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The Amazing Main Hall of the Yeditepe University

10 Key Things I’ve Learned about IWBs – IATEFL Conference Istanbul.

The Amazing Main Hall of the Yeditepe UniversityI was delighted to be invited to speak at this year’s IATEFL LT & TD SIG conference in Istanbul, Turkey. I put in a proposal to discuss IWBs and the lessons I’d learnt from watching teachers get used to using them in my training sessions. When the confirmation came through in early May, I gave a whoop! I’d never been to Turkey before, but had heard loads of good reports from friends who said how friendly and welcoming people there tend to be.

What’s more, Burcu Akyol who is a conference organiser par-excellence, was co-ordinating the team which organised the whole weekend. Basically I need say little more than I can’t wait to go to Turkey or Istanbul again. I had such a great time, the conference attendees were wonderful people, the talks were really top quality and the on the last night, when I went out for dinner… the food… oh the food! It was fabulous!

Anyhow, let’s get to the point, during the talk I promised the teachers present, that I’d post up the IWB slides I used to support my talk. The slides contain useful hints and tips for teachers starting out with IWBs as well as a whole bunch of links to some really handy tools to make teachers lives easier when creating interactive activities.


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.

Scott Thornbury

Scott Thornbury – The Massive Potential of Technology #IATEFL

Scott Thornbury, the renowned author of books for language teachers and famed techno-sceptic talks about  what he’s enjoyed at IATEFL Glasgow 2012, as well as commenting on what he likes (and doesn’t like) about using technology for teaching.


Lucio At tHe Erickson COnference

Lucio Bragagnolo – An Italian Steve Jobs

Lucio Bragagnolo was one of the key speakers at the recent Erickson “Schools in the Digital Era” conference. Introduced by the Eriksson host as a “guru” in the Italian technology world. I have to say after seeing his talk I wholeheartedly agree!

Lucio was one of the penultimate speakers at the conference, which had dealt with several extremely interesting, but fairly heavy themes to do with students and the “dangers” of the Internet. It was in this highly-charged atmosphere, where  many of the teachers present were starting to wonder about the risks of using technology with their students, that Lucio gave his talk. And wow, what a talk!




Pete Sharma Associates and Digitalang – An Exciting New Collaboration!

We are delighted to announce that Digitalang have teamed-up with The Pete Sharma Associates, and we’ll now be “officially” offering courses on behalf of PSA in Italy. We are really excited about this, not only because such a top-quality teacher-training company has recognised the standard of the courses we offer, but also because Digitalang training material, along with the already established training material available from PSA, will now also be offered worldwide by the network of PSA trainers.

For those of you who know him, you’ll be aware that, apart from being a lovely guy, Pete Sharma is a real guru when it comes to pedagogically-sound ways of using technology in the classroom. He has co-written some exceptionally well-received books such as Blended Learning , 400 Ideas for Interactive Whiteboards along with many other really well-known Business English books. What is sometimes not quite as well-known, is that working with Pete, is a highly-experienced and skilled group of professionals, The Pete Sharma Associates. PSA run courses and offer consulting for language schools internationally, along similar lines to Digitalang does here in Europe. They offer in-house training, online training, and of course blended training courses to language teachers from as far afield as India and Bangladesh; to Spain, Germany and Chile.



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!


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