Monday, 14 February 2011


It's Monday night and I've been back from the ICT Links into Languages conference (#ililc) in Southampton for 24 hours.  I've had to work today, and do more presenting (on a much smaller scale!) but have been thinking about the conference all day and still following other peoples' reflections on the #ililc hashtag on Twitter.

It was an amazing event.  Amazing for lots of reasons: 

It wouldn't have been the event that it was without the fantastic organisation by Joe Dale, Zena Hilton, Jo Rhys-Jones and the rest of the Links SE team.  The fact that it all ran so smoothly is testament to the fact that it must have been brilliantly organised. 

I was so honoured to be asked to present, particularly given the calibre of the rest of the presenting team.  I hope that people found my presentations useful.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting many of the MFL Twitterati who I have been corresponding with for so long on a virtual level.  We were saying at the time that for such events we should have t-shirts with our avatars on to facilitate the recognition process!

I attended some wonderful presentations.  I found out how to use tech to facilitate working with a partner school from Dale Hardy, got some good ideas for teaching phonics from Wendy Adeniji, learned more about what Wikis can do from Alex Blagona and explored KS2-3 transition with Jo Rhys-Jones.  And not forgetting the opening keynote from Joe Dale about "The rise and rise of the MFL Twitterati" and the closing keynote by Rachel Hawkes.

And of course if you were there you'll know that I got to see my crazy sister for the first time in ages.  She is now a #MFLSAT convert and dedicated Twit.

What was particularly noticeable was that we were all singing from the same hymnsheet.  All moving forward towards the same goal.

"When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion"
Ethiopian proverb

Here are my presentations from the weekend, plus the handouts so that you can access the links if you want.

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