Gwangju-Jeonnam KOTESOL April Chapter Meeting

Saturday, April 15, 2017 (All day)
1-1 Punghyang-dong Buk-gu
61204 Gwangju , Gwangju Metropolitan City
South Korea
Gwangju Metropolitan City KR
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
010-5068-9179 [David Shaffer]

Gwangju-Jeonnam Chapter April Meeting

––– Morning Reflective Practice Session –––

Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (Sat., Apr. 8, NOT Apr. 15)
NEW Location: Coffee Lab Mujii (formerly Aldersgate. NOT at Kenya Espresso Cafe), near GNUE. (Ground floor of 광주우리교회 Building. Map at bottom.)
ㅡ Topic: Could Our Classrooms Be Kinder?
ㅡ Facilitators: Jocelyn Wright & Maria Lisak


Time: Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017, 1:45 - 5:00 pm
Location: Gwangju National University of Education (GNUE), Teacher Training Center (교사교육센터) 1st Floor; Room 811. Detailed directions HERE.

1:45 pm: Sign-in and Meet-and-Greet    (Admission: Free for first-time attendees. Membership welcomed.)

2:00 - 2:50 pm: Presentation 1
Topic: Digital Citizenship: Character Education in Action
James G. Rush, II (Luther University, Yongin)

2:50 - 3:15 pm: Refreshment Break

3:15 - 4:05 pm: Presentation 2
Topic: Cool Tools for Cultivating Creativity
Lindsay Herron (Gwangju National University of Education)

4:15 - 4:45 pm: Swap-Shop Presentations
Share your Teaching Ideas, Classroom Activities, and Teaching Wisdom with the group.
(Everyone is encouraged to share [up to 5-6 min. each]. Short tidbits are welcomed. Handouts also welcomed.)

4:45 - 5:00 pm: Announcements / Drawing for Door Prizes / Closing

Presentation Summaries and Presenter Biodata

Morning Reflective Practice Session

Could Our Classrooms Be Kinder?

Jocelyn Wright & Maria Lisak facilitating.

In this workshop, we will discuss observations of unkindness in our schools, formal elements that affect the kindness climate, and how kindness is promoted and modeled in the classroom. At the end, resources for teaching kindness will be shared.


Digital Citizenship: Character Education in Action

By James G. Rush, II

Participants will be introduced to key elements of Digital Citizenship and Character Education using active learning strategies. These techniques can be helpful for creating an engaging atmosphere. Also, the approaches can be done for any EFL lesson. For our purposes, the core concepts of digital citizenship (DC) and character education (CE) will be discussed and defined. (CE programs and curriculums often include specific instruction on "citizenship.") 

During the first portion of the session, James will provide ways to better understand the history and current state of these topics as they have appeared in the news locally here in South Korea and globally. This experience will then turn into an “unworkshop” because there are nuances related to grade and maturity levels. These differences can make a huge difference in how we teach, guide, and lead our students. We will collaborate and communicate just like we want our students to do in our classes. In the end, you will come away with relevant information and helpful strategies for preparing your students to create a better tomorrow though their contributions as a digitally savvy citizen.

The Presenter
  James G. Rush, II, is at Luther University in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do. He arrived in September and joined the Yongin KOTESOL Chapter in December. James prefers project-based learning endeavors like service learning and civic engagement. He earned a BA in secondary, business education from Concordia University of Wisconsin and a TEFL certification from E.L.I.C., in partnership with Wheaton in Illinois. In 2012, he completed his MA in educational technology from the University of Michigan-Flint, USA.


Cool Tools for Cultivating Creativity

By Lindsay Herron

With the proliferation of the internet and a plethora of free, intuitive tools available online, now is the perfect time to incorporate creative projects into your class! The internet proffers portability as well as online tools that facilitate the creation of eye-catching, multimodal projects. The internet also makes it easy to collaborate, explore others’ creations, and share final products with an authentic audience. Aimed at teachers seeking to capitalize on these advantages, this presentation will provide an overview of exciting online tools that are free, easy to use, and generally ideal for teachers seeking to cultivate creativity through digital media.

Among the tools presented will be several for creating videos of varying lengths, including Adobe Spark, Animoto, My Simple Show, and Flipagram; tools for telling stories, including Storybird, Phrase It, and Marvel Comics Create Your Own Comic; and tools students can use to create interactive games for their friends, infographics, or even “Fakebook” pages for characters.

Attendees will leave the workshop with new ideas and enthusiasm for effectively integrating tech-based projects into their teaching, helping to make their classes both more multimodal and motivating.

NOTE: Attendees will have an opportunity to try out several tools for themselves; bringing a smartphone pre-loaded with a QR-reader app is encouraged.

The Presenter
  Lindsay Herron has been a visiting professor at Gwangju National University of Education in Gwangju since 2008. She has master's degrees in language education and cinema studies, bachelor's degrees in English literature and psychology, a CELTA, and the CELTA YL Extension. She is currently working on a doctorate in literacy, culture, and language education at Indiana University-Bloomington, and is also serving as the national president of KOTESOL.

Photo: The Gwangju National University of Education (GNUE / 광주교육대학교), Teacher Training Center (교사교육센터), venue for our main meeting - 1st floor, Room 811.