The Adobe Connect web conferencing platform was used to provide relevant and engaging presentations to North Coast and Nirimba languages teachers.
The Language Officers presented short sessions on the DoE priorities, curriculum, legislative and state office updates, differentiation, collaborative and digital tools. Teachers were given time for group discussion in between each presentation to conceptualise the content into their school contexts.
The positive feedback from participants provided evidence that teachers felt supported and inspired to introduce a new technique or digital tool into their teaching.
“I just wanted to let you know how fantastic the day at Orara High was yesterday. Jody Newhouse and Jeff James were great facilitators and the day ran very professionally. The two Language Officers and their presentation via Adobe Connect were very successful. I found the information, discussion and hands on use of ICT was invaluable for my PDP. As forward-moving teachers we need to constantly be updated and work regularly with our collegiate to ensure we maintain an optimum learning environment.”
- “An excellent day and chance to see other LOTE teachers. We are so isolated in the schools.”
- “What am amazing day - can we do this again?!?”
- “Downloading the presentation was an extremely useful resource.”
The Adobe Connect platform has great potential to bring languages teachers (and students) closer together and foster collaboration and opportunities for mentoring across NSW.
The Term 3 state-wide Adobe Connect session will take place in Week 4 on Wednesday 10 August from 3.30-4.00pm. We hope many languages teachers can join this term’s webinar, especially North Coast and Nirimba teachers who now realise how simple it is to participate.
Simply, go to the Secondary Languages Adobe Connect meeting room, https://connect.schools.nsw.edu.au/secondarylanguages and log in using your DoE username followed by @detnsw and your normal password.