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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

Morfo

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

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

Sweatshop

If you’ve enjoyed using The Curfew and Climate Challenge with your students – or even playing them yourself – here’s another great game from Channel 4 and Littleloud that aims to raise awareness of social and political issues.   In Sweatshop, you take on the role of a middle manager in a factory that supplies clothes to retailers in … Continue reading

Popplet and critical thinking

Last term I used Popplet to help my S5I students develop their critical thinking and collaboration skills while planning and delivering short presentations about the environment.   Students brainstormed ideas about environmental issues in Hong Kong using the Six Thinking Hats.  They then worked together to create a mind map using Popplet and colour-coded their ideas according … Continue reading

Popplet for narrative tenses in speaking and writing

As an experiment I tried using Popplet to record and describe my journey to work. It was easy to add photos and annotate and I thought it may be useful for students to use as a way to initiate a narrative.

Puppet Pals for storytelling

Learning technologies expert Matt Drew and I used Puppet Pals to help Matt’s UP students develop their creativity and collaboration skills while writing, narrating and performing the ending to LearnEnglish Kids classic The Princess and the Dragon. I really enjoyed using Puppet Pals and the students did too.  Some of our findings from the lesson include: … Continue reading