The dangers of committing to one technology in the classroom – Evernote’s Penultimate

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In the modern classroom, there can’t be many of us who only use the white/blackboard and the textbook for every lesson. To a greater or lesser extent, the convenience and liberating nature of the digital age has become part of our classroom workflow. For more than two years now, I have shunned the board and used Penultimate (since bought by Evernote) on an iPad, put through the VGA connection to the projector. It was great, basically like a digital board where I could write but have other media baked in too. I had all my textbook pages scanned in there, I could write on the scans and add new blank pages for corrections. It had this great ‘drift’ feature that allowed you to zoom in and the zoom focus would follow at the speed you wrote. Best of all, what was projected was just the page itself, so no one in class could see me changing pens/colours or zooming in for the drift. It wasn’t perfect, but it was easily the best of the ten-or-so note apps I’ve used. You notice I am using the past tense here. Unexpectedly, a few weeks ago, the app was updated. With the new changes, Evernote didn’t so much drop the ball as jettison it directly into the sun. Read the rest of this entry »

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Recording Assignment – What’s the strangest question a student has asked you?

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What weird, unexpected questions have students asked you? How did you answer? I’d love to hear them and use them on the show.

A recording would be amazing, but shy folks can just message you weird question and answer to @MOTcast

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02 – Gestures and Embodied Cognition – Scott Thornbury

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In class, we point behind us to represent the past. Forward for the future. But, other than Total Physical Response, how else can we use gestures?

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Recording Assignment #1 – The Unexpected Backfire

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If you’d like to contribute to the show, here’s your chance.

I’m looking to hear your experiences in the classroom where you tried something with the best intentions… But it backfired on you. Perhaps you were over-ambitious, or your super clear instructions were somehow misinterpreted with hilarious consequences. We’ve all been there. It’s kinda parta the job, so I’d love to hear what’s happened to you. Here’s my example:

 

The info on how to submit your story is below…

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How I Podcast

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Looking online, a lot of people seem to wonder about how to make their own podcast, especially regarding the equipment. So, for anyone interested here’s the equipment I use and the process: Read the rest of this entry »

Masters of TESOL podcast

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Hello, world! This site is the home for the Masters of TESOL podcast. Each episode, I speak to the people attached to the biggest brains in the industry and they give us the juice that’ll improve our teaching.

I’ll be giving regular recorded assignments, so if you want to contribute something to the show, that would be great.

 

Coming soon will be the first show, which is about using visuals in the class and how to get the best responses from students. That’s with Gabriel Diaz Maggioli from The New School, NYC.

 

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