2016 Language Teaching & Technology Mini-Summit


In the spirit of recent local technology-related conferences such as NERALLT and the Yale Technology Summit, and with ACTFL just around the corner, the CLS is excited to convene a small conference event for showcasing innovations and challenges in language teaching with technology. The Language Teaching and Technology Mini-Summit will take place on Thursday, November 3, 2016, and will feature several interactive presentation and discussion formats. 

Event details:

Thursday, 11/3/2016
1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Center for Language Study, Room 100
370 Temple Street (at Grove)
Yale University

The event is targeted for the interests of language instructors but is open to anyone interested in the Yale and New Haven communities and beyond. Attendance is free and refreshments (coffee, tea, snacks) will be provided. Please RSVP for the event using the form below.

The roundtable sessions (2:15 - 3:15), in particular, are designed to be participant-driven, with groups of a few to several people informally presenting and exchanging ideas around topics of common interest. To see what others have suggested, and to suggest a new topic, scroll down to the “Propose a roundtable topic” section below. 

Panopto screencast competition: As a fun bonus, we’d like to invite anyone who’s interested to try making a short screencast video with the Panopto video recording feature. Detailed instructions are on the Program & Resources Google Doc. Videos will be shown and discussed at the closing session.

Please keep your eye on this page in the days before the mini-summit, and check back for resources after. There’s more coming soon!


Time Event Speaker/Participants
1:00 - 1:15 Introductions and Ice-breaker Sarab Al Ani (Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations)
1:15 - 1:25 Technology Talk: “Building a Language Class as a Community: Kakao Talk & Quizlet”  Angela Lee-Smith (East Asian Languages & Literatures)
1:25 - 1:35 Technology Talk: “ ‘Let’s Blog about it’ - Technology as exploration in/out-of the language classroom” Orit Yeret (Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations)
1:35 - 1:45 Technology Talk: “Lessons learned - Looking back on eight years of telecollaboration” Theresa Schenker (Germanic Languages & Literatures)
1:45 - 2:15 Introduction to telecollaboration and the UNICollaboration network Sarah Guth (Faculty of Education, University of Padova and Vice President, UNICollaboration  network)
2:15 - 2:45 Roundtable Session I 2-3 concurrent tables on areas of shared interest. Suggest topics in padlet below.
2:45 - 3:15 Roundtable Session II 2-3 concurrent tables on areas of shared interest. Suggest topics in padlet below.
3:15 - 3:30 60-second Panopto Screencast Challenge Anyone who would like to share a video created with Panopto. Details here.

*Note: More details and notes from sessions will be available on the Program & Resources Google Doc.


Please use the form below to RSVP, or click here to open the form in a new browser window.


Propose a roundtable discussion topic

What would you like to talk about in the roundtable discussions? What would you like to learn? The roundtable discussions will be structured around common interests of those who attend. Depending on group size, participants will have up to 5-8 minutes to discuss their own areas of interest, while listening to and supporting those of others. 

Initial suggestions from respondents to our online survey included:

  • Online assessment options, appropriate test formats/item types in online assessment
  • Mind Mapping, Google Sheets
  • Computer-mediated communication and telecollaboration
  • Free and time-saving tools and techniques
  • Canvas
  • Language games, blogs, and question banks
  • Project-based learning with technology
  • Annotation Tools (Hypothes.is) and exploring gaps to technology in language studies
  • Designing student video projects
  • Areas of potential collaboration between the CTL and CLS
  • Community-based language teaching projects

Please use the padlet space below to post new ideas and/or elaborate further on the ideas above (double-click in the blue area below, add a title, text, and attach any media you’d like to).

What would you like to talk about, and what would you like to learn? 

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