Connect more with JISC in England (London) – #connectmore

On 15th June I attended JISC’s Connect More event in London. I wanted to put together a summary of the sessions I attended, together with the key messages I came away with. I and other attendees Tweeted during our sessions – indeed it was lovely to attend an event where Tweeting (read ‘sharing’) was actively … Continue reading Connect more with JISC in England (London) – #connectmore

How could you use…a tin of beans?

Two teaching friends have inspired this post: 1. Sandy Millin ran a brilliant set of blog posts a while back, asking readers to suggest ways they would use particular resources in their classroom. 2. Senior Lecturer, Robert Pyburn, who ran a staff conference session, where he asked participants to consider ways they might use a … Continue reading How could you use…a tin of beans?

Technology and Teaching: How on earth can we keep up?

This post is in response to a request from a group of teachers I did a technology CPD session with. There’s no getting away from it – teaching pulls us in all directions, time-wise and mentally: Safeguarding, observations (graded or otherwise), marking, parent and student appointments, departmental meetings, lesson planning, target setting. The majority of these … Continue reading Technology and Teaching: How on earth can we keep up?

More Than Five Things to do with LEGO® in the EFL Classroom

More Than Five Things to do with LEGO® in the EFL Classroom Firstly, I’d like to put this post into some sort of context.  In 2002, I landed a dream job (at the time) working at the LEGO Company.  The next five years were so much fun and those little coloured bricks became part of … Continue reading More Than Five Things to do with LEGO® in the EFL Classroom

Origami in the ESOL classroom – a ‘foldmine of activities’

The unit in the course book is ‘Language for Giving Instructions’.  We have to show each other how to use our mobile phones.  I understand the thought behind it – it’s current, and about technology and it’s something that nearly everyone has.  I don’t really recall ever having to show someone how it works though … Continue reading Origami in the ESOL classroom – a ‘foldmine of activities’