Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Geeky Gadgets website

The website logo
It's always useful to find websites that have texts, visuals, videos and other information that can be used as classroom material. One site I have found is called Geeky Gadgets, which - as the name indicates - focuses on a wide variety of innovations and devices in different fields of technology.

From the website: "Geeky Gadgets is designed to provide up to the minute daily technology news on the latest advances in the technology sector including software, hardware and gadgets from around the world. Geeky Gadgets features in-depth reviews on the latest devices with impartial coverage of the features and developments of new technology."

Link to the website: http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/

The site is divided into 7 sections:
  • Home
  • Apple
  • Android
  • Deals
  • Gadgets
  • Technology
  • Hardware
The section Gadgets gives reviews and opinions of different devices, while Technology seems to be more like news coverage.

The texts are good sources of process descriptions, information about innovations, examples of opinion, comparisons and visuals.

Many texts are fairly short, and written in an informal, idiomatic style. My students like to focus on idioms and slang because they feel it will help them speak more like a "real" English speaker.

Examples of this language from  a short article about Sony's Smartband 2 Companion App:
  • (the innovation) recently made an appearance
  • (someone) jumped the gun
  • the folks
  • managed to grab
  • the new wearable
  • there's no word about (the launch)
  • ..., but judging by (the leak),
  • We'll update you
Link to this article: http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/sony-smartband-2-companion-app-launches-in-google-play-store-new-smartband-2-launch-imminent-05-06-2015/

Many of these examples were new for my students, and some words are used in a way they didn't realize was possible. Since many of the articles are short, they seem easier for students to read, and the new vocabulary is then not so intimidating.

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