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 to take notes and to display student learning. Participants will learn how to establish a doodling culture in class with various fun and scaffolded drawing activities throughout the session. They will also learn about the elements of sketchnoting and how to get over the “But I’m not an artist!” mentality. This is a hands-on session, so come prepared to draw! Click here for a sample agenda.
Full/half day sessions for FSL Teachers:
1) Using Social Media in the FSL Class and for Teacher Professional Development
Learn how to use Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ to make international connections with other educators and classes around the world. Sylvia will demonstrate how these connections allow teachers and students to interact on social media with each other and to collaborate on projects together. She will provide step-by-step handouts on how to create social media accounts, including curating videos on your own YouTube Channel, and how to use Tweetdeck to organize your Twitter feed. She will also showcase her grade 5 Core French students’ blogs and explain how to use Remind to send parents and students notifications on their smartphones.
2) Web 2.0 tools: Digital storytelling and other gems
Sylvia will show you many free, online sites for your students to make digital stories in the target language. She will also showcase some of her grade 5 Core French students’ projects. Featured websites include: Adobe Spark Video, Flipsnack, Storybird, Powtoon, Incredibox and others. In addition, Sylvia will provide many internet links that your students can use to practice their French, including vocabulary game sites and interactive eBooks for reading. Sylvia will also provide links to dozens of pre-made slide decks and SMARTboard activities that you can use right away in your FSL class.
3) 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!
4) 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.
1 – 2 hour sessions (for all teachers)
- Getting Creative with GAFE
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 GAFE!
- 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!
- Creating Comics with Bitmojis and Google Slides
Discover how much fun it is creating cartoon strips with your own Bitmoji avatar and Google Slides. Imagine the stories your students will tell! Click here for an example.
- Video production with Google Slides and WeVideo
WeVideo is a cloud-based video-editing site for all devices. Learn how you and your students can create professional-looking videos by uploading Google Slides to WeVideo, adding a voiceover, music, and slick graphics, then upload to YouTube. Click here for an example.
- 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.
- 360° Storytelling and Virtual Reality
Learn how to create 360° stories with the Google Street View app and Storyspheres.com. Embed hotspots and voiceovers for a complete interactive experience, then view your story in Virtual Reality with Google Cardboard. You have to see this to believe it! You will need a laptop and a mobile device with the Google Street View app. (Click here for an example.)
- Digital portfolios and blogging with Seesaw
Seesaw is a free, web-based, multi-device, digital portfolio and blogging platform that is designed for students from K – 8. Students can upload files, videos, photos, text, URLs and drawings, and then share them with their teacher, classmates and parents, while learning about the importance of digital citizenship. Come and find out why teachers around the world are falling in love with Seesaw!
- BOEdu Digital
Come try the digital version of the hit game Breakout EDU where players looks for 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.
- Creating Digital Stories with Adobe Spark Video
Spark.adobe.com is a free website that allows students to create stories/slideshows/videos with text, voice and music in minutes. Finished videos can be edited at any time as they are stored in the cloud, and they can also be uploaded to YouTube for sharing. The platform is 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!
- 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.
- How to use Google Cardboard and VR in class
Explore the possibilities of using Virtual Reality in class with Google Cardboard. Sylvia will share her list of the best Virtual Reality apps for education and you will also learn how you and your students can create your own VR content with the Google Street view app. Finally, we look look at different platforms for sharing your 360° images. Bring your smartphones and VR viewers if you have one (I have 30 to share).