Presenter profile: Gavin Dudeney

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Gavin Dudeney is a nothing short of a legend in the ELT profession.

Gavin DudeneyI’ve had the privilege of seeing Gavin present on many occasions and have always found him to be engaging and entertaining while at the same time offering a balanced perspective on why and how we should be using in our teaching. I’m delighted, therefore, to have the opportunity to see the man in action again at the upcoming IATEFL conference in Glasgow next week.

Gavin has kindly taken time out of his busy schedule to discuss his presentation with me.

Here's how Gavin describes his session:

Having worked with EdTech in teaching and training since 1990, I have seen a wide range of tools come and go over the years. In this session we will look at the history of EdTech and examine where we are today: what have we learnt from the past, which technologies survive, and where are we heading?

He also answered a few more questions:

What should your audience expect to learn?

I think it’s sometimes useful to take stock. I want to show how technology often mirrors other things in our daily lives. When I was writing the talk I noticed how you could map various ages of technology to methodologies in our profession, and I think there’s something in that. So, not sure what we’ll all learn – maybe it’s something simple like that EdTech is here to stay and we need to work with it, rather than reluctantly alongside it?

Tell us about your blog.

I blog about technology at, but not as regularly as I would like. I’ve been cutting down my electronic life, turning off at 6 p.m. and not working at the weekends unless I can help it. I think we’ve lost sight of a good balance in our lives and I’m trying to redress that in my own life, at least. I’ve decided not to measure my life or my professional worth by numbers of readers, tweets, followers or friend and I feel a lot more mellow for it!

What other aspects of the conference are you looking forward to?

The social – catching up with old friends, hanging around in bars and finding out what people are doing. The wonderful range of plenaries, the evening events, a whole bunch of sessions that I probably won’t get time to go to. Oh, and feedback on our new conference app so we can make it perfect for next year

Thanks to Gavin for sparing the time to talk with me. Looking forward to you session!


Wednesday March 21
Session 2.4
14:35 - 15:35
Alsh 2 (96 Audience)

Gavin Dudeney
Past IT - from CALL to EdTech: A History

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