Edtech Guide: Survival help for the uninitiated/newbies

 
Having a CELTA and a few TEFL books used to be enough to get by on when I started out teaching. I used to proudly hand over copies of my CELTA certificate to new employers and regularly dip into my TEFL books for ideas and help with teaching grammar and larger groups.
 
These day though have gone. The TEFL world has gone techie and you need to keep up. It seems like almost every week there is a new must-have app which you need to know the name of. It’s also a good idea to read or have blogs and of course, it’s essential that you use Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest and …and…
 
A good way to start getting into this new world is to learn what’s going on in Edtech. Then you can ‘talk the talk’ with other Edtechers and you may even get some ideas on how to improve your classes. It does pay off as a lot of employers now use tech on their courses so you can impress them in interviews by knowing about it.
 
So, to give you a leg up in the world of Edtech, here’s a very useful Edtech guide Infographic:
 

The Must-Have EdTech Cheat Sheet.

 
To become edtech literate, think about these questions:
 
1) Which ones have you tried? How did they go? How could you use them better?

2) Which sound interesting to you? How would you use them?

3) Which could you use in a class? How?

4) Which could you use in a 1-2-1 setting? How?

5) Which could be used with online or distance students? How?

Comments below on successful classroom practice with any Edtech tools are very welcome!

 
 
Here are some interesting articles, videos and discussions you may want to check out to improve your Edtech literarcy:

MOOCs:

http://sparkroad.tumblr.com/

 

Mobile Learning or m-learning:

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/seminars/a-beginners-guide-mobile-learning-elt

 

Gamification:

http://www.deltapublishing.co.uk/development/gamification

 

The Flipped classroom:

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/blogs/nikpeachey/flipping-flipped-classroom

 

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