- When the projector control system is “out of synch”with the projector.
- Symptom: “System off” does not turn the projector off, but also “System on” does not turn.
- Workaround: From the control panel Home screen, access soft button “system tools”
- Here you can manually turn the projector on/off (and the close the screens)
To virtualize/digitize your classroom scripts/textbooks/etc. – with all the obvious benefits (single familiar, control interface for multimedia, audio and video) and hidden benefits, like being able to link to offline (e.g. MS–Proofing Tools, MS-Text-to-Speech API) and online language learning tool (e.g. dictionaries, image libraries), use the already installed and supported hardware and software tools in computerized classrooms.
- Teacher Computer
- LCD Projector
- LCD Projector Screen
- Classroom Speakers
- Wireless keyboard/mouse
- Textbook Scans as images – common nuisance: as ingle exercise (or a rule explanation and its practice exercise) gets spread over 2 pages that won’t fit on document camera –> right-click, open with, “Paint”, use rectangle selection, edit/cut, file/new, edit/paste to combine).
- my template Teacher.Dot (and additional downloaded or saved files, copyright permitting) with lookup menu:
- MS-Remote desktop: default enabled on all office PCs; on classroom teacher computer, click “start”-button, type “mstsc”, click “OK”, type the IP address of your office computer once, if logged in a yourself on the teacher computer, it will remember it, (you only need to access the advanced options of MSTSC if you encounter compatibility problems, like with screen resolution
- MS-ZoomIt: on file server, allows you to zoom, draw + type on frozen images of your screen (access advanced options if you want to change the font settings and behavior of the mouse scroll wheel)
- Blackboard: Content System <—Web folder <—> Email
Time saving benefits:
- Class time: prep in office; slow writing on blackboard, handling of document camera (switching, drawing), internet access
- Teacher time: separate steps to & handling email (<—> close file with class and be done)
- Student: slow note-taking (not all is mnemonic), handling email (still need to access Blackboard)
- More benefits could be had if students had hardware/software to share the screen. If a fully computerized classroom freaks you out, consider MS multi mouse, especially designed for resource challenged educational environments (India originally)
An outline of the MS-Word Cloze Quiz, MS-PowerPoint Multiple Choice Quiz and Internet Lookup tools for
- To facilitate lesson delivery and student interaction in our language lab and computerized classrooms, I am programming two MS-Office templates with interactive lookup and quiz functions and create new/convert traditional language teaching materials in French, German and Spanish with them.
- These templates support the learner by strengthening learner autonomy and providing immediate corrective feedback and – in conjunction with the grouping facilities of the centre’s infrastructure – allow for custom-tailored instruction based on the immediately available outcome of formative assessments.
- The student can be given additional hints when tabbing into a form entry field.
- The student can easily look up words and terms in internet-based reference works and collections.
- Double clicking on a word opens a browser window with the corresponding entry in a dictionary of the corresponding foreign language.
- Selecting a word or phrase and clicking on a menu item in the lookup menu a browser window with the corresponding entry of various reference works and databases (Figure 3: Look up Internet Reference Works, Figure 4: Look up Internet Illustrations).
- The student will receive instant feedback when tabbing out of an entry field.
- During quiz-taking, the screen will be formatted (font face, size, spacing, colors) so that the teacher keeps easily informed, whether through a computer lab management system / screen monitoring tool or by a more “pedestrian” approach for student monitoring.
- After collection and before correction by the teacher and reviewing by the student, the screen will be re-formatted to facilitate reading outside of the classroom setting.
- The template can be used for a wide variety of typical foreign language teaching exercises:
- Instructors have requested fuzzy matching for fill-in-the-blank exercises, which I am planning to implement by integrating an existing COM add-in that can make available the Levenshtein Distance Metric to MS-Word.
- Upgrade of Templates from Sanako Lab300 to better integrate with the new Sanako Study1200 software features.
- Teaching Content Creation:
- Making subtitles for foreign language movie digitally available;
- Programming regular expressions ins VS.Net that match function words (example: demonstrative pronouns in Spanish) to run over these templates in order to batch create fill-in-the-blank exercises;
- Importing them into the templates and creating grammar and listening comprehension exercises
- Support: Implementing an Error Logging Application
- The teacher can easily lookup words and terms in internet-based reference works and collections
- Currently implementing additional lookup options (NLP and Corpus Linguistics (ACORN, BNC, Sketchup), Dictionaries (Visurwords, Wiktionary, Google Define).
- A number of templated custom-animated exercises can be used for
- presenting students with guiding questions before watching/listening to a target language segment
- Revealing correct answers after the segment.
- A number of templated interactive exercises can be used for revealing correct answers (word lists) depending on students’ responses.
- The templates support typical activities in the digital language lab (interactive presentations with multimedia, listening comprehensions, speaking and dialoguing activities for language learning, view usage examples in my Templates Eurocall Presentation video of September 2007). Teachers can use them as exercise-generating engines: they allow copy/paste of their own exercises into these templates. These templates have the advantage of being able to hook into the rich infrastructure that MS-Office provides for language teaching; they work with all Western Languages (but have been thoroughly tested only with ESL, French, German, Italian and Spanish so far). These templates that are better geared than VLE and other CALL resources for daily use in a computerized classroom environment: easy to author, take and monitor and either multimedia-heavy or focused on human interaction. These templates support the instructor by relieving of routine tasks in favor of well-informed, well-focused non-routine intervention, and extend the centre’s screen-sharing and VOIP infrastructure to provide the instructor with an unprecedented control of the learning of an entire class.
- APP delivery format:
- MS-PowerPoint: 1 template-file (.pot) and 1 addin (.ppa)
- MS-Word: 1 template (.dot – incorporates Lookup application) and 1 COM application (fuzzy matching)
- Apart from the templates themselves, there is
- Explanation: documentation of the tool
- see Figure 4: Template Documentation,
- Figure 8: PowerPoint Exercise Templates,
- sample materials which illustrate the practical exploitation of a tool the development of a skill or the response to an issue
- see Figure 3: Quiz Template with Chanson Lyrics
- Figure 9: PowerPoint-Exercises for German History Documentary,
- Sample Exercise material: hands-on activities for materials development, skills training or discussion
- Figure 9: PowerPoint-Exercises for German History Documentary)
- Explanation: documentation of the tool
- Since January 2008, the templates have been adapted for use in the Aston university Study1200 lab and a series of 3 teacher training workshops has been delivered in May/June of 2008. During that time, the implementation of the distance metrics within the templates has been started also which is currently still in the debugging state (see following slide below.)
Figure 2: Look up Internet Illustrations
Figure 5: Quiz Result Summary
Figure 6: Spanish Movie Subtitling Exercise Creation
- Download the Blended Learning Templates for the e-Learning Center, as presented here:
- MS-Word VBA-based quiz template for Students
- MS-PowerPoint Template for Teacher
- VBA-Lookup-Add-In for teacher computer’s MS-PowerPoint installation. (included with student quiz template).
- Find more instructions here.