Having heard the charismatic and inspirational Helen Myers speak at numerous conference appearances around the country in recent years, it was wonderful to finally make it to one of The Ashcombe Presentation Days and see for myself, the wide range of ICT resources she and other members of the MFL department at the school are using to enhance their pupils’ language learning and cultural awareness. I was not disappointed!
The day was well paced and included Helen’s comprehensive presentation, a tour of the school by the headteacher David Blow, a lovely lunch and some hands-on time in one of the languages multimedia suites.
I also had the chance to chat with the Ashcombe webmaster, David Seume about his exciting MFL Video iPod Project and gain a further insight into his innovative ideas on how a video iPod can be used as an interactive language learning tool. David has kindly agreed to my suggestion of shooting a short video tutorial of him using his video iPod to answer questions about one of the school’s existing GCSE French video clips. I look forward to seeing the results.
One of the talking points of the day was seeing a normal desk become a computer work station in a matter of seconds as if by magic. Watch this short video clip and you'll see what I mean!