3 Tips for Writing Online Instructional Posts

Happy New Year to one and all! It’s 2017. How will this year be significant for you? Each year serves a marker in some way. For some, 2017 will be their first year of teaching. For others, it may their twenty-fifth year in the field. As for me, 2017 will mark my tenth year teaching…

Is It Possible to Form Good Study Habits with an App?

My previous post prompted reflection on how good study habits are formed. I shared ideas on long-term change as described by B. J. Fogg in his TEDx talk “Forget Big Change, Start with a Tiny Habit.” In theory, it certainly sounds plausible that a new habit can become automatic if it is closely tied to an…

TESOL Highlights 2016: Part 6

It’s time to post my final set of highlights from the TESOL convention held earlier this month. In Baltimore I felt there was a strong focus on the use of technology in and out of the classroom to support many skills. A number of presenters even outside the Electronic Village addressed the use of e-portfolios. Jeannie Slayton and Cynthia DeRoma…

TESOL 2016 Highlights: Part 4 (Tech Buffet)

TESOL is a bit like an all-you-can-eat buffet. You attend as many sessions as you can, you speak with numerous TESOLers, and your head is full of ideas on the plane ride home. It takes a while to digest everything. But that’s the beauty, isn’t it? The TESOL experience continues upon our return to our desks…

TESOL 2016 Highlights: Part 1

TESOL 2016 is still in full swing. I’d like to start sharing some highlights, and I’m certain that it will take a few posts to do that. On Day 1 I attended a session that brought together the Materials Writers and CALL Interest Sections: Creating, Adapting, and Using Content for Mobile Apps. Each presenter on…

Leveraging Online Tools for Student Engagement and Follow-Up

Many of us use warm-up activities at the start of a lesson. They can be simple or clever in design, and the nature of a warm-up might remain light and fun or become a bit more thought-provoking. The first goal, of course, is to get students thinking in English. We want them to use the language actively,…

TESOL 2015: Why Use a Gamification Platform?

When it comes to education, we all know that technology shouldn’t be used without intention. Sometimes technology can have a coolness factor, but we certainly shouldn’t bring in a device or software simply to make learners say, “Wow.” The technology we choose is supposed to aid us, support our instruction, and facilitate the learning process. There are times…

Creative Use of Word Clouds

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending the ITBE’s 41st Annual Convention. I arrived on Friday with just enough time to attend one session. I quickly browsed the offerings (which were very impressive on both days!), and chose “Summarizing and Comprehension Activities for Adult ESL Reading Classes.” What a hot topic! Jeanette Diller…

Friday Fun with Apps 2

I’m sure that many of you have also seen the possibilities of repurposing entertainment apps for language learning. This is my second “Friday Fun with Apps” post. Let me share two apps with free versions for you to check out. Recently rap has crept its way into my household. I admit that it’s not my…

TESOL 2014 Highlights: Using Twitter

On the final day of the convention, I sought to learn even more about the uses of technology. I wasn’t disappointed. I found several sessions offered by the CALLIS and VDMIS groups. The one on using Twitter was well attended. Abby Porter of University of Illinois and Nathan Soelberg of University of Oregon correctly assumed…

TESOL 2014 Highlights: Stop Animation

The hunger for more uses of technology in language instruction has certainly not decreased since Dallas. If anything, we teachers seemed to be even more eager in 2014. There were a good number of sessions focusing on technology every day of the convention, and the number of teachers in attendance was always high. Only on…

TESOL 2014 Highlights: Brainstorming Ideas with Brainshark

TESOL 2014 is in full swing, and despite the rainy weather, there is great energy in the Convention Center here in Portland, Oregon. I attended a few sessions on Day 1, and I would like to share some highlights with those who are not able to attend this year. Autumn Westphal of the SIT Graduate…