It’s the middle of summer, and it’s been a bit of a quiet week at eltjam Towers, but still plenty going on out in the big wide world of EdTech and ELT. Here’s some of the things that caught our attention:

Tips for self-publishers

We found a couple of articles on the subject of self-publishing, which were interesting in the light of Nick’s post on the subject:

Here are some thoughts from entrepreneur James Altucher on why self-publishing’s a good idea even for those who aren’t necessarily would-be authors.

And, assuming Amazon’s Kindle store is where you want your books to appear, here’s a step-by-step illustrated guide on how to get them there.

 

How to write for ELT

OneStopEnglish have posted a selection of free extracts from ELT Teacher2Writer on various aspects of writing ELT materials.

 

Real examples of augmented reality in the classroom

Aurasma is a free app for iOS and Android which can recognize real world images and then overlay media on top of them – videos, images, 3D models etc. Exciting stuff. This article from Erin Klein’s blog goes through all sorts of ways in which the tech can be used (and has been used) in class. And, if you haven’t read it already, don’t forget to check out Tim’s post on augmented reality.

 

Why MOOCs will kill research universities

Here’s some more MOOC backlash, although actually the article concludes that the end results the disruptive effective of MOOCs on higher education might actually be positive. (Thanks to Shelly Terrell for this one).

 

Voxy on the up

Language learning start-up Voxy has raised $8.5m in funding, from Pearson amongst others. This looks like an interesting outfit, and one we’d like to find out more about.

 

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