Institute for Educational Development


Location:
Live Online
8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Pacific


Date:
March 13, 2023


$279.00 per person

Enhance Student Learning In World Langauage

NEW Seminar Presented By
James LeBaron

Outstanding World Language Teacher and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for World Language Educators Serving Grades 6-12: Classroom Teachers, Department Heads, and Curriculum Specialists

  • Design signature comprehensible input activities using Desmos Activity Builder to offer greater communicative opportunities
  • Gauge the comprehensibility of your input delivery through regular, immediate WHOLE-CLASS feedback
  • Explore timesaving strategies and approaches using Desmos in tandem with Google apps and tools like Vocaroo to elevate your instruction and elicit proficient student communication—with any curriculum or teaching methodology
  • Integrate Desmos with technology you’re already using to ensure growth toward communicative proficiency in the World Language Classroom
  • Receive an extensive digital handbook packed with unique ideas, engaging activities and classroom-tested tools

Practical Strategies

This engaging, NEW live online seminar by nationally recognized and current World Language teacher, JAMES LeBARON, is specifically designed to help you increase your students’ communicative proficiency and enhance comprehensible input in the target language. Discover how the interactive nature of the Desmos platform enhances your comprehensible input, increases student motivation, and strengthens language acquisition through interpretive listening and reading, presentational digital storytelling, and interpersonal writing and speaking. Experience for yourself the power of incorporating student audio and/or video recorded with tools like Loom or Vocaroo. Acquire not only the technical knowledge to incorporate it in your instruction, but also the curricular support to help you meet the World Readiness Standards for Language Learning. James will share practical tips, activities, workarounds, and strategies for thoughtfully integrating Desmos to strengthen students’ language production and comprehension. Learn timesaving techniques for providing feedback and for curating authentic valuable resources and activities on the Google platform. The focus will be on highly practical, realistic ways World Language educators can make best use of these engaging tech resources. Join James for a handson, idea-packed seminar specifically designed to strengthen students’ communicative proficiency and increase comprehensible input in your grades 6-12 World Language program.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Increase proficiency in all Three Modes of Communication with Desmos Activity Builder
    Leverage the tools included in the FREE Desmos Activity Builder to bring students to proficiency in interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal communication ... Discover how Desmos can complement the technology you already use, like Google Apps
  2. Deliver Comprehensible Input and Gauge Student Comprehension in Real Time
    Understand how Desmos activities can formatively assess student comprehension of your input while also spurring further communication… Integrate Desmos instruction with assessments in platforms like Google Apps and Google Classroom
  3. Learn Essential Ways to Integrate Desmos into World Language Curricula
    Save time and incorporate or quickly adapt pre-made Desmos lessons appropriate for your World Language students … Learn the keys to building communication-filled Desmos lessons and how to easily create your own
  4. Design Lessons and Activities that Engage All Students Simultaneously
    Understand and embody the true meaning of ACTFL’s Statement on Technology and High-Leverage Teaching Practices … Use Desmos to structure highly effective comprehensible input lessons that lower the affective filter and provide timely feedback in all three modes: interpersonal, presentational and interpretive
  5. Increase Student Production and Confidence in the Target Language
    Connect with and empower every student to demonstrate consistent growth in language acquisition … Explore innovative tools like Vocaroo, Loom, and Textivate that you can use immediately for interactive and presentational speaking and writing
  6. Effectively Differentiate Instruction Through Meaningful Communicative Language Tasks
    Design purposeful, authentic language tasks that highlight and support students’ skill development toward proficiency… Discover tools like Textivate and Vocaroo that can help you better meet the diverse cognitive needs of your students
  7. Bring the Exciting and Engaging Communicative Tools from Distance Learning Right Into the Classroom
    See how the communicative tools like Desmos and Loom that helped bring us together from our isolation can play the same role in the physical classroom
  8. Increase Student Success and Accountability
    Learn proven ways in which both comprehensible input and Desmos increase student motivation and accountability in the World Language classroom
  9. Promote Spontaneous, Authentic Communication in the Target Language
    Learn practical, innovative and effective ways in which Desmos, Loom and other tools can get your students to use the language in meaningful and personally relevant ways
  10. Receive an Extensive Digital Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook packed with ideas, suggestions and step-by step instructions on increasing students’ communicative proficiency and comprehensible input using Desmos, Google Apps, Textivate and Vocaroo. Dozens of tips, ideas and resources to help you get started immediately

Specific Topics


Here's what you'll learn:
  • How to increase students’ communicative proficiency … How to make best use of Desmos as a World Language instruction tool and incorporate it with other tools like Google Apps and Vocaroo
  • Practical strategies for making best use of Desmos Activity Builder to enhance World Language comprehensible input instruction and increase student engagement
  • How to access authentic online language resources to enhance connections, community, and comparisons
  • Interactive comprehensible interpretive listening activities that are easy to assess
  • Innovative ways to incorporate Desmos with tools like Vocaroo, Loom, and Google apps to strengthen communicative listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language
  • Activities and scenarios that focus students on authentic, comprehensible, communicative language use
  • Proven techniques to engage World Language students and get them to take greater ownership of their learning
  • Tools for providing faster and highly valuable feedback on communicative activities
  • Empowering comprehensible digital storytelling activities using Loom videos in Desmos to increase students’ communicative proficiency, motivation and comprehensible language
  • How to access pre-made Desmos Activity Builder lessons you can easily incorporate into your own curriculum
  • Innovative ways to utilize Activity Builder cohesively with Google Classroom to make your instruction more effective
  • Timesaving tips for incorporating multiple component types, including card sorts, graphs, drawings, ordered lists
  • How to help your students create a collaborative mindset through interaction with Desmos activities and embedded recordings from tools like Loom or Vocaroo
  • How to create slides using the Desmos “Computation Layer”, developed in a build-along process
  • Ways to use Desmos for interpretive feedback, allowing students to self-evaluate their own responses

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

I want to share the tools that not only saved my teaching during the pandemic but continue to keep my instruction fresher than ever before.

In the spring of 2020, rather than seeing a problem with distance learning, many of us saw a great opportunity for delivery of truly comprehensible input and authentic language instruction. With the right use of the right tools, it was possible to bring out MORE student comprehension and communicative engagement. For me, Desmos was one of those key tools. Because while it’s not marketed this way, it turns out that many of the features that make it so successful for math teachers are completely transferable to the World Language classroom. It also links seamlessly with countless quality tech tools for language.

I’ve specifically designed this on-line seminar based on my 29 years as a secondary World Language teacher. We will focus on turning Desmos Activity Builder into a World Language tool, with a healthy portion of the seminar is devoted to creating authentic activities and integrating other tech tools like Google Apps, Vocaroo, and Loom, making this a very unique PD opportunity. This won’t be theoretical: I practice what I preach, and you will experience Activity Builder from a classroom teacher’s perspective. I’m excited to share with you how to make best use of free Desmos Activity Builder lessons to greatly enhance your comprehensible input and see more communicative proficiency at all levels.

I invite you to join me for a day filled with practical ways to increase your students’ engagement using Desmos Activity Builder and other powerful tech tools. I look forward to meeting you at the seminar and exploring together how we can significantly increase student engagement in World Languages using Desmos Activity Builder and more.

Sincerely,
James LeBaron

P.S. The emphasis will be on highly practical activities and strategies that you can use the very next day in your World Language classroom.

Who Should Attend

World Language Educators Serving Grades 6-12: Classroom Teachers, Department Heads, and Curriculum Specialists

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Practical instructional activities using Desmos with a variety of tools and apps that will increase student learning and engagement
    • Detailed descriptions of the activities presented at the seminar that you can immediately implement in your classroom
    • Sample applications of the strategies presented at the seminar
    • Tips and techniques to personalize your students’ language learning using technology
    • Lists of resources, relevant materials and supportive research
    • Connections and applications to World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning
  2. Meet and Share
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enhancing their World Language program.
  3. Consultation Available
    James LeBaron will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own World Language program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    UMASS Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.