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Call for papers — Clavier 17

Call for papers — Clavier 17 | TELT | Scoop.it
The Universities of Bari, Salento and Foggia - Apulian members of the CLAVIER group (Corpus and LAnguage Variation in English Research) - are pleased to announce the forthcoming CLAVIER international conference, to be held in Bari, 30 November – 2 December 2017.
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Deadline for abstracts extended to 30 June
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OECD report on Italian Strategy for Digital Schools - IWB as Trojan horse

OECD report on Italian Strategy for Digital Schools - IWB as Trojan horse | TELT | Scoop.it

"The Italian Ministry of Education launched in 2007 a National Plan for Digital Schools (Piano Nazionale Scuola Digitale) to mainstream Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Italian classrooms and use technology as a catalyser of innovation in Italian education, hopefully conducing to new teaching practices, new models of school organisation, new products and tools to support quality teaching. The Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research asked the OECD to review its Plan from an international perspective and to suggest improvements."

 

This OECD report shows how the Italian authorities have focused on the IWB as a vector for change (Trojan horse) and recommends concentrating on innovative teachers and classes to fuel further change.

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Given my interest in IWBs, this paragraph caught my eye:

"The central device of the Italian plan is the interactive whiteboard, a technology that teachers can start using without facing high entry costs and whose possible uses fit all existing modes of teaching and learning – from the more traditional to the more innovative. For this reason, the interactive whiteboard has proven very popular among teachers internationally. IWBs are consistently found, in international research, to act as a “Trojan horse” in drawing the vast majority of teachers to increase their use of ICT tools for work-related purposes (Lee, in press; Somekh, Haldane, et al., 2007): once they have an IWB in their classroom, teachers do not necessarily change their preferred mode of classroom interaction, but can be expected to increase their use of the internet and the personal computer for lesson planning (by browsing for digital resources) and for interacting with colleagues."

 

The conclusion to the report is also interesting:

"The plan uses its very modest funding to implement a convincing and ambitious vision of innovation at the margin. It rightly concentrates on schools and teachers eager to initiate change, favours tools that are not disruptive to current teaching practices, tries to create a demand that can engage other stakeholders to contribute to the plan, focuses on pedagogic uses of technology rather than merely on equipment, and addresses the importance of professional development and of expanding the availability of digital pedagogic resources. It exploits synergies with other ICT policies and has successfully involved regions in its implementation and scale up strategy."

 

 Francesco Avvisati, Sara Hennessy, Robert B. Kozma, Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin (2012)

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XVII Congresso Internazionale AItLA – CALL FOR PAPERS

XVII Congresso Internazionale AItLA – CALL FOR PAPERS | TELT | Scoop.it

The Conference is open to contributions from the following areas of research:


Using second languages in the teaching of non-language subjects (CLIL, university foreign language teaching, foreign language training for job mobility etc.)


Using second languages in professional communication (linguistic and cultural mediation, company management, scientific, institutional and multimedia communication etc.)


Using second languages in technology (localization, assisted translation, automatic dialogue strategy adaption etc.)


Using second languages with people who have disabilities (hearing and vision impairment, dyslexia, Parkinson’s disease, mental or behavioural disorders etc.)


SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE Anna De Meo, Bernardo Magnini, Margaret Rasulo, Patrizia Sorianello


ORGANIZING COMMITTEE Anna De Meo, Margaret Rasulo, Lucia di Pace, Rossella Pannain, Domenico Proietti, Raffaele Spiezia


Conference proposals can be either individual papers or poster sessions, which will undergo a selection process by the Scientific Committee. The Conference will also host a number of invited keynote speakers. Individual paper proposals will have a 20-minute presentation session followed by a 10-minute open discussion. Each poster proposal will have a 5-minute plenary session followed by a more detailed discussion to be held in a designated poster area.

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Call extended until 30 September
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Ready to teach

Ready to teach | TELT | Scoop.it

"Ready to Teach, il sito di risorse per insegnanti di inglese..."

 

A website developed at the University of Valle d'Aosta to support Italian teachers of EFL, it has materials on language and culture, including these links to other online teaching/learning resources.

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