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On talk on social media in distance education: Motteram

On talk on social media in distance education: Motteram | TELT |
These are the slides that I used to do a presentation about using social media in distance education:
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Technology for EFL teachers: Gary Motteram

The British Council is proud to have been a part of the 1st International ELT Symposium for Yıldız Technical University.


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Gary Motteram talks in a 3-minute post-plenary interview about technology for teaching English.


He argues that technology is another tool, in the same way that a book is a tool, or a conversation is a tool. If we don't engage in conversation how do we learn language? We can learn via books, recordings, and conversation.  Technology is another tool and people use social media to do similar things. You can connect classrooms and make things more real, but the tool is aiding and assisting the processes that are the fundamental issue: what we know about language and how people develop language and how we apply that in pedagogical contexts.


Regarding the downside of technology, getting learners to engage in a broader understanding of digital literacies is important. Terrible things happen on internet, it is part of our lives and children need to understand the dangers of the internet just as they need to cope with risks on the street.


To deal with teachers who are less confident with technology, it is necessary to start with what's available in teachers' contexts and show how a particular tool can bring something they are excited about into the classroom. Or show case studies of other teachers in similar contexts who think technology is important for their learners.

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Virtual worlds in Higher Education: one day event (Manchester & online)

Virtual worlds in Higher Education: one day event (Manchester & online) | TELT |

Date and time: 14 March 2014, 9:30am to 4pm


09.30 – Participants arrive (Coffee/ Tea available)

10.00 – Opening introduction and welcome

10.10 – Paul Rudman (University of Leicester) – Seven reasons for teaching in virtual worlds

11.00 – Virtual courses- Darren Mundyand Luisa Panichi (University of

Hull) (Online Presentation)

11.45 – Coffee/ Tea Break

12.00 – Maggi Savin-Baden (University of Coventry) — The impact of virtual world learning on Higher Education

12.45 — Lunch and networking

13.30 – Liz Falconer (University of West England) — Learning in virtual

environments: dimensions of situated learning

14.15 – Virtual session – Euroversity Network Project partners

15.00 – Coffee/ Tea break

15.15 – Final panel (Joint online and face-to-face)

16.00 – End of day

This event is sponsored by the EU funded Euroversity Network project.

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Not limited to language learning/teaching

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