I’m a freelance learning technology consultant, trainer and writer with 20 years international experience. http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com
1. What do you do?
I develop training materials for English language teachers and learners, deliver training and manage digital learning projects
2. Why do you do it?
This is a really interesting and exciting time to be working in education. I get a lot of job satisfaction and can work very independently
3. What’s the most interesting thing happening in ELT right now?
The intersection between the virtual world and the real world is finally starting to impact on language teaching.
4. What do you think the developments in EdTech mean for learners of English?
There will be more opportunities for autonomous learners to develop their own language skills in a more authentic way.
5. What do you think the developments in EdTech mean for teachers?
It means they have to upgrade their skills and broaden their repertoire. Potentially it can be very liberating and rewarding for teachers
6. What does EdTech mean for publishers?
They need to change or die. I see great opportunities for smaller more independent publishers to grab a part of the market
7. Gamification: a fad or the future?
It needs significant investment to take off. I don’t see that coming from mainstream institutions, but from gaming companies perhaps
8. How will mobile learning transform ELT?
It won’t transform it, but it will change it a little. Classrooms will still have students in, but mobile will support autonomous learning
9. What next for online learning?
Augmented reality has the potential to make learning much more location specific. E-text books can make learning much more interactive.
10. How will ELT be different 5 years from now?
Classrooms won’t be so different, iPads instead of note pads and video, but similar activities. More opportunity for autonomous learning tho