Workshop Information



Tuesday morning: 8:00am - 12:00pmTo the top

New Horizons in Differentiated and Task-Based Technology Language Learning

Frank Kruger-Robbins and Roselyne Pirson, Pine Crest School; Kristy Britt, University of South Alabama

This hands-on workshop shows how to easily create technological units for a dynamic language classroom environment. Using predominantly free websites available for world language faculty, participants are instructed how to easily create web-based curricula such as student presentations, personal web pages, blogs, wikis, multi-disciplinary culture-based projects, and more! Participants receive a notebook of project handouts, rubrics, and access to a K-16 Blackboard Language Resource Site. This workshop is for all languages and all levels of technology expertise.

Language Technologies for the New Generation

Claire Bartlett, Past-President of IALLT

This half-day workshop will provide participants with demonstrations and hands-on experience on how to build learning communities emphasizing both pedagogy and technology: videoconferencing, microblogging , voiceboard, wikis, blogs, and portfolios 2.0 including digital stories. We will discuss the selection and implementation process of these tools with particular attention to the kind of communities they enable. Participants will be able to see examples and use these tools in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Although we will present and discuss how to use and how we use these technologies, participants will have hands-on experience with the following: Videoconferencing using Skype with Pamela recording, and/or Adobe Connect, Microblogging with Twitter and Tumblr, Voiceboard, using Wimba voiceboard and/or Voicethread, Wiki using Mediawiki, Blogs using WordPress, Portfolios 2.0 using WordPress, Digital Storytelling included on Portfolio 2.0 with public comments enabled, Photostory and/or Animoto. Presenters will seek participants' input in order to determine which of the software choices given above they would prefer. Detailed instructions and access to these technologies will be posted on an IALLT 2011 workshop Wiki provided. Participants will be able to contribute to this Wiki throughout the workshop, including their thoughts and examples from their own institutions or elsewhere. Participants will be able to continue to add their contributions after the conference has ended. We will conclude the workshop with a discussion on how these learning communities contribute to language learning.

Creating Interactive Tutorials with Keynote or PowerPoint

Marla Yoshida, University of California Irvine Extension

Apple Keynote and Microsoft PowerPoint software can do more than just produce slideshows to accompany classes and lectures. They can also create stand-alone, interactive tutorials for students to use inside or outside of class to introduce, practice, or review class material. It's easy to combine words, images, narration, videos, and animation to create powerful learning tools.The presenter will show how to use tools available in Keynote and PowerPoint, including making words and images appear, disappear, grow, shrink, or move from one place to another; using hyperlinks to link one slide to another; and adding narration, music, or video. She will lead participants through the process of planning tutorials by determining objectives, dividing content into slide-sized chunks, and combining the available tools for an effective visual presentation. Finally, she will discuss options for getting the tutorial to students: Using it as-is on a classroom computer, exporting and uploading it to a class website, or uploading it to YouTube or slideshow-sharing websites such as Slideshare or AuthorStream. The presenter will show examples from tutorials she has made for her own classes and explain how they were created. Handouts will include instructions, caveats, and links to websites with sample tutorials. (For examples, see

Teaching Online: Sailing beyond the Horizon without Falling off the Edge

Marlene Johnshoy, University of Minnesota

We know the demand for online courses will grow exponentially in the coming years, but are all programs ready for this type of course delivery? While some schools have had online language courses for a decade or more, others are just now getting started. This workshop is designed to share the wisdom gained by those who have already launched their online programs, with each other and with those just beginning. This workshop will feature a panel of experienced online language teachers who will speak on a variety of topics within the theme of teaching an online course (defined as 80% or more of the course delivered online). Smaller group discussions will be formed to discuss panel topic presentations. The target audience is those who teach completely online courses, but the topics will also be of interest to those who are teaching or working with hybrid classes.

Topics for discussion may include:
- teacher preparation to teach online
- course development: publisher vs do-it-yourself content
- differences in delivering a course: online vs face-to-face
- promotion of oral proficiency in the online environment
- how to create a sense of community when you can't see your students
- video conferencing-based courses vs internet-based courses
- plagiarism/cheating: how to know who is doing the homework/tests
- tips, tricks, and tools for making the most of the online environment

Tuesday afternoon: 1:00pm - 5:00pmTo the top

Taking student voices out of the classroom through Web 2.0

Nicole Naditz, Bella Vista High School

In this session, participants will learn about and practice the following Web 2.0 tools for student communication:
VoiceThread (commenting on poems; creating original poems)
Animoto (digital scrapbooks set to culturally authentic music)
Wikis (student-built Web sites on a number of possible topics)
Storybird (digital storybooks with text written by students, but art supplied by professional artists)
Glogster (online, multi-media "posters" students can create)
GoAnimate (simple, two-character talking animations)
Vokis (talking avatars that can be added to other sites)
Ustream (free, online streaming television--students are the broadcasters).

Participants will see samples for all of these, but due to time constraints, will only create accounts and practice with animoto (first hour) and GoAnimate (second hour). In the third hour, groups of participants will script their own portion of a TV show, which we will webcast live from the session! Participants will receive a URL with links to all of the resources, as well as examples created with each resource and ideas for sample projects at all levels for each resource.

Supporting Languages with the Instructional Suite

Dan Soneson, University of Minnesota

The Instructional Suite consists of a number of cross-platform programs that enhance and support multiple media in an educational setting: Virtual Overhead, a flash-drive based interactive presentation tool for use in a smart classroom which replaces an overhead projector, a videotape/DVD player, a cassette player, and a smart board; ArtShow presents images on screen side by side or individually in a non-linear manner; SlideShow, software for displaying digital photographs organized into a folder, with options for navigating to specific images through a scrolling set of thumbnails; AudioPlayer, with capability of playing an audio file and visually placing tick marks along a progress bar to facilitate finding specific locations in the audio; and Video Transcriber, an application for facilitating the transcription of recorded audio and video materials. The workshop will demonstrate these applications and will give participants an opportunity to construct instructional units. I will provide a number of images, audio files, texts and video files, but if participants can bring their own materials (images in jpg, gif or png format, audio/video files in Quicktime format) on CD or flash drive they can immediately incorporate them. Workshop includes a CD with software. The session is targeted at both foreign language instructors and technical staff.

**CANCELLED** Digital Story Telling in the Foreign Language Classroom

Edwige Simon, University of Colorado, Boulder

This workshop will explore the various ways in which foreign language teachers can leverage the educational potential of digital storytelling to help students develop aural and writing skills while engaging students in higher level self-reflections and discussion on cultural differences. The first part will introduce educational use of digital storytelling; the 7 main parts of a digital story; things to consider when planning a digital storytelling project (script writing, peer editing, assessment rubrics, etc); examples of student-created digital stories and feedback from students and teachers who have used this practice. The second part will be a hands-on workshop on how to use Photostory 3 to create a digital story. In the third part of the workshop, I will share my experience teaching SLDST and provide an instructional packet for participants to use when they teach their own workshop.

Using a SmartBoard in language teaching

Sarah Withee, Colorado College

In this workshop, I will demonstrate a number of ways in which the SmartBoard can be incorporated into language classes at various levels. After a brief demonstration of the SmartBoard's possibilities as a presentation tool, most of the workshop will focus on how to develop SmartBoard activities with a communicative focus. For example, many language courses make use of pair and group activities, and this workshop will demonstrate how a SmartBoard can be used in these types of activities in a meaningful way. The workshop also will give examples of how the SmartBoard can be used to teach reading strategies, and as a tool for formative assessment. After participating in some interactive SmartBoard activities, workshop participants will work to design or adapt an activity to their particular teaching environment. Participants will leave with templates they can customize to create their own activities on their home campuses.

Wednesday morning: 8:00am - 12:00pmTo the top

Finding a Needle in a Haystack: A Web 2.0 Workshop

Keah Cunningham and Jonathan Perkins, University of Kansas

The sheer number of Web 2.0 tools available today is overwhelming. Those of us trying to keep current are faced with new tools appearing every day, while those of us trying to enter the world of Web 2.0 wonder how we will ever find the time to select the tools that are best suited for language learning and teaching. This workshop will simplify your Web 2.0 research by giving you hands-on experience with a selection of free tools that are easy to use and have clear pedagogical applications. Some Web 2.0 tools (e.g. Aviary Suite and JayCut) offer advanced image, video or audio editing capabilities, obviating the need to purchase expensive editing software. Other tools like Animoto eliminate the hassle of editing altogether by allowing users to create professional-looking videos by simply uploading files and clicking a button. Still other Web 2.0 tools offer innovative alternatives to traditional classroom practices. Tools like PollEverwhere and Prezi offer instructors new ways to engage students in the classroom, while collaborative tools such as A.nnotate and TitanPad can be used to facilitate group work outside of class. Multi-user whiteboards that feature live audio and text chat (e.g. Scribblar and Twiddla) can be utilized in distance education for both synchronous and asynchronous communication. Instructors and students can also create class websites using simple drag-and-drop editors like Weebly or Wix.

In these times of tight budgets, Web 2.0 tools offer a way to get multimedia and interactivity into the classroom at no cost. They also offer a way to expose students to technologies that they can use on their home computers. While individual Web 2.0 tools may come and go, the idea of using web-based tools and applications as a means of technology integration is one that is already shaping our educational landscape. Disclaimer: The tools mentioned above are tentative and may be changed to take advantage of the latest advancements in Web 2.0 technologies.

Technology Enhanced Correction (TEC)

Charles E. Long, Choate Rosemary Hall

Teachers are introduced and trained on how to use two tools, (one free, one low cost) to facilitate correction of written and oral work. Using a free online storage service, teachers can share a homework folder with each student. Teachers learn how to implement a workflow that allows for electronic mark up using macros and correction of student work. There is also a tracking system for follow up correction work. The advantage to this system is one copy in one place. There is no downloading or uploading of files and no papers to be misplaced. No time is needed in the classroom to hand out or collect papers. No school server is required and teachers and students only need a connection to the Internet and MS Word or Apple Pages.

The second half of the workshop will be dedicated to correction of student oral recordings. As language teachers we don't return written tests with only a grade; errors are indicated in some manner for the student to learn from his or her mistakes. The same should be true for oral production assessments. Just getting a grade for a recording does not help the student learn to speak better. Teachers will learn how to insert their corrective comments into student recordings. The student then listens to his response and hears the teacher's feedback immediately after an error. Here again, teachers learn an easy workflow to facilitate communication with the student. Teachers should bring an Apple laptop with OSX 10.5 and above, sample written work and oral recordings from several students.
Audience: Language teachers - K - 16
Platform: Mac OS
Languages: all

IALLT Language Center Design Workshop

Felix Kronenberg, Rhodes College

This workshop uses IALLT's Language Center Design publication to help attendees design new language centers as well as accomplish successful rehabs of existing centers. Topics include needs analysis, types of labs and facilities, space for non-instructional needs, examples of successful centers from around the world, the turn-key lab, digital labs, and future facilities. Although attendees are not required to purchase the IALLT publication, it is encouraged. Come with questions about spaces for language-learning and leave with answers!

Wednesday afternoon: 1:00pm - 5:00pmTo the top

Google Earth: Bringing the World to Students

Sarah Martin and Mary Whisenhunt, Qatar University

Google Earth (GE) is a free downloadable progam that maps the world through satellite and street view photographs. Commonly used in geography and cartography clases, educators in less obvious fields are beginning to see its diversity of use. After much experimentation, it can be argued that language learning classrooms can benefit from using GE. In this presentation, teachers will learn how to use Goodle Earth in a variety of ways and develop activities for their own classrooms. GE promotes a collaborative community of learners that extends beyond the classroom to "nurture student learning" across curricula and cultures (Lane, 2007). It connects the abstract skills-based (content facilitated) language instruction, which most language teachers utilize, to a global reality. Students can experience, via real-life photos, a culture that is vastly different than their own and be encouraged to explore the world outside the four corners of their own countries. Prior to GE, there was no readily available, free interactive world exploraion software that empowered students by putting them in control. By asking students to create their own activities, tearchers can build learner autonomy. Furthermore, the opportuntity for natural, communicative, and meaningful language use and development is endless as students must negotiate the meaning of new language and content knowledge input. GE adds "a new dimension to learning environments" (Christie, 2007).

Creating Hypermedia Learning Units with FLAn (Foreign Language Annotator)

Thomas Thibeault, Southern Illinois University

Participants will learn how to create hypermedia learning units for their students using FLAn (Foreign Language Annotator), a free hypermedia editor that works on both Macs and PCs. FLAn allows instructors to turn static texts into dynamic learning units by attaching information to words and phrases. The information can include text-based information (translation, definition, comments, grammar notes, etc.), digital media (image, audio, video) or Web links. When students read the text in a FLAn unit and click on an unfamiliar word, they see various kinds of information about the word to facilitate comprehension. In addition, FLAn allows teachers to include relevant cultural information and Web links, a global translation, and links to global references such as an online dictionary, grammar review or verb conjugator. Online quizzes and activities based on the text can also be linked directly to the FLAn unit. FLAn includes a tracking feature that allows the instructor to see a record of the student's performance. The record can be printed out or sent as a text file through email. Both the text and glossary can be printed out as well. FLAn is particularly suited for in depth processing of shorter texts such as dialogs, transcripts of short audio or video clips, jokes, poems, song lyrics, literary excerpts, personal ads, etc. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created their own hypermedia learning units using FLAn. They will also get a tour of the Web site which has resources and training materials for anyone wanting to use FLAn to create materials for their students. Information about free software and Web-based resources for processing digital media for FLAn will also be covered. More information about FLAn is avaiblable at

Integrating Culture into Language Course through Technology

Mingyu Sun and Zafer Lababidi, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

This workshop is intended to assist language teachers at all levels in integrating culture into the language classroom. We will discuss traditional ways and recommend some new ways to integrate technology into culture teaching. First, we will discuss the notion of "culture" by discussing the constructs of culture and cultural competence. We will focus on some aspects of culture such as historical, linguistic, political, societal, geographical perspectives as well as cultural artifacts. Most of the workshop time will be devoted to practical considerations. Pedagogical techniques for culture teaching will be presented and will include those enhanced by technology. We will show the participants how to create fun and interactive activities, focusing on some web 2.0 technologies: Quizbreak, Jigsaw puzzle, Matching game etc. Participants will experience sample activities taken from Arabic, Chinese, German and ESL classes from the perspective of the learner, develop their own activities, and exchange and discuss activities with the other participants.

Participants are asked to bring a collection of culture learning activities and/or that you have successfully implemented in your course. These activities should represent a variety of language levels and types of activities. Join Mingyu Sun and Zafer Lababidi in a session to discuss unlimited opportunities to integrate five technologies into your language classroom, especially in teaching cultural content.


Wednesday: 8:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 5:00pmTo the top

Latest & Greatest Technology To Get Students Performing in Their Target Language

Anna Love, Fort Smith Public Schools

See examples of teacher-created lessons and student-created products, all utilizing free online tools intended to give students more unique opportunities to speak, listen, read, and write in their second language. Many ideas for projects and activities found to be successful in the presenter's classroom will be outlined in detail. Presenter will share how her students use a personal wiki as their digital portfolio and a place to showcase the technology-inspired products they create. A variety of web tools will be demonstrated with specific examples provided for how each has been successfully implemented in the presenter's classroom. Special attention will also be given to a year-long "big brother" collaboration project with an elementary classroom. Participants will see how Storybird, Tikatok, ietherpad, Edmodo, Wallwisher, wikis, Twitter, and other applications will improve their students' communication ability. Tools like Voki, Photostory3, Audacity, Flip video cameras, Ipods, cell phones, Google tools, Voicethread can improve speaking skills. Cartoon creation tools and game creation websites will also be demonstrated. The many uses of CLEAR and ANVIL language tools will be shown. Instructions on how to develop and maintain a long distance collaboration project will also be provided and opportunities for participants to connect their own students will be explored.