News

Don’t Miss JALTCALL 2014

The JALTCALL 2014 conference on June 6~8 represents the largest gathering in Japan ofScreenshot 2014-05-20 09.43.41 educators from around the world who are committed to using digital technology in the language classroom. This year’s conference has attracted a massive wave of applications to present, and the pre-conference registration figures indicate that the turnout will be stellar.

Amongst the mix of fantastic presentations you can find talks by most of the DMLL contributors:

Those of you who are interested in mobile learning should also make time to check out the plenary by JALTCALL Journal editor and mobile language learning guru Professor Glenn Stockwell.

A full list of presentations and workshops can be found here.

See you in Nagoya!

Opinion

How Cloud Computing should be Changing our Pedagogy

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One of the most amazing technological advances in recent years, in my opinion, is cloud computing. However, as teachers we have only just begun to see its implications.

For those of us in homogeneous EFL environments, like Japan, getting students to communicate with each other spontaneously using the target language is one of the biggest challenges we face. And yet, we have opportunity to circumvent this obstacle using technology.

Imagine an ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) environment where students from different countries are being matched within a project group. Target language communication would be a must in this situation. Impossible?

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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.