‘Soft Skills’ need a better PR Agent.

‘Soft Skills’ need a better PR Agent.

It is 3 years since I made my geriatric foray into the wonderful world of EdTech.  Ok, maybe I am exaggerating the geriatric bit, but not much. As a woman in her 60s I often find myself as the oldest person in the room and often the room shows surprise at my...
Who will tackle the crisis in Education?

Who will tackle the crisis in Education?

It is no surprise that a slew of articles about the teaching profession appeared yesterday May 1st.  Neither is it a surprise that it took a violent physical attack on a teacher the day before, to get the issue onto the National public radar. Sadly, a dedicated...
In Defence of Speaking

In Defence of Speaking

I am not sure when it was decided that writing was the most important measure of English and literature skills. Yes, writing is important, and I would never suggest that English teachers stop teaching the elements of good writing. However, while not all students will...
Understanding Film Soundtracks

Understanding Film Soundtracks

There are at least three standard tracks in any film soundtrack. Dialogue Music Effects Dialogue The dialogue is the backbone of the story. If the writing is not good or the dialogue is not delivered well it really doesn’t matter what else is good. There has...
The Value of Storyboards in the English classroom

The Value of Storyboards in the English classroom

It Began with Disney. In the early 1930s, when Disney was at the height of its creativity in cartoon animation, it was common practice for the artists working at the studio to pin their rough sketches onto bulletin boards. They would do this in order to visually...