Every year around this time the ELTons Innovation Awards are presented. There are always some very good nominations and I’m glad I don’t have to make a decision as it must be really difficult to choose the best in each category.
This year, I’m particularly happy about two of the awards:
Keynote by Cengage Learning (National Geographic Learning) won the ELTons for Excellence in Course Innovation.
I was involved in the authoring of some of the digital IWBs, online workbooks and ebook versions and it was a real pleasure to read through and work with the material that is created around selected TED talks.
I also had the pleasure of meeting and talking to some of the authors and editors of the series at IATEFL in Birmingham.
As a teacher, I have used TED talk and other videos and material I created around them in my classes and they are usually popular with students. The authors of Keynote have written engaging course materials using TEDtalks as a basis for all skills and they help students gradually understand, learn and use the authentic language from the talks and language that is related to and expands on that used in the talks. The material is also personalized and learners get to critically engage with the topics of the talks and either write (an essay, letter, email, etc.) or prepare and give a presentation at the end of each unit.
Digital Video: A Manual for Language Teachers by Nik Peachey won the ELTons for best Innovation in Teacher Resources
Nik crowd-sourced the budget for this multimedia ebook and I contributed because I thought it was a fantastic idea, I was curious about the book and wanted a copy and it allowed me to follow the process of creating this ebook.
What is particularly great about Nik winning this award is that he self-published the ebook. This is very encouraging for those who have self-published or have been thinking of doing it.
Two well-deserved winners of the ELTons!