Update on LearnIT2teach Training and Mentoring

In the early days of the project, nearly all face-to-face training events required our small team of trainers to travel, sometimes long distances, to deliver training events. The project now has a trainer network encompassing seven provinces and comprising 14 trainers, allowing us to minimize travel and maximize our training resources. These trainers not only provide face to face introductions: they also provide online mentoring through the additional stages of training. Get to know the LearnIT2teach team by visiting: http://learnit2teach.ca/wpnew/about-2/our-team/

These are the events we’ve hosted since April 1, 2016:

  • Stage One: Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Regina; 30-Apr-2016
  • Stage One: TESL Saskatchewan; Johnson Collegiate, Regina, 30-Apr-2016
  • LINC Leadership: TESL Sask.; Johnson Collegiate, Regina, 30-Apr-2016
  • Stage One: YMCA of Greater Saint John, NB, 20-May-2016
  • Stage One Training: Woodgreen Community Services, Toronto; 10-Jun-2016
  • Stage One Event: Saskatoon Intercultural Association 17-Jun-2016, Saskatoon.

Teachers learning computer skillsYou can expect specific additional events to be announced through the fall, but we plan to hold our first Stage 1 in Newfoundland and Labrador, and at least one event in PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Alberta (Calgary), Alberta (Edmonton) and BC. Most of these will be the Stage 1 introduction to the Edulinc courseware from the learner’s perspective, but a leadership session is scheduled at the Continuing Education School Board Administrators (CESBA) Conference in Toronto in early December. Additional Ontario events are planned in Mississauga and Windsor-Chatham but the project is looking for Stage 1 opportunities to get service providers started with blended learning.

LearnIT2teach Manager of Distributed Learning Jim Edgar has observed attitude changes since the beginning of the project. Blended language learning is now better understood by teachers, even before they enter the training: “In the beginning, people were very curious and exploratory but somewhat skeptical about innovation. Most didn’t understand blended learning and some worried about how sustainable technology innovation was. Today, teachers seem to understand learning technology innovation is here to stay before they even arrive at a Stage 1. Technology-enhanced language learning seems to be better understood, and most people realize that information technology needs to be threaded through LINC classes much like it is through modern life.”

To request a training event or register for online training, please contact Mavis Spencer by email: admin@learnit2teach.ca

LearnIT2teach launches Blended Settlement Language Training Online Searchable Database

What are the pros and cons of blended learning? Are there practical ways to introduce technology to the classroom? What potential do teachers see  in technology tools and why is this important? TESL professionals looking for research on blended language instruction in settlement programs have a convenient new place to start; The LearnIT2teach Project has just released a searchable online database of annotations and links to relevant articles. “Adult Settlement Blended Language Training: Selected Annotated Bibliography.”newbib

This resource summarizes more than 90 articles from the research literature. The bibliography is divided into searchable categories including Digital Literacy, Innovations, Instructional Design and Ongoing Issues. 

Researchers Trudy Kennell and Maria Moriarty researched and wrote the bibliography.  According to Trudy and Maria, “We were glad to have this opportunity. It gave us a chance to apply our separate backgrounds and depth of knowledge in the areas of language learning and blended learning. We were able to critically analyze some very useful research.” 

An interesting surprise for the authors was the importance of digital technologies and the Internet in the lives of newcomers to Canada and the role information technology plays in helping people stay connected to their home country while adapting and adjusting to life in Canada. Making their job a bit easier was, “The availability of such a wealth of material freely available – and just a couple of clicks away – educators, researchers and scholars are so generous in sharing their thinking and their work.”

The database is open for exploration at http://bib.learnit2teach.ca/

 

LearnIT2teach Upgrades Edulinc Courses to Latest Moodle Version

newmoodleLike any successful information technology product, Moodle is constantly working to improve. We are happy to announce the project has now migrated all edulinc.org courses to this latest version of our learning management system of choice.

LearnIT2teach has produced two videos to help you and your learners navigate and take advantage of the major and minor improvements to the LearnIT2teach Moodle: ‪

Among the major and minor changes described in the videos are:

  • The ‘Home’ link has been replaced by ‘Dashboard’, providing a drop down menu to edit your settings and preferences.
  • Editing course pages is now easier.
  • A recycle bin provides 7-day insurance if you have accidentally deleted content and want to recover it.
  • Easier addition of text, pictures and other media, including the ability to drag and drop images into the text editor.
  • New PBLA based activities and resources.

Free Training and Online Courseware

If you are working in an IRCC-funded language training program and you are interested in any of the four stages of teacher training, or the innovation leadership courses we offer to managers and lead teachers, please be in touch with our project Events Coordinator, Mavis Spencer at admin@learnit2teach.ca LIT2T Image
Once an instructor has completed the Pre-Stage 2 training they can request the appropriate Benchmark Level courseware to use with their students. They contact their mentor and let them know the benchmark level the students are working at and their mentor will make sure the courseware gets set up and they will also pass along the necessary generic student account information.

Introducing Literacy Learners to Online Learning!

There’s no doubt working online with low level learners is challenging. For guidance and tips from an Edulinc veteran, be sure to attend this Tutela webinar by Catherine Porter.

Online with Low Level Learners
July 26, 1:00 pm EDT
Presenters: Catherine Porter

Introducing low level learners to computer-based learning is a challenge. Literacy and low level learners can benefit from learning online but often have no exposure to computers. The objective of the webinar is to illustrate how computer literacy and activities can be successfully integrated into teaching plans. The presentation will present learners’ navigation aids that have been implemented in a Literacy/CLB 1 classroom. Participants will view select websites and worksheets.

Catherine Porter has been working with low level ESL students in the TDSB LINC programme for 18 years. Catherine “married” software and classroom instruction in her Level 1 teaching plan for years prior to introducing her Literacy/CLB 1 learners to edulinc.org in May 2014.

Latest ESL LINC Digital News Available!

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Read the latest edition of the LearnIt2Teach newsletter. Information about the summer schedule and our PBLA Resources. Information and links to eLearning tools and great online activities as well as links to some great Blogs. New jobs are listed and there are new links in the e-Resource Corner to some great resources for teachers. ” View and read it here!.

Free Training and Courseware

Anyone working in an IRCC-funded language training program who is interested in any of the four stages of teacher training, or the innovation leadership courses we offer to managers and lead teachers, please be in touch with our project Events Coordinator, Mavis Spencer at admin@learnit2teach.ca LIT2T Image

May ESL LINC Digital News Available!

Latest Edition of ESL LINC Digital News.

May Edition of ESL LINC Digital News.

Read the May edition of the LearnIt2Teach newsletter. Project News. Information and links to eLearning tools and information about our PBLA Demo Course. Some links to some great Blogs such as 10 educational trends that we can expect to gain even more traction. New jobs are listed and there is a new links in the e-Resource Corner to a great resources for listening exercises. View and read it here!.

Learning Technology Innovation Leadership courses

Learning Technology Innovation Leadership courses are now available to you from the LearnIT2teach Project

If you are a professional in an IRCC program looking to lead innovation in a LINC or ELT program, we have two-part Moodle-based online training to offer. Each part has six weekly units and the time demand is 1.5 – 2 hours per unit. The course content includes readings, podcasts and videos, and course activities encourage sharing and collaboration with peers in the sector.

Part 1, a pre–requisite for Part 2, focuses on:

  • An orientation to Computer-assisted language learning (CALL) historically, and Technology-enhanced Language Learning (TELL) more currently. In the TELL class, learning technology is threaded through learning to be as pervasive and encompassing as information technology is in everyday life;
  • Blended learning as a language training practice;
  • The blended learning courseware and hosting provided by the LearnIT2teach to the LINC sector at Edulinc.org;
  • The teacher training options provided by the LearnIT2teach Project to IRCC-funded language training professionals.

Part 2 focuses on:

  • Developing personal leadership skills to support learning technology innovation in a language training program;
  • Increasing knowledge of theory, evidence and better learning technology practices in the language training sector;
  • Formulating arguments and strategies to encourage and enable learning technology innovation within an organization, and with clients and funders;
  • Articulating the outline of a plan for local learning technology innovation.

The courses have recently completed pilot field  testing and participant comments were positive. Three cohorts of roughly 12 teachers were the test groups for Part 1. Ninety percent of Part 1 participants in the field trial chose to go on to Part 2.

If you are looking to delve deeper into the question of innovation in the settlement language training sector, send a note to Mavis Spencer at admin@learnit2teach.ca and she will send you a link to the online sign up form.

Here are some comments from participants in the course:
“I would say that this course successfully took my knowledge of computers in the classroom through a profound paradigm shift.  What I had previously seen as computer assisted language learning was only the tip of the learning opportunity iceberg.  By looking at the use of technology to enhance what goes on in the language classroom, this allowed the door of expanding technology to be pushed wide open.  Technology has a huge part to play to not only assist but enhance language learning.  The Edulinc Courseware already created along with the amazing LMS tools available can make instructors jobs easier and more rewarding.  With the concept of the flipped classroom, Teachers can be freed up to work one on one with students helping them develop skills at the students own pace instead of being the talking head at the front of the room.  I am truly convinced this shift can and will be made in LINC classrooms in the future.”

“The six modules that we’ve gone through actually got me to refocus on my own understanding and gave me opportunities to think both deeper and wider on technology and blended learning in the language classroom.  I really appreciate the integration of a wide range of materials and topics related to blended learning in this course, from theories to process and to the latest applications of technology in the educational fields.  It has now dawned on me that our settlement language training sector has a lot to catch up to align with the 21st century.  It is intimidating to a lot of our instructors because we are at the cross road between the old and new, and the new is approaching so fast.  You don’t know how much you’re behind until you have the chance to see what’s out there.  This course opens my eyes.” 

“I’ve really enjoyed this online learning experience.  It has been a pleasure reading all the well written posts from the group on the forum.  I look forward to starting the next phase.  The real work awaits with the plan on implementation.”

ESL LINC Digital News — Latest Newsletter February 2016

Check out the latest edition of the LearnIt2Teach newsletter. Information and links to blended learning and e-learning and Web news. Some links to some great Blogs.New jobs are listed and there are new links in the e-Resource Corner. Check it out here.

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