Vance Stevens is introducing his EFL teaching colleagues at KBZAC to Delin Xiao and her students at RoC Air Force Academy. In this session we informally discuss means of connection and collaboration between teachers and / or students in the UAE, Taiwan, and elsewhere (so all interested are welcome)
On Sunday Dec 8 Phil Hubbard spoke with us on Digital content curation for CALL using TED Talk videos on YouTube
This post documents a great session with Phil Hubbard where Phil explained his system for curating TED Talk videos according to their vocabulary and language load for the students. It was a very well attended event and generated a lot of discussion not only in the chats, which we captured (I found out you can copy from Hangout chat and paste it into Google Docs and of course it comes out with avatars and emoticons intact but in the Google Group, where Claude Almansi entered an energetic discussion and even made a transcript to subtitle the video record in Amara.
To date, CALL work has focused on four major and sometimes overlapping areas: tutorial CALL, use of technological tools for CALL, CALL tasks, and CALL environments. The first two are linked to Levy’s (1997) tutor-tool framework, CALL tasks are most comprehensively acknowledged in Chapelle’s (2001) framework, and CALL environments have been defined by Egbert & Hanson-Smith (2007), as well as through work in Activity Theory and ecological approaches. To these foundational domains of the field I propose adding a fifth: curated digital content. Digital content—text, audio, video, and multimedia—is growing almost exponentially, especially in commonly taught languages and others with large bases of Internet users. This volume can be overwhelming to both teachers and learners.
Aimed at imposing order on this chaos, CALL content curation can be defined as the collection and organization of digital content with value added by a language learning expert who serves much the same role as a curator of exhibits in a museum. In this talk, I first present the concept of curation and distinguish it from related concepts such as simple content aggregation, tagging, crowdsourcing, content adaptation, and lesson development. I then offer a preliminary framework for identifying promising sources for curation and for desirable characteristics of curators and curated material. As an example, I describe a curation project from my advanced ESL listening class, built around videos of TED talks (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) curated from http://www.ted.com and designed to support autonomous learning. This section includes a discussion of how the effective use of curated content by language learners requires informed use of a range of technology tools for extracting form and meaning in the pursuit of language learning objectives. I conclude by emphasizing the importance of content curation as a long-term priority ripe for further Research and Development.
Claude Almansi has made some interesting comments on Google+ …
have subtitles and interactive transcripts generated from them in usually heaps of languages. So you can have the subtitles in the original language and the transcript in your own language, or viceversa: this allows learners to use a talk even if they have a limited vocabulary, and it also makes the need to provide a glossary less important;
can be downloaded with subtitles in any of the provided languages burned in (open captions): useful when learners don’t have access to a good connection
can be subtitled by learners themselves by joining http://www.amara.org/en/teams/ted/ , and subtitling is a great language exercise. Moreover, the subtitle timing is sometimes more accurate on amara.org (where they are made) than on ted.com, due to codex things I don’t understand
One more thing: once you’ve downloaded a TED video as MP4 (or any MP4 video for that matter), you can open it as audio in Audacity if you install the FFmpeg library (see http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/faq_i18n?s=files&i=wma-proprietary for more info). And with Audacity, you can change the delivery speed without altering the pitch, either via the “Change Tempo” effect, or via the reading speed slidebar. This would allow learners to overcome understanding issues due to fast delivery.
Moreover, you can also add labels to the audio with Audacity: see http://audacity.sourceforge.net/onlinehelp-1.2/track_label.htm . So a teacher could e.g. make and download a label track with either glossary indications or questions, and share it with the students, who could re-use them with their audio file in Audacity too. And then, such an audio version could also enable, by comparison, a reflection on use of visuals in the video: some TED lecturers use them, some just speak.
Wed Dec 4 at 1000 GMT Jennifer Maddrell hosted Designers for Learners webcast
Please join us at http://designersforlearning.org/live for our next Designers for Learners webcast on Wednesday, December 4th at 1:00 p.m. CST. Here is the start time in your area: http://bitly.com/1aN32cy. The webcast will focus on opportunities to develop service-learning and Open Educational Resource (OER) projects to support General Educational Development (GED) test preparation. Our guests for the webcast have extensive experience in OER development, including Ronda Neugebauer and David Wiley of Lumen Learning (http://lumenlearning.com), and Quill West, OER Director at Tacoma Community College (http://open.tacomacc.edu).
In the past few months, we have received inquiries from nonprofits in need of instructional design help to support GED test preparation, including resources for learners, as well as for staff and volunteers who work as tutors. In 2014, the requirements for the GED test will change significantly from the existing 2002 version of the test. In addition to changes in the content and test items, all students will be required to take the test via computer vs. pencil and paper. Instructional materials are needed to support a range of subject-matter, including math, science, social studies, language arts, and computer use. Please join us to contemplate the adaptation, development, and use of OER as an alternative to existing commercial offerings, such as those in the GED marketplace (http://www.gedmarketplace.com).
Here is a screenshot of the tool when used with some of Delin Xiao’s students at the Republic of China Air Force Academy earlier this week (and we are hoping that Delin can come online and chat with some of our teachers on Dec 11 at 0700 GMT)/
In the session today (Dec 5) BbC / Elluminate was introduced to teachers with little prior experience with the program.
Here are survey results of 11 who responded to a poll on the topic:
In a follow-on event to this one, teachers at KBZAC in Al Ain, UAE met Delin from the RoC Air Force Academy in Bb Collaborate on Dec 11, 2013
On Monday Dec 2 we were Learning2gether with Maggie Sokolik and the College Writing 2.1x MOOC
The U.S. Department of State and UC Berkeley are offering a 5-week writing course College Writing 2.1x: Principles of Written English. This course is an open online course available to both English language learners and teachers interested in academic writing.This course is free and open to any interested participants.The course begins Friday, November 8th and will be 5-weeks long. All coursework is asynchronous (meaning the content can be accessed at anytime during the week and there are no live sessions to attend) and assignments are due at the end of each week. Learn more and register here:https://www.edx.org/course/berkeley/colwri2-1x/college-writing-2-1x-principles/1194. You can also visit the course Facebook Page.Check with your local U.S. Embassies and American Corners as some are hosting supplemental facilitation sessions to collaborate with students and colleagues during this learning process. Or consider forming your own learning group!
This event will strain our streaming hangout protocol and test its ability to scale. Maggie says:
“I’ve announced it in our courseware as well as set it up as a Facebook event for our Facebook group for the course. 200+ in the Facebook group have said they’re attending (our FB group has approx. 10% of the students from the entire course—54,000 currently in the course, and about 5,100 in the Facebook group).”
Wed Nov 27 1000 gmt Talking VTE with Stephan Ridgway and Michael Coghlan
2013 is fast drawing to a close so Michael and Stephan thought it would be a good idea to convene another TalkingVTE hangout. If you able to make it add your name on the session wikipage @ http://sridgway.wikispaces.com/talkingvte38
A few of us have recently been to conferences and many have things to report and reflect on the years significant issues, feel free to add topics of your own.
I had an exploratory chat on Nov 28, 2013 with students at R.O.C. Air Force Academy, whose teacher is Delin Xiao
Fri Nov 29 Vance Stevens was asked to host hangout with teachers from Uzbekistan
Halima Ozimova has suggested an online event to correspond with the UzTEA Annual Conference in Uzbekistan
Alexander Hayes has been working to organize an event with Andy Kropa to speak to us on technology assisted human memory systems. Andy has become impassioned with the topic due to his parents’ problems with Alzheimer’s. His session brought us many insights into applications of Google Glass and wearable tech.
According to Andy,
“We have been discussing a Glassware app which could point the way towards a technologically assisted human memory system, which we are calling a “human black box” in shorthand. Given the privacy concerns Glass has raised, Google has placed limits on the abilities of the camera component. However, as I have access to my own device as a Glass Explorer, we think it can be used in order to develop a proof of concept — which may ultimately turn out to be better suited to another platform.
My background and career has been in photography, and perhaps we could begin by discussing the ways that mobile photography is creating new paradigms in communications (in my opinion) through miniaturization and connectivity. I can also talk about experiencing Alzheimer’s disease in my family, and how technology practices such as life logging can improve the quality of life of dementia sufferers and their caretakers.”
For more insights, visit the Hacking Alzheimer’s Google+ Community
During the BbCollaborate/Elluminate chat Vance switched on the Hangout on Air. The recording for the first part of this 35 minute HoA is of Vance speaking into the Elluminate chat. The responses of participants were recorded as silent spaces which have been edited out of the mp3. At the end of the Hangout Chris Smith a.k.a. Shamblesguru <http://shambles.net/shamblesguru/> hung around for an informal chat, also recorded here
Nov 8 to Dec 12 U.S. Dept of State and UC Berkeley – College Writing 2.1x: Principles of Written English
Dear Colleagues,The U.S. Department of State and UC Berkeley are offering a 5-week writing course College Writing 2.1x: Principles of Written English. This course is an open online course available to both English language learners and teachers interested in academic writing.This course is free and open to any interested participants.The course begins Friday, November 8th and will be 5-weeks long. All coursework is asynchronous (meaning the content can be accessed at anytime during the week and there are no live sessions to attend) and assignments are due at the end of each week. Learn more and register here:https://www.edx.org/course/berkeley/colwri2-1x/college-writing-2-1x-principles/1194. You can also visit the course Facebook Page.Check with your local U.S. Embassies and American Corners as some are hosting supplemental facilitation sessions to collaborate with students and colleagues during this learning process. Or consider forming your own learning group!
Kalyan Chattopadhyay on Language teachers’ use of social networking technologies in India
The audio degradation in this session was caused by a microphone fault. Kalyan and Vance took time afterwards to troubleshoot and Kalyan got his audio back fine using the onboard mic, so we’re sorry for the audio issues, but it was something simple, and we’ll get Kalyan back to repeat his session. Thanks though to everyone in the Elluminate session who was so patient and supportive.
Who: Kalyan Chattopadhyay presented this 45 min CALL Development Paper on 13th July at the 2013 WorldCALL conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Language teachers’ use of social networking technologies in India
Teachers and teacher educators in India are increasingly using social networking technologies in a variety of ways with friends, relatives, colleagues, and students for a number of purposes starting from sharing information and pictures to developing personal learning network for their own professional development. Though such use of technologies is very limited in formal learning, and pre-service and in-service training, informal and situated use of these technologies in teaching learning practices is very much visible. In this presentation, I’ll begin by discussing what social networking technologies these English language teachers and teacher educators are using, what they are using for, and how they are being used. Here I’ll draw on an exploratory study that I conducted using a survey questionnaire and semi-structured interviews to have a foundational understanding of how the Indian English language teachers are using social networking tools and media (Chattopadhyay, 2010). Then I’ll share their views on the strengths and weaknesses of such practices, and analyse textual trace of their practices in terms of pedagogical stances such as ‘resistance’, ‘replacement’, ‘return’ and ‘remediation’, and ‘recontextualisation’. Finally, I’ll consider how these technologies can be made more relevant to teachers’ specific educational context.
Kalyan Chattopadhyay was a WorldCALL Scholarship recipient for WorldCALL 2013
• Questions about online spaces for your sessions
• How are your syllabus and the training going so far?
• Keeping participants motivated – tips and tricks
Earlier this week
Nov 4 and 5 Shaping the Way We Teach English
26 outstanding E-teacher Scholarship recepients are currently in the United States as part of our E-teacher Exchange Program. On Monday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 5, the E-teachers will be presenting their final projects. The final projects are teacher-training workshops on a variety of topics.If you are interested in watching these presentations online, please feel free to join us!
Learn about Bluehost’s SPOKE program, the open platform for education, and the open source tools given to educational institutions that result in visible evidence of learning for students. This webinar will introduce you to Bluehost SPOKE’s open integration with common LMS tools, and the efforts to better the engagement between students and staff members.
Nov 8 to Dec 12 U.S. Dept of State and UC Berkeley – College Writing 2.1x: Principles of Written English
Dear Colleagues,The U.S. Department of State and UC Berkeley are offering a 5-week writing course College Writing 2.1x: Principles of Written English. This course is an open online course available to both English language learners and teachers interested in academic writing.
This course is free and open to any interested participants.
Check with your local U.S. Embassies and American Corners as some are hosting supplemental facilitation sessions to collaborate with students and colleagues during this learning process. Or consider forming your own learning group!
Peggy George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore will be hosting another Classroom 2.0 LIVE show. As an extension to the Classroom 2.0 Ning community, Classroom 2.0 “LIVE” shows are opportunities to gather with other educators in real-time events, complete with audio, chat and desktop sharing. A Google calendar of upcoming shows is available athttp://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.
Shelly Terrell topic was YouTube Video Editing Tools. Shelly will be sharing ideas for teaching with YouTube and ways to use the YouTube video editing tools to personalize video creation by students and teachers. She is always inspiring with an endless number of practical examples and stories for using the tools she shares (almost always free tools). Shelly is an education thought-provoker, The 30 Goals Challenge author, International Speaker, #EdChat founder, Host for American TESOL Free Fri Webinars and organizer for the annual Reform Symposium (free, virtual education conference).
More information and details are at http://live.classroom20.com. If you’re new to the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show you might want to spend a few minutes viewing the screencast on the homepage to learn how we use Blackboard Collaborate, and navigate the site. Each show begins at 12pm Eastern (GMT-5) and may be accessed in Blackboard Collaborate directly using the following Classroom 2.0 LIVE link at http://tinyurl.com/cr20live.