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Friday, August 14 • 11:35am - 12:00pm
Language Learning on an iPad Learning Lab: Opportunities and Challenges

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In 2012, the Department of World Languages and Literatures of Southern Connecticut State University acquired two iPad Learning Labs. As compared to traditional computer labs, which have fixed desktop computers, these two state-of-the-art iPad learning labs are actually iPads on a cart, which can be rolled into a classroom and turn the room into a lab instantly. While the iPad learning labs have brought new and exciting learning and teaching experiences to students and teachers, they have also brought new challenges. Due to the different setup and compatibility of the iPad labs, teachers cannot teach in exactly the same way any more. They need to change their teaching practice to take advantage of the mobile features of the iPad labs. They need to explore new teaching approaches and styles that will work well with the new technology, and our students, a generation born and growing up with the new technology. This presentation will discuss and share our actual experiences in using the iPad labs in our language classes, including classes of Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and other languages. Actual examples will be used to illustrate how a new technology can be both exciting and frustrating, and how it can present both opportunities and challenges. Specific suggestions will be made on how mobile technology can be best used in a language class.


Jian X. Wu

Southern Connecticut State University

Friday August 14, 2015 11:35am - 12:00pm EDT
CGIS South S050 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA