Forays into Web 2.0



Educational project facilitator and teacher in the areas of English language, intercultural training, integration of digital tools and teacher training.

Promoting political dialogue

Notes to self:

There is no aim to this post beyond documenting a conversation that is hard to track in the comments of one blog and in the comments of another blog where I should not have posted as a comment.

I have been exploring how people engage in decisions at various levels including the personal, professional and political, for several years.

Since I had/have a personal stake in the EU referendum in the UK, I both took part in the discussion and tried to follow the different factions. As part of that, although I was on the Remain side, I wanted to make sure that I had the Leave perspective too. I found that Dr Richard North is extremely knowledgeable on the technical aspects of the EU and followed his blog. I also followed Pete North who also seemed to know an enormous amount. Continue reading “Promoting political dialogue”


Free course on the EU referendum in the UK

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Join me in this free 4-week course.

Polls seem to indicate that voters in the UK referendum on whether to stay in the EU do not feel well-informed about the issues so this course is an attempt to remedy that. The course is free but there are a very limited number of places so it will be first come, first served. One of the main aims of the course will be to learn some tips and tricks for being able to discuss a political question in a non-confrontational way. So in each of the four weeks, you will have the option of carrying out a discussion task in your own physical environment with friends, families or colleagues.

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Applying the BL definition

access-933139_1920Let’s see if I can apply the definition of blended learning I came up with in the previous post to a real case. The real case may or may not happen but it is a concrete proposal. I was asked to do some face to face training in a place that most governments of the world classify as a war zone. The topic; how to equip university students to get remote work projects given that …. they live in a war zone with few opportunities. I proposed to offer the 2 day training remotely instead. Continue reading “Applying the BL definition”

BL Definition

Almost at the end of our blended learning course and I am finally coming to an understanding of what blended learning might be:

The process of enhancing learning through the timely and relevant inclusion of digital tools (includes the case where the course is 100% online). Since this is a shift from 100% in the classroom to less than 100%, this implies a loss of control by the teacher and the potential for assuming more control and autonomy for the student. In the best cases this can lead to an increase in student voice and choice.

Some might question the inclusion of digital tools in the above definition but I have difficulty in envisaging a scenario that would not include digital tools. eg learning in the community instead of in the classroom? Even there you would probably use digital photos or audio recording as part of the process.

November in March

Alan November challenged us to think about his six key questions proposed as a way of assessing a teacher’s or a school’s use of technology as part of his keynote at the INTED conference in Valencia this morning. The idea was to challenge the 1000$ question about whether what you are doing is really transformational learning or are you just using a 1000$ pencil? Continue reading “November in March”

Webinar: Implementing blended learning

Being in the middle of a PLP blended learning course, I could not pass up the opportunity to attend the webinar put on by Nicky Hockly of The Consultants-E on the topic since I have worked with Nicky since about 2009.

How to distill the essence of blended learning into 45 minutes? Here’s how Nicky did it. It should be noted that throughout Nicky was referring to blended learning for language learning. Continue reading “Webinar: Implementing blended learning”

Assessments that don’t suck

We are going back a bit here! The reason is that recently I have been teaching adults and they and their employers don’t ask for accountability in the form of grades. I think this is very significant and points to the need to question the giving of grades at younger ages if it is not going to happen in your adult life.

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Blackout poem: ESOL

It is never easy copying content from a pdf to a word processing app and tabulated information never comes out right. So I decided to make my blackout poem as a graphic instead.

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Assessment 3.0

Mark Barnes has discovered a big problem in education and believes he can solve it. That is the aim of the book Assessment 3.0 sub-titled Throw out your gradebook and inspire learning. The problem is that grades get in the way of learning and are not even very good at reporting on the amount of learning that has taken place when they are given. Continue reading “Assessment 3.0”

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