April 20, 2007

Tomorrow's teaching is today

I was presenting a keynote this morning in a Slovenian school to about 100 eTwinning teachers, ambassadors and European Commission-y people, a Slovenian school where Skype is on and available, where the connection speed is rapid and the welcome one of the warmest you can hope to get. The audio from my talk to Primary Leaders of the Future, given on Thursday, provides most of my main points (minus the visuals, of course):

Download ewan-mcintosh-dlft-keynote.mp3

The talk was based on the one I delivered to Modern Languages teachers in Oxford a few weeks ago and the notes over there are perfect for those wanting to get stuck into some new technologies for language teaching and collaboration. The notes from Congres Frans should be fairly comprehensive for those wishing to read more about les nouvelles technologies pour l'apprentissage des langues instead of the English version. The MFLE ICT links should help a lot, too.

I'll be doing three workshops next taking what I did en francais about tools back in Holland and turning it into a workshop in the fullest sense of the word. Instead of presenting more stuff and potentially blanking them I want them to discover something new and think about how they could apply it in a collaborative project - and maybe even start a new international project there and then.

The bouquet of technologies and pedagogical starting points will probably include:

  • Collaborating for planning:
    • GoogleDocs: Sign up for a free account here (or use your existing GoogleMail login) and several people can edit a document 'live', in real time. Great for planning timelines (using the Spreadsheet) or sketching out ideas (using the Word-like docs). All participants need to have been invited by the person who set up the original document so it's very safe and secure.
    • PBWiki: For longer term more public working, or for creating a very simple website quickly, use a wiki such as PBWiki or Wikispaces. My preference is PBWiki because it looks nicer ;-) and does not carry any advertising if you're a teacher. The education region East Lothian Council uses a wiki for both designing safety policy with all the teachers and students affected as well as for providing a support community - everyone with some expertise can share what they know. Your ideas are invited here if you have time. There are some videos showing how others have used it: Link to http://educators.pbwiki.com/PBwiki-educator-videos
  • Digital Storytelling:
  • Keeping safe and sensible:
    • East Lothian's documents and, coming soon on this blog, how we go about bringing students, teachers and parents on board. I'll be doing it later on so that we can compare with some of the issues already raised in more 'restrictive' European states.

More to come very soon with those interesting comparisons hopefully and some solutions for teachers in these different and sometimes difficult situations.


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re your keynote podcast: Glad to have been of use as an example of aged intransigence ;-p
Are you saying that the dancing guy was fulfilling an ego-trip? And are you in fact saying something which WS described as the incompatibility of crabbed age and youth? Or is it because you only see how funny something is because you know how much work went into doing it?
I think this is probably pay-back time ....

Well, the "dancing guy" was only four years old so I don't know if his ego was that finely tuned, but I wouldn't be surprised.

Hi, I've attended your workshop today and enjoyed it tremendously. Thanks for informing us about so many wonderful tools and showing us how to use them in practice. :-)
Warm regards,

I downloaded this podcast from iTunes and listened to it whilst shopping in Sainsburys last night. Did get a few odd looks as I kept nodding and 'grunting' in assent as you made a good point, but my shopping was much more enjoyable than usual.
I heard the presentation in Oxford and was blown away by the logic of it all but a little overwhelmed by the wish to do it all which is not the point - and listening a second time made it easier to be selective and think about where to start. I will listen again - and pass it on to my colleagues as I think it should be heard by as many people as possible.
I have now edited 3 Wikipedia entries and bought a Nintendo DS - to use at school of course ;-) - I'm now considering my next action - I'm toying with the idea of some kind of a podcast for staff at my school - and the world!- to improve their Spanish ready for 2010 - in the meantime, I'm telling them all to subscribe to Coffee Break Spanish!
Thanks for the inspiration Ewan!

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