A TiLT Webinar with Louise Whyte, Maria Bourke and Morag Skinner

A TiLT Webinar with Louise Whyte, Maria Bourke and Morag Skinner: “Thinking about digital classrooms and learner engagement in languages”

This was a brilliant session, describing super management practice and engaging teaching and learning ideas. The chat says its all –  scroll to the end to see all the comments – here are a few:

  • Pilar Navarro: Fab ideas Maria, thank you very much for sharing them. I will be trying them out in the New Year, for sure.
  • Wendy Scardino: I would like to thank you for allowing me to attend this webinar. I have listened, reflected, and learned from attending this webinar. Great webinar. Keep up the great work! Sincerely, Wendy Scardino
  • Xue Du: absolutely amazing, learned a great deal, thank you
  • Vanessa Perrott: Thank you. Some lovely ideas.
  • Andrea Rudd: Wow! Such creativity !! Love all this, thank you . 30 years and learning every day 🙂

ALL London organises webinars for the MFL community and this webinar, held in a Zoom room and also viewable on an unlisted YouTube stream, is open to all MFL teachers.  We hope that you will like us and want to join!

We thank Joe Dale for co-ordinating  the TiLT (Technology in Language Teaching)  series of webinars, bringing together teachers who are interested in  developing their use of technology in their teaching.  As well as  enhancing our skills, we also get to meet other ‘keenies’  from across the globe, and can get to know each other informally by chatting before, during and after the webinar.

We also thank the presenters, who give freely of their time and expertise.  Where possible, most sessions are recorded and available for viewing later.


Class Photos – a seclection!


This workshop will look at how language teachers in a Glasgow school engaged learners during school closures. We will talk about our journey in moving to a digital platform (Showbie) and how we sought to engage learners. We will also share practical classroom activities and ideas in the current climate to keep learners motivated. 


Louise, Principal Teacher Languages at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Glasgow graduated from the University of Glasgow with an Honours degree in French in 2003. As part of her degree she spent a year abroad in Poitiers as a Language Assistant for the British Council. Following on from her degree course she continued her studies at the university to become a secondary teacher. As part of her commitment and enthusiasm towards her own professional development and to gain a dual language qualification Louise enrolled for the ‘Continuing Certificate of Education in Spanish’ at the University of Strathclyde which she successfully completed in 2008. Louise has worked in three authorities over the span of her teaching career; East Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and Glasgow. From August 2017 until May 2019 she was seconded to Scotland’s National Centre for Languages (SCILT) at the University of Strathclyde where she was responsible for providing support and guidance to secondary schools as they established their strategy for the implementation of the Scottish Government’s 1+2 policy. Louise is also the current Chair of the Scottish Association for Language Teaching where she leads a cross sector committee in organising an annual conference for language teachers across all sectors as well as the online ‘SALT: Six in Sixty’ teach meet which takes place throughout the year.

Morag Skinner, Modern Languages at St Roch’s RC Secondary School, Glasgow. After growing up in the Shetland Islands Morag moved to Glasgow to study French and Spanish at Strathclyde University. A few years later she returned there to complete her PGDE. Morag has spent time working abroad in both France and Spain. Twice she took on the role of Language Assistant through the British Council, first in a secondary school in Murcia, Spain and later in a primary school in Madrid. In France, she gained experience working as a lectrice for the Université François Rabelais in Tours, France. Morag is also on the committee for the Scottish Association for Language Teaching (SALT) where she plays a key role in the planning for the annual conference and online teach meet ‘SALT: Six in Sixty.’

Maria Bourke, Modern Languages teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas RC Secondary, Glasgow. After growing up in Ayr, Maria moved to Glasgow to study French and Hispanic Studies at the University of Glasgow. Maria has spent time working abroad both in Aix en Provence and Gijón in Asturias Spain. There she spent some time doing translation and interpreting at the Gijón Film Festival. Following on from completing her PGDE at Jordanhill College, Maria spent her early career teaching in Renfrewshire Council before embarking on an extended break to raise her sons. Maria is passionate about language learning and is highly motivated to not only share, develop and sustain positive language learning experiences for all but also to support colleagues.


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Joe Dale generously organises these webinars for us ‘for free’.  He makes a paid living by supporting teachers.  To find out what he can offer, please contact him.


00:30:59 Fatima Khaled: sorry meant to say proud to be a member of ALL.
00:31:52 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LmIkLZdT3YVpvsG4I8o6gUcahtvPBE1mQEmKI0lt7T8/edit?usp=sharing
00:32:05 Sabine Pichout: Joe has supported our department and he is fab!!!
00:32:48 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: Thank you Sabine 🙂
00:34:06 Sonja Fedrizzi: Joe has made MFL teaching during lockdown fun and engaging. Ever so thankful for all of his input.
00:36:34 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: Thank you Sonja 🙂
00:37:05 Peter Regelous: RW WFH is real difficult -look for opps!
00:37:28 ALL London: Thanks Louise
00:37:34 Rebecca Jones@mfl_swavesey: Hi from SVC Cambridge and yes thank you so very much for everything Helen and Joe!
00:37:40 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: Thank you Louise. Much appreciated
00:40:37 ALL London: Wow
00:41:11 Fatima Khaled: wow, amazing. happy to see Arabic introduced as a Language.
00:41:42 Alison : Google Classroom here
00:41:52 Esmeralda Salgado: teams for us
00:41:54 ALL London: Who uses Showbie here please?
00:41:55 Greg Armstrong: Teams in South Ayrshire – everything else is blocked
00:42:11 Sabine Pichout: teams for us
00:42:31 Delyth: Googlemeet / google classroom
00:42:53 Jesús Santos: Google Classroom
00:43:12 Fatima Khaled: I use google classroom.
00:43:58 Mathieu: New to using online platform for teaching and learning. started with Apple Classroom, but not too happy with it. Only just started playing with Showbie.
00:44:08 ALL London: Yes – love all these positives
00:44:25 Sonja Fedrizzi: I agree
00:46:04 Fatima Khaled: is showbie free to use ?
00:46:24 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: Here is Natalie Campbell’s TiLT webinar on using Showbie for remote learning https://youtu.be/meiESX5C9KY
00:46:34 Sonja Fedrizzi: Thank you
00:46:48 Jesús Santos: Thanks Joe
00:47:32 Fatima Khaled: Thank you Joe
00:47:48 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: You’re all very welcome 🙂
00:49:39 Greg Armstrong: Can you embed audio in the assignments on this platform?
00:49:52 Greg Armstrong: Q – Like an audio file?
00:50:54 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: Yes you can
00:50:58 Karine Longman: yes you can
00:51:07 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: The audio appears as a player
00:51:22 Greg Armstrong: Thank you – that would be much better than giving them a PowerPoint in Teams
00:51:42 ALL London: Q: HOw do people encourage pupils to join in a class chat?
00:53:13 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: Good question Helen
00:59:35 ALL London: Thanks Morag
00:59:48 Sonja Fedrizzi: Thank you Morag
00:59:51 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: Thank you Morag. Really clear.
01:00:11 Fatou Le Moine: Thanks a lot
01:00:34 Maria Apalko: Thank you, Morag!
01:00:46 Jesús Santos: Really clear explanation, thanks Morag
01:01:09 Sabine Pichout: Thank you Morag. Really user friendly and practical platform
01:01:37 Sonja Fedrizzi: Love this motto
01:01:37 ALL London: Great image
01:01:51 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: Couldn’t agree more
01:01:57 Jesús Santos: Beautiful meaning
01:02:07 Fatima Khaled: Totally agree.
01:02:16 Delyth: I would guess that most of us don’t have the capacity to choose the platform – we have to use whatever our school has chosen for us.
01:02:20 Karine Longman: totally agreed!
01:02:36 ALL London: A really good approach here
01:02:37 Sabine Pichout: sounds like a great team work! Well done
01:04:13 Sabine Pichout: Lovely to hear your journey, it sounds similar to ours. this is very reassuring
01:04:43 Valérie Pellarin: Amazing ideas, thank you!
01:04:43 Sonja Fedrizzi: I like the idea of video to support students
01:04:51 ALL London: Yes – that came through strongly in your Linguascope webinar Sabine
01:05:04 Karine Longman: yesss love clips
01:05:19 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: Absolutely. We have SO MUCH to learn from each other and hear each others’ stories
01:05:20 Sonja Fedrizzi: So true
01:05:34 Sonja Fedrizzi: Well done Morag 🙂
01:06:34 Sonja Fedrizzi: Wow. What a great idea. Love this video
01:06:57 Fatima Khaled: I love it. thank you so much for sharing.
01:06:59 ALL London: love the walk on part for her dog …!
01:07:26 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: Love Apple Clips
01:07:51 ALL London: Q Woudl love to hear about lockdown bingo
01:08:45 ALL London: !!!!
01:08:47 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: I’ll ask, Helen
01:09:01 Maria: Hola Esmeralda Salgado. Thank you por todo el maravilloso trabajo que ofreces en tU blog y en las charlas .Mis estudiantes y yo adoramos todas tus actividades y webs q recomiendas. Super agradecida. Maria Acosta
01:09:17 ALL London: ‘If you stand still too long they might laminate you’ .. love it!
01:09:25 Sabine Pichout: This is great, totally agree, celebrating success is so key to engage our learners
01:09:46 Esmeralda Salgado: muchas gracias, María! yo aprendo de todos!
01:10:21 Maria: ohh
01:10:23 Esmeralda Salgado: yes, I agree, Sabine!!
01:11:28 ALL London: This session really is covering the whole approach needed – management + T&L – thank you
01:12:13 Esmeralda Salgado: agreed! whole approach and positivity at the end of the tunnel!!!
01:12:32 ALL London: https://issuu.com/educationinternational/docs/2020_research_covid-19_eng
01:12:42 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: Awesome Louise. Thank you
01:12:42 Sabine Pichout: Thank you Louise, really inspiring
01:12:50 Esmeralda Salgado: we have learned so much from each other! the ideas form the MFL community are amazing!
01:12:51 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: Is it dreich?
01:12:52 Rebecca Jones@mfl_swavesey: So true! Thank you Louise!
01:13:04 Esmeralda Salgado: fantastic, Louise!
01:13:08 Sonja Fedrizzi: Thank you Louise
01:13:21 Karine Longman: thank you, Louise, really like everything you just said!
01:13:45 Jesús Santos: It seems a strong department sharing the same ideas. ¡Bravo! Your students are so lucky
01:14:11 Maria Apalko: Thank you ,Louise! So inspiring!!!
01:14:24 ALL London: https://twitter.com/bones_carmel
01:15:11 ALL London: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Outstanding-Teaching-Backwards-Andy-Griffith/dp/1845909291
01:15:30 ALL London: Yes – excellent advice to ‘give it a name’!
01:15:31 Sonja Fedrizzi: So true
01:15:43 Xue Du: Thank you, Louise
01:16:06 Sabine Pichout: I love scrabble as a starter!
01:16:12 Esmeralda Salgado: I love this!
01:16:18 ALL London: Have never thought of doing this .. great idea
01:16:44 Esmeralda Salgado: exactly!!! abs they do the thinking!!!
01:17:06 Jesús Santos: The students can be so competitive! Love use it
01:17:12 Xue Du: so interesting, Maria
01:18:02 Sonja Fedrizzi: I like the competitive aspect of this
01:20:01 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: The Open Ended exercise in Mentimeter would be good for Register Wars
01:20:23 Esmeralda Salgado: spiral too!
01:20:24 ALL London: For those doing ‘speaking endorsements’ – this would eb a good way to get an idea fo thei speaking skills
01:20:40 Simona Gravina: great ideas to establish good routines in the classroom Maria. Love to see a Glasgow school 🙂
01:20:42 Karine Longman: yes spiral too
01:20:45 Sonja Fedrizzi: So true
01:20:47 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: Yes, Esmeralda. Is Spiral working now?
01:21:06 Esmeralda Salgado: yes, I used it on Monday
01:21:25 ALL London: The slides are beautifully presented
01:21:39 Sonja Fedrizzi: This is so clever.
01:21:48 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: That’s great. I tried to demo it this week during a webinar and teachers couldn’t login as students
01:21:58 Stefano Pianigiani : true
01:22:13 Fatima Khaled: very good practice. really like it.
01:22:31 Esmeralda Salgado: I love this motto!
01:22:34 ALL London: Agreed
01:22:39 Sonja Fedrizzi: Must try this out.
01:23:04 Jesús Santos: Fab idea!
01:23:15 Esmeralda Salgado: I can see this working in a MFL booklet and video to parents!
01:23:24 Sabine Pichout: Great idea
01:23:31 Rebecca Jones@mfl_swavesey: Such a lovely idea, and offers a much needed morale boost, especially at this time
01:24:05 Fatou Le Moine: I used Fill the gaps today with Nearpod.
01:24:39 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: You could use the dice in classroomscreen,com
01:24:55 Esmeralda Salgado: yes, Joe!
01:25:13 Esmeralda Salgado: you can play battleships too
01:25:35 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: @Fatou Nearpod is great. I did a session for the American International School in Budapest recently on Nearpod and its use across the curriculum
01:25:53 Wendy Scardino: I would like to thank you for allowing me to attend this webinar. I have listened, reflected, and learned from attending this webinar. Great webinar. Keep up the great work! Sincerely, Wendy Scardino
01:26:17 Esmeralda Salgado: they can also extend the word to a sentence, revising even more vocabulary!
01:26:17 ALL London: Thank Wendy
01:26:21 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: You’re very welcome Wendy. Thank you for coming!
01:26:29 Fatou Le Moine: Yes @Jo a great tool I am experiencing right now.
01:27:35 Esmeralda Salgado: also giving thinking time! somethings we ask too many questions to quickly and slow burners do. it have time to process the information
01:27:48 Joe Dale Isle of Wight: Here are some more virtual dice https://www.online-stopwatch.com/chance-games/roll-a-dice/
01:28:13 Karine Longman: love this idea of the thinker, 👍🏼 great
01:28:41 ALL London: Agreed Karine – so many ideas which really are new to me tonight after decades of teaching …!!!
01:28:55 Esmeralda Salgado: I love this!
01:29:14 Greg Armstrong: How insightful from that pupil!
01:29:24 Xue Du: absolutely amazing, learned a great deal, thank you, Maria
01:29:27 Maria Apalko: I love everything!
01:29:29 Pilar Navarro: Fab ideas Maria, thank you very much for sharing them. I will be trying them out in the New Year, for sure.
01:29:29 Sonja Fedrizzi: very useful thank you
01:29:31 Sabine Pichout: Thank you so much for sharing
01:29:32 ALL London: Brilliant – thanks Maria!
01:29:34 Gillian Irvine Ali: Some fantastic ideas
01:29:39 Karine Longman: thank you
01:29:44 Fatima Khaled: amazing. thank you.
01:29:44 Rebecca Jones@mfl_swavesey: Thank you Maria – such lovely ideas!
01:29:47 Esther Mercier: Brilliant ideas, thank you!
01:29:54 Xue Du: yes
01:29:57 Valérie Pellarin: Thank you!! Fabulous ideas!
01:30:07 Rosa: What a nice ideas, thanks a lot!
01:30:38 Vanessa Perrott: Thank you. Some lovely ideas.
01:30:53 Esmeralda Salgado: we did a master chef competition in lockdown! great
01:31:15 ALL London: Ou are allowed to dance in front of your screens!!!
01:31:27 Sabine Pichout: Love this!!!
01:31:36 Rebecca Jones@mfl_swavesey: Ha ha! How could you resist!?
01:31:39 Greg Armstrong: How creative!
01:31:52 Fatima Khaled: very creative. love it.
01:32:36 Sabine Pichout: That is when you realise how you miss partying and going out!!
01:32:52 ALL London: we’re partying now!
01:32:55 Esmeralda Salgado: yes!!!!
01:33:06 Esmeralda Salgado: I love this song!!!
01:33:12 Sabine Pichout: don’t stop!!!
01:33:15 Esther Mercier: fabulous!
01:33:28 Valérie Pellarin: Thank you all so much!
01:33:37 Esmeralda Salgado: brilliant session!
01:33:54 Andrea Rudd: Wow! Such creativity !! Love all this, thank you . 30 years and learning every day 🙂
01:34:18 Jesús Santos: I agree with Esmeralda. Lovely ideas and also thank you for sharing your journey
01:34:48 Greg Armstrong: Q – Do you think you could share at some point how you have such good uptake?
01:35:18 Mathieu: Thanks a lot for this very informative and enjoyable presentation. Food for thought over the Christmas break!
01:35:59 Maria: Thank you
01:36:09 Ruta Duļbinska: Excellent! Thank you!
01:36:12 Maria Apalko: ALL London, thank you so much!
01:36:21 Ruta Duļbinska: I also want to thank Helen and Joe for organizing these free webinars. I’ve been attending them since March. A couple of weeks ago, I finished a 3-month Professional Course here in Latvia about Digital Skills For Distance Learning. The course was very challenging, but I felt way ahead of the other students because of the knowledge I had already gained here. Hats off to you both for doing the things you do and providing a possibility to learn from the best teachers all over the world!
01:36:25 Tania: Yes thank you all!
01:36:42 Antonio da Silva: Thank you for the presentation. Excellent!
01:36:44 Rebecca Jones@mfl_swavesey: THank you so so much! What a fun way to end the presentation! So much fun!
01:36:49 Xue Du: I took loads of screenshot, so much to digest later on !
01:37:14 Greg Armstrong: Thanks to everyone!
01:37:16 Motoko Takahashi Wilson: Thank you so much!
01:37:31 Jose Ros: thank you all
01:37:32 Fatima Khaled: Thank you every one. sorry my camera is not working.
01:39:15 Greg Armstrong: I will certainly look that out and look forward to that
01:41:02 Greg Armstrong: Many thanks for these insights – well done guys!
01:41:30 Mathieu: We have found in King’s Park that business events have a positive impact on pupils’ choice into Senior years.
01:42:03 Louise Whyte: The pupils at STA miss Morag now!
01:42:25 Fatima Khaled: we are lucky to have ALL that is helping all teachers.
01:42:46 Rebecca Jones@mfl_swavesey: We have all really appreciated everything you have done Helen and Joe. We are always in awe of what you achieve, and your kindness too. Take a good break over CHrfistjmas!