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Keep calm & use ICT

For ICT are the future of education

About me

"Change is the essential process of all existence."

Mr. Spock

I graduated from university with a teaching degree in English and French as foreign languages in 2008. I usually teach grades 7 through 12. ICT are an integral part of my teaching and my students can do lots of projects in my classes. E.g. in grade 8 or 9 there is a virtual exchange project, my grade 8 students are in touch with Canadian students via the Internet, and in grade 9 there  is a project that is supposed to make students taking part in an exchange between my school and a Parisian school work together. I am also using tablets in my daily lessons to improve my students’ media literacy.

Besides teaching full-time, I am also responsible for the website of and data privacy at my school, I help organize student exchanges (with English-speaking countries, with France; individual and group programs) and have taken over the ICT mentor position until the vacancy is filled.

I have a website for my students, which is intended to help them learn foreign languages.

While getting my teaching degree I also worked towards earning a bachelor’s degree in Japanese Studies with a minor in American Studies. The Japanese studies program was very interesting for me and provided me with an insight into the Asian culture. I spent one semester in Japan at Dôshisha University in Kyôto (October 2000 – March 2001) and I was also able to pursue my interest in Japanese culture at the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Paris 7, where I spent one semester in 2002. In 2002 I went to San Francisco for an exchange year and was able to get into the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University, where I took undergraduate and graduate classes over the course of two semesters.

I’ve earned my bachelor’s degree cum laude in 2006.

When I first participated in the “Cyber-Langues” convention in August 2011 in France I was happy to find out that there are many teachers like me who are convinced that ICT should have their place in the classroom and who believe strongly in constantly improving their skills. They then put their newly acquired skills into practice by having their students work on adequate projects, thus helping them develop digital literacy skills. When I realized that I wasn’t alone after all, I decided to start blogging about my experiences and the (mostly online) seminars I am participating in to broaden my horizon and to stay up-to-date.

Since 2011 I have been a member of “Cyber-Langues”, a French association for foreign language teachers that wants to help make ICT an integral part of education. We gather once a year at the end of August in a French city for three days. During this convention we participate in plenary sessions and workshops  that give us a better understanding of how to use ICT in the classroom and that often inspire us. For me personally, these conventions go beyond inspiration: right before the start of the new school year this is where I renew my energy and motivation to go back to tilting at windmills on a daily basis in a still rather traditional, sometimes even rigid educational system.

The yearly Cyber-Langues convention is also a great place for networking and I have met many great people there. We help each other where we can and, sometimes, we even work on projects together, like in the virtual Franco-German exchange I work on with my dear friend Christophe Jaeglin from the Alsace region – a project that was born during the convention in 2012 and is prospering, going where no one has gone before.

Since September 2014 I have been a board member of the association.

Thanks to my digital media skills and my experience in using ICT in the foreign language classroom I have been asked numerous times in recent years to give a presentation as a guest speaker in training sessions or at conventions.

    • Cyberlangues 2012 (August 2012)
    • Cyberlangues 2013 (August 2013)
    • LearnTec 2014 (February 2014)
    • Online seminar LPM Saarbrücken on “Un autre monde” (April 2014)
    • Online seminar OFAJ on “Un autre monde” (May 2014)
    • Cyberlangues 2014 (August 2014)
    • Convention of French German teachers  (ADEAF) 2014 (October 2014)
    • Media & Learning Conference Brussels (November 2014)
    • DaFWEBKON 2015 (March 2015)
    • Cyberlangues 2015 (August 2015)
    • Cyberlangues 2016 / Ludovia 2016 (August 2016)

I am always happy to be invited as a guest speaker, provided that the time frame is compatible with my schedule as a full-time teacher.

I have a keen interest in web design and have been webmaster of numerous websites in the past 12 years. Among my recent work are:

Website for my students

Albeck-Gymnasium Sulz

PetiteProf79

Project “Un autre monde”

2013 2014 2015 2016

Project “Une aventure franco-allemande”

2012 2014 2015

I am currently looking for an institution that would be willing to supervise à PhD thesis on ICT and language learning with an emphasis on intercultural projects.

After my graduation I decided to publish several of my research papers and essays to make the publicly available. Most of these papers are on Asian American issues, however, there are a few from my Japanese and American studies classes as well.

Recently, I have been asked to write a few articles on using ICT in the foreign language classroom.

TT11    TT2   TT3

SMP2    140324_delina_gewinner1   150113_delina_Gewinner 
 medea-awards-2014_AWARD WINNER

November 2014: Medea Awards (in English)

May 2015: CAMELOT Project EU (in English)

August 2016: Ludovia WebTV (in French)

Skills

"Try not. Do or do not."

Yoda

Communication & Culture

    • Foreign langues
      • English
      • French
      • Japanese
    • Franco-German youth exchange

Web 2.0

 

    • WordPress
    • Basic HTML
    • Social Media
    • Second Life
    • Information privacy at school
    • Cloud Computing
      • OwnCloud
      • Dropbox
      • GoogleDrive
      • OneDrive

ICT in the classroom

    • Web 2.0-Tools
    • mLearning
    • Machinima
    • virtual exchange
    • project-based learning

Multimedia

 

    • Android
    • iOS
    • Windows 7
    • Windows 8.1
    • Windows 10
    • Software
      • Gimp
      • MS Office 2016
      • Camtasia

 

Projects

"You think Yoda stops teaching, just because his student does not want to hear? A teacher Yoda is. Yoda teaches like drunkards drink, like killers kill."

Yoda

Alias

"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different."

Coco Chanel

Travel

"Paris is always a good idea."

Audrey Hepburn

Ecuador

"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world."

Nelson Mandela

Patenkinder1

The promise of a good future comes with education. This is particularly true for rather poor countries. This is why I sponsor two girls in Ecuador. I want them to have a good education and thus the possibility of a good future. América and Josseline live in a little village high up in the Andes with their families and write me little letters several times a year to thank me for my commitment.

I am sponsoring the girls through a small German association called Andenkinder e.V. (transl: children of the Andes) based in Karlsruhe, Germany. It was essential to me that the money I send the girls be sent to them directly and in full, which can be more easily done by a small association than a big organization. 

Andenkinder e.V.

Patenkinder2
 

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steffi@steffi-woessner.de

Rottweil, Germany