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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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  • Our 2014 IATEFL resources... and a group selfie!

    by Ana d Almeida

    10 April 2014 in category: TheConsultants-E

    tce attempt at a group selfie 

    [left to right: Carol, Lindsay, Nicky, Victoria, Gavin]

    2014 IATEFL is now over but we've put together in this post the more tangible outcome of our participation. It makes for a nice learning resource if you're interested in getting to know more about teaching with technology and the work we do, and also some very interesting ELT topics via the interviews Gavin has done this year.

    No tech, low tech? Teaching and technology in low resource contexts

    You can download Nicky's slides of her presentation on the Learning Technologies SIG on teaching and technology in low resource contexts here

    Teaching with mobile devices: choices and challenges

    You can watch Nicky's session on the choices and challenges of teaching with mobile devices here. She presents some practical examples across a range of contexts, and suggest how to start implementing mobile-based activities in your own classroom or institution.

    Together in ...

    Tags: resources iatefl harrogate


  • Let’s meet at IATEFL 2014!

    by Ana d Almeida

    26 March 2014 in category: TheConsultants-E

     iatefl2014

    We would like to invite you to visit us at this year’s IATEFL Conference in Harrogate.

    We hope you will stop by our presentations and say ‘hello'. :)

    Here’s a quick view:

    Tuesday 1 April - 1235-1305 (LT PCE – live streamed, details here)

    No tech, low tech? Teaching and technology in low resource contexts

    Nicky Hockly

    Wednesday 2 April - 1405-1450 (click here to watch this session)

    Together in electric dreams: pondering the future of EdTech

    Gavin Dudeney

    Wednesday 2 April - 1550-1635 (click here to watch this session)

    Teaching with mobile devices: choices and challenges

    Nicky Hockly

    Wednesday 2 April - 1840-1910 (poster session)

    Exploiting audience to increase motivation: A planning process

    Anne Fox

    Friday 4 April - 1335-1420

    Making the most of e-book readers

    Victoria Boobyer

    And the full details below and in PDF for your mobile devices:

    Tuesday 1 April – Learning ...

    Tags: online conference iatefl harrogate


  • Flashback: Top Ten Moderation Skills

    by Ana d Almeida

    24 February 2014 in category: eModeration

    In early 2010, Nicky, with the help of some TCE tutors, published a blog post on the top ten skills needed by a moderator in the context of an online course.

    modskills

    If you fancy a quick matching activity to find out more about the skills, click here. You can then read the blog post to check out your answers. The skills seem still relevant four years on, don't you think? 

    Do you need to acquire the skills to become an online moderator? Our E-Moderation course (3-31 March) may be what you need! Check out the details here.

    Tags: quiz e-moderation skills


  • TECH TO WATCH IN 2014: The Flipped Classroom

    by Ana d Almeida

    17 February 2014 in category: ICT

    As part of our end of year rituals, many of us in educational technology check ‘technology to watch’ lists from various blogs and online magazines. Here are some of our findings for 2014 and beyond...

    flipped

    The top four technologies in Round 1 Results of the Horizon Report for Higher Education (pdf) - but which may well provide useful pointers for us in language education - to be adopted within one year or less are:


    • BOYD
    • Flipped Classroom
    • Learning Analytics
    • Massive Open Online Course

    Last week we examined BYOD. This week we take a look at the Flipped Classroom.

    1. What is the Flipped Classroom? 

    The Flipped Classroom was welcomed with reservations a couple of years ago by many. However, a quick web search now will show that the number of teachers experimenting with it (and institutions offering it) has grown exponentially. The origins date back to 2007 when Jonathan Bergmann and ...

    Tags: flipped classroom tech trends ICT VLE Starter


  • TECH TO WATCH IN 2014: BYOD

    by Ana d Almeida

    08 February 2014 in category: Mobile Learning

    As part of our end of year rituals, many of us in educational technology check ‘technology to watch’ lists from various blogs and online magazines. Here are some of our findings for 2014 and beyond...

    tech to watch 2014 - byod

    (by Ana Maria Menezes at eltpics)

    The top four technologies in Round 1 Results of the Horizon Report for Higher Education - but which may well provide useful pointers for us in language education - to be adopted within one year or less are:

    • Flipped Classroom
      Learning Analytics
      Massive Open Online Courses
      BOYD
    • Flipped Classroom
    • Learning Analytics
    • Massive Open Online Courses
    Over the coming weeks we will be looking at each of these in turn. First - BYOD.

    1. What is BOYD?
    BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. Although we have see that many schools and institutions have started allowing students to use their own devices in the classroom, there is a ...

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