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I have been involved in education since 1990 and have worked all over the world as a language teacher, teacher trainer, technology trainer and educational technology consultant. In May 2012 I won a British Council ELTon for Excellence in Course Innovation for the Blended Learning in ELT course I designed for Bell Educational Services . I write and publish materials which make best use of educational technology.

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I have been involved in education since 1990 and have worked all over the world as a language teacher, teacher trainer, technology trainer and educational technology consultant. In May 2012 I won a British Council ELTon for Excellence in Course Innovation for the Blended Learning in ELT course I designed for Bell Educational Services . I write and publish materials which make best use of educational technology.
Perceptions of Advertising - Lessons in Digital Literacy
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This lesson plan is based on an infographic that reports on a survey into advertising, people’s attitudes to it and how it influences them. Aims: To develop students’ abilities to think critically and form informed opinions. To develop students’ abilities to study and research effectively using digital tools. To develop students’ abilities to read and understand visual information. To develop students’ abilities to check the credibility of online information. To develop students’ abilities to carry out online research and to represent their findings visually. To develop students’ abilities to extract information from research and create informative text based on their findings. The materials in this plan can be used in different ways. The first four tasks can be used independently as a simple reading and discussion lesson. The final four tasks can be used selectively to develop various digital skills. This lesson contains eight tasks: A discussion task that gets students thinking about advertisements and how they influence their behavior. A reading task that develops students’ abilities to scan text for specific information A reading task that develops students’ abilities to check and confirm information. A discussion task that gives students the opportunity to reflect on the information and apply it to their own lives. A social research task that gets students to create an online questionnaire to find out about people’s attitudes to advertising. A research task that gets students to check the accuracy of information .A research task that gets students to research the advertising techniques used by various companies. A writing task that gives students the opportunity to consolidate their learning in the form of a blog article.
10 Lessons in Digital Literacy
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This e-booklet contains a collection of ten lesson plans to help you develop students' digital literacies and critical thinking skills. Based around authentic infographics the lessons start by using discussion to help students access what they already know about the topics and then move on to comprehension and a range of tasks that help students to explore the validity and authenticity of the information they find. They finish with structured research and presentation tasks that encourage students to work collaboratively and share what they have learned. The lessons progress through a range of tasks that engage student’s interest, encourage them to: -: interact and share what they know -: develop their abilities to extract information from text and graphics -: view information critically -: check the credibility and validity of information -: develop online research skills -: use web based tools to create surveys and data visualisations The lessons cover a range of topics including: -: Advertising and how it influences us -: Body language and how to understand it -: Introverts and extroverts and how they differ -: Emotional intelligence and how it impacts on our relationships -: Facts about hair -: Happiness and what effects it -: Developing study skills -: The environment and waste caused by clothes manufacturing -: Daily habits of the world's wealthiest people -: The history of marriage and weddings Each lesson includes: -: A step by step teachers guide with advice and answer key -: Worksheets to print for students
Exploiting Infographics - For Digital Literacy & Critical Thinking
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Exploiting Infographics - For Digital Literacy & Critical Thinking

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This ebook was designed with English language teachers in mind but should have some value for any teacher who is interested in developing their students’ digital literacy and critical thinking skills. The book contains a wide range of suggested activities for both the creation and exploitation of infographics in the classroom. It also helps teachers with tips and advice on how to plan and create infographics and suggestions for which tools to use to produce different types of infographic. Exploiting Infographics follows on from 10 Lessons in Digital Literacy, which is a collection of lesson plans based around infographics, and looks in more depth at the genre and how infographics can be used as both sources of information and as creative learning tasks for students. The tasks that accompany the infographics are intended to encourage students to think more critically about the information they are exposed to and to question the sources of information they find whilst browsing the internet. Exploiting Infographics should help teachers to start creating their own tasks activities and lesson plans for students and to integrate infographics in a way that will enhance students’ critical thinking, digital literacy, language and communication skills.
Digital Video - A manual for language teachers
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Digital Video - A manual for language teachers

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Digital Video is a 400 page multimedia manual for language teachers to help them build activities, courses and engaging materials for their students. From exploiting mobile apps on handheld devices to building video into blended and task based learning, Digital Video covers it all. With detailed technical support through a range of 26 tutorial videos, illustrated step-by-step guides and more than forty lesson examples and over 300 images, teachers can use this manual to build their confidence and find some of the best free video applications and resources online. Whether you are a novice teacher or an experienced trainer looking to develop your tech skills, this manual can help you with plain English explanations and practical online and face to face classroom suggestions. This is a PDF ebook with links to video tutorials.
A World without Magnets - Lessons in Digital Literacy
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A World without Magnets - Lessons in Digital Literacy

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This lesson is based on an infographic about magnets. The infographics contains a range of facts and statistics as well as some information about magnets and how they are used. In the lesson students will find out about the different uses of magnets and why they are so important. The plan also includes a number of research tasks that develop students’ abilities to create and carry out online research, create online questionnaires and share their research by creating infographics, presentations and reports. The files include a complete step by step lesson plan with printable worksheet and a presentation.
Body Language - Lessons in Digital Literacy
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Body Language - Lessons in Digital Literacy

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In this lesson students will find out about body language and its impact on communications. They will have the opportunity to try to use body language and they will carry out online research to find out how well people consciously understand body language. The materials in this plan can be used in different ways. The first three tasks of the plan can be used independently as a simple reading and discussion class. The last two research tasks can be used independently as follow up tasks or you could use both. These tasks are likely to take longer and could be set as homework, independent study tasks or as projects. Both of these tasks will require internet access. This lesson contains five tasks: -: A discussion task which encourages students to think about their existing understanding of body language. -: A reading task which develops students' abilities to understand visual information. -: A discussion task which gives students the opportunity to formulate a personal response to the information they have studied. -: An online research task which guides students through the process of researching and corroborating the credibility of online information. -: An online research task which guides students through the process of creating research and disseminating the results. The input for the lesson is based around an infographic on body language.
The Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People - Lessons in Digital Literacy
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The Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People - Lessons in Digital Literacy

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This lesson encourages students to think about their attitudes to wealth and the link between success and positive habit formation. It also helps them to question and explore the validity of online information. The aims of the lesson are: To develop students' critical thinking skills To help students explore and articulate their opinions. To help students understand and evaluate statistical information. To develop students' abilities to check and evaluate the credibility of information. To help students develop their abilities to carry out online factual research. To help students develop the ability to synergise information from a range of sources and formulate written arguments around that information. The lesson uses as its starting point an infographic about wealthy people and their habits:http://www.business-management-degree.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/richest-people.png The lesson is intended for classrooms where internet connectivity is provided. The materials can be used in a blended mode with the discussion materials used in the classroom and the digital research tasks can be set as homework. The lesson files contain: A complete lesson plan with step by step guidance All lesson worksheets and materials + answer keys A presentation including all the tasks for use in the classroom
Perceptions of Advertising - Lessons in Digital Literacy
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Perceptions of Advertising - Lessons in Digital Literacy

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This lesson plan is based on an infographic that reports on a survey into advertising, people’s attitudes to it and how it influences them. Aims: To develop students’ abilities to think critically and form informed opinions. To develop students’ abilities to study and research effectively using digital tools. To develop students’ abilities to read and understand visual information. To develop students’ abilities to check the credibility of online information. To develop students’ abilities to carry out online research and to represent their findings visually. To develop students’ abilities to extract information from research and create informative text based on their findings. The materials in this plan can be used in different ways. The first four tasks can be used independently as a simple reading and discussion lesson. The final four tasks can be used selectively to develop various digital skills. This lesson contains eight tasks: A discussion task that gets students thinking about advertisements and how they influence their behavior. A reading task that develops students’ abilities to scan text for specific information A reading task that develops students’ abilities to check and confirm information. A discussion task that gives students the opportunity to reflect on the information and apply it to their own lives. A social research task that gets students to create an online questionnaire to find out about people’s attitudes to advertising. A research task that gets students to check the accuracy of information .A research task that gets students to research the advertising techniques used by various companies. A writing task that gives students the opportunity to consolidate their learning in the form of a blog article.
The History of Weddings - Lessons in Digital Literacy
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The History of Weddings - Lessons in Digital Literacy

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This lesson is based on an infographic about weddings, their history and some related customs and practices. Source: http://www.moissanite.com/a-brief-history-of-weddings In the lesson students will explore their opinions of weddings and marriage and discover some new information about the origins of various customs. There are also four online research tasks which encourage students to develop a range of digital literacies including checking sources, checking the validity of information and researching new information and building infographics around it. You can choose one for your students to do or if you prefer get them to do all four. You could also split your class into four and get one group to do each task and then share their findings. The final task is a social research task that encourages students to create their own questionnaire to explore the attitudes of their social media contacts after which they produce an infographic from the results. The files include a complete step by step lesson plan with printable worksheet and a presentation.
The History of Weddings - Lessons in Digital Literacy
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The History of Weddings - Lessons in Digital Literacy

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This lesson is based on an infographic about weddings, their history and some related customs and practices. Source: http://www.moissanite.com/a-brief-history-of-weddings In the lesson students will explore their opinions of weddings and marriage and discover some new information about the origins of various customs. There are also four online research tasks which encourage students to develop a range of digital literacies including checking sources, checking the validity of information and researching new information and building infographics around it. You can choose one for your students to do or if you prefer get them to do all four. You could also split your class into four and get one group to do each task and then share their findings. The final task is a social research task that encourages students to create their own questionnaire to explore the attitudes of their social media contacts after which they produce an infographic from the results. The files include a complete step by step lesson plan with printable worksheet and a presentation.
The Science of Happiness - Lessons in Digital Literacy
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The Science of Happiness - Lessons in Digital Literacy

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This lesson is based on an infographic about happiness and the factors that effect our happiness.In the lesson students will explore their views of what makes them happy and discover some of the science behind what happiness is and the factors that create and effect it. Aims: To develop students’ abilities to study and research effectively using digital tools. To develop students’ abilities to read and understand visual information. To develop students’ abilities to check the credibility of online information. To develop students’ abilities to carry out online research and to represent their findings visually. To develop students’ abilities to extract information from research and create informative text based on their findings. The materials in this plan can be used in different ways. The first four tasks can be used independently as a simple reading and discussion lesson. The final five tasks can be used selectively depending on the aims of your lesson. This lesson contains nine tasks: A discussion task which gets students thinking around the topic. A reading task which develops students’ abilities to check information. A reading task which encourages students to look more carefully at the information. A discussion task which gives students the opportunity to formulate a personal response to the information they have studied. A research task which gets students to check and explore the authenticity of sources. A research task which gets students to check the validity of the information in the infographic. A research task which gets students to find out more about Maslow and the hierarchy of needs. A social research task which gets students to create an online questionnaire to research happiness. A writing task which gives students the opportunity to consolidate their learning in the form of a magazine article.
Careers for Introverts & Extroverts - Lessons in Digital Literacy
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Careers for Introverts & Extroverts - Lessons in Digital Literacy

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This lesson is based on an infographic about the characteristics of introverts and extroverts and how these factors effect the kinds of work they choose to do. In the lesson students will explore their views of what makes someone an introvert or extrovert. They will study an infographic which links the characteristics of each to different types of jobs and reflect on how the information applies to their own lives. The plan includes a number of research tasks that develop students’ abilities to create and carry out online research and create online questionnaires. There is also a reporting tasks which help student to develop the ability to analyze, synergize and share information as written text. The files include a complete step by step lesson plan with printable worksheet and a presentation.
Careers for Introverts & Extroverts - Lessons in Digital Literacy
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Careers for Introverts & Extroverts - Lessons in Digital Literacy

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This lesson is based on an infographic about the characteristics of introverts and extroverts and how these factors effect the kinds of work they choose to do. In the lesson students will explore their views of what makes someone an introvert or extrovert. They will study an infographic which links the characteristics of each to different types of jobs and reflect on how the information applies to their own lives. The plan includes a number of research tasks that develop students’ abilities to create and carry out online research and create online questionnaires. There is also a reporting tasks which help student to develop the ability to analyze, synergize and share information as written text. The files include a complete step by step lesson plan with printable worksheet and a presentation.
Breakfast around the World - Lessons in Digital Literacy
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Breakfast around the World - Lessons in Digital Literacy

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In the lesson students will find out about the different things people usually have for breakfast in different countries and they will develop an awareness of the importance of having a good breakfast. Aims: To develop students’ abilities to think critically and form informed opinions. To develop students’ abilities to understand statistical information. To develop students’ abilities to check the credibility of online information. To develop students’ abilities to carry out and create online research and to represent their findings visually. To develop students’ abilities to extract information from research and create informative text based on their findings.
Breakfast around the World - Lessons in Digital Literacy
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Breakfast around the World - Lessons in Digital Literacy

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In the lesson students will find out about the different things people usually have for breakfast in different countries and they will develop an awareness of the importance of having a good breakfast. Aims: To develop students’ abilities to think critically and form informed opinions. To develop students’ abilities to understand statistical information. To develop students’ abilities to check the credibility of online information. To develop students’ abilities to carry out and create online research and to represent their findings visually. To develop students’ abilities to extract information from research and create informative text based on their findings.
A World without Magnets - Lessons in Digital Literacy
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A World without Magnets - Lessons in Digital Literacy

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This lesson is based on an infographic about magnets. The infographics contains a range of facts and statistics as well as some information about magnets and how they are used. In the lesson students will find out about the different uses of magnets and why they are so important. The plan also includes a number of research tasks that develop students’ abilities to create and carry out online research, create online questionnaires and share their research by creating infographics, presentations and reports. The files include a complete step by step lesson plan with printable worksheet and a presentation.
Emotional Intelligence - Lessons in Digital Literacy
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Emotional Intelligence - Lessons in Digital Literacy

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This lesson is based on an infographic about the importance of emotional intelligence (EI) and its role in our lives. In the lesson students will explore the differences between IQ and EI and develop an understanding of how they can improve their EI and how doing this can benefit them. Aims: To develop students’ understanding of EI and its importance. To develop students’ abilities to study and research effectively using digital tools. To develop students’ abilities to read and understand visual information. To develop students’ abilities to check the credibility of online information. To develop students’ abilities to carry out online research and to represent their findings visually. To develop students’ abilities to extract information from research and create informative text based on their findings. The lesson files include: Step by step lesson plan and answer key Presentation Photocopiable worksheets
Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers
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Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers

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This ebook is 53 pages long and was originally published in 2009 so some of thetools are a bit out of date, but the ideas can still be used. This document is intended as simple introduction to some free Web 2.0 type tools that can be used by teachers who are interested in using technology in language teaching. The tools presented here are just the tip of the iceberg and this should not be considered in anyway conclusive or even the ʻbest ofʼ Web 2.0 tools. New tools are emerging all the time, many not originally intended for education, but which can be put to good use by students and teachers alike to extent opportunities, enhance learning potential and develop the level of digital literacy that students will need for the 21st century.
Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers
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Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers

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This ebook is 53 pages long and was originally published in 2009 so some of thetools are a bit out of date, but the ideas can still be used. This document is intended as simple introduction to some free Web 2.0 type tools that can be used by teachers who are interested in using technology in language teaching. The tools presented here are just the tip of the iceberg and this should not be considered in anyway conclusive or even the ʻbest ofʼ Web 2.0 tools. New tools are emerging all the time, many not originally intended for education, but which can be put to good use by students and teachers alike to extent opportunities, enhance learning potential and develop the level of digital literacy that students will need for the 21st century.
Digital Tools Series - TedEd
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Digital Tools Series - TedEd

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TED Ed is a great tool for creating online lessons around videos. It enables you to structure a sequence of interactive activities around the video clip that guides the viewer towards a deeper understanding of the content. It’s an ideal tool for building blended learning. In this document you can find: -: a step by step guide showing how to use it -: a video tutorial that shows you how to make the activities -: some suggestions and ideas for using it in the classroom or as part of an online course.