2017 ICT in ML conference report

WORK IN PROGRESS –  We will add speaker links as they arrive!

Many thanks to all those who made this such a successful event:

  • Sanako for organising the exhibition and ensuring that the event was free to delegates
  • The fantastic speakers who gave freely of their expertise and their time (and whose links will appear below)
  • The Ashcombe School site, tech and catering teams who worked on a Saturday to help us
  • The supportive teachers aka ‘Saturday Keenies’ from all over the country who were so encouraging and enthusiastic, tweeting enough to make us a ‘trending hash-tag’!
  • The ‘hard-core keenies’ who stayed on into the evening to ‘Show and Tell’

We are delighted to announce a date for next year’s event: Saturday 21st April 2018!

Here is our Flickr album.  Feel free to click through to see the speakers, delegates and invaluable support staff!

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Here’s a great video produced by the equally  great Joe Dale :

Thanks to Jonathan Peace, who has taken the time to write this great blogpost.

Our speakers were wonderful.  We will add to the list below as we receive links:

Presenter Title Detail
Sylvie Bartlett-Rawlings Using iPads to enhance speaking and engage reluctant participants. I will be using apps such as my talking avatar, Tellegami, Voice record Pro and briefly iMovie. Please download my talking avatar and Tellegami beforehand (free apps).

Her presentation is available for download from this link until 20th May 2017.

Aurélie Charles eTwinning eTwinning is a European organisation which was created in 2005 and puts in touch students and teachers all across Europe. It enables participants to freely and securely create and manage European wide school projects.

eTwinning is free and help is always at hand when you need it.

Aurélie will show you around the eTwinning portal and twinspace. You will get a chance to see what tools are available and how to find a partner to start a project. She will show you examples of projects she has led or taken part in and you will get a chance to register on the website.

Samantha Clarkson Filmmaking for Curricular Attainment


Samantha will take us through some techniques to integrate simple filmmaking into our lessons using tablets/iPads. If you have a tablet or iPad, please bring it along and access to iMovie will be helpful. However, some iPads will be provided.

Handout summarising apps will be provided.

Serena Dawson Story workshop (a repeat of last year’s session for those who could not attend) PROJECT/ SPEAKING + WRITING: Exploiting simple structures to write a story, make a poster with audio and QR code, or a short movie.

Exploiting a simple structure to write a story, make a poster and add audio with QR code

I will be using the following:

Joe Dale Plenary Top Tips
Joe Dale One stop animation with iMotion HD, Animator, Imgplay and Instant Sign


Link to the Apps Joe used in these two sessions.

We will be learning how easy it is to produce short animations on the iPad to enhance learning using a variety of apps. We will first look at storyboarding, then produce an engaging short animation following the 12 frames per second rule, adding a voiceover and showcasing the results. Next, we will animate annotations and text messages to spice up multimedia projects and add more ways of channelling creativity into lessons.

Joe Dale Now we’re talking! Using avatars and filters to promote oracy in the classroom with Talking Cutie, MSQRD, PhotoSpeak, Cool Fingers and Chatterpix Kid In this hands-on session, we shall be looking at a number of different apps for making voice recordings fun, bringing pictures to life through multimedia, turning inanimate objects into talking characters and creating customisable avatars to describe written work in any subject. Using avatars can also boost the confidence of shyer learners and facilitate creativ.
Nina Elliott


Apps for 24/7 Learning The session will include The ML Team App – an app the ML Team App we have created for our classes and how it has helped communication with students and parents and ensured greater commitment to out of school learning 🙂
Ceri Anwen James Interactive quizzing in MFL – remembering, concentrating and TL talk. iPad session but includes cross Platform.

Link to presentation.

Marie O’Sullivan Speaking and Listening: developing skills A variety of ways in which you can make ICT work for you as you prepare for the new GCSE.


Judith Rifeser Using ICT to teach grammar in the TL. Judith will show some film examples and also show a way to do multiple choice answers checks (for GCSE prep for example) with the use of students’ phones.
David Shanks “Setting up Duolingo for your school”


Cross Platform

Link to dropbox of David’s work relating to Duolingo.  Click on ILILC7 icon for today’s presentation.  This is a treasure trove!


Thanks SO much to the nine ‘hard-core keenie’ teachers who shared such a variety of ideas for language teaching. All were very warmly received, and we enjoyed the chat!

This is a partial account from Helen Myers who also had to also watch out for the pizza man to arrive – so please feel free to contact here with extra info!

      • Sally Moore, Strood Academy

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  • A simple but extremely effective idea. For those who struggle with learning set phrases to reproduce in exam conditions (-something which they will always have to do, whatever the exam …) …. get the pupils to write the paragraph on a mini whiteboard … ask THEM to select a word to rub out and memorise.. then choose another word.. and another .. and so on, unitl they feel confident they can write it all from memory.  The key is that it is the PUPIL who decides which word to rub out each time.

Supplementary idea we discussed afterwards: type out the text and change the font colour to white for selected words.

  • Jonathan Peace, Preston School
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    Jonathan is a strong believer in the importance of educating pupils to be world citizens. He described the ‘World Cup’ project which he did at his school in 2014, and is planning between December 2017 and July 2018.  This involves tutor groups in all participating partner schools being in a ‘draw’ for the different teams (and this draw can be videoed and shared) then finding out as much as they can about the country leading to a display in the hall, judged by a local celebrity sports person.  When the match is played, if at all possible the tutor groups who represent those countries are allowed to go to the hall to watch it ‘real time’.  Great ideas!  And the really good news is that Jonathan is going to share his preparation with us!  Thanks Jonathan!
  • Alex Foster, Frederick Gent School, Derbyshire 2017-04-22 17.29.17 Two ideas:
  • Alex has created superb translation resources. Pupils are given comprehensive reference grids then asked to translate whacky / random complex sentences. They can then choose to write sensible versions if they wish …! Search for ‘Niles Gruesome’ and ‘Niles holiday infinitives’ to find the examples he shared. Do download the resources and give Alex the 5 star rating he deserves!
  • Find unusual pictures for the pupils to describe using the 4-point method (1) People (2) what are they doing (3) do you like the photo or not (4) what are they wearing. Pupils like to identify phrases which they could say for *any* photo .. e.g. ‘he is wearing socks’…!

The overall message of this session…. random = engaging and fun!

Adam Vickery, The Stonehenge School

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Like David Shanks, Adam is a very keen user of the very user-friendly and free ‘Duolingo’ to help pupils to develop vocabulary and monitor progress and he uses it especially to let pupils experience ‘independent learning’ .. to ‘support’ the curriculum rather than reflect the ‘scheme of work’ content. His students respond extremely well to his reward systems e.g. the  top three performers in a class in any one week,  those who exceed the target XP points, and for a more extended period e.g. Spring break task, he sets a goal of 200XP.  Greta that he was able to demonstrate this ‘real time’.. congratulations to those in Mr Vickery’s class who have *already* reached the goal with two more days to go!

He concurred with our previous discussion about the value of ‘random/fun’ content. ‘I have six squids’ may not be a sentence you often need, but it’s rewarding to know you could say it if you wanted to ….!

  • Sylvie Bartlett-Rawlings, Dunottar School

Sylvie demonstrated ‘Lego starter’ and ‘ping pong’ Here is a link to her Powerpoint, downloadable until 20th May 2017.  (The pizza man was imminent, so I missed this!)

  • Laura Simons, Dylan Thomas Community School.

Laura uses YouTube videos for memorable content – chart songs in the Target Language and language-specific ones. (I had to go to collect the pizzas so missed bits of this too!).  Here’s an example of a grammar video…

    • Ceri Anwen James, Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Edern 3edd ysgol gyfun Gymraeg Caerdydd : Cardiff’s 3rd Welsh-medium comprehensive school 

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Ceri introduced us to a new questions app called ‘Triventy’. Not only can teachers set timed questions for pupils to answer in competiton withy each other ‘real time’, but also they can invite pupils who ar eon a PC or iPAD to contribute questions to a set which is then moderated by the teacher.  Superb!  http://www.triventy.com/

  • Annie Currier, Boston High School 

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Using Google Docs to mark work: Annie showed us how you can feedback on work through text or audio using google docs. She uses this particularly for 6th formers.  A great way of giving individual feedback and encouraging the reluctant writers.

  • Joe Dale, Independent language consultant.Joe brought the day to a rousing finale in the form of a video combining the three inputs he had done during the day. Bravo Joe!

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See you next year!  Please save the date: Saturday 21st April 2018!

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