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Wednesday, August 12 • 4:00pm - 4:25pm
Adding to Your Digital Toolbox: Technology Skills Every Foreign Language Instructor Should Have

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Technology skills are vital in our ever-increasingly digital environment. Whether you are a graduate student heading out on the job market or a tenured faculty member, it is crucial for instructors to have a basic technology foundation in order to engage their students, reach new audiences, and simplify their work. This presentation will highlight key technology skills every foreign language instructor should have (e.g., create and edit digital audio; establish a web presence or digital portfolio; rip audio and video files from discs; transform existing, authentic resources for pedagogical purposes; etc.) and will provide examples of the best tools to use.

This presentation will highlight several skills, including the ability to: create and edit digital audio; perform basic image editing; rip MP3s from audio CDs; create video clips from DVDs; copy a CD or DVD; establish a web presence or digital portfolio (without knowing HTML or CSS); convert a variety of files; collaborate with students and colleagues in synchronous environments; discover rich resources and curate or share them; and download and manipulate exiting web-based content.

Some examples of tools (which are subject to change as new tools are developed and released) that will be covered include: Audacity, Pixlr, Flash and Video Downloader (browser extension), ImgBurn, Weebly, Jumpshare, Feedly, Pocket, VLC, etc.


Keah Cunningham

University of Kansas

Wednesday August 12, 2015 4:00pm - 4:25pm EDT
CGIS South S010 (Tsai Auditorium) 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA