Electronic Village 2009

TESOL 2009 Electronic Village

March 25-28
Denver Convention Center
Denver, Colorado, USA


EV 2009 Schedule
What’s going on this week in the EV

EV Classics Fair EV Hardware Fair EV Fair

EV Mini-Workshops

Developer’s Showcase

Web Managers Workshop

Electronic Village Events Schedule


Thursday, March 26

Friday, March 27

Saturday, March 28

7:30 AM

Ask the Call Experts

Ask the Call Experts

Ask the Call Experts

8:00 AM

8:30 AM


EV Fair (EE, VDM, SPL, RC)

EV Fair (ESP, PA, AE)

9:00 AM

9:30 AM

EV Fair (EFL, HE, TE)

EV Fair (SE, ITA)

EV Fair Classics

10:00 AM

10:30 AM

High-Tech, Low-Tech Solutions

for Enriching Language Learning

EV Hardware Fair EV Fair (MW, IC, AL, NNEST)

11:00 AM

11:30 AM

Ask the Call Experts

Ask the Call Experts

Ask the Call Experts

12:00 PM

EV Mini Workshop §

EV Mini Workshop §

EV Mini Workshop §

12:30 PM

1:30 PM

Ask the Call Experts

Ask the Call Experts

Ask the Call Experts

2:00 PM 2:30-4:30

Open Celebration Hours

25th Anniversary of CALL-IS

EV Fair Classics EV Fair (SLW, BE, IEP)

2:30 PM

3:00 PM

Ask the Call Experts Ask the Call Experts

3:30 PM

Call for Newcomers § EV Mini Workshop §

4:00 PM

4:30 PM

5:00 PM

5:30 PM

6:00 PM

Webmaster’s Workshop

7:00 PM

TESOL Content Manager’s Workshop

§ indicates a ticketed event. Please come by the Electronic Village before the event to pick up a free ticket.


Technology Showcase Room


Thursday, March 26

Friday, March 27

Saturday, March 28

8:00 AM

CALL-IS Planning Meeting

12:00 PM

CALL-IS Planning Meeting

1:00 PM

25th Anniversary Colloquium

2:00 PM

Developer’s Showcase

3:00 PM

25th Anniversary Reception

4:00 PM

4:30 PM

5:00 PM

CALL-IS Open Meeting

5:30 PM

6:00 PM

Developer’s Showcase

Station Title / URL Presenters


Taking Advantage of ANVILL Jeff Magoto, University of Oregon
This mini-workshop will introduce ANVILL (A National Virtual Language Lab); which is a content management system (CMS) designed to provide language students at all levels with state-of-the-art web-based speech technology; and language teachers with a way of managing and presenting multimedia tasks which facilitate meaningful foreign language practice. ANVILL aims to leverage the power of the web (connecting communities of speakers locally and at a distance) to provide language practice opportunities for US and overseas students. Modern social networks provide some of the inspiration; modern theories of language acquisition provide the theoretical basis. While the design and implementation of the program is just getting started; we have made substantial headway. In the past year more than 60 pre-service and in-service foreign language and EFL/ESL teachers have received training on it and begun to establish course web sites using ANVILL. In this first version of ANVILL their course sites focus on: a voiceboard (asynchronous communication); a real time audio-video group chat environment (synchronous communication); and a media-based assessment tool (SQM). These tools are wrapped in a web-based content management system built with Drupal (open source software). Participants will have the chance to try a couple of these tools.


Making Online Educational Comics to Encourage Writing and Storytelling William Zimmerman, College of Mount St. Vincents Institute for Immigrant Concerns
Workshop participants will learn how to create their own comic strips using a free, no-ad web site — http:// www.makebeliefscomix.com. Adults and children can create their own comic strips by selecting from 15 fun characters with different moods — happy, sad, angry, worried – and write words for blank talk and thought balloons to make their characters talk and think. The web site provides story ideas and prompts to help users create graphic stories. MakeBeliefsComix.com can be used by tutors and educators to teach language, reading and writing skills, and also for students in English-as-a-Second-Language programs to facilitate self-expression and storytelling. The process of creating comics and then printing them out as a permanent record provide an excellent way to reinforce learning. Parents and children in literacy programs can create stories together, print them to create comic books or email them to friends and family.


The Moodle Reader Module for Extensive Reading — An update Thomas Robb, Kyoto Sangyo University
The Moodle Reader module is an add-on to Moodle which will eventually allow students to take quizzes on any graded reader that they have read, in order to document to their instructor that they have read and understood the book. The module allows the teacher to download quizzes for the books available to the students from a central repository. Currently there are more than 400 quizzes available with the eventual goal of including all published graded readers in the scheme. The presentation will not only present the software, but also the measures taken to expand the actual use of the module and to gain the cooperation of the various publishers to create their own material for the module.


SkillSets Andrew Bowman, Intensive English Language Center – Wichita State University
SkillSets is authorable software that allows instructors to target specific areas of language practice and skill development. Some tasks may focus on speaking and listening while others deal with reading and writing. Activities may be mixed or reordered as desired. In one exercise, a passage may appear first and the student is then prompted to give an oral response. Another assignment may involve listening and writing. A task may also be designed to prompt students to draw on the screen to achieve the assigned objective. This feature makes the software even more flexible and able to be configured to seem random and endless in nature. The application can also be adjusted to various levels or degrees of difficulty. The instructor may choose the media, edit the instructions, and set time parameters. For example, a low-level class may see a picture and be asked to complete simple ‘There is’ or ‘There are’ statements. Using the same picture, the activity can be presente d to higher level students who must organize a response and speak it in a very short time span. In addition to traditional computerized exercises, SkillSets can also be edited to address problem solving and analytical reasoning abilities.


How language Robots Help ESL/EFL Students Practice Speaking / Writing Ron Lee, Pasadena City College
The project is supported by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. It employs the state-of-art chat robot technology. Programmed with Artificial Intelligence Markup Language (AIML), a language robot is capable of producing responses that are almost indistinguishable from a human’s. With the online authoring tool, any ESL instructors can learn how to create an interesting robot for his/her class. Three robots have been created and made available online for students to test. The program keeps a record of students’ conversations with the robots. The ESL instructors then review the conversation scripts. If a response from a robot is not satisfactory, the instructor can change the response. Next time, when the same question is asked, the robot will respond with the new response. Therefore, the robots become “smarter” with each change. The 3-D animated characters appear on screen to talk to students. Text-to-Speech technology enables each 3-D character to respond with a voice. Students type in their questions and responses. The robot can point out some common spelling and grammatical errors in their writing. Therefore, long-term practice English with the robot will enable students to write faster with fewer mistakes.


Cloze Generator to Make Cloze Exercises Kenji Kitao, Doshisha University
Cloze exercises have a variety of uses, including testing and developing reading, vocabulary, grammar, or listening skills. Blanks can be made every n-th word or based on level of difficulty, part of speech, etc. However, making blanks and keeping track of correct answers can be time consuming. The presenters have developed a program called Cloze Generator using FileMaker Pro Advanced to make blanks and save answers. Using this program, it is possible to make each n-th word in a passage blank, or to make blanks of only words of a certain level of difficulty (based on the JACET8000 word list) or of certain parts of speech. It is also possible to delete specific words manually. Users do this by entering a passage and then specifying n, the level of difficulty (Levels 1-8), or the parts of speech, depending on the basis on which they want words deleted. Cloze Generator provides the deleted words in random order and also provides the correct answers.

EV Mini Workshops

Station Title / URL Presenters
Thursday 12-1:30 pm Produce an iMovie for Use in the ESL Classroom Kraemer, Stephen, University of Oregon, American English Institute
A hands-on introduction to the iMovie software will cover the essential elements of creating an iMovie, and saving projects to iDVD to create ESL lessons that are fun and motivational for both teachers and students. The projects created in this workshop would be appropriate for all levels of instruction.
2 Thursday 3/26   12-1:30 pm Uncharted In-sites, Forge New Webways — Virtual Denver Maduli-Williams, Denise, City College of San Francisco

Maronde, Gitte, Harold Washington College

Explore Denver virtually via a hands-on workshop of collaborative Do-It-Yourself Tech Projects that incorporate technology including Photostory, Google homepage, glogster, doodle, online calendars, and PowerPoint Jeopardy. Through virtual exploration, participants will work with tools that are free, simple, and appropriate for all ages, levels of ESL and locales. Each activity includes a student and a teacher handout. Groups will post projects on workshop homepage to be available to all.
3 Friday   3/27         12-1:30 pm Design Web 2.0 WebQuests Crosby, Cathryn, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Lorch, Tiffany, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
2.0 WebQuests are inquiry-oriented activities that incorporate technologies, such as podcasts, blogs, and wikis to promote creative collaboration and information sharing. After a brief discussion 2.0 Webquests and their purposes in the ESOL classroom and demonstration of examples of 2.0 Webquests, participants will design objectives, choose assessment standards and create a 2.0 Webquest to implement in their classes.
4 Friday 3/27   12-1:30 pm Enhance Oral Skills with Movie Maker Video Journal Projects Mendoza, Grazzia Maria, Zamorano University

Jose Luis Sosa, Zamorano University

Video-Journal projects let students write scripts and read them, speak freely and listen to themselves. Fluency and accuracy are improved since students can correct themselves before presenting final products. Participants in this workshop will develop their OWN MovieMaker   video journal and explore ways to enhance all language skills, especially oral skills. Handouts with specific instructions and examples provided .
5 Saturday 3/28         12-1:30 pm Move From Requesting to Webquesting



Shifrin, Robyn, Imagine Learning

Mowder, Melissa, ELS Language Centers/Cleveland

By providing individual (take home) jumpdrives loaded with a pre-designed hyperlinked webquest, participants will write a six-page webquest (Introduction, Task, Process, Evaluation, Conclusion, Credits), and learn to apply and assess webquests for ESL learning environments. They will overwrite the existing webquest and save their re-writes. Suggestions for themes,   webquest links, templates and handouts provided.
6 Saturday 3/28   12:00-1:30 pm Engage Tech Savvy Students with Wikis


http://pbwiki.com     http://www.wetpaint.com

Piotrowski, Cassie, San Jose State University / SAL

Pelletier, Danielle , San Jose State University /SAL

Tech savvy students are using media and technology for socializing and entertainment. Wikis offer opportunities that stretch them to use their tech skills for collaborative problem solving, critical thinking, and creative, thoughtful writing. Participants will receive step-by-step guidance in setting up a class wiki, embellishing it with free media, and using it in class.
7 Saturday 3/28         3:30-5:00 pm Use Simple and Engaging Technology



Yasen, Lora, Tokyo International University of America

Stipe, Marianne, Tokyo International University of America

Participants will learn how to create simple web pages in the desktop publishing program, Microsoft Publisher, add recorded speech to a slideshow in Microsoft PowerPoint and connect it to a web page, and create, collect and analyze Survey Monkey results. Handouts for project assignments and discussion of applications for language development in a technology-enhanced environment.
8 Saturday   3/28 3:30-5:00pm Create Personalized homepages for professional development


http://www.google.com/ig/directory     http://myyblog.com/blog/tips

Arraras, Pamela, Guilford County Schools (US)
After a brief demonstration of   IGoogle, MyYahoo, ITunes, Google Reader and social bookmarking as sources for informal professional development, participants will create at least one personalized website or homepage for continuous professional development. A handout with resources and applications provided online and in print: Sources of activities for students, gadgets,   podcasts, RSS feeds and how to aggregate them, online archives.

EV Fair

Station Title / URL Presenters
8:30 am—26 March (Thursday)–EFL, Higher Ed, Teacher Ed
PC 1 Portaportals!



Holly Dilatush. ABA Virtual Learning Center
PC 2 Enhancing Lessons with Web 2.0



Rita Zeinstejer. Asociacion Rosarina de Cultura Inglesa

Robert Squires, English Language Institute; The University of Montana; Missoula

PC 3-4 Enhancing Professional Collaboration with Social Bookmarking


Jacqueline Benevento. Rowan University

Karen Jogan, Albright College

PC 5-6 Using web 2.0 resources to develop reading skills in large online class Junia Braga. Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
PC 7-8 Building webquests for Chilean in-service teachers



Claudio Diaz. Universidad Catolica de la Santima Concepcion

Mabel Ortiz, N. Universidad Catolica de la Santima Concepcion

PC 9-10 A Novel Idea: Using PowerPoint Presentations Lily Sorenson. Georgetown University
MAC 1-2 Toward an Integrated Online Learning Environment for ESL Carol Lu. Teachers College; Columbia University

Ming-Tsan Pierre Lu, Teachers College; Columbia University

Yanjin Long, Teachers College; Columbia University

MAC 3-4 Facilitating In-Service Teacher Development with Video Uploads Dr. Jeff Popko. Department of World Languages; Eastern Michigan University

James Perren, Department of World Languages; Eastern Michigan University

MAC 5-6 Easy Course Management Using Engrade



Kathryn Belisle. Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute; Spokane; WA
MAC 7-8 Something “Wiki” This Way Comes! Instant Interactive Websites Joshua Belknap. BMCC CUNY

Cynthia S. Wiseman, BMCC CUNY

Rusmin Ruru, BMCC CUNY

MAC 9-10 Web 2.0 in Moodle


Juan Soto. Ohio University
9:30 am—26 March (Thursday)–EFL, Higher Ed, Teacher Ed
PC 1-2 Web 2.0 Applications for English Language Educators Cathryn Crosby. West Chester University of Pennsylvania
PC 3-4 10 Essential Search Tools for Online Learners Randall Davis. University of Utah
PC 5-6 Creating a Dynamic Graphic Syllabus using MS Office Tools Keli D. Yerian. University of Oregon
PC 7-8 Creating digital stories in a Chilean Teacher Education Program



Mabel Ortiz. Universidad Catolica de la Santima Concepcion

Claudio Diaz, Universidad Catolica de la Santima Concepcion


PC 9-10 Learning contextualized vocabulary with Internet tools


Laurie Moody. Passaic County Community College

Gaby Rinkerman, Community Technology Center; Passaic County Community College; Paterson; NJ

MAC 1-2 Virtual Worlds: Opportunities for Immersive Language Learning


Adolfo Carrillo-Cabello. Iowa State University
MAC 3-4 The Incredible Wiki: A Teacher-Trainer’s Multifunctional IT Friend



Toni Hull. Hue College of Foreign Languages, Vietnam

David Fay, USA Department of State

Irina Ishkhneli, Secondary School 1738; Zhulebino, Moscow Region

MAC 5-6 Course Support and Web Homework Using Moodle


Kelly Charles. Aichi Institute of Technology

Lawrence Kelly, Aichi Institute of Technology

MAC 7-8 Second Life: The Possibilities of Virtual Worlds for ESL


Ellen Clegg. ELS Language Centers
MAC 9-10 Teaching Speaking Skills in a Virtual Classroom Emily Hicks. Howard Community College
8:30 am—27 March (Friday)—Elem Ed, VDMIS, SPLIS
PC 1-2 Digital Storytelling in the ESOL Classroom Cathryn Crosby. West Chester University of Pennsylvania
PC 3-4 Business English for ESL Teachers Nancy Overman. Georgetown University
PC 5-6 Using PowerPoint Templates to Create Interactive Learning Activities Sally Crouch. Carlos Rosario Public Charter School
PC 9-10 Student Digital Film-Making Made Easy George Plautz. English Language Institute; University of Utah
MAC 1-2 Using Short-Movies from the Internet


Ana Wu. City College of San Francisco
MAC 3-4 Images4Education


Mary Hillis. Kansai Gaidai University

Jane Petring,

MAC 5-6 The Jigsaw Classroom: Cooperative Learning in Action for ELL Students


Mary Buser. University of Wisconsin, Sheboygan

Hajira Buser, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

MAC 7 EVO: Teaching English through Drama



Gary Carkin. Southern New Hampshire University

Judy Trupin,

MAC 8 ESL & The Bee Laurel Anderson. Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School

Sheryl Sherwin; Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School; ssherwin@carlosrosario.org, Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School

MAC 9-10 Using iMovie and iDVD to Teach ESL Grammar Stephen Kraemer. University of Oregon; American English Institute
9:30 am—27 March (Friday)—Sec Ed, ITA
PC 1-2 Using Online ESL/EFL Short Stories in Your Classroom



Ron Lee. Pasadena City College
PC 3-4 Using videos from the web for integrated skills language learning



Pamela Arraras. Guilford County Schools (US) – VIF Teacher from Argentina
PC 5-6 Teaching academic English vocabulary through CALL networks and systems



Li Jia (Joan). Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto


PC 7-8 Giving Your English Class a Second Life


Edo Forsythe. National Cryptologic School
PC 9-10 Teaching Techno-Savvy Students


Lora Yasen. Tokyo International University of America

Marianne Stipe, Tokyo International University of America

MAC 1-2 Feedback on pronunciation: sound files and Audacity software Ellen Rosenfield. UC Berkeley; Berkeley City College
MAC 3-4 The What’s-He-Going-to-Do? Prediction Game



Susan DePhilippis. Atlantic Cape Community College


MAC 5-6 The Moodle Reader Module for Extensive Reading



Thomas Robb. Kyoto Sangyo University
MAC 7-8 Learner.org for Advanced Academic ESL & Teacher Training


Stephanie Landon. University of California Riverside Extension
MAC 9-10 Is Twitter a Tweet for Community Building?


Kristi Newgarden. University of Connecticut American English Language Institute
8:30 am—28 March (Saturday)—ESP, Admin, Applied Ling
PC 1-2 Dual Language Book Project for Young ELL: Family Treasures Website



Hetty Roessingh. University of Calgary
PC 3-4 Second Life forTeachers of the Future Serpil Sonmez. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Sebahat S. Sonmez Poyraz, Florida State University

PC 5-6 Citizenship Manuals: Citizenship Lessons Made Interesting Robert Kelso. Miami Dade College
PC 7-8 What Is Your Holland Code? Shirley Sung. City College of San Francisco
PC 9-10 Ingles para Viajeros Heidy Robles. Universidad del Norte; Barranquilla; Colombia.
MAC 1-2 Teaching Moodle for Language Teaching


Stephanie Buechele. Ohio University

Juan Soto, Ohio University

MAC 3-4 ESL Internet



Bophany Huot. City College of San Francisco
MAC 5-6 Study Materials on a4esl.org; iteslj.org and www.manythings.org

http://a4esl.org http://www.iteslj.org www.manythings.org

Lawrence Kelly. Aichi Institute of Technology

Charles Kelly, Aichi Institute of Technology

Mac 7-8 Using Skype Video Conferencing as an Authentic Assessment in EBP


Alisa Yi-Ting Tu. University of Pennsylvania
MAC 9-10 Internet-Based English Literacy and Conversation for Spanish-Speaking


www.starfall.com; www.pumarosa.com

www.handwritingforkids.com; www.ompersonal.com.ar

Talia Kowitt. Howard Community College; Columbia; MD 21045
10:30 am—28 March (Saturday)—Mat Writer, IEP, Intercul Communication
PC 1-2 Make It Dynamic!



Guler Ekincier. Pamukkale University
PC 3-4 Technology for Cultural Integration of Students on Campus



Lyra Riabov. Southern New Hampshire University
PC 5-6 The Web 2.0 Honing Social Skills




Rita Zeinstejer. Asociacion Rosarina de Cultura Inglesa
PC 5-6 View + 1: Media Frameworks for Reculturing Through Stages of Change Mari Vawn Tinney. Western Governors University
PC 9-10 Pathways to Proficient Pronunciation through Practical Participation James Perren; Ed.D.. Department of World Languages; Eastern Michigan University
MAC 1-2 Using Captivate to Create Interactive Learning Objects Rosemary Kauffman. Defense Language Institute
MAC 3-4 A Plagiarism Curriculum for IEP’s: A Website for Instructors


Alicia Ambler. University of Iowa
MAC 5-6 Promoting Peace via Cross-Cultural Online Projects for EFL Classrooms


Buthaina Al-Othman. Language Center of Kuwait University
MAC 7-8 Language Is Worth Remembering


Salman Atassi. Qatar University
MAC 9-10 Spheres of Influence Sarah Mantegna. North Springs Charter High School
2 pm—28 March (Saturday)–Writing, Adult Ed, BE
PC 1-2 Getting Your Students to Blog


Robert Bushong. Center for Multilingual Multicultural Studies; UCF
PC 3-4 Intuitive Corpus Building: Creating Corpora without the Hassle


Scott Douglas. University of Calgary

Darren Wilson, University of Calgary

PC 5-6 Student projects with multimedia for internet writing Johanna Katchen. National Tsing Hua University
PC 7-8 Using Concordance in ESL and EFL Writing class to foster learner autonomy Min Jung Jee. University of Texas at Austin
PC 9-10 Constructing language-experience books with PowerPoint


Laurie Moody. Passaic County Community College
MAC 1-2 Building Reading Fluency with a Wiki


Mary Jane Onnen. Glendale Community College
MAC 3-4 Internet Resources for Teaching Academic Writing S. Kathleen Kitao. Doshisha Women’s College

Kenji Kitao, Doshisha Univeristy

MAC 5-6 Web-based Lessons with Filamentality


Evelise Ribeiro. PGCPS
MAC 7-8 Collaborate! Create an online class newspaper using a wiki


Alyssa Ruesch. University of Minnesota

Emily Tichich, Minnesota English Language Program, University of Minnesota

EV Hardware Fair

Station Title / URL Presenters
Thursday, 10:30-11:15 High-Tech, Low-Tech Solutions for Enriching Language Learning Randall Davis, English Language Institute, University of Utah
The immense development of technology in recent years has spawned new tools and approaches to enhancing language learning and teaching. However, one of the perennial challenges facing teachers and language programs has been the chore of sifting through the newest gizmos and gadgets and finding the right devices to meet specific needs in the classroom. Consequently, many teachers question, “Does newer mean better?” In keeping with this year’s theme, Uncharted Mountains, Forging New Pathways, the presenter will first highlight the benefits and obstacles in using technology from his own experience and then discuss five keys steps to selecting and integrating technologies in simple, yet pedagogically-sound, ways.
Friday, 10:30-11:15 Literacy and the XO Laptop John Madden, St. Cloud State University
The XO laptop, the ‘$100 laptop’ being developed the One Laptop per Child Foundation, promises to transform education for children in the developing world. The XO is also being tested at U.S. locations. Laptops in general have been shown to support literacy development, including for English language learners, though results are not always reflected in test scores. The XO itself is a small, tough laptop intended for children in developing countries. Hardware offers support for USB devices, wireless networking, and includes a microphone and web camera. The XO’s open source software includes a word processor, web browser, and an audio / video recorder. The presenters will share their XOs and lead discussion about how well the XO actually supports literacy development for English language learners. Typical L2 writing and multimedia activities, both individual and collaborative, can be undertaken on the XO. Elementary school English language learners at a variety of proficiency levels could benefit from using the XO. Teachers and learners new to computers may require considerable technical support, however. Help options currently available will be considered. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to explore how transformative the XO and other small laptops can actually be.
Friday, 10:30-11:15 Hear Your Ever-silent Learners: Their Cell Phones are the Medium Elba Mendez, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
Do you teach beginning, shy adult learners? This session reports on a project that aimed to assess oral proficiency using recording devices, mainly cell phones, in large classes at public universities. There was an interest to give timid learners equal opportunities to be heard by the teacher and to somehow extend oral language production. The experimental phase included asking learners to record a pair-tailored oral exercise they did in class with the help of available cell phones/recording devices (mp3 players, clocks) and having them find ways to transfer those audio files onto a CD/flash memory/USB for the teacher to take home. Feedback from learners encouraged insights as to whether have them do oral assignments individually, in pairs, or trios. Similarly, using already available technology in new ways proved motivating and challenging for university students. In general, rather shy learners were sheltered and did the exercise as many times as they felt necessary whereas more confident ones produced creative audio-recording samples. Examples of oral assignments from shy and fluent learners, samples of feedback from students and colleagues as well as anecdotes and the future of the project will be shared with participants.
Friday, 10:30-11:15 Nokia Internet Tablets: Tiny CALL


Jeff Nelson, Washington State
A Nokia N800 Internet Tablet will be demonstrated. Nokia Internet tablets (N770, N800, and N810) are the cheapest handheld PC’s available at this time. The N800 and N810 are almost identical, and when the OS is upgraded, the N800 performs at the same speed as the N810, which makes it an incredible value, as it can be purchased for half the price. The N800 is very capable for its size. It connects to wireless Internet signals. It can also run a very wide array of software, since its OS is a version of Linux. Therefore, it is a device with a huge range of possibilities. Disadvantages: compared to a full-size laptop, it runs slowly, and for older eyes, using the screen can be trying. Pedagogical activities can be designed using the N800 for all levels, however, older adults may have trouble focusing on the tiny screen.
Friday, 10:30-11:15 Alphasmart Keyboards: CALL unplugged


Jeff Nelson, Washington State
Alphasmart intelligent keyboards are small keyboards with a several-line LCD display and enough memory to hold between 60 and 100 pages of text. They have many advantages over a conventional laptop: long battery life, extremely light weight, little maintenance, lack of distractions, instant-on, automatic saving of every keystroke, and quiet, cool operation. They can be connected to a PC to transfer text, thus allowing them to function as a “remote peripheral.” Disadvantages are inherent to the device’s design and may better be seen as limitations: they only do one thing, and that is writing. They are appropriate for all levels. The presenter has used Alphasmarts to teach typing in rural Colombia. The Alphasmarts are light enough that an entire bag of them can be hauled around on the back of a dirt bike, so as to provide learning opportunities for groups of students in remote areas. The Alphasmarts enable basic keyboarding instruction in places where computers are impractical. Alphasmarts are widely used for writing activities of all sorts, and are useful for travelers, journalists, writers, and students at all levels.
Friday, 10:30-11:15 Effective Use of the Twenty Questions Electronic Game


Thomas Robb, Kyoto Sangyo University
The surprisingly accurate electronic guessing game, “Twenty Questions,” by Radica is available in numerous languages including French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese. While intended for use by a single person, it can effectively be used with groups of students, or even as a whole-class activity. The presenter will suggest a number of different activity configurations and extensions to focus on syntax, vocabulary, and pronunciation. The presenter has used half a dozen of the English version successfully with Japanese students in groups of 3-4 and based a number of outside assignments around them. It is a simple, yet fun way to add a touch of novelty to a language class while learning some practical expressions that might not be encountered in the standard textbooks, such as “come” in sentences such as “Does it come in a box.” Other such examples will be cited in the presentation. A handout (also available online) explains the recommended steps for effective use with a class of students.
Friday, 10:30-11:15 Flipping in and Flipping out: Flip Camera Applications Inside and Outside the Classroom Aaron Schwartz, Ohio University

Dee Gephart, Ohio University

Barbara Schwenk, Ohio University

Flip Video Cameras (Pure Digital Technologies, Inc.) are an affordable, innovative technology that can simply record high-quality digital video. The actual camera is slightly larger than a deck of cards, has no moving parts or cables, but can record an hour of video. Video is saved as AVI files on the internal hard drive, using the attached USB flip and included software, videos are quickly transferred to any MAC or PC. The presenters not only demonstrate how to use the technology, but also share various examples of how the flip cameras have been used in their courses, including handouts and rubrics used in conjunction with camera projects. In the classroom, flip cameras can be used to record student speeches and presentations, allowing for instant self-feedback. Unlike most traditional recording methods, recorded student presentations are quickly distributed to students or imported into Blackboard or other course-management systems. Outside the classroom, students can utilize the simple-to-use cameras to make short video clips about their surrounding community as they interview native speakers and engage in ethnographic research. The small size and simplicity of the cameras makes them fun, lowering the affective filter and promoting language acquisition at all levels.

EV Classics

Title / URL Presenters

2:00 – 3:00

Teaching ESL writing through website publishing


Timothy R. Healy, American Cultural Exchange English Language Institute at Seattle Pacific University
Web-publishing is an exciting, authentic, collaborative and integrated-skills learning experience for students.

2:00 – 3:00

ESL Podcasts and the Culture Box


Christina Cavage, Atlantic Cape Community College
What started out as a shoebox to ask questions about American culture has turned out to a website with podcasts that answer those burning questions our students have. Come see how this presenter has created a website to answer students questions about American Culture and more!

2:00 – 3:00

Eight Ways to Use Blackboard Discussion Boards

http://bbd.su.edu (Password protected)

Brenda Murphy, Shenandoah University
This presentation will look at eight ways Shenandoah University TESOL Program uses Blackboard discussion boards in its online courses.

2:00 – 3:00

Using Webcasts to Train Science Students at Kuwait University to Think Critically and Independently


Buthaina Al-Othman, Language Center, Kuwait University
Using webcasts for EFL/ESL classes can encourage a student-centered learning environment and motivate learners to take the first step toward independent learning, an essential approach toward learning in the 21st century.

2:00 – 3:00

The ABCs of Authoring Your Own Multimedia Materials Randall Davis, English Language Institute, University of Utah
The presenter will demonstrate how teachers can author their own classroom or Web-based audio content for language learning . . . on a shoestring budget. Specific software, microphones, digital voice recorders, pantyhose pop-screens, and other recording will be shown. This session should appeal to both novice and experienced teachers.

2:00 – 3:00

Online in Iraq: Teacher training and English Programs Rick Rosenberg, US Department of State

2:00 – 3:00

OSAELT (Online Society for Afghan English Language Teachers): Why did it grow slowly and what could be done to rejuvenate it?


Snea Thinsan

2:00 – 3:00

Using Bb, Blogs, and Wikis to Facilitate L2 Writing Cynthia Wiseman,
This presentation will feature various� electronic tools and activities that support the development of proficiency in L2 writing.

2:00 – 3:00

The Extensive Reading Pages


Tom Robb
A compilation of information on how to implement an Extensive Reading program including and an annotated bibliography of research with 400+ entries.

2:00 – 3:00

Listening/Reading Activities Using National Public Radio Sandy Reno

9:30 – 10:30

Student-Centered Video Projects Roger Drury, Georgia Tech
Based on the ideas that Dale’s Cone of Knowledge embodies, the presenter will demonstrate student videos from a range of levels and for a range of pedagogical purposes.� He will also explain how he sets up the class assignment and evaluates students’ work.

9:30 – 10:30

CALL Software List


Deborah Healey, University of Oregon
A look at an online resource for those interested in CALL software (Mac and Windows)

9:30 – 10:30

The CALL IS Electronic Village Online


Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, EVO Coordination Team

9:30 – 10:30

Collaborative Internet Projects


Susan Gaer

9:30 – 10:30

Tablet PC Applicatons:� Oh, what you can do! Mary Diaz, Broward College
This presentation will demonstrate the Tablet PC’s powerful, dynamic use of MS Office 07 features� for practical classroom applications as applied to teaching ESL/EFL face-to-face and/or online via Blackboard.

9:30 – 10:30

An Invitation to CALL: A Mini-Course for CALL Teacher Education


Phil Hubbard, Stanford University

9:30 – 10:30

Oxford Passport Online


Tom Robb
The site offers 40 games for learning and practicing grammar, vocabulary and conversational phrases

9:30 – 10:30

The Internet-based Resource for ESL/EFL Teachers and Students


Lyra Riabov

9:30 – 10:30

Bloggin’ Divine

http://www.divineesl.blogspot.com; http://www.esl080c.blogspot.com

Larry Udry, DWC

9:30 – 10:30

tDictionary Andy Bowman, Wichita State University