TeachMeet Xmas

Here is my Show and Tell presentation. Yet another wonderful TeachMeet with many ideas, practical and inspiring.

 

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FLIP Lessons

Wow! Another fast and furious TeachMeet took place last night at Shore nestled in the heart of North Sydney. It is unbelievable how fast a 7-minute pechakucha flies through. See below for my presentation on FLIP lessons in the languages classroom.

If you have the opportunity to attend or contribute to a TeachMeet, do it because it’s a night of fun, ideas, inspiration, conversation and support from an amazing bunch of educators.

UStream

Yay – success!

I managed to follow my plan to have Year 9 French write and create their own animations using Domo. See one here.

Despite some initial hiccups in actually getting the site unblocked (during the lesson) by the IT crowd, they worked quickly to produce the animations. I continue to be amazed at how these guys can be shown minimal instructions on using the tool and then have it up and running within minutes. This was a really engaging task that encouraged collaboration and creativity. It was also based on traditional methods in learning the vocab and structures and then applying them in written French. I am adding each of the animations to a wiki I’ve set up so that each student can view and comment on the work done by their peers.

Now, what’s next for this week? Year 8 are learning all about daily routines and reflexive verbs – they are going to create a ToonDoo. More to come on that…

2011 and Twitter

It’s been over a year since I started out with Twitter and I am still singing the praises of this wonderful means of communication between myself and educational professionals out there. I am even more please to have discovered that the Principal of my school is also embracing the phenomenon. It’s the place where I can connect with educators worldwide and be inspired daily.  Anyway, have a look at the video I made for Joe Dale – he asked me to talk about why the MFL Twitterati (basically languages teachers in the UK) is important to me.