San Francisco bans facial recognition software (16 May 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"San Francisco has become the first city in the USA to ban facial recognition software." Try the same news story at these easier levels: Big Brother - Level 0, Big Brother - Level 1 or Big Brother - Level 2 Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)
Breakthrough in bio-printing of new body organs(May 07, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Scientists say they have greatly advanced the possibility of being able to reproduce the body's organs via the use of 3D printing." Try the same news story at these easier levels:Bio-printing - Level 4 or Bio-printing - Level 5 Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)
Laptop ban goes into effect in certain countries(March 29, 2017)- a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A number of airports in the Middle East have started implementing the ban on taking laptop computers on board planes." Try the same news story at these easier levels: Laptop Ban - Level 4 or Laptop Ban - Level 5 Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)
Une fiche d’exploitation autour de la notion « Visions d’avenir » et la problématique suivante : « Is technology harmful? »
Voici les documents proposés pour travailler le thème de cette semaine :
Petit powerpoint(modifié le 18/01/2016) suivi d'un brainstorming à compléter
sur la notion d'idée de progrès que je m'apprête à aborder avec mes permière et terminale. Créés par Mathieu Vandorpe (Ac. Bordeaux)
The ethical dilemma of self-driving cars - Patrick Lin - a lesson
"Self-driving cars are already cruising the streets today. And while these cars will ultimately be safer and cleaner than their manual counterparts, they can’t completely avoid accidents altogether. How should the car be programmed if it encounters an unavoidable accident?
Patrick Lin navigates the murky ethics of self-driving cars..." (ed.ted.com)
Man gets world's first bionic eye (24 July 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A man in Britain can see again because of a new bionic eye.
Ray Flynn, 80, became the first patient in the world to get the new device, which is an artificial retina." (breakingnewsenglish.com)
"This EFL lesson is designed around a short film and poem by Gary Turk and the theme of isolation caused by the use of new technology. Students watch a short film with no sound and speculate about the story it tells, read a poem
and discuss digital technology, social media and isolation." Time: 90 minutes (film-english.com)
Apple unveils new Apple Watch (September 12, 2014) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Apple has finally unveiled its much talked about smart watch.
Many thought CEO Tim Cook would show us the iWatch but instead he announced the coming of the Apple Watch." (breakingnewsenglish.com)
Pause culture : Living a simple life, in a techless world + Videos
"Cet article se fait l'écho d'une réaction au monde actuel et sa dépendance aux nouvelles technologies.
Peut-on vivre dans un monde sans technologie?
Les témoignages évoqués ici donnent quelques éclairages sur le type de vie que cela impliquerait... " (coursanglaiscevennes.blogspot.fr)
People use technology more, sleep less(August 09, 2014) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"People in Britain now spend more time watching TV, gaming, and using their mobile phones and computers than sleeping." (breakingnewsenglish.com)
listen to a BBC radio clip about automation and do a comprehension activity
look at the future continuous
Technology is Great: Level: B1+
"In this lesson students start by matching adjectives to images of London.
Then they focus on reading skills and vocabulary to describe business.
The extension activity practises presenting a product." (teachingenglish.org.uk)
Amazon.com testing drone delivery service (December 04, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The online store Amazon is testing a new method of delivering packages to customers.
It wants to start using drones to get packages to customers, in just 30 minutes.
The drones are small, remote-controlled helicopters called 'octocopters'. They look like toys." (breakingnewsenglish.com) SEE Cartoons and Videos
Samsung unveils new smartwatch(September 7, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Samsung has entered the newly-emerging smartwatch market by unveiling its multi-function timepiece, the Galaxy Gear.
It is a digital watch with a difference." (breakingnewsenglish.com)
Black Mirror "is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that shows the dark side of life and technology...
Charlie Brooker explained the series' title to The Guardian, noting: "If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side-effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror, my new drama series, is set. The 'black mirror' of the title is the one you'll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, a smartphone." "
+ List of Black Mirror episodes (Wikipedia)
Black Mirror microsite at Channel 4
"Charlie Brooker, the writer of E4's Dead Set, returns with a suspenseful, satirical three-part mini-series that taps into collective unease about our modern world." (channel4.com)
How to make your TV a touchscreen - 25 October 2013
"LJ Rich demonstrates some cutting edge technology in Singapore which could turn your big screen into a touchscreen for just $75 (£50)." (BBC)
3D TV ex : "The Alioscopy technology ... ideal for use in a variety of industries, including media and entertainment (film, video, casino gaming and advertising/digital signage), scientific, medical, architectural, and design visualization." (spike.com)