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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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What social bookmarking can do for teachers and in education in general

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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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Tech Tools for Teachers: Podcasting | Onestopenglish

Tech Tools for Teachers: Podcasting | Onestopenglish | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

In the first instalment of his brand-new series, Nik Peachey looks at podcasting and how it can be used to help students develop their listening and speaking skills both inside and outside the classroom. Nik provides a comprehensive overview article on podcasting, a downloadable lesson plan, a video screencast tutorial and a printable how-to guide.

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waterworld-22's comment, February 10, 2012 4:55 AM
Great job! Share with my colleagues! Thank you!
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Podcasting in the English classroom

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This link provides a valuable resource for helping students improve their listening and speaking skills. It refers to using the digital technology of podcasting and includes lesson plans and tutorials of how to best use podcasting to benefit students skills. Many of the areas found within the Digital Technologies curriculum (ACARA, 2013) include literacy as a general capability and therefore, this resource would allow students to develop safe digital technology practices as well as improve their digital literacy skills.

 

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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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Tech Tools for Teachers Series | Onestopenglish

Tech Tools for Teachers Series | Onestopenglish | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

If you are new to technology, I would encourage you to be honest with your students and tell them that you are trying something new and it may not work. Involve them in the process and get their feedback and advice. Many students may have a wider knowledge of technology than their teachers, so draw on their knowledge, but remember that there is also a linguistic and educational purpose for using technology and this is where you will be able to help and support your students.

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Ask Howard Gardner-NIK PEACHEY here is YOUR ANSWER

Ask Howard Gardner-NIK PEACHEY here is YOUR ANSWER | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

With the opportunities now offered by the Internet to access information, collaborate, create and communicate, should we now be looking for a new model on which to base our schools, one which reflects the changing post industrial nature of our societies and the growing need for creative, inquisitive independent thinking individuals? If so, how do you envisage this being realised?

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What do you know about Norfolk?

What do you know about Norfolk? | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

This lesson includes a challenging audio file with what for many students is an unusual accent. This challenge has been dealt with by keeping the listening tasks simple and developing vocabulary around the topic first. The speaker talks about his life in a part of the UK called Norfolk. The plan includes a vocabulary activity to develop students' ability to use descriptive adjectives and links to visuals to help them get a better picture of this beautiful part of the UK.

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Let us Now Praise Famous Women

Let us Now Praise Famous Women | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

Technology was a huge feature of this years’ IATEFL conference and it’s very easy to be blinded or pulled along by the technology, but in the work of these six women there is for me some sign of the beginnings of a state of normalisation of technology in language teaching. A state when we can move past talking about technology and get back to talking about teaching of which technology is just a normal part and an enabler in that process of learning.

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Mind Mirrors Interview: N is for Nik

Mind Mirrors Interview: N is for Nik | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

In this interview with Ana Cristina Pratas we discuss flipped learning, the digital divide, changes in teacher training and autonomous teacher development and the benefits of being part of a global ELT community.

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Nik's QuickShout: The Web 2.0 School of the Present

Nik's QuickShout: The Web 2.0 School of the Present | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

The 'Web 2.0' age has brought us more than a bunch of social networking apps and free web tools, it has also brought about a fundamental shift in the way many web based companies do business. I started to wonder if that change could be mirrored in the physical market place by moving towards a new approach to the language school and the way technology is used in it and how it fits into the face to face business model.

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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
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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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What's on your online training wishlist?

What's on your online training wishlist? | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

When it came to looking at the structure of courses and the kinds of interactions teachers want, shorter courses of less than three or even two months seemed by far the most popular with teachers preferring short bursts of learning of not more that 30 to 45 minutes online at any one time. Teachers also want their learning activities to be social, with more than 70% preferring group-orientated tasks rather than tutor-led tasks.

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Nik's QuickShout: Developing materials and practices for the digital generation

Nik's QuickShout: Developing materials and practices for the digital generation | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

On the 24th January 2012 I delivered an online webinar presentation for the IATEFL Young Learner SIG. The theme of the presentation was 'Developing materials and practices for the digital generation.' I focused on how teachers could combine the use of online tools to encourage students' digital literacy and study skills whilst also developing their ability to develop their linguistic skills in a more autonomous way.

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waterworld-22's comment, January 29, 2012 11:26 AM
Thank U ! I really need some clear info & guidance ,because this edu.issue is partly new to our teachers.Is it possible to know about your webinars beforehand?
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Breaking down the walls of the classroom

Breaking down the walls of the classroom | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

In this posting I would like to argue that in order for technology to really enhance learning and for learners to achieve their full potential, we need to fundamentally rethink the relationship between learning and the classroom and to rethink the role of the teacher.

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Train yourself to hear song lyrics

Train yourself to hear song lyrics | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

Listening to songs is a great way to learn a language. It's easy to listen to a song many times, especially if it's one that you enjoy and this can really help with your listening and pronunciation. This activity is based around the Lyrics Training website. The site helps you to listen to and understand songs.

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Creating Texting Dialogues for Students

Creating Texting Dialogues for Students | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

As mobile phone use becomes ubiquitous around the world and texting becomes a new genre of communication, it seems increasingly important that we as language teachers engage with these devices and help students to deal with the impact they are having on the English language.

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Nik's Learning Technology Blog: Creating multimedia stories

Nik's Learning Technology Blog: Creating multimedia stories | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

Photo Story 3 is a piece of free software that you can download to your PC and use to create multimedia photo stories complete with images, transitions, effects, text, background music and your own voice narration. This article includes a tutorial video, examples and teaching suggestions.

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Online alternatives to language classrooms open up to students

Online alternatives to language classrooms open up to students | Nik Peachey | Scoop.it

Demand for English is set to grow and, according to ELT researcher David Graddol, it will peak at around 2 billion learners in the next 10 to 15 years. Given the scale of learning it is unlikely that traditional, face-to-face language providers will be able to meet this need. The alternative for people who either cannot afford or get access to classroom-based lessons is likely to be online learning. So what does virtual teaching currently offer?

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