LLU is a big fan of the creative work that happens at the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies (DTLT) at The University of Mary Washington. So much so in fact that in a matter of days one of us here in LLU-land will drink the Kool-aid, learn the secret handshake, and become a member of DTLT at UMW. (Still waiting for that finder’s fee, ahem)
Digital Storytelling 106 (ds106) is one of the many creative ideas that DTLT has spawned, and it certainly has a presence on the web. I have been watching ds106 (and I have sometimes participated, because that is what you are expected to do) and also wondering what ds106 – a course about using media in a creative for digital storytelling- could teach those of us who are interested in using media in a creative way for language learning.
To be clear: I am not looking for new shiny tools or cool apps. What I am looking for is creative and fun ways for students to speak, listen, write and read in a second language. I am thinking about fun tasks to develop language skills. And I want to integrate free, open, available tools and objects into exercises for developing languages. And then I want to share them with everybody.
So here is my idea: What about an open assignment bank for LANGUAGES? I know what you are thinking, jeeez louise aren’t there enough of those out there already? True, yes there are, but many of them are tied to specific textbooks, courses and lesson plans. I’m thinking more broadly, more generally. And yes, more open-ly. Like ds106, I want to make it possible for anyone to suggest an assignment and for everyone to try them out.
And, rather than re-inventing the wheel, maybe there are ds106 assignments that are already in the hopper could be
stolen liberated repurposed for language learning. I’m pretty sure the DTLT folks are into sharing, and wouldn’t mind seeing that happen.
So here we go. Here’s a start. Here is a link to a rudimentary google form where you can add ideas to a language assignment bank. Please add something, please share it with others. Please think about ways to incorporate existing open resources into the mix.
Ready? Let’s see what we can create together.