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 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!
- 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.)
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
12. 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)
13. How to Win an EdTechTeam Demo Slam
A Demo Slam is a high-energy, quick-paced competition where presenters have three minutes each to demonstrate something techy in front of the crowd who will vote for a winner. If you have seen a live Demo Slam and want to participate but perhaps lack the courage or inspiration, this session is for you! Sylvia will share some of her crown-winning tips and tricks then participants will share ideas and work on their own Demo Slams. Time permitting, we will have a mock Demo Slam competition at the end of the session.
14. Cloud-based Creativity Tools for Any Classroom
Do you have a multi-device classroom with shared resources? No problem! In this session, Sylvia will showcase several creativity tools that can be used on any device because they are stored in the cloud. Your students will be able to start their projects on one device (ex, iPad) and continue them on another device (ex. Chromebook) and back again, seamlessly. Please download the following iPad apps and create accounts prior to this session: Adobe Spark Video, Adobe Spark Post, Adobe Spark Page, WeVideo, Haiku Deck, Book Creator.
- 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).
- Amazing Tips and Tricks for your iPhone
Sylvia will guide you through exploring the “Tips” app on your iPhone to show you some amazing things you may not have known that your phone can do.