The Digital Teacher Blog

Explore the latest digital ideas and trends impacting on ELT, and follow practising teachers as they experiment with incorporating technology into their teaching practice and reflect on their digital journey.

  • Managing digital distractions

    The use of personal devices in the classroom (laptops, tablets and smartphones) can offer exciting opportunities to deepen learning through research, creativity, collaboration and connection. But those very devices...

    By Sophia Mavridi

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  • Helping learners manage their digital footprint

    The emergence of the internet has created new and exciting opportunities for young people; they are deeply involved in social media creating content, expressing themselves and building communities like never before.

    By Sophia Mavridi

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  • Improving speaking skills with smartphones

    I’ve been reflecting a lot on my teaching practice recently to identify ways I can help support learners develop their speaking skills, be more aware of their own strengths and weaknesses and become more confident communicators...

    By Kat Robb

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  • What to do when technology lets you down

    I learned to teach in Turkey and for my first teaching practice, I found myself teaching an evening lesson on the past continuous and past simple. As it was my first lesson, I was pair teaching with another student teacher, Liz. We hadn’t met the class before, but we had this great idea...

    By Rachel Harding

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  • Making the right digital choices

    I remember the days when we used to struggle to find authentic materials to use in our classrooms, like magazine articles or leaflets, and the endless hours spent creating beautiful flashcards and wallcharts. Luckily for us now, with computers and access to the internet, we have instant access to a vast...

    By Diana Peña

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  • Digital welfare and e-safety for learners

    Effective use of technology can revolutionise language learning and teaching allowing us to connect and share beyond the boundaries of the classroom. However, as well as increasing learning opportunities, it can also present very real and serious risks for the uninformed (Becta, 2005)...

    By Sophia Mavridi

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  • How AI will reboot language learning

    More people learn English through technology than by any other means. Out of 1.5 billion English language learners across the globe, only a fraction have the resources or access to learn the language through formal teaching.

    By Donald Clark

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  • Learning with MOOCs

    When I first heard about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) I became very excited and wanted to get to know more about them. After all, my first encounter with distance learning was when I was still a teenager and, as far as I remember, the experience had been mostly positive

    By Diana Peña

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  • How to use TechSmith Jing for feedback

    A useful tool I have experimented with to give feedback on student writing is TechSmith Jing, a free online video and screencasting tool that can be downloaded to Mac or PC.

    By Kat Robb

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  • My quest for digital technologies to promote learner autonomy

    One of the great benefits of learner autonomy is that it allows learners to learn things that interest them without having to constantly rely on...

    By Diana Peña

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  • How to choose digital resources and tools for your classroom

    Do you find it confusing to choose the best digital learning products and tools for your classrooms and your learners? English teachers invariably want to...

    By The Digital Teacher

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  • Opening up professional development

    Why is it that despite a having a plethora of electronic devices, apps and software at our disposal to facilitate global communication, our communication skills seem to have deteriorated considerably?

    By Kat Robb

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  • Using WhatsApp as a motivational tool for FCE writing

    Take a look at any group of teenagers queuing outside the classroom and you’ll find them glued to their smartphones as if the phone were...

    By Kat Robb

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  • Striving to embrace the digital classroom

    Many teachers get excited when they imagine the digital classroom and all the things that can be done in it, at the touch of a screen. I had the opportunity to use an iPad when I worked in a school, but I really didn’t like the experience at all. I am more of a traditional chalk and board teacher...

    By Shawn Redwood

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  • Empowering learners through Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL)

    Digital technologies have changed the way we communicate, think, and most importantly, teach and learn. In a society that is now permeated...

    By Kat Robb

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  • Learning from EdTech

    The field of English language teaching (ELT) could learn much from the successes and failures of EdTech innovations in the wider world of health, business and broader education. Trends such as speech-enabled technologies and augmented and virtual reality...

    By The Digital Teacher

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