Is India the new place to be? With GDP rising year on year (6.5% in the past twelve months – compare that with the UKs feeble (as in zero) growth over the same period. India is rapidly emerging as the new economic superpower. Pundits are predicting that Educational Technology will be driven by the Indian … Continue reading ELTigers of India and Asia
A quick update for all our happy readers from the International Teacher Development Institute, the new teacher training service that provides a range of extremely cost-effective, online –only professional development programmes. I received ITDI's first-ever newsletter on Friday – definitely worth visiting the site and registering after http://cardsbylisak.com/msh/chinese-viagra-5/ hairspray weight moisture experience with viagra from … Continue reading International Teacher Development Institute – act now!
Last time we had a look at iBooks Author, Apple’s very own self publishing tool. As I mentioned, the main problem – if problem it is – concerns the fact that any ebook written using the iAuthor platform will only work on iOS devices, which primarily means the iPad (though I personally am happy … Continue reading Publishing Yourself, Part 2 – Apple or Kindle?
Tablets are the place to be right now. I am, of course, delighted with my iPad 2 – a constant companion which really has changed the way I work and play (or at least made both much easier). Newest kid on the block – which might just rival the Apple machine and its closest rival, … Continue reading Google announces the Nexus 7
We all have a book in us, so they say. Some, like Harper Lee, only one. Others, like Dickens, are a tad more prolific. Whatever your ambitions, once you start writing, you only have two options – keep it to yourself or publish and be damned. In the good old days, the latter option meant … Continue reading Publishing Yourself – a Look at the Choices
I was sorry to see today that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing – one of the oldest names in US publishing – has filed for bankruptcy along with twenty affiliated companies, including Broderbund and Classroom Connect. Houghton-Mifflin’s poor financial performance has been blamed on the global financial crisis (hasn’t everything?) and falling funding for school text … Continue reading Another one bites the dust…
Increasingly authors are realising that they can cut out the middlemen and produce their books themselves at minimal cost, and with (potentially) much better returns than the average ELT publisher can offer. Two of the best known self-authoring tools are Lulu and Squidoo; both enable the rapid creation and publishing of web-based and hard-copy resources. Squidoo lets users … Continue reading Lulu, Squidoo and the Art of Publishing Yourself
Just bought a £2000 interactive whiteboard? Or spent £500 on the next generation iPad? Dude, like, what a waste of your hard-earned cash. Whiteboards, as we all know, are so last century. What you should be doing is popping down to Specsavers for the very latest in designer eyewear. If you think I have totally … Continue reading Forget the iPad and the Whiteboard – here come Google’s goggles…
Just back from the joys of IATEFL. The conference itself will have been tweeted, blogged and Facebooked to death by now, so I won’t mention it again, except to say (a) thanks to Jo, Kerry, Lucy and everyone else at Macmillan for a stonking party on Weds (so glad no one fell into the Clyde...as … Continue reading New ELT Author Agency Launches
Very interesting news from Pearson this week. Pre-tax profits were up 72%, to $1.8 bn, chiefly due to the increase in digital revenues, which increased by 18% in headline terms to £2bn. This means that sales of digital products now account for 33% of Pearson’s sales. Students using Pearson digital learning programmes up 23% to … Continue reading Marjorie Scardino – laughing all the way to the online bank