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Teaching Ideas and Research in Education

Find links here to articles, journals, PDFs and other sites that provide you quick and easy access to current and past research in a range of areas relating to languages education.

MLTAV Conference May 10 2013

Thank you for attending my session on using iPads to support Differentiation - and thanks for your understanding when the Internet didn't work and we couldn't do any of the activities I had so carefully designed! ;) I hope you found the session useful despite that little (big!) hiccup...

I have had some issues getting those documents online here - please  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to let me know that you would like them, and I will email them directly to you in a zipped file. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you want further reading material at any point also.


VATI Congress April 24 2013 

Thank you for coming along to my session(s) at the Congress! I have now removed the documents from the Congress - feel free to get in touch if you are keen to get hold of something you saw. 


iPads in Languages classrooms

Are you using iPads in your Languages classroom? Try a few of my favourite Apps! Educreations is a fantastically simple Application that allows students to add images, text and audio - and records everything they are doing on the 'whiteboard'. Can be used for very simple 'tutorial' style presentations eg. My Family or Food in the target language country. In a way, it is a very simple version of an incredibly useful App for Languages classrooms, Explain Everything. This one is gold. If you can only choose one paid App to add to your class set of iPads or put on your students' booklist, this is the one (it only costs $2.99AUD). You can do so much with this Application to develop students' language skills, i don't know where to start! But if you're reading this, please email me to ask for a list of ideas (give an idea of your year level and current topics of study).

I have to admit that I also love using Pages with students - just like creating Word documents, on the iPad you can ask students to choose a template. This is really a guide for use of text-type, for example, an invitation, a recipe, a brochure advertising a house for sale etc. Students can put in images and text while using the template to help them become familiar with the chosen text-type - the format, the structure, the possible sub-headings and contents.

And a little App that is a little expensive (there are similar Apps that are free) but very useful for teachers: Soundnote. This one looks like a notepad - you press record and while it records sound, you type your notes. Afterwards, if you click on any word that you typed, it will take you immediately to that point in the recording so you can listen to what was said. This can be useful for recording oral work with students, spoken assessment, roleplays, oral Outcomes in Year 12 etc. Also very useful if you are at a Professional Learning session and (with the permission of the presenter) you record what is being said, while you type your notes. These sound files are stored within the App on the iPad but can also be emailed or shared in other ways (eg. dropbox). The free version don't always allow for emailing or sharing. This means you can email that oral practice for assessment to a student with your typed feedback, or email your notes from a meeting to the colleague with whom you met so that you both have an accurate recording of what was said.



The Six Radical Secrets of a More Productive Classroom: This newspaper article looks at some incredibly simple ideas that can be implemented in classrooms to enhance student engagement, and outlines (briefly) some research taking place in the UK to see how effective these practices are.


Want Children to Pay Attention Make Their Brains Curious: This article looks at the importance of curiosity when it comes to engaging students in their learning. The author explains the neurological research behind this idea, giving simple, effctive strategies for getting students' attention and keeping it.


(by pure coincidence, both of these articles look at the use of small whiteboards for each student in a classroom, seen as a useful tool for engagement)


Boys Learning Languages - published in Babel Magazine in July 2006


Multiple Intelligences & Learning Styles – a simple, easy-to-understand explanation of these two theories and what they mean for us when catering to learners in our classrooms.


The Active Learning Cone – how much of what we read and hear do we actually remember several weeks later? The Active Learning Cone and the explanation accompanying it show that it takes active involvement on the part of the student in order to learn and retain information.


More links coming soon..