Resource Round-up: Stay a step ahead with EdTechTV

Resource Round-up: Stay a step ahead with EdTechTV

“My podcast focuses on the crossroads of education and technology and explores practical ways to merge the two.”

-Brent Warner, host of EdTechTV and co-author of Compelling Conversations – Japan

Are you looking for more fun and informative resource to help you find the best ed tech resources for your English language classes? Are you seeking honest, concise reviews on the latest and greatest in ed tech? How about savvy, focused discussions of current educational policies and interest topics? If you answered yes to any of the above, I strongly recommend listening to Brent Warner’s EdTech.TV!

EdTech TV Illuminates Options and Tradeoffs

I’ve talked about Brent Warner, educator and co-author of Compelling Conversations – Japan, before. His innovative educational podcast has a simple mission – encouraging teachers to use more 21st century technologies in the classroom. In the internet age, teachers of English as a Second or Foreign Language have a wonderful selection of supplementary classroom materials available. Yet sometimes so many choices can be confusing and overwhelming too.

That’s one reason I deeply appreciate Brent’s work on EdtechTV.  I trust his judgments, and he can filter exceptional tools from simply clever options. EdTech.TV significantly reduces educators’ anxieties when it comes to finding new material. With thoughtful analysis and practical advice, the highly personalized podcast series directs us to the best choices given the real world conditions in our classrooms and time restrictions.

Explores Social Media and Educational Policy Consequences Too

EdtechTV also highlights social media as an academic tool where we are all teachers and all learners in professional learning networks (PLN). EdtechTV also explores a variety of education-related topics framed by current events. The short, digestible format (typically 20-25 minutes) includes recommendations for supplementary apps, further reading, and one “Non-Tech Rec” from the host, ranging from life hacks to new must-see TV.  It’s a simple, yet effective, format for hectic teachers.

A recent favorite, “Episode 046 – Alternative Facts, Fake News and CRAAP Tests” features Warner, a speaker at this year’s CUE conference in Palm Springs, asking pointed questions about the place of academic integrity in the Trump administration and discussion on the CRAAP test as a citation evaluation method. You can hear the full episode here!

Have you heard EdTech yet? How do you keep up with ed tech choices for your classroom? What podcasts or YouTube videos do you find most helpful? Let us know!

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About the Author

Eric H. Roth teaches international graduate students the pleasures and perils of academic writing and public speaking in English at the University of Southern California (USC). He also consults English language schools on communicative methods to effectively teach English.Roth co-authored Compelling Conversations: Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics in 2006 to help English language learners increase their English fluency. Recommended by English Teaching Professional magazine, the advanced ESL textbook has been used in over 50 countries in English classrooms and conversation clubs. Easy English Times, an adult literacy newspaper, has published a monthly column, “Instant Conversation Activities,” based on the book since 2008. The first specific version for a particular country, Vietnam, was published in 2011. Compelling American Conversations came out in 2012, and Compelling Conversations – Japan arrived in 2015. Eric enjoys sharing reflections, resources, and teaching tips on this #ESL #EFL #ELT blog.

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