I've just come across this really interesting Teachers tv video. What I found particularly interesting was that many of the decisions are being taken by people who proudly claim that they've just learnt how to text. Are these really the people who are best positioned to weigh up the entirety of the issue?
Mobiles are here, and I can guarantee you that they're not going away at any time soon- and if they do then it'll only be because they've been replaced by a further step forward along the COMMUNICATION line. So let's educate and guide, rather than shutting our eyes and shoving our fingers in our ears!
By the way, did anyone else like the mobile orchestra near the end? Genius?!
Having blogged the other day about my own Lead Practitioner Seminar (I have a delegate, yay- and all he way from Birmingham!!), I thought I'd mention the other sessions where people will have to put up with my droning in the next few months!
1) SSAT language conference- if you're going to the conference this Thursday and Friday, please leave me a comment now and come say hi then! I'm talking with the hugely dynamic Louise Crossley, and get there early- we're first on on Thursday!
2) Isle of Wight conference, 25th / 26th October- I really don't need to say much about how exciting this event always is. It's a well-known fact that without having attended 2 years go I woud never have ended up on this fascinating learning curve, and hopefully you'll have the same eye-opening experience. With such fascinating people as Joe himself, Mark Pentleton from Coffee Break Spanish and Sharon Tonner, queen of handheld learning, the sessions are set to reach new heights yet again. So hey, to book, Download isle_of_wight_booking_form_08.doc
3) Language Show 2008, 31st October. I'm on the less-glamorous Friday, bu I'm really looking forward to the oppotunity to talk at an event which I usually enjoy as delegate, another one of those things that I never even considered being a prat of when I went as part of my PGCE 4 years ago! 'm on at 3.45, talking about ICT outsde the classroom box.
4) MY SEMINAR- 28th NOVEMBER. Go on, you know you want to...
5) Sara Sullivan's Christmas cracker- I'm so, so excited about this one. Sometimes there are people that you just desperately want to hear talk. Sara's one ofthem. It's a day due to be packed with scintillating ideas, both for language deveopment and revision, all presented in Sara's dramatic style. I can't wait- especially as it takes me back to my place of birth, Chelmsford. So that's on 4th December, and I'll probably blog when I know how to book for it.
6) Neil Jones' LP seminar. Neil's a truly inspirational figure, so if you can't make it down to Devon or up to Stratford to hear him, please please get yourself to Kensington on Friday 5th December
Well, phew. The planning's done, the flyer's now launched and I cn hopefully start looking forward to what promises to be really exciting day. So, November 28th, please please make a date with us at Pilton Community College, Barnstaple (North Devon). If you're worried about the journey, I wholeheartedly recommend you just go for it. Well, I would say that, obviously. But for anyone in the West Country (and beyond!), it should be a really fantastic day.
Now I can't comment on my own speaking skills, but I'll be presenting on the theme of "ICT- thining outside the classroom box", introducing some ways to extend learning beyond our classroom walls in an attempt to catch up the head start enjoyed by all other subjects.
However, the £69 would be good value just to hear Neil Jones speak. Neil will hate me fo saying this, but he truly is inspirational. After hearing him speak for the first time last December, I was blown away. My 4 hour journey home flew past exploring the wealth of fantasatic resources he made available after his session. "Languages, motivation and cross-curricular dimensions" will no doubt leave me and hopefully many of you invigorated and desperate to get back to the classroom.
Session 3's a bit more hands-on- the opportunity to play around on your very own Typepad blog. No credit cards needed and a 20% lifetime discount. All with full support materials for on the day and beyond.
So by this point, and with lunch inside of us, I thought we'd need a bit of get-up-and-go. Capitalising on successful techniques developed for KS2 and ideal for developing a creative, exciting KS3, Jane Full frm Hayle COmmunity school in Cornwall will send us out into the world brimming with excitement for the next day.
Sound interesting? Hope so! So hey, get downloading the flyer below, and then get booking! But if you've got any questions then please don't hesitate to leave a comment for me,use the Kontactr button on the right or send an e-mail to Mrfulleredgehill@yahoo.co.uk