July 07, 2017

Nik Peachey's EdTech & ELT Newsletter 7th July 2017


Welcome to the latest edition of my Edtech & ELT Newsletter.
 
In this newsletter I have links to some great free apps for creating various types of video content, some great 'must read’ articles about the impact of technology on education and a great new free ebook to download.
 
First I’d like to thank ELT Consultants for sponsoring this edition of the newsletter.
ELT-Consultants is an international English Language Teaching consultancy group specialising in working with governments, organisations and institutions in all aspects of English curriculum reform, at primary, secondary and tertiary vocational levels. They are an excellent organisation who I also do some work for so check them out at: https://www.elt-consultants.com/

 

1. Books
 
New free ebook - Integrating global issues in the creative English language classroom: 
With reference to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
This is a project I have been working on with Alan Maley and the British Council for over a year now so it’s great to see this finally available free online. It is a follow up to Creativity in the English language classroom and looks at creative approaches for raising awareness on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/integrating-global-issues-creative-english-language-classroom

Digital Classrooms - eBook Bundle
If you would like to spend the summer (or winter) catching up on your tech skills and learning more about integrating technology into your classroom practice you can download 4 of my ebooks in one bargain bundle for just £12.99 from: https://payhip.com/b/cBvD . The bundle includes:
  • Digital Video - A Manual for Language Teachers
  • 20 Tech Enhanced Activities for the Language Classroom
  • Digital Tools for Teachers
  • Thinking Critically through Digital Media 

2. Free tools and apps
Here are some of my favourite new free tools and resources from  http://www.scoop.it/t/tools-for-learners
 
http://lumen5.com/ - For quickly creating video summaries of online articles.
A.I. automatically creates videos for you. Just enter an article link and watch the video build itself.
 
Here are some examples I created
https://edvisto.com/ - For creating video based ePortfolios
EdVisto combines the most ancient teaching method of storytelling with modern video and social sharing technology for a powerful learning solution.
 
https://wistia.com/soapbox - For quickly creating video explainers
Soapbox is a free Chrome extension that enables anyone to record, edit, and share high-quality videos in minutes.
 
https://sharalike.com/vr - For creating VR videos from your images
Create a video in Sharalike in just a few seconds and watch it immediately in your virtual reality headset. You can change/add photos, select your theme, add your own music or choose a music from Spotify, and personalize your slideshow to fit your needs.
 
https://www.binumi.com/ - For creating videos with images from around the world
use binumi’s drag and drop editor to access over 3 million royalty-free footage, image and audio clips
 
https://swiftscribe.ai/#- For quickly transcribing audio files
SwiftScribe integrates state of the art speech recognition technology with easy editing tools to increase your productivity and streamline your workflow when transcribing.
 
http://voxer.com/ - For enabling asynchronous voice communications
With Voxer, your team has secure, real-time communication
in one powerful walkie-talkie messenger.
For iPhone, Android, and the Web.
 

3. Articles and Research
Here are 5 must read articles from: http://www.scoop.it/t/learning-technology
 
Opinion: Forget “digital natives.” Here’s how kids are really using the Internet
http://ideas.ted.com/opinion-forget-digital-natives-heres-how-kids-are-really-using-the-internet/
 
How to Teach Media Literacy in a Virtual Classroom
http://mediashift.org/2017/06/teaching-media-literacy-in-a-virtual-classroom-q-a-with-news-literacy-projects-peter-adams/
 
Age-Appropriate Tips for Addressing Gender Stereotypes in the Classroom
https://www.commonsense.org/education/blog/age-appropriate-tips-for-addressing-gender-stereotypes-in-the-classroom
 
8 Ways to Boost Your Creativity With Technology
http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/8-ways-boost-creativity-technology/
 
Critical readers in the (mis)information age
http://fourc.ca/critical-readers/ 
 

 
4. Notices
 
PeacheyPublications and my free edtech work
Please also check out my publications on the iBooks Store at: https://itunes.apple.com/author/nik-peachey/id1025276573  and on Payhip: https://payhip.com/peacheypublications Many of these are free, but the paid ones do help me to support much of the free work I do including this newsletter.
 
Promoting your app, course or site
If you would like help marketing your app, website or a course for English teachers be sure to check out how I can help you at: http://peacheypublications.com/a-web-based-or-mobile-app
 
Thanks to my sponsors
Also thanks again to ELT Consultants https://www.elt-consultants.com/ for sponsoring this edition of the newsletter.

I hope you have found something interesting and useful here.

Best

Nik Peachey | Learning Technology Consultant, Writer, Teacher Trainer
Co-Founder http://peacheypublications.com/
Winner 2016 British Council ELTon Award for Innovation in Teacher Resources
Winner 2012 British Council ELTon Award for Excellence in Course Innovation
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