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Alternate Reality Project

It’s been a while… After receiving tenure, I took a small break from blogging. Also, I was elected as President-Elect of the International Association for Language Learning and Technology and have been working on a couple of articles and an (edited) book project entitled “From Language Lab to Language Center and Beyond: The Past, Present, […]

Announcing ALTfest Radio

As part of the storytelling theme from this first annual ALTfest conference at VCU, Barbara and I would like to provide everyone within earshot the opportunity to contribute to ALTfest Radio. This is a homegrown radio show populated by ALTfest participants, whether virtual or in person. We’re looking for people to contribute bumpers, station IDs […]

Turn On Tune In Make Radio: ALTfest Edition

Last spring, Barbara and I presented about the great and creative work she is doing with radio at SWALLT ’14, a language technology conference. This morning we will be reprising that presentation for a more general audience at ALTfest, the Academic Learning Transformation Festival being hosted by VCU. The handout we made last year was pretty popular, […]

Storybird Writing Projects, Part 2

My experiences with Storybird this semester were great. I wrote part one of this a few weeks ago, and now that the projects are in, I’d like to write a few lines about the final results. First of all, we did not have any technical glitches, and the administrative side of Storybird allowed me to quickly […]

Quizlet Revisited

I’ve been using Quizlet for my courses for a number of hers now. Last year I purchased a teacher license ($25 for one year), and I am glad I did. It’s been really easy to monitor progress, avoid ads for my students, and see which vocabulary items are more difficult than other. I can then […]

Team and Task Management

When it comes to managing teams, such as student workers, it is difficult to make sure everything gets done. When there is a group of people, something always falls through the cracks. For example, a student worker A is working on  task for a professor. His shift is ending, but he forgets to tell student […]

Turn On, Tune In, Make Radio at SWALLT 2014

This afternoon, Barbara Sawhill and I are running a workshop at this year’s SWALLT conference, hosted by our awesome colleague Michael Samojlik at UCLA’s Center for Digital Humanities. Because we never do anything the expected way, this is not a presentation in the standard sense. Instead of talking to attendees about the experience Barbara and…

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Wood Between the Worlds

UMW faculty are constantly coming up with great ideas, and Warren Rochelle is no exception. This morning, Warren came to the DTLT to talk with me about a Fantasy Writing course he’s teaching in the Fall. In addition to creating a world and framing it out via writing, Warren will be asking his students to…

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A small game for teaching two-way prepositions

Teaching grammatical concepts like two-way prepositions can be difficult, especially translating the theoretical concept into meaningful and possibly even interesting or motivating exercises and tasks. I’ve always liked using small browser games in my classes to have students do something concrete and see the outcomes. Papert called these little helping tools “objects to think with,” […]

ACTFL 2013 Plenary: The Tipping Point – Language Learning for a Changed World

In late November I had the pleasure to be on the plenary panel  The Tipping Point – Language Learning for a Changed World at ACTFL 2013 in Orlando, Florida. My 3 co-presenters were fantastic! All 4 of us had been invited by the ACTFL president to deliver an inspiring TED-style session. This was a format […]
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