Tuesday, August 5, 2014

[Teach Abroad Blog Carnival] Teaching and Technology

Today I'm hosting Reach to Teach's monthly Teach Abroad Blog Carnival. The blog carnival is a monthly series that focuses on providing helpful tips and advice to ESL teachers around the globe. If you'd like to contribute to next month's Blog Carnival, please contact Dean at dean@reachtoteachrecruiting.com, and he will let you know how you can start participating!

Reach to Teach: Teach Abroad Blog Carnival - Teaching and Technology

I currently teach English in South Korea, a country where technology is so abundant that even the little first graders all have smart phones! As you might imagine, technology is also prevalent in schools here. But when I taught ESL in Spain, my schools were the exact opposite.

This made me curious to hear from other English teachers around the globe: How much do you rely on technology, and how useful is it?

That's the prompt that this month's blog carnival participants answered in their posts:

Carissa Peck - mELTing activities

"Easily Make Reviews into Gameshows"

Quite often I am the teacher whose eyes glaze over when technology is mentioned. It isn't that I don't like technology. Rather, I feel that so often teachers use technology as a crutch. Instead of enhancing their lessons, they forget their lessons overall. This blog post goes in depth on why I love using the website Kahoot with my class. I also discuss why technology is often overrated, and why it can be a great asset to the class.

Carissa is a crazy cat lady who teaches to provide her cat with the lifestyle in which he has grown accustomed. She has taught all students from preschool to adults and believes that technology can be a great tool for innovation and laziness.

Dean Barnes - Reach to Teach Blog

"Teaching and Technology"

Technology has fast become a part of most people's lives and professions. Certain professions out there can only exist with the help of technology. What my entry hopes to show is that technology is a great additive to teaching, but it is not essential for teaching.

My name is Dean, I have been traveling for around 4 years now with a small stint back in my home country. I’m from the UK and I began my teaching career on the island of Bali. I then made the move to Taiwan where I currently reside. Here I have the joy to fulfill my passion for writing by providing ESL/travel related articles to the Reach To Teach website.

Rebecca Thering - Rebe with a Clause

When teaching ESL in Spain, my schools hardly used any technology. Here at my elementary school in Korea, however, we use technology every day. I've compiled a list of the ten websites that I use the most to plan and successfully deliver my classes. Although we rely heavily on technology, I share why the best combination is a mix of both technology and non-electronic hands-on activities.

I’m a Wisconsin-native currently finishing up a year spent teaching English at a rural elementary school in South Korea. My Spanish skills haven't been quite as useful here as they were when I lived in Madrid, which is where my Spanish nickname Rebe (Ray-bay) stuck. I have an itch to travel, craft, learn, and read – and to make the world a better place!
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