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Tuesday, August 25 • TBA
Are We Ready For Blended Learning? Identifying The Tools That Can Help The Next Steps

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This session explores what can be done - and what lessons have been learnt when working in the blended environment.

Partnered with Joe Dale's globally renowned #MFLtwitterati podcast, the session will draw out some of the best, inexpensive or free tools can be used to gently enhance teaching in the online world.

And, joined by three celebrated members of the MFL Twitterati, we'll be drawing out the best in online and offline blended learning, and to answer some pretty tough questions!

  • How can you feel confident and prepared to move blended learning on a stage?
  • Navigating the 'tools' environment: What are the best free and inexpensive online tools available to access amid a huge array of options
  • 'Finding your favourites': Can there be a case of too many too often when it comes to using 'tools' for teaching? What about 'good old instruction'?
  • The cliche of 'the students know more than the adults' when it comes to technology...but, do they really? Don't they just access a different kind of technology?
  • 'Teacher reluctance' - how can we create a culture of mutual support for teachers who may be struggling to get to grips with this strange new way of working?
  • How do you ensure using these tools is not just a gimmick or a flash in the pan!?

About the MFL Podcast

Our podcast is designed to celebrate the voices of the modern language teaching community in the UK, Ireland and beyond by showcasing the fab ideas and resources they share on Twitter with your hosts Joe Dale and Noah Geisel.

This dynamic and supportive community has a wide variety of members including language teachers and departments, consultants and organisations from the UK and lreland and beyond. We regularly share updates, links to resources and advice on anything and everything to do with languages and language learning. The main idea of this podcast is to share language teachers’ innovative practice enhancing teaching and learning both in and out of the classroom!

The podcast is aimed at anyone interested in language education at all levels, as well as fans of EdTech and is divided into specific sections. We begin with the radar section where Noah and I talk about an idea, resource or new app or web tool update which has particularly caught our eye recently. Then comes the #mfltwitterati takeaways where Noah and I discuss tweets tagged with the #mfltwitterati hashtag that have particularly resonated with us. Next, we have the MFL show and tell section where members of the #mfltwitterati describe a class activity they have found to be effective or an event they have attended. Following that is the techtalk interview where Noah and I speak to a language educator about how they are integrating tech into their practice and we unpack some of their tips and tricks.

We hope you find the podcast useful and that you try out some of the ideas in your own class. Feel free to send us some audio feedback using the SpeakPipe widget on the right hand side of the site or written feedback in the comment sections under each post or via Twitter including the #mfltwitterati hashtag of course. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for listening.

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Rob Walden

Director, Real World Education Group
My experience is underpinned by 25 years in education and business, and I have held posts as a PE teacher, Assistant Headteacher, Partnership Manager, Marketer, and Business Director.Now, as Director of Real World Education Group, I am excited to lead within networks and partnerships... Read More →

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Helen Myers

Teacher, The Ashcombe School, Dorking
Language teacher (French, German, Italian), Music teacher, and formerly a senior manager in a large mixed comprehensive school.mflresources.org.uk  
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Joe Dale

Ambassador, British Council & eTwinning
Joe Dale is an independent languages consultant from the UK who works with a range of organisations such as Network for Languages, ALL, The British Council, the BBC, Skype, Microsoft and The Guardian. He was host of the TES MFL forum for six years, former SSAT Languages Lead Practitioner... Read More →
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Esmeralda Salgado

Head of Modern Foreign Languages, King's Ely
Esmeralda is Head of MFL and Spanish at King’s Ely, in Cambridgeshire and responsible for the MFL Erasmus programme in her school. She is passionate about “taking languages outside the classroom ” and making the learning of MFL a skill for life in students, for which IT represents... Read More →
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Jane Basnett

Head of Modern Languages, Downe House School
Experienced Head with a demonstrated history of working in education. Skilled in E-Learning, Coaching, Lesson Planning, Event Management, and Educational Technology. Strong professional, Masters in Digital Technology in Language Teaching from the University of Nottingham.#mfltwit... Read More →

Tuesday August 25, 2020 TBA
Channel 2: Blended Learning