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Live Feedback and Voting for clicker-like activities in Sanako Study 1200

  1. study1200-buttons-live-voting-live-feedback (Images are from the Sanako documentation, screencasts my own) .
  2. Sanako Study 1200 comes with Live Feedback.
    1. This is what it looks like: study-1200-live-feedback
    2. The teacher enables students to give Live Feedback from their student player interface by pressing the Live Feedback button.
    3. Live Feedback is designed for students sending basic information whether they are following or confused or neutral.
      1. These up to 3 answer options could possibly be repurposed, and the question displayed by separate means. Polls can only be anonymous, results cannot be saved.
      2. More importantly, the results are not anonymous, but appear on the student icons in the classroom layout so that the teacher can attend to those students that are confused or otherwise struggling.
  3. Sanako Study 1200 also comes with Voting.
    1. A brief demo screencast of Voting is here:
    2. The teacher enables students to give Voting from their student player interface by pressing the Voting button, entering questions, answer options, optionally marking one (and only one) answer as the right answer and clicking “send’ to the students, voting-teacher-gui
    3. on whose computer a window with will pop up with question and answer option voting-student-gui
    4. while the feedback voting results window pops up on the teacher from where the teacher can “send the correct answer” to the students once everybody has voted, and “create new” polls. voting-teacher-gui-results
    5. Results can be viewed by the teacher and displayed to the class, but cannot be stored (there is no storing mechanism. One could however save a screenshot of the teacher voting result window).
    6. The Voting is also “live” insofar as no content can be archived and reloaded. Maybe this Live Voting can be both accelerated and extended through the use of a simple PowerPoint displayed on the classroom screen, by just using live Voting’s result aggregation features and forfeiting filling out/displaying the question and answer options within the live voting interface for the teacher/students.
  4. Not free, but less limited: Sanako Exam.

A PowerPoint Template to base your clicker-like face-to-face class exercises on

2011/12/08 2 comments
  1. Enables easy exercise creation: slide0567_image532
  2. Resides on S:\coas\lcs\labs\lrctest\templates\Teacher.pot;
  3. Requires MS-PowerPoint 2010, as installed on the teacher computer in LRCRoomCoed434.
  4. Training videos are available for download here (requires Windows Media Player on Windows, as installed in the LRCRoomCoed434).
    1. powerpoint_template_overview_default_slide.wmv
    2. powerpoint_template_sequential_slides.wmv
    3. powerpoint_template_interactive_slides.wmv
  5. Usage samples available on request from
    1. German Beginners, teacher_pot_dual_screen_bundeslaender_with_response_analyzer
    2. Intermediate  cc-teacher-pot-interactive-drink-listening-comprehension
    3. and Advanced Classes. cc-teacher.pot-100-deutsche-jahre-example

Building interactive exercises for language learning on subtitle corpora

An outline of the MS-Word Cloze Quiz, MS-PowerPoint Multiple Choice Quiz and Internet Lookup tools for

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. MS-Word-Template
  4. The student can be given additional hints when tabbing into a form entry field.
  5. The student can easily look up words and terms in internet-based reference works and collections.
    1. Double clicking on a word opens a browser window with the corresponding entry in a dictionary of the corresponding foreign language.
    2. 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).
  6. The student will receive instant feedback when tabbing out of an entry field.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The template can be used for a wide variety of typical foreign language teaching exercises:
    1. Listening comprehension exercises (Figure 3: Quiz Template with Chanson Lyrics)
    2. Grammar drills
    3. Model imitation drills
    4. Information-gap dialogues (Figure 7: Information Gap Dialogues (Language Lab Example).
  10. 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.
  11. Upgrade of Templates from Sanako Lab300 to better integrate with the new Sanako Study1200 software features.
  12. Teaching Content Creation:
    1. Making subtitles for foreign language movie digitally available;
    2. 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;
    3. Importing them into the templates and creating grammar and listening comprehension exercises
  13. Support: Implementing an Error Logging Application
  14. MS-PowerPoint-Template
  15. The teacher can easily lookup words and terms in internet-based reference works and collections
    1. Currently implementing additional lookup options (NLP and Corpus Linguistics (ACORN, BNC, Sketchup), Dictionaries (Visurwords, Wiktionary, Google Define).
    2. A number of templated custom-animated exercises can be used for
      1. presenting students with guiding questions before watching/listening to a target language segment
      2. Revealing correct answers after the segment.
  16. A number of templated interactive exercises can be used for revealing correct answers (word lists) depending on students’ responses.
  17. 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.
  18. APP delivery format:
    1. MS-PowerPoint: 1 template-file (.pot) and 1 addin (.ppa)
    2. MS-Word: 1 template (.dot – incorporates Lookup application) and 1 COM application (fuzzy matching)
  19. Apart from the templates themselves, there is
    1. Explanation: documentation of the tool
      1. see Figure 4: Template Documentation,
      2. Figure 8: PowerPoint Exercise Templates,
    2. sample materials which illustrate the practical exploitation of a tool the development of a skill or the response to an issue
      1. see Figure 3: Quiz Template with Chanson Lyrics
      2. Figure 9: PowerPoint-Exercises for German History Documentary,
    3. Sample Exercise material: hands-on activities for materials development, skills training or discussion
      1. Figure 9: PowerPoint-Exercises for German History Documentary)
  20. 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 1: Look up Internet Reference Works


Figure 2: Look up Internet Illustrations


Figure 3: Quiz Template with Chanson Lyrics


Figure 4: Template Documentation


Figure 5: Quiz Result Summary


Figure 6: Spanish Movie Subtitling Exercise Creation


Figure 7: Information Gap Dialogues (Language Lab Example)


Figure 8: PowerPoint Exercise Templates


Blended Learning Templates for the e-Learning Center. Download

  1. Download the Blended Learning Templates for the e-Learning Center, as presented here:
    1.  MS-Word VBA-based quiz template for Students
    2. MS-PowerPoint Template for Teacher
    3. VBA-Lookup-Add-In for teacher computer’s MS-PowerPoint installation. (included with student quiz template).
  2. Find more instructions here.

Blended Learning Templates for the e-Learning Center. Presentation EUROCALL 2007

MS-Office Templates for the computerized Foreign Language Classroom. LLAS-sponsored Workshop2Go.

An LLAS-sponsored workshop held at Aston University in Birmingham and University of Nottingham. This is a raw unedited screencast of the former from the presenter screen (sorry, the video of demonstration screencasts played during this screencast do not get recorded due to hardware acceleration – I’ll insert them if I get around to cut this screencast).

workshop announcement