Posts tagged ICT Teacher Training

Erickson RImini Conference HAll

Erickson Congress Rimini 2013

Erickson RImini Conference HAll

Last Friday I was really delighted to speak at the “Qualità dell’integrazione scolastica e sociale” conference in Rimini. The bi-annual conference is a huge event in the Italian education calendar. Something like 4000+ teachers attend each time the conference is held, so you can imagine I was more than a little bit nervous to be invited to speak there. Thankfully I had a significantly smaller room than the huge hall you see here.

My workshop was called “iDidattica” or iTeaching, where I was basically trying to get across the point that simply “digitising” lessons won’t change their quality or pedagogical effectiveness at all. Instead, I tried to argue that we need to adopt a more student-centred approach to our teaching methodology and then apply whatever digital tools suits our needs. One methodology that might achieve this I argued is Project Based Learning. I suggested four key tool categories to allow students to create interesting “final products” for their projects: a note-taking app, an audio recording app, a video editing app and an webpage annotation app.

I tried to make the workshop a bit more interactive, by using a few tools like to provide a “backchannel” where the 150 – 200-odd teachers in the room could discuss what I was talking about, disagree, add new ideas and so on. Reading back though it today, it seems like they were enjoying themselves -yaay!

Anyhow, I promised all the teachers present that I would upload the slides form my presentation so that they could go through the links and re-read what I’d been talking about.
In the next few days I’ll also add a second post with a few of the fun things we did like recording podcasts during the workshop, using a chatroom for a backchannel, sharing links with Diigo and a few others.

Anyhow,without further delay, here are the siides:


iDidattica- iPads in Schools

Just before Easter 2013 I gave a talk at the Erickson “Scuola Nell’Era Digitale” conference in Trento, Italy. It was a huge pleasure, and I met some really fabulous teachers. They were a really dedicated bunch, working hard to improve the quality of education in Italy – often with the odds stacked against them.

I decided to forgo the usual conference “presentation-style” approach and do a more – hands-on workshop. It was ever-so-slightly chaotic in places, but we learnt a bunch, got through everything intact and had a load of fun. These are the slides I showed during my presentation. They’re in Italian – so I hope you get the gist of them!

Interact! Summer Courses 2012

Interact! Teacher-Training Courses. Summer 2012

After our first round of Interact! online courses, many busy teachers contacted us asking us to put on a training course in the summer, when they won’t have the day-to-day hard work of lesson planning to deal with. Well, we listened! This summer from mid-June to the end of July we will be running Digitalang’s first-ever Interact! Summer Training Course. Just like our last one, this course, too, will be offered in association with Pete Sharma Associates.


Interact! Summer Courses 2012

As with all our courses, the Interact! online course is very practical. We use project-based-learning, so that everything you do on the course is in a language-teaching context, allowing you to apply it immediately to your classroom. Our highly experienced tutor, Seth Dickens,  will follow you right the way through the course, as well as helping to keep you and your colleagues collaborating together to develop new skills and ideas. Each module of the course will give you clear lesson and project ideas which you can try out with your own students. The course is six weeks long and in addition to learning about IWBs, you’ll also study several other exciting technologies to enable you to truly connect your students with the outside world.

  • Week 1 – Introductions & Class-based Communicative Online Activities
  • Week 2 – Online Surveys and Google Apps for Education
  • Week 3 – Interactive White Boards (IWBs)
  • Week 4 – E-Twinning and Skype
  • Week 5 – Digital Literacies & The Latest Technologies Useful to Teachers
  • Week 6  – Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)

The six-week online costs just €345.00 for the online version, and for those of you able to come to the Trentino region of Italy, we are also organising a special blended version, which includes both the six-week online course, plus a one-day seminar for €495.00. For anyone travelling from outside the region, we can also assist you with finding accommodation.

For more information contact courses( a t )digitalang. com or if you’d like to book a place on the course right now go to our signup page and we’ll reserve a place for you.


Ronaldo Lima Jr. – Challenges when Adopting Digital Teaching #IATEFL

An innovative, passionate educator; an active member of the Webheads and the wider ELT community; happy to share his thoughts, experience and knowledge about our work; a lovely, positive and happy guy – what’s there not to like about Ronaldo Lima Jr?

I met up with Ronaldo at the IATEFL conference and he kindly agreed to join our series of interviews of educators interested in how technology is used for teaching languages. Ronaldo talks about what his experiences of IATEFL 2012 have been and some of the challenges he thinks still face schools who want to include technology in their language teaching curricula.


Why I want to be a Google Certified Teacher.

GTA Logo

For the past few years Google has been running a Google Teacher Academy, where it invites a group of 50 educators to its offices for an intense day of training, input and new resources. I originally heard about this year’s Academy at the BETT 2012 show. Dana Nguyen’s talk about becoming a Google certified teacher was pretty inspirational, so as a teacher (and perhaps more importantly teacher-trainer) I decided that this year I’m going to apply to attend. I guess I hope that knowing more about Google and its tools like Google Apps for Education will allow me to provide more meaningful seminars which will be cheaper for schools to implement and which will be simpler for my trainees to adapt to their teaching.

In its application page to join the Academy, Google says that it’s looking for teachers who are:Google Certified Teachers are:

  • Exceptional educators with a passion for using innovative tools to improve teaching and learning.
  • Creative leaders who understand their local needs and can spread innovation as a recognized expert.
  • Ambassadors for change who model high expectations, life-long learning, collaboration, equity & inclusion, and innovation.

all of which I strive to be at all times, hopefully as successfully as possible.

As part of the application process, all potential participants, must upload a short 1 min video to YouTube, or Google video, explaining why they wish to be a Google teacher. Seeing as I’ve done a bit of work using video with my learners in the past, I thought that this would be a fun challenge, so I set about recording a video yesterday. What you see below is the result. I must admit I’m pretty pleased with how it come out, although there are certainly things I might still change, I think after a while you have to stop being a perfectionist and just say: “yes this has reached a decent enough standard.”


Thanks again to my friends and colleagues on Facebook and Twitter who suggested a couple of tweaks to the original video to make it snappy, and a little more logical. So what do you think, would you invite me to the Google Academy?

if you fancy joining this year’s Academy, it’s in London on the fourth and fifth of April 2012. You can find all the details and apply online here at the Google Teacher Academy page. But hurry though, there’s only six more days in which you can apply!


Digitalang Training Session - ABP Bolzano

Getting the Most out of Microsoft Word

Digitalang Training Session - ABP Bolzano

One of North Italy’s top-quality language schools, Alpha Beta Piccadilly,  has asked us to do a series of ICT teacher training seminars over the next 2 years. The idea of the seminars is to help them continue to improve their high pedagogical standards by giving their teachers an in-depth knowledge of a variety of ICT tools.

One of our first seminars for A.B.P. was on the more advanced uses of Microsoft Word. Most teachers will have used Word at some point in their teaching careers, but many wouldn’t know how to use macros to make student worksheets quickly and easily, or don’t know how to use templates to help make student-handouts look smart and presentable. Together we looked at these and other handy features that help make teachers’ jobs more easy.

Teachers “Can Do” it!

We use four lists of “Can Do” statements ranging from Elementary to Advanced for this seminar. These lists help teachers to realise what they already know how to do with Word and help them to build on this knowledge until they are “expert” users.

Are you an expert Word user?

If you would like a copy of these lists to check out your how good your knowledge of Word is, click the link below. Can you tick all the boxes? 🙂


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