On Monday I am hosting the Mid North Coast English Teachers Combined Staff Development Day at my school. It promises to be a great day.
Prue Greene from CLIC is our keynote speaker as well as running workshops on the Australian Curriculum and Creative Writing using ICT tools. As well, Bianca Hewes (@BiancaH80 on Twitter) is attending as a guest to enthuse English teachers on the use of Edmodo, Diginarratives and Project Based Learning in the English classroom. Bianca coming to present at our conference is even more amazing when you know that she only arrived back in the country today after several weeks traversing America after attending the ISTE2011. Both are inspirational and I am looking forward to working with them.
As well, local English teachers have put their hands up to run workshops on a wide variety of topics including Accelerated Literacy, Smart Notebook, New Ideas for Assessment, Creative Writing in Stage 4, Assessing Year 10 and Raising the Bar in Stage 5. It has been fantastic to see so many teachers willing to share their ideas with their colleagues.
The first workshop I will be presenting is on “Cool Tools to Use in the English Classroom”. I have had a great deal of fun researching and and trialling a new range of web tools and websites this year and thought it only right that I share them with everyone else. To present them I used two old favourites – Prezi and Glogster. The final results are posted below. Update! @CarleleeB has generously shared her resources as well so check out the links to her great resources as well below the Prezi. Thanks, Carla!
The second workshop is on “Deconstructing Shakespeare” and will be the focus of my next post which hopefully will be finished this weekend.
If you are part of DEC, I hope you have a stimulating and exciting Staff Development Day and don’t forget to thank the people who have given up their holiday time to prepare the workshops and activities that you will partake in. It is a labour of love but a “thank you” is always appreciated!