Digital ELT (Ireland) 2015

Russell Stannard

Russell Stannard

Opening plenary and workshop leader: Russell Stannard - Is technology really transforming teaching and learning?

There is a lot of talk around the idea that technology is transforming teaching and learning but is this really true? In this talk Russell will contend that little is really changing. He will draw from real examples of his own work in feedback, reflection and developing student's speaking skills to highlight how his own approach has changed and why we still need big changes in education for the affordances that technology provides to be really harnessed.
Russell's bio

Huw Jarvis

Huw Jarvis

Closing Keynote: Huw Jarvis - Digital residence in English as an L2: What does this mean and why does it matter?

The first part of this talk reflects on the implications of our students living out part of their lives, often through social media, with and through mobile devices in English as an L2. The second part of the talk goes on to discuss and illustrate what this means in practice and how we might equip our students to operate efficiently, effectively and appropriately in on-line environment and in a language which is not their L1. Huw Jarvis' bio and spoken intro

Workshop leader: Sylvia Guinan - Technology From Scratch: Simple Edtech Skills that make a Big Difference"

This three-hour, hands-on workshop focuses on the basics of content development and social media for education and professional development. Participants get to create presentations, set up blogs, and get into the flow of Facebook and Twitter for teaching and professional development.
- 1. The whys and hows of blogging.
- 2. Presentation tools and video-making, using Prezi and setting up your own You Tube channel.
- 3. Making FaceBook and Twitter work for you.
Sylvia's bio
SuleimanWhatsapp as a productive teaching tool in an EFL classroom.- Suleiman Abdulahi (Belfast Unemployment Resource Centre)

Discussing the benefits of the application Whatsapp and how it can be used to great effect within the EFL classroom, while not actually in class. Having used it with students from HAPANI (Horn of Africa People’s Aid Northern Ireland) to great effect, we believe this is a useful, cheap and easy means of remotely delivering a class.

Link to virtual co-presenter Alan Hall talk
Using web 2.0 tools to celebrate diversity in student profile - Sevim Açıkgöz/ Seval Doğan (Istanbul Bilgi University)
As all educators know, there are different types of student profiles in our classrooms. To meet the needs of them,we feel the need to apply different web 2.0 tools to promote learning.In this session, we will take you on a journey where you will have the chance to learn and try hands on activities that you can put into practice.

Elizabeth Anne

Elizabeth Anne

Getting round the constraints in Higher Ed. - Elizabeth Anne (Université Joseph Fourier)

With a programme to follow, marks to give in, fellow teachers who “don't have time for all this online stuff”, and Physics undergraduates with an extremely heterogeneous level of English, introducing blended learning was something of a challenge. For six years my students have been working online with nothing but publicly available free online tools.
Angelos Bollos

Angelos Bollos

Tweeting Through The Intermediate Plateau - Angelos Bollas (Freelance)

This presentation focuses on learners of intermediate level and more specifically on those who do not show progress – the ones that have plateaued. It explores different tasks/activities on Twitter that help learners reach more advanced levels of proficiency. Teachers with little or no experience with using twitter in class are welcome to attend.
Anna BougiaRethinking autonomy through multiliteracies pedagogy - Anna Bougia (Bolton University)

The aim of this presentation is twofold: to discuss the challenges and benefits of cultivating autonomy to digital natives students and to present an evidence-based example of action research that was applied in the English Department in New York College based on the principles of multiliteracies pedagogy. Research results challenge our traditional view for autonomy and indicate that "comprehensible feedback" is a prerequisite for amfoteronomy.
Marisa ConstantinidesStorytelling and digital tools - Marisa Constantinides (CELT Athens)

Stories are a powerful vehicle for presenting and activating language, and for engaging learners in memorable and powerful ways. Techniques for creating, exploiting and animating stories will be presented through a showcase of new digital tools that raise story-making and storytelling to a different level for young and older learners.
Iakovos Delatolas-SaverisInvestigating teachers’ use of Interactive Whiteboards to motivate learners in English Language Teaching - Iakovos Delatolas-Saveris

Many conditions are needed to learn a second language successfully but most teachers and researchers would agree that motivation is one of the key factors that determine learning achievement. Since Interactive whiteboards are becoming more prolific in EFL classrooms around Greece, exploring L2 motivation through the use of IWBs is necessary.
paul_driverHacking the Classroom with Creative Augmented Reality Projects - Paul Driver (British Study Centres Oxford)

While the idea of augmented reality has received considerable hype, its practical, pedagogical application in the context of ELT has remained largely unexplored. During this talk, I will discuss and demonstrate how AR can be meaningfully integrated into the learning process through content delivery, task design and student-centred project-based learning approaches.
Link to Paul Driver's site
Gonca Yangin EksiNihan ErdimerThe Perceptions of ELT Student Teachers about 'Edmodo' in a 'Flipped Classroom' - Gonca Yangın Ekşi and Nihan Erdemir

This study aims to identify ELT student teachers’ experience in using ‘Edmodo’ and ‘flipped classroom’ in a teacher education program, compare traditional teacher training course with a flipped classroom via Edmodo, and question possible contributions to their teaching practice in the future. A questionnaire and reflection reports were used to gather quantitative and qualitative data.
Geraldine_Exton_300Gamification for Second Language Acquisition: The good, the bad, and the unusable - Geraldine Exton (University of Limerick)
Vanja FazinicPedagogical Benefits of Filmmaking in the English Classroom - Vanja Fazinic (Don Lovre Katic Primary School)

How can we set up collaborative filmmaking projects in the English classroom? How can we integrate them into the curriculum? How can we use them to increase students’ motivation, creativity and autonomy? During this practical talk, I would like to address questions like these, share my experiences and show some examples of student created videos.
Sally GayfordA Flipped approach to a University English Language Preparatory Programme - Sally Gayford (MEF University)

MEF University is the first university to adopt a Flipped Classroom approach across all faculties and departments, including the English Language Preparatory Programme (ELPP). MEF University’s medium of education is 100% English, with the exception of the School of Law. Approximately 80% of new students attend the ELPP for a year to prepare for this. The Flipped approach in ELPP enables students to improve their language proficiency, and build their skills as Flipped Classroom learners.
Sally's talk
Daniel GorinAlphary – Words mean the world - Daniel Gorin (Alfary)

Alphary is an app for English learners which unlocks the power of the Oxford dictionaries for hassle-free vocabulary acquisition. It combines intelligent technology with insights from language pedagogy to create an adaptive system that scaffolds the learning process effectively. The content is created and quality-assured by ELT experts, and is optimised for teaching lexical chunks both receptively and productively.
Mike Harrison

Mike Harrison

Telling a story in 6 seconds: using Vine in the language classroom - Mike Harrison (Freelance)

With mobile applications like Vine anyone can become a director, presenter or actor. All you need is a smart device and a connection to the internet. This workshop will look at the why and how of online shortform video and how we can use it sensibly in class.
Link to Mike Harrison's blog
Colin_Graham_150Developing Materials for Autonomous Learning in a Fully Digital Educational Environment - Colin Graham (Abdullah Gul University)

This presentation will look at some of the challenges involved in developing and delivering an EFL preparatory programme (from scratch) at a brand new university, where all of the students and instructors are expected to use technology, adopt a blended learning approach, and move towards autonomous learning.
Joel Josephson

Joel Josephson

Video - a basic tool for language learning - Joel Josephson (MEF University)

Video for ALL - a European Union funded project brings together all current methodologies, ideas and innovative practices to teach and learn languages by integrating digital video. It includes experts in multiple video technologies with language and teacher training specialists.

Video for ALL 1

Video for ALL 2


Caroline_fell_kurban_150Flipping Academic English with Generation Y and Z Students - Dr. Caroline Fell Kurban (MEF University)

MEF University in Istanbul is implementing Flipped Learning across all programmes and is currently undertaking practitioner research into how the Flipped Learning approach can be best used to develop students’ academic English skills, to increase student engagement, and to encourage students to develop their own projects and assessments that truly reflect the skills and knowledge they need as they continue through their educational journey and the skills they will need as they enter professional life.
victor Hugo RIntegrating ICT in Initial Language Teacher Education - Victor Hugo Rojas B. (UNE & UNMSM)

This presentation will demonstrate how innovative learning technologies are integrated in the course of Didactics of Teaching EFL that aims to equip prospective English teachers with the skills and knowledge to effectively integrate ICT in their future teaching practice, and propose recommendations on the design of initial language teacher education syllabus.
Julia KoifmanComputerized lessons as a way of overcoming dyslexia - Julia Koifman (Beit Ekshtein High School)

This presentation is for those who teach in junior-high and high school and prepare students with learning disabilities for the final exams. It will contain a sample lesson plan, provide participants with methodology and tips for overcoming dyslexia, motivating students, enhancing their reading, writing and general understanding with the help of modern technology.
Steve LeverTeaching digital natives - Steven Leaver (Express Publishing)

Our learners are growing up in an environment where they take technology for granted. This has not only affected the way they do things, but possibly how they think about things as well. In this session we shall explore the challenges of teaching this new generation of learners and to look at some of the tools that are available to us to help us with this task. It is indeed brave new world, and an exciting one as well.
This talk is kindly sponsored by Express Publishing.
Helen LeggeOut of the classroom into the fire? My experience of integrating online platforms in YL classrooms. - Helen Legge (British Council Milan)

Young learners connect to the world through devices within their reach, either their own or those of their family members. Why not guide and develop this connectivity to maximise learning through the use of online learning platforms? This talk will share my experience of integrating online platforms into face-to-face young learner courses and discuss the consequences for students and teachers alike.
Link to article on Helen's blog
Samantha MartaSmart Use of Smart Phones: Enriching the Classroom with QR Codes - Samantha Marta (Kanda University of International Studies)

Are you interested in using QR codes in your classes, but don't know where and how to start? This hands-on workshop will demonstrate how to generate various types of QR codes while exploring practical and engaging ways to use these codes in your classroom to deliver content, make interactive handouts, and create fun educational activities that utilize student’s smart phones.
Sara AminCALL Tools: Sound Evaluation to Enhance Autonomy and Feedback - Sara Amin Mohamed (Future University in Egypt (FUE))

This presentation aims at raising teachers’ awareness of how to evaluate the possible CALL resources. The presenter would share examples of web tools that can develop learners’ autonomy and facilitate the process of giving effective feedback. Participants would have the chance to examine practical uses of online tools put to the service of ELT to enhance teaching and learning.
Martin Mullen

Martin Mullen

MALL in theory and practice: an overview of the past and discussion of the future - Martin Mullen (University of Limerick)

Dramatic advances in mobile phone capabilities in recent years have resulted in numerous attempts to implement mobile-related learning into language learning environments. As yet, theory supporting MALL has not developed as thoroughly as practice. This presentation provides an overview of both theory and practice, and invited the audience to offer their perspective on MALL both now and in the future.
Marianna Kyprianou
Eleni Nikiforou

Eleni Nikiforou

Teacher Professional Learning and Development: the other route with the aid of technology - Eleni Nikiforou & Marianna Kyprianou (University of Cyprus)

This paper focuses on the experience of the presenters as coordinators of a large language section in a tertiary education institution, as this gave them the chance to develop professionally with the aid of online tools without attending formal training. The experience of coordination will be presented using a SWOT framework of analysis (of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Challenges/Threats).
Joanna-Norton_smallClassroom pedagogy rules OK! - Joanna Norton (Keywords English / University of the Arts)

An eclectic overview of activities suitable for both resource-rich and resource-limited contexts designed to integrate mobile technology into classroom practice. The talk will illustrate how classroom pedagogy in localised contexts should inform how technology is used within ELT.
AbeerOkaz_150The instructional benefits of using online tools and apps in second language undergraduate classes - Abeer Okaz (Pharos University in Alexandria)

Online tools and apps have become an integral part of students’ social lives. Most undergraduate students are native digital that have grown up with all types of technology. They spend more time being surrounded by their cell phones, computers, music players and video games than they do with their family and studying. Thus it would be unrealistic if educators do not incorporate technology in their classes.
Amin NeghavatiDigital Deep Learning Skills in a Teacher Training Programme - Amin Neghavati (British Council Malaysia)

Fullan and Langworthy identified eight Deep Learning skills: Global Citizenship, Collaboration, Character, Communication, Creativity and Imagination, Real-World Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, and Use of ICT for Learning.
Out of these 8 skills, I have chosen ‘Global Citizenship’, ‘Collaboration’ and ‘Use of ICT for Learning’ to focus on in a teacher training programme with primary and secondary school English teachers in one of the rural schools in Malaysia.

Link to presentation

Link to blog post on talk

Dublin Photo album
Biljana Radic-BojanicDigital literacies in the English language classroom in Serbia - Biljana Radić-Bojanić (Institution)

Digital literacies are absolutely necessary for everyone living, learning and working in a digital society. Because this is an issue which depends on a particular national context to a great extent, I will try to offer a critical view from Serbia to illustrate the clash between the demands of the modern world and the possibilities which our schools offer.
ArthurMcKeownLet's start at the VERY beginning ... - Arthur McKeown (Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre)

This talk describes the challenges presented by the need to design, document and deliver an English language programme that meets the needs of absolute beginners, some of whom are illiterate in their own first language.
It is based on work done in North Africa and more recently developed for a programme with Absolute Beginners in Belfast.
Talk on Weebly

Kendra PetersonA FLIPPED FLOP: Looking Backwards to Avoid Future Flipped Classroom Failures - Kendra Peterson (Istanbul Sehir University)

Flipped language learning, the benefits are innumerable, the possible applications endless. Though the concept is fairly simple, an effective construct is much more complex. Using a failed classroom as retrospection, this workshop will illustrate 3 facets of the flipped ELT model that need our utmost attention. These crucial aspects can be the deciding factors in whether our classrooms successfully flip or are an epic flop.

Link to Kendra's talk
Emma PrattThe creation of a grassroots elearning project: A personal narrative on learning in its ancient form and the multilayered realities of the contemporary binary universe. - Emma Pratt (StudyCELTA and eltcampus online project)

We decided to make a face to face teacher training course go digital. I was a newbie in the e/mobile/social learning landscape. I was alone and had to make this thing happen on a shoe string. I had to harness all my training as a teacher, designer, visual artist, writer, but mostly as a learner. This is our story.
Video of Emma's talk on Vimeo
Burcu SaracogluI need someone to laugh at my jokes you know... Honest feedback teacher!, ClassDojo - Burcu Saraçoğlu (Istanbul Sehir University)

In this workshop, the main purpose is to provide an overview of an interactive web tool, “ClassDojo”, which helps teachers save time, boost classroom engagement, and improve students’ behavior quickly and easily.
Milena_TanasijevicPreparing and implementing blended and distance learning courses - Milena Tanasijevic (Belgrade Metropolitan University)

Online language teaching is increasingly becoming a part of the traditionally offered language courses in private language schools, as well as formal educational institutions. The talk presents ideas how to design and implement blended or online language courses based on the experience of designing traditional courses, or how to add extra value to traditional courses with elements of blended learning.
Ania RolinskaDigital Literacies and academic language development - Ania Rolinska (University of Glasgow)

This presentation aims to demonstrate how e-learning activities can help students develop as academics by reporting on an experimental blended course ‘Digital English’, which introduced pre-sessional students to such practices as peer review, reflective practice, curation on the web or web-related textual practices. It also demonstrates the importance of the tutor’s active role in modelling digital academic literacies to students.
Mark ThomasDigital Gaming literacy Learning and Pedagogy - Mark Thomas (University of Brighton - Scholarship winner)

This talk discusses digital literacy and game-based learning in an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) context, specifically on the experiential and explorative learning these digital tools offer for exam writing preparation.
Cynthia Tilden-MachleidtFlipping a corporate B.A. in Business classroom - Just filling in the gaps? - Cynthia Tilden-Machleidt (Berlin School of Economics and Law)

Teaching Business English in a German University of Cooperative Education: This talk will deal with the teaching experiences and lessons learned so far in the B.A. programme of the Siemens A.G. and Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL/HWR). How can we handle the extended gaps of time between our on-site learning phases? How can we incorporate the experiences student trainees have in their work phases? Do these methods actually enhance their language learning?
Phil WeirTest-Teach-Test with Technology - Phil Weir (Experience English - Edinburgh)

With the rising of the digital native, using technology in the classroom to teach grammar can help engage our students in a variety of ways. In this workshop, we will look at how we can use technology as part of a TestTeach-Test class with different technological mediums such as PowerPoint, video, and of course the internet. "
John WhippleIs this it? - John Whipple (Freelance, Dublin)

John Whipple reports on how getting published in the ELT Journal acted as a prism for reflections on his identity as a teacher. Part 'Stories of Teachers' Lives' and part 'Tips and Tricks for Getting EdTech Research Published', this talk explores how our lives as teachers and transplanted citizens come to influence our work, tech choices and careers. It makes a case for reflective action-research, cross-disciplinary collaboration and annoying our betters.
Janina WilsonAugmented’ reality check - Janina Wilson (British Council, Milan)

This talk outlines a collaborative project involving teachers and classes across the school using augmented reality technology to celebrate celebrate EXPO 2015 in Milan.
Suzanne WoodThe Importance of Being Context-Aware - Suzanne Wood (University of Warwick)

Many ELT practitioners include some degree of ICT in their lessons. Few however, are making use of the pedagogical and communicative affordances of Web 2.0. Is this because they are unaware of the potential power of this learning tool? This talk presents the findings of a study to investigate whether blogging can promote affective engagement and stresses the importance of contextual relevance.
Suzanne's presentation
Rita Zeinstejer

Rita Zeinstejer

LTSIG Travel Scholarship Winner

“The Video Learning and Teaching Revolution” - Rita Zeinstejer (Asociacion de Profesores de Ingles de Rosario, Argentina)

Since today’s students are visual learners VIDEO is one of the most valuable tools to use. Learn how to create, edit, save and share your videos and screencasts, find educationally based material, record and sync video and images, narrate and add voice and written notes to existing material. And get detailed instructions and precious tips on how to make your own videos with free webtools.

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