Please note that Fukuoka JALT is trying a completely new location this month, Namiki Square in Chihaya (map).
In addition to lesson planning and instruction, teachers often spend a considerable amount of time maintaining student records. The bulk of this recordkeeping relates to assessment, and requires precision and attention to detail. Without a solid grasp of the technological resources available, this process can become repetitive, time consuming, and draining.
This presentation will introduce features of Microsoft Excel and Google Docs that have the potential to ease burdensome aspects of recordkeeping. In the first part of the presentation, the presenter will show how to create a fully automated gradebook in Excel using relative and absolute cell references. In the second part, he will show how Google Docs can be used, in concert with learners' smartphones, to collect, correct, and analyze answers from quizzes. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops or tablets to the presentation for the sake of shadowing the presenter.
Biography: Soren Leaver is originally from Berkeley, California, and has been living in Japan for the past decade. He has taught at various high schools and universities in Fukuoka and is currently a lecturer at Kyushu Sangyo University.
After-meeting Social: Pancake House Lounge RUSA RUKA (3-minute walk from NAMIKI Square). They have dinner plates and alcohol (see details). Fukuoka JALT will reserve the table, but this social is not a set course; each person will pay for what they order.
As English language teachers, our day-to-day profession consists of three main strands: creating resources, administering activities, and gathering evidence of learning from students. These three strands tend to be present no matter what theoretical approach to teaching we adopt.
In recent years, we are seeing a move toward online learning for a vast array subjects, and language learning is no exception. Learner Management Systems (LMS) such as Moodle are used by the majority of academic institutions, and there are a wide range of online resources and activities available to English language learners.
There has yet to emerge, however, an online platform designed specifically for teachers and learners of English as a Foreign Language. Such a platform should of course provide class management functions, and digital resource distribution facilities. However, it should also provide digital activities specifically geared toward learning EFL, and a way for teachers to track their students progress in these activities. These activities should take advantage of the latest web technologies, including text-to-speech and speech recognition.
This is where Apps 4 EFL (http://www.apps4efl.com) steps in. Apps 4 EFL is a free, cross-device compatible Web Based Language Learning (WBLL) platform developed by the presenter. It aims to bring a range of online English learning activities under one roof, and allow students to study autonomously at any time, in any place, whilst also allowing teachers to track and control their students' learning in detail.
This event is co-sponsored by the JALT CALL SIG.