Using the technology tools you already have to enhance learning

Technology in your YL Classroom

Teachers are not newcomers to using technology in teaching. We’ve become quite adept at incorporating familiar technology — like CD or DVD players — into lessons in a way that enhances our teaching. New technology tools can feel intimidating because they are unfamiliar, but their role in teaching is the same. Technology tools are simply resources that teachers can use to improve on what they’re already doing in class.

In this webinar, I’m going to focus on identifying the technology tools that teachers already have available, and demonstrating simple ways to use them in order to help young students learn more effectively. Some of the challenges I’ll be addressing include:

  • How to make sure that your lesson focus remains on language learning even when you introduce new technology.
  • How to create digital picture books in large classes with only one or two computers to share.
  • How to create digital projects when you don’t have access to the Internet in class.
  • How to use your smart phone to get parents more involved in their children’s learning.

And more. So, whether you have all the tech toys one would want and want to learn how to use them in ways that won’t derail your language focus or believe that you can’t use technology in teaching because you don’t have computers or Internet access at school, I hope you’ll join me in this webinar.

As teachers, we want to use every resource available to us in order to help our students become skilled language users, including technology!

Bringing Technology into Your Young Learner Classroom
A free Let’s Share webinar, hosted by Oxford University Press)
Friday, January 25th at 12:00 GMT. (16:00 GST, 21:00 JST, 10:00 BRST, 07:00 EST)
Register here.

Even if you can’t attend the live webinar, please register so that you can have access to the recording. Registering for the webinar is the only way to get access to the recording. 

Hope to see you at the webinar!

Hiroshima JALT Mini-Conference and Bookfair, December 16, 2012

On Sunday, December 16th, I’ll be presenting at Hiroshima JALT’s Mini-Conference and Bookfair. My workshop “Ten Terrific Ways to Teach Children” will be at 2:15 in the Kids’ Room. There are a lot of great people presenting and giving workshops, so if you’re free I hope you’ll join us! The full conference schedule, and abstracts for the presentations abstracts are online.


Hiroshima JALT Mini-Conference and Bookfair

First Facebook Live Chat

On December 2nd at 8 pm Japan time, my co-authors Ritsuko Nakata and Karen Frazier and I  will hold a live chat on Facebook. The topic is “Getting children to talk in English” and I think a lot of people have questions about how exactly to accomplish that! It will be another first for the three of us, and we’re very excited! To participate, all you need to do is show up on the Oxford University Press – ELT Facebook page at chat time. (Check what time this is for you)

Live Facebook Chat

Let’s Share

Let's Share

Oxford University Press has launched a special promotional campaign for Let’s Go called Let’s Share. Over the next several months, we’ll have blog posts, facebook chats, teacher stories, and free webinars and lesson downloads. You’ll also have a chance to submit questions you’d like my co-authors and I to answer. For more information and to register for the free events, visit the OUP Let’s Share page.

I wrote a blog post with tips for navigating the Let’s Share page, since there is so much available it can seem a bit overwhelming. Please read Sharing is caring if you’d like some tips for making the most of this campaign.