IALLT 2005 to today
We have now caught up to our “present” in this series of IALLT anniversary newsletters. And just in time, because next week we will be gathering at Harvard to harness these 50 years of history and propel ourselves into the bright, unknown future of the next 50!
And this is exactly what we plan to do in the conference-ending plenary with a panel of three long-time IALLT members (Sue Otto, Judi Franz and Felix Kronenberg) as they converse among themselves and with attendees on how they picture our past influencing our roles in advocating and supporting language learning through technology into the future.
With that introduction, as you get ready for the conference, take a couple of minutes to review the three sets of perspectives that our panelists have so far shared and start percolating your own thoughts. Please feel free to post your own preliminary thoughts in advance of the session as well. We’ll have live polling for audience members to contribute to the conversation during the session as well. Remember, the discussion starts now at https://iallt50.wordpress.com/50-years-and-beyond-closing-plenary/ .
Today’s Quick Pic
L-R: Andrew Ross; IALLT Anniversary Committee members Ed Dente, Sharon Scinicariello & Ron Balko; Past, then-current and future IALLT Presidents Peter Liddell, Ute Lahaie, Claire Bartlett and Harold Hendricks in Ed’s back yard for the 2006 Summer Leadership meeting (he hosted IALLT 2007 at Tufts).
People and Places of IALLT
We have many current and past IALLT VIPs attending the conference in celebration of our 50thanniversary (including the folks in this issue’s QuickPic) and they will be part of the SelfieTag activity during the conference. You will know who they are by the stars on their name tags. More information once you arrive at the conference!
As an active IALLT member, you are also a VIP in making IALLT work—whether IALLT is helping you sort through issues, questions and/or transitions, or you are helping others inside and outside the organization advance the state of language learning technology. So we want to hear what IALLT means to you!
Share your thoughts with us in all the ways and formats you prefer: post to the blog now (link at bottom of this newsletter), send us a video in advance of the conference, and/or post your thoughts to the “IALLT is….” board at the IALLT Anniversary table in the exhibit hall.
It’s easy to send us a video! It should be two minutes or less, preferably in the MP4 format. Once you create your video, you can get it to us in any of several ways: (1) deposit it in the committee’s Dropbox by going to http://dropittome.com/IALLTrivia and using the upload password IALLT1965; (2) posting your video to your personal website and sending us the link so that we can download a copy; or (3) posting it to YouTube and sending us the link to view/download. (The name IALLTrivia is not a commentary on the importance of your contribution; it is the name of the contest for which the upload portal was created.) We’ll post your video to IALLT’s YouTube channel.
Are you planning to blog at IALLT? Alex Waid is the official “blogger of the 2015 IALLT conference” TM, but the more the merrier, so if you’re planning to blog and/or post photos, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. And remember to use the hashtags: #iallt50 #FLEAT6 #IALLTinnovates #IALLT
Technologies of the Times
Social networks define the instrumental technologies of this period. While many of these networks were introduced prior to 2005, their numbers, ranges of affordances and impact have shaped social and educational experiences significantly.
In her 2007 Henderson Plenary, then IALLT President Barbara Sawhill addressed how these social networks “challenge the language teacher/technologist to examine critically” the current pedagogical practices. Given, as she states, “learning language is an inherently social activity” she asks whether students using these new tools for their social needs will “embrace the same tools as part of their academic experience?”
The answer since then is seen in both successes (the rise of open-access learning for example) and phenomenal failures (especially when technology is used for its own sake rather than in pedagogically-appropriate, meaningful ways) of such applications.
Nevertheless, what we do know for certain is that students are generally engagingin more time-on-task with these and other social media than they are with their targeted learning content. That suggests at least one critical role for the language educator/technologist/researcher: to find ways to structure language education so that it, too, engages students in productive social interactions with the goal of expanding communicative skills in languages other than their primary one.
[Graphic from http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/social-media-1969-2012/487353]
In her 2007 Henderson Plenary presentation, what category of tools does Barbara Sawhill cite as challenging pedagogical practices for language learning today?
Deadline for submission of your IALLTrivia answers is midnight EDT, Sunday, August 9.
The IALLTrivia winner* will be drawn and announced prior to the Henderson Plenary on Thursday morning.
* IALLT membership for a year and lots of kudos from your fellow IALLTers for your savviness about all things language-technology-wise!