Learning Design Review

Learning Design Review Work with us to build more inclusive and effective learning products and systems and bring positive change to the worlds of education and work To make an inclusive, effective, standout learning experience – that actually does what you want it to – you must go beyond content creation! At LearnJam we review … Read more

All we need is fun? A review of InnovateELT 2018

When I saw the word “fun” in the title of this year’s Innovate conference, I’ll admit I was skeptical. It reminded me of an article I’d read a few months previously entitled, ‘Millennials Don’t Want Fun; They Want You To Lead Better’, which got me thinking: if we replaced ‘millennials’ with ‘students’ and ‘lead’ with ‘teach’, would that be a fair reflection of the needs of our students today? Moreover, could we extend this viewpoint to incorporate teachers, namely that they also don’t want fun at conferences, and instead want their practices to be challenged?

Slated translating keyboard app: reviewed

This app is both my dream and my nightmare. I love learning languages, and anything that enables me to understand and communicate in more of them is a fantastic tool. On the other hand, if tools like this get too good, my life’s work (as a creator of English language courses and resources) – and my future income – will be wiped out with a few swipes of a touchscreen.

Product Review – Macmillan IELTS Skills App

IELTS Skills is the award winning app from Macmillan, helping learners with skills and techniques necessary for achieving high scores in all four papers of the academic IELTS exam. The app goes into detail about what to expect in the exam, helps improve necessary skills and gives tips and guidance to help learners on the day they … Read more

Review: Writing For a Purpose

Writing for a Purpose is a collaboration between the British Council and Coventry University aimed at improve the writing skills of English Language learners heading to an English-medium university, specifically those in the UK. The project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, focuses particularly on the different types of academic writing that students … Read more

Product Review: Lexicum

Lexicum  is an app designed to help “the 1.5 billion learners around the world with mastering foreign language vocabulary”. It sets itself apart from repeating a word (“boring and ineffective”), personal vocabulary books (restrictive in terms of the order in which the words can be reviewed) and other flashcard apps (they don’t help you learn … Read more

Guest eBook Review: Managing Education in the Digital Age

Managing Education in the Digital Age  Choosing, setting up and running successful online courses Andy Hockley and Fiona Thomas Smashwords Edition The Round Increasing numbers of educators are interested in teaching online. What does setting up an online teaching operation involve for the various stakeholders? For anyone interested in the answer to this question, this … Read more

Review: Lingua.ly

Lingua.ly offers learners an opportunity to look up and save words they come across when reading online articles in another language and then recommends relevant texts for the learners to read in order to extend their vocabulary and improve their reading skills. Users can click on any word in an article they are reading online and, after … Read more

Review: Voxy

Most of you will already be familiar with Voxy, indeed it’s not the first time that they’ve been mentioned here on ELTjam. But as we have developed a new system for reviewing EdTech products, we thought it would be nice to run their language learning tool through and see what came out. Voxy launched in 2010 … Read more

Review: Olive Green

It’s Manhattan, or somewhere similar, and the James Bond style music plays loudly as we cut from a cityscape to a young woman, dressed in black, walking up an outdoor staircase and into a rooftop apartment. We see that her hands are bloody as she opens the metal flight case she’s carrying. We watch as … Read more

Hugh’s Reviews: Snappy Words

As the dash towards digital becomes ever more frenzied, so Scoop It and other ‘curating’ (how I loathe that term!) mechanisms become ever more clogged with uncritical propaganda bombarding decent teachers with endless things that we’re all supposed to be keeping up with if we are to survive as teachers in the 21st century . … Read more

Hugh’s Reviews: Lingro

Hello there – Welcome to Hugh’s Reviews. This is the first in a series of posts that aim to explore and consider a range of different tech tools and sites aimed at ELT practitioners and at EFL students. As the number of such things seems to increase exponentially week on week, it becomes ever harder … Read more

Case Study: British Council Palestine and Gaza Sky Geeks

CASE STUDIES British Council & Gaza Sky Geeks Developing an English communication skills course to support graduates in Palestine in the digital economy. Since 2011, Gaza Sky Geeks has been propelling Palestine’s digital economy and future technology leaders to transcend borders through cutting edge peer-led education and true grit. Website Overview Freedom of travel and … Read more

Less is (nearly always) more

You’ve probably heard the old adage, ‘less is more’. But how does this apply to learning design and content development? How might we go against our instinct to keep adding?

Case Study: Inner Ambitions

CASE STUDIES Inner Ambitions Enabling better conversations about race and racism at work through interactive, reflective online courses that promote sustainable behaviour change Inner Ambitions provide programmes that support businesses in creating an environment where all employees can grow, thrive and make a lasting contribution towards business success. Website Challenge What do workplace learning and … Read more

Case Study: Faraday

CASE STUDIES Faraday Helping a purpose-driven start-up to develop a set of key learning principles and lesson content, aimed at widening access to trade apprenticeships. Faraday backs hard-working people pursuing careers in critical industries with training, career placement, and mentorship. Website Project purpose Faraday was founded by Alex Coleman, who had grown up in a … Read more