Adventure Narratives for EFL ESL Students

Nik Peachey

For a long time now I've really admired and been fascinated by the work of Amanita Design. They have a really unique approach and I love the way they blend photographic textures with cartoon images.

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My blog has moved

Connecting 2 the World

Due to some problems with subscriptions using this blog, I have moved my blog to another platform.


What can a wiiboard do for me?

The Electric Educator

Over the summer, I came across this video by Johnny Chung Lee. This video gained a huge following amongst the ed tech crowd. Johnny Lee''s stated goal is to make technology more accessible by discovering new functions for everyday technology.

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Heroes and idiots

Learning with 'e's

It's been a traumatic week. But strangely interesting too. An enforced stay in hospital for 6 nights has made me sit back and observe instead of participating for a while. The nurses and doctors were absolute heroes of course. Nothing was too much trouble and I was well cared for.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

A Tool for Comparing Words

Nik Peachey

I've just found this very useful tool that allows you to compare words and phrases and how they are used online. It works very simply by taking the two words or phrases that you type in and searching through Google to give you the results for each word.

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A River of Images

Nik Peachey

I love the power of images and their adaptability for teaching, so I can't say that I'm upset to be almost overwhelmed with really great tools for exploiting Flickr at the moment.

Games With a Purpose and a Social Network

Nik Peachey

Well who would believe it? A social network built around playing word games with online partners! This may not sound like a great idea, but I have to say that I'm impressed!

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Create Image Books

Nik Peachey

I've always liked sites that take images and enable you to do something interesting with them. Pim Pam Pum seems to be a company that is remarkably good at helping us to make the most of Flickr images, and I particularly like this little tool called Bookr.

Online Video: What does it have to offer teachers and learners?

Nik Peachey

This series of postings are the result of a training presentation I was asked to deliver for Moroccan teachers of English in Kinitra on 15th December 08.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

Things You Can Do With Your WebCam 1

Nik Peachey

Make Your EFL ESL Yearbook

Nik Peachey

As ever I'm a fool for technology which can make images entertaining and personalise them, so when I saw this I couldn't resist it. Nik Peachey or Austin Powers?

Animated EFL ESL Writing Prompts

Nik Peachey

Here's something that's fun for the weekend and beyond. A site with a collection of image and gif generators that you can customise with your EFL ESL students and add their texts to. This is an example one I created with talking flowers giving a warning about the environment.

Teaching Speaking in Second Life

Nik Peachey

For me, one of the main blocks to really developing online language learning courses has been the inability to supply real communicative speaking practice.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

Online Video: As Knowledge Resource

Nik Peachey

Since the birth of YouTube, the web has seen huge growth in the availability and quality of user generated online video.

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Online Video: As Communication

Nik Peachey

Over the past couple of years online video communication has been transformed, not only price and quality, but in ease of use and accessibility. This tool has great potential for extending the reaches of our classroom and opening access to much better support for distance learners.

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Online Video: Authentic Genres

Nik Peachey

Over the past few years video sharing websites have become increasingly specialised, bringing about the development of different 'genres' of video sharing sites. As online video increasingly competes with TV this has also brought about the development of genres of 'micro shows'.

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Seven Things You Don't Need to Know About Me

Nik Peachey

I have been tagged by Gavin Dudeney for the ‘Seven Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me’ thing… So here are my seven things: 1. My first teaching job was in a prison. While I was studying music at Dartington College of Arts I heard that they were looking for a guitar teacher and a nearby prison.

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Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

Filming in Second Life 1

Nik Peachey

Last Sunday, I was lucky enough to make my debut as an educational chat show host on The Consultants-E' s Edunation Island where I interviewed Gavin Dudeney.

Text to Speech Movies for EFL ESL

Nik Peachey

Yesterday on my Quick Shout blog, I wrote about a new tool called Xtranormal for creating text to speech animated movies. Since then I've had a little time to put together a tutorial video and think about how to use it in the classroom. First I thought I'd show you what extra normal produces.

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Microsoft's free Learning Content Development System

Nik Peachey

When Microsoft start giving stuff away for free, it always makes me curious, and when I spotted this free LCDS (Learning Content Development System) a while back I decided to download it and give it a try.

Exploiting Image Sequences

Nik Peachey

I have to admit that when I first saw Bubblr , I thought it was just a simple tool for adding speech and thought bubbles to images, but when I started to try it out I discovered that it can do far more than that.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Artificial Intelligence Chat bots and EFL ESL

Nik Peachey

Earlier this week I posted a short article to my Quick Shout blog about a new site called Virsona that enables teachers and students to develop their own AI ( Artificial Intelligence) chat bots.

Naming My Sources: Part 2

Nik Peachey

In the first part of this series aimed at sharing the sources of the information I blog about, I focused on sites which spread the word about new technology or websites.

Photo Assignments for EFL ESL Students in Second Life

Nik Peachey

One of the things that I really like about Second Life is the rich visual imagery and the creativity that many of the builders there have put into designing their Islands. We can exploit this along with the Second Life snapshot tool to create stimulating projects for our students.

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Manga images for EFL ESL

Nik Peachey

Many of our younger and even older students are exposed to and enjoy 'Manga' type cartoon art work. Face Your Manga' is a site which enables you and your students to easily create manga type image avatars, so I'd like to explore a few ways we could use this site for EFL ESL development.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.