No, I’m not on double duty, nor am I doing a double shift. Yes, I was (am) a Registered Blogger for Liverpool Online (IATEFL Conference). Yes, this is the third blog post about IATEFL Chile’s 2013 Conference (in Valdivia) and the British Council IATEFL Chile Week (in Santiago). And yes, I blog about English Language Teaching Worldwide and especially in Chile because it’s important to get the word out to our colleagues.
Besides, nobody likes “stale news”, but it requires effort to stay up to date, current on the latest trends. First of all, however, let’s recap and then come up to the present:
This year the British Council invited ELT bloggers interested in reporting on this year’s annual IATEFL conference to become a ‘Liverpool Online Registered Blogger’. Click here and you’ll see all of the registered bloggers, a singular honor in itself, which also came with responsibilities for helping share the conference with those who could not attend, a unique form of crowdsourcing if you will…
The list of registered bloggers is impressive, and more importantly, is spread out over the globe, making the coverage of the conference provided by the bloggers both local and global -glocal- as each blogger has both a local and an international following, though obviously not distributed in a 1-1 ratio.
As you can imagine, I highly recommend you check out each of the blogs in the list, as they are all highly dedicated and motivated ELT professionals, making a positive contribution to ELT through blogging. To speak frankly, I believe that it is a good idea for you to sign up to follow the blogs listed. I have read each one, and personally vouch for the high quality of each blog. I suggest you check them out and if you enjoy reading up to date info about ELT, then you should follow them. I follow all of them.
Now, each Liverpool Online Registered Blogger was expected to write 2 or 3 blog posts during the conference about the video content (streamed or recorded interviews or video sessions) published on the Liverpool Online site: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2013
Here is my initial blog post, at the start of the conference.
Here is my second blog post, also anticipating the conference. I was obviously quite excited, like a runner waiting for the starter’s pistol to go off, excited, a bit nervous, and anxious for things to get underway! So, I previewed what the following days would bring. I looked at Sir David Crystal, Dr. Jun Liu, and Sir Roger McGough, sharing information about them all, including a link to the conference program at the end.
Roger was a surprising but pleasant revelation. Here is a bit about him from Wikipedia: Roger Joseph McGough CBE FRSL (born 9 November 1937) is an English performance poet, broadcaster, children’s author and playwright. He presents the BBC Radio 4 programme Poetry Please, as well as performing his own poetry. He is an honorary fellow of Liverpool John Moores University and President of the Poetry Society. Obviously Roger is a cultural icon, and a more than appropriate addition to the recent IATEFL Conference held in Liverpool.
In a similar vein, and true to my philosophy of letting people speak for themselves, and interpret their creativity for themselves, I posted The Hook: Helping Students Love English, Sandy Millin’s interview at IATEFL. I felt this was not only instructive, but informative of the great work being done by passionate teachers in ELT today.
And now, with that somewhat lengthy Prologue out of the way, I now come to Nicky Hockly’s session, “Moving with the times: mobile literacy & ELT“. Here is how it was advertised:
“From games and apps to augmented reality and moblogging, mobile (or handheld) devices are now part of the fabric of daily life. In this workshop we explore practical classroom- based projects and activities that can help develop your learners’ English language skills and an increasingly important 21st Century skill – mobile literacy. BYOD (bring your own device)!
If you have seen it already, you know how great it was, if not, I will not spoil your fun by telling you anything that might reduce your enjoyment of her session.
Gavin Dudeney is the connection. I am looking forward to attending his Public Talk, “Digital Literacies: From Theory to Practice.” Just as in Nicky’s talk in the video below, it would be very wise to BYOD (bring your own device). I’m definitely going to do so!
Gavin Dudeney Bio:
Gavin has worked in language education for the past 24 years and co-run The Consultants-E, working primarily in online teacher development and training. A former coordinator of the IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG and editor of the SIG newsletter, he is currently Chair of the Electronic Committee (ElCom).
Gavin is currently writing a book on mobile learning with Nicky Hockly, to be published in 2014.