LABCI Report

18-Jul-2007

MEC Commissioning Editor, Jenny Lovel, writes:

A view over São Paulo

‘If there was one buzzword at this year’s LABCI conference it was “e-boards” (better known as interactive white boards). Delegates and presenters alike were buzzing about the use of e-boards in the language classroom. Presenters such as Vera Costinhas from the Cultura Inglesa Rio de Janeiro and Lizika Goldchleger from the Cultura Inglesa São Paulo showed how using technology in the classroom enhances the engagement and motivation of both students and teachers. But throughout the conference presenters were careful to strike a note of caution: technology in the classroom is good news – and great for the “wow” factor – but we must be careful to make sure that the board doesn’t become the star of the classroom. Lessons must have a language focus and appropriate electronic materials are therefore still of paramount importance. Luckily the conference was awash with great ideas. Vilson Coimbra, from the Cultura Inglesa São Paulo, showed how the e-board can be used in conjunction with the Macmillan English Campus, using the e-board to brainstorm language, pre-teach vocabulary, complete MEC activities and access web projects online – all using one flipchart.

Vilson Coimbra presenting at LABCI

Marcela Moya from the Instituto Britanico, Chile, presented a range of creative ways of engaging “digital natives” in the classroom, including computer games, writing websites and wikis, uploading photos and, of course, blogging.

Do you use Macmillan English Campus with an e-board? What creative tricks have you discovered to engage and motivate your students? Do you think e-boards are becoming the “stars” of the classroom? Post a comment!’

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