Category: Professional Development

A mix of online webinars, online courses and MOOCs.

Differentiation in the Language Classroom – This Is How We Do It

Last week I attended a CPD session focused on Differentiation. But what is it? And why do I need it in my life? Explanation Attempt 1 differentiation  – the action or process of differentiating or distinguishing between two or more things or people. OK, so that’s a dry general description from the dictionary. It’s not that Read More …

Online Teacher Toolkit – Website/Blog

Introduction So you’re interested in teaching online and don’t know where to start? Or you teach online but want to know if there is a better way to do things? This Online Teacher Toolkit could be for you. Packed with the necessary implements to set yourself up online (but not the type of implements to Read More …

Online Teacher Toolkit

The Economic Landscape – it’s not as bad as it seems A simple scan of the job pages highlights a period of economic transition. Words like: downturn, Brexit, recession, inexperience, (lack of) training, (lack of) digital skills, (demand for) basic literacy and numeracy, vie for our attention. In my mind, with any transition, with any difficulty, indeed, within Read More …

Sketch 30 In June

Wanting to explore more colourful ways of putting my ideas on paper, a few months back I joined a beginners Sketching workshop led by Martin Barnes of Mountains of Imagination. During the month of June, Martin is leading a challenge to get all those interested, sketching on a regular basis. The aim is to build Read More …

iPad Sketching Workshop

  Way back when a friend introduced me to two sketching apps – Bamboo Paper and Paper 53. I promptly downloaded them and even did a bit of a test with Bamboo Paper. And then…nothing! Until I attended a Sketching Professional Starter Workshop led by Martin Barnes of Mountains of Imagination last month. He shared Read More …

Teachers as Designers Video Teaser 1

Teachers as Designers (EVO 2016) – What’s it all about? Check out the video teaser. http://teachersasdesigners.edublogs.org/

Teachers as Designers

Are you a language teacher? Are you interested in using technology in the classroom? Want to know more about Learning Design? Well, then join us for a free, online professional development course starting Monday 11th January 2016. Go to the Teachers as Designers blog here to find out more.

COLT – Certificate in Online Tutoring – Reflection 2

Here’s a short Present.Me video clip of my reflections on the main similarities and differences between Face-to-Face and Online Learning – Teacher Presence, Types of Activities, Digital Literacy, Reading & Writing skills – some challenges, and possible solutions.

COLT – Certificate in Online Tutoring – Reflection 1

COLT This summer I’m delving deeper into two very different areas – Teaching Chinese and Online Tutoring. Both of these courses are exciting for very different reasons – and if you can understand basic Chinese – which is all I can say (!) – then check out recent posts labelled 瑞娜说中文 and 对外汉语. The online course Read More …

ELTeach : English Teachers’ Online Professional Development in China

ELTeach Symposium On 24th April 2015, I had the honour of joining the Symposium on English Teacher’s Professional Development Through Online Self-Access Learning, an expose on the current situation of English Teacher Training/English Teaching in the China context and an introduction to a new, online English Teacher Training platform for local teachers: ELTeach. Symposium Topics Read More …