Get Going with Google

JALT July Event - Rab Paterson edit

Speaker: Rab Paterson
Date: July 30th (Sun)
Time: 10:00-15:00
Venue: M-Wing Central Community Center / 松本市公民館M-ウィング・中央公民館 (Google Map / 地図)
Admission: JALT members: Free.  Non-members: 1000 yen.

ShinshuJALT is proud to announce the guest speaker for our July event will be Rab Paterson – a certified Google educator – who will be giving a workshop on using technology in teaching.

Note: Please ensure that you have an active Google account, and to bring a laptop/tablet/device with Wi-Fi access for this interactive workshop. Shinshu JALT will be providing wi-fi routers for attendees.

RSVP: If would be helpful if you register with Gregory Birch (gregorycbirch@gmail.com) by July 15 to ensure we order enough WiFi routers for the event.

Session 1 – This session will cover digital pedagogy with practical examples drawn from the Just in Time Teaching, Flipped Learning, and Blog Journaling pedagogical approaches. These will be demonstrated by showing how Google Apps (Blogger, Docs, Forms, Google+ Communities, Google Groups, Google Sites, and YouTube) together with an RSS Reader (Feedly) can accomplish these ideas in an easy to manage way, even for teachers new to educational technology. After the overview and demonstration of this theory, the session will become more hands on and the instructor will go on to work directly with attendees on how to set up and use all these apps in this way and teachers will make their own Sites and accounts for these various apps. This section will be followed by a presentation and discussion on TPACK and how this approach can help teachers utilise the Google Apps above in varying subjects and types of classes. The entire morning session will end with a more formal Q and A session, although attendees are free to ask questions throughout the session.

Session – 2 This session will cover the many different teacher credentials and qualifications that Google offer. These will be explained in turn with the pros and cons of each along with advice, suggestions, and tips on how to gain these certificates and what to expect once attendees have them. Some time will be spent looking at the exams and where to find resources to prepare for them along with guidance on how to keep current with Google’s products. The session will conclude with reasons why teachers should consider going Google. The entire afternoon session will end with a more formal Q and A session, although attendees are free to ask questions throughout the session.

About Rab Paterson

Rab Paterson currently teaches at the Toyo University-UCLA Extension Center for Global Education, and is the Director of the Asia Association for Global Studies, a Fellow of the British Royal Asiatic Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Additionally he is a Google Certified Educator, Google Educators Group Leader, Google Certified Trainer, and winner of the Google Innovator and Apple Distinguished Educator awards.
He has a BA(Hons.) in Pacific Asian History and an MA in Pacific Asian Studies from London University’s SOAS, a Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy and an MS in Multidisciplinary Studies from SUNY(Buffalo). Currently, he’s a doctoral candidate at University College London’s Institute of Education, conducting research on digital literacy and teacher professional development via online and face to face workshops.

Inquiries: Gregory Birch (gbirch@seisen-jc.ac.jp)
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Event Report:Designing tasks informed by CEFR and CLIL to develop cognitive and intercultural skills

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Shinshu JALT would like to thank Dr Naoyuki Naganuma, professor of the International Education Center at Tokai University, for his very informative presentation at the 47th Annual Conference of Chubu English Language Education Society (CELES) held at the Education Faculty of Shinshu University on June 25.

Dr Naganuma began his presentation, entitled “Designing tasks informed by CEFR and CLIL to develop cognitive and intercultural skills,” by highlighting both recent shifts in educational policy and planning which will be implemented by MEXT across content areas by 2020 and also the specific challenges for English education. Two key concepts that were guideposts for me throughout the rest of the presentation were deep learning and dialogical learning which may also be expressed as “sophistication” and “diversification.”

When discussed in the context of language education, the emphases on deep learning and dialogical learning correspond to cognitive and intercultural skills respectively. To respond to increasing attention on these points in language education, Dr Naganuma expressed the need for integrating higher-order thinking skills (HOTS) into lessons at both lower and higher language levels, using scales informed by CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference), and the corresponding need for thinking-scaffolding as well as language-scaffolding. Content-focused lessons like those associated with CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) might more naturally provide opportunities for HOTS and for the second concept of diversification/intercultural skills. Although Dr Naganuma’s presentation focused on primary and secondary education, I found his insights on the importance of deep active involvement tied in well with the earlier university-focused presentations from Shinshu JALT’s Gregory Birch and Sue Fraser on topics related to learner autonomy and motivation.

In his conclusion, Dr Naganuma presented concrete examples from CEFR-scaled textbooks with a focus on critical thinking and suggested we explore the Intercultural Competence Assessment (INCA) framework, a European framework focused on global social skills, for additional ideas. Placing more emphasis on HOTS and on awareness and respect for diversity is no easy task, but this presentation provided us with useful resources for our classrooms and models for our own materials development.

Once again Shinshu JALT would like to thank Dr Naganuma for making the trip out to Nagano and helping to prepare us for the new directions in English education in Japan.

Reported by Colleen Dalton