• British Council Training event, Lithuania – Handout Posted by Pete on 12 July, 2016

    IWBTechnologies and the Classroom 27 June – 1 July, Palanga, Lithuania

    This was a great event – so good to run my sessions between input from Russell Stannard and Nik Peachey.

    Here is the 2-page .pdf HANDOUT  30 Practical ideas for using technology for my session: 30 Practical ideas for using digital technology in language teaching.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ICT in EAP – new website Posted by Pete on 20 May, 2015

    ict-in-eapI’m really excited about launching a new blog. It’s called ICT in EAP and focuses on uses of new technology specific to English for Academic Purposes.

    Why a new blog?

    I felt strongly that ICT has permeated so many aspects of English for Academic Purposes that I wanted to see what it would be like gathering all the technologies in a central place.

    I was inspired by Philip Kerr’s blog on Adaptive Learning. It was started initially to support a series of talks on this topic, as an interactive Handout. Now I’m off to Venezuela to give a series of talks in Universities in Venezuela on ICT in EAP. So, this blog is the interactive Handout to accompany this series talks…. and beyond.


    I went to most of the tech sessions at the recent BALEAP conference in Leicester to gather input. Slowly and surely, I’m adding to the blog posts and trying to amass a load of useful sources.

    Here are some of the current areas it covers: Apps / Concordancers / e-Books / Feedback / Google Docs / MOOCs / Note-taking software / Plagiarism-detecting software / Presentation tools / Referencing software /Search engines / VLE / Voting tools and wikis

    If there’s anything missing you’d like included, just drop me a mail.

    The blog will continue to grow over the coming days, weeks and months

    Please give it a visit at:

    That’s an easy to remember URL if there ever was one!

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  • Making the most of technology in business English – Part two Posted by Pete on 5 May, 2015

    second-article-picNEW Article Series – Making the most of technology in business English
    Part two – Listening and reading

    With so many digital resources at your fingertips how do you decide which ones to use? In this article series, Pete Sharma looks at ways to integrate technology into your business English classroom by sharing his favourite apps and websites.

    To read this article, make sure you are subscribed to the Teaching Adults Newsletter from OUP

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  • One-month, online course launch: Getting Blended Learning Right Posted by Pete on 18 February, 2015

    itdi-bl course

    I don’t remember the exact hour of the precise day of which month I got bitten by the Blended Learning bug, but it has been a long and interesting flirtation, through connotation and translation (‘co-existencia’), from platform to platform, and recently to research via the flipped classroom……some of the fruits of this labour have been used (to mix metaphors) to enrich and inform a new, online course called: Getting Blended Learning Right

    You can get iTDi certified in Blended Learning in this four-week iTDi Advanced course. You’ll learn what blended learning is and isn’t, why so many who try to implement a blended approach rarely get it right, and what’s involved in setting up a blended language learning program. Whether you’re a teacher, trainer, manager or principal you’ll learn how to build a blended program that’s just right for your particular context.

    Live sessions:

    • Sunday March 8th – course participants only (60 minutes)
    • Sunday March 15th – course participants only (60 minutes)
    • Sunday March 22nd – course participants only (60 minutes)
    • Sunday March 29th – course participants only (60 minutes)

    Time: 13:00 – 14:00 GMT (Don’t forget to check your local time)

    Enroll in the entire course for only US $59

    Course + Evaluation + Certificate of Accomplishment US $89

    To book your place on the course, visit:

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  • BETT in a nutshell – a ‘one-minute’ report Posted by Pete on 30 January, 2015

    BETT in a nutshell – one-minute report

    Last Friday I went to the BETT (British Education and Training Technology) show at Excel. In a nutshell:

    It was overwhelming this year – it seems bigger than ever. That meant the queue at Costa was longer than ever, too

    IWBs – the number of simultaneous users was up to TEN! Crikey…


    My two favourite stop-offs were:

    Imaginality Learning

    Picked up some ‘paddles’ which I’ve held in front of the web-cam on my laptop to produce 3D virtual reality images of the planets, dinosaurs, a skeleton…

    and FlashSticks®

    Vocab Post It notes. When a FlashStick note is viewed through a mobile phone / tablet camera, a video of a tutor will appear show you exactly how to pronounce the word.

    Was all the madness and mayhem worthwhile? Definitely…

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  • iTDi launches new TD modules on using technology Posted by Pete on 4 January, 2015

    024We are delighted to announce the launch of Module 26 in the suite of Teacher Development material from iTDi, entitled: Using digital technology in the classroom


    1. An introduction to the digital classroom: theory to practice

    2. The Internet as a resource

    3. Blogs and wikis

    4. Interactive whiteboards

    5. Using interactive whiteboards

    6. Attitudes to using interactive whiteboards

    For more information, and to buy the lessons, please visit:

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  • Going Mobile – review copy Posted by Pete on 15 December, 2014

    untitled (25)My review copy of Going Mobile has just arrived! Thanks to Cengage and to Delta Publishing. Woo hoo – been waiting for this for a while. Congrats to the authors (Nicky Hockly and Gavin Dudeney). That takes care of tomorrow, then – the review should be coming to an EL Gazette near you, April 2015…..

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