Using portable projectors in the classroom

  A few years ago, I bought a small portable projector for use in my public school kindergarten classrooms. I’d been eyeing portable projectors off for quite some time, however, priced at around $500, they’d always been out of my budget. When I found...

My classroom technology set-up

  In the next few weeks, I’m going to write about how I use technology in my classroom. I will begin with inexpensive ways to replicate the kinds of technologies major language schools use, for example, Interactive White Boards (IWBs). From there, I will...

How to plan a great lesson

  I’ve just started studying another of the free online courses on teaching English at Futurelearn run by the British Council. This one is called Teaching English: How to Plan a Great Lesson, and I’m finding it really useful. As always, in courses...

Free online spinner

  A while back, I wrote about a free PowerPoint spinner template you can use in your classes. Today, I want to share with you an editable spinner that you can access online. Is uses are limited only by your imagination (for example, you could put scrambled words...

Top Tip: Personalise your PowerPoints

  A good way to add some texture and variety to your classroom activities is to personalise your PowerPoints and other materials. I often like to insert photos of students into my PowerPoint decks. For example, in a vocabulary review slow-reveal presentation, the...

Alphastrokes Font Review

      Today, I want to talk about a problem many teachers face, that is, having to use resources for your classes that are ‘not quite right’, and my quest for perfect fonts. In the language school that I work for, sadly, one of the primary...