David Dodgson

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#IATEFL 2016 - Self-motivated Professional Development

Time to move onto this month's second cycle of ten then...<p>You may have heard that there is a gathering of language teachers taking place in …

Reflections in Open Space - My MA Dissertation

Since blogging first caught my interest as a reflective platform and self-development tool for teachers, I have written a lot about it: academic …

Connected Development: How blogging has aided my reflection and development (Part 2)

<b>Yesterday's post</b> (cunningly titled as above but with <i>'(Part 1)'</i> on the end) focused on examples of how blogging has helped me reflect on the daily …

Connected Development: How blogging has aided my reflection and development (Part 1)

You may have heard (or read) these words from me a lot:<p><b>"I would not be the teacher I am today had I not started blogging."</b><p><i>(or you may be reading them</i> …

Reflective Teacher Blogging: looking back and moving forward

In the summer of 2015, I had one of my first articles published in the TDSIG Newsletter and it was a summary of findings from my MA research into …

#IATEFL 2014 – Blogging and Social Media for CPD

Another year, another IATEFL conference that I wish I could have gone to… At least there is the extensive online coverage of live and recorded …

Reflecting on your teaching outside the classroom

It has helped me become more aware of my students and what they respond well to and it has helped me become more aware of the beliefs and ideals that …

Teaching

How does blogging help you to be a better teacher? - Dave Dodgson

I started blogging in 2010 when I was introduced to the idea through the MA course I was studying at the time. Since then, it has become a major part …

Teaching

Connected Development - Blogging's not dead!

Over the last few years, I have heard this one a lot. The glory days of ELT blogging (if they ever exisited) have dwindled and died. Hardly any …

Connected Development - A Preview of my #IATEFL Talk [Video Post]

<i>Ahead of speaking at this year's IATEFL Conference as the Diana Eastment Scholarship winner, the good folks at LTSIG asked me to make a short video</i> …

Metablognition

I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging recently for a number of reasons: first and foremost, I did some research into blogs as a platform for …

Blogging is…

As those of you who have followed this blog for a while may know, blogging has become the focus of my current MA research. It is now nearly two years …

Steps towards my Thesis - Critical Reflection Through Blogging

Much like my fellow Englishman in Turkey Adam Simpson, I have plenty I want to blog about at the moment but hardly any time. I’ve had some …

Connected Development - Why blogging still matters

We are once again on the verge of the annual IATEFL Conference to be held this year in Glasgow.<p>I will be there and I will be talking about, among …

Minecraft in the Classroom: The Power of Game-Based Learning

Editors Note: This post is part of a series being developed collaboratively between Minecraft EDU and Teaching Channel. A few years ago, I taught a …

Minecraft Education

Digging Deeper: Learning and Re-learning with Student and Teacher Minecraft Communities

* * * On the Internet * * *February 2017 — Volume 20, Number 4<b>David Dodgson</b><br>British Council Bahrain<br><dave.dodgsongmail.com>The Minecraft CommunityFrom …

World of Warcraft

Play Mobile – Digital Game-based Learning with Handheld Devices

<i>This article was originally published in in TESOL France Teaching Times in November 2015. You can download a pdf version here.</i><p>The benefits of play …

Mobile

3 Lessons Gleaned from My Son about Minecraft Learning

Why do some kids spend their time killing each other while others engineer epic builds in Minecraft? The educational benefits of Minecraft are …

Kids

Minecraft’s Just a Game, Isn’t It?

I have been using Minecraft as a teaching tool in my classroom for over 3 years now, and a successful teaching tool I may add. It’s funny because …

Minecraft

Educational Minecraft Activities

If you have a child or student who plays Minecraft, then you’re going to love these free <b>Educational Minecraft Activities</b>! I have a couple of students …

Education

Reinventing the Classroom Through Games-Based Learning

Before I decided to chase a career in the high-flying world *cough* of video games writing, I used to be a teacher.<p>I taught English and IT for four …

Minecraft

ELT Sandbox Interviews… Saul Muscat

<i>A few weeks ago, an article entitled ‘Reinventing the Classroom Through Game-Based Learning’ popped up in my news feed, naturally piquing my</i> …

Game Design

ELT Sandbox Plays… on the #EVOMC2017 Server

Last week, I spent an enjoyable evening hosted by Vance Stevens on the EVO Minecraft MOOC server. We were joined by other moderators and course …

Sandboxing

What Playing Minecraft Has Taught Me About Learning

If Minecraft were a foreign language, I would put myself at an A2 level – a basic command and able to function in a number of situations but still at …

Learning

ELT Sandbox Reads… #Minecraft The Beginner’s Handbook

Earlier this month, I logged into Minecraft for the first time in a while to prepare for the EVO Minecraft MOOC (#evomc2017). It quickly struck me …

Minecraft

YouTube

Learning Should Be Fun: Gaming for Adult Learners

Twenty English language learners, gathered at an East Boston community-based organization, are playing a storytelling game on their mobile phones. …

Learning