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My day at BETT

on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:59

 

Recently attended the BETT conference, my first time ever, and was impressed at the sheer size and the variety of presentations and products on show. Main reason for going was to support Margret Oberhofer, the coordinator of the EU project iTILT,  presenting results at the SMARTboard reception and workshop room. For more info and pics see the bloglpost at the iTILT site. Our presentation was also blogged about by Angela Higgins, one of my SMARTVET partners.

I used the rest of the day to get an impression of the state of the art in educational technology land.

EU Grants for language teachers

on Sat, 12/22/2012 - 18:55

 

The Universities of Antwerp, Coimbra and their partners in the EU projects iTILT and NIFLAR are offering EU-funded summercourses in 2013 targeted at teachers of modern languages on:

a) effective use of Interactive Whiteboards 

and

b) ICT & WEB 2.0 applications to promote oral competences, 

respectively.

TELLConsult, co-initiator and partner in both projects, is organising these courses in collaboration with the University of Aveiro and the Technical University of Valencia.

Find more information on the course descriptions at the EU Comenius/Grundtvig Training database, the related

Graham Davies remembered at EUROCALL 2012 conference

on Sun, 09/02/2012 - 13:44

Attended the 2012 EUROCALL conference late August, in Gothenburg, Sweden.  

Representing TELLConsult as partner in a number of current and previous EU projects (iTILT, EUROVERSITY, NIFLAR) I did some project dissemination activities and promotion work for current (NIFLAR) and future (iTILT) Comenius courses I am coordinating.
 
More info about the 2012 courses on MFL speaking competences & Technology here.
 
Not having submitted a paper myself this time I could also concentrate better on the sessions I selected (see my #eurocall tweets here). Among them, of course,  the presentations on

EU projects iTILT and SMARTVET proposed joint presentation at Educa Berlin

on Sat, 06/02/2012 - 09:53

Being involved  in four EU projects dealing with interactive classroom technologies in various capacities (full, subcontracted and dissemination partner) TELLConsult took the iniitiative to try and join forces to contribute collectively to the Educa Online 2012 conference.

Despite time constraints the iTILT and SMARTVET projects managed to co-author and submit a workshop proposal on the deadline, June 1. Find the abstract below.

 

Abstract pre-conference workshop
 
Although the use of interactive whiteboards (IWB) is becoming increasingly commonplace in mainstream education in many of

TELLConsult attended SMART_VET project kick-off meeting

on Wed, 12/21/2011 - 16:55

The EU project SMART_VET (2011-2013) had its kick-off meeting at the coordinator (FIT) 's premises in Dublin. 

On behalf of TELLConsult, partner in this project on (interactive whiteboards) IWBs in Vocational Education, I attended and contributed an invited presentation on my experiences with IWBs in education. On the photo here, Gilberto Colinassi (ENAIP FVG),  presenting the Italian SmarTeach project

Obviously I included the related EU project iTILT, presented an overvview and some of the interim products.

Being responsible for the design of the survey questionnaire to map teachers´ IWB

TELLConsult contributed plenary presentation to EU project ETALAGE conference

on Tue, 11/01/2011 - 20:56

On behalf of TELLConsult I contributed a presentation, entitled 'Task-supported language teaching and technology-enhanced learning'  to the final meeting of the EU project ETALAGE in Budapest. (more on this below) 

 
 

The fourth and final meeting / Conference of the Etalage project took place in Budapest from Sunday the 9th of October until Thursday the 13th of October 2011. Eötvös Lorand University and Madách Imre Gimnázium, Budapest, hosted the event for colleagues and their guests from 9 European countries. 

In his presentation 'Pedagogical changes brought about by ICT integration' at

TELLConsult at EUROCALL 2011

on Wed, 08/31/2011 - 13:25

TELLConsult to present iTILT poster at the EUROCALL 2011 Conference in Nottingham (UK)

TELLConsult co-presented iTILT at REAL-TICE conference

on Fri, 06/24/2011 - 23:46

Together with British Council partner Graham Stanley we did a workshop on IWBs in Language Education at the REAL-TICE conference on June 22-25 in Madrid. 

The event was organised  by the European Network of Language Teacher Associations (REAL) in collaboration with several Language Teacher Associations, including TESOL-SPAIN.  Fore more information, programme and presentations consult the Seminar website
Main goals of the seminar were to enable participants to:
  • share their concerns, ideas and experiences about the world of teaching and learning languages;
  • find out about new solutions on

Sankore's open-source authoring software presented at Salon Solutions Linux Open Source 2011

on Sun, 06/12/2011 - 00:01

 

For more information about this initiative in French click here for its webportal and/or view this YouTube interview
 
Thanks to another relevant Twitter follower I found out about The Sankoré program. It is a French initiative to share the revolution of digital education with Africa. The activities, started in January 2009 in Bamako, are supported through the Groupement d’Intérêt Public pour l’Education Numérique en Afrique (GIPENA) and the Délégation Interministérielle à l’Education Numérique en Afrique (DIENA).
 
Sankoré is:
  • a program to equip African schools with digital

Long tail also in Education

on Sun, 06/05/2011 - 21:41

As George Tsioumani recently started to follow me on Twitter, I found out about his Blog 'ICT in ELT' and his interest in the WebQuest concept: [...] I regret so much that I didn't have discovered Webquest.org earlier.'  The comment option allowed me to share an overview of the latest developments on WebQuests in Language Education (LanguageQuests) as published in Issue 3 of CORELL,  a peer-reviewed electronic journal on computer resources in foreign language. 



This event and the recent invitation to TELLConsult  to join an EU Transfer of Innovation project  to help customise the results

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