Using Ed Tech The Right Way

A good prompt for discussing the role of technology in the classroom:

Tips For Teaching With Tech

Tech is becoming the norm in the ELT classroom.  It’s an expected part of any teacher’s toolkit and any school’s curriculum.  Teachers are blending and supporting their face to face classes using useful tools found on the web or platforms like EnglishCentral.  However, teachers have to think it through so they don’t trip up. I […]

My Perfect Classroom

“The problem with our profession is that there is too much teaching and not enough learning”. I said this recently during a discussion and I think it is such an important point to understand about “teaching” a language – that we have to get away from delivery systems that are teacher directed and more towards […]

Key Questions To Ask Before Purchasing Educational Technology

Too often schools don’t ask themselves the right questions before they purchase educational technology.  What ends up happening is that the tool is ill suited for their needs and there is frustration on all levels. This can be avoided by a thorough process before any purchase of educational technology – a process of evaluating needs […]

TED Talks

Many advanced students benefit from watching and studying the best TED Talks on EnglishCentral. We now have a course of all our best TED videos so students can study them in one handy place.  View the course >>>> You can find all our hundreds of TED Talks video lessons through our video search feature.

The Top 5 Strategies To Increase Student Engagement Online

This article by our CEO and Founder,  Alan Schwartz originally appeared on Xconomy. Read the original here. Good teachers often say that “95 percent of good teaching is just getting students motivated.” Online learning presents a new opportunity to both measure engagement and create learning methods that increase it. Facebook sets the high bar for […]

Online teacher or Teacherpreneur?

Are you an online independent teacher or a “teacherpreneur“? If you are, don’t think that EnglishCentral isn’t suitable for you to use. We actually cater to both big schools and universities as well as the individual teacher who may be teaching online or at their home or office. EnglishCentral offers academic discounted pricing to individual […]

The Problem with English Writing Instruction

A friend of mine wanted to join a PhD program in Applied Linguistics. He hoped to become a linguist, and to work on developing second language reading and writing instruction. He had a meeting with a leading professor in the field, and asked him about the current state of second language writing research. The professor’s […]

Giving Students More Control: Learning 3.0

I call what Alan November advocates, “Learning 3.0”. (see the video below) It is about giving students the space and tools to make their learning relevant to the world. REALLY relevant and actual. Make them active in the community, bring them alive to their potential. THIS is schooling, learning, education and whatever sticker you want to […]

Educational Technology: Then & Now

EnglishCentral is a leader in the use of educational technology and in particular video for language learning. It’s exciting, so new.  But it is useful for us when developing new technology, to remind ourselves how far we’ve come, so we may better orient towards where we are heading. Technology has been used in education since […]