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Tuesday, August 11 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
Thinking about Syncing? Tools for Designing and Assessing Listening and Speaking Tasks

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Harnessing and integrating the multitude of Web tools and mobile apps into the World Language classroom offers impressive rewards as well as unique challenges. The gamut of tech savviness among teachers runs from low exposure to the completely outfitted, high-tech computer language lab user. Professional development and training in technology for most teachers typically involves instruction on gradebooks or on connecting a laptop to a projector. Left without informed instruction on technology integration, many World Language teachers do not grow beyond a basic comfort level; thereby missing out on valuable opportunities to share academic use of creative and thoughtful tools that will serve students in their post-secondary experiences. In order to encourage students’ creativity and technological awareness, it is essential that educators gain confidence and knowledge in evaluating and adapting the ever-changing list of tools.

Working from the perspective of supporting ACTFL, AP and the Common Core State Standards, participants will engage in an exploration of Web and mobile tools pertinent to listening and speaking tasks using the SAMR and TPACK models. The presenter will engage participants in not only an interactive conversation discussing appropriate and effective tools for both learners and educators, but will also provide focused training on the design and assessment of authentic speaking and listening tasks. Emphasis will be placed on learner skills and growth. Participants will gain concrete skills and comprehension of the tools that they will be able to use directly in their classes and collaboratively with their colleagues. The group will produce a shared document on resources, rubrics, and thematic uses of the tools. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop computer and (if possible) an iOS device. Applications and sites demonstrated at the session are available on the presenter’s technology Web site: catherine-ousselin.org/technology.html

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Catherine Ousselin

French teacher / Technology Coach, Mount Vernon Schools - Mount Vernon, WA
Integration of technology (blogs, apps, tools, etc) into World Language, Twitter and other social media, authentic resource curation for teachers and learners, French legends and historical events as units, ACTFL Thematic unit planning, Digital Storytelling, Outreach to native speakers of Spanish for French programs and AATF!


Tuesday August 11, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
Lamont B-30 11 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA