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Tech Train your Teachers

UEC_LOGO.jpgThis Monday, February 10, 2014 at the University of Electro Communications in Chofu, an Educational Technology for EFL event is being held for faculty and staff. The faculty development event is a joint workshop for the English Department and Undergraduate Technical English Management Committee and two of DMLL’s own, Brett Milliner and Travis Cote have been invited to share their (modest) expertise in mobile learning for the EFL context.

Leading off the event will be Ms. Jie Shi, a professor at UEC. Professor Shi will be discussing the importance of educational technology for tertiary English education and specifically, how it relates to students of science and engineering. Next up will be Brett Milliner who plans to give a how-to on designing vocabulary and reading exercises using Quizlet. Presenting third will be Travis Cote who will demonstrate how to use a smartphone video app to encourage productive speaking practice and a couple of applications that support the flipped lesson. And finally, Norimasa Yamazaki of the UEC’s e-Learning Center will close with an introduction and Q & A on WebClass.

I tip my hat to the folks at UEC for hosting us all come Monday morning, and of course to the tireless Professor Shi, for her efforts to organise the whole event. As well, I am honoured to have been invited as a presenter and I’m looking forward to learning much more about tech in the tertiary classroom.

There has been a flurry of education and tech-related events in Tokyo over the last few months (at least it appears that way to me!) and that’s a good thing for teachers and students alike. Mobile devices are here to stay, and despite the plethora of applications that come and go on a weekly basis, students should be digitally literate and as teachers we can play a big role in that production. In order to fill those large shoes we must make every effort, and take every chance that comes along, to push our own borders of expertise and absorb the expertise of others in the field.

Have a nice weekend, see you Monday.

Tech for Teach

Is your go-to dictionary CamDictionary?

For me, one of the biggest kicks I get out of teaching is when I learn something new from my students. When it comes to learning about technology however, I find that I’m usually the one pushing technology onto my students. I suspect that one reason is because I teach in a humanities faculty rather than a faculty for computer science or engineering.

There are a number of outliers however. Enter, Ibuki.

Ibuki

Ibuki is being groomed to take over the reigns of his father’s seafood business. As this business requires a lot of trade with foreign suppliers, Ibuki is busy studying to pass the IELT’s test, so he can spend a year studying at the University of Queensland in Australia.

Ibuki comes to every class armed with his iPhone and iPad in hand ready for

action. He has helped me a number of times in the last year as a tutor for students who are a little slower with technology and he has been a wonderful source for feedback on some of the different approaches I have taken using technology.

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