Made to Measure Seminars
We have a wide range of face-to-face teacher-training seminars pre-prepared for some of the most popular Information and Communication Technology Tools in used language education. We can usually adapt any seminar to suit the needs of your school.
These seminars usually between three and four hours each. There’s no problem choosing part of one and putting it together with another seminar.We would be more than happy to give you help and advice on which seminars complement each other well and the sorts of themes that could be covered. Just get in touch via our Sign Up Now! page.
Interactive White Boards. In this, our most popular seminar, teachers look at the use of IWBs for a variety of language teaching ideas. We learn quick and simple techniques to allow IWBs to become a part of your day to day teaching technique, making sure that your students, not the technology, are the focus of the lesson. These seminars include a list of invaluable apps, links and software to really bring classes to life using IWBs.
Podcasts. You don’t need an iPod to be able to use Podcasts! The more iPods and Mp3 players become popular with our students, the more valuable podcasting becomes to us as teachers. In this seminar we study podcasts produced by teaching experts both for students and by students. We then continue on to look at how to use existing podcasts in our teaching, as well as recording our own spoken podcasts both in class and as homework activities.
Organised Online! (How to Better Manage Your Online Activity.) This seminar introduces two essential tools (RSS and Online Bookmarks)to help you keep your online teaching well organised and your web based resources easily accessible. We will also look at how to create lists of useful web links (for example practice, pronunciation, listening etc) for students and how to keep them up to date easily.
Digital storytelling. Using tools available on almost every computer, this seminar will show you how to tell, (and get students telling) captivating, visually stunning stories that will hold and audiences attention completely. Yes, we’re talking about PowerPoint, but not like you’ve ever seen it used before. learn simple tips and tricks that you can pass on to your students so that you and they can create not just a presentation, but an enthralling and memorable moment of storytelling. everyone who has done this seminar has loved it and said it completely changed their view of “boring old PowerPoint.”
Online Polls & Google Apps. Asking and answering questions is an integral part of communication. This seminar focuses on the communicative uses of polls for students, with great ideas for academic English and higher level language students. For teachers polls are useful ways of getting feedback from the class, doing needs analysis etc. For schools, polls can be a valuable way of checking students and customers are happy with the school’s performance. One of the key Google Apps for Education suite of tools is used in this seminar.
Web Based Activities. Through a series of web based activities teachers build up a repertoire of lessons which are quick and simple to prepare as well as being highly versatile in terms of language level and theme. These seminars look at WebQuests, InfoQuests and Internet Treasure hunts prepared by internationally known teachers among other activities. N.B. The “Web Based Activities” seminars contain multiple activities and could quite usefully be spread over several seminars.
Moodle and Virtual Learning Environments. In these seminars we will look at quick and simple lessons to prepare for students who have access to a school’s VLE. We will study methods of materials development as well as looking at free repositories of E-learning lessons ready for teachers to copy and use with their learners. We will look at e-tutoring methodology and practical ways of improving our own e-tutoring. Participants will need access to a VLE (such as Moodle) for this seminar. Digitalang can provide a “sandpit” VLE for the duration of the training.
Edulogs and Blogging. Teachers study several different styles of blog including student blogs, teacher blogs and class blogs all run by recognised experts in the field. In these seminars teachers then go on to look at setting up blogs and study a series of quick and simple lesson plans and ways to use blogs with their learners.
Wikis.These invaluable tools which allow any language class to get online are a godsend to language teachers looking for new ideas for their teaching. In these seminars we look at a number of wiki-based projects and collaborative learning solutions before moving on to set up our own wikis and look discussing practical lesson plans and ideas.
Microsoft Word – Hints and Tricks for Language Teachers. Most language teachers will have used Microsoft Word at some point in their teaching careers, but do your teachers know how to use macros to make student worksheets quickly and easily, do they know how to use a template to make sure all the students handouts they produce look smart and presentable? This seminar looks at the more advanced features of Word that are useful for teaching languages.