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miscellaneous news and article June 2014

Microsoft demos breakthrough in real-time translated conversations


It’s been an interesting evening here in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. at the inaugural Code Conference (#CodeCon) where @karaswisher and @waltmossberg are engaging Microsoft CEO @satyanadella in a more than hour-long onstage conversation.

During his conversation with Walt and Kara, Satya discussed his...
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Volume 18 Number 2 of Language Learning & Technology is Now Available

 

Volume 18 Number 2 of Language Learning & Technology is Now Available
We are happy to announce that Volume 18, Number 2, of Language Learning & Technology is now available at http://llt.msu.edu. It is a special issue on “Game-Informed L2 Teaching and Learning” with guest editors Jonathon...
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CASLS interCom articles June 2014

International Dialects of English Archive
Source: IDEA
Are you exploring different dialects of English with your students? Are you looking for audio samples of speakers of different dialects? The International Dialects of English Archive is a repository of audio clips of native English speakers from all over the...
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News Article: Mixxer and MOOCS: Online Language Exchange

The Mixxer and MOOCS: Online Language Exchange

From http://blog.coerll.utexas.edu/re-mixxer-using-french-and-german-oer-in-the-mixxer

Last year, the Mixxer (a free educational website for language exchanges via Skype) offered a MOOC to English speakers learning Spanish and paired the participants with a partner course of Spanish speakers learning English. Using open educational resources from COERLL, Colby...
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Article: Kotoba Miners uses Minecraft to teach you Japanese (Tofugu.com)

 

Mining For Japanese Gold: The Professor Who Teaches Japanese Through Minecraft

[http://www.tofugu.com/2014/05/12/mining-for-japanese-gold-the-professor-who-teaches-japanese-through-minecraft/]

Minecraft… err, マインクラフト! Of course, I think almost everyone knows the game. Either you’ve played it, someone you know won’t shut up about it, or you’ve heard of it through popular culture / the media. To me, I’ve always thought...
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Explore iPad series #4 miscellaneous memos for iPad contents

 iTune Store JAPAN allows users to purchase / rent the followings books

  • directly purchase from iTune store and use iBooks
  • Newstand – iTune Store- 1 month/3 month subscription for magazine, payment is itune account, be able to use multiple accounts to combine apps in Newsstand.
  • Movies – to rent – move between itune...
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Explore iPad series #3 E-Book Readers - Getting Started

There are dozens of E-book readers for mobile devices.  The apps which are native to Apple are iBooks and Newsstand.  The content in Books is sync with ‘books’ in iTune and the content in Newsstand is stored in App store.  iBooks will display PDF, books, and audiobooks, while Newsstand is...
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News: Google debuts online education tool Oppia, UNI-Collaboraion, TandemPlus CLA Language Center

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....
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CASLS - InterCom news: Sources for Authentic Audio on Spanish, French, and German

Sources for Authentic Audio on Spanish, French, and German
Source: Language Teachers Collaborate
Language: French, German, Spanish

From languageteacherscollaborate

Here is a collection of links to online sources of authentic audio for Spanish, French, and German: http://languageteacherscollaborate.pbworks.com/w/page/34241047/Authentic%20Audio

[CASLS InterCom Article]

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Interactive Whiteboard and Interactive Projectors

The smart classroom in Language Lab is equipped with SmartBoard Interactive Whiteboard.  We also have the Interactive Projector in Multimedia Studio area.  Both of them can be used for variety of activities such as annotation and collaboration incorporating the special interactive features of the products.

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