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Irish ELT Teachers & Technologies Survey Presentation

Presentation on the Irish ELT Teachers & Technologies Survey with full Advice/Comments for Beginners. Please SHARE, PRINT and POST. Originally presented in Dublin at the Digital Hub for MEI and the IATEFL LT SIG by John Whipple. Updated 5/12/13

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We haven't done this before.
Distribution channels
were non-existant or inaccessible.
Irish ELT is divided between those who get emails from MEI/ACELS...
...and those who don't.
Be comfortable in the fact that
there are a lot of you and you have a lot in common.

Meet your new friends.
CPD is
learning to the task?

shows the flame of intrinsic motivation is
still lit.
have brought their own device to class.
wifi fails
In Ireland,
the EU HQ of Google, Ebay, Paypal, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo!...
Yes 27%
I’m not sure 20%

17. Does your school / institution encourage
students to bring technology to class?

(the Irish 'no'?)
Frame a proposal for reconsidering a BYOD policy.
Enhancement of Learning or Enhancement of Distraction
Ambiguity or
Strictures or
18. Do you encourage your students to bring technology into class?

Yes 40%

No 60%
Comments suggested a need for delineation during conversations on school and classroom technology use.
Avoid overlapping these themes in conversations.

Delineate then discuss.
1/3 Group Governance
• Mutually Respectful Liberty:
Teacher Technology Tolerance

• Consideration of learner preference:
Teacher Neutrality

Teacher as curator and guide to effective autonomy

• “Ask a human first” policy:
Prioritising Life 1.0

2/3 Access and Facility
• The
of images

• The
of dictionaries (online or paper)

• Compatibility issues hampering full use and
equal access

• The
practicality of and obligation


• Disappointing school
(poor sound/projectors)

Things beyond the human power (and other issues)

Young learners must text their friends
Compliance with school policy
Develop wise, delineated,
policy-generating conversations.
It's just one
Keep carrying out case studies and doing action research. But share. Wisely.
10% don't use tech.
Main 3 obstacles:

Lack of Awareness
Practice Time

+ Assumes you don't use tech to please your boss or because you like it.

- Talks about hardware/software instead of learning
The odd question:
We are the first generation to have these conversations.
Conversations become our culture which become our policy.

We are already leaving a legacy.
90% use tech.
Which of the following would make your use of ICT even more successful with your learners?
36% Technical Training
38% Being able to Share Ideas

48% Pedagogical Training
Main 3 essentials:
Advice to beginners
Push buttons, don't be afraid. For the love of all that is good in the world, test things ON THE DEVICE YOU INTEND TO USE before you go into your class.

Don't be scared to experiment in the classroom. Do not use the interactive board just as a whiteboard.
It has many interesting uses and the learners will benefit a lot, and so will you.

ICT is an integral component of modern language learning. Use it.

• It's an exciting new world that your students are experiencing outside the classroom so it makes sense to use it in the classroom too.
Thank you.
Irish ELT teachers &
technologies survey
LT SIG Conference :: Dublin 30 Nov 2013
John Whipple

adapted from a 2012 survey of Russia by Gavin Dudeney for the British Council

with thanks to MEI, the IATEFL LT SIG ELSTA and ACELS
adapted from a 2012 survey of Russia by Gavin Dudeney for the British Council

with thanks to MEI, the IATEFL LT SIG, ELSTA and ACELS
John Whipple
Irish ELT teachers &
technologies survey
LT SIG Conference :: Dublin 30 Nov 2013
Give it a try. In many ways, it's like using pen and paper.
Have a go! Play around with any equipment already in place. Try to get some training. Talk to colleagues with more experience than yourself. Share ideas.
They should try to observe classes where ICT is being used and they should attend training sessions online or in person and also begin to familiarise themselves with what's available via literature online or in teaching journals
-Be curious.
-Have a good grasp
on what you're doing.
-Plan and be prepared.
Set aside a little time to get to grips with some form of ICT you'd like to use. You Tube it, ask for training or assistance from someone you know at school who could maybe help. When you feel relatively confidence, try it out in a class you know well which trusts you and who you trust. Sometimes things fail, sometimes they succeed. Go for it!
Go online to find turorials/webinars and resources. Also attend workshops and organise in-house workshops too.
My advice would be that you don't have to use technology in a complicated way, in order for it to be effective.
Start off with simple concepts to incorporate into your lessons - word games on an interactive whiteboard, copy and paste images that you think will help elicit vocabulary to the slides of a whiteboard before a lesson, use different colours and graphics to users of all ages, to heighten visual appeal, instead of using black text all the time, etc.
I would also advise that you should never take for granted that the computer, DVD, video link will work on the day!
From past experience, it's always better to double check that the ICT that you wish to use, actually works in the classroom that you will be based in and even then have a back up activity for the days when technology decides to hate you and stop working for no apparent reason!
Also, it is a good idea to allow YouTube clips and Netflix shows to pre-load, so that they don't skip.
Get trained and make sure you have good equipment. And always have a non-ICT Plan B.
Just do it. Check out Film-English.com. Want to know anything? Just ask Google!
It makes your life as a teacher easier and allows your students to gain more of an understanding of things that they may not have through previous work in the classroom.
Absolutely go for it. It is not a gimmick. Students are already using the technology; bringing it into your class will bring English closer to the students.
You are missing a lot of fun.
Start with the basics and introduce it gradually.
Ask for advice from your colleagues.
Be prepared for a steep learning curve.
Know how to work everything before you bring it to class.
Don't wait for your school to train you - go and find and fund the courses or your students will be ahead of you.
Do what you feel comfortable with. Don't feel you must use certain types of ICT just because others do.
Seek ideas from more proficient /confident colleagues. Start with "small & manageable" tasks ALWAYS ALWAYS do test run in advance of trying out something new with a class. Access the excellent articles in English Teaching Professional journal: They are REALLY PRACTICAL, down to earth, genuinely applicable to EFL, simple, and they tell it like it is!
Don't be afraid to experiment and try out things
Start small-learn to master
one new aspect each week.

Just start. We are all at different stages of ICT development, so it is completely pointless trying to measure yourself up to others.
Just try it!! Start small like with a Word Doc or PowerPoint, something that you can do from start to finish at home and which you know you can do perfectly…Then get bigger from there!!
You will be surprised at how beneficial it is to both the teacher and learner. My advice would be to not hesitate and take the plunge. Seek out training and persuade you school to invest in ICT.
Advice for new technology users from EFL Teachers in Ireland
Full report and survey results at
from the 'Irish ELT teachers and technologies survey' conducted October/November 2013
of survey participants
don't know if,
don't have or
have poor
school wifi.
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