InnovateEdTech sessions: Harriet Ballantyne & Doug Belshaw

InnovateEdTech sessions: Harriet Ballantyne & Doug Belshaw

Here’s another look at some of the excellent talks from last year’s Innovate EdTech conference. First, we hear from Harriet Ballantyne, who talks about how to manage and develop online communities through learning apps, as well as the importance of gathering feedback from learners and acting on it. Then, Doug Belshaw gives us some great insight into developing digital literacies and shows how we can demonstrate achievement online with Open Badges.

Apple’s electric car and the death of language teaching as we know it

Apple’s electric car and the death of language teaching as we know it

When I was four, going on five, a TV show called Knight Rider premiered in the UK. I loved it and remained a fan for most of my childhood (OK, I admit it; I’m still a fan). There was The Hoff, of course  –  all leather jackets, open shirt buttons and swagger  –  but the real star of the show was K.I.T.T  – Knight Industries Two Thousand  –  the ‘advanced, artificially intelligent, self-aware and nearly indestructible car’. Over thirty years later Apple and Google are in a head-to-head race to bring K.I.T.T’s spiritual successor  –  the driverless car  –  to market. And, as a little-known and hard-to-spot side effect, the ramifications for the teaching of languages, especially English, could be huge.

ELT and Evernote: A match made in heaven

ELT and Evernote: A match made in heaven

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.’

What we’re reading

What we’re reading

Yo! (translation: Here’s a post of what we’ve been reading this week.) The death of the app? Already?!  Apps might be replaced by notifications if the success of an app called Yo is anything to go by. Yo has one function — sending the word...