Beyond the Digital Revolution in ELT

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Date: 10th May 2018

Time: 16:00 – 17:00

Room: South Wharf

Presented by: Patrick Pheasant 

Is technology the future of English language teaching, or simply a competitive strategy for an age seized by competition? After all, “disruptive innovation” has impacted teaching and learning English in ways we could not have imagined even five years ago. Disruption is in the air – or so it seems…

Poor concentration is a modern condition. According to research by Microsoft, our average attention span is now just eight seconds – one second shorter than a goldfish! And technology is heavily implicated. The neuroscience of digital distraction proposes that digital systems, rather than adding efficiency, could be causing an attention crisis in modern society. If digital is a culture and a thread that now runs through every single part of our schools and colleges, then we need to turn our addiction to distraction into “focus”, a concept some are now describing as the new I.Q. in the modern workplace. It’s time to push the boundaries on outdated workplace practices and explore new ways to inspire and engage digitally connected staff and students, and drive innovation and creativity.