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Looking back and moving forward

In the first in this series of Technology in Modern Foreign Languages, Amanda Salt, a teacher from Northern Ireland, reflects on how she has built a successful Personal Learning Network and how she has used web applications to enhance the teaching and learning of MFL.

I suppose it is normal to reflect back on the year as Christmas approaches and the new year looms, and even more so when it comes to writing a guest post. I feel that I am often a ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’, yet I suppose that I am hard on myself, given how far I have progressed in a relatively short space of time.

And it leads me to consider: how did I get to this point? Well, it all started with a trip to the Building Learning Communities conference in Boston, in the summer of 2008, closely followed by a jaunt to the Isle of Wight to an MFL conference organised by the illustrious Joe Dale. I came away from both conferences totally inspired, and set about establishing my own Personal Learning Network (PLN) primarily through contacts I had made at said conferences, as well as Twitter and the MFL Resources Yahoo group.

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