Archive for January, 2014

News: Google Learning Center released by Google for Education

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Google for Education has released Google Learning Center  It seems to be online self-instructional training website for Google applications and systems.  You can also receive certifications as well.


I am particularly interested in the design of the online training as well as how the progress and assessment of each user are designed and layout.  I will go through this training to see how far I can go.



News: MOOCs courses in foreign languages.

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

It’d be interesting to see what kind of courses will be offered in foreign languages.

QuickWire: Coursera Joins Foundation to Offer MOOCs in Spanish

Coursera, a company that helps clients build massive open online courses, will soon expand its reach internationally by offering Spanish-language MOOCs. On Wednesday the company unveiled its latest partnership, with a Mexican philanthropic organization called the Carlos Slim Foundation, and announced plans to translate 50 Coursera courses into Spanish by the end of the year…


Articles Jan 27, 2014- Newspaper AR, Most mispronounced word in English…etc

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Japan Using #AR To Teach Kids to Enjoy the Newspaper!


‘Phenomenon’ is the most mispronounced word
With nine letter and four syllables, the tongue-twisting ‘phenomenon’ has been named as the most mispronounced word in the English language.


The event news: Thomas Milo: Raising the Stakes in Arabic Text Handling

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

event - thomas miloFriday, February 7, 2014
Information Center Classroom, First Floor, Green Library East
The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please respond to Sonia Lee if you would like to attend.

Join us for a fascinating talk by noted typographer Thomas Milo who will describe a project initiated by the Sultanate of Oman.

The project aims to display, search and quote Qur’ān text on the web in a typographically stable and orthographically flawless manner, regardless the operating system or the type of web device. This requires rethinking computer typography. After a general description of the project, two areas will be discussed in more detail…

More detail:



Explore iPad series #1 accessing the content in foreign countries

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

The NMC (New Media Consortium) Horizon Report 2013 lists tablet computing as one of the technology trend.  (2013 NMC Horizon Report Higher Education).  I have been exploring my tablet device (in my case, iPad mini) and what kind of beneficial features the tablet computing and device can have, compared to the ‘traditional/standard’ computers.


Image from Apple:

Certainly the regulation of the tablet device which only allows users to use one ‘window’), the first impression that I had was the number of software (it’s called ‘apps’) available for tablet devices.  Through these apps, I also felt that that accessing to the content in foreign countries and making the use of the content seems to be much easier, compared to standard laptops.

Taking advantage of these apps may be beneficial to enhance the foreign language instruction and classroom activities.

Certainly, the Copyright and Fair use protocol needs to be implemented for the classroom use of these materials.  Also, the concept of ‘digital copies’ and ‘licenses’ in the cloud environment need to be further discussed among educators.   Nonetheless, the feasibility analysis needs to be conducted as a first step to seek the possibility of technology-enhanced foreign language instruction using the tablet computing.  Therefore, this article describes the feasibility of accessing the material at personal level at this point.

So how can I access to the content in the foreign countries?  iPad mini can be synced with iTune in the laptop.  iTune has the iTune store in which I can access to music, movies, books, apps, in foreign countries.  To access to the content in the iTune store, Apple ID is required.  I have multiple Apple IDs and each ID associates with different countries.  I have my home address in Japan.

When you open iTune and create an Apple ID, there is the setting which allows users to associate the country.


You can also switch the countries by scrolling down to the bottom of the page in iTune store and clicking ‘Change Countries’ or the icon of national flags.

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And I have purchased the iTune gift card while I was in Japan so I have some money stored in my account (displayed next to my Apple ID).


Image from Apple:

There are usually 5 computers users can authorize to transfer files between the device and computer.


In addition to iTune store, there are many apps which allow us to access to these contents as well as to take advantage of them.  Further investigation will be conducted.

Language Technology Bootcamp: ACTFL 2013 Plenary: The Tipping Point – Language Learning for a Changed

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

ACTFL 2013 Plenary: The Tipping Point – Language Learning for a Changed World:

[From: Language Technology Boot Camp by Felix Kronenberg ]

The South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) Funding

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Apply for funding to learn a South Asian language this summer!

The South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) based at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is offering intensive summer courses in the following South Asian languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Pashto, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, and Urdu. 

Applications for Summer 2014 are now being accepted for the following funding opportunities:

FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowships: Open to graduate students who are US citizens or permanent residents, deadline February 15, 2014.

Half/Full Fee Remissions: Open to all SASLI applicants, deadline March 15, 2014.

Project GO funding for Hindi and Urdu: Open to ROTC undergraduates who are US citizens, deadline January 10, 2014.

$1000 Fee Remission: Open to all SASLI applicants who do not have other, external funding.  Priority deadline April 1, 2014.

Details and links the applications can be found on our website:

[Source:  This LCTL-T listserv sponsored by CARLA at the University of Minnesota]