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davegatrell has written 32 posts for BC Hong Kong


“Research shows it’s pretty hard to be creative in a quiet space, and a loud workplace can be frustrating and distracting. But the mix of calm and commotion in an environment like a coffee house is proven to be just what you need to get those creative juices flowing.” So say the creators of Coffitivity – who … Continue reading

Poetry in motion

If your teenage students are anything like mine, they’re highly visual learners who enjoy using social media platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram in their free time, yet often balk at the thought of writing anything in English, let alone a poem. If they’re motivated and keen writers, they’ll love this too, so read on. Quipio, … Continue reading


Looking for a way to boost your students’ confidence in speaking and raise their awareness of intonation and sentence stress? Or perhaps a student-generated listening activity? Morfo, a fun, innovative and completely free app available for iOS and Windows, could be the tool for you:   Like many other apps that feature on this blog, Morfo … Continue reading

Great Scott – Pecha Kucha and presentation as an art form

From Nik Peachey and Nicky Hockly to Graham Stanley and Kyle Mawer, Barcelona has been home to dozens of TEFL gurus.  It’s also where I first heard about Pecha Kucha: a fun presentation format that limits the presenter to 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide.  No more death by PowerP***t … Barcelona resident Scott … Continue reading

Knowing Meez, Knowing You

Social gaming is all the rage in Hong Kong and no doubt also wherever you are in the world.  Social games, which include all-time classics Farmville and The Sims, appeal equally to both genders and all ages. Part of their appeal is that they have no end point, are non-competitive, and are integrated with social networking … Continue reading

Stickman in Hapland

If you and your students enjoyed Samorost and Machinarium, point-and-click adventure Stickman in Hapland is another great digital tool to develop skills such as problem-solving and collaboration. Best of all, it’s available for all platforms, including iPhone and iPad, and won’t cost you a thing. [youtube http://youtu.be/N2o0Q4XfjdI]   Since the action takes place on one screen with … Continue reading

Inanimate Alice

Popular among gamers and book-lovers of all ages, Inanimate Alice is a powerful and compelling work of interactive fiction.  Set in the near-future, and taking place over ten episodes, it tells the story of a young girl who aspires to become a games designer, following her and her digital friend Brad as they travel from … Continue reading

Padlet for creativity and collaboration

Formerly known as Wallwisher but recently relaunched in a new iPad-friendly format, Padlet is a great tool for developing creativity and collaboration in your Primary, Secondary or Adult ELT classroom. Using the web browser – and from next month, an iPad app – students can visit a shared wall and add ideas for the whole … Continue reading

Cyberbullying: Hazard or Hype?

Find out more about cyberbullying and inform your students using this infographic, courtesy of educational consultant Nik Peachey.  Do you agree that gender differences are significant?  Do you think these statistics would be the same where you live? Is cyberbullying simply plain old bullying using digital means, or can it have a much deeper negative … Continue reading

Cyberbullying – Let’s Fight It Together

Safer Children in a Digital World reported on the nature and effects of cyberbulling.  This powerful video produced by Childnet and the now-defunct Department for Children, Schools and Families shows: some of the differences between cyberbullying and conventional bullying the effects of cyberbullying on the person being bullied how technology is used – abused – in … Continue reading

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