing with people with a whole array of unfamiliar job titles. Most of the people who do these jobs find themselves constantly answering the  question “What is it exactly you do?” — if their blogs are anything to go by. To save you being that person at the coffee machine, here’s a rundown of some of the more common roles.

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To app or not to app?

To app or not to app?

You’ve got an idea but what is the first step of building an app? Is it sharing a great idea with someone you think has the expertise or resources to make it happen? What’s going to get them on board if it is? Or is it working on the app idea yourself? And if so, how much should you do before approaching someone else? Here are ten steps to start you on the right track.

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EBPAI – The blog that became a school

EBPAI – The blog that became a school

Blogging is a great way to access a personal Learning Network, reach out to the ELT community across the world, keep up-to-date with  developments in the field or just vent about things on your mind and there are fantastic ELT examples all over the internet.   But can it lead to anything more than simply having a wider platform for your ideas?

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Geoff Jordan vs. Duolingo

Geoff Jordan vs. Duolingo

More than a million people a day connect to Duolingo, an app which causes much derision in ELT circles with attacks on its pedagogical validity. But what happens if you judge it through the prism of research into Second Language Acquisition? Geoff Jordan finds out.

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AR we there yet?

AR we there yet?

We thought it might be worth taking a look to see if our predictions regarding Augmented Reality turned out to be accurate, or if we were jumping any number of guns …

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Emerging skills for ELT digital writers

Emerging skills for ELT digital writers

At its basic core, ELT materials writing for digital components (e.g. interactive CD-ROMs, LMS, Moodle) isn’t hugely difference from writing for any other form (e.g. paper-based course books); the principles of good materials writing remain the same. However, there are few points that are worth listing as ‘emerging’.

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Top-five posts of 2014

Top-five posts of 2014

Looking back at the blog over the past year we can see we’ve had some fantastic people contributing posts and comments. It’s really interesting to see which posts got the most views, sparked the most debate and kickstarted conversations that resulted in fully-fledged follow up posts. This Top Five shows we really couldn’t run the blog without all of you, so a big thanks to everyone and here’s a look at the biggest posts

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MaWFest – MaWSIG’s first online festival

MaWFest – MaWSIG’s first online festival

Sunday saw a first for MaWSIG (IATEFL’s materials writing special interest group) — an online festival that could be attended by anyone, anywhere. Via three streams, participants were able to interact with editors and experts from Edtech as well as ELT and mainstream publishing. Three webinars, a Twitter chat and a Facebook panel chat ran, one after the other, with breaks in between for “switching rooms”.

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News & snippets

What we’re reading

What we’re reading

We’ve all been backwards and forwards between London and Cambridge this week so there’s been plenty of time for reading on the train. Here’s some of what’s been filling our commute. Google stops making Google Glass … When Twitter stopped... Read more...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

This week the entire world has been reading about ELT with its sudden push into the spotlight. We, however, have been mostly reading this stuff: The experts weigh up 2015 EdTech predictions If you’ve got a week to set aside, this long article is worth a read.... Read more...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

It’s almost that time in January when you can stop asking people if they had good holidays and opening every email with a New Year’s greeting. Think how much more time that will make for reading! Here’s what we’ve been reading in the first proper week of work in 2015.

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What we’re reading

What we’re reading

Some reading for those lying in bed still recovering from New Year. Here’s what we’ve been reading over the holidays. Your productivity in 2015 In time for New Year’s resolutions to get more stuff done, the internet is awash with... Read more...
What we’re reading

What we’re reading

Our last post before Christmas! It seems the pressures of online Christmas shopping are demanding as much project management as our regular workload!  We’ll be back in a couple of weeks with a review of the year, but in the meantime we’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas from the ELTjam team!

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What we’re reading

What we’re reading

Most of ELTjam’s energies this week have gone into finding the best  mince pies (so far, Waitrose Duchy Originals) but we were reading at the same time. Here’s what almost distracted us from the mission. What does 2015 hold for education? With the end of... Read more...

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