As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’ll be in the UK in February to attend ILILC3 or to give its full name, the ICT Link into Language conference taking place at the University of Southampton on 9th and 10th February.
The theme of the conference is Jailbreaking the MFL classroom and there are sessions on
Making the most of Web 2.0 Technologies
The Global classroom
Closing the gap (SEN, SOLO, supporting learning etc)
There are many many excellent practitioners participating – I’m particularly looking forward to sessions from Clare Seccombe, John Connor, Jo Rhys-Jones, Dom McGladdery, Jen Turner and Amanda Salt (to name but a few!) and keynotes by Joe and Isabelle, and I’m really pleased that I’ve been asked to present.
I’ll be delivering two sessions –
|In I want to break free we’ll be looking at ways to break away from ‘chalk and talk’ and involve learners, encouraging them to interact with and demonstrate their understanding as they learn using (mobile) technology. We’ll investigate some ways of doing this using tools such as Nearpod, Socrative and Memrise and whilst I’ll be using my iPad and Mac to present, that doesn’t mean you need a fruity device to join in as some tools are web based and others are both Android and iOS. And on top of that, we’re a friendly bunch so I’m sure people will share!|
|Let out for good behaviour? refers to leaving the classroom being (often) seen as a treat. There are many ways to ‘break free’ of the walls of your classroom, both physical and virtual, and this session will involve both. Participation is required as we explore activities and games, that will enhance teaching and learning whilst bringing a breath of free air to a stuffy classroom. Technology will be involved but you don’t need anything but your imagination and sense of adventure to enjoy the activities.|
On top of the conference, there’s the Show and Tell on Saturday night at which ANYONE is encouraged to share a snippet sized piece of good practice, song or activity. Everyone has a good idea and has something to say so it’s great to hear from new people each year. You can sign up for it here.
Why should you attend?
- it’s excellent value CPD
- the speakers are excellent
- you’ll learn so much
- it’s the friendliest funn-est conference you are ever likely to attend
- you’ll learn as much from conversations as from the sessions
- your batteries need recharging
- if you don’t, you’ll miss @bellaale ‘s sequel to Academy Copout!
- I want to meet you!
And, back to the song at the start. Whilst I’m sure not everyone is at the end of their tether (at least I hope not!), it’s good sometimes to ‘breakout’ from things that are just not working for you, or your learners, look at things from another perspective and find a new ‘way’. Come to ILILC3 and you might just find the inspiration, support and encouragement that you need!