I am an English language teacher in Japan and I teach with and without the use of technology in the classroom.
I’m a language learner as well, and I try my best to find time to learn Japanese and French, although I am not always successful. Personally, I find reading is the best way to learn as I am absorbing vocabulary in context with a story and can notice grammar patterns.
Why is my blog call tekhnologic?
I wanted to originally name by blog technologic, but like most ideas, someone else had already thought of it first. I tried to think of a better name, but nothing appealed to me. Finally, I decided to change the C to a K because of tekhne, which is part of the origin of the word technology but it originally meant art or skill.
So, the name of my blog isn’t a spelling mistake, but a combination of technology and the English language and its history.
Why did I start tekhnologic?
I started this website because I own plenty of books that offer low-prep activity suggestions, but I haven’t seen much information about effective ways to use Microsoft® Office® in the classroom.
There is plenty of educational technology available and there are countless apps, but I was less interested in the latest app and more interested in balancing simple and easy to use programs with my own teaching style.
So, I thought I would share my experiences of the things I have tried out. Some worked well and some needed more development.
Is it all about technology?
No. As much as I enjoy using technology in the classroom, I am equally as happy with low-prep activities and using nothing but the board, a handout or pen and a blank piece of paper.
I include some of these activities and ideas in the tekhnologic lite series.
I hope that my experiences as a teacher and a learner will continue to help me write this blog and that I will keep learning, trying and sharing.
Check out these posts if you want to learn more about why I started tekhnologic.
My Story was part of a blog challenge where ELT bloggers shared their personal stories. I chose to write about why I started this blog and the people who were a positive influence in its creation.
I wrote How Blogging Changed Me after watching the Blogging for Professional Development webinar by Sandy Millin. I started to reflect about why I blog and how blogging has affected me