It’s always good to see a teacher blogging about tech they’ve found innovative uses for to help their teaching. We came across this gem on Facebook. This post is a shortened version of the original which appeared on Lana’s blog.
I’m not a huge tech freak. I write things down, couldn’t bear to part with my teacher’s binder and use chalk and a blackboard to the max. However, I’ve become obsessed with a tech thingie on my phone. In fact, I think I might be completely in love with Evernote.
I stumbled upon Evernote by sheer chance, looking for something else. The webpage said: ‘Your life’s work. For everything you’ll do, Evernote is the workspace to get it done.‘ I was like: ‘Great, another silicon valley slogan that claims to have made the world a better place and shall transform my life from scratch and make me a better person.’
At ELTjam HQ, we talk a lot about working effectively, time management and productivity tools. We like to practise what we preach, and all of us have our own tools and methods for working smarter not harder. So when I set the team homework to write a collaborative post about what they use, the first thing I did was start a Google doc. Here’s what they came up with.
Independent tutor and digital learning pioneer Lana Friesen explains how she is using the best programs and apps to help her students meet their learning objectives.
With such a new industry, online teachers are developing tools and combining programs and apps to facilitate the learning experience of students. In doing so, teachers are pre-empting apps yet to be created to meet the demands of this growing industry. Including all components of communication can be tricky in classrooms, especially online ones. This medley of tools demonstrates how, with a degree of ingenuity, teachers can plan a full-spectrum curriculum for their students, regardless of the setting. We are, in a sense, the MacGyvers of online teaching. We are pioneers and must embrace this reality with open arms and open minds.
This is the third in our series of round-ups of self-published or small press ELT books … and this time we’ve been able to add fiction to the list as well as books for materials writing and teacher resources.
We haven’t had any ELT Entrepreneurs on the blog for a while, but people setting up on their own from an ELT background is something we’re always interested in.
Over the summer, we spoke to Arthur Rubin, half of the husband and wife team behind AUTHORS & EDITORS, about their socially conscious publishing company.