ALL Essex & East Anglian Day - May 2008
Short account from Helen Myers.
It was lovely to meet people I knew again ...new faces .. and to put familiar
names to faces ...at the ALL Essex day on Saturday 10th May. Many thanks
to Avril and the Essex & East
Anglian Committee for inviting me to talk .. it was
very brave of you to give me two whole hours!
It was a real 'bonus' for me to have the chance to hear excellent speakers
before I had to take slightly early leave of you for my homeward journey to get to a
quiz (which incidentally we lost!), to see the beautiful surroundings of
Woodbridge School (wow!), to share in a delicious meal, and to have a chance to
get to hear about how everything is progressing at the Branch. The 'Have
your Say' competition which Val has overseen seems to have gone really well, and
seems to be a 'model' which Language Colleges / LAs could take on, as well as
ALL branches. Hopefully I can publish your idea on this page .. Val is
going to put together a few words on it.
Meanwhile .. here are a couple of pictures (sorry I forgot to ask to take a
picture of the group there) + downloads + follow up tips.
|| Woodbridge School
(Click on photo right for more on the Sculpture Garden right)
nice to meet members of the school's Language department, including
Graham, the ALL stalwart!
|Avril - Chair of Essex
& East Anglian Branch - great to meet
you again Avril.
||Download the references
I gave in my talk here.
They tend to be French-orientated (reflecting my practice!) .. please
feel free to mail me with
any other you recommend. (You're in there Josť!) Carol
recommends Klar for German
resources and Elizabeth recommends Create
mii and Arcade Games,
||Speakers I heard .. excellent ideas!
Sarah Connelly (picture please!) , from St Bernard's Westcliffe-on-Sea, talking about
using the Smartboard. I learnt loads .. not just about the software
but also about some great tricks for organisation, lesson planning and
lessons. (e.g. colour coding tenses, saving whole lesson sequences in
notepad and sharing with colleagues, using Ppt + spotlight with the shade
pulled down to start & some gallery things I hadn't noticed before.
||Alex Blagona (picture courtesy Joe Dale -
hope that's OK!) & Dominic Wade from Northgate,
talking enthusiastically and convincingly about wikis + blogs, and guiding
us to create our own wiki using wikispaces.
The key is to select 'K-12 education' in order to qualify for a free
upgrade which 'secures' the wiki for a school context. Great advice
See their fantastic school blog here
and a sample of their school wiki here. They generously offer to take
their 'road show' to other schools & I hope they'll be able to talk at
a London Event.
|piccie of Dominic to go here hopefully.