|24 July 2006 at 09.45|
|ICT & Modern Foreign Languages: Leading the way|
MFL teacher Joe Dale devotes his ninth ICT blog to the ins and outs of becoming a Lead Practitioner
June was a busy month. I ran my Dragonfly Training course Integrating ICT into the MFL classroom in Manchester, Birmingham and London.
Representatives from Heinemann visited Nodehill to check out pupil reaction to three interactive games I helped to design for their new French course Expo. I was booked to speak at both The Language Show and BETT in Olympia in November and January. Finally, and most prestigious of all, I was appointed as a Lead Practitioner for The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.
The Lead Practitioner Induction Day was held at the home of Chelsea Football Club, Stamford Bridge (see photo above). The event was designed to allow all new and existing LPs to meet up and discuss their individual action plans for the forthcoming year. Fourteen of the Lead Practitioners are MFL teachers, of which five are taking on the role for the first time this year. The DfES funded scheme runs from now until March 2007 during which time each LP must:
For my event, I’m putting on a one-day conference also called Integrating ICT into the MFL classroom in my school on the Isle of Wight on Friday 20th October. I'm going to be covering blogging and podcasting, digital video, eTwinning/virtual learning environments, presentation software, interactive whiteboards and classroom performance systems.
The learning visit is intended to build on what is achieved at the local event. I have suggested to the Isle of Wight MFL Steering Group that we go to one of the free presentation days Effective use of ICT in Modern Language Teaching at The Ashcombe School in Dorking, Surrey. Helen Myers, deputy head and also a Trust LP has pencilled us in for February. Having the chance to see and discuss how technology can enhance the teaching of languages will be a very useful learning opportunity for us all, I’m sure.
As for the training materials, I’ve been writing ‘toolkit’ sessions for The SSAT for two years now. Toolkits are made up of four practical sessions written by teachers who use ICT effectively in their subject area. Toolkit authors are asked to produce:
The toolkits are then used in centres around the country. To find out where your local centre is click here.
My three sessions to date are:
To find out more about the toolkits and how to become a trainer or toolkit writer visit the SSATrust
To see photos from the Lead Practitioner Induction Day, the Heinemann visit and The Dragonfly Training days, click on the Flickr badge on my blog
If you would like to come to the one day conference ‘Integrating ICT into the MFL classroom’, simply complete the booking form on The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust’s website when it becomes available from mid to late August and keep checking my blog for more details.
See Scottish CILT link about the conference here