Thursday, March 23, 2017


The subject of ‘Technology’ frequently comes up in the IELTS Speaking exam. You may be asked to talk about something you own, your favourite websites, how technology has impacted on education etc.  You’ll need to show the examiner your ability to express yourself using as wide a range of vocabulary as possible.

Monday, March 30, 2015

10 Educational Technology Quotes

As an educator, I am always looking for new and interesting quotes to use in the classroom. I use them on handouts, assignments, worksheets, presentations, as classroom decor, and most importantly, I use them to spark debate.

Here are ten quotes relating to educational technology that provided me with some food for thought:

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” – Bill Gates

“There can be infinite uses of the computer and of new age technology, but if teachers themselves are not able to bring it into the classroom and make it work, then it fails.” – Nancy Kassebaum

“New technology is common, new thinking is rare.” – Sir Peter Blake

“Teaching in the Internet age means we must teach tomorrow’s skills today.” – Jennifer Fleming

“It is important to remember that educational software, like textbooks, is only one tool in the learning process. Neither can be a substitute for well-trained teachers, leadership, and parental involvement.” – Keith Krueger
“Any teacher that can be replaced with a computer, deserves to be.” – David Thornburg

Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event. – Heidi-Hayes Jacobs

“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” – David Warlick

“It is not about the technology; it’s about sharing knowledge and information, communicating efficiently, building learning communities and creating a culture of professionalism in schools. These are the key responsibilities of all educational leaders”. – Marion Ginapolis

“Education is evolving due to the impact of the Internet. We cannot teach our students in the same manner in which we were taught. Change is necessary to engage students not in the curriculum we are responsible for teaching, but in school. Period.” – April Chamberlain

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Time Machine (beginners)

Find out how the time machine works. Click here and enjoy yourself.
 Click on the link to practise vocabulary
Information Technology

Science And Technology

Interactive activities

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014


You can use these links to learn more about electricity:

Describing a process


The imperative
One common feature when describing a process, such as the instructions for how to make a particular dish, is the use of the imperative.The imperative form is made by using the bare infinitive of the verb (the infinitive without 'to'). Here are some examples from the programme. The imperatives are in bold. Note that in these examples there are no grammatical subjects 

  • "Use a minium of four eggs per omelette ...."
  • "Heat the oil, not too much heat, just heat it ... "
  • "Put just one tablespoon of water, not milk, in with the egg ..."
  • "Mix the eggs up, just lightly beat them with a fork ... "
  • "Pour that into the hot pan ... "
It is possible to use subjects when describing a process like this. The subject most commonly used is 'you'. For example:
  • You use a minimum of four eggs ...
  • You heat the oil ...
  • You put one tablespoon of water ....

Linking words
When giving a series of instructions it's more natural in speech and writing to join the different instructions together with linking words.

There are many different linking words that can be used to describe a sequence of instructions that are part of a process. Two very simple, but commonly used ones areand and then. Here are some examples from the omelette instructions.
  • ... lightly beat the eggs then pour them into the pan ...
  • ... Turn the heat down and then use your fork ...
  • ... And then just put a knife underneath and flip the omelette over ...

PRACTICE. Click on the links to practise how to describe a process
BBC English. Listening/ Reading

Linking by the numbers
It is possible to list and link instructions using 'ly' adverbs based on ordinal numbers - i.e. Firstly, secondly, thirdy ... etc .

Here are some simple instructions for using a breadmaking machine using this method.

"Firstly, put all the dry ingredients into the pan. Secondly, add the water or milk
Thirdly, put pan into the breadmaker and finally select the right programme and press start."
Note that the final instruction rather than being from a number is usually finally orlastly.

This method is useful for short lists of instructions only, with a maximum of three or four items. It is possible to carry on indefinitely but it is not natural to do so in spoken English. 
More linking words & expressions
The first thing you do is ...
To begin with ...
To start with ...
First ...

And ...
Then ...
And then ...
Next ...
After this ....
Following this ...
When (this is done) / (you've done this) ...
Once (this is done) / (you've done this) ...
While (something else is happening) ...

EndingFinally ...
Lastly ...
To finish ...

+ verb in imperative form
(infinitive without to)
PRACTICE. Click on the links to practise how to describe a process