Supporting student writing with the help of voice-to-text – presented on August 9 at GLoCALL 2019 in Danang, Vietnam

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After rehearsing this presentation before a live online audience as Learning2gether episode 418, https://learning2gether.net/2019/08/04/learning2gether-with-vance-stevens-at-mmvc19-supporting-student-writing-with-the-help-of-voice-to-text/, I delivered pretty much the same presentation face-to-face on Friday August 9 at the GLoCALL conference to be held in Danang, Vietnam.

Abstract :

The presenter demonstrates techniques that streamline correction and feedback on student writing utilizing Google Docs and voice input features native to tablet and mobile devices.

The workshop is in three parts.

  • The first part demonstrates giving feedback using Google Docs and shows video evidence of its effectiveness.
  • The second part shows how the same feedback can be given using voice tools, freeing the teacher to move among the students, speak into a handheld device, and have the spoken feedback appear as comments in the student’s Google Doc.
  • The third part shows how teachers can encourage writing fluency by speaking what students write on paper into Google Docs. The teacher returns the original paper with printouts of what the students wrote expressed in correct language. On the printouts are written suggestions for development of their ideas. The students revise in Google Docs from these suggestions. Subsequent revision cycles address both accuracy and fluency, but starting with a version of the student’s work which is not bogged down in errors from the outset.

Evidence of success with improving writing fluency will be presented and participants will come away from the workshop able to apply the technique in their own writing classes.

For latest updates, see https://glocall.org/mod/page/view.php?id=696

A few participants tried gamely to document the conference on the #glocall2019 Twitter tag
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23glocall2019&src=typeahead_click&f=live

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Vance Stevens@VanceS

I present in Danang today at on Supporting student writing with the help of voice-to-text. My presentation is written out at https://tinyurl.com/glocall2019vance , slides are at https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1DU67TWYqF2MxW0h36Js23upkTZKlw7oLsmVoi5nEUH8/edit?usp=sharing , & rehearsal video here https://youtu.be/6QnTds__hf0 . If you miss it it’s all there.

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Here I am trying to get Google Docs to work on my iPad, and discovering after only a few awkward moments that I had neglected to connect the iPad to the GLoCALL conference wifi in Danang. Photo courtesy of Joseph V. Dias.

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Once I had corrected the problem, when participants shared their Google Docs with me during the event, I was able to interact with them afterwards. Here is one of the interesting responses that I got in the comment thread of one of the Google Docs shared with me.

In one of the afternoon session, a Vietnamese presenter commented that the government was pushing Microsoft. Perhaps that is why participants weren’t creating and sharing Google Docs. They might not be all that familiar with it. Or maybe they aren’t that used to interactive workshops. I teach in Hong Kong and I know my local colleagues are still very teacher centred and not comfortable with this sort of student centred, interactive approach.

My response

In my past teaching post, we also had office 365 and I found it quite inferior to google docs. Also, I mentioned that I have records of every student I ever interacted with in my Google Drive, but my records of every student I ever interacted with in Office 365 are gone now that I am no longer in the enterprise system where the MS product was purchased. Also the students I was teaching in UAE were also not used to the close interaction over writing process but since that’s the way I did it they got on board and benefited.

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There was a modest Twitter feed active at the conference
https://twitter.com/hashtag/glocall2019

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Minh’s reply with links to the following videos is here: https://twitter.com/mrminhenglish/status/1160663818021720065

I wasn’t able to find any videos on the “school’s Facebook page” – assuming he means this one, https://www.facebook.com/pg/University-of-foreign-language-DaNang-739336339473227/ (but the newest posts there are from 2014)

Please note Minh’s admonition that the videos are not “public”  – however when I paste the links below (from the post above) WordPress opens them automatically.

Opening Ceremony & Plenary Session #1

Plenary Session #2

Plenary Session #3

Plenary Session #4

GLoCALL presentations eventually make it into print

On Aug 31, 2019 Kazunori Nozawa announced here:
https://my.tesol.org/communities/community-home/digestviewer/viewthread?MessageKey=0386fd75-21bc-4396-b874-e2bd81e1ba04&CommunityKey=060d8cce-83b4-41da-9227-8d36ac69f8e1&tab=digestviewer#bm0386fd75-21bc-4396-b874-e2bd81e1ba04
the latest publication (August 2019) of  CALL-EJ Vol. 20, No. 2 and No. 3 (special issue from GLoCALL 2018 Conference papers).

He said:
There are 10 featured articles and one software review in No. 2 and they are downloadable as PDFs at http://callej.org/journal/20-2.html;
while there are 10 papers from GLoCALL 2018 in No. 3 and also downloadable as PDFs at http://callej.org/journal/20-3.html.

More post-conference interactions with Nguyễn Minh 


Earlier events

Sun, August 4, 2019 – Learning2gether with Vance Stevens at MMVC19 – Supporting student writing with the help of voice-to-text

https://learning2gether.net/2019/08/04/learning2gether-with-vance-stevens-at-mmvc19-supporting-student-writing-with-the-help-of-voice-to-text/

 

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