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How to get started as an online teacher of English

How to get started as an online teacher of English
Have you thought about teaching English online? Emma Segev Opens in a new tab or window., second-time winner of the British Council's Teaching English blog award, gives some practical tips and useful websites for getting started. When I first started teaching ten years ago, I was extremely sceptical about the effectiveness of online teaching, but since then I have accumulated a lot of experience. I'd like to share with you a few things I've learned along the way. Getting started Contrary to popular opinion, I recommend starting your online teaching career by working for an established company. Creating a blog In the last two years, I've created more of my own materials, usually on the back of envelopes, in notebooks, word files and on scraps of paper. Becoming part of a network of teachers The most important discovery I've made since starting my blog is undoubtedly the British Council's Teaching English Facebook page Opens in a new tab or window.. Managing your time effectively Summing up

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4 Useful Tools for Creating Non-traditional Quizzes July 29, 2015 Here are four great web tools for creating online quizzes to share with your students. We have already reviewed these tools in separate posts in the past and some of you might already be familiar with them. However, for those of you who haven't seen them before, these are web-based platforms for creating a wide variety of interactive quizzes. For more choices on quiz making tools, check out this page. 6 Handy Tools for Adding Text to Pictures June 25, 2015 In today’s selection we curated for you some useful apps and web tools to use to add text to pictures and create classroom posters. Students can use these tools for different educational purposes including visually explaining a given topic, creating greeting cards, designing inspirational quote posters and many more. 1- Picfont ‘With Picfont you can easily : .

Teaching English on Skype (guest post) After meeting up with Sandy at IATEFL Manchester 2015 (having not seen each other face-to-face since finishing our university studies in 2008 – one of the reasons social media is great!) and chatting about the fact that I do most of my teaching on Skype, she asked me to write a guest post on her blog, and here it is! I’ve been working as a freelance English teacher since the beginning of 2013, when I set up my business, Get Ahead in English. I’d just moved to Barcelona, and after teaching at SGI in London for a couple of years, was keen to see if I could strike out on my own! I built up to a full timetable of private students, almost all 1-1 with the exception of two students I taught together, and a group of three students in-company.

CogDogRoo - StoryTools 50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story (return) Note! 50+ Ways is no longer being updated here but over at the new site for 50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story-- It has more organizational features and includes ways for you to add content to the site once you join the new wiki. Six ways to boost classroom participation: Part Three – Embracing different learning styles This is the second article of a six-part series on boosting classroom participation. Last week, we heard about overcoming both teacher and student anxiety in the EFL classroom. In this article, Zarina discusses different learning styles and how to support those students who may not be as receptive to our usual forms of teaching. “There are no difficult students – just students who don’t want to do it your way.” Revell, J. and Norman, S. (1999): p.65.

4 Free Web Tools for Student Portfolios I still have every single project I ever completed in preschool. My dad collected them and kept each one in a grocery bag that he tucked away in the back of his closet. Looking through his collection now, there's nothing incredibly prodigious about the work that I created as a four-year-old boy. I see doodles, collages, coloring pages and awkward attempts at writing my own name. s Question of the Month: March Recap Implementing new technology in the classroom can be difficult. It’s not all that different from adopting a brand new curriculum. Teachers need time to explore and understand the technology themselves before feeling comfortable using it in the classroom. With budget cuts and less funding, the training portion of technology implementation often gets sidestepped. Instead, many teachers come back from summer vacation to find a cart of laptops or Apple TVs in their rooms with no more than a sticky note that says, “Use me.” So, back in March, we asked our loyal Twitter followers the question, “What is the biggest obstacle you face when implementing new tech in the classroom?”

Web 2.0 teaching tools to enhance education and learning — Edjudo 3D Projects Alice – Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment (free) Blender – Excellent open source 3D content creation suite (free, must install) PhotoSynth – A Microsoft web application that takes your photos, mashes them together and recreates a 3D scene out of them that anyone can view and move around in. Windows only. (free)

Quality Matters in Online Courses The demand for fully online and blended learning courses in K-12 and higher education has been growing at a very rapid rate for the past 10 years. The debate of whether online courses are as good as traditional face-to-face courses hasn’t stopped, but there is an interest in ensuring the quality and improvements of the programs. A standard assessment tool called Quality Matters was developed to meet the demand for evaluating online courses. gettingsmart According to Common Sense Media, 95% of teachers agree that using technology increases student engagement and 92% of teachers want to add more technology to their classroom. We at Getting Smart are still basking in an ISTE afterglow… we’d like to share 10 great tools that we were introduced to there and the reasons they are so worth taking the time to master this summer. These are the tools that will transform your classroom in the fall because you will notice the definite threads that run throughout all these applications… real-time, collaborate and creative! Those words together are sure to build a lot of excitement around exactly how educational technology is developing and transforming what school looks like! 1. LiveSlide – Ever have trouble getting students to pay attention and participate during class?

Seven Ways to Break the Consumer Mindset in Schools For the last eleven years, I asked my students to fill out a survey about how they use technology. Although I am now teaching university students, I think I'm going to do a similar survey. The questions are both about technology use (have you ever edited a video online?) to attitudes (what is the purpose of a smartphone?) to beliefs (how are devices changing human communication?)

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