The Image Conference, a summary

Last Saturday I attended The Image Conference with other three colleagues and friends and we learnt and shared lots of things with other fellow-teachers. As I collected lots of information and links I’m going to post what I kept and what I remember here, in a post. As a matter of fact, after reading what was going on on twitter during the conference following the hashtag #imageconference, it’s a pity we couldn’t clone ourselves to attend all the activities.

Let’s start from the very beginning.

Visual literacy in ELT, by Jamie Keddie

This was a great start. If you have never heard of Jamie Keddie, I just recommend you to visit his website and to see any of the videos of his Youtube Channel, where you can see him in action.

He also surprised us with a storytelling activity based on a hot issue this week, the riots in Turkey.

The police throw tear gas to a lady in Turkey.

The message Jamie Keddie left, or the one I kept for me is that images don’t tell one story, but an infinite number of them.

And here you are a video where he repeats the riots’ activity. Click here for the lesson plan. 

Short and Sweet: Using short films to promote creativity and communication, by Kieran Donaghy

Kieran was our great discovery of the venue. We already knew his work through his website, Film-English, but seeing him in action really was a real pleasure.

He delighted us with several videos you can see in his website, where you can even download full lesson plans with lots of motivating ideas for your lessons. I leave you the links of the ones I remember.

Your Secret

The Adventures of a Cardboard Box

29 Ways to Stay Creative


Photo Opportunities, by Ian James

Ian James’ participation was made up by a neverending list of web based resources and mobile apps enhance the way you use photographs in class. You can find them all here, in his blog, Tefltecher. Luckily, he has written a couple of posts with some of the materials he showed and how he uses them in class, you can read them here, where he talks about how to use collages in class, and here, where he explains how to remove background of pictures and how to use them.

Among others, he mentioned these resources, just click on them to discover what you can do with them: Narrable, Fotobabble, Voicethread, Educreations, Audioboo, Tackk, Tripline, Woices, and Dear Photograph.

Professional development and gamification, by Paul Braddock

After lunch, we had Paul Braddock from the British Council. He is the web manager of the site Teaching English, a ‘must’ for any teacher of English. You can also see his blog under this link.

His contribution to the conference was this site, The School, where he suggests gamification to encourage teacher learning.

Telly Learning, by Steve Muir

Among othrer interesting activities, Steve Muir gave a twist using some not-so-serious videos taken from Britain’s Got Talent, and its American and Australian versions. Yes, your guilty pleasures can have a space in your lessons, why not.

Steve promised a leaflet with his resources that you in his blog, Allatac, a treasure for advanced level teachers. And you can follow him on Twitter here.

You can download the handout here.

Using images and video to change perspectives, by Gerard McLoughlin

Gerard’s participation was marked by a final discussion full of interesting points of view. But before that, he showed us some videos and images that he uses to make students get involved in their learning.

The resources we mentioned include the video called “7 billion”, by The National Geographic, the latest campain by Dove, where women are told not to appreciate their real beauty, videos from Disabled Access Friendly, with resources for Elt teachers, or The Guardian’s Site for the Top100 Women.

The Moving Image: A history of video in ELT, by Ben Goldstein

Ben Goldstein was a perfect end for a day full of motivating and inspiring ideas. His bringing “Follow Me” by the BBC brought me lots of memories and was in fact a piece of evidence that shows how the teaching of English has evolved over the last 30 years.

He gave us lots of ideas, among which I would highlight these links: EdTED, 1 Second Daily Cam and some more I don’t remember now. 🙂

In his blog you can find materials of his previous talks.

As you can see, our bags are full of ideas, and mostly inspiration for the upcoming academic year. And well, I can’t forget mentioning the location of the venue, Casa Convalescència in Barcelona, a unique building as you’ll see from the pictures.

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And of course, I can’t finish this post without thanking the organization for a perfect day.


9 thoughts on “The Image Conference, a summary

  1. Thanks, Eva. Very useful. I wish I had twitted more during the talks. I would have my own summary now, but I’m glad you did it for me ;). The whole thing was fantastic and motivating. We need a dose of inspiration every now and then.

  2. Hi,
    It was great to meet all of you at the conference. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the conference so much. Thanks very much for all your kind words and I hope we meet gain soon.
    All the best,

    • It was our pleasure, Kieran. Thank you for organising such a wonderful event. We are tired of talking about assessment and things like that. What we really need are ideas. Hope to meet you soon again in a motivating event.

  3. Thanks so much for compiling everything, Eva!! You have done a great job and thank you Kieran for organising such a fantastic event.

  4. Pingback: Eva Suárez Guillén Talks about her Image Conference experience « IATEFL LTSIG and UAB Idiomes

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