Publications

Norton, J. (2020) 'Mobile apps supporting vocabulary acquisition', EAL Journal, Spring 2020, pp.29-32

Norton, J. & Bernstein, D. (2019) 'Situating language learning in the art and design studio', InForm, Issue 19, pp.4-6 

Review of Mobile Apps

Nancarrow, P. (2019) 'Keywords Biology and Geography', EAL Journal, Autumn 2019, pp.46-47

Conferences and CPD Sessions

Royal College of Art

Theme: Language and innovation within art and design

Date: 11th January 2019

Title: Criticality, Creativity and Context: EAP in Art & Design​

ELT Council Malta

Theme: Visual Arts Creation in Language Education

Date: 15th February 2019

Title: A Gallery Walk

ELT Council Malta

Theme: Visual Arts Creation in Language Education

Date: 16th February 2019

Title: In Search of the Authentic Voice

Reading University

Theme: Language and innovation within art and design

Date: 29th June 2020

Title: Criticality, Creativity and Context: EAP in Art & Design

 

ELT Image Conference

Theme: Decolonising the Curriculum

Date: 6th October 2019

Title: Uncovering Suppressed Voices

 

ELT Image Conference

Theme: Decolonising the Curriculum

Date: 5th October 2019

Title: Walking Through English

Dublin City University (Initial Teacher Training)

Theme: Applying Imagination

October 2017 (exact dates to be confirmed)

Title: The 21st Century Teacher

 

University of the Arts (Staff Development Session). 

Theme: Embedding Creativity into Classroom Practice

Date: 27th June 2017

Title: London as a Learning Canvas

 

University of the Arts (Staff Development Session)

Theme: Embedding Creativity into Classroom Practice

Date: 4th July 2017

Title: London as a Learning Canvas

 

University of the Arts (Staff Development Session)

Theme: Embedding Creativity into Classroom Practice

Date: 19th July 2017

Title: Teaching Through the Medium of Silence

 

Goldsmiths University (Staff Development Session)

Theme: Embedding Creativity into Classroom Practice

Date: 25th July 2017

Title: Teaching Through the Medium of Silence

 

University of the Arts (Lecturer for pilot programme aimed at 650 graduates)

Theme: Activating Imagination

Dates: 8th & 9th August 2017

Title: London as a Learning Canvas: Seeking Value in the Mundane

 

CESI Conference 2017 (Computers in Education Society of Ireland)

Theme: Creative Pedagogy

Date: 4th March 2017

Title: Connecting the Unconnected

http://goo.gl/CuzWPh

 

Abstract:  What do pasta, refraction, hairdressing and architecture all have in common? When flicking through photos in a fashion magazine, at what stage do you stop to consider the geometry of the image? Connecting the Unconnected uses local context as a learning canvas to make links between concepts and disciplines. This interdisciplinary approach to learning will help you to start to connect design to lipstick and lipstick to literature. This hands-on workshop will also explore the role of collaboration in making such connections.  The session will provide you with practical ideas to develop creative and thought-provoking learning contexts, where everyone is challenged. 

 

Presentation slides: https://www.slideshare.net/JoannaNorton/connecting-the-unconnected-73063621

 

University of the Arts Teaching and Learning Conference 2017

Theme: Cultivating Curiosity: exploring the design of teaching and learning

Date: 21st March 2017

Title: I Have a Voice: Silence in the Classroom

http://goo.gl/vTY51u

 

Abstract: Within the context of intercultural learning, silence as a concept has multiple meanings. Notions of ‘thinking out loud’, juxtaposed with ‘silence is golden’ can be a source of confusion, particularly when the learning objective is active conversation and the sharing of ideas. My experience of silence from a teacher’s and a learner’s perspective are contradictory. As an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) teacher at UAL, experience has taught me to embrace silence and recognise it as a valuable learning opportunity. However, as a Master’s student at Central Saint Martins, the deafening silence that often inhabits the space critical dialogue supposedly occupies, absolutely infuriates me. It is the tension between both experiences that prompted me to explore the concept of silence in more detail. Presenting my dilemma to 30 students from Confucian-heritage cultures (CHC) at the London College of Communication in July 2016, I simply ended my short presentation, with the following statement:

 

“Chinese students never speak” (UAL teachers).

I then followed up with the question, ‘So, are you silent?’ and waited for their response. Unsurprisingly, they disagreed with my question and general stance. ‘I have a voice’ began to symbolise their desire to engage in this conversation and co-research this area.

 

EAP and Creativity Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science

Dates: 9th – 10th June 2016

Title: Using local context and personalisation to encourage creative speaking within EAP (English for Academic Purposes)

http://goo.gl/eFlHQ6

Abstract: All individuals, whether collaborating with others or working independently have creative characteristics. The role of educators therefore is to find the most appropriate contexts that activate creativity and to explore a range of tasks that direct focus away from the individual’s own level of creativity, to focus on the types of learning that foster individual creative styles.  While it is safe to assume that all students within an art and design context are indeed creative, the high levels of confidence students often display during the process of creating their art work, are often absent in language learning.  If the use of language however, is deemed to be inherently creative, how can we shift student perceptions away from a more prescriptive approach to language development to an ongoing process of redefining, recreating and reproducing language? 

 

At UAL, a significant component of assessment is based on written performance, with the role of speaking viewed by many students as less central to their learning. Given the role of both formal and informal speaking contexts at UAL and beyond, this session will share our attempts to approach speaking from a creative perspective to encourage language development and learner reflection.  Starting with an overview of creativity, the session will present a number of tasks designed to identify creative learning styles, and demonstrate how embedding mobile technology into classroom practice facilitates greater personalisation.  With ongoing requests from students to improve their academic vocabulary, this session will also offer an overview of how lexical items are identified from local context and across disciplines to ensure learning outcomes are achieved irrespective of language level. 

 

TeachMeet BETT London 

Theme: Collaboration  

Date: 22nd January 2016                                                          

Title: Teacher/student collaboration on Reimagining Science Education (RISE)

http://goo.gl/5ik5KZ

 

Mobile Technology in Initial Teacher Training, Galway (MiTE)

Theme: Collaboration         

Date: 16th January 2016

Title: How mobile technology facilitates collaborative practice at local, regional and international levels – an insight

http://goo.gl/xJ4YgP

 

Digital ELT Ireland

Theme: Designing learning materials

Date: 1st November 2015                                                                                   

Title: Classroom Pedagogy Rules OK!

An eclectic overview of activities suitable for both resource-rich and resource-limited contexts designed to integrate mobile technology into classroom practice. The talk will illustrate how classroom pedagogy in localised contexts should inform how technology is used within ELT.

http://goo.gl/MZY45C

 

Teacher Training for Science Teachers, Uganda 

Theme: Academic vocabulary and creativity

Date: 10th August – 23rd August 2015

Title: Science Literacy, Solar Powered Technology and Creative Education 

http://goo.gl/U01HoY

Cambridge English Teacher Webinar                                                             

Theme: Generating ideas

Date: 8th April 2015

Title: Taking an Idea for a Walk 

https://goo.gl/Ez3qqI

 

Spring Blog Festival

Theme: Creativity

Date: 21st April 2015                                                                                       

Title: Creative Pedagogy and Mobile Technology 

https://goo.gl/5FZaNx

 

UNESCO Conference on Mobile Education in Partnership with UN Women  

Theme: Mobile Education

Date: 23rd – 27th February 2015

Title: Leveraging Technology to Support Women and Girls – an Irish case study

Given the disproportionate number of tech companies located in Ireland, what impact, if any, do they have on usage and innovation at community level, particularly women?  A Facebook page highlighted the experiences of Irish women and mobile technology. 

https://www.facebook.com/MLW2015/

 

Cambridge English Teacher Webinar  

Theme: Creativity

Date: 11th February 2015

Title: Creativity, Pedagogy and Mobile Technology

https://goo.gl/soiubE

 

Mobile Technology in Initial Teacher Training, Galway (MiTE)            

Theme: Creativity 

Date: 24th January 2015

Title: Creativity, Pedagogy and Mobile Technology

Our students and the world around us are a constant source of inspiration for lesson ideas.  However, finding time to reflect and document such creative ideas takes time, especially when teaching back-to-back lessons on a daily basis.  In this session, Joanna will share insight into her process of ideas generation and the role of her sketchbooks, how she aligns creativity with teaching and learning objectives and how mobile technologies are subsequently deployed to ensure students are responsible for both creating and critically evaluating their own content. 

 

Digital ELT Ireland  

Theme: Ideas generation

Date: 22nd November 2014

Title: Where do ideas come from?

Our students and the world around us are a constant source of inspiration for lesson ideas.  However, finding time to document these ideas and then develop them takes time. In this session, I will share a number of ideas from my sketchbooks that have informed the development of an app, and which I use daily to foster creative thinking and risk-taking.  An overriding objective of each lesson idea is to provide students with models that encourage them to create their own content using mobile technology. 

This rapid-fire session will provide participants with practical ideas that can be implemented first thing Monday morning. Participants will also be encouraged to reflect on their own practice and evaluate their role in fostering creativity within an English language classroom. This session is suitable for all English language teachers, at all stages of development. 

 

British Association of International Schools and Colleges                       

Theme: Creativity

Date: 17th May 2014

Title: Creative STEM

This forthcoming training session shared ideas and strategies with science teachers on how to engage young people while moving from STEM to STEAM.

 

ICT in Education, Thurles, (Ireland)

Theme: Mobile education

Date: 10th May 2014

Title: How mobile technology can support diverse learning needs in multilingual contexts

http://goo.gl/jPmQTS

 

Guest blogger for British Council  

Theme: Mobile education

Date: 10th May 2014

Title: Teaching tips for teachers on how students can use their mobile phones to learn English

https://goo.gl/MR6kbV

 

British Council Seminar

Theme: The Future of Education

Date: 25th May, 2014

Title: Is it time for educators to reclaim the education debate?

A live streamed presentation for British Council teachers and decision makers

http://goo.gl/27J5C0

 

Virtual Round Table Discussion                                                               

Theme: Mobile Education

Date: 27th April 2014

Title: How mPedagogy can support diverse learning needs in multilingual contexts. The session was aimed at global educators.

http://goo.gl/4VBhf0

 

UNESCO Mobile Learning Week                                                             

Theme: Mobile Education

Date: 18th February 2014

Title: How mobile pedagogy can support diverse learning needs in multilingual contexts while providing a professional development tool for teachers

http://goo.gl/sg0XXP

 

UNESCO Mobile Learning Meet-up  

Theme: Mobile Education

Date: 2nd February 2014                                                         

Title: The pedagogy of mobile learning

http://goo.gl/bmRjFA

 

Rokus Klett Publishers, Slovenia  

Theme: Creativity

Date 1st February 2014                                                            

Title: Never mind the textbooks.  Where do ideas come from?

http://goo.gl/8g4m7A

 

Digital ELT Ireland   

Theme: Pedagogy

Date: 23rd November 2013                                                                                     

Title: Pedagogy is King

http://goo.gl/slM5Yu

 

British Association of International Schools and Colleges 

Theme: Mobile Education and ELT

Date: 17th October 2013

Title: Mobile Education for English Language Learners

(Internal link)

 

NATECLA, UK

Theme: Edtech

Date: 16th May 2013                                                                                                

Title: Technology as a support for differentiated learning.