NSW Japanese Teachers’ Conference 

 The Japanese teachers’ conference: Aspire to Inspire will be held at Rydges World Square on Friday 19 August 2016 from 8.30am until 4.30pm.

The Japanese Conference welcomes Japanese teachers from Kindergarten through to Year 12 from all sectors, including pre-service teachers. It is a valuable opportunity for teachers to unite, network and share best teaching practices and innovative ideas.Keynote speaker Kylie Farmer, AFMLTA President (2014-2016) and an experienced teacher of Japanese, will be presenting the newly released Japanese version of the AFMLTA standards and how these align to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. She will provide insights to how Japanese teachers may use these and other resources to build their Professional Development Plans.

Pip Cleaves, Head Teacher Learning Innovation, and Languages will be presenting on the future-focused Japanese classroom and sharing her expertise on how to engage 21st century learners.

Workshop sessions include future-focused learning (project-based learning, blended learning resources and collaborative tools), differentiation, HSC skills and strategies, Content and Language Integrated Learning and Aboriginal perspectives. The conference will also strengthen professional connections, update teachers in the implementation of Japanese syllabuses and deepen knowledge of Japanese language and culture.

The conference will contribute to six hours of QTC Registered PD addressing 3.4.2, 6.1.2 and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

NSW DoE teacher $110

Non-DoEteachers $220

Register online through MyPL@Edu Event ID: 135296

https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/docprs/publicViewEvent.do?eventId=135296

Closing date: 12 August 2016

Teachers in non-government schools who cannot access MyPL@Edu, should access the instructions to register at https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/proflearn/areas/plp/mypl/community.html

Storybird

storybird websiteYou might be familiar with Storybird, where you or your students can create your own story books using lovely works of art.

Well if you are a fan, get comfy with your favourite beverage if you teach German, French, Italian or Spanish, and browse this great wiki where teachers share the Storybirds they have created.

Even if you don’t teach these languages, it is a great source of inspiration!

Innovative listening items

For those of you that can’t make it to the TeachMeet for Languages today, here is my presentation:

Want to know more? Click on the links below to go to the mentioned sites:

Audacity®

TraitR

Languages Online

Watch as I make a YouTube and Google Docs form listening item

Would you like a full day workshop exploring these ideas and more?

VoiceThread

VoiceThread is a website that allows you to upload images to start a conversation. You and others can add comments by phone, webcam, microphone, text, or file upload. You can choose whether to share the VoiceThread with just a few contacts, or make it public. It is best to choose sharing with contacts only, or to moderate all comments in an educational setting. You can even embed your VoiceThread in your own blog.

Kanji search online

Ever stumbled upon a kanji that you don’t know, and not being sure of the radical, you are finding it hard to look it up in a dictionary? Well, now there is a place online where you can draw the kanji with your mouse and the site will suggest possible kanji, linked to Jim Breen’s dictionary. Yipee! Check out handwritten kanji recognition.

Kerpoof

Kerpoof is a suite of online multimedia software to create original artwork, animated movies, stories, greeting cards and more. It is owned by the Walt Disney company and has a section dedicated for educators. Check out the teachers’ guide, provided lesson plans or dive straight in at http://www.kerpoof.com/
Scripted languages work in Make a movie and Make a picture but not in the other sections. However, you can use the pencil in Tell a story to draw the script and use the text box below to enter the meaning – a nice way for students to build their own kanji/hanzi reference book. You can also use script by using Create a doodle in Make a card to draw your message using the pen.