Education, Teaching & Language

By David Deubelbeiss | A reader featuring all the latest news, research & resources for teachers.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella unleashes his master plan for Education

Podcast: Download |<p>On May 2, 2017, I had the privledge of being invited to attend the #LEARNWHATSNEXT keynote produced by Microsoft. The first of …

Microsoft

KQED

Education researchers Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine have been observing different school systems over the past six years in an attempt to document the …

Education

Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead

Writing stories is a craft that is crucial for life. And if the government insists, you can test it, measure it and use it in commerce, too<p>A report in the Times has quoted a secondary school teacher who complained that their year 7 intake no longer knew how to tell a story. “They knew what a …

Storytelling

Storytelling For eLearning: Tips, Strategies, Examples

Tips, Strategies, And Examples On Storytelling For eLearning<p>Storytelling is applicable beyond childhood learning, and has been told in film, print, …

Storytelling

4 Things Worse Than Not Learning To Read In Kindergarten

The year Sam started kindergarten, he turned 6 in October. He was one of the oldest children in his class, and he didn't know how to read. When he started first grade he was almost 7, and he still didn't know how to read. Fortunately for Sam, he entered first grade in 1999. And his teachers, Mrs. …

Teaching

Accessible mobile learning: 3 mistakes to avoid

Technology in the classroom can be a powerful equalizer. It provides a level playing field where all learners can develop the necessary skills to …

M-learning

You Still Need Your Brain

Most adults recall memorizing the names of rivers or the Pythagorean theorem in school and wondering, “When am I ever gonna use this stuff?” Kids today have a high-profile spokesman. Jonathan Rochelle, the director of Google’s education apps group, said last year at an industry conference that he …

Language

Teaching a Class With Big Ability Differences

How do you teach the same concepts and skills to students with diverse abilities and interests? Different learning profiles? And how do you do that …

Teaching

What Is Your Educational Philosophy?

Over the summer, teachers reflect on the year and often redesign and perfect their teaching strategies and plans. In essence, they get back to the …

Pedagogy

Digital Literacy

A post be @trainingtoteach on twitter got me thinking about what we mean by digital literacy. This instantly caused me problems as it covers a rather …

Digital Literacy

The Case for the Rebel

Disruptive students may not be the easiest to have in class, but perhaps defiance should be encouraged.<p>It tends to be common knowledge that Albert Einstein was bad at school, but less known is that he was also bad in school. Einstein not only received failing grades—a problem for which he was often …

Albert Einstein

Iowa can do better by students struggling to learn English

CLOSE<p>Iowa ELL students increased by 500 percent from 1991 to 2015. See the growth and where it happened in this interactive map.<p>Vinh Nguyen’s refugee …

Is Language Learning A Subconscious Process?

Subconscious language learning is a concept that leading language acquisition expert Stephen Krashen has demonstrated through extensive research, but …

Language Learning

Webtools: No Registration Needed for Students

Image courtesy of OZinOH<p>Welcome to my list of webtools that don’t require student registration. This started off as a simple curation for myself and …

Web Tools

Is Your Professional Learning Community a Farce?

Many schools now use Professional Learning Communities for teacher collaboration, but whether they all truly fit that description is up for …

Teaching

Reading: How to Teach it in the Digital Era

Reading has always been an invaluable skill. Not only does it influence how we interact with the world but it is still the medium by which many …

Teaching

Why the most successful students have no passion for school

In order to be successful, many people believe that one must be passionate. Passion makes challenges enjoyable. It bestows the stamina necessary to excel.<p>However, there are telling counterexamples where passion doesn't seem to be a necessary ingredient for success.<p>One such case is academic success. …

Education

Critical pedagogy: schools must equip students to challenge the status quo

Teachers should embrace a radical pedagogy and provoke students to demand equality for themselves and others, argues Tait Coles<p>The pedagogy popularised by E.D.Hirsch, and recently promoted by the likes of Civitas, reduces teaching into nothing more than a bleak transmission model of …

Controversial quotes about teaching English..... for our EFL 2.0 Family!

Research Finds The Effects Of Homework On Elementary School Students, And The Results Are Surprising

You might think homework is a great thing, but recent research suggests that maybe it's time to re-evaluate our use of it.

Education

Seven things teachers are sick of hearing from school reformers

Teachers have long been accustomed to “going along to get along” but increasingly are raising their voices to protest standardized test-based education reforms of the last decade that they see as harmful to students. In this post, Georgia teacher Ian Altman explains what he and his colleagues are …

Why Edtech Companies Don’t Make It

Edtech companies are being started at a staggering rate. Each promises to resolve an issue, transform education, be better than its competitors, and …

Education Technology

First-Year Teachers More Confident in Tech but Use It Less Than Experienced Teachers

Research<p>New data from a survey of more than 37,000 educators revealed that first-year teachers aren't using tech in the classroom as much as their …

Education

5 education trends of the future catapulted by blended learning

<i>[Editor’s Note: This story is Part 3 of our April series on Blended Learning. Click here to read Part 1 on what makes a blended learning initiative</i> …

Learning

BBC Radio 4 - Glass Half Full, Series 1, Digital technology is making children's lives richer

Is nostalgia for the past and fear of the future preventing us from recognising the huge benefits of digital technology for children?<p>In a debate recorded in front of an audience at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Fi Glover examines the thoughts of pessimists and optimists. She …

London School of Economics

Why Schools Are Warning Parents About Netflix's Series 13 Reasons Why

Schools across the country are issuing warnings to parents about Netflix’s latest original series, <i>13 Reasons Why</i>, over concern that the breakout teen …

Suicide

Two Very Different Plenaries: Norris and Thornbury

The Seventh International Conference on Task-Based Language Teaching, held at the University of Barcelona, kicked off on Wednesday 19th April with a …

Steve, Founder @ Classroom 2.0, NC

N is for New edition

I started this blog not long after the publication of <i>An A to Z of ELT</i>, with the express purpose of gathering feedback, amendments, corrections and …

Language