ELT Podcast Episode 3: Technology and Language Learning Pt 1

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In episode three of the podcast, Phil Keegan, Will Corner, Steve Munns and Oliver Hipkins mull over the issue of technology and language learning. Nik Peachey is on the line with expert analysis and insight.

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This week’s guest on the podcast: Nik Peachey

Nik-PNik Peachey is a freelance technology consultant, teacher trainer, writer and course designer specialising in educational technology and ELT.

He has been involved in ELT since 1992 and has worked all over the world as a teacher and ICT specialist.

He was managing editor of the BBC/British Council Teaching English website from 2003 until 2007 when he became a freelance consultant.

Since then he has published a number of free blogs and ebooks. In 2012 his Daily English Activities blog was shortlisted for a British Council Innovations Award and In May 2012 he received the Innovation Award for excellence in course innovation for the Blended Learning in ELT course he designed for Bell. Since moving back the UK in 2011 he has continued to work freelance as well as working with Bell Educational Services to develop online teacher training courses.

His free ebook, Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers, can be downloaded here.

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Sites that Nik recommends to get started with Technology:

Phil's desk: MacBook, PC, iPad, iPod, smartphone, landline and stress ball.

Phil’s desk: MacBook, PC, iPad, iPod, smartphone, landline and stress ball.


Any questions, suggestions or ideas for future topics? Please comment below or email us at podcast@kkcl.org.uk.

The KKCL ELT Podcast is presented by Phil Keegan and produced by Will Corner and Oliver Hipkins, with music by Oliver Hipkins, Steve Munns and Phil Keegan.

© 2013 Katherine and King’s College of London.

2 Responses to “ELT Podcast Episode 3: Technology and Language Learning Pt 1”

  1. Steve Button

    This is good stuff. I do wonder, however, to what extent this is about teachers wanting to use the technology (boys’ toys and all that) vs actual usefulness in class.
    I’m also concerned about the potential for the exclusion of less techno-savvy/wealthy students if they don’t have or can’t afford the latest gadgets. Granted that’s less and less common these days, but how many of your students have an iPad in class? Yes, most students have a smart phone, for example, but is “most” enough?
    What does anybody else think?

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  2. Phil Keegan

    Thanks for the feedback Steve and you make very valid points. I completely agree that the issue of cost and access to gadgets etc has to be taken into account and dealt with in a sensitive manner.
    There is also no doubt the teachers most likely to use technology are the ones who are really into it – and I am most certainly a boy who likes his toys – but on the other hand, it is often the case that when teachers are passionate about something they succeed in transmitting some or all of that passion to their students, and this can have very positive consequences, as we discussed in episode 1 of the podcast.

    I would be very interested to know what others think!!!!!

    Best

    Phil

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