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Cross-Cultural Bilingual Blogging for Language Learning

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KOTESOL-KAFLE International Conference 2014, COEX, Seoul, Korea

October 5th 9:00

Teacher Travel 2.0: Crowd-Source Your Next Trip

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KOTESOL-KAFLE International Conference 2014, COEX, Seoul, Korea

October 4th 14:00

When Bilingual Blogging Bears Fruit


オンライン語学学習交流研修会 (Online Language Learning Workshop)
Muroran Institute of Technology, Hokkaido

July 19, 2014


I Teach, Therefore iPad: Utilizing Your Tablet in the Classroom

Symposium on Integration of Emerging Technologies in Language Education: From Instructor to Institution, Kanazawa University Foreign Language Institute, Kanazawa, Japan

February 15th, 14:00-14:50

Presentation summary:

The portability and power of Apple’s iPad make it an excellent tool for teachers. This presentation will cover the use of an iPad in the language classroom for student assessment and course management. The discussion is based on one teacher’s use of an iPad as a portable device in a university English conversation course. The teacher uses the iPad in many ways, ranging from professional development to student assessment and presentation of course content. The use of the iPad as an assessment device allows the teacher to input student data and grades while students are on task and the teacher monitors classroom activities. The portable nature of the iPad allows the teacher to input data while walking amongst the students, and also allows for its use as a reference tool in one-to-one discussions with students. The iPad is also used in conjunction with both projectors and overhead document cameras for presenting slides, websites, and notes to the class. The discussion will include information about setting up your iPad for use in the classroom, applications used in the process, and lessons learned.

B-Tandem: A Cross-Cultural Blogging Model for Language Learning

PAC @ FEELTA 2012 “Learning Languages – Building Communities”, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia

November 4, 10:10

Presentation summary:

This presentation will discuss a six-year international blogging project, centering on interaction between Japanese language learners in the USA and English language learners in Japan. Students on both ends compose blog content in their target language, while commenting on the content of their international peers using their native language.
Attendees will take away an understanding of the pedagogical purpose and goals of the project, as well as a framework for setting up similar programs.

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PAC @ FEELTA 2012 “Learning Languages – Building Communities”Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia

November 2, 14:30

Moderator: Stephen Ryan

Panel participants: Walaiporn Chaya (Thailand), Natalya Maximova (Russia), Michael Jones (Korea), & Stephen Henneberry (Japan)



第98回全国図書館大会島根大会 (98th Annual National Library Conference), 島根県民会館くにびきメッセ

In 2012 the Media Center at the University of Shimane purchased 40 iPads to introduce tablets to both classrooms and the newly established Learning Commons area of the Media Center. This presentation discussed important aspects of the iPad program in the Media Center, including resource management, classroom usage, feedback and future plans.


Moodling Your Textbook

JALT 2012, ACT City, Hamamatsu, Japan

Co-presented with Craig Manning (The University of Shimane), Don Hinkelman (Sapporo Gakuin University), & Tom Goetz (Hokusei Gakuen University)

This presentation is for teachers and publishers. Explore how Moodle can enhance your students´ educational experiences by shifting the in-class focus towards fluency and out-of-class activities to learning, practice, and accuracy. Discuss how schools can work with publishers to reproduce materials online legally. Finally, join the community of Moodle users to share course contents, reduce your workload, and improve educational outcomes in your classroom!


Book Group Day

Book Group Day
ER Colloquium at JALT 2012, ACT City, Hamamatsu, Japan

Poster session on a recyclable student-centered Book Group Day activity to promote Extensive Reading in the classroom.

Teacher Travel 2.0: Student-sourced Video Travelogues

JALT Pan-SIG Conference 2012, Hiroshima University (Higashi Hiroshima Campus)

June 18, 13:45

Presentation summary:

Have you ever had to cancel or reschedule class due to a conference or personal travel plans? This pres- entation will outline how to take advantage of scheduling conflicts to activate or rekindle your students’ motivation in a unique and enjoyable way. During this presentation, you will learn to crowd-source travel plans as a language learning activity. You will see the results of a teacher’s one-day tour of Paris after a TESOL France conference, planned by language-learning students. You will also receive tips on how to easily create video travelogues to share in class using an iPhone.