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Connecting Technology to the Modes

The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) presents this next webinar in its 2023 Professional Learning Series:  Connecting Technology to the Modes.  This webinar is offered free of charge for world language educators and administrators working and studying in New York State educational institutions.

Original webinar date:  Tuesday, March 14th, 2023, 4:00—5:00 p.m.

Presenter:  Françoise Piron

Webinar description:  In our current educational landscape, the use of technology is ubiquitous. As teachers, we plan lessons using tech tools, we engage students with the help of internet-based tools, and we refine our craft by learning about new strategies online. In this 1-hour webinar, the presenter will focus on the following: How can we address communication goals (Standards 1, 2 and 3) in the classroom when using technology with all 3 modes (Interpretive, Interpersonal and Presentational)? How can social media and other authentic resources be used to both inspire students and to present culturally-rich materials (Standards 4 and 5)? How can language acquisition and proficiency develop through the help of appropriate tech tools? The presenter will offer tried-and-true strategies that align with the two anchor standards of Communication and Culture so that participants leave this webinar with a small toolkit that they can tweak to make their own.

Link to webinar flyer

Link to Handouts folder from webinar

Link to recording of webinar

Link to post-assessments

To receive a certificate of completion (including a CTLE certificate), NYS educators must view the recording of the webinar (see link above) in its entirety and then answer at least seven out of ten questions correctly on the post assessment.  If the minimum required score (7 out of 10) is achieved, the educator will receive a certificate via email within an hour.  For the convenience of our World Language educators, there are multiple versions of the post assessment available, should the required score not be achieved on the first attempt.  Educators may take each version of the post assessment once.

Important notes:

  1. Educators may take each version of the post assessment once.  Credit will not be given for taking a single version of the post assessment more than once. 
  2. Credit will not be given for more than one passing score on any of the post assessments for a webinar (listed below) in a single academic year.  
  3. Educators may receive credit for viewing the webinar recording and passing a post assessment once in each academic year and are encouraged to take a different version of the post assessment on a yearly basis to review and test their knowledge of the webinar's content. 
  4. It is the responsibility of the individual educator to keep track of the information on the professional learning they complete each year, including the number of CTLE hours.
  5. Questions about this webinar or the post assessments, should be directed to Candace Black at (585) 356-0951 or at sends e-mail)(link sends e-mail).

Webinar Summary

# of attendees: 239
# of CTLE certificates issued: 173
# of certificates of attendance issued: 66
# of organizations represented by attendees:

  • 211 participants from district schools
  • 8 participants from charter schools
  • 3 participants from non-public schools
  • 9 participants from colleges or universities
  • 5 participants from BOCES or RBERNs
  • 3 participant from a government agency

Quotes from Participants of this Webinar 

“GREAT presentation - so many brilliant ideas, especially at the novice level.  Thank you, Swaz!” ~ Lindsey L.

“Thank you. This was helpful and inspiring!”  ~ Tori G.

“Always great ideas to share! Un gros merci ma chère amie!”  ~ Sarah W.-J.

“That handout with links is invaluable! Merci/Gracias!” ~ Beth B.

“Thank you so much! Incorporating some of this, this week!”  ~ Janine R.

(last updated 6/25/2023)

Workshop presenter: Françoise “Swaz” Piron was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, the daughter of a French mother and a Belgian father. She taught French (and German) at South Jefferson CSD for 35 years and retired in June 2021. She is the 2023 President-Elect of NYSAFLT and is a member of several organizations, including ACTFL and AATF.  She was a regular item writer and consultant at SED for the two French state exams for over 20 years. Swaz has presented numerous workshops on cultural, pedagogical and technological themes at the local, state and national levels.  She is the recipient of several NYSAFLT awards including the “Dorothy Ludwig Memorial Award” and the “Ruth Wasley Distinguished Teacher Award K-12”. She was named “Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques” by the French Ministry of Education in 2019. She is the co-author of the book “World Class, the Re-education of America”. Swaz has led several student groups to Canada, Europe and Martinique.