Technology in the FSL Classroom Workshops

Technology in the FSL Classroom Workshops
Price(US): $ 159.99
Price(CD): variable $ 159.99

Using Technology in the Second Language Class
Join Sylvia Duckworth for a full PD day in Toronto where you will participate in a hands-on session to learn how to master new technologies in your classroom.

Workshop 1. Using iPads in the FSL class

Workshop Date:

Saturday, October 25, 2014

THIS IS A HANDS-ON WORKSHOP! Teachers will be actively engaged as they work with the different applications. Participants need to bring their own iPad.

In this full-day workshop, Sylvia and Mardi will take you through their favourites apps for second language students. Apps for consumption (ie. to learn and practice vocabulary) will be explored, as well as apps for creating voice recordings, digital stories, and fun animations. They will take you through step-by-step instructions on how to make iMovie projects and trailers, including how to how to create stop-motion videos. Participants will work with a greenscreen and learn how to replace backgrounds in videos. We will also learn how to create original songs and raps with GarageBand which can be used in video projects. Throughout the day, Sylvia and Mardi will showcase their students’ numerous iPad projects with these tools. Come and get your geek on and inspire your students to get creative with their iPads!

About the presenters:

Sylvia Duckworth teaches French at Crescent School in Toronto. She conducts workshops for teachers wishing to integrate more technology in the FSL class. She is a Google Certified Teacher and was the 2012 CASLT H. H. Stern award recipient for innovative practices in the second language class. In 2014 she won the OMLTA Helen B. St. John Award for outstanding professional contribution and leadership qualities. She has 30 years of teaching experience in FSL. You can find her here.

Mardi Michels teaches French at Royal St George’s College in Toronto. She has presented at academic and teaching conferences around the world, most recently, introducing participants to performance tasks for the second language classroom, taking the language beyond the textbook and making it come alive for her students. She is a member of Cohort 21 and is working on a research project about digital citizenship which she is documenting here. Mardi uses iPads in her Grades 3 and 4 classes. You can follow her on Twitter @mardimichels.

Register now for this workshop! Space is limited to 20 participants. Please note that your spot will be confirmed once payment is received.

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Workshop 2. Integrating Technology in the FSL class

Workshop Date:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

THIS IS A HANDS-ON WORKSHOP! Teachers will be actively engaged as they work with the different applications. Participants can bring their own laptop or one will be provided for you.

In this full-day workshop, Sylvia will demonstrate how you can effectively (and painlessly) integrate technology in your FSL classes. Various Social Media and Web 2.0 tools will be explored including Twitter, YouTube, student blogging, animation creation and online digital projects and storytelling. Sylvia will also provide many internet links that your students can use right away to practice their French, including vocabulary builders and interactive eBooks. We will also look at the powerful collaboration tools in Google Apps, including how to do a "Mystery Hangout" with other classes around the world and how to create "Choose your own adventure" stories with Google Forms and Google Presentations.

Register now for this workshop! Space is limited to 20 participants. Please note that your spot will be confirmed once payment is received.

Each participant will receive a certificate of completion, a 60 page “How-to” guide, a USB key filled with many ready-to-go SMARTboard activities, songs on Powerpoint, and a free copy of the eTools SMARTboard CD (value: $79.99)

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Workshop Location
Crescent School

2365 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON, M2L 1A2

Workshops start at 9am sharp! End at 3pm.

Coffee, Snacks during breaks, and lunch included in price

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We welcomed Sylvia Duckworth to Kamloops (SD73) on March 1, 2013 to work with thirty of our elementary and secondary FSL teachers. She provided a plethora of amazing resources that she created and collected. Not only were our teachers excited to have her come to Kamloops after seeing an article about her Innovations in Second Langauge Teaching Award in the CASALT magazine, but Sylvia sure didn`t disappoint! Every single session evaluation sheet that I received from participants from our district had glowing reviews about Sylvia`s workshop. She is dynamic, fun, creative and professional! Everything she shared with us is extremely useful. We look forward to ongoing professional learning dialogue with Sylvia on Twitter!

Christey Hughes Coordonnatrice, programmes de langue SD73 Kamloops-Thompson

Wow, thank you so much for today, Sylvia, it was awesome! I loved everything you presented: so much material and you gave us lots of time to play! I thought I had a lot to thank you for before today (posts on Twitter, YouTube channel, your blog, etc.) but now I am eternally in your debt. Thanks again for a fantastic day! (Anonymous, on feedback form)

The IT workshop was very informative. Lots of resources, actually, tons of resources, kept me interested the whole time (I kept postponing to go to the washroom because I did not want to miss a thing!) (Anonymous, on feedback form)

Sylvia, your workshop was just the shot in the arm that I needed to dive more deeply into using technology in the classroom. The day was filled with fantastic sites, videos and interactive ideas to appeal to my intermediate Core French students. Merci beaucoup! (Mary Adams)

Hi Sylvia, thank you so much for the fabulous workshop and infinite number of technological tools for instructing and engaging students in the FSL classrrom. I am so excited about offering my intermediates a range of choices that inspire them far beyond the classroom walls. It makes so much sense to expand second language learning opportunities by using platforms of current modes of communication so familiar and appropriate to this demographic . Mille fois merci! I will keep you posted as to how things go! (Juli Powers)

I’ve now attended 2 of Sylvia’s workshops for technology in the FSL classroom and cannot recommend them highly enough. I was able to use materials and resources from the sessions with my classes immediately and I left both sessions with plenty of new ideas and contacts. Excellent value! (Michelle Barchuk)

I attended Sylvia's workshop in November. She introduce us to blogs, twitter, and youtube sites on her fabulous website, so easy to use with students, so interactive for elementary students and adults in these times of high tech skills that our students have developed. I use the many songs consistently on smart board as the song and lyrics are just a click away with excellent visuals for comprehension. I have used the e-books with students as a guided reading exercise and as a comprehension tool. I intend to use the animation software so that student can create their own comic strips using any of the vocabulary and structures you're teaching in your classroom. I am also interested in creating a blog "Mon Espace" so that students can share interesting French tidbits that they find in everyday life thus increasing their awareness of how French permeates our culture. Sylvia has given me confidence to explore the internet to enhance learning for students in yet another fascinating , engaging and fun way! (Candy Bermingham, Summit Heights Public School)

"Teacher, innovator, PD provider, blogger, Twitterer and resource-sharer par excellence, Sylvia Duckworth has become a shining light for FSL teachers looking to inspire their students by embracing technology." (Geoff Collins,Program Facilitator, FSL Classical and International Languages, Durham District School Board)

It is incredibly beneficial to have someone with first hand experience and expertise when it comes to using technology in the classroom. Sylvia's enthusiasm for teaching, and keeping it current and relevant, make her workshops worth attending. She's been there, done it and is so good at helping you get going on your way. (Ruta Nausedas, Junior School French Teacher, St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School)

Your Smartboard workshop provided hands-on practice creating Smartboard activities and so many fantastic resources to use right away. Both of your workshops have given me the tools and confidence to go back to the classroom and start trying new things! My students love using technology in French class - they can't get enough! THANK YOU for all of your guidance, patience, and generosity. Without the resources you have shared, my life as a French teacher would not be the same! (Kerrie Robins, Primary/Junior French Teacher, Kingsway College School)

Both the SMARTBoard and Technology workshops were wonderful opportunities for professional development. Sylvia Duckworth has immersed herself into the world of modern media, and has a wealth of practical tips, tricks and resources to share for the French classroom. I left both sessions inspired and brimming with new, exciting ideas to engage my digital learners and enrich their language experiences. (Jennifer Peirce, Grade 5/6 French Teacher, Havergal College Junior School)

Sylvia's workshop gave me plenty of ideas that have helped me to engage my Core French students. The resources that she offers are amazing. IT is a great way to reach all students in the 21st Century classroom. (Suzanne Lucas, Sophiasburgh Central School, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board)

Thank you for such an inspirational workshop! After attending your IT French workshop, I created a YouTube channel and class WikiPages. The response has been overwhelming and is breathing new life into my programme. It has increased positive parent communication, peer evaluations and authentic communication all at the same time as the students are eager to share their creative works (stories, avatars, word clouds, the list goes on) and comment on what their peers have done en francais. Students who have been previously apathetic in class are now racing home to create Go!Animate to animate their stories on their own time. (Karen Smith, The York School, Toronto)

Sylvia’s smartboard workshop was invaluable. Not only does Sylvia teaches you how to effectively integrate the smartboard into daily teaching through ‘hands on’ demonstation of her lessons but she provides you will ready made activities to use back in your classroom. Through guidelines and time is provided to help you experiment and create own activities. The chance to dialogue and work with other French teachers who are excited about integrating technology into the classroom is invaluable. I just hope that Sylvia will consider creating a part 2 to each of her workshops! (Bev McMorris)

Smart Board interactive whiteboard Lessons for French and English Language Teachers