I’m a teacher who became obsessed with how to best use the web for language teaching. So I designed some software and founded the community at www.english360.com.
1. What do you do?
I help language teachers and schools combine technology with effective pedagogy using the open platform English360.
2. Why do you do it?
It’s just an incredibly interesting time to be a teacher, as we explore new approaches. You can get a lot accomplished during periods of disruption.
3. What’s the most interesting thing happening in ELT right now?
The switch from the traditional top-down model in education and publishing, to more of a tech-enabled, bottom-up approach where teachers and students are in charge.
4. What do you think the developments in EdTech mean for learners of English?
Potentially, learning will be more personalised and authentically integrated into their lives. Less reliance on the classroom, more integration with real life.
5. What do you think the developments in EdTech mean for teachers?
It’s not just a disruption for publishers; it’s a disruption for teachers as well. Teachers that can use an informal action research approach to things will thrive.
6. What does EdTech mean for publishers?
Publishers are filled with clever individuals in dysfunctional corporate cultures. EdTech disrupts their environment – If the culture can’t evolve, they’ll die.
7. Gamification: a fad or the future?
Both. Gamification just refers to certain incentives for user engagement, usually competitive. But as ELT authors, we need to think of a wider range of incentives.
8. How will mobile learning transform ELT?
See answer #4. How to use technology in the classroom is the wrong question – it’s about tech outside of the classroom. Class is for Ss talking to each other, not gadgets.
9. What next for online learning?
It’s a key component of learning programs that will push personalisation and authenticity. But we need more work on integrating the online part with the classroom.
10. How will ELT be different 5 years from now?
It won’t be too different in 5 years; current trends will continue. But in 15 years? ELT will seem like science fiction. We are in for a wild ride.
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