Like Geoff, I’m an associate tutor at The University of Leicester. I have also worked as an EFL teacher, a CELTA and DELTA trainer and done other teacher and assessment training work. To complement work on my teaching I have completed various interactive multimedia training courses. I now run a dedicated server to facilitate the setting up of online teaching platforms and have written various articles and a book on moodle which I’ve found to be a particularly useful ‘free’ learning management system: http://jswebdesign.co.uk/moodle.
If you have questions on any aspects of using TALL – Technology Assisted Language Learning – I’d be happy to try to help. Simply post a comment at the bottom of the page.
STATUS QUO of TALL
Next, it’s worth finding out about the status of quo of TALL
Articles like Dudeney’s are helpful. Dudeney intro
Also, the Wikipedia entry on Educational Technology has a lot of useful links and explains key concepts from different angle.
Here are a few more introductions to TALL:
Easy Introduction article Use of tech2012
Powerpoint Presentation by Dr Rogerson Revell on Directions in CALL Directions in CALL
Article on Uses of Technology Use of tech2012
Article on Blended Learning Blended Learning
For a more comprehensive background try ICT4LT. The ICT4LT website is a collection of training modules in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for Language Teachers. It was initiated with funding provided in 1999-2000 by the European Commission and has been regularly updated ever since.
There’s a great reading list on Jane Hart’s site. The rest of the site is worth exploring, too, as it provides accessible, useful information.
Various associations/conferences have webpages, which provide useful background information on key issues. It’s really worth going to one or two of the conferences to network and find out about interesting projects around you. Free online access to these conferences is becoming common, though the interaction may not feel so personal that way…
Alt C http://www.alt.ac.uk/altc
TESOL CALL Interest Section http://www.call-is.org/info/
International Association for Language Learning Technology http://www.iallt.org/
Educa Berlin http://www.online-educa.com/ claims to be the largest global e-learning conference.
There are endless blogs related to TALL. I imagine the number is quite overwhelming if you are new to the area. Here are some good starting points:
There’s also a useful extended list of blogs on http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/
There are masses of tech tools available for teachers now. Here are just a few to get you started:
Russell Stannard illustrates useful tools and their applications through videos in an accessible way: http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/
Nik Peachey has provided a useful starter on http://blog.wiziq.com/top-10-edublogs-all-online-teachers-must-follow/
Jane Hart’s Centre for Performance Technologies lists and annotates hundreds of useful tools: http://c4lpt.co.uk/
Other tech tool sites:
Geoff Jordan has a section on concordancing on http://canlloparot.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/concorndancers-and-elt/
The Compleat Lexical Tutor has some interesting tools for vocabulary investigation and development. http://www.lextutor.ca/
The Linguistic Funland TESL Page Resources for teachers and students of English. Maintained by Kristina Harris, who describes it as “…a stepping off point for TESL/TEFL people into the wonderful chaos available on the Internet.” Kristina Harris also manages the ESLoop. http://www.linguistic-funland.com/tesl.html
Edvista Some good things here: http://edvista.com/claire/call.html
Useful EFL sites is a glossary which I set up a few years ago, which you are free to contribute to. To use it login as a guest.
Here are a few of the many journals related to TALL. They often provide useful evidence-based assertions.
The Internet TESL Journal A monthly web journal of teaching resources and ideas: Articles, Research Papers, Lessons Plans, Classroom Handouts, Teaching Ideas & Web Links. Large, searchable database of EFL/ESL Web links and resources. Can also search through previous editions. http://iteslj.org/
Journal of Technology for ELT https://sites.google.com/site/journaloftechnologyforelt/
The Language Learning and Technology Journal http://llt.msu.edu/
If you’ve got time and energy there are free courses out there which you can take advantage of. Here’s a starter list: