Few words have been so prevalent in ELT as ‘EdTech’ and it has not been unusual to attend conferences where perhaps more than half of the talks on the schedule made at least some reference to the impending digital disruption sweeping into our sector and how best to prepare for it, avoid it or pretend it didn’t exist. Pearson’s Brian Engquist gives us his take on how to proceed.
Last week’s Innovate ELT conference in Barcelona owed much of its success to the incredible delegates so naturally we turned to them for a write up. Keen blogger Adam Beale reflects on his experience for us.
This week, Skype goes sci-fi and turns into a real-time interpreter; Philip Kerr’s thoughts on left brain / right brain; Nicola Prentis bemoans the lack of ELT presence at the Cambridge education startup weekend; China de-prioritises English in favour of maths and Chinese language; depressing news about the university sector; and Knewton expands northwards. Happy reading!
During the 2014 IATEFL conference in Harrogate ELTjam hosted a low-key, invite-only event in a hotel across from the main conference centre. It was called the ELTjam session and was intended to bring together individuals from across the ELT and learning space in order to share insights and predictions on what the future might hold for the industry.
Part 2 of a 2-part post from English360 CEO, Cleve Miller.
The value of open platforms in blended learning is not really about what happens online, it’s about what happens in the classroom …