From Zero to Hero: Cool (Free) Resources to Make Your Online Lessons Amazing
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Let’s face it, if your students are bored in your lessons, you’re bored too. Luckily, there are tons of resources available on the internet which can help you make your lessons amazing – and your job that much more enjoyable. Let’s look at resources to make your online lessons amazing.
We’ve spoken before of the resources we often use in our online (and face-to-face) lessons, but here are a few more which you can use to give your lessons a little bit more oomph.
Online resources for lesson plans:
Delta publishing publishes some really useful books for teachers (and students) but they also have made available digital slides for you to use in the classroom. Register and you can download slides on certain language points for you to use in your online classroom. Lesson plan sorted!
Linguahouse has an awesome range of lesson plans. They are on a range of topics and for different ages and levels of learner, and they include videos, audios and worksheets – everything you need for your lessons. They have paid subscription plans but they also have a bunch of free lessons.
Online resources for classroom tools:
This is a platform which allows you to create videos to share online. For the online classroom, you can record videos – with audio, images and video – and send them to your students for homework to create a flipped classroom, or you can record yourself giving feedback on an assignment. The best thing is, once you’ve created a video, you’ll have it forever. This is a subscription service but there is a free option.
Online resources for activities:
News in Levels
A news site with a difference, this site gives you short news articles in three different levels, so you can use them no matter what level your student. If your student finds the article too easy, they can read the more advanced version. The articles are current and topical, which is great for keeping your lessons relevant and interesting.
Make Beliefs Comix
This site allows you to create your own comic or download ready-made comics for use in the classroom. You can even ask your students to create their own. There are handy lesson plan ideas for how to use the comics you make.
Online resources for games:
British Council Learn English Kids
You might be familiar with the British Council sites for their CPD articles, reference articles and lesson plans, but the Kids site also has a range of games, songs, videos and activities for Young Learners. Great to use for a two-minute brain break or as an introduction to a lesson.
Kahoot is a quiz games site. You can create your own quiz or you can choose a ready-made quiz. Students see the quiz questions on your shared screen and input the answers on their own devices through the app or website. It can also be used to add a gaming element to homework revision.
Online resources for homework:
A great site full of videos made my other teachers. While we’re sure you’re a great teacher, it is a good idea for your learners to be exposed to other teachers. Plus, if you assign your students a video for homework, this will save time in the lesson for the student to practise the language with you – and it’ll save you presenting the language!
All EFL lessons need lesson plans but sometimes we can all use a little help to make our lessons a bit better. There is no need to reinvent the wheel, so instead you can make use of these rad resources to make your life a little easier.
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Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.