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Technology in the Classroom

by Donna Hutchinson
London based TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara

I am rather lucky to work in a school within a college, providing resources aplenty. This week I took advantage of that and decided to film my students doing a presentation. I’d seen other teachers use cameras in their classes but had always stayed away because I wasn’t sure if my classes would take to the idea. Fortunately, by the time I got round to it, it all worked out rather nicely. Hooray for me!

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by Donna Hutchinson
London based TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara

Students must not use mobile phones in lessons

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It drives me CRAZY when students use their phone in class. My blood boils at the sight of a student using their phone when I’m talking or giving instructions. Don’t even get me started on how I feel if I have to repeat said instructions. I mean, I usually don’t mind them using dictionary apps to translate though I’d rather they use a real-life dictionary. Other issues I have confronted with phones are having to stop students taking photographs of running dictations; Googling the answers to a general knowledge quiz; or just plain answering a phone call in the middle of a lesson.  I honestly feel that I am not exaggerating when I say that it is the bane of my existence. …Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit but let me have this one.

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by Donna Hutchinson
London based TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara

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Recently, I gave my IELTS class a task 2 practice test. For those of you not fluent in IELTS (lucky you) this means a 250 word essay giving an opinion of some sort. The question was as follows:

Computers are not necessarily the best way for children to learn. In many areas of education a teacher can be more effective in helping pupils to gain new skills and knowledge.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this point of view?

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By Donna Hutchinson
Newly-qualified TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara

A Classroom for the Digital Age

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There is no doubt about it, the digital age is well and truly upon us. Everything is turning electronic and I’m very much a part of it. I love my Blackberry, my Mac Book and of course Google and Facebook are a big part of my life. So, what does this mean for the classroom? From my experience it means students with at least one phone and a laptop and/or tablet.  Yet, the thing that I find more important than relentlessly telling students to put their phones away, is the place of digital media for teachers and the classroom.

On my CELTA course at International House all the classrooms had IWBs (Interactive Whiteboards) and we had to learn how to use them. We didn’t have to use them for all our lessons, but for the most part, we did, especially for lead-ins. The simple ability of being able to display images on a screen can really get a lesson going. Of course, this can also be done with a projector so nothing spectacular there. The same goes for Power Points; there’s no actual interaction so are they really necessary?

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