#EP 4 – Podcasting, Language Stones, Exam Revision Tips and TechTalk interview with Jane Basnett

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Unsurprisingly Noah and I are big podcast listeners and in Episode 4 of the #mfltwitterati podcast, we recommend some of our current favourites from the UK and the US. We start with ones produced by language teachers, of course and then move on to ones with an edtech focus. We share tips on how to find new podcasts to check out from podcast friendly hashtags to episode specific keyword searches and we give a shout out to a brand new social network aimed at connecting like-minded podcast fans! How cool does that sound!

If this wasn’t exciting enough we also hear about a time saving hack to create vocabulary sheets using Google Translate and a great opportunity to take part in a global e-zine for learners of Spanish. Next, we get creative with the Language Stones initiative before diving into some great tech and non-tech revision ideas to help students prepare for their upcoming GCSE exams.

Our TechTalk interview for this episode features a lovely chat with Head of Modern Languages, Jane Basnett about her edtech journey in recent years and her reflections on the power of technology in the languages classroom.

You can follow Joe (@joedale) and Noah (@SenorG) on Twitter, and follow the hashtag #mfltwitteratipodcast for more info. You can also email us with questions or ideas, info@mfltwitteratipodcast.com and subscribe to our newsletter to keep updated about the latest episode.

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Joe and Noah

[1:37] Radar: Podcasts by language teachers for language teachers: A UK and US perspective including:

[2:10] Franca Lingua Podcast by @alexiltchev, Head of Spanish at Dulwich College

[3:03] The Language Revolution by @lomo_linguist

[3:43] Nattalingo’s Natter by @nattalingo

[4:08] The Primary Languages Network Podcast by @JanetLloydnet

[4:50] We Teach Languages by @weteachlang

[5:21] The Inspired Proficiency Podcast by @profeashley

[5:50] Talking L2 with BVP podcast by @teawithbvp

[6:37] Addressing the issue of podcast discoverability and using hashtags such as #podcastedu to find out about new educational podcasts

[6:51] The EdTech podcast by @soph_bailey

[7:24] The Edufuturists by @EduFuturists

[7:34] The EdTech Takeout by @TeamCairney & @jonathanwylie 

[7:47] Shukes and Giff by @KimPollishuke & @VirtualGiff

[8:06] The Google Teacher Tribe by @jmattmiller and @ShakeUpLearning, PodcastPD by @iruntech @AJBianco and @mrnesi, MyTechToolbelt by @TabaldoOnTech and @MyTechToolbelt

[8:14] +1 Learning by @Plus1Learning

[9:03] The EasyEdTech podcast by @ClassTechTips

[9:14] WellPlayed Podcast by @mrmatera 

[9:25] Using Castbox to search keywords by episode 

[9:55] Sharing the podcasts you listen to with new iOS and Android app Swoot

[10:20] Educational Duct Tape podcast by @JakeMillerTech and his Google Sheets Hack for creating instant vocabulary sheets using Google Translate. Mentions for flippity.net and autoCrat too.

[14:23] MFLtwitterati Takeaway: @MartinaBex – https://revistaliteral.com – free monthly e-zine showcasing articles, stories and poems written by students in the first couple of years of learning Spanish

[19:18] @elvisrunner and @lisibo talk about the #languagestones initiative which combines creativity with language learning

[23:59] Linguascope

[25:02] MFL Show and Tell: focus on exam revision tips for the GCSE

[26:20] @MrsBellacat – using the native voice recording feature in cross-platform tool and app Padlet as a virtual language lab to help learners prepare for the GCSE speaking exam

[28:57] @hcostellomfl – using Revision Pong/Beer Pong and plastic refillable eggs to practise questions for the speaking exam

[30:47] @smi14644496 – The Magic 12 minutes sheet for the role-play and photo card tasks

[34.00] @GcseSpanish – Spanish GCSE 30 day revision challenge

[36.21] @MrBCurrier – spaced revision and short daily tips via #MayfMFL

[40:12] @SevenKingsMFL – preparing for the GCSE writing exam and in particular the 40, 90 and 150 word challenge using the BUCIT list and BUCIT XL.

[43:11] @senorcordero talking about his 90 word scaffolding sheet to support students

[45:23] TechTalk interview with Jane Bassett

[46:00] Getting started with iPads and exploring the one iPad classroom using apps such as Make Dice Lite, Decide Now, YAKiT Kids, Tellagami, Book Creator

[50:31] experimenting with appsmashing to develop speaking through digital storytelling

[51:17] The impact of doing a Masters on the use of digital technologies to enhance language learning at Nottingham University.

[54:09] The power of research and reaching out to the #mfltwitterati community for inspiration to help reflection and lesson planning 

[56:21] Moving from iPads to Microsoft Surfaces

[58:47] Using OneNote and Class Notebook in the languages classroom to promote speaking and listening and managing the collaboration space

[1:01:16] Harnessing technology to improve productivity and using Flipgrid in Microsoft Teams for  speaking homework and giving video feedback

[1:05:04] A few final thoughts and looking forward to the next episode

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