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Whiteboard “TeamBoard” in the language lab classrooms

Monday, October 27th, 2014

One of the common features equipped in the digital language lab classrooms is the TeamBoard.    This screen board allows us to write on with dry erase makers.

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Another function which the Teamboard has is to be functioned as an interactive whiteboard using the tools such as Microsoft Ink Tool in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint.  The TeamBoard is connected to the wall-mounted projector and it will project the display of the instrcutor’s machines in the classroom.

When you open a document in Word or PowerPoint and touch the board, the ink tool tab will appear in the application (The image below is the Microsoft Ink Tool Tab in Microsoft Word).  You will select the tool to draw the line or highlight  in the document.

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Other annotation or drawing tools can also be used for this interactive whiteboard, for example, the annotation and drawing makeup tool in Adobe Acrobat Pro X or simple Adobe Photoshop and so forth.

Adobe Acrobat Annotation Tool

Adobe Acrobat Drawing Makeups

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you use the dry erase markers or Ink tools, the primary function of the screen board is to write.  However, the major difference between the two is that the interactive annotation and drawing tool allow us to save the drawings in document.  Therefore, the interactive whiteboard can be beneficial for the activities which involves the instructor’s feedback to the student work, for example.  The Ink Tool can be used for instructors to provide the feedback to student’s paper  in word document or research presentation in powerpoint slide (memo, highlight, underlines…etc).  For example, an EFS class uses the TeamBoard annotation and drawing to provide the feedback to student’s papers.  The feedback from the instructor will be saved in the document.  Then, the students will be revising their work following the feedback.

News: Google debuts online education tool Oppia, UNI-Collaboraion, TandemPlus CLA Language Center

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Google debuts online education tool Oppia to let anyone create interactive activities for teaching others

Google today launched a new online education tool called Oppia, currently an open source project with the goal of making it easy for anyone to create online interactive activities that others can learn from. Called explorations, these activities can be built and contributed to by multiple people from around the world through a Web interface, without any programming required….[http://thenextweb.com/google/2014/02/27/google-debuts-online-education-tool-oppia-help-anyone-create-interactive-activities-teaching-others/#!xKqbJ]

UNI-Collaboration: This platform is aimed at supporting university educators and mobility coordinators to organise and run online intercultural exchanges for their students….http://www.unicollaboration.eu/

TandemPlus, CLA Language Center, Univ of Minnesota: he TandemPlus program organizes opportunities for language students to practice and improve their abilities in the foreign language they are studying. To meet the needs of as many students as possible, we make these practice opportunities available in a variety of formats…. [https://languagecenter.cla.umn.edu/tandem.php]

Advocacy video, NCLRC newsletter, NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statement, ACTFL 2013 presentation handouts

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Foreign Language Advocacy Video: Lead with Languages http://casls-nflrc.blogspot.com/2013/12/foreign-language-advocacy-video-lead.html

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The November/December 2013 issue of the National Capital Language Resource Center’s Language Resource newsletter is available online at http://www.nclrc.org/newsletter.html

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements  http://casls-nflrc.blogspot.com/2013/12/ncssfl-actfl-can-do-statements.html
Progress Indicators for Language Learners – See more at: http://www.actfl.org/publications/guidelines-and-manuals/ncssfl-actfl-can-do-statements#sthash.eJ9X0Msv.dpuf

[CASLS-InterCOM]

Did you miss the 2013 ACTFL Convention? You can download 125+ presentation handouts here:
http://community.actfl.org/communities/resources/librarylist/?LibraryKey=81b166e4-7500-441b-8c41-e4cc6218606e&CommunityKey=a3fd2c7a-ec6b-47dd-9620-b62c2a1afd1e

[Twitter: Center for Language Study at Yale]

Stanford Professor Elizabeth Bernhardt to receive Distinguished Service Award for foreign language teaching

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Professor Elizabeth Bernhardt, Congratulation on the 2014 Distinguished Service to the Profession Award from the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL)!

“Stanford Professor Elizabeth Bernhardt to receive Distinguished Service Award for Foreign Language Teaching”

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Explore National Foreign Language Resource Centers in US

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

There are 15 National Foreign Language Resource Centers (NFLRC) in US which are supported by grants under Title VI of the Higher Education Act.

“While some centers concentrate on specific language areas and others on foreign languages in general, all share the common goal to develop resources that can be used broadly to improve foreign language education in the United States.”(http://www.nflrc.org/)

http://www.nflrc.org/ is the web portal to access to all 15 NFLRCs and it allows you to see and search what kind of project and materials each Center has been developing.

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Friday, November 8th, 2013

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