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I've always believed that technology has an important role to play in enhancing motivation and outcomes for our MFL students.
But I do not believe for one second that it is the be all and end all. In fact, more and more during the last few years I've been favouring paper options rather than technological whizzes and bangs. But that's not to say that there aren't still some fantastic things to be done- blogging, podcasting, Voicethread, Padlet, Audioboo for moblogging, loads of things...
However, next February, the 8th and 9th, Languages South East will be hosting their 4th annual ililc conference at Southampton University. The conference is founded on the ideals of implementing technology in MFL technology, but this year I'm delighted that it's taking a step back from pure technology and really putting the emphasis on reflecting on the pedagogy behind its use.
With keynotes from Joe Dale and Clare Seccombe and workshops from some of my favourite presenters, including Amanda Salt, Isabelle Jones, Sam Broom (who I'll FINALLY get to meet after many years of fun conversations online), Lisa Stevens, Suzi Bewell and Dom Traynor, who I'm really looking forward to listening to.
The other great thing about the conference is that there's an early bird rate available for the next week (sorry I haven't got this out earlier... been a bit busy...!)