• Article in Modern English Teacher on Sonocent Posted by Pete on 23 May, 2016


    The history of technology is full of examples of a technology created for one particular purpose and then being used in a wholly different way. Twitter is a well-known example. Created to update parents on their children’s whereabouts in short 140-character messages, it is now used in ways its creators could scarcely have imagined, from advertising to forging political events. It was with this in mind that I first set out to explore Sonocent Audio Notetaker (AN), a piece of software created to help students write notes.

    To read the complete article on Sonocent Audio Notetaker, which has just been published in Modern English Teacher, please see MET Volume 25 Issue 2. Enjoy……

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  • Blended Learning in language teaching Newsletter Posted by Pete on 20 May, 2016

    newsletter_oneHave you subscribed to our new newsletter on Blended Learning? We are delighted to say that volume two is on its way and will be sent out at the start of June. Don’t miss out on this free newsletter – subscribe now:

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  • IATEFL Posted by Pete on 16 April, 2016

    imageIATEFL conference once again great for absorbing new ideas, catching up with friends and colleagues….great sessions which will enrich our forthcoming course on ICT on ELT.



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  • Pete Sharma’s References – Medenine conference Posted by Pete on 7 April, 2016

    IMG_0341Really, really enjoyed today at the Conference in Medenine. If anyone wants the references for my plenary session, here’s the download. Enjoy!

    References and further reading


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  • Review of two books on Interactive Whiteboards in ELTJ Posted by Pete on 31 March, 2016


    From Whiteboards to Web 2.0: Activating language skills with new technologies Martín Helbling Languages

    Implementing and Researching Technological Innovation in Language Teaching: The case of Interactive Whiteboards for EFL in French schools Whyte Palgrave Macmillan

    Few educational technologies are as controversial as the Interactive Whiteboard (IWB).

    (The rest of the review can be found in the ELTJ)

    I certainly enjoyed going through both these books – the double reviews are in the latest ELTJ – ELT Journal 2016 70 (2): 237-239


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  • Caracas workshop – Handout Posted by Pete on 17 March, 2016

    30 ideas workshopIn my workshop today at the British Council event in Caracas (English – the way to go)30 Practical ideas for using  digital technologies in ELT– I divided the ideas into four groups: ideas which need IWB software; ideas which need the Internet; those which don’t; and Apps. The same as the workshops on Monday and Tuesday. Here is the Handout. 30 Practical ideas for using technology-new

    What a fantastic way to finish the workshop – with singing and dancing! Pretty much the same way all my workshops end, in true Anglo-Saxon tradition….

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  • 30 Practical ideas – Handout Posted by Pete on 14 March, 2016

    barquisimetoGreat British Council events in Barquisimeto and Maturin. Here’s the Handout of the workshop ’30 practical ideas for using technology in the language classroom’.

    30 Practical ideas for using technology

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  • Scholarships available for our forthcoming online course Posted by Pete on 8 March, 2016

    english360v2We are delighted to offer a number of scholarships for our tutor-led online course on Blended Learning in Language teaching next month, April.

    For further details, download this document: 2016 BL course – new dates

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  • Tunisia ISET and Tate conference, Jerba Posted by Pete on 13 February, 2016

    12744429_10208767528365984_7019705490963246949_nGreat to be part of this conference – remotely! Here’s a 5-page .pdf of my Power Point presentation on New technology and motivation.

    Motivation through new technology PPT

    Thanks – to Kamel Echikh and everyone who attended my Skype session!

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  • Learning Technologies 2016 Olympia Posted by Pete on 5 February, 2016

    smart phone + gogglesIMG_0103oculus riftme and VRWow. What a fantastic afternoon at Olympia. First, a great chance to don the old Virtual reality goggles. Second, the first time I met the acronym LCMS – I’d previously only met LMS and CMS. The new generation of LMS environments were really nice.

    Among the highlights were:

    a system to send a text message to a Smartphone containing a link which when clicked on, downloads an app

    a cool digital flipchart which links with a Smartphone

    Thanks to Barney (seen above, in a virtual rugby changing room) for the heads up on this, and to James Hoyle of Go English for letting Barney know about it………………….



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