Lausanne Learning Institute, Memphis, Tennessee ~ Day 1

| July 14, 2013 | 2 Comments 

In (almost) the words of Marc Cohn & Cher “We’re working in Memphis” at The Lausanne Learning Institute in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Lausanne Learning Institute is an international think tank for schools. Created and hosted by Lausanne Collegiate School the conference offers over 200 breakout sessions – from hands-on events to lectures, discussions and networking.

Today, we led a couple of “pre-conference” half-day sessions, at the absolutely gorgeous Peabody Hotel.

The first, “Tools to tell a Tale : A Mission (im) possible” we posed the question: “Are you up for a challenge”? Together, we went off on a practical explorations of some powerful, free, online tools, to develop story telling, (and more) in inventive digital (and analogue) ways.

Manipulating images, creating soundtracks, playing with words, all within a limited time frame, with a focus on “What is said rather than what is used to say it”.

Thanks so much to Jenni Ellis, Amanda Lemke, and Nicole Mann, for joining us on our story telling travels.

In our second session, entitled “Beyond a Game! : Motivating and inspiring even the most reluctant writers”, was a hands-on investigation of how virtual worlds, Web2.0 tools and visual literacy elements, can have had a huge impact on raising children’s confidence and collaboration, across the creative curriculum, and beyond.

‘I stepped out into a landscape of almost unbearable beauty, a feathered sky stretching out across the silken sea, warm sand beneath my feet. Turning, I saw steps, foot worn, timeless, winding downwards. Where would they lead me?’

Our aim was to present some inspiring, accessible tools and ideas, for raising the level of writing, speaking and listening, and creativity in children of all ages and abilities.

This afternoon, our  intrepid travel companions were the, very brave, Bobby Belden, and Leah Bergeron.

Thanks, too, to Paige Holmes, Coordinator of Lausanne Learning Institute, and Stewart Crais, Director of Operations at Lausanne Collegiate School, for inviting us to this superb event.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Jenni says:

    To Tell A Tale – a GREAT way to spend the morning. Thanks so much Tim and Sarah for sharing your wealth of knowledge.

  2. Tim says:

    Thank you Jenni – Thanks, also, for making a great Translatorsaurus in the keynote. Keep in touch

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