For the second time in the space of a week I was back in Ireland on Saturday to deliver some more training on using ICT to enhance the teaching and learning of modern foreign languages. On this occasion, I was in Maynooth for a repeat of the French.ie course I gave exactly a year ago to the day.
In essence, the material I covered was the same as before (PowerPoint for whole class teaching, Teachers Pet and free utilities such as Spellmaster, Toolkit for Teachers and Turbo Mots) although this time I did also show include a session on podcasting.
Colleagues who heard about the course through the French.ie forum came from all over the country. They were a lovely bunch, very enthusiastic and particularly liked having a comprehensive booklet and CDrom to take away with them so they could practice at home.
In light of the positive feedback of last year's event, The National Centre for Technology in Education decided to commission Julianne and Ruth from Tailored films to video key points of the workshop and produce a ten minute clip to appear on French.ie in the coming weeks. Watch this space for more details.
Like last year, at the end of the course I passed round my iRiver and asked colleagues to record their thoughts of the day. Click on the link below to hear what they said.