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2015 Presentational Workshop

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Engaging Students with Language Learning through Technology: 
Focus on the Presentational Mode


March 7, 2015 - Jones Hall #35 and online, University of Minnesota


I. Introductions

     Alyssa Bonnac, Marlene Johnshoy, Dan Soneson

     Local and remote participants


II. Pedagogical foundations


  • Considerations:
    • purpose of the presentation
    • who is the audience
    • "text" type -- genre 
    • authenticity of the task


  • Multi-modal is common:  pre (students learn/interpret) - during (interpretation/presentation) - post activities (presentation/interpersonal)

III. Activity Brainstorm, Part 1

Brainstorm possible presentational tasks.

Please add to this Group Brainstorm Google doc (find your color group on the page)

  • What presentational tasks do you ask your students to do now?
  • What tasks would you like to assign that you currently don't? 



IV. Tools & Examples  

   Handout - Evaluation Grid Google Doc - make a copy of it so you can edit it


Tool (links to the tool's start page)  Examples of student projects 

Additional Information 

(check YouTube for tutorials!)

VoiceThread (three Threads for free)

La nouvelle vague

Chinese student project

successful project descriptions

Wiki page

FlipGrid (free to U of M teachers only)  
Use Stories
Vocaroo example (with a Google form to collect replies)  
AudioBoom example activity  

Language Learning Autobiography

Website Tour


Other screencast examples 
ExplainEverything (iPad to create) example tutorials 
EduCreations (iPad to create)

Spanish examples (student drawn, teacher voice)

Photo story (Spanish)

tutorial (ESL and teacher examples, too) 
Tellagami (edu paid version) French Menu - Chinese Example  
Voki example

lesson plan library

wiki page

Glogster (no longer free) example 1 - example2  


Humans of New York - Tumblr 

ESL Student Blogger

Wiki -

Topics in Media 

- many more examples on this wiki's Wiki page



Answer the questions 
(audio and video examples)
ComicLife (not free, already installed on lab machines)

German Example 1

German Example 2

Japanese Example


2 French examples

variety of languages

Tutorial (PDF)



V. Activity Brainstorm, Part 2

  • Look at the list of activities you have from Part 1 
  • Think of an appropriate tool or two that would work for each task 
  • Please add to the Group Brainstorm Google doc (find your color group on the page) 



Break - 15 min



VI. Create Presentational Tasks  


Breakout groups:

  • VoiceThread 


Additional tools: 

  • Screenr
  • SoundCloud is a site for loading, storing and sharing sound files.  For language teachers, Sound Cloud offers a useful feature: time-stamped comments. With this feature, teachers can bring a new level of precision and review-capability into feedback on student audio recordings.
  • Google apps - for collaborative presentations or presentation preparation
  • MyBrainShark (create a powerpoint with screenshots, and then narrate it) 
  • PowerPoint - you know this one!  record voice on each slide, then upload to SlideBoom or other places, or export as a movie and upload 
  • Prezi - could record voice-over with a screencast recorder 
  • Suggestions for video feedback on student work (short movies, screencast, Jing)
  • List of presentation tools 
  • iPad apps - the teacher uses most of these, but what about having the students create with them?
    (see more iPad apps on the mobile learning page in this wiki)



VII. Participant Demonstrations

     We'd like to see what you're experimenting with!  (we're not expecting perfection in half a morning!)

     Post a link to your test activities - whatever you're comfortable with, and we'd like to encourage embedding - give it a try!


     If you have created activities with other tools that you would like to share - please add links to your activity or to the tool on this page as well!



VIII. Wrap-up and Evaluation




Additional information/resources:


     Annenberg has a video series on "teaching Foreign Languages" - check out the lesson on presentational mode (and the other 2 modes!)

     NOVASTARTALK - has good screenshot tutorials for many tools




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