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