Below are workshops descriptions that I have run in the past. Please contact me to set up a personalized workshop for your teachers.
Full/half day Sketchnoting workshop
Sketchnoting, or visual note-taking, is gaining widespread popularity as an effective and engaging way for to take notes and to facilitate understanding and learning. Workshop participants will learn how to develop a doodling mentality with various fun and scaffolded drawing activities throughout the day. Sylvia will walk you through the basic elements of sketchnoting such as how to set up your sketchnote and how to draw icons, fonts, arrows, people, faces, animals, banners, containers, frames, bullets, dividers, and shading. By the end of the workshop, even the most reluctant artist will become a budding sketchnoter, and will leave with all the skills necessary to create beautiful and meaningful visual notes. Come and discover the magic of sketchnoting!
Sessions for FSL Teachers:
1) Using iPads in the FSL Class
Sylvia will highlight some of her favourite iPad apps in her Junior Core French classes. Apps for consumption (ie. to learn and practice vocabulary) will be explored, as well as apps for creating voice recordings, digital stories, fun animations, iMovie projects/trailers and stop-motion videos. Participants will be shown how to use a greenscreen to replace backgrounds in videos and how to create original songs and raps with GarageBand to use in video projects. Throughout the session, Sylvia will showcase her students’ numerous iPad projects with these tools. Come and get your geek on and inspire your students to get creative with their iPads!
2) Using Google Apps for Education in the FSL Class
Harness the power of Google Apps for Education in your FSL classroom. After an overview of Google Drive, Docs, Presentations, Forms, Sheets, and Drawings, Sylvia will show you how you and your students can collaborate and get creative using these apps. She will showcase her students projects which include creating digital stories with music and voice and “Choisis ton adventure” stories, as well as how to create original raps and music with different Google apps. We will take a look at using Google Hangouts (videoconferencing) for virtual field trips, interviewing guests, and doing “Hangouts Mystères” where two classes try to guess each others’ location by asking questions in French. We will also look at some Google Drive Add-ons, Chrome Apps and Extensions to automate and simplify your life.
3. Web 2.0 tools: Digital storytelling and other gems for FSL teachers
Sylvia will show you many free, online sites for your students to create digital stories in the target language while showcasing many of her FSL students’ projects. Featured websites include: Adobe Spark apps (Page, Post and Video), Incredibox, Flipgrid, Book Creator and more.
1 – 2 hour sessions (for all teachers)
1. Getting Creative with GSuite Apps
Sylvia will give you some ideas on how you and your students can get creative with Google tools. Learn how to create animations, video cards, digital stories, “Choose-your-own-Adventure” stories, raps, photo albums and flipbooks, interactive videos, games and more. So much is possible with GSuite!
2. My favourite Googly Things A to Z
In this fast-paced session, Sylvia will show you some of her favourite Google tools, tips and tricks from A to Z. Hang onto your hats because you are in for quite the ride!
Learn how you and your students can take visual notes during class, meetings and conferences with an iPad, tablet, or pen and paper. Sylvia will walk you through the basic elements of sketchnoting such as structure, elements, fonts, drawing people and faces, animals, icons, banners, shading and stylus selection. It’s never too late to rediscover your love of drawing!
4. Getting Creative with Bitmojis Avatars
Bitmoji avatars are a great way for students to express their feelings. There are many uses for them in the classroom including: Entry/Exit tickets, stickers, providing feedback, collaborative story writing and creating cartoon strips. Imagine the stories your students will tell! Click here for an example.
5. Choose-Your-Own-Adventure stories with Google Slides
Participants will learn how to use a Google doc to plan a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure outline, then they will use the “Link to slide” feature in Google Slides to create an interactive story. Click here for an example.
6. Digital Breakout Games
Come try the digital version of the hit game Breakout EDU where players looks for online clues to solve a number of puzzles. In this session we will play in teams to see who can best work collaboratively to be the first team to break out. We will also learn how to create our own Breakout EDU Digital games.
7. FlipGrid and Adobe Spark: An Appsmash Made in Heaven!
Spark.adobe.com and Flipgrid.com are free, web-based platforms that are compatible with any device. With Adobe Spark, students can create beautiful graphics, webpages and videos in minutes. With Flipgrid, students can share their creations with their teacher, their classmates, and with the world! Both platforms are so easy that students in the younger grades can use it, yet sophisticated enough to appeal to older students as well. Come and see what you can create and share! If you are attending with a mobile device, please pre-download Adobe Spark Post, Adobe Spark Page, Adobe Spark Video and Flipgrid.
8. How to Build a PLN
Are you new to the idea of using social media for professional development? Sylvia will get you started on a journey that will help you make international connections while growing your expertise in all areas of education. We will look at Twitter, G+ and Facebook. Please create a Twitter account prior to the session.
9. How to Create Interactive Stories with 360° images Using Google Street View and Google Sites
Imagine reading a story with 360° images that you can click on and look around, to give you the sense of “Stepping into” the scene. In this session, Sylvia will show you how to embed 360° images into a Google Site using your own 360° images taken with the Google Street View app, or using 360° images already in Google maps. She will also demonstrate how to create a narrated sound track with background music on Soundtrap that you can embed as an mp3 into your site so that readers can hear you read the story out loud. With these tools, your students will be able to create stories that they will never forget! (To see an example, please visit: bit.ly/SylHome)
- iMovie for iPad for Beginners
For the Creativity strand in the Apple Teacher program, Sylvia will teach you the basics of how to get started with iMovie for iPad. You will learn how to bring different features together such as video, photos, sound effects, and music. We will also learn how to use the Trailer feature, a super-fun aspect of iMovie which your students can use to create Book Trailers, or to advertise anything happening in the class or school community.
- Creating Digital Stories with iMovie AppSmashing
Sylvia will demonstrate some of her students’ favourite apps for digital storytelling on the iPad: Haiku Deck, Sock Puppets, DoInk Green Screen, Bitmoji, and iFunFace (Pro). We will appsmash these apps with iMovie to create unique, multi-media, multi-scene videos. Imagine the stories your students will tell! Please pre-download the apps before the session.
- Tips and Tricks for Apple Clips
Find out why “Apple Clips” (a free iOS app to make multimedia videos) is taking the educational world by storm. During this session, you will learn how to import images and videos and add special effects like filters, labels, stickers, and even emojis. There are cool animated graphics and transitions and a special voice-to-text feature that turns into a rolling scroll on your screen. You can add your own music, or choose from 70 different free soundtracks in the app. Come and discover the magic of Clips so you and your students can create fun, engaging, and memorable videos in minutes!
- Now We’re Talking! How to Create a Talking Bitmoji with iOS apps
Do you love Bitmojis? How about talking Bitmojis? Sylvia will show you how to appsmash on your iOS device to create videos such as this: bit.ly/SylBitmojiVideo. Please pre-download the Bitmoji app (and create your avatar), Doink Green Screen and iFunFace (Pro).