This week’s BBC Digital Planet podcast had some great stuff about education and technology and how they are driving each other forward. The obvious question for me is, am I making the best use of technology in classes? I have long utlized the internet to bring content into the classroom, whether it is podcasts or video content I have downloaded via bittorrent. I have also tried to encourage students to blog. Why? It’s a format that allows me to engage with them very easily, and provides them with valuable writing practise. Generally speaking I try and avoid writing exercises in class, simply because that means they are paying me cash to sit and watch. Rather than teach.
There are two main issues in teaching Business English though. The first is time. TEFL’ers don’t earn a fortune, and tend to pack as many payable teaching hours into the week as possible, at the sacrifice of non paying preparation time. I am no exception to this. The second issue is with the students – they are all busy professionals, and just making time to make it to class can be difficult. Blogging? It never happens!
Still, this podcast was both interesting and thought provoking. At the very least, a reminder that technology and education can work together – you just need to find the best methods and mix to suit your own classes.