About the Author
Hi! I’m Nicky Hockly, a teacher and teacher trainer based in Barcelona, Spain. I started teaching in 1987, and I’m now the co-director of an online educational and training consultancy called The Consultants-E (www.theconsultants-e.com). My official job title is Director of Pedagogy, and I work in the area of online teacher training and online course design. I’m especially interested in how teachers can start to use ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in the classroom. Our company won a British Council Innovation Award (ELTON) for our online ‘ICT in the Classroom’ course in 2007, and we were shortlisted for another ELTON in 2009, for our teacher training work in Second Life.
My first book for language teachers was How to Teach English with Technology, co-written with my colleague Gavin Dudeney and published by Pearson Longman in 2007. This book won the 2008 Ben Warren International House Trust prize. Gavin and I then co-wrote English as a Foreign Language for Dummies, published by John Wiley Publishing in 2009. My third book is Teaching Online, in the Delta Teacher Development Series, written with Lindsay Clandfield, and published in 2010.
Because I’m interested in technology and education, I maintain a blog called eModeration Station, which has tips and techniques for teachers interested in topics such as online teaching, or mobile learning, among other technology related issues. I also tweet regularly on Twitter, where you can follow me via @theconsultantse. You can also keep track of what myself and The Consultants-E team are up to via our Facebook page, where we regularly add resources and hold discussions on technology-rated issues http://www.facebook.com/TheConsultantsE. And check out our You Tube channel for video recordings of tasks that myself and members of the team have given at conferences: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheConsultantse
Tools and techniques, options and opportunities
Nicky's Recent Blog Posts
One question that I am often asked is: ´How do I become an online tutor?´ Nowadays, language teachers are increasingly expected to offer online options to their learners. Perhaps your school or institution has asked you to start teaching part of your course online. Perhaps your students themselves would like some of their classes to [...]
We all know that online is another country. There will be things that remind you of home in the f2f world. People meet, greet, argue, debate and socialise. You can read, watch and listen to stuff. But then you’ll find cultures and behaviours, and even languages, that seem very foreign indeed. Who, apart from the [...]
What makes a good online teacher? What are some of the key skills needed? Earlier this year, I asked our own team of very experienced online moderators what they thought. This is the list of top ten skills that we came up with: You can read more about each skill in my original blog post [...]
Lindsay and I held our Teaching Online webinar earlier today - you will find the recording here, in case you missed it.
To celebrate the launch of our new book, Teaching Online, my co-author Lindsay Clandfield and I have a couple of goodies up our (virtual) sleeves. 12 online activities, online It seems to us that the best way to spread the word about Teaching Online, is, well, online. So Lindsay and I decided to write a [...]