Here are some apps to help teachers to streamline their workflow and bring their teaching into the 21st century. From iClickers and grade books to attendance and presentations, these apps will wow your students and save you precious time, all from the comfort of your iDevice.
(some are free)
Want to create a classroom hotspot? Take a look at the iPhone 4 hotspot on Verizon. See if it works in your class.
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Need to check something? You could just Google it, but why not give this a try?
Every teacher – and every learner – can probably recognise a great lesson when they experience one, but what exactly are the qualities that, when added up, make an everyday experience into an extraordinary one? Taking this further, can teachers do anything deliberate to make GREAT lessons, or are they simply a matter of luck? Anthony Gaughan will suggest five characteristics of GREAT lessons that he thinks are not only central to lesson success, but are also things that teachers can develop with some simple strategies that he hopes to share.
Betty Azar has shared a lot of free materials to download and use in your classroom, including worksheets contributed by fellow teachers and the full text of Fun with Grammar by Suzanne Woodward. Yes, you can download it all for free!
There is also a great Teacher Talk Blog, Grammar Speaks area, some Teacher’s Guides and an Author’s Corner for you to peruse at your leisure.
SCEL’s very own Ben Whitmore has suggested a blog related to ESL and technology. If you want to know about the future of ESL, it’s a blog you might want to follow.
Michael Rundell explores the future of dictionaries. In this seminar he discusses the idea that dictionaries are going the same way as encyclopedias. In just a few years most activity has moved from paper to electronic media and for pedagogical dictionaries, whose users are mostly young and therefore digital natives, the switch from old to new media is even more advanced. Is there any future for dictionaries?