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“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

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

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

Phonemic script at the touch of a button

Ever wanted to add phonemic script to a document or flipchart? These free online tools are all useful ways to do it: Script Typewriter 1.6 Phonetizer PhoTransEdit Make sure you use a Unicode font in your document. Lucida Unicode is good, and a standard font in Microsoft Office.


Not a sign in a butcher’s shop as you might expect – though every bit as badly punctuated –  TodaysMeet is a great free online chat tool that can liven up any lesson. Text-based communication can help draw out contributions from quieter students who prefer expressing themselves in writing, and it can help all learners reflect … Continue reading

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