I’ve just started as project manager for the British Council in Uruguay on Plan Ceibal English, the One Laptop Per Child project in Uruguay.
2. Why do you do it?
It’s an exciting and complex project featuring remote teaching through video conferencing, with each Primary schoolchild using a laptop.
3. What’s the most interesting thing happening in ELT right now?
The number of imaginative solutions to local and global educational problems that educators are experimenting with through the use of technology.
4. What do you think the developments in EdTech mean for learners of English?
The “Martini effect”, as in it’s become easier to learn and practise English ‘anytime, any place, anywhere…’ What does this mean for the future of schools.
5. What do you think the developments in EdTech mean for teachers?
Although there will always be face-to-face teaching, more teaching will move online, so teachers will have to become tech-savvy and be e-moderators.
6. What does EdTech mean for publishers?
Risk of redundancy, with the inevitable disappearance of paper and the ease of self-publishing; pricing shake-up, stress placed on quality of their products.
7. Gamification: a fad or the future?
Fad, but one that will find a permanent niche, depending on the sector. It’s not THE solution, but used well in some contexts, it works wonders.
8. How will mobile learning transform ELT?
Less emphasis on learning in a classroom, with the ‘Martini effect’ (see above). Teachers can be based anywhere, so expect ELT ‘call centre’ teaching.
9. What next for online learning?
Fewer general courses, more on demand, just in time, tailor-made one-to-one online learning delivered by teachers based at home or in ‘call centres’.
10. How will ELT be different 5 years from now?
Greater acceptance of technology integrated learning, 70% disappearance of paper-based materials, fewer classrooms, more diversification.
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