Ok, maybe almost having bronchial pneumonia was a good thing for me this weekend. I have gone nuts catching up on blogs I love to follow, found some new blogs to follow, and writing up my own posts. I have missed my personal learning community or professional learning network or whatever it is you want to call it!
I went to the FLANC conference a few weeks ago and got lots of great ideas. I whipped out my handy little bag full of goodies today and found some things I’d like to post here that may help some other folks.
- PowerPoint and Motivation in the Classroom – This session had some great ideas on how juice up PowerPoint for your classroom. One neat idea in particular was how to embed a Flash timer in your PowerPoint. This might come in really handy for me as I like to put all my warm-ups on PowerPoint. The kids need something to get them moving as they like to chatter and then before I know it, I’ve lost class time due to so many taking so long to do a short warm-up. You will need to scroll down a bit to find the presentation she did at FLANC on 10/14/2011.
- Blog it! How to Implement and Use Communicative Blogging in the FL Classroom – Awesome session from a school where the foreign language department has every student set up with a Google account. The students then use blogs as digital portfolios so they can publish their work.
- What’s Cooking in World Languages? – Interesting presentation on how to cook simple foods in class and combine that activity with teaching grammar along the way. They had an interesting take on using the culture and interest in the food to make grammar (teaching imperative etc.) more palatable for students (no pun intended).
- Teachers as Advertisers – I didn’t go to this session but another teacher passed the presenter’s link to me. She has some neat ideas here about teachers being advertisers and teaching foreign language from that point of view.