Recycling text books

My wife and I have a whole load of individual text books for EFL, EAP, business English, ESP, you name it. As our careers have evolved, we have little use for the majority of them, and now they are taking up space that we need for other books, etc. I’m sure this is familiar to many of you. I would say we have around 60 books that we no longer need, all in good or brand-new condition. As a result, I spent some time today searching online to see if any organisations recycle such things to developing countries, for example. To be honest, I found nothing that clearly told me they could handle such things.

So, does anybody out there know of any way of productively giving these books another use? I would be grateful to hear on kevin.westbrook@psa.eu.com. Thanks.

Review of Best Practices for Blended Learning

HUGE thanks to Wayne Trotman, reviewer extraordinaire’ for his recent review just published in the EL Gazette

Blending in
Wayne Trotman reviews a book outlining a sensible approach to blended or ‘flipped’ learning

EXTRACTS:

“Implementing a BL course requires a framework and a platform, and the two chapters covering this area are perhaps the most enlightening in the whole book.”

“The authors have done superbly well to reduce what might appear to be a complicated area to one that even IT dunderheads such as myself could appreciate with ease.”

For the complete review, visit the EL Gazette: http://digital.elgazette.com/

‘Best Practices for Blended Learning’ launched at IATEFL, Brighton

Best practices for Blended Learning Delighted to say that Barney and I presented our latest book in Brighton at the IATEFL conference earlier this month.

If you would like a .pdf version of the PPT presentation, click here:

IATEFL presentation_lite

To download the Handout, click here:

IATEFL Handout

To download a one-page list of the References:

IATEFL – References

If you wish to buy a copy, you can do so here:

https://www.pavpub.com/best-practices-for-blended-learning/

The book has a lot of online resources on the ETp website. You can download these free resources here:

https://www.etprofessional.com/best-practices-for-blended-learning

Enjoy!

 

Augmented reality and Virtual Reality: Pre-conference event in Brighton

The IATEFL LT-SIG pre-conference event is full!

I’m really delighted to join Shaun Wilden in opening (and closing) the day.

Focussing on Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), it promises to be a fantastic event!

Here’s the line-up:

The potential for VR and AR in the language classroom – Sarah Rogerson

Gaining a new perspective: the future of VR in Teacher Training and Materials Development – Paul Driver

AR for language training – Tushar Sharma (Blippar)

Back to the future: From Virtual worlds to Virtual Reality – Heike Philp

The reality of VR – Johnathan Dykes

Integrating VR to EFL teaching – Raquel Ribeiro

Wow! I cannot wait….

For more information – visit:

https://conference.iatefl.org/pre-conference_sig_lt.html

UES ELT Fest – Antaliya – Pete’s PPT and online flashcard site

 It was a REAL pleasure to come over  to the UES ELT Fest – ‘magic’ in fact. Thanks SO much for the invitation and opportunity.

Here is the 6-page .pdf Handout – of my power point

Presentation-lite

Thanks to Ozge (Terakki schools, Istanbul) for sharing a website which she has used to create Flashcards:

www.cram.com

Particularly recommended are the two games. Enjoy – and thanks again

Learning Technologies: visual collaboration system

Great afternoon at the Learning Technologies event in Olympia, London, which I enjoyed with long-time collaborator and friend Barney Barrett.

Guess Barney and I are classroom teachers at heart, so no surprise that in this age of online learning, our first stop was at a tool which can enrich the classroom, originally derived from the Smartboard. Nureva Span was the first piece of kit which caught our eye – a kind of ‘interactive wall’ which operates with a ceiling-mounted data-projector. The working surface is three metres wide, and you can scroll along a 40 foot canvas, add text and screen shots.

Find out more about this so-called ‘visual collaboration system’ which can be accessed from individual devices at:

https://www.nureva.com/

Collaboration is possible between students in-class and remote participants. We didn’t dare ask the price, but assume it’ll be similarly eye-watering.

More posts on this event to follow next week, when I’ll be writing about VR……