Voices: Life as Lived in China

Learn about the trip National Geographic photographers Ami Vitale and John Stanmeyer’s took to China, to record everyday life as part of the National Geographic Learning Life as Lived Photographic Expedition. The goal of the Life as Lived project is to commission content with which to illustrate the education materials

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Capturing Culture in your Classroom

Music, food, language, dance, stories and decorations. These are just a few of the ways that people express their cultural heritage. As a photographer, one of the most exciting parts of my work is discovering and photographing different cultural traditions around the world. When I visit a new place, I

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Personalization: Tiny steps at the shallow end or diving in at the deep end

The previous post in this series looked at how personalization in the classroom helps to build rapport, add authenticity and make classroom activities more motivating. It’s an aspect of teaching that is normally seen as beneficial and desirable. However, integrating personalization into your teaching is not without ‘risk’, according to

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Become a Citizen Scientist

Become a Citizen Scientist (Using Your Phone!) Did you know that you can contribute to scientific research using only your phone? Scientists around the globe are calling on anyone with a camera or a computer to help contribute to our knowledge of the world. This movement is called Citizen Science

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Personalization in the ELT Classroom

Why do we assume personalization is good for language learning? The idea of ‘personalizing’ language learning naturally has positive connotations; after all, an ‘impersonal classroom’ doesn’t sound like a very pleasant place to be! But in what ways does personalization actually enhance learning? Primarily, personalization in the classroom can lead

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TED Talks work for all levels – try it!

What’s the best level for introducing TED Talks? All levels, including beginners. Teachers and learners love TED Talks because they feature big, fascinating ideas that learners want to talk about.  And with the right TED Talk, one that offers a big idea and the opportunity for students to learn and

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It’s Good to (TED) Talk

If I told you that TED Talks started in the same year that one pound notes were taken out of circulation, Virgin Atlantic had its maiden flight, Michael Jackson released Thriller, and Ghostbusters, Gremlins and The Karate Kid were some of the year’s biggest films, what would you think? TED