On Tuesday I had great fun at a Links into Languages event at Southampton University. Whilst their year 8 pupils were off having fun in language sessions a group of dedicated teachers crammed themselves into the Links into Languages resource centre. Amidst frenzied activity we managed to finally prove that I am no techno king- I really couldn't get to grips with that darned air-con unit! But the constructive, positive attitudes of the teachers involved and the experiences that they shared made for a really enjoyable few hours. I hope the ideas I shared then are helpful to anyone reading this now!
Using a shortened version of a ppt I'd used last week in Hereford we were looking at creating a spontaneous environment, breaking free from the teacher having all-powerful control and allowing pupils to be able to express themselves creatively, free from the constraints of their being a correct answer and then to have the power to argue their point using the language they want to use. We then moved on to looking at the role ICT might play in this, using highly motivational, effective tools to allow free expression and creativity. However, these really were just some of my ideas and some provided by great practitioners such as Rachel Hawkes, Greg Horton, Chris Harte and Neil Jones- I'd love to hear yours and keep the conversation alive.
Part 1: Thinking of your learning space and the learning content