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Simon Howells
MFL teacher and ICT coordinator
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How an MFL teacher feels at the end of term? Reading Clare Seccombe's excellent blogpost on the benefits of Twitter really make me think tonight. Reflecting on what has come out of opening a Twitter account and getting involved (to an extent) with the MFL Twitterati has changed my approach to MFL teaching in so many ways. However, it has not always been easy to pass these changes on to my departmental colleagues. As teachers we have very busy lives; I am sure I am far from the only MFL teacher who also organises/goes on trips, runs a sports team,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2010 at La Lingua è bella!
Moi je préfère Whittingham - travail imaginatif! Bien fait les gars! Mais j'ai peur des tsunamis...
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2010 on En ville - Year 10 French at Chiltern Edge MFL
Well, we did it! Three days, 136 miles, two cooked breakfasts, one red squirrel, one llama farm, far too many painful climbs to mention... and three sore backsides! You can see our photo gallery here, and check out some of the helmet cam shots here. More will be uploaded soon... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2010 at Coast to Coast!
All the packing for our trip is nearly done.... L'équipe Cofidis-Festina-EPO-CHS: Directeur Sportif................. John Wilson Soigneur............................. Gareth Matthews (also in charge of "medical program"...) Domestiques.................... Simon Howells & Pete Shipston Patron.............................. Cecil Lowry OBE We will be sending Tweets en route to keep you all up to date... search for... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at Coast to Coast!
Stockport - Disley - Whaley Bridge - Pott Shrigley - Poynton - Stockport Map your trip with EveryTrail Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2010 at Coast to Coast!
Joe Dale's recent post featuring Russell Stannard's use of screencasting for student feedback , and Matt Lingard's blog were a great source of ideas for a recent show-and-tell ICT coordinators' meeting at my school. I chose to showcase screen capture tools, such as the mighty Jing - of which I am a rather large fan - and some others such as ScreenToaster, ScreenJelly and ScreenR . There is just so much that can be done with them! The Prezi below features 5 mini-tutorial videos, including a quick overview of what screen capture tools do. Big thanks to Russell, Matt and... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2010 at La Lingua è bella!
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Apr 23, 2010
I gave a CPD session on using Web 2.0 to the staff at my school last night - my first one ever! It was great to be able to pass on information about the many inspirational and useful web apps that are out there for teachers to use, but I was struck by the fact that almost no-one attending the session had ever heard of any of the "funky" tools we looked at. Perhaps inevitably, I was asked, "how do you know all this?" The answer, of course, is that someone told me! The might of Twitter in this regard... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2010 at La Lingua è bella!
using ICT in the classroom (in a funky way) on Prezi Using ICT in the classroom (in a funky way) View more documents from simonhowells. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2010 at La Lingua è bella!
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Mar 21, 2010
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Mar 16, 2010
Episode 2 of Syrian School played tonight on BBC 4... what a great show! It follows a year in the life of four schools in Damascus. The similarities to home are as striking as the differences - kids are the same the world over in many ways. The humour and enthusiasm of the Syrian pupils is infectious. Not many pupils I know are so articulate on the subject of politics though... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2010 at Muoverti!
I was lucky enough to be at CILT on the 8th of February to get a first look at MYLO and be part of a productive feedback session. MYLO (MY Languages Online) is a brand new online learning tool designed to get young people engaging with languages in an innovative, creative and imaginative way. Initially aimed at Key Stage 3, it will be available in French, German, Spanish and Mandarin. Isabelle Jones has done an excellent job of summing up the project on her blog - so for a full update go there: Just to note though that it was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2010 at La Lingua è bella!
Posted Feb 12, 2010 at Muoverti!
Thanks for a great post, Andrea - I got some good links out of it! I am trying to encourage my department here in Manchester, UK to contribute to our own diigo group - the link is here:
Travail super, year 7! J'adore vos Storybirds! Monsieur Howells, Cheadle Hulme School
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2010 on Ma famille - 7KW Storybirds at Chiltern Edge MFL
With Spring term in its hectic full effect it has been hard to find the time to blog. But I wanted to quickly share my recent experiences using the rather brilliant Quizlet. For those who have not come across it yet, it is a serious time saver and a great way for your students to revise vocabulary. Very simply, you enter words and their translations, and Quizlet comes up with slideshows, games and tests to help you practise and learn them. It has obviously already been embraced by a good number of MFL professionals, as a lot of content has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2010 at La Lingua è bella!
Travail super! Well done 82fr2! Mr. Howells Cheadle Hulme School
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2010 on Les vêtements – 82fr2 at Chiltern Edge MFL
Great stuff Ollie - thanks for writing this. I am putting a training session on this subject together for my school, so this is very helpful.
Simon Howells is now following Jamiebowring
Jan 8, 2010
This is a fantastic blog Sherry. I have been thinking of using SKYPE and you have given me a nudge to look into it properly - thanks!
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2010 on Using Skype class to class at More Spanish
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Snow day today. couldn't believe it - Lou texted me. Been working, but went for a wander in the winter wonderland... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2010 at Muoverti!
Being snowed in today gives a opportunity to reflect on an amazing half term. Before October I thought Twitter was a place for Stephen Fry to fall ever deeper into self analysis, or for Britney's agent to send out anodyne press releases. Now I know different! I would go so far as to say that Twitter has revolutionised the way I think about my job. It has rekindled my enthusiasm, and I have seen the results in the classroom. I have discovered an amazing community of enthusiastic teachers willing to share their excellence. There are so many brilliant teachers out... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2010 at La Lingua è bella!
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Dec 23, 2009
Great post, Joe - I have been encountering this problem regularly this term. Can't wait to have a go at the workaround. Many thanks to you and Danny!