Despite the title, this is not just about ‘Twitter’.
The role of technology in language teaching has been debated since the first use of the tape recorder and the language laboratory, but never so keenly as today. The universal availability of the internet and social media, the development of interactive whiteboards for the classroom, and the proliferation of online and blended courses mean that more technology is available to language teachers and learners than ever before.
But does it work? Or are we seduced into using technology because it’s fun and because it’s there?
Our two speakers, Alan Waters and Nicky Hockly, will debate the issues surrounding the use of technology in language learning and teaching. Please come along, have your say, ask questions – and join in the vote.
Very entertaining debate! Shame about the synchronisation. Still, fantastic job from you all to bring the interviews & sessions to those of us who couldn't make it there.
Have embedded this in my blog, with suggestions on how to have a class debate.
I heard a lot more discussion about professional development than language teaching - they're not the same! Where were the ideas for getting students on twitter and other social media in order to learn languages? Alan wins the debate by default for me.