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 Conference Sessions

20 Tips from 20 Years: A Medley of Teaching Strategies (MiWLA '13)
Technology on the Road : A Teaching Journey to Kenya (MiWLA '10)
Communicative Competition: Rethinking Games (MiWLA '09)
So You Have a SMART Board, Now what? (MiWLA '09)
A Communicative Trip to the Museum (NECTFL '09)
Casa de Joanna: Instructional Strategies for Authentic Websites (CSC '08)
Casa de Joanna: Instructional Strategies for Authentic Websites (MiWLA '07)
Casa Frameworks: A Technolgy-Infused Café Experience (CSC '07)
Casa Frameworks: A Technolgy-Infused Café Experience (MiWLA '06)
Casa Frameworks: Technolgy-Infused Writing (MiWLA '05)
Technology-Infused Learning: Evolving Strategies (MFLA '02)
Web Literacy for Foreign Language Learning: An Integrated Approach (MACUL '02)
Casa Favorites: Developing Authentic Activities on the Web (MFLA '01)
Technology-Infused Planning: Teacher Strategies (MFLA '00)
Technology Applications for Foreign Language Learning (MACUL '99)
Day of the Dead: A Technology-Infused Model (MFLA '98)
The Technology-Rich Foreign Language Classroom (MACUL '98)
Beyond URLs: The WWW and Foreign Language Learning (MACUL '97)


20 Tips from 20 Years: A Medley of Teaching Strategies (MiWLA '13)
This session is a discussion of twenty strategies, musings, activities, technology tips and tricks culled from twenty years of teaching. Topics range from activities you could try on Monday to broader instructional practices. Participants will leave with questions to consider,activities to implement, and resources to explore. Examples are drawn from middle school Spanish but applicable to a range of language-learning environments.

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Technology on the Road : A Teaching Journey to Kenya (MiWLA '10) - YouTubeTwitter
Explore the anatomy of a French unit, interdisciplinary (MEAP!) connections, community to community outreach, and reconsider the public image of teacher. And after the first 5 minutes.... An ambitious agenda built on these topics: 1) exploring technologies: multipurpose worksheets, recordable greeting cards, digital camera/POGO, audio recorder, Twitter, 2) preparing culturally appropriate materials, 3) adapting social studies GLCEs to teach 4.1 & 4.2, and 4) Teaching isn’t Xeroxing; re-imagining the role of teacher with/for your students.

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Communicative Competition: Rethinking Games (MiWLA '09)
Regardless of age-level or language experience our students enjoy games. Often, games focus on rote practice. While there is a role for supporting student memorization, games can serve communicative standards even at the earliest levels. Come experience games that foster communicative competition. Participants will experience tried and true successes, works in progress, and be able to share their own classroom strategies. Examples from middle school Spanish; applicable to multiple languages and levels.

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So You Have a SMART Board, Now what? (MiWLA '09)
Come see the results of a year-long pilot of a SMART Board in a language-learning classroom. The presentation will include an overview of the technology, software highlights and favorite features, teacher-created templates, and tips and tricks. This session is designed for those who have never seen a Smart Board and experienced users looking for new ideas. (Session presented using a Smart Board.)

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A Communicative Trip to the Museum (NECTFL '09)
Taking our students to an art museum seems like an obvious opportunity for language-learning in the community, but how do you structure that experience to maximize communication in the target language?  Discover the classroom activities, from vocabulary games to virtual art tours, that scaffold our experience outside of the classroom.  Examples in Spanish from middle school curriculum; strategies relevant to multiple languages and levels.

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Casa de Joanna: Instructional Strategies for Authentic Websites (CSC '08)
What can you actually do with authentic websites? Explore conversation, reading and writing activities I use to build vocabulary and engage grammar. Strategies (hunts, logs and webs) are culled from Introductory Spanish, Spanish I, and our new textbook-less, thematic Spanish course. Strategies are applicable to multiple levels and languages.

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Casa de Joanna: Instructional Strategies for Authentic Websites (MiWLA '07)
What can you actually do with authentic websites? Explore conversation, reading and writing activities I use to build vocabulary and engage grammar. Strategies (hunts, logs and webs) are culled from Introductory Spanish, Spanish I, and our new textbook-less, thematic Spanish course. Strategies are applicable to multiple levels and languages.

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Casa Frameworks: A Technology-Infused Café Experience (CSC '07)
This café-themed unit incorporates diverse vocabulary and pronunciation activities with technology-infused learning experiences leading to a café experience in class.  Participants will discover the tools used (PowerPoint, virtual café visit, and web-based audio portfolios) and discuss the related instructional issues.  Strategies applicable to multiple levels and languages.

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Casa Frameworks: A Technology-Infused Café Experience (MiWLA '06)
This café-themed unit incorporates vocabulary and pronunciation activities with technology-infused learning experiences leading to a café experience in class.  The session will outline the tools used (PowerPoint, virtual café visit, and web-based audio portfolios) and discuss the related instructional issues.  Strategies applicable to multiple levels and languages.

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Casa Frameworks: Technology-Infused Writing (MiWLA '05)
Handouts: Project OverviewsOrganizing Concepts/Rubrics
Our level-one students begin by writing post cards and write complete essays by third quarter.  We do this by giving students engaging topics, Internet-based inspiration and diverse activities.  Projects include: Exaggerated Post Cards, skits, Fashion Prescriptions, autobiographies and a Dream House essay. We will discuss the technology we use and our instructional practices, i.e. writing codes, Focus Correction Areas, rubrics and the beloved Genie Rule.  Strategies presented are relevant to upper levels.

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Technology-Infused Learning: Evolving Strategies (MFLA '02)
Once upon a time, I created an Internet-based unit on the Day of the Dead. More aligned with the National Standards, and with a more thoughtful rubric, it is better today. Explore the evolution of this work and other technology-infused projects from our classroom. We will focus on the projects themselves and the classroom practices that make them possible. Whatever language you teach, whatever your technical experience, we should have something of interest to you.

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Web Literacy for Foreign Language Learning: An Integrated Approach (MACUL '02)
The web offers unprecedented access to authentic texts in other languages. Conventional reading strategies are useful starting points but students need literacy strategies, unique to web-based explorations, to confidently engage in sites designed for native speakers. Come learn about the strategies we use. Lessons feature integrated use of Office applications.

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Casa Favorites: Developing Authentic Activities on the Web (MFLA '01)
This session will begin by highlighting outstanding websites for the French and Spanish classroom.  We will then consider how to use these sites as starting points for meaningful student explorations.  Throughout our discussions we will consider those literacy strategies, unique to web-based learning, that your students need to confidently engage in sites designed for native speakers.

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Technology-Infused Planning: Teacher Strategies (MFLA '00)

A technology-rich classroom can save teachers time and foster creativity. Come see one teacher's repertoire of strategies. Explore "strategy snapshots," mini-presentations showcasing applications of general software for language teachers. Snapshots utilize Word to create activity templates; PowerPoint as a springboard for classroom interactions and a support for Internet-based readings; Excel as a medium for flexible lesson design; and grading software to manage the classroom. Presentation includes background for novices and new ideas for advanced users.

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Technology Applications for Foreign Language Learning (MACUL '99)
Now that you have found an interesting website or a compelling CD-ROM, what do you do with it? This session focuses on technology applications. Participants will learn practical strategies to maximize meaningful language use. Examples include approaches for using children’s CD-ROMs, text reconstruction software, process writing tools, and the Internet.

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Day of the Dead: A Technology-Infused Model (MFLA '98)
This Day of the Dead unit is a practical model of how websites can facilitate cultural exploration. We begin by discussing activities from initial brainstorming to creative cumulative projects. We then discuss how websites were located and effectively reorganized. Finally we consider strategies to accommodate diverse teaching environments. Session is relevant to novice and experienced computer-users. Model is easily adapted for other languages and language levels. Speaker utilizes PowerPoint, cached websites and sugar. Reproducibles/URLs provided.

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The Technology-Rich Foreign Language Classroom (MACUL '98)
Technology needs to be part of our regular classroom life. This session will focus on meaningful short assignments, based upon diverse software, which successfully support language learning. Lessons are based upon foreign language software, original templates, Hyperstudio and the Web. Lessons can be easily adapted for subjects across the curriculum.

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Beyond URLs: The WWW and Foreign Language Learning (MACUL '97)
This session will illustrate how Web sites provide essential resources for foreign language instruction and an approach for developing Web-based activities. The session will include instructional strategies, sample activities, and yes, a plethora of annotated URLs. Although specifically focused on second language education, the issues we address can benefit technology implementation in a variety of disciplines and learning environments.

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