Using Flipgrid with ESOL students

Flipgrid is a basically a video-making and sharing tool that is quite easy to use with ESOL students with fairly limited digital skills. I have used it at Level 1 and Level 2, but colleagues are using it regularly with lower (entry) levels. Teachers do not have to be a super techy – once you…

A grammar app for ESOL

1 What is it? It is a mobile phone app called CorrectMe English Grammar help 2 How do you access it? you can download it for free. There is a free basic version you can use but also a premium version which you pay for. 3 What don’t you like about it? It works only…

Lingbe

Lingbe has a language exchange system. So it’s basically a give and take app where you are both the teacher and learner. Overall, it’s a fun way to make friends, learn cultures and learn a new language especially English. Although there are many apps like Lingbe that connect with native speakers, I have selected it…

Tasker – Automate your phone

Tasker is an Android app which performs tasks (a set of actions) based on contexts in user made profiles or home shortcuts (widgets). It drastically extends the ability of your phone. It can be used for a lot of things – for example: Launching Spotify when headphones are connected Setup a birthday message to be…

The benefits of playing FIFA

About the game: FIFA is a football game where you control a team and play as them e.g. you can play as Arsenal, Barcelona etc. In FIFA you will do exactly what you will do in real-life football like throwing balls back onto the pitch, corners and everything else you would do in real-life football….

Review of Notion

Notion is a workspace app, used for notes, projects and documents. This application has multiple uses and formats and templates making it very flexible to suit different needs for different users. Here I will talk about the basic tools of Notion and how I use Notion to organize my school work. TemplatesNotion has a vast…

Student Digital Ambassadors Required at City and Islington College!

 Do you: Need experience to improve your employability or help with university applications? Want to enhance your study programme? Like learning about new technologies and social media? Enjoy helping others? We need students to help us improve learning technology, develop digital skills and drive change and innovation! Volunteers should be prepared to commit 1 hour…

A Word of Encouragement As You Begin Teaching Online

These are strange times indeed for those working in education but regardless of whether you are planning to deliver your upcoming lessons with Microsoft Teams, Moodle and Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom and Hangouts or Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams, here is some basic guidance for teaching staff at City and Islington College (as well as…

Creating Digital Stories with Adult ESOL Students

Lois Darlington, the Staff Digital Leader for the Centre for Lifelong Learning, recently agreed to explore creating Digital Stories using Adobe Spark with her Adult ESOL students. Adobe Spark is a free tool that is available to all College staff and students. We worked with the student digital ambassadors to create step by step guides…