Another post sparked by an Innovate ELT talk, this time given by Fiona Oates and Andrew Dodd, about their Mental Health Friendly initiative, the result of conversations between the two Barcelona-based English teachers. Fiona tell us how they got started and more about the project.
Technology in the world of ELT is evolving rapidly. Helping freelance editors to evolve alongside it was the main aim when Karen White and I organised the recent Away-Day. We’d asked freelancers through Karen’s White Ink Limited Facebook page. ‘What would you like to see offered on an away-day?’ Time and time again came the reply ‘a focus on digital publishing’. Networking opportunities. A few sensible types said, ‘info on VAT, taxes and accounting,’ and one person said, ‘lunch’. And so the first ELT Freelancers’ Away-Day was born. It attracted mostly editors, but several designers and media researchers, a few authors and an audio producer also attended. Here’s a summary of four very useful sessions.
It is educational publishers, in partnership with the educators and the learners who are their customers, who are best placed to show the world how this great deluge of information can best be mediated because that is their business and always has been.