New Tools, New Opportunities, Personal Learning Networks


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Talk given by Independent Languages Consultant, Joe Dale from the UK at the American Association of Teachers of French convention in Montreal on 6th July 2011. See for links and for more information about the speaker.

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  • Vignette of 5 years ago, how has changed, how will change in future. Breaking down the walls of the classroom with Web 2.0 Core ideas publishing work to a real audience to make language learning more purposeful, language teachers leading the way.
  • The MFL Twitterati, a supportive group of language professionals interested in sharing good practice in language teaching with or without ICT. Now you may ask what is the difference between a language forum and Twitter. Well Twitter allows you to build your own personal learning network. You can follow and block who you like, protect or unprotect your tweets as you wish whereas a forum doesn’t allow the same degree of personalisation. You get what you’re given essentially. Twitter is also real time. You can keep updated about the latest events as they happen. Twitter is not about following the minutiae of your favourite celebrities, it is an awesome tool for improving your own continuing professional development or in the words of Isabelle Jones, a blend of the personal and professional For example through Twitter I know that ... Jose Picardo cooks a mean Sunday roast, Lisa Stevens and Chris Fuller are mad Liverpool fans Annalise Adam has a dog called Merlin And Helena Butterfield loves her caravan. Why is this information important, you ask. Well it means through Twitter, I have got to know my virtual colleagues as real people not just names in a forum. This is why when the MFL Twitterati meet up at conferences like this there is such a buzz around the place because they feel as if they know each other already.
  • Here is a nice quote from Alex Blagona about the effect twitter has had on him. Carry on tweeting … Marie O’Sullivan post
  • Here is a Wordle of the tweets sent in response to the question What does the MFL Twitterati mean to you? As you can see what the community values the most is the support and ideas it receives. Now let’s watch a short clip to see exactly what they wrote.
  • New Tools, New Opportunities, Personal Learning Networks

    1. 1. New Tools, New Opportunities, Personal Learning Networks AATF Convention, Montreal – 6 th July 2011 [email_address]
    2. 2. Context Isle of Wight
    3. 3. Let’s start with a blog
    4. 5. Accessing higher order thinking skills …
    5. 7. The networked teacher
    6. 9. Coming to terms with Twitter ‘ What started as a few language teachers 'tweeting' about what they were doing has become well over 100 from around the world.  It's quite hard to comprehend having a virtual staffroom of that many people with good ideas and opinions.  It has led to teachers publicising articles on their blogs which ordinarily I wouldn't have seen, I find out about events for professional development that I wouldn't have known about, and it has, without doubt put me into contact with some very influential educationalists who have taken time to give me guidance and advice. Coming to terms with Twitter - Alex Blagona April 2010
    7. 11. Making lists
    8. 12. Organising your PLN
    9. 13. Hello Tweeple!
    10. 14. MFL Flashmeeting
    11. 15. TES – Flash Forward April 2010
    12. 16. MFL Times
    13. 17. MFL Show and Tell
    14. 18. ICT Links into Languages Conference
    15. 19. Two Stars and a Wish Purpose, audience and content one-click publishing Real communication Assessment for learning Secure environment Promote global citizenship Pupil voice Celebrate your pupils’ work Feedback Comments
    16. 20. The educational value of podcasting <ul><li>pupils or staff can listen when and where they want, at their own pace, in a relaxed environment </li></ul><ul><li>the process of recording and editing can deepen pupils' understanding of key concepts </li></ul><ul><li>pupils can listen as many times as is necessary for them to embed ideas </li></ul><ul><li>pupils can have opportunities for pupil voice, peer assessment and collaborative work </li></ul><ul><li>scripting and producing can facilitate pupils’ accessing higher order thinking skills </li></ul>
    17. 21. From 11% - 50% in two years!
    18. 22. Around the world with 80 schools
    19. 23. Learning languages with one stop animation
    20. 24. Les fables de la Fontaine - La Cigale et la fourmi
    21. 26. C’est où?
    22. 27.
    23. 28. QR codes in education
    24. 29. MFL edapps
    25. 30. My French Coach
    26. 31. MFL Digital Stories
    27. 32. MFL Storybirds
    28. 33. One in three overwhelmed by technology
    29. 34. Findings <ul><li>Britons overwhelmingly viewed new technology such as mobile phones and social networks as a positive thing </li></ul><ul><li>38 per cent of 10-14 year olds felt that too much of it could be upsetting </li></ul><ul><li>34 per cent of 25-34 year olds reported feeling similarly. </li></ul><ul><li>Young people, however, did not say that they favoured digital communication over face-to-face. </li></ul><ul><li>65 per cent of adults said they preferred communicating in person, the same was also true for 64 per cent of children. </li></ul>
    30. 35. © SAP 2009 / Page
    31. 36. New Tools, New Opportunities, Personal Learning Network [email_address]