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Coursebooks: Pros & Cons. COURSEBOOKS: PROS AND CONS.

Coursebooks: Pros & Cons

Nina MK, Ph.D. In many countries, there is either the National Curriculum, or its equivalent in existence. The obsolescence of teachers - the Sugata Mitra controversy. Why online teaching liberates ESL teachers. Inspired by her talk at Innovate ELT, guest blogger Jaime Miller of English Success Academy looks at the reasons and pluses for getting into teaching online.

Why online teaching liberates ESL teachers

During one of the mini-plenaries at Innovate ELT 2015, in Barcelona, Spain, Duncan Foord referenced a fear in the industry: that EdTech will render teachers obsolete. Planned obsolescence pervasive in digital age. We're all losers to a gadget industry built on planned obsolescence. It’s hard to deny that the smartphone has in part changed the world in favour of consumers.

We're all losers to a gadget industry built on planned obsolescence

It helps us avoid expensive SMS costs thanks to online messaging apps, undercut taxi and hotel companies with the likes of Uber and Airbnb, and generally serves as a remote control to the sharing economy. But when you shift the focus from what our devices help us access to how we access the devices themselves, the picture is less rosy. Once we own a new device, we often can’t replace its batteries or take it to an independent repair shop for a simple fix.

In fact, proprietary screws on Apple products often prevent us from opening Apple devices at all. Idea: Planned obsolescence. Planned obsolescence. Producers that pursue this strategy believe that the additional sales revenue it creates more than offsets the additional costs of research and development and opportunity costs of existing product line cannibalization.

Planned obsolescence

Planned obsolescence in technology. Planned obsolescence in technology. 8 Obsolete School Supplies and the Tech That Replaced Them. Obsolete Learning Technologies. The Silicon Alley Insider recently named 21 technologies that became obsolete this past decade.

Obsolete Learning Technologies

My favorites from the list included: the PDA, paid e-mail accounts, dial-up, film developing, video rental stores, landlines, public pay phones, VCRs, phonebooks, and CDs. 14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools. Saying that it has always been this way, doesn’t count as a legitimate justification to why it should stay that way.

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

Teacher and administrators all over the world are doing amazing things, but some of the things we are still doing, despite all the new solutions, research and ideas out there is, to put it mildly, incredible. I’m not saying we should just make the current system better… we should change it into something else. I have compiled a list of 14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools and it is my hope that this will inspire lively discussions about the future of education. 1. Computer Rooms The idea of taking a whole class to a computer room with outdated equipment, once a week to practice their typewriting skills and sending them back to the classroom 40 minutes later, is obsolete. Obsolete educational technology. 6. Language Laboratory: Purposes and Shortcomings - Journal of Technology for ELT. In any profession, possessing good communication skills is deemed advantageous as it helps in reaching out to most people successfully.

6. Language Laboratory: Purposes and Shortcomings - Journal of Technology for ELT

With globalization this possession of good communication skills translates into excellent communication skills in the English Language. In a country like India, it has become essential to be able to communicate in English if one wants to further his/her career. As a result there are various courses for gaining command over the English language and nearly all these courses draw attention to providing a language laboratory to build skills in the English language.

This paper looks at teaching of communication skills at the undergraduate level in government aided colleges with a special focus on the language laboratory. Generally laboratories were used in India for the science subjects. The language laboratory is an audio or audio-visual installation used as an aid in modern language teaching. Listening skills are primary in becoming fluent. ASC Direct. What is technological obsolescence? definition and meaning - Immerse Learning. History[edit] Immerse Learning was founded in 2005 as in London by David Kaskel and Shiv Rajendran.[1] Having been amazed at how quickly foreign players had picked up language skills in MMORPGs, Kaskel began to look into how learning took place in video games.

Immerse Learning

To date has 80 employees based in 14 different countries and caters to about 1000 students (2011).[2][3] raised $1 Million USD in funding in 2011 from investors in the UK and Saudi Arabia.[4][5] teaches English to students from more than seventy countries.[6] In 2011 announced a partnership with Pearson Education to produce a virtual world product for Business English. In February 2014, relaunched as Immerse Learning with a proprietary immersive learning platform designed specifically for corporate and higher education programmes. Methodology[edit] Whatever happened to Second Life? Three years ago, I underwent one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life – and I barely even left the office.

Whatever happened to Second Life?

I spent a week virtually living and breathing inside Second Life: the massively multiplayer online world that contains everything from lottery games to libraries, penthouses to pubs, skyscrapers to surrogacy clinics. Oh, and an awful lot of virtual sex. BBC Domesday Project. 1986 Domesday Book running on its original hardware The BBC Domesday Project was a partnership between Acorn Computers, Philips, Logica and the BBC (with some funding from the European Commission's ESPRIT programme) to mark the 900th anniversary of the original Domesday Book, an 11th-century census of England.

BBC Domesday Project

It has been cited as an example of digital obsolescence on account of the physical medium used for data storage.[1][2][3][4]