Tech Tools from JALT2017 Technology in Teaching (TnT) Workshops

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In this blog post, I share the tools which were introduced at the JALT2017 Technology In Teaching (TnT) Workshops that I attended.

Utilizing Free Online Tools to Teach Vocabulary by Charles Browne

  1. The New General Service: http://www.newgeneralservicelist.org/
  2. The Business Service List: http://www.newgeneralservicelist.org/bsl-business-service-list/
  3. The TOEIC Service List: http://www.newgeneralservicelist.org/toeic-list/
  4. A New Academic Word List: http://www.newacademicwordlist.org/
  5. The Online Graded Text Editor: https://www.er-central.com/ogte/
  6. VocabProfile: https://www.lextutor.ca/vp/eng/
  7. Kahoot!: https://kahoot.it/
  8. NGSL Builder app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ngsl-builder/id892335804?mt=8 
  9. Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/
  10. Memrise: https://www.memrise.com/
  11. Not free: https://www.cooori.com/
  12. EnglishCentral: https://www.englishcentral.com/videos
  13. WordLearner: http://www.wordlearner.com/
  14. Cooori: https://www.cooori.com/

Using Moodle to Foster Student Collaboration by Mark deBoer

  1. Moodle: https://moodle.org/
  2. Learn Moodle Mooc: https://learn.moodle.net/

Cloud’s Eye View of Google: What It Can Do for You by Rab Paterson

  1. Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/extensions
  2. Quick Tabs: https://goo.gl/czBRRN
  3. Unpaywall: http://unpaywall.org/
  4. Disconnect: https://disconnect.me/ 
  5. Google for Education: https://edu.google.com/
  6. Google Educator Groups (GEGs): https://www.google.com/landing/geg/
  7. GEG West Tokyo: https://plus.google.com/communities/106362051384466222126
  8. GEG Osaka Japan: https://plus.google.com/communities/107952944344432280617
  9. Google Sites: https://sites.google.com/
  10. Google Docs: https://docs.google.com/
  11. Google URL Shortener: https://goo.gl/
  12. Bitly: https://bitly.com/
  13. Zotero: https://www.zotero.org/
  14. App Launcher Customizer for Google™: https://goo.gl/QPb7Fy

Here are my sketchnotes from JALT2017 Technology In Teaching (TnT) Workshops:

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Buggy Blackboard

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Osaka University has been using the Blackboard Learn™ platform since 2005, which is known as CLE (Collaboration and Learning Environment). I used to be a Moodler, and I personally prefer Moodle, because Blackboard often gets buggy, which makes the process of online course design extremely slow! That is why many universities are switching to Moodle such as Montana State University, California State University, and Long Beach (Blackboard Learn: Criticism).

Here is the list of major bugs I struggled with during the development phase of the online course, named Osaka University Global English Online (OUGEO):

  1. Formatting glitches (e.g., extra spaces were added erroneously to the text, font got changed after uploading)
  2. Unresponsiveness of Bb Student and Blackboard Mobile Learn apps (e.g., large images and some fonts were not shown properly on the apps)
  3. Errors in the process of making tests and assignments

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Moreover, no spell/grammar checker is available on Blackboard. This can cause serious problems in the design, development, and delivery phases of an online course, especially an English course.