Tuesday, 15 February 2011

The Horizon Report, 101 English Blogs and IFTE/NZATE Conference

In this update:
• The Horizon Report
• ICTs in English Blog
• 101 English Blogs – 36 signed up, still looking for more English teacher blogs!
• IFTE/NZATE 'Much Ado About English' Conference – early bird registration closes March 1st
The Horizon Report
Joanne Thom sent an update about the recently published Horizon Report:
Not sure if anyone has posted this link yet: The key trends at the start are particularly interesting (and are reflected in this forum, I think):

The abundance of resources and relationships
made easily accessible via the Internet is
increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles
as educators in sense-making, coaching, and

People expect to be able to work, learn, and
study whenever and wherever they want.

The world of work is increasingly collaborative,
giving rise to reflection about the way student
projects are structured

The technologies we use are increasingly
cloud-based, and our notions of IT support
are decentralized.

ICTs in English Blog
Fiona Grant sent through a post about how to make the most of our blog
Claire has also made searching the Listserv updates on the blog easier by adding labels to each of posts. These are a really handy for searching past Listserv topics.
You have two options - either click the label at the end of the update post to view all posts which include that topic or scroll down the page to the View posts by topic gadget and click the relevant key word.

You can also use the Search this blog gadget, however this search will return every instance of that word in the blog.

101 English Blogs Project
The project is humming! Check it out here. We already have 36 English teachers from around the globe sharing their English blogs. I would love to add more Kiwis (and Australians) to the list!

The aim project is to encourage 101 English teachers from around the world to start blogging (or share existing blogs) about their English teaching. The '101 English Blogs' blog will list each of the 101 blogs and will be a place for sharing and highlighting what is going on in over 100 English classrooms around the world.

Are you an English teacher? Keen to be part of the project??
If you are an English teacher and are keen to share your reflections, ideas and resources with a wider English community, all you need to do is establish a blog, or share an already established one. You can simply share your blog URL, so it can be one of the 101 listed blogs or you can even become an author of the 101 blog as well - so you can post occasional updates about what you and others have been blogging about.

As the project facilitator, I will also try to visit and highlight posts from bloggers within our 101 English Blogs community. However, I am hoping that this can as much of a shared project as possible, so if you if you would like to join this blog as an author, please do! I would also love your support in sharing the project with your colleagues and by signing up to the follow the blog.

Interested? Feel free to contact me at am@eggs.school.nz or through our forum.
IFTE /NZATE 'Much Ado About English' Conference 2011
18-21st April 2011
Of particular interest to this forum is the strand 'New Technologies, New Practices'
This strand invites contributors to focus on, but not be limited by, one or more of
the following sub-themes:
• Impact of digital technologies on teaching and learning
• Challenges and tensions for teachers
• Changing parameters of the classroom
• Transformative possibilities for teaching
• Online learning
• Digitization of literature
• New conceptions of text
• Pedagogy of e-learning
• Co-construction and the digital classroom
• Assessment practices in new times
• Plagiarism, intertextuality and creativity
• The social networking classroom

Check out the details here (and consider presenting a workshop as well!)

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