10m Tech Talks, Faculty Bulldog Days Edition: Technology use in the language classroom

On Tuesday, October 27, the CLS will host its second 10-minute Tech Talks of the year, at a fantastic time for reflecting on how and why technology can be used for language teaching and learning: Tuesday is the second day of a week of peer teaching observations coordinated by the Center for Teaching and Learning, dubbed Faculty Bulldog Days. Along with colleagues in many other disciplines, Yale instructors of Arabic, Czech, French, Hebrew, Korean, Polish, and Spanish will be opening their doors to visitors and inviting conversations about teaching contexts, methods, techniques and outcomes.

With this open-door event in the backdrop, we’d like to invite members of the language community at Yale — language instructors, students, and anyone with an interest in second, foreign, and heritage language teaching and learning — to consider sharing their observations, best practices, and concerns regarding technology use in the language classroom (that is, specifically, during class time and not outside of class).

We’ll address questions such as:

  • Based on what you’ve observed or heard about others’ classrooms, what uses of technology are you most excited about? What technologies are you most apprehensive about?
  • Are learning goals for the activity, lesson, or course visible, audible, or otherwise present in any way in the classroom? How are they represented?
  • What technologies do you use to conduct or enable live, peer-to-peer or instructor-to-student assessment during class time?
  • Do you allow or encourage the use of laptops or other mobile devices (tablets, phones) in class time? For what purpose(s)? Why?
  • How about Google Translate or other online translation or dictionary tools? 
  • And what about social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)?
  • What role does handwriting, and handwriting instruction, play in your language classroom?
  • How are written texts presented to students in your classroom? How do the textbook, readers, handouts, blackboard/whiteboard, and screen projection (PowerPoint, etc.) complement each other? Do students interact with written texts in your classroom? How?
  • Do students watch or listen to video and/or audio in class time? What tools do they use to respond to, interact with or otherwise manipulate audio and video shown in class?

These are, of course, just a few of the possibilities! Please bring your thoughts to the tech talks on Tuesday, from 12:30 – 1:30 in the CLS library at 370 Temple Street for informal discussion.

Also, if you’d like to share your observations or your own classroom practices in some detail, there is still room for a few informal 10-minute presentations. Please contact Dave (david.malinowski@yale.edu) to make arrangements.

In the meantime, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. Dave Malinowski
    October 27, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    It was great to see everyone who came to the session today, and a special thanks to Anna Iacovella and Adam Hummel for their tech talks. Anna introduced some of the ways her class is using the iPad app Adobe Connect to create multimedia narratives (or “digital stories”) for class projects, and introduced the group to the “Padagogy Wheel,” an interactive diagram that links student motivation and thinking skills to 122 iPad apps. Be sure to click the diagram to get to an interactive version.

    Then I attempted brief demos in a few other iOS apps that were popular among presenters at last Friday’s NERALLT conference: Quizlet, which allows users to create, collect, use, and share collections of flashcards for building vocabulary knowledge; Skitch, an app for annotating and diagramming images, PDF documents, maps, webpages and more; and Google Translate, which has recently expanded its capabilities to recognize and translate languages with the microphone and camera–just point the camera at English text and watch it be instantly translated into Spanish, German, or a number of other languages.

    Finally, Adam did a brief demo of SCOLA.org, a rich website for multimedia and language learning resources for dozens and dozens of languages, freely available to those in the Yale community.

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