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My first online influence featuring Nik Peachey

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This is an article I’ve wanted to write for a long time. Before I even had a facebook account or a personal learning network, I was reading Nik Peachey’s blogs and blending his EdTech k...
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Many thanks to Sylvia Guinan for writing this personal retrospective of my work since I became a freelance. Hard to recognise myself in this very flattering description. Thanks Sylvia. Now I'll have to try to live up to your description.

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Adrianna Kowalska's curator insight, April 15, 2013 5:01 PM

I felt so happy reading this blog because that happened to me as well. Many thanks to Nik Peachey for opening my eyes to teaching English with technology

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Tech Tools for Teachers

Tech Tools for Teachers | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

Some of you may be working in a technology-rich environment where you have interactive whiteboards and students have access to the internet in the classroom, or a computer lab that you can take students to. Some of you may only have a single computer in your classroom or, perhaps, like the majority of schools around the world, you may have no computer access in school at all. Whichever is the case, this series will still have something to offer you and will enable you to offer something more to your students, either in class or through the development of more motivating homework tasks that students can access outside of school.

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This link takes you to the complete series of articles, lesson plans and video tutorials I created for the Macmillan OneStopEnglish website.

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Malachy Scullion's curator insight, March 15, 2013 11:18 AM

Good place to start for all you technophobes out there.

Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 16, 2013 10:51 AM

NIce set of tools organised by topic and annotated to help teachers get started.

Lyndsay's curator insight, April 3, 2013 10:29 PM

This resources is extremely valuable for educators when teaching digital technologies. It allows students to learn how to design and implement  visual programs, use a range of digital systems and use safe online communications (ACARA, 2013). It provides many explanations surrounding many available digital technologies for the classroom which is titled 'Tech Tools for Teachers' and would allow educators to effectively implement digital technologies into their planning.

 

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Australia Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). (2013). Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Retrieved from, http://www.acara.edu.au/verve/_resources/Draft_Shape_of_the_Australian_Curriculum_Technologies_paper_-_March_2012.pdf

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Facebook success highlights challenge of turning friends into learners

Facebook success highlights challenge of turning friends into learners | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

"In many of the schools I visit student are demanding that their teachers 'friend' them. The use of Facebook is being driven by students who don't want their interaction with their teachers to be limited to classroom time."

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I was very flattered to be called by the Guardian and asked for comment on a news release from the British Council. Some of my comments were published in the article that later appeared in the Guardian's Learning English section.

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plerudulier's comment, December 27, 2012 6:42 AM
Wow! well done. You must be either floating in mid air or glowing... or both ^_^
Abílio Accioly Bello's comment, December 27, 2012 6:45 AM
That means that your students and yourself hava rapport toward each other!
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Academy of the future Part 5

This is a short talk I gave way back in 2009 about the possibilities of developing education using the same business model that Google use for their business. This was done in a tongue in check way at the time, but seems to be more and more possible.

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Taking care of your own continuing professional development (CPD)

This talk looks at how business English teachers can access online networks and resources to ensure that they stay in touch with their profession and continue to grow as professionals. This area is of particular importance for BE teachers who often work in an environment that isolates them from other language teaching professionals. Awareness of online resources, digital networking practices and information literacies can help them to ensure that they continue to develop whilst building a personal profile within the global online community. You can watch the Adobe Connect version and follow the online chat and links at: http://connectpro10829081.adobeconnect.com/p5hh93loa86/

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This links to a talk I delivered at the 2012 Business English Special Interest Group Conference in Stuttgart. The theme of the talk is on how teachers can use the internet to develop their own teaching and to promote themselves as a teacher.

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Developing writing skills: A news report

Developing writing skills: A news report | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

This lesson takes a process approach to developing writing skills. It is staged so that students are guided through the processes of collecting information and deciding how they will structure it within the text before they begin to write. They are then guided through the process of drafting, editing and redrafting the text to produce a final copy.

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Two Contrasting Views of Educational Technology

Two Contrasting Views of Educational Technology | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

The final thing that strikes me about these two videos is how they reflect the kinds of societies that the system of education seeks to create. For me the first is a society of obedient unquestioning worker drones being spoon fed information that will enable them to fulfil their predefined roles. The second is a society in which individuals are encouraged to think, act and explore, to question and to create. I know which I would prefer to live in.

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Tech Tools for Teachers: Social-bookmarking

Tech Tools for Teachers: Social-bookmarking | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

Nik Peachey explores social-bookmarking and how we can use it to save bookmarks online to access them from any computer. Nik provides a comprehensive overview article on the use of social-bookmarking, including a list of tools to collate web pages like scrible and Delicious, a downloadable lesson plan, a video screencast tutorial and a printable how-to guide.

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Nik's Learning Technology Blog: Online Teacher Development Works Best - 15 Reasons Why

Nik's Learning Technology Blog: Online Teacher Development Works Best - 15 Reasons Why | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

I've started this article with quite a bold statement, but it's a conclusion that I have been coming too over the course of quite a few years now. I should really put this into context though, as most of the teacher training I do deals with pedagogical training for the use of technology and is most often delivered during intensive face to face sessions, usually with groups of teachers working in a computer lab. Though, having said that, I do still believe that many of the reasons I have listed below do also apply to other kinds of more 'mainstream' teacher development too, especially intensive courses.

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New Bell teacher training course awarded top industry accolade for innovation

New Bell teacher training course awarded top industry accolade for innovation | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

The Bell Blended Learning in ELT course which won the "Excellence in Course Innovation" category has been developed by Bell's teacher trainer, Nik Peachey. It is designed for practicing teachers of English who want to use digital, technological and web-based platforms to develop course materials and teaching techniques to support their students' language learning.

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Instant Opinion Polls in the Classroom

Instant Opinion Polls in the Classroom | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

For a long time now I have been looking for a tool that enables instant polling in the classroom or in the lecture room. I specifically wanted something that; doesn't require registration (especially from the people I'm polling), updates very quickly, works on any platform from computers to mobile devices.

It looks like I have finally found what I've been looking for and best of all it's free. The tool that I have found is Mentimeter and it does all of the above.

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Technology can sometimes be wasted on English language teaching

Technology can sometimes be wasted on English language teaching | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

Most important is the need for a different approach to teacher development that focuses on helping teachers with their own digital literacies. These are the skills to integrate technology into our daily lives and practices. Technology use, just like the language our students learn, needs to focus on things that are useful and that enrich and enable lives.

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MikeMathaess's comment, May 16, 2012 1:56 AM
An interesting article and I must agree. Classroom based technology and inter-active language technology will bring only limited benefits to the language student vis-à-vis deeper cognitive development, unless accompanied with rich tools to develop full social integration skills with information technology and these skills start with the teacher.
Terese Bird's curator insight, December 19, 2012 2:57 AM
Great article. Makes the case for some IT staff to be pedagogically trained... a universal need
Monicaaparicio's curator insight, March 25, 2013 10:09 PM

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Interview with Nik Peachey | Glasgow Online

Interview with Nik Peachey | Glasgow Online | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

Nik talks about one of his favourite tech tools of the moment, and some of the issues he comes across when helping schools implement technological change.

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ESL Teacher Interviews: Nik Peachey

ESL Teacher Interviews: Nik Peachey | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

In our latest addition to the “Interview with the Experts” series, Kaplan are delighted to get the chance to speak to Nik Peachey. Nik has been involved in ELT since 1992 and has worked all over the world as a language teacher, teacher trainer, technology trainer and consultant.

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This is an interview I did for Kaplan. Relieved that they actually found a decent picture of me (rather than one of the multitude of awful ones floating about on the web).

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Jason R Levine's curator insight, March 22, 2013 1:02 PM

ESTEEMED MENTOR!

Sylvia Guinan's comment, March 22, 2013 1:12 PM
Aha - ESLbrain is next:)
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Try this: Why it's a dog's life in China

Try this: Why it's a dog's life in China | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

It is a great article to build a lesson around as it's a topic which students can easily relate to and because it explores a number of controversial issues about which students are likely to have an opinion.

 

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This is the first of a new series from the Guardian which gives tips and ideas on how to exploit their online materials. This one looks at an article about dogs in China. There is also a link to an audio version of the article.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 23, 2013 5:04 AM

This is the first of a new series from the Guardian which gives tips and ideas on how to exploit their online materials. This one looks at an article about dogs in China. There is also a link to an audio version of the article.

Robin Yu's curator insight, January 23, 2013 5:40 PM

The Guardian make suggestions about how to exploit their articles.

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Author of the month: Nik Peachey | Onestopenglish

Author of the month: Nik Peachey | Onestopenglish | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

Nik Peachey, digital guru and author of our Tech Tools for Teachers series, talks about the highs and lows of his personal experiences of education and explains how a lazy workaholic (his own words) came to get so interested in learning technologies. He also imparts some valuable advice on becoming a materials writer and gives tips on the wonders of self publishing online through blogs and e-books.

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This is the text of an interview I did for the OneStopEnglish website when I was selected as author of the month.

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iPad Tutorial - Fotobabble

This tutorial shows you how to use Fotobabble on the iPad to add audio recordings to images and then convert them to short video clips.

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This is an example of the kinds of screencast tutorials I can produce for iPad.

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carldowse's curator insight, December 20, 2012 3:51 AM

Here's another very easy to use app. There's lots of scope for learners to use their English taking snaps and commenting on them. Another simple idea is for the teacher to take a snap of their whiteboard and then add a commentary and use this resulting video to remind learners of the point covered in class.

Monicaaparicio's curator insight, March 25, 2013 10:02 PM

Seems cool

Lyndsay's curator insight, April 3, 2013 10:17 PM

With the inclusion of literacy as a general capability within the Technologies Curriculum along with students being able to use a range of digital systems for diverse purposes (ACARA, 2013), this resource would be beneficial. It allows educators to use Fotobabble on the iPad to add audio recordings to images and then convert them to short video clips. This would also increase students engagement and would allow them to be involved in their learning.

 

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Australia Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). (2013). Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Retrieved from, http://www.acara.edu.au/verve/_resources/Draft_Shape_of_the_Australian_Curriculum_Technologies_paper_-_March_2012.pdf

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Task 5: Create an Image Book Using Bookr

For this example activity we’ll use a poem and show how it can be illustrated, but the text could be anything from short stories that your students write to phrases, or even single word vocabulary books.

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This is an example of the kinds of tasks and activities I can produce for teachers to help them understand both the technological aspects of how to use technology as well as the more pedagogical aspects of how to implement it within the learning context.

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Carmen Arias 's curator insight, December 19, 2012 2:33 AM

Excellent for vocabulary task or reading comprehension !!

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Bell Blended Learning for ELT, Bell - ELTons 2012 winner of the award for excellence in course innovation | EnglishAgenda | British Council

Bell Blended Learning for ELT, Bell - ELTons 2012 winner of the award for excellence in course innovation | EnglishAgenda | British Council | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

Nik Peachey talks about his work at Bell and this innovative approach to developing teachers’ knowledge and abilities to understand and develop their own blended learning courses for students.

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Lesson Plan: Born, bread and buttered in London

In this lesson students hear a man being interviewed about his life in London. He talks about the different parts of London he has lived in and how things have changed in these areas. The tasks focus students on learning more about London from Google Maps and images and the listening tasks focus them on reading between the lines of what the man says and understanding inferred meaning. Lastly, the lesson finishes with an optional grammar focus with a speaking activity based around ‘used to’ and ‘didn’t use to’.

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Task 2: Create Your Own Flickr Page

Having your own Flickr account with a collection of images that you can use for teaching can be really useful. Flickr is a great place to store, share and find useful images and there are many other sites and web 2.0 type tools that take images from flickr and use them in applications, so if you have your own Flickr account you can make sure you use your own images when working with students.

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How I use social media for my professional development

How I use social media for my professional development | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

The issue of how we use social media for our own development as teachers and as digitally skilled individuals, is one that I believe is of vital importance though, not just because it can enable us to keep developing as teachers through the content, ideas, resources and above all people it gives us access to, but also because the way use digital media for our own development should guide and influence the way we use it with our students and build their digital literacies and communication skills.

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Developing Your Digital Study Skills

Developing Your Digital Study Skills | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

Making the move from our safe and trusted traditional literacy habits to newer digital skills can be quite a challenge, but as teachers I think we are really unlikely to be able to use technology and help our students use technology really effectively unless we are prepared to face this challenge. Technology needs to be more than part of the way we teach but it also has to be part of the way we ourselves continue to learn and part of our everyday professional practice.

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Maureen Greenbaum's comment, June 8, 2012 2:34 PM
why this versus diigo???
lorenzacairo's comment, June 25, 2012 1:11 AM
la tecnologia è sempre più importante e presente. seguirò con attenzione il blog
Randy Rebman's curator insight, December 13, 2012 1:54 AM

Nik Peachey shows how a social bookmarking tool can be used in ESL/EFL instructional activites. There are some interesting ideas here on how the highlighting and commenting features can be used to stimulate students' learning process using this technology. 

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Nik Peachey: Freelance Learning Technology Consultant, Writer, Trainer

Nik Peachey: Freelance Learning Technology Consultant, Writer, Trainer | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

Nik Peachey has been involved in ELT since 1992. He has worked all over the world as a language teacher, teacher trainer and technology trainer.

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This site has links to all my professional information and blogs etc. It also has my contact information. You can also see my CV here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7pPnYE770lfYjl2MlAzblZUdE0/edit

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Coletta P. Kahn's comment, July 26, 2013 1:09 AM
like
gitbew's comment, October 24, 2013 1:49 AM
Its good!!
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Technology Is Not That Hard Now

Technology Is Not That Hard Now | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

As a final thought, it struck me as really interesting that both Nik Peachey (one of ELT’s main proponents of using educational technology) and Scott Thornbury (who has in the past seemingly looked upon educational technology as the devil incarnate) both talked about the main strengths of educational technology being for use by the students at home, rather than in the class.

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