Best Practices for Blended Learning – online resources

Delighted to say that there is now a great range of online support materials available to accompany our latest book Best Practices for Blended Learning on the ETp website. You can find:

a glossary of terms

Appendix one – Tools for creating new materials

Appendix two – Building your own platform

Case Study from Mexico

10 practical ideas

Just visit:

https://www.etprofessional.com/best-practices-for-blended-learning

IATEFL Conference – LT SIG Pre-conference event

Really delighted to join Shaun Wilden in opening (and closing) the day.

Focussing on Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), it promises to be a fantastic event!

Here’s the line-up:

The potential for VR and AR in the language classroom – Sarah Rogerson

Gaining a new perspective: the future of VR in Teacher Training and Materials Development – Paul Driver

AR for language training – Tushar Sharma (Blippar)

Back to the future: From Virtual worlds to Virtual Reality – Heike Philp

The reality of VR – Johnathan Dykes

Integrating VR to EFL teaching – Raquel Ribeiro

Wow! I cannot wait….

For more information – visit:

https://conference.iatefl.org/pre-conference_sig_lt.html

 

 

 

Learning Technologies

This is Watson. IBM’s Watson. I met him last week at the Learning Technologies fair in London.

He was asked how old I was. using facial recognition, he placed me somewhere between 55 and 64 (I think). Well, he was right….

IBM Watson is a data analytics processor that uses natural language processing, a technology that analyzes human speech for meaning and syntax.

Source:  https://www.techrepublic.com/article/ibm-watson-the-smart-persons-guide/

He was one thing I enjoyed last Thursday. The other was another VR experience, courtesy of Gromar

https://gromar.eu/en/

Overall, this was a corporate do  – interesting to see developments in the world of training. Now, to reflect on the implications for language teaching…..

 

BETT 2018

BETT stands for British Education and Training TechnologyI hadn’t been for a year or so, and this year I was blown away by the sheer size of it. It was actually slightly overwhelming, with the usual fervid sales drive.

There was a proliferation of little robots this year. Most of them seemed to be about teaching young students to learn about programming – robots, but clearly there are language learning implications round the corner. I just got hooked photographing them, probably due to their high novelty value. So cute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was enough VR (Virtual Reality) to keep me both happy and busy, with one program aimed specifically at low level language learners. The first I’ve seen like this and one to explore further, I think.

 

A couple of humorous moments:

First, seeing a ‘digital language lab’ – it looked rather like an old-fashioned language lab. Then using ‘e-liquid’ to write on an interactive whiteboard, sorry Blackboard.

I started teaching in Spain with chalk and a blackboard. Has the wheel come full circle?!