In search of some Christmas reading? Look no further – here are the 10 most-read posts published on ELTjam in 2016. Loads of great stuff to keep you going.
Go Enrol have just completed their second annual survey of English language schools, and shared the highlights with us. They surveyed 46 school directors, principals and marketing managers in schools around the world. The results paint a mixed picture of the industry, with less than half of the schools reporting that they are optimistic about their prospects for the coming year.
When this blog was brand new (nearly two years ago), I stumbled across a post by a French indie app developer called Pierre Abel who was having great success by focussing on educational iPad apps for young learners. As someone who had spent quite a lot of time and effort trying to develop successful ELT apps while working in-house at an ELT publisher, I was interested in how an independent developer had approached it, and whether I could find any useful lessons that ELT app publishers could apply. I thought it would be interesting to see how he’s done since then and whether the same lessons still apply.
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.
We wrote about Pearson’s Catalyst programme a few months ago, and yesterday we met some of the people running it at a workshop event which formed part of the warm-up for this weekend’s Cambridge education Startup Weekend, which we’re helping to organise. In this interview, Pearson’s Debbie Akinpelu tells us what Catalyst is all about.