This intensive workshop will offer hands-on opportunities for Foreign/World Language educators to explore practical ways to use technology to enhance instruction of the 5C's framework (Communication, Culture, Community, Connections and Comparisons), with specific attention to listening, speaking and writing skills. The workshop will explore innovative ideas, effective techniques, and thoughtful plans for incorporating Web-based resources, social media, mobile devices, and emerging technologies into foreign language classrooms with an eye towards building global awareness, collaboration skills, and critical thinking.
Participants will examine numerous examples of the best Foreign Language resource web sites, work with innovative tools and apps to help students practice and improve their speaking, listening and writing skills, develop fluency with Web 2.0 technologies such as blogs, wikis, podcasts, and online social networks, and learn how to connect their students with others from around the world. They will also be introduced to vibrant online learning communities so that they may engage in their own ongoing learning and professional development long after the workshop’s end. Examples of technology use in foreign language classrooms will be drawn from a variety of contexts and languages, and the workshop is appropriate for teachers of any foreign language. The combination of presentations, resources, and hands-on lab time will leave participants with strategies to build creative, collaborative, and community-minded classrooms of the 21st century.
EdTechTeacher does not provide equipment for the workshop. Participants should bring a laptop computer with wireless capability and the ability to record audio - either with an internal or external microphone. You are welcome to also bring iPads, tablets, or other mobile devices in addition to your laptop, but some tools may not work on all devices.
We will begin promptly at 8:30 am and strongly recommend arriving 20-30 minutes early on the first day in order to get set up. Coffee and snacks will be available each morning. Lunch options are within walking distance.
- 8:30 am - 12:00 pm - Class
- 12:00 pm - 1:00pm - Lunch
- 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Class
Tom Daccord is an educational technology speaker, instructor, and writer who has worked with schools, districts, colleges and educational organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Author of Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers by Teachers and The Best of History Web Sites, Tom has presented on educational technology topics at national and international conferences, including ISTE (U.S.), ELMLE (Europe), and ICTLT (Asia). He has produced a series of online courses on Web 2.0 and iPad integration, as well as 21st century school leadership and classroom assessment. A former social studies teacher who instructed in a laptop classroom for seven years, Tom has been featured in the Boston Globe for his contributions to teaching with technology and invited to Singapore by the Ministry of Education as an “Outstanding Educator in Residence.” In addition to leading EdTechTeacher, Tom currently serves as President of the National Council of Social Studies Technology Committee and was a featured speaker at the 2010 NCSS Conference. Tom is also an advisor to Massachusetts Computer Users in Education (MassCUE), and the Massachusetts Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (MASCD), and serves as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) project consultant. He is the creator of Best History Web Sites, an award-winning portal, and The Center for Teaching History with Technology, dedicated to helping K-12 history and social studies teachers effectively incorporate technology into their courses. Tom also created Teaching English with Technology, designed to guide K-12 English and Language Arts teachers in their use of technology in the classroom. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Montreal, Tom has taught in Quebec, France, Switzerland, and the United States.
Erin McCloskey is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a graduate of the Learning and Teaching program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). At HGSE she researched online teacher professional development, focusing on the relationship between technologically-mediated learning and intercultural learning. She has taught professional development courses about sheltered instruction for ELLs through the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT, served as an advisor to pre-service secondary school teachers in the Boston Public Schools, advised HGSE faculty on the incorporation of technology in instruction, and served as a teaching fellow for several HGSE courses in the Technology, Innovation and Education program. Erin is the principal consultant on a project to develop online courses for Costa Rican Spanish-literacy teachers in collaboration with Costa Rica’s leading distance university. Prior to doctoral studies, Erin was a high school Spanish teacher, EFL teacher, and language curriculum developer at Phillips Academy at Andover, Concord Academy, Community Day Charter School in Lawrence, MA, and a public school outside of San José, Costa Rica. Erin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University, where she got her A.B. in Comparative Literature (Spanish/English), and received her Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation and Education from Harvard University.
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The cost of this workshop is $745. To pay by check or purchase order, please send your completed registration form and payment to Ileen Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-314-8214 (fax).
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Attention: Ileen Matthews
41 Kinsley Lane
Mendon, MA 01756
Please note: Space in our workshops is limited and they have sold-out in recent years. Spots are guaranteed on a first-paid, first-served basis, so please expedite payment as soon as possible.
Requests for cancellation must be submitted in writing to Ileen Matthews at email@example.com. If you have to cancel, we will issue a refund (minus a $25 processing fee) until 21 days before your workshop. After that date, no refunds will be given.
Waiting List Policy
If the workshop is full, we'll put you on the waiting list, and let you know if a spot becomes available.
Professional Development Credits
We have received approval from Framingham State University (Massachusetts) to award 1 (one) graduate credit to participants at a cost of $75. To receive graduate credit participants must be in attendance for all onsite instruction and complete all assigned work. Once registered, participants will receive additional graduate credit details.
We can also award PDPs (Massachusetts) for attendance.
Directions & Travel
The workshops will be held in classrooms leased from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA - minutes from downtown Boston and near Logan Airport. You can reach the workshops by car or public transportation. It is a short walk from the Harvard Square T Stop (the subway), as well as along bus routes. The MBTA website has schedules and details.
If you have not experienced driving in Boston, know that it can be quite a challenge. Parking is limited and expensive - plan on approximately $27 per day in parking around Harvard.
We do also have a list of recommended accommodations in Cambridge.
If you have any questions, please contact us or call (888) 377-9518.