Archive for October 27th, 2014

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.

Introduction to Oral Proficiency Levels

Monday, October 27th, 2014

From http://oralproficiency.coerll.utexas.edu/
Language: Spanish
Introduction to Oral Proficiency Levels is a free open educational resource (OER) from our sister LRC, the Center for Open Education Resources and Language Learning, that can help you gain a foundational understanding of how to evaluate Spanish speakers. The resource includes:

Practice: Video-based practice modules designed to strengthen your understanding of the ACTFL Speaking Proficiency Guidelines and to help you evaluate the speaking levels of your language students.
Materials: Editable versions of the practice modules on Google Drive that you can revise and share with other educators.
Guidance: Instructions on conducting interviews to assess Spanish learners’ proficiency levels.

This resource is available at http://oralproficiency.coerll.utexas.edu/
Read a discussion of this resource at http://musicuentos.com/2014/10/utproficiency/
Learn more about COERLL’s projects and plans at http://blog.coerll.utexas.edu/

 

Source:  CASLS InterCom