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The Digital Classroom

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.
10 Lessons in Digital Literacy

10 Lessons in Digital Literacy

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
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Thinking Critically through Digital Media

Thinking Critically through Digital Media

In a world where anyone with an internet connection can access, create and share information, opinions and beliefs, it has become increasingly important that students are not only able to assess the credibility of sources but also to look more deeply at the underlying motivations, beliefs and bias of the creator. Thinking Critically through Digital Media enables teachers to use authentic materials and digital tools combined with motivating communicative tasks to develop students’ abilities to function as critical and well informed digital citizens. The book contains a wide range of tasks, activities and 10 complete lesson/project plans that teachers can use to help students understand visually presented information, how and why the information was collected, research and check the validity of the sources on which the information was based and think about and share how the materials relate to their own lives.
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The Window - Lesson Plan

The Window - Lesson Plan

“Behind every closed window there is a story.” This lesson is based around a single image of a window with the shutters closed. The lesson includes a variety of discussion and conversation tasks that you can use to get students thinking and talking about the image. These are followed by language focus tasks and some more creative tasks. Finally, there are some suggestions for digital creation and research follow-up tasks. It’s not necessary to use all of the tasks in the plan, you can choose to use any of the tasks individually or change the order of the tasks depending on the approach you want to take and the level of your students.
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The Girl & the Tiger - Lesson Plan

The Girl & the Tiger - Lesson Plan

This lesson is based on a single image of a girl sitting in the forest with a tiger. The lesson includes a variety of discussion and conversation tasks that you can use to get students thinking and talking about the image. These are followed by language focus tasks and some more creative tasks. As well as vocabulary, the plan can be used to practice ‘present continuous’, ‘present perfect continuous’ or ‘second conditional’. Finally, there are some suggestions for digital research and creation follow-up tasks. It’s not necessary to use all of the tasks in the plan, you can choose to use any of the tasks individually or change the order of the tasks depending on the approach you want to take and the level of your students.
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10 Lessons in Digital Literacy

10 Lessons in Digital Literacy

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
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Digital Tools for Teachers - Trainers' Edition V.2

Digital Tools for Teachers - Trainers' Edition V.2

In this second version of the Trainers’ Edition of Digital Tools for Teachers I have built on the original volume of Digital Tools for Teachers by updating and extending many of the original chapters and also by adding seven additional new chapters. In this book the first four chapters are provided as a guide for teachers who want to use the book for teacher training and development. Using the tools, tips and activities provided in these first chapters a teacher with some basic experience of using technology in the classroom should be able to create motivating hands-on edtech training for their peers or for pre-service trainee teachers. The fifth additional chapter is dedicated to providing a range of links to ready-made computer games that can be used for language acquisition and development. The sixth additional chapter focuses on virtual reality and provides links to a range of tools and resources that can enable teachers to exploit this area of technology within their classroom practice. The seventh additional chapter looks at the area of e-safety and the things that we can do to protect our students, ourselves and our computers from some of the potential threats that we can encounter online. The remainder of the book, like the first edition, is a collection of more than 100 links to tools and resources that have been chosen and organised to enable teachers to easily find ways of applying technology to the activities they do with their students. I sincerely hope you find this book useful and that it helps you to enhance your teaching and training and helps to make your students’ learning experience richer and more engaging.
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Tech Enhanced Activities - Developing Gist Reading

Tech Enhanced Activities - Developing Gist Reading

This is a gist reading activity that can be used with any text that is suitable for the level of the students. You just need to have a computer with a data projector and an internet connection. Developing gist reading can be a challenge in the paper dependent classroom. Even when you set a time limit and try to push students to read quickly it’s hard to stop them checking vocabulary that they are unsure of. In this activity the use of a cue-prompter helps to control the speed at which the students read. This gives the teacher control of the reading speed and helps push students to read for gist.
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Tech Enhanced Activities - Create a Grammar Infographic

Tech Enhanced Activities - Create a Grammar Infographic

This activity uses two digital tools and encourages students to share information and then build visualisations of the information. The first tool is http://www.tricider.com/ and students use this tool to share what they know about a specific grammar point. The second tool is https://www.draw.io/ and they use this tool to create a visualisation of the information.
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Tech Enhanced Activities -  Grammar Speed Test

Tech Enhanced Activities - Grammar Speed Test

In this activity students answer a number of multiple choice grammar questions and gamble imaginary money. They can gamble more or less money depending on how sure they are of the answer. This is an enjoyable way for students to test their understanding of grammar. Because this activity simulates gambling, you should think about whether it is culturally appropriate for the age and type of students you teach.
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Tech Enhanced Activities - If it Were My Home

Tech Enhanced Activities - If it Were My Home

This activity uses an information comparison site to supply students with data about different countries and help them compare it to their own country. The information the students discover is quite serious so this isn’t a suitable activity for younger learners, but the information can lead to some interesting discussions about perceptions of other countries, immigration and other issues related to social justice.
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Tech Enhanced Activities - An Interactive narrative

Tech Enhanced Activities - An Interactive narrative

This activity uses an interactive story website. You can work through the story in class using a projector and then get the students to talk through and write up the story. The activity helps students to see the action developing through time and engages them in finding out how the story develops. The second part of the activity also encourages students to write collaboratively and use more descriptive language using the https://primarypad.com/ tool. This part of the activity can be done at home if students don’t have internet access in the classroom.
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