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Draft version of needs analysis report re IWB training presented at SMARTVET project meeting

on Fri, 05/25/2012 - 19:21

Community College Norwich (CCN) in the UK hosted the second project meeting of the SMART_VET project.
Progress was reviewed and part of that agenda concerned the scrutiny of the draft report of the needs analysis carried out by TELLConsult. See the brief draft summary below. A final version will be available soon after partner and focus group feedback has been processed.
We also defined the agenda for the next period, including the next meeting, this time in Utrecht, Holland: so my turn to host the session.

To round off our visit we were shown around the CCN premises where several

Analysis of questionnaire data for SMART_VET project started

on Sun, 04/01/2012 - 00:34
One of the objectives in the EU project  'Supporting Continuous Professional Development of VET teachers in the use of Interactive Whiteboards' (SMART_VET, 2011-2013) is to undertake needs analysis of VET teachers as input for the development of IWB training materials. 
 
 
TELLConsult was subcontracted to carry out this research. To this end an online questionnaire was developed earlier this year. 
 
Reaching what we expect to be a representative response result (n= 200) we closed the questionnaire on March 20. An extension of the data collection period with 14 days was needed to get to

TELLConsult invited by Anglia Network Europe to contribute to EU project initiative

on Wed, 02/29/2012 - 16:24

Anglia Network Europe initiated the development of an EU project proposal and successfully submitted the project description.

The project addresses the urgent necessity to adapt adult language learning methods to the real needs of adults language learners and the growing desire from education providers to integrate the promotion of active citizenship into their curriculum. In order to obtain both objectives this project aims to develop a method for intergenerational foreign language learning.

The aim is to develop a coherent, integrated method for foreign language learning for adults,

TELLConsult visited schools in SA Swellendam area

on Mon, 02/06/2012 - 15:52

Thanks to introductions from Adriaan Mocke, Board director of the Olyfkrans College in Swellendam (see picture on the right here) 

I could visit Hoërskool Swellendam and Swellendam Senior Sekondere Skool.

Representing the Anglia Europe Network and the English for Kids Foundation (EFKF) my mission was to explore project development opportunities for both these organisations. 

At Swellendam secondary school I spoke to the principal, Mr. Adonis, and the head of the English Language Department, Ms James. 

They were interested in both ventures and wanted to set up an EFKF-facilitated, pilot

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 invited by Utrecht University to develop summercourse on NIFLAR project results

on Thu, 11/10/2011 - 18:33

Having been a partner in the EU project NIFLAR TELLConsult gladly accepted Utrecht University’s  invitation to develop a summercourse to disseminate the results of its most successful EU project NIFLAR on video web communication and 3D virtual worlds in language education.

The initiative is a joint venture of The Department of Modern Languages and the Centre for Teaching and Learning of Utrecht University in collaboration with the Faculty of Education of Valencia University and the Utrecht Summerschool

As a first step we have defined the focus and title of the course: Methodologies &

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 contributed to review of SURF ACADEMY Summer School ‘ Video in Education’

on Sat, 10/15/2011 - 17:55

SURF is the collaborative organisation for higher education institutions and research institutes aimed at breakthrough innovations in ICT. SURF provides the foundation for the excellence of higher education and research in the Netherlands. More info here.
Kirsten Veelo, one of its community managers, invited me to contribute to an interview about the SURF ACADEMY Summer School ‘ Video in Education’. 

View the recording here 

Sequences of the results will be used for her presentation about SURF services at the EDUCAUSE 2011conference

For a more elaborate report on this course see my review

TELLConsult contributed keynote to the 2011 English for Kids conference

on Sat, 09/24/2011 - 22:50

On the occasion of the European Day of Languages 2011 EFKF, the English for Kids Foundation, organized 2 days of English in Action. 


Friday 23 September was reserved for the EFKF Kids World Games, Saturday 24 September for the International Support & Teach Conference. 

Both events took place on University College Utrecht Campus and were financially supported by the European Platform.

Various volunteers presented information on the EFKF projects in India, South Africa and Ukraine they were or had been involved in.

As Head of EFKF Research & Development I was invited to provide some input and

TELLConsult levert bijdrage aan Levende Talen Studiedag 2011

on Tue, 09/13/2011 - 21:39

Als projectpartner in het Europese project  ‘interactive Technologies In Language Teaching’ (iTILT ) 

verzorgt TELLConsult een workshop op de Studiedag 2011 van de Nederlandse vereniging voor taaldocenten 'Levende Talen', met de titel:

Op weg naar kwaliteitskenmerken voor digibord materiaal.

Samenvatting
Hoewel het digibord overwegend enthousiast ontvangen wordt in onderwijsland, blijken voor veel taaldocenten de toepassingsmogelijkheden minder voor de hand liggend.
Tevens laten metastudies zoals (Koenraad, 2008a) zien dat digibord gebruik niet vanzelfsprekend toegevoegde waarde biedt voor de

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