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Weekend on the Isle

A big congrats to Joe Dale whose ICT in Languages conference was a brilliant success at the weekend. So much planning and incredibly hard work went on behind the scenes, but everything went as (meticulously) planned by Joe as far as I know! We were made extremely welcome and I was surprised to find that the Isle of Wight was just like England LOL! What a lovely place to work too I can see why you love it, Joe 🙂

There were so many good ideas and discussions going on, as well as just a really good vibe. It was really great to meet up with Leigh and Rachel again, as well as finally meeting David Noble and Chris Fuller. The circuit is becoming quite familiar now and long may it be so. I came away with pages of notes to myself about things to look into and do, and I can’t wait to get started! If only the Post Office would deliver my new dv cam grrrrr.

Until now there has been much talk about upskilling teachers in ICT but what was really interesting this time was talking about how many teachers, particularly those edubloggers/ podcasters/ techies among us, are now way ahead of the students’ capacities and there is perhaps a need to take the time to embed what we’re doing now, not necessarily continuing to search endlessly for more and more innovations… The conclusion I like the best is that as professionals we must, as ever, be reflective in what we do, selecting the right tools and techniques for the purpose. The main aim is obviously to improve and enhance the learning experience and if more time is spent on the gimmick than the learning it might not be the best plan! Well that’s all for now. Wishing all colleagues and readers a restful hol next week.

I really enjoyed Lisa Stevens’ presentation on Primary Languages – lots of inspiration for Secondary too!


October 16, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Hi Steph,

    it was really great to finally meet you, having heard your name banded around as an example so many times over this last year!

    I hope the next few months start calming down and that school starts to be a happy place!


    Comment by Chris Fuller | October 16, 2007 | Reply

  2. Very valid comment you make there about taking stock of the technology we have, as opposed to devoting too much time in looking for the next big thing – we need blogging and podcasting to become more regular and possibly more common place in our language lessons before we look any further. Question for you – just looking for your opinion – what’s the advantage of blogs over VLEs, if there are any?

    Ta muchly!

    Comment by Alex Blagona | October 16, 2007 | Reply

  3. Hi Steph

    Thanks for the mention – makes me feel loved 😉 and thanks for taking some decent photos of me – there seem to be rather a lot of me gurning flying around!!
    Hope you had a safe journey back, and hopefully we’ll meet again sometime.

    Lisa xx

    Comment by Lisa | October 16, 2007 | Reply

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