Thursday, 18 April 2013

Hedgehog in the Fog

Wonderful Russian animated short from 1976

Classic Russian animated short film from 1975. Based on a story by Sergei Kozlov, directed by Yuri Norstein. In 2003 "Hedgehog in the Fog" won the "№1 Animated film of all the time" at "All time animation best 150 in Japan and Worldwide" contest in Tokyo, Japan.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

TItanic - Listening

This short talk about social class on Titanic has reached 1000 plays on audioboo.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Do published course materials reflect learners lives?

Monday, 8 April 2013

What is learner autonomy?

The key theme of this coference can be traced back to 1981 conference presentation by Henri Holec.  Holec broadly defined learner autonomy as 'the ability to take charge of one's learning'. 

Key characteristics include self awarneness, critical reflection and taking responsibility for learning.

More here

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Technology Terms: FAQ

What is a meme?
16 Oct 2011
A fascinating discussion about new online vocabulary has been taking place on the Macmillan Dictionary Blog. It has got me thinking that the Internet has brought us many wonderful things but a beautiful vocabulary is not one ...
02 Mar 2011
To ping is to end a packet to a computer and wait for its return (Packet Internet Groper). For those outside of IT that doesn't help much. In practical terms to ping is to notify a website(s) that you have updated your site with new ...
24 Feb 2011
An internet troll is someone who joins a group or message board with the aim of causing problems. This might be achieved by provoking genuine members of the group with ridiculous, provocative or abusive comments.

27 Mar 2013
The Evolution of Technology. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 107. ISBN 0-521-29681-1. A key concept in contemporary design. It starts from the idea that we are more receptive to something new when it is in ...
17 May 2012
Top ten most quoted lines of poetry on the Internet? A very surprising list compiled by the Inky Fool. He analysed the Google Search result data and came up with the following: 10. Tis better to have loved and lost/Than never ...

20 Oct 2012
Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority: managing transactions and issuing money are carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is also the name of the open source software which ...
What is Big Data?
What is showrooming?

Technology: list of events

PCE: Tech Tools for Business English teachers: Claire Hart

Topics: mobile technology, web tools and web applications to save time, become
better organised and deliver successful courses.

Learner Autonomy SIG: Jo Mynard 

Topics Interactive technology tools and language learner autonomy: examples and practical applications.

Learning Technologies SIG PCE: Technology & Learner Autonomy

The flipped classroom - Paul Braddock (web editor of the British Council's Teaching English)
Autonomy in online and blended learning - Kristina Smith
Learner autonomy and technology in modern foreign language teaching - Joe Dale 

Transforming trends: effective integration of 'bring your own technology Shelly Terrell

Other Presentations (provisional)

One-to-one learning: handheld devices in technology supported English learning Michael Carrier
The whys and wherefores of implementing technology in the classroom Nicolas Dantaz
Technology in ELT: to be used cautiously, critically and selectively Penny Ur
Filtering relevant information for the EFL classroom through digital curation Carla Arena
Delivering an ELT Masters online: rethinking  effective e-learning Will Baker & Julie Watson
The future of oral exams - a look at key aspects Martin Beck
The flipped classroom - from theory to practice in ELT Steven Bukin
History, folklore and gossip: geospatial narratives and mobile language learning - Paul Driver
Unplugged and connected: where ideas meet Luke Meddings & Burcu Akyol
Just hit pause Suzanne Mordue & Sirin Soyoz
Dogme 2.1: using Springpad to create an online coursebook Hakan Senturk
Teaching literature with technology Chryssantthe Sotiriou & Dimitrios Primalis

Flipping the classroom and student attitudes Lindsay Warwick
Using social media to enhance learning outside the classroom Jayne Whistance