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At The Consultants-E we help educators worldwide become more comfortable with technology in their teaching. This blog highlights technology trends, and offers tips and guidance on how to use technology in the classroom and online, based on several years of experience of helping teachers worldwide integrate technology effectively. We hope you enjoy it!

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  • Wishlist for EdTech in 2015

    by Ana d Almeida

    07 January 2015 in category: TheConsultants-E

    wishes

    The beginning of a new year always brings renewed hopes and plans. Prompted by JJ Wilson’s insightful blog post here, including contributions from Nicky and Lindsay, here are a few wishes and ideas from The Consultants-E team, which we hope you'll find equally insightful!

    I’m particularly interested in the application of technology in the English language classroom. In 2015, I’d like to see less emphasis on technology per se, and more emphasis on how to use it appropriately and effectively to help students learn. That means asking (and answering) the question ‘How does this help my students learn/acquire English?’, rather than ‘How can I use this cool tool with my students?’. It’s not about the technology, it’s about the teaching (and learning). ~ Nicky Hockly 

    My Christmas wish is about publishers. I’d like to see a more measured, thoughtful and sensible approach to edtech and the future of ...

    Tags: future back to school wishes Elearning


  • Our Eureka! Moments (Teaching with Technology)

    by Ana d Almeida

    05 December 2014 in category: TheConsultants-E

    Eureka

     

    "My first Eureka moment took place when I was learning to be a teacher. I was observing an experienced teacher set up a listening class with her students. She elicited some items from the students onto the blackboard, and then seemed magically turn that into a checklist for the following listening activity – the students had to listen to see whether any of the items they had offered were mentioned in the following listening. It was at that moment that I realised that she had deliberately prepared this stage to feed into the following stage of the lesson.

    I saw that lessons have an overall structure and movement of their own, with stages meaningfully leading into each other. It was like suddenly seeing a whole painting, or hearing a whole piece of music, and realising that the pieces lead from one to the next, and that this is the ...

    Tags: testimonies eureka tutors


  • The Consultants-E Christmas Raffle

    by Ana d Almeida

    05 December 2014 in category: TheConsultants-E

    TCE Xmas Raffle

    Going Mobile

     

    To mark the festive season we will be raffling on Dec 23 a copy of Nicky and Gavin’s new GOING MOBILE book to be launched in the next few days. Interested? Here’s how to participate: 

    1. Read the blog post ‘Our Eureka moments with teaching with technology'
    2. Write a short text (of 150-300 words) on the same topic. 
    3. To enter the raffle, please submit your entry here by the deadline of Dec 21 (midnight, UK time), 
    4. The best Eureka’s pieces (judged by our tutors) will be featured on our blog and Facebook page on Jan 5. 
    5. Entries must include your Eureka moment with teaching with technology

    We’re looking forward to receiving your Eureka pieces. 

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!

    Ana

    Tags: going moblie raffle xmas


  • The Difference Scholarship Awards Can Make...

    by Ana d Almeida

    05 December 2014 in category: Courses

    interview

    Each year The Consultants-E awards a number of scholarships to applicants from around the world. This year Obiajulu Emejulu from Nigeria and Tien Mai from Vietnam each won a place on one of our E-Moderation courses. As we come to the end of the year, we thought we’d get in touch with them again and find out more about their impressions on the E-Mod. 

    Obiajulu Emejulu is a professor of Communication and Language Arts responsible for teaching Use of English and Technical Report Writing courses at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria. Tien Mai has a degree in English Language Teaching from Ho Chi Minh University of Pedagogy, and a distinction graduation certificate from Curtin University of Technology. He currently works as a secondary school teacher at Vietnam-Australia International School, a private bilingual school in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. ~ Victoria Boobyer

    E-Mod interview

    The Consultants-E: How have you benefited as ...

    Tags: interviews eModeration e-moderation, online teaching, elearning, emoderation scholarship e-moderation


  • Have you Ever Done an Online Course?

    by Ana d Almeida

    25 September 2014 in category: Courses

    Doing an online course can mean different things to different participants. However, from our past participants’ feedback we learn that there is a lot of learning taking place on our courses. They emphasise things like:

    • Becoming more confident as a learner and tutor
    • Gaining new skills as a learner and tutor
    • Gaining greater understanding of e-learning by comparing it to face to face instruction
    • Finding out more about what kind of learner you are
    • Learning through observing tutor and other course participants
    • Experimenting with collaborative learning via well structured task
    You can read a few comments from our past course participants below but we’d like to ask you: Have you ever done an online course? How has it changed you and your understanding of elearning?

    If you'd like to dive in and experiment with elearning, check out our upcoming October courses - E-Moderation, Cert ICT, Cert IBET and ...

    Tags: feedback testimonies back to school Elearning

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