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Pfefferhausen.org

Pfefferhausen.org

I finally moved our city of Pfefferhausen web site to a new server and reserved a much nicer URL: http://www.pfefferhausen.org/ There’s still much to do, but the move is complete, the Game On plugin installed, and I am ready to include all our social media, reorder last year’s student projects, and continue making the site similarly […]


Gamification

Gamification

Our virtual German city project, #pfefferhausen, will continue to grow in the 2016/17 academic year. I will write more extensively about the growing project in the coming months, and a couple of conference presentations are also in the works. At this point I wanted to give a brief update about our status and new developments. […]


Learning Space Consulting

Learning Space Consulting

I often get asked by my colleagues “how this whole consulting thing works.” Many of them are humanities faculty, and they rarely, if ever, do any kind of consulting work. My language learning and technology or language center staff colleagues who are new to this field are also often interested in how to get into consulting and how […]


Changing Language Centers

Changing Language Centers

Language Centers continue to change rapidly. Since their lab-era days they have always been built around technology. Until recently. The decreasing cost of computing devices, ubiquity of mobile devices (laptops, tables, smartphones, …), and dwindling size have changed the nature of the Language Center in recent years. As fewer computers, especially desktops, have to be installed and […]


Alternate Reality Project

Alternate Reality Project

It’s been a while… After receiving tenure, I took a small break from blogging. Also, I was elected as President-Elect of the International Association for Language Learning and Technology and have been working on a couple of articles and an (edited) book project entitled “From Language Lab to Language Center and Beyond: The Past, Present, […]


Teaching Writing with Socrative

Teaching Writing with Socrative

Teaching writing in a foreign language is an interesting challenge, especially if it’s the focus of a particular course. Last semester I taught an advanced German writing and conversation course. The communicative aspect during class sessions is clear. But how do you have students write in class? On the surface, it is often perceived as a solitary activity. How do […]


Storybird Writing Projects, Part 2

Storybird Writing Projects, Part 2

My experiences with Storybird this semester were great. I wrote part one of this a few weeks ago, and now that the projects are in, I’d like to write a few lines about the final results. First of all, we did not have any technical glitches, and the administrative side of Storybird allowed me to quickly […]


Storybird Writing Projects, Part 1

Storybird Writing Projects, Part 1

I have been using Storybird this semester with my German introductory and advanced writing courses this semester. the browser-based software provides a very large amount of artwork as prompts and allows writers to add text to their stories. You cannot use your own images, you have to rely on the provided ones. I really like this approach, which […]


Electronic Portfolios

Electronic Portfolios

I recently received a grant to work on electronic portfolios on our campus. Today I offered our first hands-on workshop on the topic: creatingelectronic portfolios for beginners. I introduced 3 relatively accessible tools that are available for free or for a fee with additional options: weebly, wordpress.com and lucidpress. Here’s a brief overview video I […]


Konkrete Poesie with Tagxedo

Konkrete Poesie with Tagxedo

Wordcloud creators are very popular tools for educators. I have long been a fan of wordle and have used in many times to create pre-reading images, brainstorming activities and various student projects. Another service, Tagxedo, adds an interesting feature: using shapes for your word clouds. It’s really easy, and you can simply download your creations. I recently read some […]


Padlet

Padlet

Padlet (formerly called Wallwisher) is a shared virtual space which can be used  and shared  in a variety of ways (moodle, blog, e-mail, facebook, twitter, etc.). Accounts are not necessary, but it helps to get a free account if you want more control over the site and use it frequently.  It’s been around for several […]


Quizlet Revisited

Quizlet Revisited

I’ve been using Quizlet for my courses for a number of hers now. Last year I purchased a teacher license ($25 for one year), and I am glad I did. It’s been really easy to monitor progress, avoid ads for my students, and see which vocabulary items are more difficult than other. I can then […]


Team and Task Management

Team and Task Management

When it comes to managing teams, such as student workers, it is difficult to make sure everything gets done. When there is a group of people, something always falls through the cracks. For example, a student worker A is working on  task for a professor. His shift is ending, but he forgets to tell student […]


Language Center Design and Management in the Post-Language Laboratory Era

Language Center Design and Management in the Post-Language Laboratory Era

It has been a while! I took a break from writing on this page to rethink the future of languagetechnologybootcamp.org (it’ll stay, of course) and also to focus more on publishing. Want to find out more about the state of language centers in 2014? My article about “Language Center Design and Management in the Post-Language […]


Interactive Fiction

Interactive Fiction

I recently found out that I will be able to teach the advanced writing seminar (in German) in the fall again. A course that is supposed to be filled with constant writing exercises and grammar reviews does not sound to be the most exciting thing in the world. But I have been wanting to write […]


A small game for teaching two-way prepositions

A small game for teaching two-way prepositions

Teaching grammatical concepts like two-way prepositions can be difficult, especially translating the theoretical concept into meaningful and possibly even interesting or motivating exercises and tasks. I’ve always liked using small browser games in my classes to have students do something concrete and see the outcomes. Papert called these little helping tools “objects to think with,” […]


ACTFL 2013 Plenary: The Tipping Point – Language Learning for a Changed World

ACTFL 2013 Plenary: The Tipping Point – Language Learning for a Changed World

In late November I had the pleasure to be on the plenary panel  The Tipping Point – Language Learning for a Changed World at ACTFL 2013 in Orlando, Florida. My 3 co-presenters were fantastic! All 4 of us had been invited by the ACTFL president to deliver an inspiring TED-style session. This was a format […]


Digital Storytelling and the L2 Curriculum

Digital Storytelling and the L2 Curriculum

I recently gave a talk on digital storytelling for the Associated Colleges of the South. The focus of the talk was to portray the range of possible activities for language learning. You can watch it here: http://blcollaboration.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/digital-storytelling-linking-language-learning-with-student-experience/  


Tag, You’re It: Language Learner Motivation, Identities and Agency in Computer Gaming Spaces

Tag, You’re It: Language Learner Motivation, Identities and Agency in Computer Gaming Spaces

I was recently invited to give the fall keynote for the FLTP (Foreign Language Technology Program) at the fantastic ALTEC at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Here’s the video: http://altec.colorado.edu/speakers/Kronenberg-10-2013.shtml And here’s what the talk is about: “Tag, You’re It: Language Learner Motivation, Identities and Agency in Computer Gaming Spaces” (Presentation available here) Research on […]


Scribblenauts Remix

Scribblenauts Remix

Scribblenauts Remix is an interesting and very creative iOS game available in English and German. Simply switch your iOS language settings and the game will load in the chosen language. There’s also an Android available. The game is a series of scenarios, each of which gives the player tasks that can be solved in a variety of […]


Language Lab Unleashed Live

Language Lab Unleashed Live

Several years ago there were some wonderful podcasts about language learning and technology. The conversations were recorded and also available live. We have recently revived these podcasts; they are now shorter and include video, but they are weekly and are meant to be conversation loosely guided by a topic that each of us suggests. They […]


Electronic Sign-up Sheets, Forms, and Scheduling

Electronic Sign-up Sheets, Forms, and Scheduling

The summer is over, and after finishing an article and working on some language center design work I’m ready to blog again. This post is all about saving you time. Signing people up can be a big hassle. Let’s say you want to schedule oral exams or have students each pick a certain topic from […]


IALLT 2013

Different types of seating allow for more individualized learning styles

IALLT 2013 was a wonderful conference! I learned so much, and was happy to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. It was great to see so much interest in language center design and new learning spaces. The presentation slides and handouts are now available online, you can find them here My sessions were the […]


My book chapter (“Computer games as agentive and immersive spaces for language learners”) just got published in: “Playing with Virtuality: Theories and Methods of Computer Game Studies.” http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?cid=5&event=cmp.ccc.seitenstruktur.detailseiten&seitentyp=produkt&pk=73330&concordeid=264060