Workshops

Several times a year I run workshops for FSL teachers. If you are interested, please fill out your name here and I will contact you with upcoming dates.

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, including how to use Flubaroo to automatically grade quizzes.

5. Please contact me to set up a personalized workshop for your teachers.

sduckworth100@gmail.com