Last Saturday, I had the exciting opportunity to fly up to Scotland and lead a national ICT event for Scottish CILT: Listen, Speak, Read, Write Web. at the Jordanhill Campus of Strathclyde University. The day concentrated on how technology can enhance creativity and raise standards in language learning and despite the heavy snow fall that morning delegates still travelled from all over the country to attend.
Based in a Mac suite, but booted in Windows mode, I was grateful to my twitter network to support with advice on keyboard shortcuts and the lovely David Muir who was on hand throughout and even popped out to pick up headphones at a moment's notice.
In the first session, we looked at ways of promoting listening and speaking skills using free tools Audacity, Cue Prompter, Levelator, Voki and VoiceThread and In the second, we focused on Wallwisher, Domo Animate, Wordle and Teacher's Pet for improving reading and writing.
Prompted by a tweet from John Johnston, David recorded an AudioBoo for the Edutalk website at the end of the hands-on workshop which included reflections by Alasdair Bauld, a modern languages teacher from the highlands of Scotland who had to get up at 4.30 to make it to Glasgow on time!
The rest of the delegates' evaluations can be read in the document below. Suffice it to say, I am delighted with them!
Thank you to Mandy Freeman-Clark and her team from SCILT for coordinating the training session and for Catriona Oates for getting the ball rolling in the first place.