We would LOVE it if every teacher had a Languages faculty at their school, to share ideas/resources and collaboratively plan and problem solve, but unfortunately most of us teach in isolation – as the only language teacher at our school, or the only teacher of our particular language.
That's why we've created the Languages NSW (7-12) group on Yammer – our virtual staffroom. We currently have almost 300 language teachers as part of this virtual faculty, seeking and finding advice on areas such as:
- If the new syllabuses require all tasks to be authentic, what's the place of yearly examinations?
- What professional learning is currently available?
- How do organise a trip interstate with students?
- How do I approach subject selection night at my school?
Never used Yammer before? That's ok - just download our easy "how-to" guide and you're just a couple of clicks away from having colleagues at our fingertips.
The Languages and Culture team has a dedicated group on Yammer to support language teachers 7-12 in NSW public schools – Languages NSW (7-12).
We already have over 240 teachers who have joined the group, and they're asking us all sorts of questions – it's like our virtual staffroom for language teachers!
Questions which we've answered recently include:
- How do we report on Years 7 and 9?
- Do you have to have an assessment schedule for Stages 4 and 5?
- How can Year 7 students be accelerated?
- Why does Year 10 have more assessment tasks than Year 11?
- Do we have to assess all outcomes?
- How do I use the course performance descriptors?
Feeling shy? That's ok – you can post your questions anonymously via our Google Form.
Yammer can be used as an app on your phone or tablet, or on your desktop, and it's as easy to use as Facebook!
Phone or tablet
Download the Yammer app and then join the Languages NSW (7-12) group – make sure you set up notifications so that you know when a new message/conversation is happening. Don't panic - there are only a few each week, not hundreds!
1. Log into the portal.
2. Go to 'My ppplications'.
3. Search for Yammer and save to 'My essentials'.
4. Join the Languages NSW (7-12) group.
Yammer is a social media platform, so you can read any of the previous conversations. We hope to see you there soon!
The Languages and Culture team are trialling "Yammer chat" from 3:30-4pm every Monday and Thursday during term time. You can join us live, or catch up on the conversation at a time which suits you. We can answer your questions, provide feedback or just share professional dialogue.
Yammer is the Department’s social media platform. This is a forum you can access anytime or if you prefer, you can join in real time.
If you prefer, you can send us your questions via an anonymous Google Form and we will paste your question to Yammer and provide an answer or feedback, as appropriate.
You can download the Yammer app to your phone or access it from the portal (under ‘My applications’). Join us in the Languages NSW (7-12) group.
Yammer is the department's social media platform – you can download the app to your phone or access it from the portal (under 'My applications').
From next week (Week 5), we will be available from 3:30-4pm every Monday and Thursday during term time to answer your questions, provide feedback or just have a chat about any concerns you may have about the new K-10 syllabuses. Join us in the Languages NSW (7-12) group.
You can join in live, or catch up on the action at a time which suits you.
We have spent the last two years building our social media profile with the aim of keeping language teachers in NSW public schools informed with our latest news.
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The content we post on the Languages NSW blog is duplicated on Twitter and on Facebook. The reason we cross-post to these two platforms is so that teachers can choose how they keep in touch. We don’t expect you to follow Languages NSW through every channel – find what works for you!
Be aware that, depending how you access our information, each social media channel does have its own 'personality'! This is because different officers curate different platforms, and the level of engagement by teachers also varies.
Previously, we also cross-posted to Yammer but that's all going to change.
Yammer will now be the place we INTERACT with teachers – like a virtual staffroom. We'll post questions and ask for your feedback.
If you're not familiar with Yammer, you access it through the DoE portal, under My applications. Search for Languages NSW and then join the group – it's that easy!
With support for new K-10 syllabuses a priority for teachers in the coming months, we really value your feedback to make sure we're on track with our professional learning offerings.
Languages NSW posts articles on Yammer for Department of Education teachers. We use the features on Yammer to collaborate on the learning and teaching of languages in the 21st Century. Yammer is available to all NSW public school teachers through the portal and is a staff-only social media platform. Once you’re in Yammer, make sure you join the Languages NSW group.
We encourage all language teachers in NSW public schools to join and contribute to the Languages NSW Yammer group to share and stay-up-to-date with current languages education resources and curriculum development.
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