fbpx

Basic tech troubleshooting when teaching and learning online

Basic tech troubleshooting when teaching and learning onlineTechnology issues can be part and parcel of digital learning. Face-to-face teachers who use technology in the classroom are advised to have a plan B in case the technology fails. But happens when teaching remotely? Teaching and learning online rely on technology so when this fails, can there be any learning at all? From software crashing to slow...

Helping English language teachers adapt to the changing education landscape

Cambridge Live Experience photo1Experts from Cambridge have teamed up to help English language teachers adapt to the changing education landscape as a result of Covid-19. Cambridge Assessment English and Cambridge University Press ELT are hosting a free event for teachers around the world to help them get ready for the unpredictable months ahead. The Cambridge Live Experience on...

2020-21 Annus horribilis or mirabilis? Insights and thoughts on the new academic year...

Insights and thoughts on the new academic year  By Dimitris Primalis The new academic year is about to start and millions of educators around the globe wonder whether this is going to be a horrible (horribilis) or a miraculous (mirabilis) year for education. No one can guarantee even the basics: whether lessons will be online, hybrid or face to face. Yet, as educators, we need to ensure that...

English For 21st Century Skills

English for 21st Century SkillsThis book, co-edited by Daniel Xerri and Sophia Mavridi, showcases cutting-edge theory and practice in the development and integration of 21st-century skills in the language classroom. Well-known ELT experts as well as teacher educators, practitioners and leaders from around the world explore how creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, inclusion...

It’s all about synapses! We are all about synapses!

Its all about synapses We are all about synapsesWhat is Teacher Development to me? It’s the air that I breathe, exhilaration, edutainment, juggling, invention, connection, an exciting game of discovery and suspense! It is a treasure hunt, in the course of which I collect chunks of knowledge which unravel puzzles and riddles I constantly encounter on my personal journey and professional pursuits. From...

EFL Teachers are Tree Trunks

EFL Teachers are Tree TrunksThe metaphor used in the title successfully illustrates in my view, the special place an EFL educator has in the learning environment when using the tree analogy.  Teachers are the predominant support of the tree’s structure and as such we need to grow solid and strong providing a constant flow of nutrients via the roots and the soil- that being our...

Dust settles, I don’t

Dust settles I dontWhile the world has come to a halt due to the pandemia of the COVID-19 and everyone has been asked to stay indoors, in order to protect themselves and others, I was asked to write an article about professional development. By Anna Karanikola, Teacher, Teacher Trainer, FLS owner, Leros As most of you know, I have been teaching for almost 30 years now...

CELTA Certification for ELT teachers: Could it be a rainbow at the end of the storm?

celt certificationUnprecedented circumstances have “temporarily” brought about monumental changes to our life, as we knew it. Indeed, millions of people expect and hope that sooner or later we will go back to the way we were before it all started. And although this may be true where social relations, enjoyment and travelling are concerned, I can’t help feeling that, at the...

The Child and the Screen: what now?

The Child and the ScreenIf you’ve been reading my articles, I wrote one a year ago, called ‘The Child and the Box’ and it was about the use of technology in education and my educational decision to stop working with any ed tools that require tablet or smartphone use on the part of the child (especially for very young learners, i.e. children up to the age of 6). So I said back...