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Paper @ IALLT 2013: Driving Tutorial Call Into The Face-To-Face Classroom, and What It Took…

…has been accepted for inclusion in the program for IALLT 2013, June 11-15 at the Pinecrest School (Fort Lauderdale, FL)/Florida International University (Boca Raton, FL) and was presented on June 14: Here are abstract and slide deck:

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How a teacher can show a model student screen to other student computers in Sanako Study 1200–the ultimate training summary…

…using animated .gifs. Slower? Compact: 0.25sec,0.5sec, 0.75sec, 1sec, 1.5sec, 2sec, 3sec, 4sec, 5sec, 6sec, 7sec, 8sec, 9sec, 10sec. Or including unmarked frames: 0.25sec, 0.5sec, 0.75sec, 1sec, 1.5sec, 2sec, 3sec, 4sec, 5sec, 6sec, 7sec, 8sec, 9sec, 10sec. 1sec

The big LRC SANAKO “How do I…?”

(Work in progress).

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Announcing new MS-Word templates for writing assignments during face-to-face-classes in the LRC

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  1. Benefits
    1. MS-Word is technology that has become “transparent”for most users:
      1. Have teachers focus on assignment pedagogy, not authoring technology.
      2. Have students focus on the target language, not authoring technology.
    2. Document is protected (for restricting formatting to predefined Word-styles):
      1. Have students focus on form or content, but not on distracting formatting issues.
      2. Styles are designed to facilitate teacher monitoring students’ work using Sanako screensharing, like so:
    3. Take advantage of MS-Office Proofing tools (templates are preset for your target language).
    4. Take advantage of easy assignment file management with Sanako homework activity.
    5. Take advantage of internet lookup process, especially pedagogical if you combine with Sanako controlled-web-browsing activity
  2. Requirements:
    1. Teacher
      1. The easiest is to save the writing template for your language in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates\1033 (or if your run 32-bit MS-Word on a 64-bit Windows, C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Templates\1033)
      2. Then base your writing assignment document on the template (e.g. by double-clicking the template in the folder you saved it to).
      3. Then save your writing assignment to your class material folder on the Sanako network share (from the office or in the LRC).
      4. In class, launch the Sanako homework activity.
    2. Student: none other than downloading and submitting the Sanako homework. image

Sanako Study 1200 Homework step-by-step

1.   In the Sanako student player window, in the upper left of your screen, above the red “homework” tab, an MS-Word file will show in the list.

2.   Click on this MS-Word file in the Sanako student player list.

3.   A window will open that asks you to save the word file. Use the default, your Desktop. Click “OK” to save. The file will be added to your desktop.

4.   Do whatever other activities your teacher assigned. Once the teacher aks you to do so, open the MS-Word file from the desktop.

5.   Write in the MS-Word file what it asks you to do.

6.   When done, close the MS-Word file.

7.   MS-Word will ask you whether you want to save. Click “yes” (and do NOT “save as”, or change the file name or file format).

8.   The file on your desktop will look the same, but it will have been updated with your input.

9.   The teacher will open a window titled “homework” on your desktop.

10. Drag and drop the MS-Word file into this window.

11. If the file in the homework” window does not automatically say it was “delivered” to the teacher, click the lower right button: “Send”.

12. Once the file says “delivered”, you can go to the next task or log out.

13. If in doubt, ask for help. Use the Sanako student player button:“Call” to get into the queue. Somebody will connect to your headsets and screen ASAP.

How the LRC supports Second Language Acquisition (all 4 skills) and testing using computers, and provides requisite documentation and training

Table of contents for 2 screencasts of a presentation, left screen slides/no audio, right screen/speaker audio – best viewed side-by-side.

Time in LRC-report-speaker

Time in LRC-report-slides




Overview of LRC activities



SLA reading



SLA writing


high-stakes quiz screencast:


Movie caption exercise generation using NLP



SLA listening

Text-to-speech Deskbot



example of time-stretched audio



SLA speaking

Moodle Kaltura for webcam recordings homework assignments


Sanako oral exams


Example of oral exam material



Classroom management systems


Outlook: LRC as proficiency assessment/testing center, outreach/service to high schools


Example of oral proficiency exam


Needed additions: video streaming to students, video recordings from students


Question period


LRC media repositories


Infrastructure work:



Year2:LRC calendars (room reservation, equipment circulation, staff timetabling)


Outlook: things that need to be fixed in LRC calendars




LRC Blog


Querying tags and categories


tags, categories, RSS feeds displayed in internet explorer tag display,


Using tags/categories searches of the LRC blog in training teachers and students


Q:TOEFL, AP exams and other oral proficiency assessment –


Webcape placement exams and other written exam in the LRC


Q:Concurrent exam scheduling

Sanako has no scheduling system to allow a limited number of users to take an exam simultaneously (but it prevents users beyond the licensing seats to use the Sanako, including for exams), Scheduling plug-ins seem to be available for Moodle.


Outlook: Need more licenses for the Sanako to match the UNCC class size

NetOp School 6 not upgrading

  1. Here is what we have:
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  3. Here is what get:
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  5. And for the indexing servers: “ Web Update failed with error: Index file could not be located at update-server.”