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Webinar Follow-up: An Eclectic Mix of Ways to Use iPads for Language Learning and In Any Classroom

If you missed the presentation by Michael Nieckoski  and would like to view the recording, please visit the link below:

Michael Nieckoski shared a google doc with the different apps and resources presented during the webinar. To access the document please go to:


Upcoming Webinar: An Eclectic Mix of Ways to Use iPads for Language Learning and In Any Classroom

Presenter: Michael Nieckoski, MA   
Trainer/Consultant Southwest NH Educational Support Center, Keene State College
Adjunct Faculty, Keene State College

Date/Time: Friday, March 15th - 12:00pm-12:45pm ET

Presentation Format:
   - Presentation: 30 min
   - Q and A: 15 min

Online through Adobe Connect
Registration form: Click here to register

The iPad is an exciting, innovative device; a true “game-changing” technology. We have just begun to explore the possibilities of applying this and like devices to the teaching and learning process.  
This presentation will demonstrate some ways that the iPad can support language learning, as well as provide some tips for using it in any classroom.
Depending on time, covered will be:
* Keyboard shortcuts for diacritical marks
* How to set the different keyboards
* Using Siri in multiple languages
* Apps for recording voice
* Apps for presenting using the iPad

Presenter Biography:
Michael Nieckoski is a long-time member of NERALLT going back to 1990 when NERALLT was called NERALLD.
He has done innumerable presentations at meetings, served as NERALLT Webmaster for 3 terms, Newsletter Editor for 2 terms, and program committee member over that time.
Michael was Director for Educational Technology at The School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, from 1989 to 2007 and held that same position at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont from 2008 to 2011.  
Michael has presented at local, national and international conferences on a variety of technology subjects.
Now as lead trainer at The Southwest New Hampshire Educational Support Center at Keene State College, Michael teaches K-12 school teachers throughout New Hampshire how to use technology in their classes and with their students. The hot topics these days are focused on iPads and Google Apps, and Michael is in the process of becoming a Google Certified Trainer.

NERALLT Fall 2012 Conference Information - Registration is Open!

2012 Fall Conference

©2008 Bob HandelmanOn the Horizon: The Future of Language Teaching and Learning Technologies

Hosted by the Blume Center, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
October 11-12, 2012 



Keynote: Samantha Earp, “What's Beyond the Horizon for Language Technology?”

Samantha Earp is head of academic technology at Harvard University. She has worked in higher ed for over 25 years in various roles, from student worker in a computer center to graduate research assistant, academic technology consultant, language center director, manager of instructional media services and head of academic technology. Samantha has taught at the community college, undergraduate and master's level in the U.S. and in France and she has also worked as a software developer and translator. Samantha has a B.A. in French from Berea College and an M.A. in French Linguistics from Indiana University, where she did further Ph.D. coursework in Instructional Systems Technology and French/Linguistics. Samantha is a fellow of the Frye Leadership Institute (2008). 

2012 Fall Conference Program


Directions to Trinity College

Lodging and Food Information

Venue - Parking - Wireless Information






2012 Fall Conference Program

2012 NERALLT Fall Conference Program

 Thursday, October 11 

11:00–12:30: Board meeting for NERALLT board members only (LITC A02 - in main library)

1:30-2:00: Registration: Blume Center

2:00-3:30: Kellie Campbell and Sean Dailey, Saint Michael's College 

iPads & Learning (Blume Center)

While still in discovery, Kellie and Sean believe they have found a way that iPads and other mobile tools can be used to enhance language learning. Please join us as we discuss and learn how iPads can be used to foster a collaborative classroom environment. This hands-on workshop will cover:

  • A demo of a collaborative app: Nearpod (with time to create and share)
  • Discuss, briefly, technical management (through Apple Configurator) 
  • Show & tell: 40+ apps identified for teaching and learning
  • Review of best practices for pilot, support, and training 
  • Learning outcomes 


3:30-5:00: KEYNOTE

Samantha Earp, Managing Director, Academic Technology Services, Harvard University

What's Beyond the Horizon for Language Technology? (Library, Room 1823)

5:00-6:00: Wine & cheese reception (Library, Room 1823)

6:30: Dinner at First and Last Tavern

Friday, October 12 

All events held in Mather Hall

8:00–9:00: Registration & Breakfast

9:00–9:15: Welcome 

Audrey Sartiaux, NERALLT President
Eduardo Lage-Otero, NERALLT conference host
Melanie Stein, Associate Academic Dean and Professor of Mathematics, Trinity College

9:15-10:00: Presentation

Eduardo Lage-Otero, Trinity College, Blume Center

The Horizon Report and the Event Horizon: On the Future of Language Centers 

In this presentation I will discuss some of the institutional and technological challenges that Language Centers have faced and continue to experience in light of the technological changes presented in the Horizon Report. As language tools and resources have steadily migrated to the Internet and IT organizations have strengthened their instructional footprint, are Language Centers approaching the “event horizon”, the moment in which they are absorbed into the general campus IT infrastructure? is this an inevitable process or are there alternative outcomes? Using the Blume Center as a case study, I will present some ideas about ways in which we can potentially shape the future of the Language Center.

10:00-10:15: Break

10:15-11:00: Presentation

Carole Bergin and Kevin Guiney, Harvard University

Digital Flashcards For Vocabulary: More Than Just a Wordlist

 Digital flashcards, that are both web and mobile viewable, not only make vocabulary lists more accessible and attractive to students, but also appeal to different learning styles and allow the addition of a cultural component, through simple features such as color, audio files and images.

11:00-11:15: Break

11:15-12:00: Presentation

Kellie Campbell, Saint Michael's College

Open Educational Resources: A Changing Landscape

 Since hosting an awareness week on Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons licensing, Kellie has continued working with her team to develop resources and ideas for how OER could benefit teaching and learning at SMC. In this presentation, Kellie, Instructional Technologist and Manager of the Language Learning Resource Center, will discuss and share:

  • Overview of OER/Creative Commons 
  • Faculty outlook on OER: What tools seem helpful?
  • Common questions and concerns 
  • Resource site and demo of sites for consuming/sharing 

12:00–1:15: Lunch and Business Meeting

1:15–1:45: Presentation

Roger Travis, University of Connecticut

Real Game-Based Learning: Mapping Learning Objectives to Play Objectives

Roger Travis will present examples from his game-based courses in classics to demonstrate the problems and possibilities of game-based learning. Travis' courses are not video games in any conventional sense, but they make use of the affordances of the rulesets of the most popular videogames to engage students in telling the story of their learning.


2:00–3:00: Horizon Report Break Out Sessions

In groups, participants will select a Horizon Report technology to discuss and report out on its current and near-term impact on language programs and centers. 

3:00–3:15: Concluding Remarks 

Audrey Sartiaux, NERALLT President
Eduardo Lage-Otero, Trinity Host 

3:15–3:45: Tour of the Trinity College Blume Center


NERALLT Fall 2012 Conference Call For Proposals

NERALLT Fall 2012 Conference

 Hosted by the Blume Center
Trinity College, Hartford, CT
 Dates: Oct. 11-12

©2008 Bob Handelman

On the Horizon:
The Future of Language Teaching and Learning Technologies

The 2012 Higher Education Edition of the Horizon Report
( is this year’s annual fall conference theme. First launched in 2002, and published annually, each Horizon Report is the culmination of the year-long effort of the New Media Consortium  and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) to assess and report on emerging technologies and their short-term and long-term implication for teaching and learning.

For 2012 they have identified six key trends within the following time frames for adoption by institutions of higher education:

One year or less

  • Mobile apps
  • Tablet computing

Two to three years

  • Game-based learning
  • Learning analytics

Four to five years

  • Gesture-based computing
  • Internet of things

We invite faculty and technology professionals to submit proposals that address any of these key trends, especially as they relate to:

  • Research
  • Teaching practices
  • Learning environments
  • Language, culture, and digital humanities
  • Learning support services, both physical and virtual

Types of Presentations:
NERALLT seeks presentation perspectives and formats which aim to engage the audience interactively such as:

  • 30 minute individual/group presentations (not including Q&A)
  • Roundtable discussions or panels (30 minutes with a maximum of 3 presenters and 15 minutes Q & A)
  • Electronic poster sessions
  • Workshops (1-2 hours, hands-on)
  • Lightning round sessions (5 minute presentation followed by facilitated group discussion)

Instructions For Submitting An Abstract:

Please submit your proposal here. 
Submission deadline is September 4, 2012

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